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Digital painting of a poster for the International Compost Awareness Week 2023 poster design contest. It shows young red bayam plants growing above ground, next to a heap of foodwaste and brown matter in the process of being composted. Beneath the plants and compost heap, taking up most of the poster, is an underground view showcasing the root systems and mycorhizzal networks in the soil teeming with biology and life. The title reads 'For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food...Compost!' The word 'Compost!' in the title is formed using various soil creatures, like earthworms, nematodes, mushrooms and lizards.
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of the young girl lying back and floating atop a colorful scent cloud, smelling a sprig of curry leaves. The scent cloud encicles the title 'Whiff', written in cursive golden letters
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of the young girl and her family gathered around a dining table in anticipation of a delicious dinner. The young girl is hugging her grandmother, who is wearing a dark blue cottom dress with white circular batik motifs. Her father has his arms on his hips, head lifted up as he sniffs and avours the delicious scent of food, while her mother is leaning forward on the table, also deeply breathing the scent in. The cat is sitting on the chair on the far left side of the scene, paws on the table and also delighting in the scent of the food. On the wooden dining table there is a pot of curry, a plate of blue-pea-colored agar agar jelly, a plate of pohpiah springrolls, a jug of lemongrass drink, and a stack of bowls and some chopsticks beside them. There are some potted plants (ferns and palms) in the background
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of a sequence of spot illustrations, against a background of dark blue with wavy textures and white circular batik motifs. In the first illustration a young girl with short, curly hair, some tied in a tuft above her head, is floating, following a cloud of scent, with arms outstretched as a white cat with a brown tail wearing a red harness comes bounding up joyfully towards her. In the second illustration, the girl kneels down in an embrace with the cat, while the scent cloud snakes around them, leading to the third illustration, where her mother and father also join in with the hug. The cat is a bit squeezed and uncomfortable.
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of a young girl with short curly hair, some tied up in a tuft on her head, floating behind bushes of blue pea flowers, following a scent cloud originating from the kitchen of her house where her grandma is cooking curry. Her mother, father, and their pet cat are standing at the front porch looking worried.
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of a dreamy, whimsical scene where a young girl with short curly hair, some tied in a tuft above her head, in a pale blue dress with a white sailor color, is floating and following a scent cloud that stretches across the page. Below her curry leaves, fruiting and flowering, are swaying, while a pot of curry and curry paste in a mortar and pestle float above the scent cloud, against a dark blue background of circular batik motifs.
Digital painting with chalk texture and batik-inspired style and motifs, of a close-up scene of a young girl with short curly hair, some tied up in a tuft on her head, rubbing tears off her face as a colorful scent cloud drifts pass her nose.
Digital painting of a person in a lilac shirt and khaki cargo pants wearing a beige farmer hat sitting on the ground leaning against a pile of soil/compost. She is holding a small lump of compost in her hands which is teeming with life like earthworms and insects. There chives growing behind her and banana leaves in the background overhead, as well as red bayam growing on the left, interspersed with some kailan seedlings. The roots of the plants can be seen going into the soil/compost which is teeming with biology (though not drawn to scale), and connected to a vast mycorrhizal network that runs throughout. There are earthworms, amoebae, bacteria, nematodes, protozoans, microarthropods, arthropods like springtails centipedes, milipedes, ants, cockroaches, beetles, and higher predators like a Javan myna and a house gecko, as well as some mushrooms sprouting out of the soil
Character design sheet of the Youth of Dawn, inspired by the bodhisattva Manjusri. It shows him in various poses with his blue lion steed (side view, sitting on the lion meditating, standing with his sword of flaming insight drawn, running through the dark woods, and taming a revealing a cat demon disguised as a beautiful woman with his demon-revealing mirror).
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan Poo Poo!' (english version), showing Shan Shan holding her tummy and making a face as she gets the sudden urge to poop while her animal friends look on in surprise.
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan Needs a Hug' (english version), showing Shan Shan asking Mr. Otter, who has just come out of the river having caught fish, for a hug. On the next page they hug next to the river.
