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About

Who is Brian Koh?

In a Nutshell…

I am Briak Koh, the owner of this site, Peachmorph.com. The main purpose of this site is to showcase my ongoing graphic portfolio, share tips and demos, tutorials relating to graphic software such as Photoshop plugins, effects, actions and other related graphics.

My Origins…

I graduated as a graphic designer in a local art institution (NAFA), having learned and picked up basics knowledge and skills such as drawing, painting, art theories and photography for 3 full years. I always have a flair and interest in drawing and painting during my childhood. I still remembered when my late father helped registered me for a live local drawing contest in my old neigborhood. And guess what? I won the 1st prize! I was elated then. Further, I went for informal drawing classes every Sunday morning for about 2 years during my primary school days. I learned about lighting in watercolor painting and the art of observing objects and people.

During my secondary school days, I loved art classes as I was the only one who could draw and paint vivid objects and details very well. I still recalled that every time, my art teacher would announce and showcase my master art work in front of the whole class. Boy, I was beaming with pride and smiles! I love to paint nature, outdoor scenery and still life. Being a quiet child who don’t talk much, drawing and painting had become my favorite hobby and past time. I also gradually grew to love applying colors and painting styles. Furthermore, I like exploring type creatively. I would observe how the rest of my classmates and teachers’ handwriting, and come up with my own style during writing and copying notes from the blackboard.

 

Things changed…

When I reached teenage years, my interests and thinking started to change due to peer groups’ pressure, my parents’ expectations, and also my own expectations about my career paths. Instead of pursuing further in the Arts’ stream, I opted for Commerce stream. Hence, I gradually lost touch in drawing and painting since. But later, I discovered I never liked to study subjects like Management, Economics and Accounting. I found these subjects very boring. I realized my mistake – I was just following other people’s foot-steps. Sigh…

 

The Later Years…

My 1st job was a clerk in a local bank, the moment I finished National Service. (Serving in the army for 2.5 years – total waste of my youth!) I was doing a lot of mandate tasks – really bored me to death. I found that I was acting under orders and instructions. And I quit the job after 1 year! Nothing I liked or memorable about that job.

I decided that I had to do something that I loved. At that time, my late father bought me a XT 8086 computer. (those primitive floppy drives and green text screens – nostalgic!) I discovered slowly the art of drawing on a computer. Later, I managed to get my dad to upgrade to a 286 PC with Windows 3.1. And I was to get CorelDraw 2 installed on the PC. From then onwards, I was hooked on computer graphics. I was very fascinated with computer art. I started to explore more graphic software such as Harvard Graphics, Photoshop and Freehand.

This is when I started having a love relationship with graphics and art, using the computer.

 

My Working years…

I started designing logos, brochures and posters in my earlier years working for other companies. I tried to learn and do as much as possible. But I made an effort to master almost all the basics of the software. For instance, I learned all the shortcuts of CorelDraw so that I demo to the prospective employers that I can be proficient and productive with graphic software.

Since after, I had moved on to become a Web Designer, after some years working as a Graphic Designer. The work of a Web Designer had some similarities but not entirely the same as that of a Graphic Designer. For example, I still use Photoshop and Illustrator in most cases. But in Web Design, I got to work on more tools, like Dreamweaver for html coding and CSS.

 

Now…

I still love working with graphic software. Hence, this site gives me a great opportunity to work on my own portfolio and explore creative ways of workflow and techniques. And I would want to share, teach and showcase my work by way of showing you tips and demos. I have got a lot of great content to share with you over time. I knew that I had stopped posting and updating this site for quite long. Now, I would want to find the time and schedule my content on a consistent basis in 2019. Hence, please stay tuned to this site.

Have a great day!

Brian Koh