Illustration Arts Fest 2018 @ Lasalle McNally Campus (Sept 22-23)

(Above designed by Yanrong)

The annual "Illustration Arts Fest" returns this year, with the 3rd edition happening the coming weekend of September 22nd to 23rd, 2018, at the Lasalle Macnally Campus.
"Jointly organised by the Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC), and Lasalle College of the Arts, the IAF believes in showcasing originally created content and narratives by talented independent illustrators who work in diverse styles and art forms.

This year, our talks and workshops by established artists from around the world have returned. Our popular art market, as well as OIC’s flagship portraits event will also come back, bigger and better than before. Stay tuned as we announce our star-studded line up in the weeks to come!"

(More poster images can be viewed here on Facebook)

Besides the Art Market (Free Admission) to visit + buy (support your local artists), a line-up for both local and overseas speakers have since been announced for their TALKS and WORKSHOPS, including;

- Malaysian Illustrator Fishball 阿鱼丸 (Facebook)
- Hong Kong illustrator Li Chi Tak 利志達 (
- From Indonesia Elfandiary (
- From Indonesia Rukmunal Hakim (@r_hakim)
- Comics of Singapore Histories AKA COSH Studios (
- Singapore based André Wee (
- Singapore-based illustrator Lee Xinli (
- (France / Singapore) Anne-Laure Herrezuelo (

Some of these talks are ticketed entries (Tickets now on sale here) while some are free. Check in with or Facebook for further updates.

Do note that ticket will NOT be sold at the venue, and that "Tickets for workshops will close 1 day before the actual day of the workshop so that we have time to prepare materials for participants."

In addition there will be family-friendly Book Readings and Signings (after the book-read) by these fine folks (Attendance is Free);

- Book Reading & Signing by Ben Lai and Priscilla Tey (Saturday @ 2:30-4pm)

- Book Reading & Signing by Gene Whitlock (Sunday @ 2:30-4pm)

- Book Signing by Jerry Teo for REX REGRETS Vol.2 (Sunday @ 4pm-5pm)

Rounding off the "LISTENING" and "BUYING" experience at IAF, is "WATCHING", with Special Screening(s) by Cartoon Underground @ LASALLE College of the Arts on 23rd Septmber, at 12PM & 3PM.
"Bringing you the best independent animated films from Cartoons Underground’s 6th edition from 2017! Catch award-winning animated films by directors from Ottawa Animation Festival, Zagreb Animation Festival and Edinburgh international film festivals.

Join us for heart palpitating scenes and plots that will drive you to the edge of reality while hanging out with the creators themselves! Including winners of Cartoons Underground’s Golden Durian Award winners – Poles Apart, a winner of BAFTA for best British Animation, Annie award for Best Student Film, Child and Merlot."

Besides the event at Lasalle McNally Campus, additional "satellite" happenings include;

- “Drawn & Designed Exhibition” by The Design Society x OIC for Illustration Arts Festival 2018 @ National Design Center (Date: September 20-30th).

- V A N I T A S @ Kult Gallery (11 Upper Wilkie Road)
A group exhibition curated and organized by Sarah Thursday, featuring the work of 6 Singapore-raised independent female artists "who will be creating illustrations and merchandise based on their unique personal styles for the theme “Vanitas”" - Find out more here on Facebook.

I've enjoyed my visits in the previous two years (IAF2017 + IAF2016), and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing art, and being able to directly purchase them from said illustrators, is something I really enjoy doing as well, even if it selfishly means I get to directly support the artists' efforts and art, in however small a way I am able to.

Besides "portraits", I even had a chance in 2016 to have "bespoke art" done too! (Below art by Kieran Kudidos) FTW!

One thing I have learnt from both my previous visits are: (1) Bring your own bags/poster-holder etc, just in case folks do not provide baggies for your purchases (Don't want no scuffled prints, IMHO :p) ... and (2) Bring CASH! hahaha = Do not doubt you would have "nothing to buy" ... I certainly splurged last year!

Food is readily available in the foodcourt nearby, and transport is perfect with the Rochor MRT entrance uber-close to Lasalle! Oh, and one extra consideration: (3) Bring an umbrella, as there'd been heavy downpours in the late mornings LOL *touch-wood-this-year*

Stay connected to the event's www and Facebook, and as well IG @oicsingapore for updates.

Featured below are a few more poster images, linked directly to the artists, more images of which can be viewed here on Facebook = ALL of whom would make a splendid postcard/print set, IMHO ... with proceeds to benefit IAF, for organising funds the following year(s)? I am sure tons of folks would love to support this ... anyone out there willing to foot the printing bill first? *earnest-smile*