Hello there, I am Somewan or
Hi there, I am a freelance illustrator with a strong background in tech and products. With 10 years of experience in the design industry, I am passionate in finding effective ways to connect ideas, imagination and emotions on a canvas. On the side, I love everything cats, maps, architecture, trees, mountains and fascinated by all kind of miniature models.
Currently, I am represented globally for illustration work by The Different Folk.
Independent Freelance Illustrator • Self-employed2018 – Present
Going solo to hone my craft and illustrate. Represented by The Different Folk in 2021.
Product Illustrator (Freelance) • Grab2019 – Present
Supports Design Ops team and UI/UX designers on product illustration and help contribute to the current design systems.
Senior Product Designer • Zendesk2012 – 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.
Artists for climate 2021
K-Design Award 2017
Silver Winner, Vanishing Crafts
Reddot Award 2016
Communication Design, Publication, Vanishing Materials
iF Design Award 2016
Publishing, Vanishing Craft
Crowbar Award 2013
Bronze, Editorial Publication ADM Show 2012
Crowbar Award 2012
Finalist, Editorial Publication, Rebirth
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Diploma in Industrial Design
Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore