Hello there, I am Somewan or

Tengwan Quek

About Me

About Somewan

Somewan is a freelance illustrator with a strong background in tech and products. With more than 10 years of experience in the design industry, she is passionate in finding effective ways to connect ideas, imagination and emotions on a canvas. On the side, she loves everything cats, maps, architecture, trees, mountains and fascinated by all kind of miniature models.

Currently, she is represented globally for illustration work by The Different Folk.

Clients

Facebook
Elastic.co
Grab
GovTech

Interested to collaborate together?

Experiences

Design Lead • Gomu.co
2022 – Present

Design for better Web3 experience at Gomu. Range from product design to brand design.

Independent Freelance Illustrator • Self-employed
2018 – Present

Worked on illustration projects with Meta, Elastic, Grab and multiple agencies. Currently, represented by The Different Folk since 2021.

Senior Product Designer • Zendesk
2012 – 2018

Worked closely with product managers, engineers, UX researcher and the global creative team to grow design through iterations, ideation and user validation.

Illustrator/Art Director (Freelance)
2009 – 2015

Notably, illustrated, researched and compiled a bilingual book on preserving "Vanishing Crafts" and "Vanishing Materials", led by Prof. Jesvin Yeo.

Recognition

3x3 mag Professional Show No.19, 2022

Merit and Honorable Mention, Emotional Baggage/Being outside

Art Attack Illustration Exhibition

Creative Debut x Adidas London, Umbrella heads in the rain

Communication Arts 2022

Shortlist, Illustration

Artists for climate 2021

Selected Artists

Reddot Award 2016

Winner, Communication Design, Publication, Vanishing Materials

K-Design Award 2017

Silver Winner, Vanishing Crafts

A'design Award & Competition 2017

Silver, A' Design Award, Vanishing Crafts

iF Design Award 2016

Magazine / Press / Publishing, Vanishing Crafts

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Diploma in Industrial Design

Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore