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IF: Winter

I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas!  My Christmas was spent with family eating good food, chilling out and watching movies.  It was most pleasant and always great to have some time to relax.  Though I also find that holidays and having time to think results in a lot of self-reflection. This is my entry to Illustration friday: winter  done in flash and photoshop. I am still working on creating backgrounds and props for an interstitial series part-time and am looking for more gigs to work on.  I am taking a trip to Japan in a few months and need to save up and earn some shopping money!  I want to buy so many boots and not to mention clothes!  Looking forward to it!

Happy Holidays!

Howdy! Well it's Christmas Eve so I hope all your shopping is done and that you're all just ready to relax and enjoy the holidays!  Merry Christmas to you all!  May awesome food, good company and cool presents come your way!

The Cat and The Owl

A drawing inspired by the nursery rhyme "The owl and the pussycat".  I changed a few things though.  Hand drawn and inked then scanned and coloured into Photoshop.  Trying to make my poses more dynamic and exciting. It's been really nice being able to draw again.  Not having time to just do sketches for myself really does mess with my mindset. I have a few days away from the computer so am hoping to come up with more drawing ideas and to relax a bit before doing work again. Christmas is almost upon us!

IF: Mail

 "Peggy was so surprised when she discovered that........" This is my submission for Illustration Friday : Mail.  Thought I would leave it open ended for everyone else to fill in the blanks. I haven't been able to submit for two weeks because of freelance work and it feels so nice to have something up for this week.  I am still on fashion illustration mode and enjoying it a lot.  Done in Flash and tweaked in Photoshop.

Merry Christmas in advance!

Hi everyone This is a drawing I made for my friend Ching Yee who has been in a scooter accident.  Just wanted to show her I thought she was gorgeous inside and out and an awesome person...with a holiday feel.  I think she's an inspiration.  No complaints from her and when she says anything online it is always positive and cheerful.  I think she has an attitude and persona that everyone needs to aspire to.  Me especially, being so susceptible to feeling so down when nothing bad has really happened. This is the first drawing I have been able to draw in the last two weeks.  It is inspired by the two fashion books am reading; Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel.  This is all drawn up in Flash then a textured BG done in Photoshop. I have been incredibly busy designing props and backgrounds for a TV series and I was feeling uninspired.  Things have been emotionally turbulent but that tends to happen during the holidays.  Can't believe that 2010 is almost over.  It's bee

Monkey Suit

Howdy! This is my entry to Unit-16 Character Turbo !  Basically the aim is to interpret someone else's drawing and then post one of your own for someone else to interpret.  Hand drawn and inked then brought into Photoshop.  I have been having a lot of fun playing and testing out textures and layer options in Photoshop lately. The sketch above is the original concept which I interpreted.  It was great to do.  I wouldn't normally think of drawing a monkey..... For other news, I spent this week animating some flash game elements and doing some freelance illustration.  Next week I start work at another studio where I will be making pre-production elements like assets and backgrounds.  I rarely do that sort of thing professionally so it's going to be a learning experience which I am looking forward to.  I am very fortunate to have gotten gigs so quickly after my last contract finished.  See how I go next week!

IF: Savour

Hi there! Here is my drawing for Illustration Friday with the theme being "Savour".  This is a lady savouring every bite of her ice cream.  All drawn up in Flash. Friday was my last day at Studio Moshi for an animation contract and we had the most awesome after party.  I had so much fun but at the same time it is always a somewhat sad moment as it means that the entire team disperses to do their own thing till the next contract.  Life of a creative contractor, it is never boring and forever changing.  At least I find it so. Also watched an episode of Dogstar that I worked on the big screen at the ACMI (Mlebourne theatre in Australia) and it was great.  Seeing the episode come together was a very satisfying feeling. I start some freelance gigs from home tomorrow.  Should be fun!

Manly Man!

