Friday, December 28, 2012

The hills are alive...

...with The Sound of Music!

One of the perks of my day job is to work on the set design for the annual school musical.  This is Yew Chung International School's 80th Anniversary year, so it's no surprise that the classic tale was a top choice for this year's performance.

It's always interesting to try to incorporate my skills as an illustrator and a painter into something 3-dimensional (let's just say, precise architectural drawings are not my forte), but I must admit, the more I practice, the easier all that technical stuff is.  And even with something quite rigid in structure like the old Austrian manor and monastery found in The Sound of Music, using color and pattern can help give things a bit of punch and add to my artistic vision.

Here's a little recap of the performance (featuring our super-talented Primary & Secondary school student actors!) and the finished set designs below.

Prep for painting.
The set in pieces on stage, with scaffolding in place for painting.
Painting in progress.
The finished sets!

The "Monastery".

"The Manor"

More from The Sound of Music set design after the break!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012!

Merry Christmas & Happy 2013!   Hope this New Year is full of color, joy, & new adventures for all of you!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

DACS Reclaim

It's not often I get to team up with designers, illustrators, and artists from around the world to do something useful, so I was privileged to join forces with DACS - Designers Against Child Slavery at their recent exhibition in New York City.  DACS is a US-based non-profit group that invites artists from all over the world to utilize their unique skill sets and talents to raise awareness about the world's sex trade, as well as to create a source of funding for the prevention and restoration of survivors of trafficking.  

Art and design is a such a powerful form of communication, and DACS is dedicated to using it to bring change to the world. With over 2 million children alone enslaved in the global sex trade, making a difference seems to be a daunting task, but there is hope!  In partnership with The Blind Project, DACS recently hosted an art exhibition entitled Reclaim on December 3rd in New York City.  Out of the numerous artistic contributions from around the globe, all of the artworks sold!  It's incredibly exciting that art can be used to raise awareness and to make a change.  Thanks again to DACS; I'm thrilled that I could be a part of this. 

Reclaim - My piece for DACS United

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Christmas Cookies for Lane Crawford!

I'm not sure how December came so soon this year (really, how does time fly by so quickly), but it's officially Christmas season!  With the holidays upon us, I designed (uhh, not baked!) some Christmas cookies for Lane Crawford's Shopping Weekend a few weeks back.  Trust me, I'm not as skilled in the baking department as I am with a brush and paint (or Photoshop in this case), so a few local bakeries interpreted my designs into crispy sugar cookies with cheery frosting and fondant.  Here's my illustrated alphabet (in cookie form!) and a peek at Lane Crawford's gorgeous Christmas displays below.  Photos taken by me, but thanks to Lane Crawford for letting me happily snap away at my designs and their displays!

More cookie photos after the jump!