Handwriting Day 2019

Penmanship

For the fitness of your fingers and the health your brains – write everyday, with a pen on paper!

Today, January 23rd, 2019 is Handwriting Day.
Have some intimacy with your favourite (fountain) pens and write on.

Pens in the video:
Sailor ProGear Slim, 21K gold hard medium-fine nib
Pilot Justus 95, 14K gold fine-medium nib

#handwriting #fountainpen #handwritingday2019 #handwritingday #fountainpenlover #penmanship #writing #liyincreative

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A Handmade Birthday Card For A Friend | Personal Creative Project 2018

Cartoon Illustration, Handlettering, Personal

This incidental personal creative project, The Project Unplugged 2018, took me longer than expected to complete. What was initially intended to be just a simple, flat, one-fold birthday card I wanted to make for a friend, got spiced up with more and more finer details as my enthusiasm grew in the process. I became overly ambitious, wanting to stretch my right brain as far as I possibly could as I worked on it.

Wholly-handcrafted, no means of digital assistance, except for some iPhone apps used such as Google Translate to help me with Chinese word searching tasks to lessen the pain in the ass, and Calculator to do some arithmetic. This project allowed me to be in touch again with my inner child, ground myself, heighten my physical senses as I came in contact and experiment with the different mediums and materials of craft-making, study their functionality and characteristics which I would not have known before, since I have always been working on the Mac and iPad most of the times.

The challenges I faced were figuring out the mechanisms of the pop-up card and envelope, my unfamiliarity with the types of mediums as on how they would react to different surfaces, sourcing for the right materials, and most of all, there were no Command-Z buttons available to undo my mistakes! Some of the papers and the multicoloured string that were kept for quite a number of years, had finally found themselves well utilised in this project.

I had almost given in to the temptation of keeping the end product for myself when it was near completion, but that would be sinning against myself if I did. So, in October, I turned into a courier woman and hand-delivered it to the rightful new owner. It was 2 months late after Ms. Phang’s birthday. Luckily, it was not a client’s deadline that I was missing but a belated birthday gift to a friend that could surely be pardoned. The gift was scented with a sweet-smelling Neroli & Orchidee by L’Occitance, a perfume that I would not use on my body but it totally fit the bill of a birthday card, surprisingly!

Here’s the birthday gift set, a 3-month worth of intense idea-hatching, creative juice-squeezing and right-brain-expanding piece of chef-d’oeuvre, as I would like to call it. No damage done in the process but all experience gained. I got to learn about the various types of adhesive tapes too!! Those were the blissful moments spent with less interference from the electromagnetic waves of digital devices. Unplug from the external computer, plug in to the inner supercomputer and let the magic happen!

Enjoy the video!

Check out the reaction of the birthday girl when she received the gift here.

Videos shot, compiled and edited on iPhone X.

What I Did Last Christmas

Caricature, Cartoon Illustration, Illustration, Sketch

Happy New Year, guys!!

I am back after a 3-year hiatus. I was not gone, but I have been more active on Instagram. You know how convenient it is over there with just a click of a button on your iPhone to upload a photo with a short caption, instantly, and your job is done! It is not necessarily productive, though. And now, with Instagram Stories, you kind of get the itch to share every single moment of your life or thought, or whatever, and it disappears after 24 hours. Eventually, I got lazy at blogging and forgot about this precious space.

Much had happened in the past few years for me. When I thought 2017 was tough until 2018 came, it just got unexpectedly tougher. It was an emotional rollercoaster ride for me in every way. I made one of the hardest decisions of my life to move back to my hometown, Miri, Sarawak after spending half of my adult life in the city of Kuala Lumpur. It was like starting life from scratch all over again. But, I found myself learning a lot and growing so much as I went on an inward journey of self-discovery and soul-searching. Nevertheless, I still love what I do and that is creating art. Something I know right from my childhood that I was born to do this.

End of last year, I promised myself to revive this blog. I will do my level best to update this space whenever I can from now on to keep it alive and connect with my audience.

Let me start off with Christmas last year. What creative did I cook up with? This. I drew my own cartoon character in Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer persona.

Here’s the final artwork which was colour-rendered in Photoshop.
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And here’s the original pencil sketch on paper.
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Ho-Ho-HoLiyin the Reindeer me! 😀

How was your Christmas and 2018? Share with me down at the comment section below.

If you have not already, connect and follow me on Instagram:
Personal @liyin_yeo
Creative @liyincreative

Cheers!

Artist Promotion on Society6 (until 7th June)

Illustration, Products, Society6

Do check out my new addition of artworks available in variety of products on my Society6 Store and get FREE Worldwide Shipping when you order them. Please click on the Promo Link here.

