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Visual artist William Sim has illustrated two adult colouring books.
Visual artist William Sim has illustrated two adult colouring books.PHOTO: POPULAR

Who: William Sim, 48, visual artist

A visual artist and co-founder of visual arts studio Amphibios with partner Lush Tan, William Sim started painting at age 10.

A Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts alumnus, he started exhibiting his art in 2008 and has staged solo exhibitions in South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Sim has illustrated two adult colouring books with publishers Marshall Cavendish.

These books are Colouring The Lion City: A Sophisticated Activity Book For Adults and Colouring The World: A Sophisticated Activity Book For Adults.


Tokyo On Foot: Travels In The City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet

He is participating in the ongoing BookFest@Singapore 2015 held at Suntec Singapore Convention Centre, Hall 401 to 405.

What are you reading now?

I am thumbing through Tokyo On Foot: Travels In The City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet. It is a graphic memoir and sketchbook with hand-drawn maps of Tokyo.

The drawing style, the inclusion of details of life in Tokyo and the quirky layout make it feel personal and endearing.

What books would you save from a burning house?

Divinely Decadent by Stephen Calloway because the book showcases some of the world's most eccentric home decoration.


Divinely Decadent by Stephen Calloway

The chapters are structured around the theme of the seven deadly sins.

Besides the fact that the curated interiors are delightful, the book also serves to remind me that more is more when it comes to ideas.

  • Tokyo On Foot: Travels In The City's Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet (Tuttle Publishing, 2011, $21.79) and Divinely Decadent by Stephen Calloway (Mitchell Beazley, 2001, $20.90) are available at amazon.com.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 06, 2015, with the headline 'Bookends'. Print Edition | Subscribe