Friday, December 23, 2011

Avatar Illustration

Here's an illustration inspired by the 2009 AVATAR movie! If you were following me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ last night, then this isn't anything new.

Last night I pulled up an old sketch to work on. I posted up snapshots of my progress on twitter, google+ and facebook as I took the sketch to final. Here it is:

Here's 2 version of the final illustration.

And here's the one I decided to go with:

Let me know if you enjoyed this post by commenting below.


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Friday, December 9, 2011

Finance Illustrations for MoneySense

I did a series of illustrations for MoneySense's booklet, "Guide to the Perfect Portfolio". Here are some of the the images below,

Here are 2 of the images in fuller view.
The first one is about Keeping your portfolio in balance & the second one is about Dividing your equity and and fixed-income investments into many categories or asset classes.

And for those who are interested, here's my process work for the two images,

Hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love to you,


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Freelance Illustration: Illustrating for Businessweek Magazine

Working with an Illustrator..

Ever wondered what it would be like to work with me? For this post, everything you see is exactly what I give to my clients when working on an editorial illustration assignment. To demonstrate, I'm going to use the PUMA illustration I did for Businessweek's article, "Puma Is No Longer a Sneaker. It's a Lifestyle"

PAR 1 After reading the article, I come up with a bunch of sketches. I pick the best three, refine them and send it off to my clients. Here's what my clients typically get from me:

I usually like to write down the key concepts from the article that I'm trying to depict beside the image.

PAR2 After the sketch has been approved, I move forth with the final illustration. Here's a detailed thumbnail layout of my work progressing from rough to final:

And here is the final illustration:

That's all. I hope you enjoyed this post.
Lots of love to you,

Christina Ung

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Little Miss Sunshine

For those of you who follow me on facebook, you've seen me post up my process work over the last couple of days. I hope you enjoyed watching me as I took this poster to completion. Here's the final image. A poster tribute to the Little Miss Sunshine musical that premiered at the La Jolla Playhouse earlier this year.

If you would like to see the process work, you can look for the posts on my facebook page.
Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

American Workers don’t have the right skills to get a job?

I stumbled upon an article this morning on CNN Money called, "Unemployment claims fall to lowest level since April". The article reports that "14 million people remain unemployed in the United States." What's shocking is...

There are 3 000 000 jobs that are unfilled in America. CNN suggests that problem may lie in the fact that most Americans do not have the right skill sets to get a job.

I find that hard to swallow. Because I personally believe that most people are overqualified and it's their job that stops them from reaching their full potential.

And this is what I want to convey in my image diary this week. I wanted to show the disconnect between a man's potential and the job he actually performs.

But now for some really GOOD NEWS..

To all freelancing illustrators. If you want to learn more about the industry, I highly recommend you check out NOOK COLLECTIVE. The same teachers that taught me all I need to know about illustration and how to run a freelance business are holding seminars in the Toronto region.

My best advice to any artist is to continue to grow and learn so go check them out.



Friday, September 16, 2011

The Top 7 Money Disorders

Last week I blogged about one of the top seven money disorders that I illustrated for MoneySense Magazine earlier this year. Today, I had some time so I thought I would post up the rest.

The main illustration is financial incompatibility
which are money secrets that destroy couples. Here was my take on it:

And the Canadian Version :)

The rest of the illustrations also depict specific behavioral patterns and beliefs that hinder people's ability to make sound financial decisions. Since there are so many, I've posted them all together from process to final:

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a Fabulous Weekend!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Financial Incest

Financial Incest is 1 of the 7 money disorders that I got to illustrate for MoneySense Magazine a few months ago. It's what happens when adults force their children to take on unreasonable financial responsibilities.

My concepts (Here's how I typically present them to my clients):

And my Progress work:

I hope you enjoyed this post! There will be more from this particular series next week.
And yes, I am back to my regular schedule, so I will be posting here often again. Thank you all for the patience and support you've given me this last month while I battled a very enduring deadline.

Have a fabulous weekend folks :-)


Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Unreliable Super Hero, "Published"

The Unreliable Superhero was one of my favourite images from my Thursday Image Diary Series. For that reason, I finished it off and here it is! The illustration also ended up getting published by Atlantic Magazine which makes me all the more happy.

And of course, this post would not be complete if I didn't show you my process work:

I hope you enjoyed this post. Thursday image diary is on hold for the time being as I'm working on some tight deadlines and attending some courses out of the country. I hope you'll bear with the lack of updates for a bit longer.

