A nice culmination of my lockdown watercolour practice, learning from different artists, my urban sketching practice, and learning perspective, as well as learning procreate, all of 2020 came to this point.
This commission for beer labels came to me via my graphic designer friend David, who had to design their logo.
I progressed quite fast from initial introduction to final work, the turn around was tight. We had one group phone call, one zoom call to finalise, and a bunch of texts exchange and within 48 hours, I produced all three of these water-colour artwork in 200% the size.
Thank you me for being so systematic, and organised. I don't think I've ever been this organised before. I knew immediately which iconic buildings to sketch, did the sketches, colour and technical tests to colour swatching, then I sketched the finished buildings pretty fast. What's funny is that the Jinrikisha building image reference that I used for Progression, was from a vintage postcard hanging in our bedroom wall. I did all the people in procreate, so they can all be resized and repositioned easily.
I also returned to my love of abstract painting with the sprays in the background, or I call them splotches using a metal straw. I did a lot of this in 2010 when I was in an art residency in Vietnam using Chinese ink on rice paper. I really remember that vividly because I recall some participants of the workshop really having fun playing with the straw blowing method. There are two really nice rice paper abstract artworks from that residency that are still hanging proudly at Ali and Xaver's place.
On 29th of December, 3rd Culture Brewery re-launched their new brand called Ren Min Beer Company. These three new beers were introduced at their two locations inside hawker centers. I went to the Maxwell Food Centre launch and did a quick sketch of the crowd before I had to leave for dinner.
The atmosphere was a buzz, and that was also when I meet Brian and Manbeer in person, Brian took care of the branding, and Manbeer owns the company. I thought with a first name like that, he was destined for this!
Such a great way to usher in a new year, and say goodbye to a year everybody will remember for generations as the year it all went ugly. But I won't be talking about that.
Here's to keeping it light, and trucking on with the good vibes.
You can find Ren Min Brewery on Facebook, and Instagram