Thursday, May 12, 2016

Booth Illustrations for the National Book Development Council of Singapore

Last year, the National Book Development Council of Singapore had a booth at London Book Fair 2015. The booth showcased books by various publishers from Singapore. NBDCS wanted an island theme as Singapore is an island. I designed the illustrations to fit into all the spaces given to me to work with. Illustrations were done with calligraphic markers, brushes, and Adobe illustrator.


Uni-ball Signo Broad + Photoshop colouring


Ball point pen + Photoshop colouring

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Art tool tinkering

Because I like new art tools but can't seem to find any reason to buy any new interesting ones I need at the moment, I decided to modify an old art tool. My old Raphael kolinsky sable 2/0 brush had a handle that was cracking up. So I chopped it off. I used a Sherline lathe to cut and drill a piece of aluminium and the bamboo handle of an old chinese brush that was in bad shape. Then I stuck my old sable brush into the aluminium section. Now it's a portable brush I can throw into my pencil case. I made an old tool new!

Monday, February 22, 2016

dip pens and sumi ink

Dip pens, sumi ink and watercolour + photoshop colour adjustment. From the sept 2015 sketchbook

Below is the pre-edited version. Using gradient map in photoshop, you can change the mood of the colours.  The darks and lights of the original picture stays the same.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Illustration for Young Parents magazine

Hunt 99 dip pen + photoshop colours
©Young Parents, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd. Reproduced with permission.

Savour magazine illustration

This one appears in the latest issue of Savour found at Cold Storage. This was a picture taken of a poster along the supermarket aisle. It's a picture of Yusheng - a festive dish prepared for the Chinese New Year celebrations. I usually eye the raw salmon in the center. Pencil + watercolour + photoshop.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Trying out a Faber Castell HB gold faber pencil I've had lying around for a few years. I use pens more often so pencils are often overlooked. This has a very nice feel to it. Contrasts and colour added in photoshop. (I'd like to try out a Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencil next! I've heard they are very good.)

Sunday, January 03, 2016

August 2015 sketchbook - Part B

Brush pen + photoshop

Various fountain pens + photoshop

Refilled markers

Namiki Falcon spencerian by Greg Minuskin + brush pen + photoshop

Twsbi540 ground to needlepoint + watercolours

Monday, December 14, 2015

August 2015 sketchbook - Part A

Pentel brush pen + ink in waterbrush + watercolours.

Sailor Cross Emperor + photoshop

This is how I spent National Day. Ballpoint + watercolours

G-nib + pentel brush pen + watercolours

Pencil + brush pen + watercolours + photoshop