Today, some of my new work as below has been featured on Print & Pattern Blog. This is a second feature within the period of three months. What a great news.
Have you gone to see a circus while you are little ? I certainly have done that many times with my family when I was little. I was excited and awed by the performance of the animals. Out of this memory, I sketched and completed this Petit Circus collections.
I have the great pleasure to let you know that I was interviewed by the lovely Evelyn Lara' Ana as one of her 12 Inspiring Designers. Below was the re-published contents with her permission.
1. When did your interest in design/illustration/art first start and how did that come about?
Since a very young age I drawn and made birthday cards for my friends. I kept some of the
bookmarks that I drawn and made until today. It was a hobby then as I did not know I can
make a living out of it. After I left my corporate HR job I read about the life of a surface pattern
designer. My interest was reignited. I took Lilla Roger´s MATS, Rachael Taylor´s ABSPD and
Pattern Observer´s Textile Design courses. The true calling came after my holiday visit to
Helsinki and found out that Art can bring joy and laughter to people and make the world a more
beautiful and happier place.
2. What steps did you take to get to where you are now as a designer/illustrator/artist?
It took many professional and trade related e-courses to horn my skills and practise sketching,
drawing and coloring art every day. I even flew to New York to walk the Surtex and National
Stationery Show in 2015, to get a first hand experience of art licensing world, to see the
stationery products and also to meet my artist friends. It was a huge investment of effort, money
and time as I have to flew more than 20 hours from Kuala Lumpur to New York City.
3. How would you describe your style?
Fresh, bright, colorful and supercute.
4. Who are your favorite designers?
They are just too many to mention. Charley Harper, Josef Frank and Henry Matisse if I must
name a few.
5. What kind of designer do you want to be known as?
A designer who bring a smile or add some beauty to them and their loved ones as well as
someone who is authentic and inspire them to go for and live their dreams.
6. What is your favorite medium you like to work with?
I started taking Chinese Brush and watercolor courses in the beginning. Later, when I learnt
and pick up Illustrator, it became my favorite tool of trade.
7. What are you currently working on?
Creating designs for Greetings Cards and stationery products.
8. How do you fuel your inspirations?
I am a hoarder, I kept magazines, snapped photos and images of what I see and likes and store
them digitally for easy reference all the time. I read design books and take short courses for new
ideas. I also love to travel to new places to look for new exposure, ideas and insights.
9. How does your creative process look like?
Most of the time, I started by sketching by looking at the "reference materials" that I have
gathered. Then, I scan in my sketches and coloring them in illustrator by using blob brush tool.
10. What are your major goals for the next years?
I would like to create more commercial appealing portfolios and doubling my marketing effort
including exhibit in trade shows, most likely in Surtex New York again. I may take up new courses
to enhance my design skills as well.
Dear May, thank you so much for the interview. I am impressed about your journey to pattern
design and you also made it to Surtex. How great is that.
All the best to you to Malaysia and all the best for your future goals.
If you are interested, here's the link to the original Interview Post.
Have you seen a whale in the wild ?I mean seen a whale in an open sea or ocean. Yes, I have seen a whale or whales in a zoo many times, but never in a big ocean.
Do you have any whale watching trip experience ? I had two whale watching excursion experience, one in Boston and one in Brunny Island, Tasmania. When I found out about the whale watching tour during my first trip to Boston, I happily signed up for that and there was a guaranteed that if you don't see the whale, they will compensate you with a free whale watching trip next round. True enough that during the trip, there were humpback whales sighted. Unfortunately, due to thick fog, eventough, there were whales nearby our cruise ship, I (we, the passengers onboard the ship) was unable to see the whales. I was very disappointed, the whales were so near, yet so far. I was too excited on that day and forgot to check the weather, otherwise, I could have joined the tour on another day.
I joined the Penny Coat Yellow Boat Tour in Brunny Island, last year. One of the main reason for me to join the tour is to see a whale or flock of whales to fullfill my wish. This was a very fantastic tour that I would highly recommend for anyone who go to Brunny Island. The entire tour was fascinating, one get to see many beautiful and breathtaking views and also sighted many species of seabird including Albatross. The narration of the tour was first class. To my disappointment, I did not see any whale during the tour. Though I (we) saw many fur seals on an island. The disappointmnet was due to my high expectation of seeing a giant whale. I'm not sure will there be a 3rd whale watching trip ?
So, today, I did a whaley birthday card. I hope all your wish will come true and you will receive a giant ton of blessing !!!
Elephant has always been one of my favourite animal. Elephant is honest, hardworking and friendly. That's my impression on elephant. If you need a little hug and love. This is for you. A bunch of flowers from an elephant to wish you a good day !High five !
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