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I am a voyeur. I would stand and stay hidden at one street corner to look at things and people around me for as long as I can. Then I would sketch what I see in front of me. If I am having a coffee break, I would sketch the coffee shop I patronized. Unlike taking a snapshot with a camera, sketching allows me to get acquainted with my surroundings. It is like a process of getting to know someone I haven't met before; you reveal something more as you get to know the person more. Sketching makes me see beyond what I would look at normally, and most of the time, it is also a record of my emotions and even my thoughts. It involves your entire being. A sketchbook is like a journal or a road map of my life's journey. It is not entirely about putting down nicely drawn gallery worthy pictures, but a record of what matters to you everyday.
Master of Fine Arts - Animation
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA, USA | May 2008
Certificate - Sculpture
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Bachelor of Arts - Interactive & Multimedia Design
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia | 2001
Bachelor of Applied Science - Materials Engineering
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore | 1996
Though Don was born & bred in Singapore, he has never gotten used to the hot & humid climate here. And unlike locals, he has never successfully enjoyed chilly and spicy food without working out a sweat. Therefore he longed to live in the northern part of the earth's hemisphere or the south where he could see a change of seasons and where the weather is not as harsh. Don is basically a self taught artist and an engineer by training.
In 2006 he was awarded a MDA Media Education Scheme scholarship to pursue an overseas graduate studies in animation. On graduation, his thesis film "Cafe Voyeur" was awarded Honorable Mentions among others from around the globe in the Animag 2009 Students' Film Awards. At the same time, he was also one of the 5 teams chosen for his collaborated entry to be one of the Finalists for the Disney Imagineering ImagiNations Design Competition 2008. In addition he interned and worked a year for The Walt Disney Company Imagineer/Parks & Resorts Online as a Visual Development / Concept Artist.
Currently he is working as a full-time illustrator for books, magazines and advertising agencies. His specialties include: Character design, animation designs, creating storyboards, comic and etc. His favourite traditional media includes watercolour, pen & ink, pencil and acrylics. He works digitally with all Adobe programs, Corel Painter and Autodesk Maya specialising in 3D Modelling, Texture Painting and CG Lighting. He hopes to publish his comic books and work full time on his animated film.