Cheers and lots of love to you.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Is Wealth Hereditary?

It is believed that some people are destined to be rich while others destined for a life of struggle. If wealth was hereditary it would look something like this…

Now, wouldn’t that be nice ;)

**Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Carlos Santana

Ladies and Gentlemen.. Carlos Santana!


**Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nostalgia: 12 Items We Miss

Earlier this year, I worked on a series of illustrations for Vita Magazine for an the article Nostalgia: 12 items we miss. With these images, I had to focus more on style and capturing the essence of an item versus coming up with something conceptual. If you're interested, here's my process:

Item #1: Le parfum Eau folle

The art director sent me this for reference.

My sketches:

Process work:

And the final image on it's own:

Hope you enjoyed this! I'll post more process work from this series when I get time.



Sunday, July 10, 2011


Fiesta, Illustration for Vita Magazine

For all you vintage lovers, the next few posts this week are dedicated to you..

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Workspace Studio

Happy Friday Everyone!

Here's a post just for fun. It's a photo of my studio and where I create the majority of my illustrations. On my desk is my favorite image; the 1950's Vogue cover by Irving Penn. It's not the original photo. Actually, I couldn't find a large size poster of it anywhere so I inked it out myself and extended the body.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Have a FAB weekend!


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Bird Girl


**Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: THE HAPPY KING

This week's image diary is The Happy King. Enjoy.


**Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wired Magazine Process Work

I had the opportunity to work for Wired Magazine earlier this year. The article was about the myriad of gaming platforms available these days making gaming all the more demanding and addictive. The client wanted an image that had a lot of movement and energy. I knew absolutely nothing about games and I only had less than 2 days to execute the image, but... the project sounded absolutely fun and so I jumped right on it.

Here were my initial concepts. I sometimes include notes with my sketches to my clients. You see this here.

The Art Director went with the head concept with the game elements surrounding it. Here's my process work from sketch to final:

I created two colour variations of the final illustration. The red one went to print.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Bye for now.


Cat Vogue: The Process

I thought you might be interested in the process work for Cat Vogue. When I drew the cat, I actually had no idea what I was going to do with it. Sometimes, it's nice to just go with the flow.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: The Tea Party

Reflecting on all of the tragedies that took place this year; the earthquake in Japan, the Joplin tornado that hit the U.S., and the Civil war in Libyan… it's easy to fall into utter despair. However, in wake of these unfortunate events, it’s very heart-warming to see people come together from all over the world to provide relief and support to those in need. This week’s image diary is about celebration and making the most of life’s worst case scenarios.


**Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Abundance

The universe has so much to offer. Whatever we want or desire can be manifested... we are living in abundance.


Note **Thursday Image Diary is about putting aside 1-3 hours every Thursday to draw & scribble to my heart’s desire. These images represent my own personal feelings and my interpretations of events. **

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Bee Beard

In the moments of sudden happiness, sadness, excitement, shock or pressure; has your body or mind ever betrayed you? Those fleeting moments you wish you did something but could not? Well, you’re certainly not alone ;)


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday Image Diary: Ice Cream Man Pillow

I've been so inspired by all the bohemian & floral textiles this summer. For those of you who follow my blog religiously, you know I'm a sucker for decorating. This evening, I made my own little pattern and I combined it with my favourite "Ice Cream Man" illustration to create a make-believe pillow.

Unfortunately it's not real but definitely something that I would love to bring to life in the near future.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

RRSP Illustration series for Canadian Business Magazine

Early this year, I did a series of illustrations for Canadian Business Magazine about RRSP. The article was about how to start building wealth and outlined some key tips about growing your RRSP. I did a total of 7 illustrations for this assignment but I'm only going to pick 2 key ones for this purpose.

The main illustration needed to provide an overview of the article. Basically, how to "Turbocharge your RRSP". Here's the process work for this particular image:

The final illustration on it's own:

The next illustration accompanied the following text, "It's okay to focus on your home for now." This part of the article was about home mortgages.

The final illustration:

When tackling any project, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes. Editorial illustration is not just a pretty image, it's needs to work with the text and usually conveys information or a message to the reader about the article. I like to use Microsoft Onenote to brainstorm and organize my ideas and sketches. Here's a screenshot of one of my Onenote pages from this project.

Hope you enjoyed this very long post (sorry, I couldn't help myself!). My next post will be Thursday's Image Diary. Bye for now.