Simon is a manly man.  He bludgeons his enemies with a giant piece of meat and uses the blood as ketchup.  The only time he takes a shower is in the tears of the fleet women he has left behind in his wake.  This was done for Tim Merks manly man competition.  Tim is currently working on creating a short animated film and this drawing is based on his main character; Simon. This was all done in Flash while I had some free time at work.  Today is my last day at Studio Moshi (animation has ended for this project) and looking forward to the after party and whatnot.  The project was tons of fun to work on and looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. Next week I start freelancing on a couple of gigs and discussing another project with an old client.  Very pleased that the timing has worked out nicely.  I may be busy until Christmas!  Wheeeeee!


Who is the sneakiest one of all? Who are those people... why is there a camera guy sneaking towards the window....? This is my submission for Illustration Friday "Sneaky".  It was a lot of fun to do and am really enjoying overlaying and masking in textures over vector images. This week is all about animating as fast and as well as I possibly can as this is deadline week for the Little Johnny project am working on as an animator for Studio Moshi.  Game time! I went hiking today and it was so much fun but am exhausted, an early night for me tonight....

Bunny Blast!

Howdy! Do not make a giant fire breathing bunny angry! This wasn't the intended finished illustration I was planning to put up yesterday.  I drew up a character sitting by the window sill and I came up with this drawing for what was happening outside the window.  Then I ended up liking the idea of a fire breathing bunny burning down the city so much that I decided that it was better for it to be a stand alone illustration rather than an extra. All drawn up in Flash then textured and whatnot in Photoshop. This coming week is my last week at Studio Moshi and I will be freelancing doing educational animations and illustrations after that from home.  Essentially, this coming week is deadline week so I'm going to totally bring my A game and help get the project done!

IF: Burning

Howdy! This is my illustration for Illustration Friday and the theme is Burning.  I wanted to do something simple with bold colours and I went for "burning passion" and why not?  I think it's the type of burning most people wont mind at all.  This was illustrated in Flash. I bought two awesome fashion books today: Dreaming of Chanel and Dreaming of Dior.  I would definitely recommend them!

Lookout 14: Where are we now?

Hello hello! This is what I have spent most of today doing!  Astri (great 2D animator and illustrator) and I started this project of sending illustrations backwards and forwards with each other since 2007..when we both joined Red Bubble .  No real theme in mind, it was a free flowing illustration exercise where we interpreted or added on from the previous person's work.  We've had monsters, robots and lots of cats popping up in our illustrations.  At the moment, it  predominantly involves an underwater adventure with a Sorceress. I have been doing all the EVEN numbers and she does the ODD ones.  If you want to see more please check out the links starting with Lookout 1 and just check out all the links on the right hand side to see where it went and how it ended up where it is now. This was all drawn up and coloured in Flash and then touched up in Photoshop.  I really should try drawing something in illustrator as it's been a while but Flash is just so much easier fo

Catnip and Catch up

Hello hello! It has been a while since I last wrote.  Again.  I have been very busy at Studio Moshi, the project is a lot of fun but like most animation productions, it has a tight schedule so I have been rather busy. I am still trying to find the time to work on a lot of my personal projects and I keep coming up with more ideas and things to do a lot faster than I can actually do them.  This has been my first Friday free in a while and weekend for that matter.  Most will be spent drawing my own works as this is the first drawing I had time to do in a very long time. I really liked the Cat head idea so I came up with this one.  Hand drawn, hand inked and coloured in Photoshop :)  I sketched it during my break at work today.  It just felt so good doing a drawing of my own again.  Am hoping to finish another illustration I've been working on tomorrow.  Fingers Crossed!

