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July 10, 2004


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P e p p e r P r o j e c t

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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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
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
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.
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