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Sol Tan
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Freelance digital artist. Contact me at!
Hello, I haven't posted a journal in almost two years! :p A quick update:

I am looking for more work as a freelancer, and am also open to a studio job. I am resuming the degree I put a stop to (to attend the above-mentioned one year course) but I am prepared to end it for work, as it is becoming more and more apparent that paper qualifications are generally poor guarantees of anything, even outside this industry, much less within it.

For the past year, I'd enrolled myself in a one year course dedicated to illustration, run by the legendary guys at Imaginary Friends Studios(Artgerm, Kunkka and Ukitakumuki), and learnt a lot about the finer points of the craft, and even how to apply some of that knowledge! Do check it out if anyone wants to get better at illustration and can relocate to Singapore. Ask me anything about the curriculum!

As for why I stopped updating this journal for so long, it turns out that posting too much about my struggles can actually be used against me by those with malicious intent, and certain experiences made me a lot more careful. For those who are starting out and found the rants about my progression educational or insightful, you can PM me about what other problems I've faced and how I dealt with them-- I am more than willing to help. I am not going to remove any of my past posts though, for I feel I have grown as a person and those insecurities I once had are behind me, and those digging for my weaknesses are welcome to read them.
  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Listening to: Birdcalls and Lightning Returns OST
  • Watching: GoT, also rewatching Gunbuster and Diebuster
  • Playing: Dota 2
  • Drinking: Coffee

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ximix90 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ty for the llama... And my compliments for your awesome gallery ^^
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Great gallery!
womanTENSAIinathens Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
thank you for the llama!
SpiRiTRapt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist have such great work..I'd just like to ask you what you mean by study, and how do you study?
Raphire Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In most cases I set up the image on the side and try to replicate it from a blank canvas, and in the process I pick up ways to tackle details, anatomy and lighting all at the same time. Most of the knowledge is retained, and it also helps to develop a visual vocabulary I can then work with in the future, thereby making reference optional and composition/thumbnailing faster when I work.

Hope that helped to explain things!
SpiRiTRapt Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course, thanks for taking the time to reply :)
NudeTaylor Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wonderful work! 
Raphire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks
dcwj Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! hey its your bday! haha have a great one! =)
Raphire Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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