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.