Free the Robots

 It's completed!

It's completed!

 The work in progress!

The work in progress!

This was a project and gift to my cousin and her boyfriend Brian for their hospitality during my stay in their new home located in Bali, Indonesia.

The three tin robots stood out from the top of the fridge. They did not seem to be blending in with the island style decorations. The reason to the robots were talked about during one night of our Gin and Tonic Tangerine -> I like this new drink! session. 

Although drawing grim robots were not my usual style, I was excited to bring this out after hearing their vision and story. I hand lettered the words, drew three robots and brushed them in three different colours to match the robot colors that they had found in a shop. I had learned from them that the robot emoticon was actually an evolution of this iconic tin robot!

 Robot emoticon. Photo Credit: https://www.redbubble.com/

Robot emoticon. Photo Credit: https://www.redbubble.com/

If you're reading this, you can think about the backstory!

 Let me put this at a swing to take a picture. 

Let me put this at a swing to take a picture. 

All the best Tian and Brian! :D

Gypsy Danger from the Pacific Rim

After watching the Pacific Rim Uprising with my brother, I was inspired to try out painting a Jaegar in watercolour so I went on and took reference from a Pinterest piece. It was a exciting show with great continuation from the previous one. This piece was a 4H effort.

 Original piece.

Original piece.

 With cartoon filter.

With cartoon filter.

Medal Designing

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This top picture shows the first sketch that I've did at Grasso cafe, an adjacent cafe of my previous office. A croissant and a cup of tea was my normal order while working as I needed space and food to work. 

The bottom picture shows the progress of the drawings and designs (with inspirations I found on the internet, inputs from the team, as well as inputs from my family). The main idea was to present the 1) Nature, 2) Heritage, 3) Quirks, 4) Food of Singapore. The wedged series medal was conceptualized due to the edgy (pun intended) parts of the triangular pieces. Safety concerning sharp edges were a concern, as well as the connecting parts of the medals.

As I was searching for a job related to Sports and Fitness in the 3rd quarter of 2017, I came across this company called JustRunLah, wrote in, and was offered the opportunity to try out the position of Digital Media and Events Marketing Associate. It's a pretty long name for a position. Probably the longest position name I've ever had. In this company, I've learned that there are 3 roles- an online, offline, and technical (IT) role. 

The position Digital Media and Events Marketing Associate role is mainly online, and I'd say this is a relevant skill to have in this era of communications through social media. For Digital Media, task includes -> schedule relevant articles to be posted out every 3H on Facebook, create running routes, and update the running calendar. I remembered there was this time that I felt too much of working on a computer screen, too online, that I went to walk 2 big rounds within the vicinity of the office building. That helps in soothing my feeling of irritability due to working on a computer too much.

The job scope I liked, was my role:
1) As an author, https://www.justrunlah.com/author/stella-lim/
2) My role to experience a fitness product launch (Fitbit Ionic) and write about it
3) To design a series of running medals (part of Events Marketing)

 The Performance Series 2018 medals. Screenshot from:  https://www.theperformanceseries.sg/series-information/runners-entitlement/

The Performance Series 2018 medals. Screenshot from: https://www.theperformanceseries.sg/series-information/runners-entitlement/

 :D Photo Credit: https://www.theperformanceseries.sg

:D Photo Credit: https://www.theperformanceseries.sg

I feel glad and proud that elements of the initial vision and designs came to fruition and it's going to be manufactured into medals that's going to be issued to every runner who finishes. Though I'm not working with the company anymore, I had found my time spent working on this rare opportunity a meaningful one.

The Cheerful Unicorn

Drawing Pummeleinhorn was a cheerful experience. I drew one each on consecutive days, and framed them on a coloured cardboard before leaving it out on my family's dining table at night. Though I didn't get feedback from my brother and father, my sister and mother enjoyed looking at them in the morning before they go to work.

With this series of work, I've improved with each practice on the blending colours (of Tombow dual brush markers) on Pummeleinhorn's rainbow coloured hair and tail, and tried out watercolour pencils and blending.

This is Pummeleinhorn from www.pummeleinhorn.de.

Ain't they cute.

It's December!

 1st tidied up Christmas card of 2017.

1st tidied up Christmas card of 2017.

