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  • Laminate Most Wanted Vol. 3 - Interview + Feature

    Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 4:26PM / Members only

    • How did you first get interested in art and how old were you then?

    I was around three or four, when I saw my classmate showing off her princess drawing to the class. I thought to myself, “I would have different approach to the princess.” Then I went home, picked up my pencil and started to draw and explore. My parents were amused by my sudden interest into drawing. Since then, drawing has become my biggest passion.



    • The characters you draw often look fragile and childlike - what is the inspiration behind them?

    I get really emotional when I paint, sometimes I have the feeling that the characters I draw, they live inside me and they feed off my emotion. Perhaps I get too carried away, I have even seen them in my dreams for a few times. They talked to me as if they truly existed, their skin was delicate and their voices were childlike. My work is heavily inspired by dreams and things that happen around me. It is also a reflection of the inner world that exists inside me.



    • Who and what currently influences you?

     I’m inspired by the very atmospheric paintings from the Renaissance period especially Leonardo Da Vinci’s, I love that Sfumato technique that he used in his paintings. The atmosphere is so strong that it sends chill down my spine. I like also the beautiful work by H.R. Giger, Mark Ryden and Amano Yoshitaka.



    • You've recently started working with Aum Brand who print your designs on their apparel. Are you enjoying this foray into fashion?

    It’s my first time ever working with a fashion brand, I’m lucky that it’s Aum Brand whom I’m working with. The founder of Aum Brand Amar Stewart is also an artist, he understands how to work with artists and he has a very strong aesthetic sense of combining art with fashion. It’s thrilled to see that people love my work and want to wear it around.



    • What does your creative process look like?

    The majority of my work is painted digitally, so I pretty much paint everything on my computer using a drawing tablet. My work is heavily inspired by my dreams, so when I wake up from an inspiring dream in the middle of the night, I would get up and write down the idea. It always takes me long to be able to fall back asleep and this comes the interesting part. All kinds of crazy and weird vision would hit me as I try to fall asleep at this point. Perhaps that’s why I’m prone to wake up to sleep paralysis and unexplainable hallucinations where I see, hear and feel many unearthly beings. They could be really scary but these dreams/experiences have become my biggest source of inspiration that sometimes, I would induce the experience on purpose just to be able to see these unearthly beauties. I like to integrate these elements into my work, not necessarily has to be a solid figure that I see, but more symbolic like the atmosphere and emotion that embraces me at time.



    • What are your plans for this year?

    I’m currently working on 3 upcoming group shows and I am planning to collaborate with other artists on an art project which I can’t say anything to the public yet. But stay tuned!


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  • Curvy 8 - Interview & Feature

    Tuesday, May 29, 2012 4:03PM / Members only

    What impact has the place you grew up in had on your work?

    I wasn’t born rich and I grew up in one of those public housing estates in Hong Kong which has a pretty high suicide rate and a lot of domestic problems (it was common to see people jump off and die, I saw my first dead body at the age of 8, that image is still stamped in my mind). Even though I no longer live there I still dream of that place frequently. For some reason, the place is always so gloomy and creepy in my dreams, not like I had an unhappy childhood there. People are curious about the obscure atmosphere in my work, sometimes it’s the subject matter that I don’t want to illustrate with a happy and colorful palette. Other times, I think I project this atmosphere in my paintings unconsciously. I’m glad that I grew up in such a place though, where I was raised to be sensitive to my surroundings.

    What mediums do you tend to use in your work? Are there any others you'd like to try?

    The majority of my work is painted digitally. Regardless of its flexibility, I still prefer to paint brush stroke by brush stroke using a drawing tablet. I work with layers and self-made brushes but I don’t use built-in filters and effects. I also work with traditional media every now and then. I am especially interested in sculpture, I think this is something that I would like to explore one day.

    How do you come up with the concepts for your work?

    I like to combine realistic subject matter with surreal elements which are greatly inspired by my dreams. I like to touch people’s emotion and let them come up with their own interpretation when they study my work. I am always hit by a strong vibe of emotion when I paint, it’s crazy, sometimes I think my work has a mind of its own and it feeds off my emotion. When I don’t have a solid concept, I would just let my mind wander and pick up random thought fragments while I doodle. A great idea is born this way sometimes. If I play around with it more, It could turn out to be a complete different concept. I guess it’s good since I don’t want to limit myself to just one single idea.