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan Has No Friends?' (english version), showing Shan Shan playing with Little Sister Kitty, who is sitting a top her head, and telling mom that Little Sister Kitty is her friend.
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan and Big Brother Myna' (english version), showing Big Brother Myna trying to encourage Shan Shan to practise singing the song 'Mother Duck and her Ducklings' in the park
Book cover design (english version) of the third book in the series, Shan Shan and Big Brother Myna. It shows Shan Shan happily flapping her arms and singing along with Big Brother Myna amongst a grove of heliconia.
An ink drawing done for an on-the-spot NDP art competition organized by Our Tampines Hub. It features people wearing Singapore flag colours doing various activities at the Hub. In the bottom right corner a grandma and young girl are harvesting some Tuscany kale from the community garden. Behind them to the left are two boys playing soccer, and above them is a girl reading a book in the library. Two kids are participating in the art contest. A girl is drawing with her mother looking over her and a boy is proudly showing off his finished piece to his father. A female jogger is running along the Hub's jogging track lined with Singapore flags.
Book cover design (english version) of the first book in the series, Shan Shan and Ms. Water Monitor. It shows Shan Shan and Ms. Water monitor having a splash at the beach, looking happily at the viewer.
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan and Mr. Otter' (english version), showing Shan Shan running towards Mr. Otter and greeting him in a park full of lush vegetation. Mr. Otter is holding a fish and squatting next to a river.
A digital painting of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac racing to the Jade Emperor's palace, with story text woven in explaining how each animal ended up in each position. The animals are drawn with traditional Chinese papercut motifs and rendered in a textured style.
A digital painting of jade rabbits racing along Chang-Er's silken sash towards the moon, to leap into Chang-Er's embrace. Chang-Er is standing on the moon on the bottom-right corner, while her sash flows across the picture against a galactic backdrop with colorful nebulae and twinkling stars. Chang-Er and her sash are aglow with a deity's light, while the celestial jade rabbits leave golden trails and balls of light behind them as they bound forward. The leading rabbit is just about to leap into Chang-Er's arms, which are outstretched. The second rabbit is bounding up with a determined expression on his face, while the third is sliding down a section of the silken sash, the fourth is standing before the slide in hesitation, and the fifth is trying hard to catch up.
Book cover design (english version) for 'Shan Shan Needs to Poo Poo'. The front cover shows a backview of Shan Shan sitting on the toilet bowl pooping as she looks to the left. On the back cover she sees the backsides of her animal friends, tails lifted and butts raised, all standing ready to poo.
Book cover design (english version) for 'Shan Shan Needs a Hug'. The front cover shows Shan Shan looking to the left, standing on tiptoes with her arms outstretched, expecting a hug. On the back cover her mom is walking towards her also with arms outstretched, and Big Brother and Little Sister Kitty are in a warm embrace, as are Mr. Otter and Ms. Water Monitor.
Book cover design (english version) for 'Shan Shan Has no Friends?'. The front cover shows Shan Shan squatting on a grassy patch playing with a twig of wood, looking to the left with a surprised expression. What she sees on the back cover are her animal friends - Little Sister Kitty, Ms. Water Monitor, Mr. Otter and Big Brother Myna - bounding and soaring towards her.
A two-page spread from 'Shan Shan and Ms. Water Monitor', showing Shan Shan and Ms. Water Monitor playing with water at the beach. Shan Shan is splashing water at Ms. Water Monitor with her hands, while Ms. Water Monitor is splashing water at her with her tail
A digital painting of a tortoise-and-hare road race. Four hares are riding on their tortoise steeds and slowly inching towards the finish line on the left as the sunset casts its yellow glow on them. The second dark red hare in the lead is baiting his tortoise with a carrot, while the leading tortoise gets tempted and is about to swerve in the wrong direction. Her orange-furred rider is tugging at her reins in an attempt to correct her. Behind them, a purple rabbit is worriedly waving a leaf of lettuce to get his tortoise, who had stopped to chew on a clump of grass, back on the right track. In the top right corner, the fourth rider has slipped and is falling off her tortoise's shell, much to the shock of the both of them. A crowded rabbit audience is cheering the racers on from both sides, waving flags and blowing whistles and shouting.