Although Singapore is a tropical country with summer all year round (which means no snow), I can imagine the snow myself. And look how cute the snowman is! I was singing Christmas carols while drawing this. I feel a cheerful season!

It's December, which means... It's the month of Christmas! 

*Scroll down to look at the card designs

 2nd(s) Christmas card of 2017.

2nd(s) Christmas card of 2017.

 Cute ones.

Cute ones.

 Cute one.

Cute one.

 Commissioned art ordered by Sarah.

Commissioned art ordered by Sarah.

Thank you Sarah for rendering my Christmas card hand lettering services. 

I had fun drawing all of them.

Pre-Run Sketch

 I drew this one day before my 26.5KM run in my hotel room.

I drew this one day before my 26.5KM run in my hotel room.

I brought minimal sketch materials for this trip to Nan, Thailand. They included a pencil, an eraser, a marker, and a box of colour pencils. I knew I wanted to sketch, and I found the time and space to do it in our room (Impress Nan Hotel), when my mum was resting from the 10H bus ride from Bangkok to Nan. It's a great activity for me to mentally prepare for the run. I felt creative, relaxed, and focused. The outline shows the border between Thailand and Laos, and the X on the sole of the running shoe shows the approximate location on Nan province in Northern Thailand, where the Xterra Nan Trail Run 2017 was held. I did an attempt of sketching one side of the shoe with reference to my right trail shoe. Other artwork elements include the hills and mountains, as well as the Thailand flag.

Eevee Sketch

 Eeevee sketch with reference from a sticker. Eevees are cute.

Eeevee sketch with reference from a sticker. Eevees are cute.

 Eevee shiny version (left) which I've named FirstShiny. Eevee in it's normal form (right). Pleasant surprise from my game in Alpha Sapphire version.

Eevee shiny version (left) which I've named FirstShiny. Eevee in it's normal form (right). Pleasant surprise from my game in Alpha Sapphire version.

Interesting nugget: Did you know Eevee has 8 evolutions?

They are Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Umbreon, Glaceon, Leafeon, Espeon, and Sylveon.

1st digitalised hand lettering on 35mm film image

 Location: Shiretoko, Shari, Hokkaido

Location: Shiretoko, Shari, Hokkaido

This project depicts my 1st digitalized hand lettering + 35mm film image I've taken on M6, Summicron 35mm f2. 

The idea of this project progressed from an simple idea of wondering how graphic design/typography was created, how hand letterers digitalized their work, to downloading Adobe Illustrator to try it out myself, to this project you're seeing.

The digitalizing of the hand lettering and layering on a photo took me 3 hours of exploration. I've learned from the articles and videos from fellow hand letterers (This is one positive reason I find positive about technology). Information is readily shared and one can potentially learn and get insights of what they are interested in through this platform. 

1st digitalized hand lettering + 35mm film image I've taken on M6, Summicron 35mm f2. 

This is the first time I've used Illustrator and here we go!  I'm elated on this new acquired skill, which allowed me to produce this original work!

*I like how the jeep is seemingly sitting on the gradual gentle hills and overlooking the mountains of Shiretoko peninsular.

Embrace hardships

Because...

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If you're facing hardships at this current phase of your life, may this hand lettering project bring you solace.

"I've enjoyed this project as this jeep reminds me of my love for adventures, and triggered my teenage dream of owning a Sports Utility Vehicle which could potentially bring me through difficult terrains". 

29th birthday project

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Each time I see this piece of hand lettering, I found myself humming to the catchy lighthearted song, 'Fly me to the moon'. On top of my hand lettering practice in a workbook (Hand lettering for relaxation by Amy Latta), I've decided to try out the template (which I've chanced upon and was inspired), for a playful change.

I've started my hand lettering journey proper exactly one month ago when I browsed through the sample book at Times, Waterway Point. I fell in love with it, so I bought the book together with a Uni fine line pen, Tombow dual brush pens, and Zebra mildliner markers as essentials materials for my hand lettering practice.
*Other stationery needed was a pencil, an eraser and a ruler for planning purposes.

Coupled with an interest in writing design, that's all I needed to start this.

 Workspace. Birthday edition (With a new hand lettering work, Eevee sticker addition and SB's flowers).

Workspace. Birthday edition (With a new hand lettering work, Eevee sticker addition and SB's flowers).

Did you hum along to the song too?