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Jayne Ong (hello_jayne) - Super Special Interview #14

1) Introduce yourself!

Hello! I am Jayne, also known as hello_jayne, a freelance illustrator and visual designer based in Singapore!

2) Why do you do what you do?

I've had a passion for drawing ever since I was young, but I had to set it aside during my secondary school years to prepare for my O levels. While I did well academically, I never felt the same sense of fulfilment as when I was drawing. So, when I got the chance to pursue art again in JC, I jumped at it and haven't looked back since!

I'm a huge fan of children's books, and I've had the incredible opportunity to collaborate on and illustrate a few of them. My focus now is on creating digital illustrations for children, crafting engaging infographics, and experimenting with AR art. My work often explores cultural themes, each infused with a touch of imagination that resonates with a wide audience.

3) Who or what inspires you?

Every day, the rich tapestry of life in Southeast Asia, from the bustling markets to the vibrant streets, fuels my creative spirit. I draw inspiration from the local sights and sounds that surround me, infusing my work with the flavors of our region. Moreover, artists like Ryo Takemasa and Christoph Niemann, who capture the essence of nature's beauty, inspire me deeply.

4) How is your experience being a creator in Singapore?

Being a creator in Singapore has been quite a journey for me. I've had my fair share of ups and downs, but the moments that stand out the most are the ones when I've had the chance to collaborate and connect with like-minded individuals. There's a unique joy in coming together to share our art experiences, swap stories, and learn valuable tips and tricks from one another. Those interactions have made this creative journey in Singapore incredibly fulfilling, reminding me that the art community here is a vibrant and supportive one that I'm proud to be a part of.

5) What do you wish would happen in Singapore to help creators?

I hope for a platform in Singapore that could bring local artists and brands closer together. It would be fantastic to have a space where artists and brands with similar styles could collaborate, empowering each other to explore fresh and innovative ways of illustrating and designing. More opportunities for artists to reach and connect with a broader audience would be incredible. Building such a creative bridge would not only benefit individual creators like myself but also contribute to the growth and recognition of Singapore's vibrant artistic community.

6) What are your goals?

My goals are driven by my passion for art. I really hope to have the opportunity to create a mural again. I used to collaborate with other artists on such projects, and it's been a while since I've had that chance. Additionally, I aspire to contribute to international children's books, sharing my art with a global audience.

7) Where can people find and support you?

You can find me on Instagram (@hello_jayne), where I am most active, but I do have a tik tok account (hello_jayne) and behance (hellojayne) to check out!

8) Give a shoutout to other SG creators!

To all fellow creatives out there, let's keep pushing forward on our artistic journeys and work towards making Singapore's creative scene even more inclusive and vibrant! Together, we can bring our diverse talents and perspectives to the forefront, creating a truly enriching and inclusive creative experience for everyone.

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