Kafka's Opening —
Art Direction, Illustration, Installation
Kafka's Coffee & Tea decided to open another location at the Centre for Digital Media, and they invited me to create a solo art exhibit for their space.
The new space would attract digital media students as well as game studio workers nearby. Hence, for the exhibit, I went more digital — I created sixteen pieces of colourful digital illustrations honouring summer sports and activities, as well as a love for coffee.
It was a huge learning process figuring out the whole process from design to implementation of putting on an art exhibition — with designing the pieces, figuring out installation layout, as well as printing, trimming, framing, and installing the pieces.
At the time, I was also working on another digital media project (Music Holograms) full-time, so I did not get much sleep and hence called this exhibit Summer Daze, Sleepless Nights.
The exhibit was featured as an article on Scout Magazine.
For these illustrations, I wanted to portray different summer activities. Coffee, of course, is a huge part of summer — and I also wanted to relate my illustrations to the home they were on display at, Kafka’s Coffee & Tea.
With this flat design style, I made my characters somewhat anonymous-looking (to make them accessible and relatable to anyone), yet with a lot of personality in their actions and movements.
On another wall, I put up two pieces of dangling feet. Different colours, as well as titles, can change the feel and atmosphere of an illustration.
I actually had so much fun with the colours in this illustration, that I created an animation gif of the changing colours.
People, Big and Small
For the back wall, I created a few more minimalist illustrations. These are a little more personal for me, and atmospheric. As opposed to the cleaner digital illustrations above, this style is more hand-drawn, personal, and narrative-telling — which is more suitable for editorial, magazine, book illustration.