Nov 16, 2013
Nov 3, 2013
Oct 7, 2013
One day, I had dinner with the view that showed me a great variety of passersby walking quickly to the other side. Most of them were dressed fashionably and it was quite a thrill to sketch quickly, capturing as much as I can and a little bit of memory before one by one disappeared out of the view. I really had fun with this one and feel like I could do more. Thanks, NYC.
Sep 26, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 12, 2013
Sep 3, 2013
The last few weeks of August were spent on creating six illustrations for the story, Golden-Crested Crane and I really enjoyed working on those, especially learning from the story's culture and setting that is completely different. It is for the children's magazine and the illustrations, along with the story will be published in January 2014 issue. Right now, I can't go into details. So here's a sneak peek of some illustrations. Till then, next Jan, we will see them all. Looking forward to it!
Aug 13, 2013
I couldn't help observing such a rich variety of people, their facial features, shapes and fashion during the train rides. I love being able to get around easily by subway and it feels like I'm a city girl at heart. I came from a city where I grew up on taking train and bus that I didn't feel the need to learn how to drive. Maybe, I should learn how to drive in case of emergency? Maybe.
Aug 9, 2013
Aug 5, 2013
Jul 23, 2013
Jul 10, 2013
Jul 8, 2013
Based on the memory of seeing children laugh and play with cooling splashes from the water fountain at Union Square Park. So much joy for the simplicity in life.
I tried not to focus too much on perfecting the details in this illustration but rather the mood through lighting, less colors and characters' poses. It felt strange without the critique from my Teacher and classmates now that we are out of school and how we have to decide on our own which conceptual idea and composition layout work the best.
On a happy note, I'm pleased to say that one of my works was selected to be part of 3x3 Student Show! Thank you, Judges.
Jun 30, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
I was mesmerized by the gorgeous outlook of the lofty mountains, vast sea and the dancing dapples of sunlight and shadow through the tall trees. I was sitting in the front where I sketched quickly almost blindly while my awesome Dad drove up the winding roads, passing by all the soothing views.
That grandeur feeling of watching the humongous waterfall that appeared a tad tiny far away. Next time, I shall go up closer to the point of standing at near the base of the waterfall so I could feel the vibration and try to hear the sound of the waterfall. The visit to the Yosemite National Park is absolutely my most favorite part of the family vacation.
May 27, 2013
Finally, I get to surprise my parents and my sister in bringing them to New York City and the best part is watching them observe what the world of illustration is like through the Student Scholarship Show at Society of Illustrators. It was the first time for them. It felt heartwarming to be with my family and it was great to see some familiar, sweet faces at the Society of Illustrators, NY.
May 11, 2013
Hello! Sorry for being away for so long and I'm so glad to be back here again. Below are some of the works exhibited at the Senior Show.
The Long Leap (Selected for Best of Ringling Show)
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Source: Tampa Bay Times
I chose to illustrate this article - For young grads, it's long leap from college to career and I couldn't help agreeing more with the long leap. I'm sure many of us who just graduated this year, felt this way too. Oh yes, I've officially graduated! The future is a little scary but definitely exciting. Somehow, I have a feeling that I might move to New York. We will see.
All I know is to stay grateful, have faith and keep on trying no matter what.
Rise of the Tiger Nation
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Ikea Recalls Meatballs After Deduction of Horse Meat
Source: The New York Times
Both alphabets, E and S were created for Pancakes and Pickles Book by Baron & Sy Schimberg, for young children. This book was a voluntary project set to raise funds for the Miracle League of Manasota, a non-profit organization that gives the opportunity to people with disabilities a chance to play baseball. I'm happy to be able to contribute to this good cause, along with other great illustrators and friends. More info about the book can be found here.
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I really had so much fun with the above project where you could randomly doodle abstract shapes without any intention. It is like tipping a bottle of ink accidentally across your paper and turning that blotch into a creative piece of art. The above reflects what I had come up with. The abstract shapes were created with Corel Painter's brushes and Alchemy.