Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Pick Me Up London

Today was a lovely day when I met lovely fellow illustrators by harnessing the power of Twitter!
I went to the Pick Me Up! Contemporary Art Fair at Somerset House with Thereza RoweSimon Wild, Kate Slater, Jo Cheung and Emma Cowley, also I met Amelia Gregory for first time! Whom I illustrated for London Fashion Week and other various projects. The fair was highly inspiring, learning all the types of printing methodology and also it was amazing meeting in real people, real time as oppose to virtual "kind of second life" Twitter. 

Twitter: 1 VS Facebook: Nil

Oh and Thereza gave me her lovely goodies! So generous ^_^

*Update*: Lovely Amelia posted a review of the Pick me Up London With a Group Photo!
Jo Cheung, Me! Kate Slater, Simon Wild and Thereza Rowe 

Friday, 16 April 2010

Quote the Raven, "Nevermore!"

Good evening! How have you been? 

I am guilty for neglecting my blog lately. For that please forgive me *cute face.*
Anyway, I have been working on private commission to illustrate Edgar's Allan Poe: "The Raven." 

I have always wanted to do this, especially after watching the Simpson's parody heehee. 
Although taking it seriously, the poetry is intense and a slow burner, it builds up the suspense and leaves it to the reader's interpretation. Many illustrators have portrayed this great piece of writing, even the great Gustave Dore, whom I've admired. 

Here is just a quick preview of the work in progresses for this project. 
From sketchbook to the final illustration, oh yea, includes the mess on my desk. 
I really like WIP, really shows the journey that really makes the cycle from having a brief to the final outcome. Maybe it's good for me to show it off, once in a while. 

Step by Step Painting a la Juney

Final Outcome:

Took all day and this morning to finish this painting. So chuffed, because I am never that quick!

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter! Sketchbook Pop Up Store! Susie Bubble!

This week has packed with news and fun filled trips to London. I was chuffed to be invited to the Sketchbook Pop up Store and find my Susie Bubble illustrations are exhibited right up in heart of Carnaby Street.

Definitely come along, a map can be found here.
Its open until 19th April with loads of talks, events and music happenings. So check it out!

I also met talented illustrators, PR officers and many hardworking team of Sketchbook who worked THREE days to make the shop a success.

Jack Teagle, Amazing lad, beautiful comics.

Annie Driscoll, Mesmerizing collages of Text and Image.

Window Display from the minds of Serene Khan and Stephen.

Also there was a talk at the exhibition, a debate between Print vs Online. The panel was made up of blogger Susie Bubble, graphic designer and writer Adrian Shaughnessy, trend director at Style Sight Sandrine Maggiani and Becky Smith, previously of Lula Magazine and now of Twin Magazine.

It was a healthy argument and it was concluded that online blogging and print magazine has to co exist along one another. While both has pros and cons, methinks people love them both. It was very insightful talk, one to think about. 

All of the creative professionals were lovely to speak to and as I have illustrated Miss Lau, it's only right I gave her my original prints of her. Initially I was nervous but Susie was lovely, very open and warm to speak to. And I'm glad she liked the illustrations. 

I wanted to thank everyone at Sketchbook family, Rachel, Wafa, Luma, Beth, Laurel, Norah, Siobhan, Ekaete and everyone I have missed out.  Made my week, you all should be chuffed. 

Happy Easter xxx

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