Lady Cat

Is that a cat head on her head?  Yes it is.  Drawn with colour pencils and put into photo shop for some love. I felt like drawing the first thing that popped into my head today.  It's the first independent piece I've done in the last two weeks.  Things got incredibly busy since I last wrote. Current news.... my contract at Dogstar ended about a week ago and I am now working as a Flash Animator at Studio Moshi for the next 5 weeks or so.  I just started last Tuesday and it has been a lot of fun thus far.  It's refreshing working on an animation that has adult themes in it.  I also finished a corporate gig today. It was going on at the same time with my last few days at Dogstar and during my first week at Moshi, and am very pleased about my finishing it.  It was a fun job but I need to sleep every now and then.  I celebrated my first few hours of semi-free time to draw this illustration....a lady with a cat on her head. Plans at the moment....still trying to find time to


Yesterday was a beautiful day in Melbourne and it was so nice to go out and enjoy the sunshine and have a picnic in the park and stay there till the sun went down.  I had a going away party yesterday that was held in Flagstaff gardens and it was just so lovely to sit there and enjoy good food and company. When evening came, I saw another group of friends and we went to see a friend performing in a show that had acrobats, hula hoops, people tumbling and doing somersaults at Gas Works.  I really loved watching the ladies perform on this cloth that was suspended on a high ceiling and just watching them climb up and do all sorts of tricks and movement on it.  Anyway, this piece was inspired by yesterday's performance.  All done in Photoshop. Today is another nice sunny day but chores and whatnot need to be done first before I can go out and play!

Long time no update!

Hi there! Long time no write and much has happened since!  I've just finished my contract with Dogstar and I have been freelancing on smaller projects here and there on the side. I've been working on developing a short film with a friend which will take a while since we both work pretty much all the time and I am still studying Japanese and training at least 2-4 times a week at Kickboxing.  Busy! Busy! Busy!  That said I am going to try and update my blog regularly. This is a sketch of an old man I saw at the train station.  I tried not to stare but I kept looking at his head which looked like truffle or cauliflower gone bad or mold/algae on his head.  I couldn't tell.  Anyway, I couldn't get the image out of my head so here's a drawing of him.  I don't think I got the tumor-like truffle correct on his scalp but it's pretty close.  It looked like it was going to take over his head!  This was done with water clour pencils on pastel paper then scanned in

quick note

Howdy! Been a while since I last posted! My bad. I have been really , really busy with freelance work and life in general for a while. It's been great! I am still taking up Japanese and going to kickboxing as much as I can still too. I have also been working on my own project with a friend which is a lot of fun. Albeit progress is slow since we both work a lot. Looking forward to what this month holds as a lot of projects seem to be in the works. I am also hoping to find time to make a proper website during the lull time, which may or may never come :) Above is a drawing I did for Unit 16 . A fun and quick illustration I did a month or two ago.

Scorpion Duchess

Howdy! Long time no write eh? Well...not really...just a month. Things got pretty busy with freelance work and I celebrated my birthday last month (oh god am old!). Anyhoo , I know it's late but this was my submission to the 31 girls in 31 days with the theme Poison. This one is entitled the "Scorpion Duchess" and all drawn up in Flash. Yup, still freelancing and doing Muay Thai and Japanese. Trying to find a new place to do life drawing. I miss it.


Hi So...even after the 1 month goal I am still illustrating :) This was my original submission to 31 in 31 where a female drawing is submitted by a different female artists everyday for 31 days. I decided that this drawing did not represent the theme Poison enough so I made a new one which I will show once it premiers on the other site first.

"Cat Pirate"

My submission for Unit 16 and the 31st and last illustration for the monthly goal I started on April 4. 31 illustrations in a row and am pretty happy about it. Hurray! Today has been a bit rough and it was a bit hard to illustrate and do work, but chin up :) Hopefully tomorrow is a better day.


I am so tired today that I just couldn't muster something fantastic for my 30th drawing in a row. Am not too sure why I am so tired. All done in Flash and is more or less a self portrait of me. Anyhoo...I have to do something for Unit 16 tomorrow and that will be my 31st and last drawing for the monthly goal too. I am relieved and now I will just take my time to draw whenever I feel like it...


