"no matter how 'digital' design gets, one should never stop doodling and sketching on paper because that's where ideas are infinite."
Elena yeo, also known as ellustrate, has been an art director, illustrator, designer and art teacher based in Singapore. She started learning how to draw before even learning how to write. All the endless doodles and drawings on heaps and heaps of rough papers from young proved useful as she continued to develop her rendering skills and style till present. she started off her art education at a humble night art class at a nearby community centre before spending two years attending courses in NAFA (Nanyang academy school of fine arts) developing her line work and traditional water colouring. She took on art and design in secondary school and was awarded the "Art and Design Prize" for both upper secondary years as being the top art student in MGS. (Methodist Girls' School).
Despite the sudden stop in her art education during the junior college days, she continued pursuing what she felt was her drive and passion all along and got admitted into NTU School of Art, Design and Media. She graduated in July 2011 with the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Visual Communications with second class honours (upper division) and got into dean's list on her last academic year.
She spent 4 years as an art director at cum. creative studio while being an art teacher, conducting private art class in children's houses, (details on her art-teaching blog, art voyagers.) However, in 2016, she boldly decided to drop the career she loved so much to pursue God's calling for her in Christian ministry. She is now currently studying at Trinity Theological College to gain a degree in Divinity and hopes to do cross-cultural mission work in the future. Yet amidst all this, she will not give up her love for art and illustration and still entertains freelance illustration and design projects when her time allows. She hopes to produce an illustration line in the future to support her ministry.
Her distinct illustrative style that is typographic, ornately detailed and sometimes swirly have won her drawing contracts with some big names. She strongly believes that everyone has the capacity to draw, as long as they put their heart into it. Overall, she sees illustration as a powerful form of communication that allows her to convey her own thoughts and ideas through visuals that are beyond what words can solely deliver.