Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa Baby!

It's almost Christmas, my favourite holiday! One evening a couple of years ago, I illustrated Ice Cream Man for fun not knowing that it would be loved by so many. Still today, Ice cream man remains one of my favourite images and has received recognition on the cover of Applied Arts magazine, 'chosen' by American illustration and featured on many more websites and blogs. So I wanted to take a moment to say "thank you". Thank you to everyone I had an opportunity to work with this year, my friends, my family, and those who reached out to me and showed me their support.

In midst of the holiday spirit (and as a tribute to Ice Cream Man), I came up with this fun drawing last night. Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

And of course, this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't show you my roughs :P

And the final line art,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Return of King Kong

If King Kong existed in our times, I'm sure we would all be too busy to give him our attention. With that said, here's a quick image I did for fun today. ~Enjoy :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Call Of The Wild

Happy Holidays Everyone!

I wanted to do this post for a while now but I've been occupied doing a lot of holiday shopping and just spending lots of time with family and friends. I do think this post is just perfect with Christmas around the corner which has everyone in a shopping frenzy. So enjoy this post about Shopaholics!

Call of the Wild Process

A while back, I had the opportunity to illustrate for Psychology Today Magazine about identifying Shopaholics in the wild. I love keeping up to date with fashion trends so I was more than ecstatic to do this illustration.

Here were some of my initial concepts:

My process work:

And then 2 variations of the final illustrations. The yellow background was selected to go to print by the art director but the one with the red-orange background is my personal favourite.

Shout outs to Joshua Rains who kindly mentioned me in his blog and is also a brilliant illustrator himself. Check out his website at

Hope you enjoyed this post. Look forward to the next one before the end of this week.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

$55 Gift Certificate Giveaway

As an early Christmas present to you, I've decided to team up with CSN stores to host a $55 dollar giveaway. I'm not being compensated by any means to promote this company. I was given the option to select something for myself to review but I decided I would much rather have one of my readers receive something instead.


The winner will be receiving a $55 gift certificate to use at CSN is a HUGE online store with tons of things like furniture, home decor, fashion acessories, shoes, bags, suitcase and the list goes on.


1.Go to my website,
2.Pick out your favourite illustration.
3. Go to my Facebook Fan page (link on the right bar). Look for my comment, "What's your favourite illustration from me?", and below, write down the name of your favourite image that you've selected from my website.
3. All comments will be entered and the winner will be drawn randomly. I will msg the winner through facebook and also announce it on my twitter. Please only comment once!

To qualify to win, you must:

1. Be a fan of my Facebook page.
3. Must be a U.S. Or Canadian Resident (Sorry to my International readers).
2. And if you're under 18 years of age, have permission from your parents.

Contest Winner will be announced on my birthday, December 8th.
Good luck everybody!

Monday, November 1, 2010

How to prevent scratches on the Wacom Cintiq / Tablet

Hi everybody.

For those who are curious, I do all my illustrations using Wacom's Cintiq 21UX (the early version with the acrylic screen). I've been using it for almost 2 yrs now and I started noticing a lot of fine scratches in the middle of my screen which blurs the lines of my images. The Cintiq claims to be anti-scratch but be warned.. it is not.

After fiddling with the settings and doing some research online, I found some tips to help prolong the life your Wacom screen. I know a lot of people who visit my page are artists too so I thought I would share this info for those who have a pen tablet or those who are looking to purchase one.

Tips to protect your tablet from scratching:

1. Go to your Tablet Properties and increase the Tilt Sensitivity to high and the Tip Feel to soft. This will increase the sensitivity of your pen so that you don't have to press down as hard to get your lines. You'll have to get use to a more sensitive pen but its worth it.

2. Change your pen tip frequently. Your Cintiq should come with a few so when you start to notice that it's losing its smooth curve, replace it with a new one so that it doesn't scratch your screen.

3. The Cintiq comes with one 'felt nib' which is suppose to be softer on your screen. Use that instead of the other ones if it's available.

4. To Shield or not to Shield. ZAGG came up with an invisible screen protector that is scratch resistant available for $52.99 and made specifically for the Cintiq and other tablets. I would think twice before investing in one of these babies. It works but it's pretty much like drawing on mud.

5. For those who have very bad scratches on their screen, I just received an email from Wacom stating that the cost of replacement is $209 for parts and labor; which does not include tax and shipping. Is it worth it? Well, it's definitely cheaper than buying a new one.

