ARTIST: SAYED MUHAMMAD AFIQ BIN HAJI SAYED JEFFERYDEAN
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We asked our winners some questions about their designs and here’s what Afiq had to say!
1. Can you tell us a bit about your design process?
-I started with some research behind Padians and what they do. My understanding is that Padians are mostly women traders on wooden boats with large hats who play among the houses in Kampong Ayer. Once I got a clearer image of how a Padian looks like, I went on to recreate an illustration of a Padian. My vision, however, was to use a continuous line technique (An unbroken line from the start to the end).
As for my design, I did some sketch first before applying it into Ai. I started drawing a curve line to show a wave, then an outline of the boat. Every twist is where the outline will stop and I will continue with a new shape of the outline. From the boat to the shape of the Padian including the shape of the face, arms & the large hats along with the paddle then another wave with the word “Padian” in it and stops at the other end.
2. How long did it take you to come up with this design and the final outcome?
Applying on the Ai did not take long because I used a Wacom tablet. However, doing on a sketch paper took more time and a lot of trial & errors. 7 to 8 pieces of paper later and countless modification to make the line more clear & see the shape of the Padian. As for the colour I only used a solid black. Overall, it took me 2 days to finalize everything from sketching to digital.
3. Why did you pick this?
I didn’t know much about Padian in Kampong Ayer truthfully, my mother gave me this idea. In reality and quite, unfortunately, these people (Padians Kampong Ayer) have completely disappeared. One of the most prominent features was the large hats, the concept behind that is the same as “Tudung Dulang” but the Padian’s large hat is called “Seraung Padian” which is bigger than the “Tudung Dulang”. Apparently, It shows that their large hat helped cover their whole face & body protecting them from the sun. That was the most interesting aspect that inspired me the most.