Conceptual, surreal, minimalist.
I started doing illustrations for T-shirt design. From 2007 to 2011 I submitted hundreds of illustrations to T-shirt design contest websites and when I won some of the contests the designs would get printed and sold on their websites. It was this period I developed my style and decided to give it a shot to become a full time illustrator. I set up my own website and joined several social media platforms to increase my online exposure. I am grateful that I had the opportunities to work on various projects ranging from editorial to commercial.
I would start with brainstorming and sketching while browsing random images or anything that I find interesting or inspiring. The process could take from hours to days until I finally come up with some ideas that I am satisfied with. My illustration is almost fully digital but the brainstorming and sketching part is where I still use my pen and sketchbook.
Looking back at most of my illustrations, I think my inspirations are mostly from my visual memories and stimulations. For example, I would do sketching of an animal, a silhouette, or an object in various forms and styles and when I look at some of my own sketches again I might be able to connect something and see something new in it.
My favourite topic would change from time to time as I believe coming up with new ideas are like growing crops. Farmers practice crop rotation to optimise nutrients in the soil. Therefore I think alternating between different subjects would be beneficial to my idea bank as well.
There was a commission where I have to come up with unique and original negative space art using only 2 to 3 colours in a very minimalist style. I would say it was my most challenging project as it took me weeks to refine the sketches. To quote Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. And I couldn’t agree more when I am working on projects that require me to do less to achieve more.
Currently my illustrations are almost fully digital so I would say digital art is still my favourite approach given its flexibility. But I really look forward to go back to traditional painting one day in my personal projects as I think it is still something irreplaceable.
It’s literally a work in progress as I have just recently moved house!
I think it would be my smartphone simply because it has become so versatile and we can do almost anything with it now.
At the moment I’m experimenting with digital painting and would really love to explore more on how to animate my work in future.
There are many artists that I find inspirational and I think René Magritte is probably the first artist that I admire when I first started my career.