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Itchy Hands

What my brainstorms look like.

We often forget to acknowledge the wonderful places our minds go to when we problem-solve, problem-find, or daydream. We tend to show the polished final results and forget about the journey.

Below are select pages from my book, Itchy Hands, that showcases a range of how I brainstorm ideas. It is my pleasure to celebrate with you the chaos of my design process. Without it, none of my ideas would be where they are today.

Concept, Illustrations | Edmund Liang
Special Thanks | Mom

Deer & Centipede

Deer & Centipede

My mom saved tons of doodles from when I was young — the drawing above I did when I was 8 (1996). I’d always bring along a clipboard of scratch paper and a pen when she made me go shopping with her.

COCKTA

COCKTA

I thank my 6th grade teacher for making script mandatory in class. She was a such hard-ass.

Animal Friends

Animal Friends

Studying and drawing animals is so therapeutic for me. There’s so much to learn from their forms and the way nature engineered them.

Minji, The Lion

Minji, The Lion

One of my characters from Loveliness Island.

Critique Phrases

Critique Phrases

The way we designers critique and dissect things — at least I do. :P

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer

I found a blue post-it note in my college school locker one day. It was sweet. He also probably used Google Translate. LOL.

Inventory

Inventory

Sometimes I enjoy sketching out a project’s inventory as opposed to making a list. Though the list is probably more practical.

Dream Bathhouse

Dream Bathhouse

Can you just imagine? Ugh, it’d be so wonderful. I need to revisit and paint this.

Type Obsession

Type Obsession

I must admit. I have an addiction.

#truth

#truth

“It starts with individuals, a really important factor in people's behavior is their community. People are influenced by what other people are doing around them. If you can engage them as a community, they seem more motivated and more likely to change their behavior.”

On The Inside

On The Inside

Sometimes it feels like this all day long...

Labrinyths

Labrinyths

Should've been a level designer. Kidding. I love creating “playgrounds” for people.

Castles

Castles

Throw back to the Dark Souls series.

Single Male's Apartment

Single Male's Apartment

I like to break it apart environments by exploring all the nooks and crannies first with sketches and music. This way I can deeply focus and vividly imagine all the richness of textiles, color palettes, materials, finishes, forms, atmosphere, lighting, sounds, and smells that all come together to tell a rich story of the space.

Space Station Bay

Space Station Bay

Similar to the piece above, here I’m exploring the different aspects of a space station.

Masks & Weaponry

Masks & Weaponry

Exploring the Kanük (a underwater colony) tribe’s cultural masks that are imbued with special abilities and their weaponry.

Kanük Seaside Villa

Kanük Seaside Villa

Top view of the village. Usually I create plans like this first to make sure the layout of a space has a logic.

Kanük Village

Kanük Village

The perspective view after the top view has been established.

Brainstorm For FabAir

Brainstorm For FabAir

Chaotic & messy process of developing FabAir.

Type Obsession (continued)

Type Obsession (continued)

My brain never stops with the alphabet.

A Black Mass

A Black Mass

I think I subconsciously was influenced by this old drawing for my nipple rings.

Type Obsession (continued)

Type Obsession (continued)

A little OCD?

Sleep Quarters

Sleep Quarters

Color keys for environments. This allows me and the client to foresee the color proportions and lighting before committing to any designs.

Possible combination are endless.

Possible combination are endless.

Diagram for undersea train station.

Diagram for undersea train station.

Don't trust me with physical wiring.

Don't trust me with physical wiring.

Mimi, Kaka, & Dudu

Mimi, Kaka, & Dudu

Velwyn & Denny Washing Feet

Velwyn & Denny Washing Feet

Command Z

Command Z

My ultimate and most favorite key combo.