• Illustration

    London calling

    One of my goals this year is to update more regularly on this blog. I wish I could be more like some of my favorite illustrators who can get away with just posting pictures of what they’re working on and pass it off as a blog entry with hardly any text. But I’m a bit of a blabbermouth online and it’s always nice to have things in context, hence my lengthy blog entries (with weeks going by in between updates). Quality over quantity, I say. But here’s my attempt at (hopefully) regular show and tell of new/recent/ongoing work. I’ll still have my occasional lengthy entries every now and then, but…

  • Odds and Ends

    A review: Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells

    This post is for those who have read my previous blog entries about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course and are wondering if it’s worth it. From my posts, it probably sounds as if we were just given five assignments and that’s it– bam!— you now know how to draw. But this is NOT (entirely) an illustration course, and it’s not as simple as it looks and sounds. Contrary to the course title, it is not just about the physical act of making and drawing. The course goes into a lot of detail about WHAT makes commercial art sellable, what manufacturers look for in buying artwork to put on…

  • News

    2013 Yearender giveaway results!

    Hello! If you’re following me over on my social media channels, you’re probably aware that I extended the deadline for the giveaway another two days. I failed to anticipate that I’d be away traveling on the original date of the contest draw. My Hong Kong travel journal which I will finish 2457527 years from now.   The extended contest deadline gave people more chances of putting in more contest entries via tweeting/sharing/reposting the giveaway images though. Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaways! It’s my first time running a giveaway of this scale, and there were over 1,400 contest entries on the Rafflecopter widget, over 100 entries on…

  • News

    A look back on 2013 and a giveaway!

    And just like that, 2013 has come to an end. In 2012, I remember looking forward to 2013 and all the good things this year will bring. And I’m grateful for all that has happened this year! 2013 was when I really, REALLY saw my illustration style emerge ever so clearly, starting with the April illustration for my monthly calendars: I worked on some of my most favorite projects so far: I didn’t blog about these but I had some work licensed for greeting cards (mostly) via my agent: I finally felt ready to send out promotional postcards and emails to clients I wanted to work with… …and have had…

  • Illustration,  Odds and Ends,  Sunday Snippets

    Sunday Snippets: New work sneak peeks + 2013 holiday gift tags in action

    I’ve been busy– busy behind the scenes and working on new stuff and collections for 2014. Let me show you a few sneak peeks 🙂 * * * Check out some of my 2013 holiday gift tags in action! This is how I did my Christmas wrapping this year: I used brown paper, red and blue printed ribbon, and my 2013 gift tags printed on matte photo paper. I used PhotoLast Professional Matte Photo Paper which I randomly came across a few years ago in Office Warehouse: I cannot rave enough about this paper. It’s priced reasonably (P250~? Maybe less) and the quality is amayyyyyzing. I print on it using…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 5: Party Paper

    Almost a month has passed since my last blog post about Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course. Sorry about that! Getting back on track now. Week 5, the final week, was all about Party Paper— that means paper plates, napkins, gift bags, gift wrap, and all other paper things related to parties and celebrations. I was looking forward to this market as I think my work translates to this industry very well. I was expecting a brief that involved birthday balloons, cake, confetti, and all other colorful party fare. I did not expect at all the brief that was thrown our way: to design a party plate and napkin…

  • News

    Updates! Matryoshka auction, 2014 planner illustration, animation, and a holiday mailer

    Hello! Just a few updates 🙂 Katha Magazine‘s auction for a cause has been extended until November 30 due to public request. That means you still have a couple more days left to bid for one-of-a-kind art to benefit the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines 🙂 Tres Marias [pinit]   The current highest bid (as of November 28) for my handpainted matryoshka dolls with a Filipino twist is Php 7,000 or $160~ USD. Thank you, mystery bidders! Whoever wins the dolls at the end of the auction will get a few extra art goodies from me as well 🙂 Think you can top the current bid? It’s for…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 4: Editorial

    I was excited for Week 4 of Lilla Rogers‘ Make Art That Sells class– Editorial week. Prior to this class, I wasn’t really sure what editorial illustration is. It turns out it’s illustration for magazines, newspapers, books– anything editorial that has a need for an accompanying illustrated piece to depict the concept or content of a written article. Our assignment for editorial week was to make a map of the town or city you live in. Maps are constantly being commissioned, especially for magazines, so this is a lucrative market to make art for. Making an illustrated map has long been on my long list of to-do’s for my portfolio.…

  • Arts & Crafts

    Tres Marias: art up for auction for the benefit of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan

    If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen me posting progress pictures of a matryoshka doll set I’ve been painting for the past few weeks. In 2012, I bought a set of black chalkboard matryoshka dolls from Muji. I love Muji’s stuff– I always think their “blank” products are perfect for customising (see the Muji colored pencil tube I turned into a kokeshi doll). Their matryoshka dolls aren’t any different. These chalkboard nesting dolls came in a set of five with white chalk included (I’m trying to look for a product link online but Muji seems to have discontinued producing these dolls). I bought the dolls knowing I would…

  • Illustration

    Make Art That Sells, Week 3: Scrapbooking

    I’m going to be honest here. I don’t like scrapbooking. Neither do a lot of my classmates from my Make Art That Sells class (side note: I was surprised to learn that a lot of my British/European classmates aren’t even the least bit familiar with what scrapbooking is. Apparently, it’s an American thing). I get scrapbooking’s appeal but personally, it’s not for me. Most of the scrapbooking work I see is just pre-made creativity (templates) collaged together looking like… pre-made work. Of course, there are standout scrapbookers who manage to create and manipulate these templates to really come up with work that looks beyond templated, but they seem to be…