Since 1998

Since 1998
Singapore

Welcome to Singapore Portrait & Caricature artist Reggie Wan's Blog

Portrait Studio Singapore is where you can do a portrait or caricature from your photos as a gift for your loved ones,friends,colleagues & business associates for all occassions such as birthday,wedding,farewell,house warming & etc.There is a variety of mediums used for your choice.

Bookings for on-site caricature service for corporate events,wedding,d & d, etc are also available.Feel free to visit our website http://www.iportraitstudio.com for more samples as well as rates.

For enquiry,please send your email to reggiewan@yahoo.com.



Thursday, September 25, 2008

On-site Caricature Event.

Event: Legal Learning Event.
Date of event: 23 Sept 2008 Tuesday.
Venue: Four Seasons Hotel,Singapore.
Duration: 1 hour (6.30pm to 7.30pm).
Average drawing speed: 6 minutes per head.

This event required 2 caricaturists to entertain the guests at the pre-function area of the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor of the hotel.The other artist was my friend Jit who sought my service to partner him.It was a coincidence that both of us wore black short sleeved shirts that looked like our uniforms.The arrangement in which we were seated at both ends of a console table was like a mirror image.My friend,Henry was there too to help me on some photo taking of the session.Apart from us,there were a few entertainers such as palm readers & a magician being hired.

The view of the hotel's main entrance upon our arrival.


The beautifully designed reception foyer.


The event signage that greeted us when we reached the function area.


The session begins...


























Both of us busy working on our models.

The magician was doing his trick.


One of the palm readers entertaining a guest.


The atmosphere during the event.


Mission accomplised & we left by walking down this grand staircase.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Couple caricature done from photagraphs.

A4 size caricature of a muscle man & his wife.
Medium used: Colour pencil on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body.
Client's purpose: Anniversary gift.

The client wanted this caricature of his parents to be a sexy one.What an idea...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Wedding caricature done from photograph.

A4 size a wedding couple.
Medium used: Colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: Print on wedding invitation card.

Wedding caricature with the Mt. Fuji background is indeed romantic.

2-person caricature.

A4 size caricature of 2 friends.
Medium used: Colour-pencil on white paper.
Type: Face only.
Client's purpose: Birthday gift.

A gift from the birthday girl's close friend.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Photo taking session at Sentosa Island,Singapore-Part 2.

Taking pictures with a DSLR camera is fun.It is an entirely different experience compared to a compact point & shoot camera.Since a DSLR camera come with many features that you can play with,it's a waste if you shoot using the auto mode all the time. As low light photography is my favourite,these Sentoasa Island shots used various settings from the manual mode which gave me satisfying photographs, be it handheld or using a tripod.Not only the exposure was great but also the sharpness as well as the colour were brilliant.To invest in a good DSLR camera really enlightened my photography hobby.

A shot of the jetty during sunset.

The beautiful & calm beach taken from a distance.

The zig-zag slope leading up to the garden near the gigantic merlion.

The view of the beautifully designed grand entrance at the top.The texture of the wall is interesting.

The trees at the garden at the top.




















Some beautifully decorated up-lighters.

The gigantic merlion being zoomed in.




















Camera used: Sony DSLR Alfa 350.

Couple caricature done from photograph.

A3 caricature of a couple.
Medium used: colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: A birthday gift for the couple.

A gift from the client to the New Zealander couple who owns a vineyard called Matahiwi.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Couple caricature done from photograph.

A4 caricature of a marathon couple.
Medium used: Colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: Anniversary gift.

Another caricature ordered by a different client that depicts marathon running.

Individual caricature.

A4 size caricature of Chris done from photo.
Medium used: Colour-pencil on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body.
Client's purpose: Birthday gift.

The client wanted the caricature to depict Chris in a marathon running posture.That's what he liked to do.The marathon runner turned 40...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Couple caricature.

A4 caricature of a couple in Man U jersey done from photograph.
Medium used: Colour-pencil on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body.
Client's purpose: Birthday gift.

Die hard Man U fans...

Individual caricature.

A4 size caricature of a Mat Rocker done from photograph.
Medium used: Grey marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body.
Client's purpose:Birthday gift.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Caricature of Lee Dong Gun.

A3 size caricature of Korean Singer Lee Dong Gun.
Medium used: Colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face With cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: Visiting gift.

The client was a fan of the star who was visiting Singapore some time ago. She did this caricature so that it could be given to him as a souvenir during his short stay here.Holding a pacifier & wearing the diaper were her special request.The reason for doing so was unknown.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Individual caricature done from photograph.

A4 size caricature depicts a kimono girl.
Medium used: Colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face & cartoon body.
Client's purpose: Birthday gift.

The subject is not a Japanese,of course.She is a local & I've got no idea why the client requested for a kimono costume on her.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Individual caricature.

A4 size caricature of Kheng Siong & his car.
Medium used: Colour-marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: Appreciation gift.

The subject likes convertible B&W cars as well as beaches.

Individual caricature.

A4 size caricature of Karl done from photo.
Medium used: Color-marker on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose:Farewell gift.

The subject has a habit of putting his leg on his desk while talking on the handphone.The client,a colleague of Karl,wanted just that to be caricatured.

Photo taking session at Sentosa Island,Singapore-Part 1.

