Hi! I am Tan Qing, an illustrator and content creator based in Singapore.
My designs are often driven by the exploration of various visual means. By crafting a tailored message for my target audience, I hope to inspire insight and encourage meaningful reflection through visual and verbal thought.
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To Boil a Human
We’ve all heard about how to boil a frog, but have you heard about boiling a human? This illustration touches on the topic of surveillance capitalism and creeping normality. Creeping normality is a process by which major changes can be accepted as normal if it happens slowly through small, often unnoticeable, incremental changes. Social media has a way of utilizing this cognitive bias in pursuit of surveillance capitalism, and this illustration hopes to provoke thoughts about the human condition and our tendency for inaction towards sinister threats that arise gradually rather than suddenly.
Lust, Desire and Mysticism
Stories have the power to cross time and space. Psychologist Carl Jung theorizes that our experience as a species can be deciphered through symbolisms and commonalities found in mythology and folklore from across the world through the concept of the ‘Collective Unconscious’. The femme fatale archetype is like an evolving species, conjured up and subverted by the patriarchal society through time. Today, the constant reinvention of this feminine psyche routinely shifted from being the villains to the heroes of the story as a source of female empowerment.
This book was born from a desire to visually explore an author illustration project. This project is not a re-edition or a clarification, but an experiment made to provoke through selective extracts of an original work, suggesting a visit to a part of this mystical world of folk stories, the femme fatale and it’s meaningful symbolic implications.
Dust to Dust
It is human nature to think about life and death. This poster is based on T.S Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’, which serves as a reflection about the nature of eternity. The monochromatic visuals play with the idea of light and shadows to set a pensive atmosphere of desolated isolation, and seek to encourage meaningful reflection through visual and verbal thought — about life, death, and the ephemeral inevitability of it all.
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.