Two good friends of mine got married today and I want to wish them all the best. Success, love and an infinite amount of parma and cheese in their lives. I also wish that every new canned surprise they get at the Asian store is delicious and not too addictive. All the best to David and Sarah and wishing them all the happiness in the world.

"The Calm One"

You know when everything has gone to hell and everyone is going mad...there is always that one person who is calm, collected and perhaps wondering how he found himself amidst all these crazy people. All hand drawn and then scanned into photoshop. Three more illustrations to go and it will be goal complete! So close to the finish line!

"The Hyena"

.....she has a laugh than can cause head explosions. I always find it surprising which illustrations I have done that seem popular versus some of the ones that dont garner much attention. :)

"Fox tantrum"

A nice simple one today. All hand drawn with fine liners and then tossed into Photoshop . This is my 25 th illustration. I have 5 more to go! Oh my goodness.... Japanese class tonight and kick boxing training the next few days and work. Wheeeeee ! Am tired.

"The Vandenflirten Express"

Hello! Based on a couple of friends :) A bit on the surreal side. All done in Flash....I draw a lot faster when am in Flash. It's been difficult drawing this week with so much going on. 6 more to go though and I will make it!!!


Who is behind that wall......who is the victim? We can only guess .... All done in Flash. :D 7 more illustrations to go!

"Carrot Misery"

So am sick at the moment but recovering which is good. Obviously a very quick sketch from me today depicting my carrot misery. I had a carrot casserole yesterday and it would seem that it didn't agree with me and I spent most of the night being miserable. Anyhoo, illustration number 22. Not my best :P

"Come hither"

Sometimes...I just want to draw something normal and pretty. This actually wasn't the illustration I was working on today but I quickly realized that I was going to need more time with the other illustration so I whipped this one up quickly instead. All done in Flash. I have 9 more illustrations to go!! So close to completing the illustrate every day for a month goal!


Sketched this all up and used Copic Pens to shade this character, then scanned into photoshop for a touch up. I love Copic pens. This is illustration number 21! So close to achieving the goal of one illustration a day for a month! 10 more to go after this!


His name is Squidgy and he demands that you love him. Thought I'd go and draw something monstrous today. All hand drawn and inked then scanned into Photoshop for some re-touching. Feeling a little dead from freelancing today. Trying to get a lot done so I can enjoy the weekend without guilt. :)

IF: Detective

"Jones wasn't quite sure what he was tracking...but he knew that it was small and petite with rather heavy steps....." This is my piece for Illustration friday . This week's theme is Detective and this is my take on it. Pretty traditional with the whole magnifying glass. I just found it funny how the detective is following something with extremely small footsteps and will later discover that the small feet belonged to a humongous monster. Drawn up in Flash and added a bit of texture using Photoshop . I like the old 1950s colouring. I find it funny how some works are more popular than others and not the ones I expect. Much has been done today, been freelancing on a kids animation series and did some chores and soon I will be off to Japanese and ultimately more work to do tonight after that!

"Pidgeon Princess"

I just draw whatever comes to my head. I don't really know how the images are popping up but I just get a hankering to draw something and I go and do it. Sometimes the image in my head doesn't match what is produced but a lot of the times these last few days I have been pretty happy with how things have turned out regardless of what I first thought up. This character was originally a boy but looked better as a girl. I sketched this while waiting for a friend and it's all hand inked, scanned it in and did some Photoshop love to it. 18 th illustration! Oh my goodness...I may make it to 20! I have work to do, Japanese to study and Muay Thai. I had to skip Life Drawing today, just had too much on. It's unfortunate but sometimes these things can't be helped.

"Rabbit Ears"

A nice simple one today. Kind of inspired by the simplicity of the Emily Strange clothing designs. All done in Flash. I wish I could get a rabbit hat with ears as long as this. It would be so cool! It can also double up as a scarf! Today was pretty tiring. Got work done and came back from Muay Thai and worked on this. Need to pick up work for my main freelance gig tomorrow. It will be interesting juggling intensive animation work with my illustrating (less than 2 weeks to go before I make it to my one month goal) and classes.

