DAD: Hi there, would you tell us a little about your artistic background?
PP: I started out as an illustrator under my identity Pixelpastry. After establishing myself as an artist and graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts, I was headhunted to join an advertising agency in Singapore, Tribal DDB.
DAD: When did you start your career as an artist?
PP: When I was eighteen. I was kicked out of school. Feeling hopeless and defeated, I suppose — in this gloomy phase of my life I found an opportunity and a defying determination to set out to achieve what I felt I had a passion for, and started my own artistic career.
DAD: Do you have a favorite artist or who and what are you inspired by at work?
PP: If we can define writers as artists too, my present favorite artist has to be Alain de Botton. His philosophy inspires me to live life, not just survive it.
DAD: Where do you get your ideas for your motifs from?
PP: Ideas are a mash of sorts that can be discovered around you. While this question can be easily answered with google and the internet, I think inspiration can exist physically around us, including the people who work with you.
DAD: Which media or software do you use for your creations?
PP: It used to be the common Adobe tools— Photoshop and Illustrator. However I am now shifting interest from the former static illustration, to animation and film. I am now tapping on film software such as Adobe Aftereffects and Premier Pro.
DAD: How would you describe your style, how does your art spark interest in its beholder?
PP: I think that my art is a little dark and is usually inspired by social causes. We are by nature emotional creatures, and thus I like my work to be more than just a work of art— To be able to evoke a deeper emotion in the viewer, touching on their inner thoughts and emotions. That is why I am shifting more interest towards moving images that can convey storytelling.
DAD: What was your favorite project until now and why?
PP: It has to be I M PERFECT. It was a dissertation and exhibition that focused on society’s physical insecurities. I executed the concept with film, installation, and interactive art. I am grateful that it received well recognition and broke a historical record at the Crowbar Awards in 2009.
DAD: What keeps you awake at your work with graphical software, with pencils and colors or behind the camera?
PP: Ideas and team work. Collaboration with writers and artists alike. Nothing is greater than putting a team of passionate people in one room and being able to come up and execute on one great idea together. And also, believing in yourself, and your work. That is what keeps me alive.
DAD: Would you as an experienced artist give some advices to apprentices or newcomers in your area of art?
PP: Don’t give up. If you begin your career feeling inferior, use your fear to your benefit and prove yourself wrong. Most importantly, stay humble and always remember how you began your journey as an artist.
DAD: Thanks a million and all the best for your career as an artist!