My topic for this project is on animals, particularly deers. There are already many illustrations being done on animals, ranging from realistic to being really simple. This led me to wonder how could i set myself apart from them and make my works that can be uniquely mine. In the end, I was inclined to base my concept in singapore’s context since I am a singaporean myself.  I hope to bring the experience of being one out as well as to make it relatable to the others as well  through my works.

The style I was going for  was to resemble that of comics relatively. Hence, I arranged my works in an order that can tell a story, such as, “a day in the life of a singaporean deer“.  Since i was basing all the POVs from the same deer, I decided to name it so that it becomes more personal. The name i decided to go with is KiasuBuck since the number trait I think of for Singaporeans is being Kiasu and my main character also takes the gender of a male deer, also known as Buck.

These are made from the basic shapes as well as some found vectors.

Phone from the point of view of KiasuBuck is


KiasuBuck is having a lighthearted breakfast with his friend at the hawker centre. They also appear to be interacting with each other.

I felt that if deers were to have phones, how would it be? Instead of the literal phone that we humans use, i decided to make use of their long antennas as the source for their networking. Hence, in other words, the deers use their antennas as phones. In such a chaotic and noisy surrounding, we are easily distracted by many sounds around us, hence  i decided to place the blue radiating lines that resemble ‘signal’ in different directions and sizes. What you’ll notice here is i choose the word phone instead of talk as socialising. This is so because I felt this is a rather apparent phenomenon (people interacting behind the screens instead of face to face) happening right now with all the advanced technology. I also added many small details to enhance the flavour of living in Singapore such as the various signs one would always see, the tissue paper packet people would use to ‘chop’ their seats as well as the food that isn’t sometimes cleared away even with the implementation of self-clearing zones.

Food from the point of view of KiasuBuck is

2. food


Secondly, after Kiasu finished his breakfast, he fell hungry again soon after and wondered about what to eat. He decided to have Macs.

In this work, I aimed to portray it through those MacDonald coupons we always receive. Instead of burgers, I switched all the food to the diets of a deer and prices to where they are commonly being found.

Water from the point of view of KiasuBuck is

3. water

                   Bath Time.

After his meals, KiasuBuck thought it was too hot and decided to take a shower.

Here you’ll see an elephant spraying water for the deers to bath. I wanted set it up in a way that resembles the singapore zoo, where during the elephant show, there is always this segment where the elephant would spray water at the guests. Since deers are not really water creatures , i decided for the water to be just a few droplets instead of a full-blown water shower. Also, another common thing about Singaporeans is they tend to like to queue and queues have an indication of something being really good.

 Holiday from the point of view of KiasuBuck is

4. celebration


After bathing, KiasuBuck was comfortable enough  now but has  to rush off for work.

The holiday i was inclined to portray was christmas. To get into the mood, Kiasu changed into his uniform (santa claus suit) and the dangling ornaments on his antennas are to resemble that of a christmas tree. On first look, it appears to be a joyous occasion. However, taking a closer look, one would notice the forced smile, the typical-work-suitcase and the list of schedules. In Singapore , I felt that people are always working even in the holidays.

 KiasiDoe from the point of view of KiasuBuck is


On the way back, KiasuBuck found love when he had least expected it.

I wanted to play with the idea of finding love at unexpected places and thus my composition above. KiasiDoe, Kiasi because its the first trait i think of for Malaysians and Doe for female deer. In Singapore, its a common sight to see Singaporeans with Malaysians (Pr s). Personally, I also choose to portray it this way since that is what my parents are. 143 also have a meaning for I love you.

 Forest from the point of view of KiasuBuck is

6. home


Lastly, KiasuBuck settled into his new home with his family.

Instead of using the human furnitures, i made them with the leaves, trees, berries and acorns. Again, i wanted to play with the idea of how Singaporeans are always busy with work. I added some small details of what some typical Singaporean family would have in their homes, such as the yellow pages, the traditional chinese calendar and the pile newspaper, such as the straits times. In front of the bookshelf, I placed one baby doe who has fell asleep from studying, a common thing that happens to Singaporean students. However in the front, baby buck has this exclamation mark to indicate he saw something but was in his own world since the others are too busy to entertain him/ the person who always gets ignored because they’re on different pages.

