Currently working on my masters project... work in progress: trying out different "looks" for my cupid character.

Currently working with pastels again. I quite like working with pastels now. Here I'm just playing around with some subjects for the submission to the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2014.

Here is my entry to a European illustration competition to illustrate Hansel and Gretel. They put up all the entries here, and the public is asked to vote for their favourite. The voting is over, and unfortunately mine didn't make it to the top 5. But here it is, and I'm happy with the piece nonetheless.

It's the summer and there's open access to the university's printmaking studios, hence I took this opportunity to play around with some etchings. The following were done with a single zinc plate using soft ground. Quite like the effect of using different inks on a single plate.

Some time ago, I completed a series of paintings for a friend, portraying her two boys and their favourite stuffed toys. I had fun while doing these, and was trying to emulate the watercolour backgrounds commonly found in Lisbeth Zwerger's (one of my favourite children's book illustrators) illustrations. I think they turned out quite well :)

Continuing my series of favourite things (read: food), here's my other favourite beverage: tea!

selection of my favourite teas

From ice-cream and coffee to cupcakes and doughnuts! I love painting the food I love.... yes, I was salivating while painting this!

it's all in the icing

yummy doughnuts!

It has been some time since I last posted. Quite a number of things have happened since then: the end of my first year in the MA Children's Book Illustration course, and winning third place in the Macmillan Prize 2013 (hurrah!). I have to say that winning a prize is such a pleasant surprise, and a welcome indication that I'm on the right track.

Here's me posing in front of my drawing at the Macmillan Prize 2013 exhibit

The Macmillan Prize is an annual competition open to UK-based students and requires the submission of a complete children's picture book dummy. The story I submitted is Lili, about a sweet girl with red-hot hair. I had originally worked on this as part of a project in the course, and the following are the pictures from the story.

So I've disappeared for a while... been really busy with a new dummy book, and preparing for the Bologna Children's Book Fair 2013. Will post these updates later once I get all the photos sorted out!

Anyway, I just came back from Italy a few days ago, and realised that the Puffin Children's Award contest deadline was today! Luckily I had already read the book, and had some initial ideas but didn't really have the time to carry out the vision so I had to improvise and ended up with a new design. So here it is. I'm quite happy with the type.

And the story of the boy who works at a monster circus continues... Here's another sequence from the dummy book. Our little boy is quite the unflappable one. Enjoy!

Here's another short edited sequence from the book.

Will our circus boy be eaten alive?


I previously published a work-in-progress picture of these two pieces. And here are they are finished!

Here's a sequence from the circus dummy picture book...

So the past few weeks I've been really busy working on a sequential project, basically coming up with a dummy picture book. This is the first image in the book, as yet untitled, about a little boy who works at a circus. But this is no ordinary circus... more will be revealed in the next few posts... stay tuned!

The year 2012 has been a challenging one, adjusting to a new economic reality (a limited full-time student budget), re-evaluating choices (again), and summoning the courage to change courses and move to Cambridge! I have not regretted the decision, and I am thoroughly enjoying the course. Here's to more brave choices in the new year!
PS: I'm having my cream cheese brownie and eating it too..! :)