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:

Cool summer cat

I worked on some of my most favorite projects so far:

#CutTheCrap #NoMoreButts campaign poster

Illustrations for Glottogon's Tea Party Memory Match game

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

I didn’t blog about these but I had some work licensed for greeting cards (mostly) via my agent:

Licensed designs

I finally felt ready to send out promotional postcards and emails to clients I wanted to work with…

Postcard mailers 2013

…and have had some of them respond positively and enthusiastically to my work.

I invested in myself and in my career by enrolling in a few classes on Skillshare and Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells course.

Class work
My work from Make Art That Sells


On a personal note, I also turned a milestone age this year, and this Postsecret card just about sums up how I feel:


Yes, I’ve just turned 30 (I’m admitting my age for the first time on such a public space)– gawd, it sounds like SUCH an old age, and as I’m writing this, the words “I’ve just turned 30” is jumping right out at me as it hasn’t sunk in yet. People think I look like I’m in my early/mid-twenties though, and I also feel like my mental age is somewhere in between 22 to 25 (sometimes it drops to as low as 6), so it’s all good ๐Ÿ˜›

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have fathomed I’d be an illustrator (I was convinced I’d be a graphic designer forever and maybe work in advertising) but here I am, immensely enjoying what I do, and making my five year old self proud because when I was five, all I wanted was to be an artist. Well, five year old Reg, here is your 30 year old self living your dream much better than you imagined, even ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m feeling very blessed and grateful to be able to do what I do, and I’m thankful for everyone around me who encourages me to do better– my ever-supportive family, friends, blog readers, Facebook followers, Instagram friends, and everyone who reaches out to me via social media and email to tell me how my work makes them smile or feel inspired to make art. I really appreciate it, and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling ^__^

I’d like to give back some of that feeling with THREE yearend giveaways as a little thank you for being here with me and supporting my work (by tweeting, liking, sharing, and pinning my work– you help spread my work out into the world!). This is what I’ll be giving away:

French Fries tote bag
One French Fries canvas tote bagraffle-planner
Two Muni x Moonleaf 2014 planners. I illustrated the February spread ๐Ÿ™‚

Three 4 x 5 illustrated handmade notebooks (I printed the covers, laminated them, punched out the holes in the papers, and bound the notebooks myself)

Three 4 x 6 illustrated note/list pads (Professionally printed. I used to sell these on my now-defunct Etsy shop, along with the notebooks above)

Three Pusspins acrylic necklaces/key ring

The prizes will be grouped into THREE, and you’ll have three opportunities to win. 2013 yearend giveaway

For PRIZE A, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (you’ll need to be logged in to your Facebook account)! 2013 yearend giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

That’s just for PRIZE A. To enter for Prize B and Prize C, head on over to my Instagram and Facebook page for the mechanics.

These giveaways are open to everyone, worldwide. You may enter all three giveaways but you can win only once. These giveaways will end on January 9, 2014, at 12 MN EST, and the winners will be contacted and will be announced shortly afterwards here on this blog, my Facebook page, and Instagram.

Here’s to 2014! May we all have the best year yet! ๐Ÿ˜€