Friday, May 30, 2014

How to Make an Illustration ... Part 4

Here's the final post in my series on how to make an illustration.  Last week I showed you how I begin to add color to the work.  After my color choices have been approved by the art director, I finish coloring by cleaning up the messy edges, adding pencil texture underneath some color layers, and so on.  I also slightly changed the composition in my finished illustration by adding some fun characters to create a happier feeling to the piece.  Below is the finished work, along with a little interview I did, published in the May 2014 issue of MilkX Magazine.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

HKwalls Featured on Apple Daily

I'll be posting an update on the HKwalls project I took part in soon, but for now, here's a recap video of the event featured on Hong Kong's Apple Daily website.  Click the link here to watch the full video, and be sure to take a stroll through the Sheung Wan neighborhood to see all of the finished walls!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Make an Illustration ... Part 3

Next up in the "How to Make an Illustration" series, my favorite part - adding color!  For this illustration for Geox shoes and MilkX Monthly, the art director wanted the piece to have a spring-y, cheerful feeling - so I went for bright colors.  This piece is still rough (as you can see) because I wanted to make sure the colors I chose were what the art director was looking for.  Sending the illustration in drafts makes for easier changes later!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Chai Wan Mei Village

So many art events in town this week - can you even keep them all straight? In addition to HKwalls (see post immediately below), I'll also be participating in Chai Wan Mei Village.

Chai Wan Mei Village is a design spotting journey in Chai Wan, and features some of Hong Kong's most exciting creatives.  The project is organized by Tangram in collaboration with Spottly, and is happening within Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival.

I'll be working on live painting and graffiti, along with a talented bunch of Hong Kong-based illustrators, street artists, and graffiti artists - including 4Get, Cara To, WAIS1, to name a few. Come check out some live art action tomorrow from 11:00am onwards.  The Live Painting and Graffiti wall will be located in the Lower Ground Lift Lobby at Chai Wan Industrial City Phase 1, 70 Wing Tai Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong.

For all of the information about the event, please visit or check out their Facebook event page here. Or search your Instagram or Twitter for #cwmvillage!

HK Walls

We need walls. You need art.

From May 12-18th, HKwalls will transform a number of uncurated and neglected walls and shutters into large original pieces of art by a group of Hong Kong-based and international street artists.

For the first year of the event, the work will be concentrated on the area around Blake Garden in Sheung Wan, i.e. Tai Ping Shan St, Po Hing Fong, Pound Lane, Sai Street, Square Street, Tai Ping Shan St, Hollywood Rd, etc.

I'm super psyched to be taking part in the first HKwalls, and I'll be collaborating with Hong Kong's Used Pencil on a collaborative piece!  Check us out at at Tai On Terrace (see #10 on the map below). Stop by anytime from 2-8pm this Saturday, May 18th, to see the wall in progress and to say hi!

For more information about the artists involved, and to see some of the work in action, check out HKwalls Facebook page here.

How to Make an Illustration ... Part 2

I'm continuing my "How to Make an Illustration" series, so I'll show you the next step I used to create an illustration for Geox shoes in the May issue of MilkX Magazine.

After scanning my drawings and combining them into one image, I played around with changing the color of the lines.  Here's the illustration, (with colored lines), before I added any background colors.

Next up - my favorite step - adding color!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

How to Make an Illustration ... Part 1

Thought it would be fun to show some behind-the-scenes tricks of the trade for a new illustration I created for Geox shoes and Hong Kong's MilkX Magazine (out in their May 2014 issue!).  Here's Step 1 - lots of reference photos (the Spring 2014 collection from Geox), lots of brainstorming, and lots of sketching!  (I'm cheating a little here, since I didn't show you all the crappy sketches that came before my almost-final versions of the sketches depicted below.) Nevertheless, hopefully these unedited drawings give you an idea of how everything looks before I use Photoshop to stitch numerous drawings together, tidy them up, and add in all the color.

Stay tuned for more in this series! I'll show you how the rest of the illustration developed.

This is what happens when you want to draw something that's bigger than your scanner! For me, I scan my A3 drawing in two pieces (veryyy carefully) and then stitch the two scans together in Photoshop. 
I had to make a few edits to the initial illustration, so here's a peek at some figures and extra bits I added in later to make the drawing more playful and spring-inspired! 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Asian Creatives by UBIES

I'm thrilled to represent Asia, and more specifically, Hong Kong's creative community along the likes of HK locals Start From Zero and Prodip Leung in the book Asian Creatives, edited by UBIES and published by Japan's Pie Books. The book features 150 key creators from Asia - makers of graphics, illustrations, photography, and more; and contains interviews with key figures leading the creative scenes of 10 Asian countries. Check it out to see how the art and design scene is flourishing on this side of the globe!

Now available at bookstores worldwide and here on  Hong Kongers - peep it at PageOne.

My work featured in "Asian Creatives", edited by UBIES

My copy, direct from Japan!