Hope you find this helpful. If you have any more tips, feel free to post them below :)

Also, it was Halloween on Sunday. I was just a plain cat but my friend was the beautiful Neytiri from Avatar. Here's a pic of us together though I must say, she looked even better in person.

~Bye for now

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How The Wild West Was Won

Back in June, I worked on an illustration for 5280 Magazine. The story was about a 200 mile relay race through the Roosevelt National forest. Pretty intense? Well, I'm glad I just had to illustrate it. Here were my initial concepts:

The process,

And the final illustration,

Hope you enjoyed that. I'm thinking about making christmas cards this year? Think I should go for it?

~bye 4 now

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fine-tuning the Bluetooth

Hi Everyone.

For those who live in warmer climates, I’m so very jealous! It’s cold here right now and hurts to type because my fingers and toes freeze when the temperature drops even the slightest.

So back track to earlier this year when it was warmer, I did an illustration for Bluetooth SIGnature magazine. The article was about the tweaks and enhancements that were being worked on and tackled in the new Bluetooth core specification version 4.0. I thought to illustrate this by drawing some working men reconstructing a cell tower/electric tower into a ‘4’. Here are some of my initial concepts:

I really wanted to do just the man up in the electric tower but I understood that it was important to the client to have some Bluetooth technology in the illustration so I came up with a slightly different concept. Here is my process work:

Here are 2 colour variations of the final:

I liked both but here's the one that got the most votes:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this. I’m going to put on my mittens now.. seriously.
Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Hello Everyone!

So earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to do a feature illustration for More Magazine which is always a great joy for me. I've mentioned it in my previous post but I have to mention it again.. the Art Director is an absolute blessing to work with!

The article for this illustration focuses on divorce; particularly on women's strong support network and their tendencies to vent as a form of communal therapy. Believe it or not, statistics indicate that more male suffer feelings of despair compared to women after they've experienced a break up of a marriage or common law relationship.

Here are some of my initial concepts,

The process,

The final,

I love how the page was designed so here are some shots of the magazine with the feature illustration and the spot illustration I did.

Let me know if you've enjoyed this post.
Have a great weekend,and happy Labour Day!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mac Money Managers

Hi Everyone,

So here's some illustrations I did for Macworld's June 2010 issue. The article compares personal finance tools for the desktop, iPhone, and Web so that disorganized people (like me) can manage our money more efficiently.

For the roughs, I tried to incorporate the idea of 'managing your personal finances' by drawing some common house chores that required organization. Ie. kitchen storage and raking leaves (except the man is raking money).

The Art director wanted to go with the 3rd sketch. Around midnight though, I pitched a new idea to her- take a look below.

For the opening illustration, I have a hand putting money into a pixelated piggybank. I thought the idea nicely showed the digitization of money. The piggy bank symbolizing a personal financial software.

And for the spots, I played dress up with the piggy bank to illustrate budgeting with the financial tools/softwares discussed in the magazine.

After all the hype, the idea was turned down in favour of my initial sketches. No regrets though, it was lots of fun :)

So back to my first concept. Here are my process work. I worked the composition, played with the colours and then did the final line work.

And the final image with some last minute detail on the right page.

I'm not going to get into details with the spots but here are scans from the magazine of the 3 spots I did to go along with the story.

Hope you guys enjoyed this long overdue post. Lots of more fun illustrations coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned~ Bye for now.

Monday, June 28, 2010

ALERT** Beer Smugglers!

Lots of craziness over here in Toronto if you care to know (if not, scroll down):

The 10 sec Earthquake--> I seriously thought I overdosed myself with coffee when my computer starting shaking.

G20--> Time machine in action; looks like we went back in time and started behaving like cave people.

Now to add to all that, here's an illustration I did for Milwaukee magazine.
The article is about New Glarus' Spotted Cow beer. The beer is only available in Wisconsin and the article tells of our attempts to sneak the Spotted Cow out of Wisconsin.

My Process:

And the final illustration:

Hope you got a laugh from this fun little drawing. It's Monday I know, but lets pretend it's friday ~Bye for now.

**Shout Outs**

To Lou who kindly posted about me on his blog.

Also to Juan Carlos Solon, another great talent you must visit. Check out his website here.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Illustration for Westchester Magazine

Here’s something I did for Westchester magazine. It was for an article featuring some badass ideas for a girl’s night out. I’m not sure what is was, but I got really excited while doing this illustration. Here were some of my initial concepts.

I drew out the fun sporty activities suggested in the article and tried to add a girly twist to it. The boxing sketch was my favourite so the Art Director let me go with that one. I have a girl boxer at the corner ring. But instead of having a coach or water boy on the sidelines, I have her girlfriends doing her hair and makeup. Here are some of my process shots.

