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Abs Lee   

ABS LEE - 馬來西亞 -插畫師

ABS LEE - Malaysia - Illustrator

Tell us your story
I'm Abs Lee, born and raised in Malaysia and a graduate of Fashion and Retail from LimKokWing University of Creative Technology. I work full time as a street wear fashion designer but my real passion has always been painting and illustrating. I’m a self-taught illustrator and having no experience in computer graphic, I learnt it along the years working in graphic tees company. I started my own brand ABSoluteLEE ME© back in 2009 to explore and create wacky illustrations and in these illustrations is also where I expresses my feelings about my daily life and thus MEETHECREEPS©, a bunch of cute and wacky monsters were created to tell my life stories. To know more about my characters, feel free to check out my website at

I came to realize I loved drawing so much when I was only 5 yrs old as back than, mom and dad had always been busy with work and so my only entertainment alone was to draw or doodle characters that only I can understand. When I grew older, I realized there is nothing I can do better but to paint, illustrate and create and this feeling has been with me till now.

What does art and design means to you?
Art and design means the world to me as it is the only way I get to express my feelings most of the time.

How would you define your personal style?
I think my personal style would be pop art as my works has always been very bright with wacky characters.

What is the process of your work? What kind of materials do you use?
As I'm a person who loves to feel my works with my fingers, I usually start my digital works with sketching on paper and than outlining them with markers before filling them with colors digitally. For paintings, my main medium would be acrylic painted on wood. I love painting on wood because it never fail to surprise me with its natural wood grain.

How do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from my surroundings and also mainly from my working environment. My working environment is a stressful one and these stresses pushes me further to express myself more in my personal works. Though these stresses are negative but this negativity had allowed me to create so differently making my works scream with colors, colors of life and hope.

What is your most critical challenges in your work?
My most critical challenge in my works has always been time. Time had never been enough for me because I work a full time job that requires long working hours and coming home from work had always been tiring and I usually illustrate till the wee hours of 3am or 4am sometimes and going straight back to my full time job at 9am the next day.

What are some of your goals?
My goals for now are very simple, that is to seek contentment in what I do. Nothing beats finding happiness in what you do.

What is your dream?
I dream of having my own working studio and doing what I love full time.

What is your motto in your work and life?
“Action not words”, that is my motto in both work and life.