Research and photo references taken before the painting.
It all started out as an illustrated logo design. Simple minimalistic logo showing the uniqueness of claypot rice cooking over charcoal fire.
Initially they wanted to resize the logo and mount it on the wall as a painting. That was when I suggested that it would be better to start the idea for the painting from scratch.
From my various trips to the restaurant, I noticed that every claypot had their own unique clay colour and burnt marks. Some were lightly chipped off at the sides. Almost like each one of them had a different character of it’s own. So I decided to zone in and work towards the idea.
I took some time off to visit the Geylang Claypot Rice main branch at Geylang Lorong 33. Hanging out at the restaurant kitchen with the staff and observing the place. I even spoke to the restaurant staff, Ah Lai about my idea and soon after, he started to show me all the various claypot sizes.
As I reached under the kitchen counter to pick out some unique pieces to photograph as research. I noticed how the claypots were stacked in an orderly fashion like towers with the claypot handles forming a cascading wave. I was like, that’s it. I got my layout.
Shared the quick sketch with the client and they loved it. Their request was just to have the clay texture background. Painted it in in Photoshop and sent out for print at VWerks.
Always great to work with clients who knows what they want and would listen and consider your creative input. These guys at Geylang Claypot Rice are one of those clients.
Digital painting print on stretched canvas.
Size:180cm(W) x 90cm(H).
It’s at their branch located at Geylang Claypot Rice Branch at 4 Maju Avenue (Serangoon Gardens). @geylangclaypotrice
Enjoy the food!!! Try to spot my signature. Ha!