Of Happiness is the companion artbook of William Sim's 2018 Exhibition "Happiness Private Limited #10".
This huge 288-page paperback artbook collects 10 years worth of artworks from William, a freelance illustrator based in Singapore. He's also my friend from Urban Sketchers Singapore.
The cover has a hole that lets you see through to a print, one of thirteen, behind.
These prints are interchangeable and can be swapped to change the cover design. Each Chinese word shares a common character below which means wood. Together with other strokes, they make up different words.
Those prints are printed on high quality matte surface paper and they look great.
The binding is the type that exposes the stitching and allows the pages to be opened flat.
The artworks featured are from commissioned illustrations, personal sketches and paintings created for gallery sales.
In some of his illustrations, you may notice a little boy with a watermelon hat. The watermelon boy is always hiding somewhere waiting to be found.
Some of the illustrations actually reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki's movies because of the elements of fantasy and creativity.
This is a huge painting on a single sheet of watercolour paper. There's actually a deeper meaning behind each artwork but unfortunately there are no captions explaining them.
You can learn more about the symbolism behind the works in this recent interview I had with him at his exhibition.
Also in the book are pictures of hand-painting sculptures or models created by Lush Tan and William. I was told these delicate models are not easy to create and paint. The tiny areas behind are difficult to access and paint.
That's Watermelon Boy again.
This is a wonderful artbook with lots of beautiful watercolour illustrations and sketches.
The artbook is priced at SGD $99 not inclusive of shipping. It's currently only sold at selected places, one of which is at Utterly Art.
These are the shipping cost to various countries:
US/Europe/Australia/Middle East - SGD $54 (air), $27 (ship)
Asia - SGD $39 (air), $18 (ship)
Malaysia/Brunei - SGD $16.50 (air)
If you're interested to get the book, you can contact William at his Instagram page: