Book Launch for GRANDMOTHER'S VISIT

GRANDMOTHER'S VISIT book launch went very successfully. I was overwhelmed by the crowd who joined us in the special day. It was not only a launch for a new picture book, it was also a memory dedicated to both Sheila Koffman, Another Story Bookshop owner, as well as to Sheila Barry, publisher of Groundwood Books, who passed away in 2017.

It is truly appreciated for everyone who came to the book launch, the day will always hold much meaning and memory for me. :)

Next New Picture Book: Grandmother’s Visit

I am very excited to share that my next picture book GRANDMOTHER’S VISIT will be released by Groundwood Books in September!!! I dropped by their office today to take some photos and doodle video today! Book launch party will be collaborated with the author Betty Quan on September 16 (Sunday) from 4pm to 6pm at Another Story Bookstore,Toronto.

Quick Sketch of Today

I have been learning to draw with limited colour palettes in traditional way. It seems less colours were used but it does not mean easier.  I need to plan ahead the colour combinations, especially for the white areas. The biggest challenge of painting on paper (not on the tablet) is there is no "undo" button, the white has to be unpainted, if I made a wrong decision I have to repaint the whole piece. This piece was just my quick study so it is just fine if I made a mistake. Sometime I like the improvisation from my sketch, I see some surprises there!

 

After working with digital media for some time, it is so much fun to stretch my head to go back to traditional media. I love taking the challenge!

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Draw and Write with my non-dominant hand

Is there anyone having same weirdness like me? I am right handed. When I feel my drawings are too well control, I shifted to draw with my left hand. But my weird brain only makes me write mirrored text with my left hand, naturally without thinking. So I created this video to show you how strange it is! Stay till the end for my writing please! 

Stay weird and you are loved! 

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One more try, it is actually quite fun~ If I live 50 years ago I would do window writing for retail stores. :D

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CANSCAIP Art Show 2018

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.

SCBWI Canada East Conference 2018

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!!!

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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.

 Check out more of my new children's illustrations  here ~

Check out more of my new children's illustrations here~

SCBWI Canada East - Art of Story Conference 2017

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!