-The End-

How it looks without the speech bubbles. -2. food -3. water -4. celebration -6. home

Since i was dealing with the subject matter of deers. I first decided to explore more on the forms of the deer itself and also to try out some of the styles from my artist reference.


traditional illustrations



I also tried out some compositions through digital manipulation. I wanted to show a juxtaposition of either a fake animal in real environment or vice versa. Hence, i started by taking a few pictures of my own toy figurines and found an image of forest.IMG_7488IMG_7489IMG_7490IMG_7491forest roads 1600x1200 wallpaper_www.wallpaperfo.com_19

This are some tryouts:

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After the first consultation with Joy, I decided to changed my approach and emailed her about the concept I’ve decided to focus on. This are some compositions that I’ve thought of:

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Initially I was planning on producing it traditionally but Joy suggested for me to try something that would be related to my major, interactive media (IM). Hence, I decided to move to digital style of illustrations in terms of execution. Before I did it digitally, I explored more on my composition and also to finalise how it would more or less appear in the end.

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When I finally to actually doing it digitally, I faced many difficulties as  I’ve never done digital illustrations before. Hence, I decided to illustrate my concept through the most basic shapes and some found vectors. This is an example of my tryout for the characterisation of Mr KiasuBuck.


Topic: Animal - Deers
  1. A tree from the POV of deer is food.
  2. A forest from the POV of deer is home.
  3. A stag from the POV of deer is eye-candy.
  4. A bambi from the POV of deer is fanfare.
  5. A petting zoo from the POV of deer is socialising.
  6. A zoo from the POV of deer is international zone/trapped.
  7. A stag fight from the POV of deer is entertainment.
  8. A human from the POV of deer is curiosity.
  9. A child from the POV of deer is friend.
  10. A hunter from the POV of deer is war.
  11. A predator from the POV of deer is fear/hide and seek.
  12. A herbivores from the POV of deer is friends.
  13. A family from the POV of deer is community.
  14. A venison(deer meat) from the POV of deer is nausea.
  15. A mating season from the POV of deer is fawn.
  16. A fawn from the POV of deer is protection.
  17. A water from the POV of deer is bathtime.
  18. A fence from the POV of deer is obstacle.
  19. A music from the POV of deer is party.
  20. A city from the POV of deer is walls/lack of freedom.
  21. A friend type from the POV of deer is kind soul.
  22. A phone from the POV of deer is socialising.
  23. A holiday from the POV of deer is celebration.
Artist References:


Hsiao-ron cheng

  • composition;in terms of the layout, angles and scales.

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Alena Tkach

  • Simple yet impactful to tell a narrative.
  • ‘kiddy’ effect – childlike in a way (crayon-like?)


Brosmind Studio

  • simple and clean yet playful layout
  • choice of colours; somewhat pleasant to the eyes (harmonious?)


Fabricio Rosa Marques

  • idea of animals personified

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Nick Kumbari

  • done solely based on lines & curves
  • play of colour theory


Andriy Yurchenko

  • interesting process of how image is made
  • form & colour follows outline of various overlapping circle




Bettina Güber

  • toy animals staged to portray an idea in both backgrounds alike their natural habitats and also when totally not.
  • hint of a narrative

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  • toy animals staged to portray an idea in both backgrounds alike their natural habitats and also when totally not.
  • hint of a narrative

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  • double exposure & overlaying
  • focus on mood/atmosphere in relation to main subject matter

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  • double exposure & overlaying
  • focus on mood/atmosphere in relation to main subject matter
  • found this artist’s works particularly interesting because of the animation which seems to enhance the mood/atmosphere in relation to subject matter(in my opinion).

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Paper Cutting

Elsa Mora

  • detailed
  • hint of narrative
  • overarching shape is representational instead of just a usual square/rectangle(normal paper shape)


Peter Callesen

  • pop-up


Lisa Rodden

  • to suggest idea of texture & form
  • minimalistic in a way?



Zim & Zou

  • choice of just of only two to three colours

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Mayuko Fujino

  • found her material of cutouts interesting which also serves to tell something about the subject matter



 Suzanne Bonanno 

  • bending & twisting of non-representational wires to form something we all know


Lauren Wargo

  • contours and maps of cities/places

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