Estée Chan | BLOG (2003 – 2015)

(Another) mad fish-creature

Posted in - ARTWORK, - LIFE by esteechan on 28/01/2015

Found this incomplete fish-creature painting when flicking through an old sketchpad…

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Ox girl

Posted in - ARTWORK by esteechan on 03/09/2014

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morning after | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 18/06/2014

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Childhood Heroes

Posted in - ARTWORK, - LIFE, Project Nostalgia by esteechan on 26/05/2014

When growing up, my childhood superheroes were Kamen Riders and Ultramans. I remember my uncle in Hong Kong used to record Cantonese dubbed versions of these shows on VHS tapes and would send them over to us in boxes and boxes. Those were happy days.

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‘Childhood Heroes’ – acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 20″

Fox Archer

Posted in - ARTWORK, - LIFE by esteechan on 30/04/2014

An illustration I did as part of a gift for my kyudo sensei. He likes foxes very much.

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monkey | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 27/09/2013

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blue | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 20/09/2013

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A Random Universe

Posted in - ARTWORK by esteechan on 23/07/2013

Recently I’ve been reminded of my old illustration – A Random Universe (2010, pencil). Even today I still don’t quite understand the piece myself, but I believe it to be an impression of my mental state at the time.

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yurui | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 22/07/2013

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night porter | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 24/06/2013

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Bowie: An Icon (mixed media) | UNIQLO, UTGP 2013

Posted in - ARTWORK, - CONTEST, - DESIGN by esteechan on 30/08/2012

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two hats | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 27/06/2012

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The Names Behind the Rabbit

Posted in - ARTWORK, - SKETCH by esteechan on 24/06/2012

There might have been some confusion between the characters Lantoh and Vibbon – but after thinking about it, I realised that they’re actually the two names of the same character! It may sound a bit funny for not knowing very clearly who my character is, but in fact those names have evolved during the development of the character itself and not realised in an instant. The name Lantoh is used more often in my art, whereas Vibbon is used more for avatar or representation of the character. Just a little history (if you’re interested)…

The design of the simple-looking rabbit, I think, must have been inspired by Trippy from one of my old game designs. The minimalistic look of the rabbit character was interesting to me because the rabbit shape was very strong and stylised, but also looks mysterious due to its plain facade. This led to a simple doodle in my old sketchbook of a similar looking rabbit but with a few more features to give it more personality. Most prominent were his big white eyes, chiseled ears and big teeth. In many of the older sketches he smokes, and gives off a lame and lethargic kind of feeling – this was perhaps why I named him Lan-Toh or Lantoh because in Chinese it is 爛兔 (literally ‘broken-rabbit’) or can sound like 懶兔 (‘lazy-rabbit’)!

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So what about the name Vibbon? This was probably more of an online alias and more abstract than Lantoh, but nonetheless a more interesting name to me. The name must have been inspired by a music game I’ve played called Vib-Ribbon, which has a vector white-outlined rabbit character called Vibri – who is also a nice abstract representation of a rabbit. I guess in the end, the name Vibbon sounds more cute and fun in an abstract sense; and Lantoh sounds more frank, literally – however, they are both names for this same rabbit who is still developing as I draw…

smoke | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 09/06/2012

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looking | girl girl girl

Posted in # GIRL GIRL GIRL, - ARTWORK by esteechan on 26/05/2012

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