I was never good at drawing. People used to say that my drawings were ‘mediocre’ at best. But that didn’t stop me from admiring these beautiful artworks and illustrations from artists that I considered my idols. I am always intrigued by how artists are able to express and articulate their thoughts through their drawings.
I have a wild imagination. And the only way I know to express the raging ideas in my head is by doodling, sketching, painting. Since I’m not much of a writer to effortlessly string words together, I appreciate what art could visually express. So I paid no attention to what others said about my artistic ability. All I knew was to draw, draw, draw. Today, here I am, a budding designer and illustrator. Still drawing, still learning, still improving. And I have never since looked back. Illustrations have brought out the best in me – that will to persevere, challenge, and experiment new ways in honing my craft.
Through my illustrations, I also hope to articulate positive ideas and thoughts, in an age where toxicity is rampant across the internet. Just by observing comment sections and chat messages on social media today, you’ll notice how much of it provokes negativity. But why focus on the bad when there is good in the world? I hope my artworks convey the need for people to think and act more positively so that it brings out the best in others as well.
Ming Goh is a Singaporean illustrator. A chronic lover of black & white illustrations, Goh’s portfolio boasts his unique style of weird and eccentric character portraits straight out of his own warped imagination. With print as his medium of choice, he is currently focusing on book illustrations and designs. He is a graduate from Temasek Polytechnic with a Diploma in Internet & Multimedia Development and from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Degree in Design Communications.
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Title: Portraits of Evil
Portraits of Evil is a collection of portraiture drawings; illustrated interpretations of people’s evil confessions. Far too often, we are quick and eager to point fingers when it comes to who and what is at fault. But never does it once occur to point fingers at ourselves as we jump onto conclusions and blatantly identify the wrongs and evils of others. We need to take a step back, to understand that we are are capable of such evils ourselves.
We ought to drop the hypocritical views of our moral judgement and understand evil as it is, and not what we think it is.
This project aims to explore the inner darkness, the evil side of you. Through everyone’s brief confessions of their own evil deeds, I then illustrated their portraits of evil. These portraits should encourage self reflection of the individual’s personal capability of evil. At the same time, these confessions and portraits should display how relative moralities can be, as everyone’s definition of evil is different.