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Summer Daze, Sleepless Nights — Illustrations for a Solo Art Exhibit

Solo Art Exhibition at Kafka's

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.

 
 A snapshot of the coffee shop, with my framed images on the walls.

A snapshot of the coffee shop, with my framed images on the walls.

 

Summer Fun

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.

 Coffee Bath.

Coffee Bath.

 Skateboard Girl.

Skateboard Girl.

 Summer Feet / Anticipation.

Summer Feet / Anticipation.

 Yoga with Friends.

Yoga with Friends.

 Coffee Spills and Splashes.

Coffee Spills and Splashes.

 Is that skunk I smell, or...

Is that skunk I smell, or...

Summer Feet

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.

 Summer Memory

Summer Memory

 Summer Dream

Summer Dream

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.

 Hope — Sundrop Flower.

Hope — Sundrop Flower.

 Strength — Snake Plant.

Strength — Snake Plant.

 At the Park.

At the Park.

 Head in the Clouds. I ended up loving this one. It started as a doodle that I developed into something more.

Head in the Clouds. I ended up loving this one. It started as a doodle that I developed into something more.