Work in progress: A Little Suspicious Fish 🤨
It was my honour to participate the CANSCAIP Art Show 2018 at The Canadian Contemporary School of Art. We have total of 37 talented children's book illustrators exhibiting over 60 pieces of art. The show will be on going until May 31, 2018. Please find time to check it out!
This is the detail info of the CANCAIP Art Show.
We had a wonderful evening in the opening reception, it was filled with people, I was so happy to meet up many illustrators, writers and editors!
Credit for some photos: Paul Hung.
I joined SCBWI since 4 years ago. I have learned so much from their conferences, workshops, critique groups, local gatherings and so on. I met so many amazing talented people there, they share my frustration and excitement, they inspire me, listen to me, hug me, point me to a direction when I am lost. They help my growth in my career and keep me company in my journey. If you know me there, you are one of them.
I just returned home from the annual conference with 2 awards, and loads of inspirations and friendship! I am totally overwhelmed by their supports and encouragements. I am a hard worker I have to admit, perhaps little too harsh to myself sometime. I may easily miss what I have accomplished until I was told. The affirmation certainly means A LOT to me!!!
I also took the opportunity to share and to receive feedback about two personal new book ideas I am currently making. These are my mock up and sketches for 1000 Imaginary Friends! and Lion, Paper, Mouse
I met so many talented people there, they are just like this illustration I made.
It was two years ago I created this black and white hand-lettering as a fun personal project. It caught attention from Robert Kaufman Fabrics, they like to take my designs to create a collection. It is a dream comes true that I have a fabric line with my illustrations!
Check my full illustrations here!
I’m developing some new illustrations with gouache and colour pencils, and fall in love with these guys I made today!
This is the completed video of my ink drawing alphabets.
Draw well, think deep. This is what I am thinking as I am drawing this. Making a piece of good art is not just make it, my brain is working actively in deed.
I spent my weekend in Montreal to attend SCBWI Canada East Conference, it was a pretty intensive but inspiring event. I learned a lot from the illustration group critique with Giuseppe Castellano, it was also a wonderful opportunity to meet up my fellow illustrators and authors for sharing experience and struggles.
We had portfolio showcase on Friday night during the "Meet and Greet Party", we were invited to vote for our favourite portfolio. It was my honour to be chosen for the "Exceptional Portfolio". I brought back a simple print and a box of candy award, but it means the world to me! It is such a great encouragement to motivate me to make more good art for children!
I also signed up for an one on one portfolio review. Do you know it needs lot of courage to take this step out? I was assigned to meet with Giuseppe for the review, I was happy but super nervous! It turned out a great talk with him, I was so happy that he likes my works! He asked me to leave him postcards to bring back with him and share with his team! I do not know what will lead to in the future, but having his positive feedback and confirmation do mean so much to me!
It was only a 2 days conference, but what I gained will give me a long lasting impact for sure!
It has launched! It has launched! It is now available in many local bookstores and Amazon. I like to share with you a quick video for the inside pages.
I sketch with 4B pencil today, love the softness and the darkness. It is a nice break from my digital painting.
So happy I found my 8B pencil in my drawer, then I made a fun sketch when a bird was singing loud by the window this morning. :)
Just a little story inspired by my two little cats Sasha and Max.
I have never seen a cat who is such a real food lover! I think Sasha could be a food review writer in cat world. His favourite foods such sweet bean, corn, yogurt, bacon, chicken and many more. He was always curious to try all different kinds of food, he thinks nothing but only about the yummy foods all day long!
It is very sad that Sasha left me today, I miss him badly. It was a very painful and difficult decision to let him go, but he has no more suffering. I believe he is enjoying his life in heaven. He gave me lot of great memories which will continue to inspire me to draw.