As part of the latest Horror Star campaign, Disney+ Singapore is reimagining popular horror TV series from a variety of perspectives that are distinctive to the Singaporean culture. Three up and coming local artists – Adeline Tan, Chris Chai, and Ng Yin Shian have been shortlisted to create digital artworks inspired by the thrilling horror titles available on the streaming platform, including The Walking Dead, What We Do In The Shadows, and American Horror Stories. These stunning artworks will be featured across all Disney+ Singapore social media platforms.
The three creative individuals explored ways to combine their inspiration from the horror shows while putting a familiar Singaporean spin on their artwork.
Adeline Tan, The Walking Dead
For The Walking Dead, Adeline Tan, an illustrator, and visual artist well-known for her flora and fauna inspired artwork, conceptualised an apocalyptic scene set in Singapore. She drew inspiration from the series, where small-town Georgia sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma after being wounded in his line of duty, to find the world infested by zombie-like “walkers”. In her artwork, Adeline incorporated the familiar wildlife of Singapore, featuring the undead versions of native species of scavengers and hunters, including the mynas, otters, and community cats.
Adeline shared, “Being given free rein to share my authentic interpretation of this well-loved TV series, the collaboration with Disney+ gave me the opportunity to envision these iconic scenes in Singapore. My work is inspired by the rich wildlife that many of us are familiar with, but putting a twist on it by creating undead versions of these local scavengers. Zombies and monsters are something that I rarely get to explore, and I had a lot of fun with it for the Horror Star campaign!”
Chris Chai, What We Do In The Shadows
A full-time practising illustrator and artist, Chris interpreted the story of What We Do In The Shadows through the lens of local Chinese legends and folklore. The Emmy Award-winning comedy-horror series follows four vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years, in New York City’s Staten Island. In Chris’ artwork, he featured “Jiangshi”, also known as Chinese hopping vampires, lingering around vintage Peranakan-styled houses, while drawing parallels to the comedy and absurdity of the Emmy Award comedy-horror series.
He shared, “I’m a massive fan of What We Do In The Shadows, and hence it was a no-brainer for me to collaborate with Disney+ for the Horror Star campaign. Throughout my creative process, I had both seasons on Disney+ streaming in the background which helped me get a better feel of the mood for the illustration. In my artwork, I tried to merge the idea of local vampire mythology with the character essence of the vampires in What We Do In The Shadows, taking huge inspiration from the show’s play on vampire folklore as well as its beautifully ridiculous tone.”
Ng Yin Shian, American Horror Stories
An illustrator and designer based in Singapore, Yin Shian took liberties to put a distinctive Southeast Asian twist on her artwork for American Horror Stories. Checking off all the iconic scenes from the series, including a run-down house with haunted by spirits, Yin Shian utilised an old traditional Malay attap house as the setting of her artwork. In her piece, the “Pontianak”, a vengeful vampire-ghost from Malay folklore, haunts the attap house. As a tribute to the local culture, the attap house is filled with traditional furniture that are common in many Southeast Asian households, including the vintage rotary dial telephone, gramophone players, and intricate porcelain plates.
Yin Shian mentioned, “Working on my artwork for American Horror Stories was thrilling because I’m a massive fan of horror, and I jumped right on the opportunity! Research played a huge role in my creative process, and I selected the ‘Pontianak’ to be the central motif throughout my artwork to put an unmistakable local twist on it. With the Pontianak being a well-known part of Malay folklore, I felt that it was important to feature a traditional Malay house, and I took a deep dive into finding archival photographs of these houses. I had a lot of fun featuring a unique part of the Southeast Asian culture, and am really excited to share it with the rest of the world!”
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