A vector art illustration showing Shan Shan, a young girl with pig tails, a blue headband, and a brown-striped yellow T-shirt, sitting around a table at a beach with her animal friends, Mr. Otter, Ms. Water Monitor, Big Brother Myna and Little Sister Kitty. They are ogling at a bowl of cendol on the table which Shan Shan is holding. Mr. Otter is on her right, a look of curiousity and wonder at a smidge of cendol and coconut ice cream he has on his finger. Big Brother Myna is perched on Shan Shan's left shoulder grinning at the bowl of cendol, while Little Sister Kitty is trying to peer at the cendol with her fore paws on the table. Ms. Water Monitor is in the foreground also grinning at the cendol.
A digital painting photo study of a young girl with pale skin and long, wavy, blonde and pink hair, looking 3/4 and slightly down towards the camera. She is wearing a sleeveless black top and has olive-coloured eyes.
A digital painting photo study of a black lady with long frizzy hair, wearing a huge braided sunhat, off-white blouse, and orange-brown skirt, looking up to the left of the painting, with head partially obscured in the cast shadow of the hat, and fingers interlaced in front of her, against a pale ble sky
Book cover design (english version) of the second book in the series, Shan Shan and Mr. Otter. It shows Shan Shan and Mr. Otter sitting side-by-side on the front cover, beneath the title. Shan Shan is holding a pair of binoculars in front of her face and looking at Mr. Otter out of the corner of her eye. Mr. Otter is holding a scaly fish in his paws and is looking at Shan Shan out of the corner of his eyes. They are sitting in a park lush with vegetation.
Overview of the 6 characters in the children's book project Shan Shan's World. Each character is waving at the viewer and saying hello with a soeech bubble over their head. Characters are: Mr. Otter, Ms. Water Monitor, Shan Shan, Big Brother Myna, Little Sister Kitty, and Ah Tin (Shan Shan' mom).
Character design model sheet of Little Sister Kitty, who is a tortoiseshell kitten, showing her in a few different poses, juxtaposed with Shan Shan for size and mood reference.
Character design model sheet of Big Brother Myna, who is a Javan Myna, showing him in a few different poses, juxtaposed with Shan Shan for size and mood reference.
Character design model sheet of Ms. Water Monitor, who is a Malayan water monitor, showing her in a few different poses, some with Shan Shan for size and mood reference.
Character design model sheet of Ah Tin, Shan Shan's mother, showing her in a few different poses and expressions, some together with Shan Shan.
Character design model sheet for Mr. Otter, a smooth-coated otter who likes to roam about a park near Shan Shan's home. The sheet shows Mr. Otter in several different poses and expressions, also juxtaposed next to Shan Shan for size reference.
Digital painting of a scene in a storm. Shan Shan, a young girl with short pigtails in a blue denim jumpshoot and yellow shirt, is sprinting towards Mr. Otter and his family from the distance, on the right of the painting. She is carrying a green umbrella overhead as she sprints, mouth wide open and calling out to them. Mr. Otter is looking in her direction, surprised and touched. His partner is curled up next to him trying to comfort their young son, who has a fish in his two paws and is bawling, frightened by the sudden rain. Their daughted is snuggled between them both and playing with a fish in her paws, oblivious to the storm.
Character design model sheet of a young girl, with her in 6 different poses. She has two short pigtails with yellow hairbands, a blue headband, and wears a blue denim jumpsuit and brown-striped yellow shirt. She usually carries around a pair of binoculars which are slung over her shoulder.
Digital painting of a young girl with a blue hairband and pigtails in a denim jumpsuit and striped yellow T-shirt, with a pair of binoculars slung over her shoulder. She is standing in a park with spider lilies and tall grass in the background on a clear day with white clouds against a blue sky, and waving at the viewer.
Digital painting of Kiki, the Krita mascot, wearing a mage's robe and holding her stylus as a staff, making her way through a dark and spooky forest painted in the Fediverse doom grey color scheme. There is cold blue light emanating from her stylus eraser and bands near the stylus pen tip, illuminating her face, which is turned over her shoulder as if she has seen or heard something in the woods.