These pictures were taken using my first DSLR camera(Sony Alfa 350) which I bought it in mid July 2008.After playing with it for 2 weeks,I sold it to my buddy of 20 years,Ben Tan,an Interior Designer before upgrading to a more powerful Alfa 700.Finally I got the taste of using a professional camera which I enjoy very much.
This Sentosa trip was a pre-planned session on a Sunday in mid July.Together with me was Henry,a photography enthusiast who shared with me many tips on the know-how of photo taking.We reached there at late afternoon & finished in the evening before heading for our dinner.Ever since we have developed a common interest,Sunday has become our enjoyable photography outing.

These ships were the first subject I captured while sitting on the deck by the beach.


Activities at the beach.

The cotton wool shaped cloud looked interesting at sunset.


Another evening cloud with some coconut tree leaves dangling down from the top corner.


A pillar mounted lamp that had just been switched on.


Some coconut trees taken from below.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Individual caricature done from photograph.

A3 size individual caricature.
Medium used: Colour-pencil on white paper.
Type: Face with cartoon body & background.
Client's purpose: Birthday gift.

The lady client wanted this caricature for her boyfriend who loved tracking in the jungle.In order to warn him of the danger he might encounter,she came up with an idea of some hungry crocs waiting for their meal in case a wooden bridge on which he walked upon gave way.



Saturday, September 6, 2008

In response to my main critic.

The reason this post is a lengthy one is because a particular caricaturist has recently posted some criticisms which seem insulting and humiliating on his blog and many of the references made were rather direct in nature.
In the past,responses received from him in my blog used to be compliments and even praises which I paid scant attention to, but lately the comments have become too insinuating to ignore and it reflected on his insincerity.
There are probably more than 10 caricaturists locally, most of whom could offer on-site caricature services to various clients and event organisers. Full timers in this profession like me are few, the rest would be part timers who may have other full time jobs.
Artists do have their admirers as well as critics and like any form of art, caricature can also be very subjective, there are no hard and fast rules, what is most important to me is that my clients are satisfied with what I can deliver.
My personal standard is that I aim to achieve a good level of resemblance of the subjects whether I am drawing or painting base on their photographs submitted to me. I always want my clients to feel that the money they have spent was worth it, and it is with this firm believe that I have been able to maintain my clientele for a decade at my shop in Far East Plaza.
As for on-site drawing events,I strive to attain at least 60% level of resemblance, owing to factors like the environment, lighting, my mental focus and the speed in executing each piece of work and I always do my best. I have to depend on this business for a living so I cannot afford to produce poor or sub-standard works which no clients would pay good money for, not even if I am to do it free of charge.
It had seemed that this critic of mine would have me think otherwise, in his blog post dated 19.08.08 (which happened to coincide with my birthday) he wrote that ”customers who order caricature drawing, cant’ really accept too contemporary drawing style, ‘must be looks alike’ is the golden rules here, unless you are doing it for editorial, that was different matter, that could be the reason why not much caricaturist can break this rules...” whether it dawned on him or not, it all sounded like some lame excuse for being unable to produce good enough drawings in the first instant, and he went on to declare his ruling on the matter. In stating that “(although I am in ‘rank number 999’) haahaa! So I would not like to talk bad about other artists to higher their own image, because it is equally laughing at you self.” he is so full of himself and he is indeed his own best teacher, for me the best teacher is the customer.
His blog post dated 21.06.08 had picked on Mr R, Mr L and Ms L, Mr D and “some other” entertainers and professionals whom he addressed as his “brothers” for being tardy and greedy, show aggressiveness and behaved in unsavoury manners which he personally took notice of. Let him know that this “brother” would take such criticisms constructively but I don’t know what the others may feel.
Let's face it, business is about competition, just as many copied bubble tea, coffee bun and now the doughnut when they became popular,so do art forms like caricature, expect the popular techniques to be widely followed. As they would say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, you have to work very hard to stay in business.Time is money, so don’t spend yours by going around telling on other people lest they may also have something to say about you in return.
Last but not least, my “brother,” you can fart and want everybody on this tiny red dot to hear it, but the stink will always be at your end.The next time you go around farting, do remember it’s not ME EXCUSED but its excuse me.

On-site caricature service.

Event: Company Function for Transmex Systems Internation Pte Ltd.
Date of event: 3 Sept 2008 Wednesday.
Venue: The Balcony @ Heeren,Orchard Road,Singapore.
Duration: 3 hours (7.00pm to 10.00pm).
Average drawing speed: 3 minutes per head.

The venue was within walking distance from my office.Upon arrival at the premises,I had a hard time looking for the place before realizing that it was actually situated by the side road outside the building.After confirming with one of the waiters at the bar,I was directed to the mezzanine floor where the event was held. Some guests were already there as I started to get prepared and at the same time waiting for my friend Henry's arrival who assisted me that evening.It was raining heavily halfway through the session.Fortunately the place was fully sheltered,no worry.
The lighting condition wasn't good enough for me to see the subjects facial features but the show had to go on no matter what. During the break,we were treated with a delicious buffet meal by the host.

The venue at the mezzanine floor of the sidewalk bar.


The metal staircase leading to the venue.





















Showtime begins...
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I was seated uncomfortably while busy working on one of the guests.


The atmosphere during the event.