• Illustration,  News

    Surtex 2014 and new work

    It’s Surtex season for a lot of artists, illustrators, and surface designers all over! Surtex (SURface and TEXtile) is an annual trade show held in New York every May, and this year it happens this Sunday, May 18. It’s a B2B (business to business) trade show attracting wholesellers, manufacturers, and buyers to buy and license original art to put on products– journals, gift wrap, greeting cards, home decor, party plates, tabletop accessories, and other gift ware. My agents at Bright Art Licensing will be bringing my work to the show: (This Surtex flyer was posted on one of my favorite design blogs, Print and Pattern)

  • News

    Now represented by the Bright Group!

    Just a quick announcement. Two things. First: my previous agency and I parted ways earlier this year, in February. I thank them for the two years I spent with them. Second: I’m thrilled to announce that I am now represented by UK-based Bright Agency, under the Bright Group! I first sent in an application to Bright in early 2012, even if I knew my work wasn’t ready yet. Naturally, they turned me down, and I signed with another agency, also in the UK. But when that contract was over, I thought I’d try with Bright again since my work and style has grown in the last 2 years. Fortunately, Bright…

  • Illustration,  News

    Pusspins stickers on InstaSize

    I was approached earlier this year by the guys at Munkee Apps to design a sticker pack for InstaSize, an app that lets you fit your photos on Instagram without cropping (among other things). I’ve never heard of InstaSize up until that point, but apparently it’s a very popular app across the iOS and Android platforms and I do notice my Instagram friends using it. InstaSize not only lets you fit photos; it can collage, add labels, filters, and backgrounds to your images as well. I was using 4 or 5 other apps to do these things prior to learning about InstaSize, so it was a relief to ditch the…

  • Illustration

    Ahoy there!

    So much for trying to post regularly. It’s hard to find things to share when you have nothing to show since your projects are still unreleased / under NDA (non-disclosure agreement). This one I can show you though. I’m working on a nautical-themed collection. I already made one last year: May 2013   I’m not really happy with it, though. The color palette is all over the place. So I decided to start from scratch and make a new version with a more thought-out, more cohesive, and less primary color palette. March 2014 [pinit]   See what a more structured color palette can do? It instantly changes and dictates the…

  • Illustration

    The circus is coming to town

    To make good on my promise a few posts ago about more frequent show and tell of work, here’s what I’m currently working on. [pinit]   I’m trying to veer away from the bright colors I usually use to make my work a little more sophisticated in terms of intended retail audience. Less Walmart, and more Paperchase. Or to put it in a local context, less Baclaran and more Greenbelt. Haha what.

  • 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…