Hands Drawing Exercise

Some hands I drew.hands-exercise.jpg

Dayre UI Redesign

Dayre is this micro-blogging site that was popular for a time in Singapore and Malaysia. It built a nice little community of beauty bloggers, mummy bloggers and overseas Singaporeans and Malaysians. It changed hands, and has largely been neglected. The app is in desperate need of a refresh.

Which is why I chose it as my first UI redesign exercise.

Even though I’d been using it for a while, the icons still throw me for a loop. I added one of the major things on the users wish list as well, direct messages.

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Excited to see where UI exploration will take me.

UPDATE: After more editing, this is the final look I was happy with.

Dayre Redesign
Dayre Redesign

Avocado Pit Carvings ūü•Ď


Last (southern hemisphere) Spring, I was very into avocado pit carving. All you need is an avocado and X-acto knife (or some kind of pen knife), patience and some imagination.

I was in New Zealand for about a month then, and very amazed by the Maori bovine bone carvings. At the same time someone linked me to an article about a lady in Netherlands who does Avocado Stone Faces, and I was really inspired! I always wanted to try wood carving, but didn’t have the equipment, space, or place for it, so this was perfect.

Basically, one pit gives you two canvases to work on, as you have to split the two halves since they will shrink later and split anyway. First you need to wait between one to two weeks for the pit to dry a bit after removing it from the avocado. After carving you need to wait a few days before it hardens into a wood-like texture, and the colours stop changing.

Things I learnt through trial and error:

  • The uncarved top layer turns a lovely deep brown, and the carved portions turn into a lighter brown shade.
  • As it hardens the pit also shrinks, which may cause it to warp depending on the side you carved the piece.
  • You can’t be impatient, if the pit is too soft you can’t carve anything and will spoil the piece anyway.
  • Details can be carved a few days later when the pit is properly wood-like and harder.
Whale shark
Tiny Whale Shark

Media Team Hoodie Design Process

I’ve been serving in my church since the end of last year as a videographer (vision switcher) in my Church’s Media Team/AV Crew.

They had been wanting to have a hoodie for the team since I joined (and probably before that), and last month their plans finally came to fruition. I designed the back print, and here are some rough sketches I did, the digital file in AI, and the final print out.

The AV Crew comprises of 4 roles, the audio team, projectionist, cameramen and videographer. I was inspired by line art icons that I’ve been seeing a lot of on Pinterest and this was the perfect opportunity to explore that style.

By the way, the 6, 7, 11 and 12 are not Toto numbers unlike what some might think. It’s become a bit of an inside joke, but actually refers to the different input numbers on the vision switcher board. 6 and 7 are the cameras, while 11 and 12 are the projection screens.

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Pixel Art Update


I’ve been experimenting more on shading and colours.

The La La Land piece is that most challenging art work I’ve done in a long time. Low light environments are not my forte. It’s taken from my favourite scene in the movie, the planetarium, which distills the main message of the movie; chasing your dreams.

Learning Pixel Art

Happy New Year!

I’ve recently been learning Pixel art on Udemy since December, and it’s been a lot of fun! Especially the pixel characters.


Knives Chau, if you’re not familiar with her is from one of my favourite movies, Scott Pilgrim vs The World. It’s actually based on a graphic novel of the same name, and I actually used the colours from there, because they’re more distinctive.


Run Knives Run!


I wanted to try another style, so here’s Newt Scamander from the Harry Potter movie, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

On being an Animation Editor (links)

It’s about a month to the day I started working as an Animation Editor. I’d originally applied for the role of the Junior Storyboard artist, and had no idea there was such a role as an Editor in Animation.

In school, film students were taught editing (and filming), and Animation students animate.

Google didn’t readily provide resources either (unlike more other topics) so I decided to compile some useful links here, in case anyone is as confused as I was:

Judith Allen on Editing Animation

Ken Schretzmann on Editing a (Pixar) Feature Film (The Cutting Room Podcast) – Part 1

Ken Schretzmann on Editing a (Pixar) Feature Film (The Cutting Room Podcast) – Part 2

Interview with Chloé Kloezeman 2nd Assistant Editor at Pixar (Pixar Podcast) 

An Interview with Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, Supervising Film Editor of A Bug’s Life (Editor’s Guild)

Lee Unkrich on editing animated film

Interview with Beth Barnette, assistant editor at Pixar