I am a simple artist and draw things. However my early training was in performance. First as a performer myself and later as a costumer, prop maker, set designer/builder etc. These experiences, in my opinion helped prepare me for show design and production and gave me a better understanding of spacial relationships as in coordination with living players both performers, guests or even animals.
Early years, ballet
Later musicals, song and dance
Rock and Roll vocalist
Set design and production
Teaching at Junior College Level, Theater Crafts
Country Sized Productions such as Singapore’s National Day (my last performance as Sir Stamford Raffles)
Set and Prop Manufacturing
All on a grand scale
Smaller Venues, such as fashion shows and other “trade events”.
I had a client in Changzhou who created EMVs for Dark Rides. He was also interested in developing Special Effects Theaters (SFX). Here are just a few of my conceptual sketches for such a medium.
Theater in the Round
And lastly, Thrust Theater
My personal favorites are smaller SFX venues using robotic arms carrying LED Screens and live (or otherwise) 3/D players. I would love to pursue this line of thought but most of my clients do not think this far into the future nor have the money to invest, believing in very “safe” yet more mundane forms of entertainment.
Our team went into an abandoned two-story building in a commercial district, that at one time was a video game parlor. Below are concept sketches, plans, elevations and perspectives etc, trying to convince the client of a NEW use of an OLD space that would guarantee better use of floor space as well as create fun for the entire family and thus insure return visits.
Traffic and Function Bubble Charts
Adding a Theme
The concept was used, but as is the wont with many Chinese clients, the mid-level managers saw no need to consult the original designer (me), so I have no pictures of finished product.
Standard Landscape Concept Renderings