The Singapore Mini Maker Faire brings a different range of makers this year. On top of electronics & 3D printing enthusiasts, tinkerers and crafters, we will also have an illustration artist who will demonstrate her work live at her maker booth at the two-day event at SCAPE – Yvonne Soh from “E’von LeAngelis S.”.
Yvonne shared that drawing has been very close to her heart since she was a child. She had taken part in drawing competitions in the local community centres and primary school and had been recognised by her teachers in her potential in art. Despite so, she had taken up her parents’ advice to pursue Science and Mathematics classes in her Secondary School years. However, she said that these subjects did not get to her and at the same time, she missed the opportunity to gain the knowledge of an art student. She caught on with illustration when she went to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) to pursue her studies in graphic design, and that was after she graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design from Singapore Polytechnic.
Some people probably find her story familiar. How many of you had to pursue something which you did not fancy, but did so anyway for some other reasons?
In Yvonne’s case, she had pursued her passion in drawing at a later part of her study life, and has now found her way forward with it.
When asked about her technique, Yvonne shared that most of her original illustrations are in black and white and are done either in ink or pencil with detail rendering/ shading before she puts them into Photoshop for colouring. To a layman like me, it is an interesting mixture of traditional and digital techniques. But apparently, most of the illustrations we see these days are done digitally as they speed up the process compared to traditional ways. However, Yvonne expressed an interest to master both skills.
Yvonne said that her inspiration comes from nature and dreams, and her illustrations revolved creations from imagination and memories. In fact, she still recalled her first illustration was based on a dream she had. In a way, her illustrations have become a way for her to translate messages and remember stories.
As she progresses, she also like to help people capture their stories or memories through her illustrations. Hence, she sometimes work on commissioned projects by individuals and organisations.
Besides working commissioned projects, Yvonne also takes part in competitions.
One that impressed upon me was the one she drew of a train passing through Fort Canning as it portrayed families admiring the greens while they passed through the park. The sight was a pretty one.
The illustration won third place in the Downtown Line 3 Hoarding Competition and is placed at hoardings of the construction at some various spots.
Yvonne had also taken part in Noise Singapore Festival a couple of years back, and found it a memorable experience where her works were even featured on temporary box installations and at bus-stop advertisement panels.
Her showcase at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire
At the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2013, Yvonne will be showcasing some of her past and present works, including two bilingual flip-up books she did with MandarinaKids – “Grandma’s Eightieth Birthday” and “Little Jay Writes an Adventure”. She will also be showcasing one of her persona project – “Outside the Gadget City” which I personally like due to the interactivity. Find out more about the book through the video she did of “Outside the Gadget City”.
When she is not talking to visitors, she will also be working on her illustrations at her booth.