A digital painting photo study of a lady in a dark red blouse and dark blue trousers, squatting by a row of large ceramic pots and tending to the firewood beneath them.
A digital painting photo study of a lady weating a vivid green, purple and cream-coloured sari, with prints on her skirt, standing and waiting at a railway station
A digital painting photo study of a person with short, slightly curly hair, head facing the camera and angled slightly to their right. The right half of their head is in shadow and slightly obscured by bangs. They are wearing a long earring on their left ear and a multi-layered pearl necklace over a white shirt.
A digital painting photo study of a woman with long, straight black hair, wearing a black beret and corset, facing the camera with chin tilted slightly upwards and looking out of the corner of her eyes to her right.
Opening scene from my webcomic Refu(SE/SL/GE), showing a slightly neurotic and psychedelic self-portrait, subtitled: 'In which I am moulded into a defective product for the marketplace of human labour'
Title scene from episode 4 of my webcomic Refu(SE/SL/GE), showing me grinning broadly as I hold a freshly harvested cucumber in my hands.
One of the scene from episode 5 of my webcomic Refu(SE/SL/GE), showing me sitting in front of my laptop, offering to help my mom harvest some veggies from the garden. Panel below shows sweet potato leaves growing luxuriantly.
One of the final scenes of my webcomic Refu(SE/SL/GE), showing me sitting half-buried in soil/compost, admiring the cucumber vines growing above me, surrounded by bittergourd, chilli, brinjal, and sweet potato plants, and the living, breathing soil.
A digital painting of a little black and white cat sitting amongst a patch of flowering bittergourd and admiring a large, ripening gourd, done in a Chinese painting-inspired style
Digital painting of a young lady harvesting red bayam (amaranth) in a community garden, against a backdrop of banana trees and beans growing up a trellis
A digital painting of a young girl with a bobbed haircut and in a pink T-shirt, skorts and sport shoes walking a monitor lizard by a leash, against a beautiful sunset of a seaside park. The lizard is wearing a collar with the name 'DOG' on it.
A digital painting of Kiki, the white cybersquirrel Krita mascot, sitting and sketching in a lush green garden, against a backdrop of wingbeans growing on a trellis, and amidst a patch of Brazillian spinach, Asystasia and brinjal
A digital painting of a young lady, sitting in a hawker center, with a colorful head of candy-colored hair topped with all sorts of Asian desserts as accessories, looking greedily at a huge bowl of durian ice kacang as she prepares to devour it
Digital painting of a banana circle in a garden featuring various plants like brinjal, cranberry hibiscus, pigeon pea, petai cina, yam, okra, sweet potato leaves etc.
Digital painting of characters from a webcomic about my adventures in Japan, featuring me and my cast of friends, two astonished Japanese salarymen, a senbei-hungry deer, two drunk Osaka dudes (one of whom has transformed into a whaleshark), a cute, fat seal from the aquarium, a shiba inu, a Japanese streetside chef, a sunfish flying through the sky, against a dusky backdrop with a torii gate
Page 1 of the 'Osaka Kaiyukan' episode of my webcomic, 'I Went to Japan', showing the various animals we see in the aquarium
Page 1 of the episode 'The Adventures of Bellilula - Shinjuku Batting Center' of my webcomic, 'I Went to Japan', telling the story of my friend's adventures as she tries to find her way to Shinjuku, and meets two friendly salarymen who she asks for directions.
Close-up portrait of a furry bison, done in graphite on A2 drawing paper
Drawing in coloured pencils of a cute little red cardinal, sitting all puffed up on a stump in the snow
Acrylic painting of a horse galloping towards the viewer, kicking up dust against the backdrop of a rainbow-coloured sky
Acrylic painting close-up of a rough collie, head turned three-quarters to the left and panting.
Acrylic painting close-up of a brown horse from the side, against a dark black background with red and golden streaks
Acrylic painting of a maine coone cat, sitting on all fours on a table in dramatic lighting and looking straight at the camera
Acrylic painting of a fat fluffy maine coone cat, sitting upright and looking slightly upwards and to the right

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