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Like the rest of the Singaporean guys, I have to fulfill 2 years of National Service in the Army. In the 2 years, I was appointed as the lead designer for my camp to produce publicity materials like banners, T-shirts, wall murals, posters etc. It was fun and kept me in tune with who I am; at the same time, this earned me extra off days. After my NS days, I was even more determined to pursue Art & Design as my career. Although I faced resistance from my dad, I was able to convince him with my determination and confidence in success in this industry.
"My text books were filled with doodles and flip book animations. That was fun!"
In general, 80% of my design knowledge and skills are acquired through self-learning via books and Internet. I like to challenge norms and general perceptions, which help me to find out theories behind things. Being curious by nature, I question about everything. For example, I can spend time to check out every command in Photoshop, to find out its very function Think about the exact color of a trees shadow under a clear sky compared to a stormy one, in different times of the day.
"For example, I can spend time to check out every command in Photoshop, to find out its very function "
"To me, creativity is revisiting the old things with a new perceptive that people can relate to."
I love the feel of traditionally mediums as they are random and imperfect, which is hard to reproduce digitally.
The experience is fun and rewarding. I managed to get in touch with artists from all levels internationally and get feedback of their perception of my art. On top of that, Im motivated to keep my page alive with new artworks, despite of my insane busy schedule, which eventually kept my sanity. Also, DA became a good channel to source for suitable talents for my jobs after Imaginary Friends Studio was set up. (www.imaginaryfs.com)
"I managed to get in touch with artists from all levels internationally and get feedback of their perception of my art."
Pepper Project is a self-initiated project as a mean to explore different illustration styles with a unified subject. It has no criteria, no restrictions, no rules and no deadline. Basically it is an on-going project for me to consistently push my limit in the area of digital art.
I like to challenge myself and to strive for consistent breakthroughs. I always want to do things differently and based on my personal preference. Unfortunately, commercial designs are often driven by clients' objectives and perspectives, which can be a little too boring, and I may risk building a comfort zone around me which may slow down my progress. Pepper Project fills this gap and provides me with a good channel to explore new things, to be a constant reminder to move out of my comfort zone, to be bold and adventurous
"...to explore different illustration styles with a unified subject."
2) Parents They nurtured my artistic talents since young and were ever supportive & encouraging.
3) My Girl Being the best fan & friend, always there to support me & to believe in me
4) Creator of Doraemon The legendary comic of creativity since childhood
5) Position still available!
With IFS, the above can be done in a much bigger scale.
10am Wake up
10.30am Reach IFS @ 10.30am as my studio is 10mins walking distance away which was my intention. Hah...
10.30am to 1pm - Receive updates from Edmund (my studio manager). Edit the linearts of King of Fighters submitted by my artists. Work on the linearts of my chosen character of KOF (Lien Neville)
1pm to 1.10pm 3 Rounds of KOF Maximum Impact 2 with fellow colleagues.
1.10pm to 1.45pm Eat & chill.
1.45pm to 2pm 3 more rounds of KOF Maximum Impact 2 better digestion.
2pm to 3pm Walk around the studio to check the progress of individual artists.
3pm to 3.05pm Watch some video clips downloaded by Edmund. (A new PS3 controller!)
3.05pm to 4pm Work on the 2nd piece of linearts of Lien.
4pm to 4.05pm Watch another clip downloaded by Kendrick (kunkka)
4.05pm to 5.15pm Work on the 3rd piece of linearts of Lien
5.15pm to 6.15pm Touch up artworks submitted by my artists.
6.15pm to 7.30pm First Game of DOTA.
7.30pm to 8.15pm Dinner
8.15pm to 10pm 2nd game of DOTA
10pm to 11.30pm Did 20 pieces of quick sketches of KOF as references for my artists.
11.45pm Home Sweet Home and sweet time with my girlfriend.
Founder of Animal Square (www.animalsquare.com) - a T-shirt label
Founder of IFS (www.imaginaryfs.com)
Creator of Pepper!
Still running IFS which by then will be fully matured and known internationally.
Ever so passionate about Art.
Getting ready to start a school to pass on my knowledge to the next generation of artists.
"An elite artist is not someone who waits for things to happen but one who actively seeks for knowledge though every mean."
Interview conducted by Thunderstatement. Thank you Artgerm.
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Joseph Arruda - Tobias Zeising - Nicholas Rougex - Lia Saile