Here’s a very special blog feature: an interview with the two young illustrators who created the visuals for our first SUPERKICKS book. Wendy Sing and Eugenia Cheok sure know how to inject excitement into their sketches. You can also learn a thing or two about their creative process here. Their links are at the end of this post, if you’d like to get in touch with them. Also, we just announced Book 2 of the series in this earlier post. Look out for it in a few months!
MEET WENDY SING AND EUGENIA CHEOK
Eugenia: Hello! My name is Eugenia and I am an animator and graphic designer, who previously went to the same school as Wendy, Nanyang Polytechnic Digital Media Design, Animation Diploma course. We both participated in the same team to create a film together, and were ex-colleagues before pursuing my further studies in Lasalle for my Bachelor Degree in Design Communication while taking freelance work at the same time!
Wendy: Hi. I am Wendy. I graduated from Macpherson Institute of Technical Education with a Nitec Certificate in Digital Animation. Thereafter I completed a diploma in Digital Media Design (Animation) from Nanyang Polytechnic. I am currently employed as a 2D Character Animator and Storyboard Artist with 2 years experience.
What was your creative process for illustrating Superkicks?
Wendy: I designed all the characters and the layout. After the design was approved, I started to fill in the details and clean up the lines. Thereafter I added shadings for all the illustrations in the story pages to make them more appealing. To make the story pages look more interesting, I adjusted the angles and perspectives. This gives the book a more dramatic feel.
Eugenia: (Talking about the lovely book cover) Firstly, I laid out the base color and added the shadows. This is called two-tone shading in illustrative terms. When a warm light hits an object, there will be a cool shadow. Secondly, for the background, in a real soccer field it probably would not be a pure green grass, with a tint of brown to indicate soil. Lastly, to give a dramatic effect, white lines were added along the grass to give a sense of speed.
You're very good at perspective drawing. How did you develop this?
Wendy: I loved to draw since young, especially creating characters from scratch. I would always draw them in dramatic poses that require some perspective knowledge. I probably picked up a little of the skill by reading lots of comics. I would always come up with some storylines and draw them in the form of comic panels. And with the knowledge that the lecturer taught in school, I slowly built my skills from there and got to where I am now.
Eugenia: I only learned about perspective when I attended school in Nanyang Polytechnic, hence, we did a lot of practice by drawing still objects such as cubes. Thereafter learning about the different kinds of perspective there is to know — One-point, Two-point, etc.
What are some tips you have for beginner artists who want to illustrate books too?
Eugenia: Practice is really the key in learning to illustrate. Drawing or painting every day will do wonders to help you improve, so no matter what setbacks, never give up and continue to draw!
Wendy: In order to make the illustrations look good, I think the most important thing is to design the layout of the pages first. So I will suggest that artists sketch out various layouts to see which is the best, before drawing the final lines. The next important thing is the mindset of the artist during the process of illustration. They should always imagine themselves as the characters they draw, to better portray the characters. We should also consider how the readers might feel when they see the illustrations. This will help make the drawings more natural and lively.
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