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.

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~

Jump Up & Down for Max and Sasha

My husband and I have owned two lovely Tonkinese cats, their names are Max and Sasha. They are two brothers from the same litter. Unfortunately they both have diagnosed lymphoma cancer in last December. Their life expectancy is from few weeks to few months, I know I am going to loose both of them soon. I am spending some good quality time with them and make sure they live as healthy as possible. In the meanwhile, I started drawing them in stories to recap all the memory they have brought to my life. The one below was my first attempt, I am happy to continue to draw their fun silly things. It is very comforting when I draw them out, I hope you do enjoy reading it too~

Max (left with darker hair colour) and Sasha (right with lighter hair colour). Picture was taken on their 12th years old birthday on June 2016.

Max (left with darker hair colour) and Sasha (right with lighter hair colour). Picture was taken on their 12th years old birthday on June 2016.

They alway like to cuddle together in a heart shape~

They alway like to cuddle together in a heart shape~

My Next New Book "Waiting For Sophie" is coming in April!

It is my honour to illustrate Waiting for Sophie written by multi-award winner author Sarah Ellis. This book will be published by Pajama Press in April 2017. I am happy to share the book cover art and couple arts I made for the inside pages, but there will be a lot more to come in the near future. In the meanwhile, find out more information from the Pajama Press Publishing.

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