"Strawberry Lady"

This drawing is inspired by a friend of mine and her love of strawberries. All drawn up and finished off in Flash. This is my 16 th day...illustrating! Over two weeks and I am very happy. Much to do as always, I have Japanese class to go to tonight and I need to study and cook beforehand!

"Squid Hat"

I am tired today. Can you tell? I went bouldering this morning and my foot was still hurting from Muay Thai yesterday. I am glad to be active though and it's nice to be away from the computer doing physical activities. Anyhooo......this is my offering for today. All hand drawn and inked, then a bit of post done in photoshop. Felt like doing an anime styled drawing today. I did the sketch right before bouldering. On another note, also watched "Clash of the Titans" today. I wouldn't recommend it.

"See, Speak, Hear No Evil"

I have always been fascinated by the See, Speak and Hear no evil monkeys so I did my own version using women instead. All done in Photoshop . I like playing around with the filter settings and I get nice surprises more often than not. I am all bruised from Muay Thai was a bit brutal. I am having a lot of fun though! It's been good juggling work and all the extracurricular activities.

Doll05: Forgotten

Hi there! Because I have been illustrating everyday, I have become very active on my Red Bubble illustration folio and was reminded of my "Doll series" which I did a few years ago and decided to add another one to it. The other titles in this series are: Doll Doll02 Doll03:Discarded Doll04: Anyone out there? The colours are a lot more subdued in Doll 05, compared to the other 4. Hand drawn and then scanned into Photoshop. All original illustrations I do in this blog I also put up on Red Bubble .


A lil Art Deco vibe, anyone? All done in Photoshop . Probably would have been better in a vector program but I changed my mind half-way through colouring and I like how this turned out. This is my 12th illustration in a row...feeling pretty good but it's getting harder and harder to find the time...

Life Drawing Week 08

This was last night's endeavours, still a lot to improve on with proportions and all and drawing straight with a pen, but getting there.

"Feel the Music!"

Howdy 10 minutes before midnight: Ta da ! Welcome back to the 90's! Character is probably listening to "pump up the jam" or some other 90's hit. I am still working on drawing better hands.Hand drawn and inked then scanned into photoshop and coloured. Drawn right before Life Drawing class. Things are getting busier. I am juggling freelance work, Muay Thai, Japanese lessons , life drawing and socializing but I am having a lot of fun. It's good to be alive!

"Fishy Penny"

Why is there a fish dressed as a Geisha on a penny farthing bicycle? Guess we'll never know. So...this my illustration for today, I felt like being silly and I am tired from Muay Thai. Someone today, asked me; why am I illustrating everyday? I answered...because I am a masochist and I need to force myself into this or I will simply never have time to draw because there is always something else to do.

IF: Link

Hi there! This week's drawing for Illustration Friday . The theme is "Link". Thought I'd illustrate a mental and emotional connection between two people. Was going to go for physical attraction as well....but decided that it wont work in this piece. Hand drawn and colour penciled then scanned into Photoshop for some colour adjustments.


Hello This started off as a doodle and I built it up from there. Hand drawn and inked then coloured and post done in Photoshop. Playing around with solid shades and I felt like doing swirls today.

"Thought Balloons"

hi, Illustration for today! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I did this all in flash. Based it on a pose that I drew from Life Drawing classes. Now off to bed cause my brain has floated away.


Hello, hello Today's illustration! I decided to add in a few of the steps I took on the way to the final image. This was sketched and the cleaned up on Pastel Paper (using a light box to trace!). Afterwards I coloured everything using colour pencils and then scanned into Photoshop where I did the final touches. Am still trying to figure out my scanner, the colour pencil scan kept coming up too light. I was so pre -occupied drawing that I missed Muay Thai class today. Boooooo ! Still am happy how this piece turned out.