Artist, Designer, Creator

Category: pencil

Here’s some eye candy for ya’ll. Referred to a random hot guy on instagram. Thought it’ll be nice for the summer and motivate some of you to get that beach body! Done with color pencils on an A4 paper. 

And this is a not so hot self portrait of how I’ve been feeling for the past week. It’s been extremely hot in Borneo, plus I’m PMSing, resulting in a tired, ugly-feeling, super uninspired and not-so artsy Daphy. Painted with Sketchbook Galaxy on my Samsung Note3 smartphone.
Let’s hope things will get better next month as my birthday is coming soon! 😀
Hope you are all doing better than I!
The Field Bar is a new sports bar in town. They wanted five football legends on their wall above the bar table. The first of the five is Eric Cantona.
Used grid lines to get the proportions and spacing right as the other 4 portraits will be done weeks apart.
Decided to shade the portrait with sketchy lines to give it a more masculine, rough and tough look.
After a combined 12 hours the mural was completed with a pencil, eraser, ruler, paintbrushes and black wall paint.
Me and my finished piece. I honestly had no idea how to complete it in the start, but I just knew I was going to finish it. The experiences from all these exciting projects make me more confident yet humbled each time. Each experience is different and unique. Each make me grow in different ways. Each helps me discover something new about me and about Art itself. I am a grateful little girl. Come at me challenges!
I have a dear friend who dives very very deep depths for a living. This was Soozie Q. A great creature that he still respects even though its a threat to him and his mates.
This is actually a horrible sketch where everything went wrong with the pencil shading that I had to bring in the charcoal and pen to sort of ‘rescue’ it. Whichhh turned out… um, turned into… well, something some friends now call ‘my style’. lol.
A quick A5 sketch of Ian Somerhalder
The only reason why I drew this heartthrob was because a male friend of mine who happened to sit beside me when I was Googling for something ‘handsome’ to sketch was going, “Damon Salvatore, so handsome, see, how he smiles with his eyes…”
Funny thing is after I posted the sketch up on Instagram and Facebook, most of the comments and likes were from male friends. It’s interesting to me, because, this is the first time I heard so many male friends praise this one male celebrity. 
Time to catch up on Vampire Diaries. Hehe.

Biker Chic (2011)

I have a passion, it’s obviously in Art. But, I also get crazy excited when it comes to everything or anything to do with Fashion!
 Chriselle Lim in a Romantic Beach Dress (2011)
Be it Fashion related movies like The Devil Wears Prada (omg I watched that like a gazillion times), Fashion magazines (BAZAAR!), Fashion YouTubers (chrisellelim), Fashion Blogs (Polyvore), Fashion shows, Fashion Week, Fashion news, Street Fashion or anything at all from Lady Gaga to Blair Waldorf (I was so into Gossip Girl because of, you guessed it, the Fashion),
It truly is a beautiful form of art that people admire and indulge in.

Haute Couture Sketch (2013)

Especially Haute Couture!
The dresses are so perfect, so detailed, so elegant, so unique, so creative, so beautiful, I still haven’t had the time to challenge myself to paint a portrait of one of them!

Diane Von Furstenberg Inspired Dress (2013)
I love sketching pieces and  patterns from  magazines, movies, on the streets, anytime, anywhere.
Beach wear sketch (2013) 

It just excites and inspires me.
Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)’s Prom Dress.

So I’ve came up with an idea.
A little project. 
It’ll take some time…
…Some money.
Faces from BAZAAR (2013)
But I hope to make it happen before the year ends. Can’t wait!
I have been teaching at a small art centre for months now, although I must say it is a very interesting and inspiring experience, I do sometimes find it very annoying that a lot of kids these days NEED you to tell them what to do every single step of the way!

At first I thought it was a laziness issue. Well, some of them really are lazy, leaning on the table, day dreaming and all, some younger ones even have very seriously short attention spans, they’d jump around and disturb other kids or mix up their paint in the water till it turns brown /_. It’s like their parents forced them to art class, they have no interest whatsoever in what they are there to do. Whereas some others, whom you can tell on their innocent little faces and big round curious eyes that they really want to learn,  but they just “don’t know how” or, don’t dare to try.

Art class is very simple, you just give kids a sample or model or something to follow, and get them to imitate it in their own way. They don’t have to be 100% similar, we actually encourage them to interpret what they see in their own ‘language’. As in, draw something in their own way or how they like it.

But the sad thing is, some of them just wouldn’t put the pencil down on the paper and try to draw a simple circle even. They would go, “Teacher, don’t know how to draw” or “Teacher, what color is it?”,  “Teacher, this color here?”, “Teacher, this color till where?”… In a way, they expect me to point out to them every single color and draw guides for lines, sometimes, they even expect me to draw it for them. Some of my fellow teachers actually just give up on the kid’s naggings and actually sit down and do the work for the kids! It drives me crazy!
For my kids, I’d try my very best to keep my cool and say, “Look, and TRY”, I want them to think, I want them to try, I refuse to point everything out to them, unless they really don’t get it.

A line that I say a million times to most of my students in every class is “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.”

Come to think of it, perhaps the way they act is a result of being spoon-fed or told what to do their whole lives. They become so used to following instructions that they don’t bother to think or try. Some probably get scolded often for making “mistakes” that they become afraid to just take a step. Some kids however, I don’t know to call them dumb or smart, know how to take advantage of this situation and just confidently say, “I don’t know how” and sit there for hours not wanting to lay the pencil on the paper. It’s really sad, because, I believe every kid has a potential, there is so much they can achieve if they just tried.

There is a minority however whom I am proud of. Those are the ones who have confidence in themselves, they actually try and do things their way, and show me later to let me guide or edit them. Some actually turn out very good, and that’s when you know they have talent. There are some others that require serious correcting but at least, they are one step in front of those that didn’t try, and I enjoy guiding them to improve their skills.

I really hope that from this art class, the lazy and timid kids would learn something, to sit up properly at a table, and TRY to pay attention to details, TRY to put the pencil down on the paper and TRY to illustrate things to the way they see and imagine without being afraid of making mistakes. I hope that they not only try this in art, but also in other things in their lives, like studies and thinking and all. AMEN. Thank you for reading my rant.

Here’s a mechanic fish one of the older kids drew all by himself. He dared to challenge himself to something more difficult, he tried, and he did it! He was so proud of it he asked me to keep it to remember him by. But I took a picture instead and told him to keep it to remind himself of his potential and continuously challenge himself to grow. Proud of him.

That’s me 2 years back, testing out my new pencils! Lorna gave me a whole set of different shades of pencils back then, and it was then when I first started A3 sized portraits.

My first A3 sized portrait with pencils.