The Fruit Of The Spirit (I) is vailable on http://society6.com/liyin

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The Fruit Of The Spirit (II) is available on http://society6.com/liyin

Penang (I) is available on http://society6.com/liyin

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Promotion expires June 7, 2015 at Midnight Pacific Time. *Free Shipping offer excludes Framed Art Prints, Stretched Canvases, Wall Clocks and Rugs.

My Interview Featured On Baccarat Malaysia, May 2015 Issue

Art + Design, Cartoon Illustration, Illustration, Interview

Baccarat Malaysia magazine has published a 6-page interview of me and my illustration works on this month’s issue. All the feature artworks are some of the latest and proudest ever done for various clients.

Liyin's Interview On Baccarat Malaysia

In case you can’t get hold of a copy of the magazine, here is the set of Q&A of my interview:

AND SO IT IS DRAWN
YEO LIYIN enjoys drawing up a storm and shares some of her works with us
by RAINA NG

Liyin Yeo is not on Facebook. Born and bred in Miri she is a advertising and graphic design major who draws, travels, spends time in her garden and cooks. She also has a pet hen that lays eggs almost everyday.

Will you tell us about each of the pieces you have included in the series?
They are some of my proudest work of cartoon illustrations I ever done for clients for different projects.

Why have you chosen to include them and what inspired them?
They are some of the best works I have ever worked on and I am proud of them. What inspired them was the process of the making of the artworks. Thoughts and practice put into producing each piece of work is a journey of myself learning something new and sharpening my skills. The process itself inspired me. Leonardo da Vinci inspires me most of the time.

What are the things that are most important to you in your life?
Oxygen to breathe, food to keep me energised, clean drinking water to keep my body hydrated, a roof over my head but most of all, freedom! Freedom to do whatever I want without being judged.

What was your first encounter with art — when did you take your first drawing?
At a very tender age of 6 or 7 years old. The first piece I could recall vividly of myself drawing was a portrait of a Penan kid with a coconut haircut. I folded it and kept it in my the pocket of my pyjamas. Once, I secretly took some cooked squid tentacles from a plate during lunch and hid them in a drawer because I thought they looked artistic.

What motivated you to keep going?
Social media. Everytime I see awesome work done by talented international artists and designers on the Instagram, I tell myself, “I have got to keep going, keep creating more impressive work like that!” Just hoping for the day will come that I no longer have to misuse/ abuse those hashtags to get my work noticed and that the number of my followers will outnumber the number of my post. I am so not there yet, I have to keep going.

What in your view is art about — what is the purpose of art for you?
Art is in the nature and everything that surrounds us. The purpose of art is to express an idea, convey a message and just a pleasure to the beholder of its beauty.

And flowing on from that question, what is the artist’s work — what does it entail?
It entails a creative process, probably thinking along the line of breaking the rules, breaking away from the norm and being unpredictable in the end result of the artist’s work.

What makes a good piece of work?
It is so subjective. What do you think Picasso’s work – good? Or great? Personally, I think a good piece of work is one that reflects the artist’s brilliance of the artist’s mind with good sense of composition and colour, and excellent skills in his / her artistic style.

What is it that you try to capture in your work? Are they merely aesthetic?
Aesthetic is important, so is the element of the sense of humour of the message in the visual, especially in satirical cartoons. Make it sarcastic, dramatic and offensive if possible.

Do you always see images in your mind?
If I told you I don’t, I would probably be a plant. But yes, I do, especially when I close my eyes.

What would you like to do with your work? Where would you like to take it?
Show it off, expose it, make good money out of it, so that it could continue to create more, travel the world, and inspire others too.

Are there any projects you are currently working on, what motivated the project and why?
I am currently learning up a new skill and practicing hand lettering. I have always loved typography. Hand-drawn lettering has become a global trend nowadays that I would not want to miss out on acquiring the skill which also helps me incorporate into my illustration and logo designing work. I am always looking forward to opportunities in the future to work on new anything and everything new. The sky is the limit. I am here to make fresh ideas grow.

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Invitation To My Very First Art Showcase

Art + Design, Caricature, Cartoon Illustration, Illustration, Invitation

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Hello friends,

I would like to invite all of you to an upcoming art exhibition “SHINE”, where my work will be showcased alongside with 7 other artists.

WHERE?

The Refinery Art Gallery
G-3A, D6 Jalan Sentul
51000 Kuala Lumpur
(Nearest RapidKL LRT: Sentul Station)

WHEN?

OPENING NIGHT
Saturday, 6 December 2014
7pm – 9pm
(Will be officiated by a special guest
Ms Yeo Bee Yin)

ART EXHIBITION
6 – 31 December 2014
Open Monday to Friday:
12pm till 7pm
Weekends open by appointments only

See you there!

#art #exhibition #kualalumpur #malaysia