5 Shades of Solitude (2015)

As 2016 comes to an end, let’s put a film of mine from 2015 up online for all to watch 🙂 This is my first attempt at directing a 2D animation and I had fun with experimentation on both visuals and music!


It’s All Connected (2016)

A new animated short by me, inspired by Don Hertzfeldt and Donald Schön’s concept about learning.

5 Shades of Solitude (2015) Facebook Page

Dear all, presenting to you my animated short film entitled 5 Shades of Solitude / 5种孤寂与静默, produced at LASALLE College of the Arts, funded by National Arts Council.

I had the chance to work with Eternality Tan and David Lee from Singapore Film Society to produce this work for the Utter Festival 2015, a prelude to the Singapore Writer’s Festival. Managed to once again work with talents from my batch of ADM animators, Jing Hua and Jamin Wu, my trusted music composer Moon Chew, another freelance talent Nani Nurani, as well as my diploma student who graduated this year, Jimmy Quan on the narration. The poem that I translated is written by Chow Teck Seng entitled 5 Colours of Melancholia and Silence / 5种孤寂与静默.

The film is scheduled for a release on the 28th of August, 7.30pm, at GV Suntec Singapore. Tickets TBA.

There will also be a talk prior to the screening on the 22nd of August, 2-3pm at SCAPE, to share with fellow animators and filmmakers on the process of adapting a local literature into animation, TBA.

Like the facebook page to stay updated!

Pen Sketches (selection I)

Singapore River Watercolor Plein Air (8 Feb 14)

Shophouses at Singapore River
17″ x 12″ Watercolor Plein Air
Will put some linework over it to ‘fix’ the bad edges!

I don’t have much experience with plein air, ended up holding the board for hours..

Little India Watercolor Plein Air (7 Feb 14)

Little India Plein Air
12″ x 17″ Watercolor
Bad brushwork due to lack of practice but I feel happy being able to keep up with my hobby! Got sunburned though, and the area is right beside piles of rubbish and a public toilet…

Painting – Kashima Canyon

Kashima Valley
Acrylic on Paper

Actual painting much better than photograph! Many thanks to Prof Ng Woon Lam for the painting class. This is my final assignment submission.

Check out the planning progress below!

1. Abstract Structure Planning, design of shapes, sizes and direction

2. Planning the tones, adding more levels, deciding on rhythm.

3. Drawing the forms, linework.

4. Planning the colors (blue-green zone dominant) in digital without getting your hands dirty

5. Preparing the materials. Paper used is Bockingford 300gsm, brushes have no known brand, paint used is Daler Rowney’s System 3. Cheapest combination.

6. Setting up a studio space in my room. Using grids for accurate drawing.

7. Testing the palette, laying down the first layer. The painting process is many times faster than the actual planning.

8. Finding different edge transitions, throwing in more colors from other zones for dynamism. And finally tightening up loose/bad edges. Not forgetting to use glazing or similar techniques to push the amount of color variations!

Hope you enjoy the piece!