Working with Me

  • Professional illustrator and designer working since 2010
  • Award-winning illustrator of: The Missing Mouse (Asian Civilisations Museum), Where Are All the Birds (authored and illustrated, Epigram Books), From Kid to King: The Joseph Schooling Story (ST Press)
  • Internationally exhibited in the UK, USA, Japan and Indonesia
  • Participated in the Art Elective Programme
  • Studied Illustration in Central Saint Martins, UK on the DesignSingapore Scholarship
  • Special interest in nature, heritage and culture


This series of programmes has been specially designed based on my experience in design and education to develop independent thinking, expansive creativity and an experimental approach. They are suitable for all learners as the workshop will be customised for each class.


These programmes are eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy under the NAC-AEP for 50% of the programme costs.

How I Can Help Your Students

  • Guidance and advice for students based on industry experience from design to curation to publishing
  • Empower students to conceptualise and develop unique ideas
  • Guide your students through a working design process
  • Build confidence in creating images and working visually


Focus on Thinking

Students learn of thinking approaches and processes which can be applied outside of the workshop


Expression of ideas visually and verbally

Students build competence in visual literacy through scaffolded exercises and confidence in their work by showing and articulating their ideas


Empower imagination

Students are exposed to a range of real-world examples and techniques, inspiring endless possibilities for creativity beyond art in the classroom


Flexible and customisable

Programmes cater to various themes, mediums or interest areas, and the duration can be shortened or extended as required

Illustrated Stories

Picture Book Workshop


– Introducing the power of storytelling
– Showcasing examples of good picture books
– Planning and development of a book
– Crafting the main story through writing
– Creating a series of characters through illustration
– Combining words and images together

– Developmental illustrations to form a character and world
– Picture book – 16 page

Ideal for:
– Developing creativity across words and images
– Building competence in visual literacy
– Experiencing the full process of a creative project


Duration: 12 hours (in 3 or 4 hour sessions)
Cost: $12 per student per hour before subsidy (materials included)
Size: Minimum 25, maximum 40 students

Picture Book Workshop

Illustrated Personas

Character Design Workshop


– Character design as a narrative
– Defining the main character through qualities and personality
– Developing a backstory for the character
– Designing the environment it would inhabit
– Adapting the characters for various outcomes

– Developmental illustrations to form a character and world
– Character design in a designed environment
– Finished illustration ready for various uses

Ideal for:
– Experiencing the design creation process
– Building competence in visual literacy


Duration: 6 hours (in 2 or 3 hour sessions)
Cost: $12 per student per hour before subsidy (materials included)
Size: Minimum 25, maximum 40 students

Character Design Workshop

An Illustrated Life

Interactive Artist Talk


– Illustration-based creativity exercises
– Insight into the creative industry
– Story of my path in becoming a professional illustrator
– Advice on developing one’s passion and interest

– Series of simple illustrations


Ideal for:
– Quick introduction to illustration
– Taster in thinking creatively and visually


Duration: 1 hour (extendable)
Cost: $380 before subsidy
Size: Up to 40 students

Today at Apple Workshop
Crafting Characters, Today at Apple Workshop
Singapore Little Treasures Teachers’ Training with ECDA
Singapore Little Treasures Teachers’ Training with ECDA


I’m perfectly comfortable working with pre-schoolers all the way to grownups, after all, I’ve been one myself!

Picture Book Workshop, Creative Arts Programme, MOE
Picture Book Workshop, Creative Arts Programme, MOE

“Darel is an extremely passionate artist who will spark creativity and critical thinking in your students as he introduces them to this niche art form and literary genre. You will enjoy working with him — he is a trustworthy and effective facilitator who will be dedicated to your cause and kids.”


Organising Committee
MOE Creative Writing Programme and Creative Arts Programme

“Through his thoughtful pedagogy and kindred spirit, Darel has helped open our beneficiaries’ minds to greater artistic possibilities in storytelling and illustration. Thank you for fostering a sustainable and conducive environment that allows such great flow of ideas and self-expression!”


Programme Development
Club Rainbow Singapore

Picture Book Workshop, Club Rainbow Singapore
Picture Book Workshop, Club Rainbow Singapore

– EtonHouse International School – Sentosa
– Nanyang Primary School
– Raffles Girls’ Primary School
– Tao Nan School
– Junyuan Secondary School
– Jurong West Secondary School
– Raffles Girls’ School
– St Andrew’s Secondary School
– Victoria School
– Raffles Institution (JC)
– Republic Polytechnic
– ITE College Central

Arts Organisations
– Asian Civilisations Museum
– Asian Festival of Children’s Content
– All In! Young Writers Festival
– Gillman Barracks
– National Library Board
– National Design Centre
– Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film
– Singapore City Gallery, URA
– Singapore Art Museum
– Singapore Writers Festival
– The Substation

Social Organisations
– Beyond Social Services
– Bartley Community Care Services
– Chinese Development Assistance Council
– Club Rainbow Singapore
– Jia Ying Senior Activity Centre
– Lakeside Family Services Centre

Interested in working together?