    What is it that inspires you?

    Sometimes from dreams, sometimes from the vision I see before I fall asleep, sometimes from an instantaneous idea that sparks in my head. They hit me at random time and they always turn out to be really interesting elements which I could use in my work. Especially dreams, I have very crazy, vivid, tangible and symbolic dreams and I remember them in precise detail. Other than that, I am also inspired by music, especially music without lyrics, social injustice, the human condition, shades of colors and things that happen around us.


    What motivates and drives you to be creative?

    Honest and constructive feedbacks from people, it helps me to grow and improve. Beautiful works by other artists or a really good piece of music can also lure me into a creative mood. I also like to look at my old work and find out things that I could have approached better. Art to me is not just a hobby but also my passion and career. I’m thankful that I get to chase my dream and do what I enjoy doing, I think the passion for it is the biggest motivation of all.



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  • Some WIP shots of my new collection

    Friday, Apr 27, 2012 5:45PM / Members only

    A sneak peek of a new collection that I'm working on!

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  • Vote for me :)

    Monday, Apr 16, 2012 3:07PM / Members only

    I'm joining this competition (and trying to earn a chance to showcase my work at New York Times Square)!

    vote for me!



    Click "collect me" on the top right
    Login with Facebook (to avoid fake vote)
    If you are already logged in, it will redirect you to a new page
    Click the thumbnail of my work in the middle of the page
    Click "Collect Me" on top right again
    If you see a number, then it means the vote is completed! :)


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  • A wip pic and Artwalk 2012

    Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 5:42PM / Members only

    This is for a skateboard art show in May (Hong Kong), can't show the finished deck before the show opens but here's a wip pic! :) Will post show info later!

    Meanwhile, Jeremy Jangord and I will be showing our work for this year's Hong Kong Artwalk at Above Second gallery.  (14th March, 5pm to 12 midnight)

    Ticket info here: http://hongkongartwalk.com/2012/ticketing.html

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  • posted on Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013 1:35AM  [Report]
    happy birthday
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    posted on Friday, Sep 14, 2012 12:19AM  [Report]
    hello !!
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    posted on Monday, Jul 16, 2012 3:55PM  [Report]
    I hope that you are having a Truly Fabulous B'day !!!
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    posted on Sunday, Jun 3, 2012 12:10PM  [Report]
    Hello Sonya
    is me Alan from www.anniewholifestyle.tv
  • posted on Friday, Mar 30, 2012 6:29PM  [Report]
    I love your work!
  • posted on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 10:53PM  [Report]
    Is that Jacob in drag?
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    posted on Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 11:56PM  [Report]
    M3GA <3
  • posted on Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 12:49AM  [Report]
    i agree totally.
  • posted on Wednesday, Dec 21, 2011 2:31AM  [Report]
    thank you very much for introducing me to the works of some really talented artists.You know I could be wrong about this but It seems that the artist in HK are more like a community. what i mean is you all kinda know each other and interact with each other. I really like that. Do you feel its true?
  • posted on Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011 9:15PM  [Report]
    o wow some good ones
  • posted on Monday, Dec 19, 2011 10:24PM  [Report]
    Hi Sonya how are you? Sorry to say I am not on this social site that often but it seems to have some pretty interesting people. What other artist on here could you recommend to me? ??Don't worry i will not leave you for another artist you will always be my favorite :) haha
  • posted on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 4:52PM  [Report]
    is my pleasure bcm ur fans ~
  • posted on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 4:36PM  [Report]
    *^^) aww, really abit darkest through your art work~

    somehow is impress me, welcome your sharing always.
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    posted on Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 5:15PM  [Report]
    i should say thanks for the privelege!
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    posted on Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 4:36PM  [Report]
    wow. great stuff.
  • posted on Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011 11:54AM  [Report]
    how are you !
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    posted on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 2:17AM  [Report]
    happy birthday...
  • posted on Sunday, Jul 17, 2011 12:23AM  [Report]
    お誕生日 おめでとう ございます!
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    posted on Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 7:51PM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday
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    posted on Saturday, Jul 16, 2011 3:04AM  [Report]


    have an awesome one ;)
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