Sketchbook: Take.Flight

February 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Coursework, Pen | 3 Comments
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Take.Flight was meant to be a major papercut, but I realised that the design was not suitable due to its negative/positive spaces. (Designs within the pheonix could not be seen) So here it is, the inked version of Take.Flight. Enjoy! (:


Sketchbook: Griffin

January 19, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Posted in Colour Pencil, Coursework | 1 Comment
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A colour pencil drawing of a Griffin from Greek Mythology. It has the head, front limbs and wings of an eagle but the body and tail of a lion. (Plus large mammalian ears)

I had to take this using a camera because my scanner gave way. It also looks extra grainy because I did it on watercolour paper and now I’m regretting I did that. ):

Moonlit Night.

January 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm | Posted in Digital Graphics | 6 Comments
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I played around with Photoshop again, focusing on Fantasy. (my theme according to Artist Statement) I tried a more semi-realistic approach with digital painting as opposed to last post’s cell-shading style. I’m quite proud of the dead tree which I made a custom brush from a photo reference! I hope to create an even more realistic look in my next digital painting.


Here is a slideshow of the art process! (:

Pheonix Cell Shading

January 12, 2008 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Designs, Digital Graphics | 1 Comment
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I was playing around with Illustrator, and drew a lineart of a Pheonix. I cell-shaded it in Photoshop and here it is! I’m not very good at digital art, but I enjoy using this medium as there are endless possibilities.

Artist’s Statement.Dragon’s Head

January 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm | Posted in Colour Pencil, Coursework, Writings | 10 Comments
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From my Sketchbook:

Dragon's Head“I am deeply fascinated by the human creativity in creating fiction and fantasy. Mythology and Legends are exemplary examples of the human creativity that had outlasted the erosion of time. However, these fantastic creatures and tales are gravely endangered by rapid modernisation and scientific eradication. Humans lose their gift of imagination slowly to maturity as they age, although somehow we are still fascinated by stories of mythical creatures and mysterious beings. There is an undeniable attraction within this conceived world that inspires us and allows us to detach ourselves from reality. I wish to encompass this magic into my artwork . I aim to create this fantasy through visual art, and spark the imaginative child in others.”

-Xin Yan

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