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Sat Jul 10, 2004, 8:37 AM
: P E P P E R  P R O J E C T :

Finally managed to sit down and write my 2nd journal entry, and it is exactly 1 month since my first DA submission. Looking at the pageviews - Wow.. it is 21378! Seems like my works did appeal to the members. Thank you thank you!
Besides, There are quite a number of members asking me about my Pepper Projects. For those who have been following my gallery comments and replies, you would have had quite a good glimpse of what this project is about. Nevertheless, I do feel that it is the time to post a proper write-up on Pepper Project, especially for the newer watchers of mine.


Pepper Project is a self-initiated project as a mean to explore different illustration styles with an uniflied subject. It has no criteria, no restrictions, no rules and no deadline. Basically it is an on-going project for myself to consistently pushing my limit in the area of digital art, on top of my fulltime job.


Pepper is a fictional character, 100% designed by me. She is designed to be the mascot of my desgin agency- Paprika , which it explains why the name Pepper. She is supposed to be our virtual receptionist as well, although we have not done much in that aspect.  In short, she is simply that Unified Subject in all of my pepper artworks. Because of the diversity of illustration styles I've been implementing in this project, how Pepper looks exactly is still a question mark.


As a graphic designer, I always like to challenge myself and to strive for consistent breakthrus. I always wanted to do things differently and based on my personal preference. Unfortunately, commercial designs are often driven by clients' objectives and perspectives. Which sometimes can be a little too boring, and i may risk building a comfort zone around me that is too comfortable for me to move on, to improve and excel. Pepper Project is to fill in this gap and to provide me with a good channel to explore new things, to be a constant reminder to move out of my comfort zone, to be bold and adventurous.


Well, I guess it is fun to do. I couldn't imagine myself doing the same thing over and over again. As a digital artist, i want to try new things.


Hmm, i have no plan yet. Maybe when i finish the 100th Pepper, I will compile them into a book for sale. haha... possible. For now, they are just your eye candies.


Stanley Lau is a chinese. He was born in HK, mirgated to Singapore when he was 17. He love graphic designs and illustrations since young. His first and only official design qualification is a diploma in Visual Communication at Temasek Poly Singapore. 90% of his design knowledge is from books, magazines and comics.

His first job after graduation is a senior graphic design @ Ogilvy & Mather Interactive, where he stayed for 2 months and quit the job after being overwhelmed by the internal politics. He, together with 3 other of his teammates at O&M, founded Paprika Interactive 3 years ago, where they are free from hierachy and politics, where they can truely express themselves and do good designs. Stanley is now working as the Head Art Director in Paprika.

Stanley has launched a street fashion label called Animal Square 9 months ago, together with his girlfriend- Madeline.

Stanley is still very passionate about design and cg art. Stanley still draw Pepper on a regular basis.

Thanks for reading this long and boring stuff! haha.

P.S. My Pepper artoworks are for sale now at DA Print! Please let me know if u like any particular piece of work to be made availabe for Print. Thanks alot! :)
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silenteeep Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2007
Wow. Nice journal entry. I glad i took the time to read it. You mentioned working for Ogilvy and mather, and i got i shock for a second, cos immediately i thought you were talking about the ogilvy here in south africa :lol: good luck for the years ahead mr Lau. have an awesome lifetime :boogie:
vicentvalentine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006
your artwork truly amazes me and i love pepper so much :thumbsup:
aTomsks Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
Im completely agree with your way of think about what must to do an ilustrator. I cant understand people when they close doors about try with diferents styles! Thats a really creative process and its a funny way to learn more and grow as an ilustrator : D

Btw, your Pepper proyect is amazing!!

Good luck man, with all your proyects!! : D
penguinluv4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
Yeah thanx for that explanation... i was kinda confused... like.. is she a girlfriend?... an obsession?.. just a character design you love?... plus the fact that she is so different in all of your works... they are all really good and i like all the different styles.. i agree with you completely when you say how you dont want to be "tied down" by a style..variety is the spice of life!
jaakobou Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
cheers stanley :)
mgdeath5 Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Talented =)
pseudorandom Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
I have always been interested in CG and design. I would work for you in your company for free if only to learn from you.
jealouz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
where can i get that 100 page Pepper Project Book?
Tharrick Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
I'd pay for a Pepper artbook.
Lillejord Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I fugured Pepper had something to do with that. Great way to work on versatility. You are definitely versitile and I respect that.
kyoucho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
Are you going through with compiling everything into a book? T^T ID SO BUY IT FOR SURE :heart:
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! yes that's my intention. :)
kyoucho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
yeay XD okay.. i hope hundreds and thousands of people will buy it too...!! good luck ^___^
alucardracula Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2005
DUDES u hav my fully support on this.... hahaha... before this i hav write the reply but i forgot that i hav loged out.. shame on me....

anyway... i totally agree with u in the condition we facing when the time we were workin inside comercial design agency , with all the boundaries and stuff we r not suppose to do and politics as well...

the feeling to breaking out is the same i feel right now... but ofcourse i am still new on doing so.. and still hav no power to do that yet, but advise from U fellow seniors will really help me....

as a DESIGNER, now a days i always feel like i was kind of being held in one sphere where I afraid that in future i will not able to express my self together with my art freely...

respect ur journal here Mr. Artgerm.... :w00t:

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NOTE : + i feel like i am losing a bit here, compares to the constant reply i write before this +
lesbian-harlequin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
wow this is so awesome! I just found a really talented graphic designer!! :worship:
ALVADALMA Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are one of the most complete artworkers outhere sir ..

