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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.

WHAT IS PEPPER PROJECT EXACTLY?

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.

WHO IS PEPPER?

Pepper is a fictional character, 100% designed by me. She is designed to be the mascot of my desgin agency- Paprika www.paprika.com.sg , 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.

WHY PEPPER PROJECT?

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.

WHY SO MANY STYLES?

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.

WHAT WILL I DO WITH ALL THESE PEPPER ARTWORKS?

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.

WHO IS STANLEY LAU?

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 www.paprika.com.sg 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 www.animalsquare.com 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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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.
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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*
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! That's so kind of you! :)
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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? ^_^
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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.
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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. ^_^
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kheng Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"WHO IS STANLEY LAU?

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

uh. you are stanley right? XD
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liquidfire Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
Will you be releasing 'Pepper Breeze' as a print any time soon? =)
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Just submitted it for approval, should be available in 24hrs. Thanks! :)
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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
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angrymikko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Btw really cool website!
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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.
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AstuteObservations Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2004
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!
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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. :)
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Iorhael Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004   Writer
hey? i think i've seen your t shirts around plaza singapura
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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.
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Haa..cool....yup I am a chinese and I was from HK.
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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::!:
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xiaoli Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2004
yay finally the mystery of Pepper is solved :)
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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.
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Pepius Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
You really are a source of inspiration. You da man! :)
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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?
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
That will be my honour. :)
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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!
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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. :)
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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 be....no you are inspiring alot of artist today! I love what you did by explaining things in this journal... great perfect job!
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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

GOOD LUCK!!
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mojaam Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2004
Not boring at all. Im interested with the multi-styles idea.
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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!
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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 ? ^^

mG
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chisa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
It's a great concept, and its good to have it fully explained here :D I really love all the Pepper art, always looking forward to the next one! I recently dropped engineering to try and pursue a career in graphic design, so talented and sucessful designers with little formal training such as your self are really inspiring me to work hard to do what I love ^-^
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ukitakumuki Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
fark... time to make some pepper art :D


Betta hope ogilvy dont see this eh Stan :D heaha

Political Stan (tm)
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Right, now then u wanna do some pepper fanart. I've been waiting u know....haha..

BTW, stop branding me lah! Stupid Kai.
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deathjanissary Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
yahoooo!!!!
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s-mcd-2006 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
YOU ROCK! w00t!
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OCRE Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
Oooh! I'd purchase a Pepper book!
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Sajedene Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
cool glad to know about all this thanks! I love pepper ^_^
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SaigonRadio Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
Ah you have almost the same exact thoughts as i do. I could not imagine doing the same thing over and over also. My goal, which i am still striving for is to do everything. No limits on 1 type of style etc..

Anyways You have a variety of styles, which all your works are awesome. I want to get my graphic design skills up to your level.
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Miss-Monster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
AMAZING website!
Paprika is a brilliant company concept! You already look like your doing well with alliances with Adidas and such.

You're looking for skilled programmers and web designers?
I know a few that would jump at the chance to work for something so fresh as Paprika.
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rage-oblivion Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
darn... i love pepper... am gonna go crazy..... can i make a pepper fanart? :dygel: can i? can i? :please:
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
My honour and pleasure. :)
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rage-oblivion Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
hurrah.... PEPPER... I love Pepper. ^^ :sheepish:
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Miss-Monster Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
You are a genius and an inspiration.
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cashshoe Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
i think Stanley's art kicks some major ass ;P and i can't wait for the 100th pepper so i can buy a book :D
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wolfsbane83 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
WHY SO MANY STYLES?

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.


:nod:
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lita-lita Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional
is not boring ... is cool know your projects ... im learn of you ;)
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kisscat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
That really wasn't boring.
Quite good to have this overview. :)
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tubenose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
That was quite inspirational and honestly, some of the stuff you said were really true like how sometimes a job as a graphic artist "restrains" you because of client's preferences. as well as...err...internal politics thingy :XD: i admire you for your outlook and how you reallly want to strive to be better. your artworks are top-notch and honestly me and my friend constantly visit your page. heheh! its an inspiration :D Well, hope you get to explore beyond your boundaries more and im sure your skills will only improve. hopefully one day ill be able to do the things you do. Good luck! :floating:
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Artgerm Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks alot. :) Let's work hard together!
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tubenose Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2004
yes ill work hard like you! :D you can count on that! :floating:
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