And here’s the final for you. Hope you’ve enjoyed this :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

More Magazine Summer Issue

Just a quick post,

I had an opportunity to do the feature illustration for More magazine and just got my copy in the mail early this week. The illustrations were for an article about how the different genders cope with divorce.

I absolutely love illustrating for More. The AD always gives me meaningful articles to work with and my brain always gets a good workout from it as well. Ladies check out More Magazine in your local bookstores if you get a chance; and guys too, of course :)

A sneak peak at the contributors’ page (I'm there at the bottom),

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I'm not sure where in the world you are but it sure is HOT here... sweats*

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TV Day Poster Par 2


To everybody residing in Canada, I hope you had a fabulous long weekend. Unfortunately I celebrated Victoria Day with a nasty cold and a deadline. Nevertheless, I did get some sun because it was one of our hottest days yesterday; about 34°C. Woot!

So here’s part 2 of TV day posters with John St.

I usually give my clients a few different concept sketches. We were short on time with this project, so the Art Director already had the concepts pretty much figured out. Here's a process shot:

Because this was TV day in Canada, the client decided to replace Bob Barker with Don Cherry.

For every poster, there were 2 sizes; a long, and then a shorter one. Here’s the final poster in the longer dimension.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

TV Day Posters: Par 1

I worked with John St. to produce three 12 ft posters day for TV Day in Canada. The Art Director pretty much had the concepts and layout figured out so I just had to draw them out. Here are my process shots for one of the posters that I worked on:

And the final poster,

This was one of the most challenging projects I worked on. It was my first time working with such big photoshop files and I didn't have much time either..

So no one ever has to go through what I did (scary flashback**), here are some tips for working with large photoshop files:

  1. Contact the printers and find out the minimum size/resolution required for the final printing output. Usually you can work ¼ of the required size without losing any image quality.
  2. Do the line work in the required size that the printers give you. Do the colours in 1/2 the required size. When you are done with the colours, flatten the layers and drag them into the line art file. You'll have to enlarge the colour file to match up with the lines but no worries, the line work will cover the blurry edges so you get a crisp finish.
  3. Another great alternative that a friend told me about was to do the illustration in a fairly decent size. Get it printed out as large as you possibly can and then get it professionally photographed and enlarged.

Hope this comes in handy. If you have any ideas you’ll like to add, post them below. I’d would to hear them! :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Illustration for Portland Magazine

I did the Mudroom Opener for Portland Monthly back in November 09. Two older illustrations that inspired them were the ‘Alumni Party’ illustration I did for UCLA and ‘Chinchilla Jacket’. I’m not fond of backtracking into past styles but I gave this go.

The Art Director had something very specific in mind; two round tables and the following Portland people that had to be included: LeGarrett Blount, Max Records, Paula Lucas, Fred Stickle, Merritt Paulsen, Stu Rasmussen, Sam Adams, Beau Breedlove, Nigel Jaquiss and Jason Wurster.

I did a detailed research on each individual and their stories before proceeding with any sketches. Research always adds more meaning and depth to my images. It also helps me with layout, image props and facial and body expressions.

Here are some colours I played with. The Art Director went with the more neutral palette.

The line art and coloured finals were done on Photoshop.

The final selection:

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Star Trek Movie Review for PlayBoy

Here's an illustration I did for Playboy Magazine's movie review on the 2009 Star Trek Movie. I didn't have to wrack my brain for anything conceptual so it was a really fun and relaxing project.

I usually start off all my projects by doing a massive image research on the internet. This usually helps kick-start my creative thinking and allows me to conceptually piece together ideas. With this particular project, I stopped midway and I decided to just go and watch the movie at the theatres. I love it when you get to do something fun and attribute it to work

So here are some compositions I came up with:

It’s always difficult for me to make a colour selection because personally, I think all the colours of rainbow are beautiful. I usually end up asking family and friends for their opinions and tally up their votes.

And the most voted image..

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Art of Murder

Here's an illustration for Philadelphia Magazine about volunteers gone wild. I thought it would be fun to illustrate them around a table with hidden weapons in attempt to kill their co-chair.

The step-by-step process: Concept Scribble---> Refined Sketch--> Colour Rough.

And then the final illustration in 2 different colours. The Art Director preferred the yellow version so that ended up being published in the magazine. Personally, I'm obsessed with red. So I did like the red one more.. but am happy either way.