Thanks for beying there ..

hugs ..
geckokid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional General Artist

i will definitely buy your book!
ALVADALMA Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hum . I got here much to learn.. with you ..
you are a amazing excellent artist ..
.. soo I haved to pick somethings from here to my priv art study collections
Thanks for sharing your art with us
yingmub Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004   Digital Artist
yes i can understand that politic stuffs. I like cg very much esp 3d. Sometimes i feel lost because i feel im bounded by the creativity at work. And i feel so happy creating my own style of drawing and 3d stuffs. That is why now i intend to take a break. But i hope someday i can get to work with a team that there are no politics and doing design that really express ourself and to me teamwork is very important. Sorry for letting you reading my boring stuff haha.

wow its really kool that you are publishing a book. i hope i can too but im still trying to draw better hehe. You must update us in deviant about the book and where we can buy it and hehe can you give me your signature on the book as well. Thanks^^*smiley*
angrymikko Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
only 1month!? Sorry you must get this a lot but holy cr@p! Well you've been incredible the whole time.
IsabelChiang Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2004   Traditional Artist
LOL. I'm originally from Hong Kong too. Came to Australia when I was 17. I'm studying here, all my family and friends are still in Hong Kong.

Love your work BTW.
martinhoulden Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004  Professional General Artist
congrats on the old 100k :) one of the few popular artists here who actually deserve it :D you da man. w0rd *folds arms*
Artgerm Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That's so kind of you! :)
leeyiankun Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
Funny how no matter you change styles, you always reminded me of my favorite artists.
Akiman(rider piece), Masaki(ice queen piece), and many others.

Your multi-talent prospect boggles me. I adore the ground you walked on, sir.
You truly deserve the word 'Talented' indeed.

Can you do us a favor and share your secrets to the world? ^_^
Artgerm Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your kind comments, almost embarassing. :)

Anyway, there are no secrets in my way of approaching art. You just need an adventurous heart which is willing to move out of your comforts zones and challenge yourself consistently, finding breakthrus.
leeyiankun Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2004
If only my adventures bare as much fruit as yours, I'd be a High-level Hero by now, instead of a low level lackey. ^_^
kheng Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Stanley Lau is a chinese. He was born in HK, mirgated to Singapore..."

uh. you are stanley right? XD
liquidfire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
Will you be releasing 'Pepper Breeze' as a print any time soon? =)
Artgerm Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Just submitted it for approval, should be available in 24hrs. Thanks! :)
erisdoll Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2004
Whoa, Hong Kong ? which side ? :)

I love your idea of pepper art !!!!! I've always also believed in variety ... but of course your so much better in diversity than I am ;)

I have I mentioned that .... I LOVE YOUR PAGE !!!!!! :D
angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Btw really cool website!
angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Hey that was actually quite intresting and it gives me a new perspective to viewing your art, wich I really love. I'm really inspired by the way you want to learn new things and you always achive your goals so flawlessly. Good luck with exploring the limitless possibilities of art.
AstuteObservations Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
very extravegant art you have here! it seems like you have really made sure to balance yourself out.. meeting everyone else's criteria all the time kinda burns you out after a while. not that i would know that much, but it still seems as if it would take away your creative tendencies. you have many different styles of art, so it only makes you more well-rounded. i congratulate you for doing what you really like! not many people out there who actually do that, so youre an inspiration to me at least!
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for your comments. Well I guess I love this kind of creative balance between my rice bowl and my passion. It feel like as if I am living in the gap between graphic designer and artist. :)
Iorhael Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004   Writer
hey? i think i've seen your t shirts around plaza singapura
liquidtiger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004
Holy crap your chinese too? My parents were from HK I-I-I-I I feel that much closer to you now.
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist I am a chinese and I was from HK.
po-po-tan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2004
after a month that much page-reviews?! amazing, but not more than logical :D your art is just great so people just have to check it out! i adore pepper! it's a great project and i love all the different styles, did you try art nouveau already? (in case you don't know that's with all the shapes based on nature, but i bet ya already knew;)) well i'm of now, of to check your :gallery::!:
xiaoli Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2004
yay finally the mystery of Pepper is solved :)
goldenavatar Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
I read this journal posting and I've got to admit, it's very inspirational and interesting. If you're not on my watch, I'm going to make sure I add you to it as soon as I can because keeping an eye on you might be shed lights on things I might learn. Thanks for sharing it with us folks on DevArt.
Pepius Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
You really are a source of inspiration. You da man! :)
Raz-Xion Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004  Student General Artist
:) I hope you wouldn't mind if I tried my hand to do some Fan Art of the lovely Pepper?
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
That will be my honour. :)
00chalcedony00 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
Oh and by the way, i think your idea for making all your Pepper works into a book is a fantastic outstanding and awesome idea! I would definatly buy it!
Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks alot for your comment. Really appreciate it. Let me work hard towards the actualization of the Pepper Book. :)
00chalcedony00 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
Its incredible what you have done and are doing, i truelly and deeply adore it alot, and its amazing how you're everything i have ever wanted to be and do in my future of art.... just im nowhere near there and probably wouldnt be =D Keep up your excellent works, gorgeous designs and strong determination. You're becoming famous and will you are inspiring alot of artist today! I love what you did by explaining things in this journal... great perfect job!
justaphrase Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004   Writer
It would be amazing if you made a book out of your pepper artwork! You could get a lot of money *nudge nudge* I know that if you made one I would be on the buying list! Hehehehehehe

mojaam Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
Not boring at all. Im interested with the multi-styles idea.
geargrinder Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
Hey, Stanley, make it (the Pepper Project compilation) available, will ya? :) I love how you progressed through your career since you graduated from College. God bless you bro!
mattgamer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Is there going to be a S a l t P r o j e c t ? ^^

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