Thursday, December 13, 2012

A GW Bush and Kerry caricature from 2005

China's Wen Jiabao and Russia's Putin

Review piece illustration for The Straits Times, December 10, 2012. Done in Illustrator CS3

Xi JinPing

Review page illustration for The Straits Times. December 7, 2012. Done in Adobe Illustrator CS3.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Economist's cartoonist Kal at the National Museum of Singapore


LianHeZaoBao and International Herald Tribune cartoonist Heng (left) and I, spent one evening with Baltimore Sun and The Economist editorial cartoonist Kevin "KAL" Kallaghuer at The National Museum of Singapore where he talked about the challenges ahead in the year 2013-- in cartoon form!

Monday, November 19, 2012

My book "SCENEgapore" is out!

My book, "SCENEgapore" has been launched last Saturday at Kinokuniya, together with Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng's graphic novel "10 Sticks and One Rice" and Andrew Tan's collection of short illustrated narratives, "Monsters, Miracles and Mayonnaise". All books are available at Kinokuniya, Times, BooksActually and online at

Photo by Obelia Lacanilao-Cutiongco

Friday, October 26, 2012

Remembering Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz

In October of 1998, Straits Times reporter Susan Long and I went to interview "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles Schulz at his Sta Rosa Ranch near San Francisco. The ride up to his place were dotted with pumpkin patches. It was Hallow's Eve like this. And it reminded me of the animated television special: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!"


Monday, October 8, 2012

Thinking Correctly?


Illustration for an article on engaging the public. The Straits Times (September 28, 2012)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Gift from Plantu

When Le Monde's celebrated cartoonist Plantu visited Singapore in 1999, he gave me
this as a gift. We also had a group exhibition at the Alliance Francaise de Singapour.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Nude Sketching, 2009

This is one activity where I had the habit of pursuing since my Art student days. I don't tire of drawing the female and the male figure - in whatever form, shape and size. Sketching the nude gives an artist, architect or an engineer a basic understanding of the human body, its kinetic properties, both inside and out. It is going to be evident to a consummate sketcher, especially of live models, how the architecture of the body is revealed in the bone mechanism, muscle and tissue construction. It is at the core of what makes great art, architecture, design and engineering solutions. 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Straits Times SOPA Award Winners

This advert came out today, June 11, 2012.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chinatown Gems, May 26, 2012

The weather's exceptionally cool this afternoon. Went for a little "limp-about" in Chinatown.
There I was, inching my way, serendipitously finding these photo-op gems.




Sunday, April 29, 2012

Creative Process: A Review Page Illustration

Every day we have a page devoted to commentaries called "The Review". Most of the articles reproduced here are from the news syndicates like The New York Times and the IHT. Pieces could also come from government think tanks like ISEAS and the LKY Institute of Policy Studies. So the views presented are diverse, interesting and well-opined. The illustrations must somehow reflect the depth, quality and extent of the writing. Ideally, an illustration cannot be outrightly subservient to the ideas within the text. An illustration seeks to elucidate the accompanying text, true - but it could also crystallise an alternative idea that is preternaturally rendered absent in unbalanced writing.

This particular piece was about the assorted dilemmas of the Thai King - as echoed by the headline. In my mind, I cannot be illustrating a literal "crossroads" as the title suggests. But it could be a starting point in the ideation process. The idea that I came up with is this:

I proposed that the page be redrawn to accommodate the concept that I had in the initial stage. It got okayed and I did the final version in Illustrator CS. This is how it was published:


Thursday, April 26, 2012

NeuroChemical Romance

This is an illustration for a syndicated piece from The New York Times. I did this in pencil and tweaked it in photoshop.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chien Gateau

French Designer Philippe Starck once remarked in an interview that he "liked dogs but not dog owners". My cartoon tries to provide the reason why he said that:


Thursday, April 5, 2012

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower is so ubiquitous that you wouldn't even regret NOT visiting it:


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Miel by Gilbert Daroy

This was done by the top Caricature Artist in the Philippines, Gilbert Daroy. He is also an award-winning Editorial Cartoonist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and his superb work can also be seen in the Esquire Magazine(Philippines).

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paris Faces

Sketches done while waiting for my coffee and croissant.

Sunday, February 5, 2012