Finally found the time to post this compilation of quirky illustrations for McDonald’s Dessert kiosks for their Flavourburst and McFlurry soft serve. This set of works was a collaboration with my old friend, Hock who is an amazing 3D artist and film director. We had to step into the minds of our children to make this happen but it was all good fun. Thank you, Shao Leng and Hwee Beng from Solar Moon Studios for this project.
Here is a recent collaboration with Y&R Shanghai. Here we go…Jumbo, Ringo and Stark! From time to time, you get crazy detailed illustration gigs like these with an even crazier creative team driving you up the wall with their demands. But it’s all well worth it. Ha! Love the ride! Thank you to all these wonderful people for this wonderful opportunity to collaborate on this project. Cheers!!!
ECD Nils Andersson
ECD Ong Kien Hoe
Head of Design Bel Ong
Illustrator Andy Yang
Senior Designer Joao Pereira
Senior Copy Writer Adam Miranda
Designer Wang Fan
Designer Tom Mu
Head of Traffic Sandy Wang
Head of Production Kitty Liang
Collaboration with Yong, Somewherelse
The idea was to create a cover based on Lazarus Wang’s superbly crafted song lyrics which were mostly stories based on the themes of spirituality, divinity, evil, loss, mortality, redemption and love. Do check out the really interesting and attractive lyrics on the album. I am always in awe of people that can write that well. How do you guys do it?! Okay, well. Starting with the 2 characters on the cover that was a spin off the story of Cain and Abel. I worked out a number of ideas/sketches as we went along and the rest of the stories especially ‘Carry Me Down’ which was about a mother and daughter love, just took shape and claimed their place on the artwork. The rest of the look and feel of the album cover art was borne out of my love for great LP covers from the late 60s and 70s. As a kid, I was particularly drawn to stunning works by Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Hipgnosis, Roger Dean and of course the late great, Mati Klarwein. A very prolific artist/painter whose prominent works included album covers for Osibisa, Earth, Wind & Fire, Miles Davis and Santana. The composition of spiritual, dramatic landscape and imaginative worlds by these great artists are just mind blowing. There you go. The list of my inspiration for the new Cheating Sons cover visual. So it comes as no big surprise that the cover turned out the way it was, a huge tribute to these great artists that have left a great impression on me and my work till this day in one way or another. A big thank you to Lazarus Wang, Donovan Loh, Andy Liew, Chez for giving me free reign to create the cover. Thank you too for including my painting ‘In The Bright Sunshine Of A Glorious Day’ for the album inner sleeve. As always, thank you to my wonderful family and my always supportive soul-mate, Caryn. The new Cheating Sons album is available for download worldwide at most music sites and the CDs are available at Roxy Records and Curated Records in Singapore. Check it out!
A little story about the big album cover. Ha! The band already had a vision of the new cover to go along the lines of their existing nautical theme and to have the look and feel of vintage Japanese woodblock prints and paintings. Immediately, Japanese masters, Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Kuniyoshi works came to mind. Together with my personal fascination for Jules Verne’s classic 20000 Leagues Under The Sea illustrated posters, I combined these 2 styles and here it is, the East/West mix. There were tons of discussion on the creative direction between the band, Errol and myself. In the process, I even manage to work out a new logo for the band. Overall, it took about 2 months to work on the cover from concept sketch to the final artwork before handing them over to Errol Tan from KittyWu Records which was working on all the amazing graphic design for the band that you see today. This is the final artwork uncropped without the ‘The Kraken’ logo by Errol. Do take time out to check out the amazing album, ‘The Kraken’ by In Each Hand A Cutlass. You won’t regret it. They are available on iTunes, Bandcamp and most good record stores. A big thank you to Daniel, Sujin, Amanda, Jordan and Nelson. It was a pleasure working with you guys!
Contribution to the Kult Exhibiton, Frankenstein. Always had the idea that since Frankenstein was made up of different parts of human remains and found mechanical parts. The human parts must be rotting and the metal parts would rust away as time goes by. Worked in the the original skull plate and the plugs around the neck. Some of the trademarks that I think makes the Frankenstein character memorable. Hence, Rottkenstein was born! Wish I could include the smell of rotting flesh and rust to go with the massive 1m x1.5m print. Thank you! Steve Lawler and the Kult crew for this opportunity to exhibit alongside some killer artists form the region.
For more information on the show held at Creatory Singapore. Check out:-http://www.creatory.sg/portfolio-item/creatorysg-3rd-floor-frankenstein/
Great beginning of the week! I am so honoured to be featured on Illustration Now vol.5 from Taschen. Have been buying this series of books for years. Never thought that one day I would be featured here amongst all the talented illustrators from around the world. A big thank you to the editor, Nora Dohrmann and the Taschen team. Special thanks going out to all the advertising and design agencies that I have had the opportunity to work with through the years.
Illustrations for Dushi Buttons and BlinQ Blossoms. Aromatic edible flowers. Really love this simple yet complex ink/watercolour style illustrations required for this project. The technique is to create as many sketches of the same layout with different amount of details and varied brush strokes. Choose the best sketch and rework on them again to achieve the right balance and…voila!
Finally! What a rush! The requirements for this job was to simulate interesting paper craft illustrations. Of course, with the numerous back and forths between creatives and the client we managed to come up with this set of intricately crafted paper craft illustrations in digital format. Special thank you going out to the TBWA creative team and E-graphics team.