Hi all, after 5 years of teaching I have finally decided to start a serious side project.
The truth is that I'm feeling a little rusty and also secretly jealous of all the awesome artworks that my students have been producing. I don't want to go down without a fight!
If you are interested to find out more about the developments, please follow the account I set up for this project
The following batch of artworks were created for educational purposes.
This illustration and animated video was created for a demo for the Illustration & Motion Comics class. The characters and environment were designed by another group of students for a different project.
This character was designed for an Illustrator demo. It had been awhile since I used Illustrator prior to this. Quite impressed with the new features!
Not Your Playground was a fake game premise I cooked up for my students to animate for their Game Animation assignment. It was supposed to be a 2D fighting game where characters representing different music genres battle it out.
Also created a crossover fanart for fun (since it fit the theme and style of this game):
Listen to the curated playlist here:
I took part in the Art War 5 art challenge last year in the 2D character concept art category. I was required to pick a country and design a champion that would represent this country in a war. I chose my home country Singapore and created some thumbnails:
After polling my followers on my socials, the fifth design emerged as the favourite. The idea for that design was to have a muscular hero (modelled after our national swimmer Joseph Schooling) battle fitted in a futuristic armor (since Singapore is always depicted as a model city for the future). His accessories represents iconic Singaporean symbols and buildings. His right shoulder pad was inspired by the flower domes in Gardens by the Bay. His left shoulder pad has a lion head, which is the animal most people would associate Singapore with. He is holding a staff that is shaped after the sky trees, also from Gardens by the Bay. His main colour scheme is red and white, which is reflected in the country flag's colours.
For the final splash illustration, I portrayed the valiant hero standing in front of a neon cyber-punkish reimagination of Singapore. Behind him is our iconic Merlion. Being in a tropical island that is subjected to the monsoon season, I decided to feature rain in the scene.
While I did not got into the finalist category in the challenge, I still have a lot of fun conceiving this character.
Well, here's the start of my annual end-of-year art updates on my socials. It has been a largely unproductive year to be honest. Managing two young kids and moving to a new apartment has consumed most of my free time.
This first batch of artwork contains a caricature of Jordan for Chinese New Year (it's the year of the bull and I just watched The Last Dance prior to painting this at the start of 2021), some grayscale studies and some perspective drawing studies.
The main project I embarked on last year during the lockdown was this 3D food truck scene that's based on a concept art by Olga Permiakova. While I have attempted handpainted models before, this is the first time I am trying out on a scene of such a scale. Initially I wanted to use this opportunity to try out modeling and texturing in Blender, but I decided to go back to 3DS Max as there were too much new information to absorb. I will make it an effort to use Blender next time!
Some additional renders of the scene
A character I designed and animated for an art test last year. Disclaimer: I did not create the background.
Step-by-step character creation guide for my students with videos. I also made an environment concept to accompany the character.
Recently, my dad and nephews started watching wrestling clips on YouTube. My 2-year old son, being ever so curious, joined in the fun. A few days after that, we kept hearing him chant this wrestler's name.
Before I left my previous job, I refreshed parts of the syllabus and updated some of the tutorials. In doing so, I created some new artwork to supplement the content.
I also designed some characters to introduce my students to alternative methods of rendering their character designs.
Here are some notes and drawings I made to supplement my drawing lessons during my previous job. Due to home-based learning because of COVID-19, I relied on digital tools to teach traditional drawing.