Title: Everyday Commute
This is an editorial illustration for “Tools of the Trade.” What is trade to you? To me, it is commute – something going back and forth A to Z. It could be transportation or greeting that connect two dots. I illustrate the connection we trade in our everyday lives.
So, I start with sketch.
and move on to more refine drawing. Hit it!
Then I need some shades, right?
Finally colouring in Photoshop! This is my favorite moment of the process.
Here are some close-ups.
Ahhh cute little creatures!!
Discovering The Heat
Title: Discovering The Heat
Again, another editorial illustration that I pitched for one of my dream client. It’s about discovering a new trend, product, something hot in the industry.
So here is a sketch,
and working on this in Photoshop!
Colouring is always fun, but taken so long to get there!
And some close ups!
Hope you liked it!
Sound of Bells and Whistles
Title: Sound of Bells and Whistles
This is a piece that I pitched for a business magazine that is one of my dream clients couple months ago. I just love doing editorial illustration! Yes, I’m learning a motion graphics right now, but illustration is always my thing. I will work hard to make my dream clients became my real and long-term clients.
Anyway, so here is a drawing before scanning and coloured.
It was really small drawing…
and here is some additional shadows.
There are some other elements I did separately.
I love Scandinavian patterns!
Hope y’all like it!
A Portrait of Aaliyah
Title: A Portrait of Aaliyah
This is a portrait illustration of Aaliyah. To me, I always remember her beautiful fully hair and hands„, her voice was soft, silky, and sensual. I definitely wanted to express it along with flowers. The Byzantine paintings of Virgin Mary are really inspirational and wonderful examples of what I wanted to show on a portrait of her, which was something delicate but strong. Anyway, I miss her so much, and still love her music.
I started off sketch and drawing…
Her eyes… love
Okay, let’s jump into the inking!
Detail detail and detail, y’all…
Now, want to see an oil pastel base??
This is the base…
then, colouring on Photoshop!
I take such a quality time on thinking colours. REALLY.
More shade and highlight, eyes are very important on any portrait illustrations.
Hope y’all liked it:)
The Greatest Love Of All
Title: The Greatest Love Of All
This is a portrait of Whitney Houston (well hopefully obviously!) I did this piece a year and half ago right after she passed away. I had never understood people crying over their favorite celebrities’ death(s) until I heard the news of Whitney on that day. I literally broke down by tears and sadness. Honestly, I was too young and didn’t know much about her God-given voice when her career hit the golden age. My father slowly started introducing me Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, and Whitney Houston… (All y’all know that I’m a big fan of soul/old school music haha) I listened her whole albums like a child browsing around a candy store. I loved every moment of her voice, high and low, whistle and belt, runs and shouts… Even in her struggled years, I loved her. Whitney never stop thanking God and never stop singing for Him. I still tear up when I watch or listen some of her performances… Oh man, I love Whitney Houston.
Her voice was truly the God’s given.
Anyway, I started off the oil pastel drawing.
and some flowers,
I put those lilies around her gracefully like imaging her resting in peace.
Here are some close-ups,
Today, August 9th is her birthday.
Happy birthday Ms. Whitney Houston!
The Great Gatsby Book Cover
Title: The Great Gatsby
I did this for a book cover competition in Japan, so it’s kind of personal project as you can say. I want this piece to be a portrait of Gatsby’s anguish, pain, stress, sufferance, and all that darkness of his life, which was exaggerated by his gold and silver extravaganza. I was so fascinated by this gap of his two sides while I was reading this novel. To me, his whole character is a symbol of loneliness.
His profile silhouette holding a cigarette, represents the darkness. Cigarette smoke is soulless and sucking up the joy of his life. In a background, there are daisies (Gatsby’s forever love, Daisy), and it represents pureness and love… but daisies are turned into flashy and glitzy flowers…
This is a piece for a book cover, so hopefully my thought and concept work out as a book cover in future.
Since it was so much detailed piece, my drawing was super cray!
Using a nib pen and ink on Arches cover paper…
The drawing looks like this,
No more flowers please…
Colouring on Photoshop… The colouring process on this piece was cray.
Anyway, here are some close-ups!
Hope y’all like it!
Title: Alice’s Secret
This is a re-creation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I took this story as Alice’s exploration of fetish/kinky plays. Something very dark, but sexually rich and addictive„, that’s what I was going for. You obviously know that I was researching! Yes, a lot of imageries of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Those beautiful masks!
Here are some spots and illustrative letters for the story.
It’s a letter A and W…
I actually really like to do spot illustrations.
It’s kind of adding a unique flavor into the waves of texts.
So this is a main drawing before colouring on Photoshop.
I put tons of texture layers after this. The challenge was how I could tie all the wallpaper pattern together, and tight them up into a one wall, and plus showcasing the wall is very close to Alice.
Here are some close-ups!
The Highest Rapture
Title: The Highest Rapture
This is a last scene of the book, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It’s a scene of the moon princess was taken back by her people from moon. In the story, it says she forgot everything what happened on her during her stay in earth when one of the moon people put a scarf on her neck. It’s visually bright, but at the same time, it’s kind of sad. Her foster parents on earth (the old bamboo cutter and his wife) became forever forgotten in her memory…
So, I have two separate drawing for this piece.
1) This surprised princess.
2) then one big long scarf…
Yeah, how time sucking poor thing… I drew every pattern.
Oh yes, I know how to make a stamp or patter on Photoshop„, but obviously I took the longest way to get there! haha
Here are some close-ups!
The Goddess with the Moonlight Patterns
Title: The Goddess with the Moonlight Patterns
I want this moon goddess to be graceful and divine, yet powerful and majestic. I love all the details of patterns and textures, and I hope you see that on the image. It was bit of challenging to make this goddess not too terrifying, but graceful and divine. It can easily look like a ghost or monster since its scale is way bigger than the princess or building. Oh and no eyeballs lol
I super enjoyed the pattern drawing again, as well as researching Japanese traditional hairdressers and kimono outfits. That can be a good drag costume on me! Yaaas!
So drawing stage, I did three separate pieces,
1) This queen.
2) The princess and a building.
3) and some clouds.
I use these clouds as a recycle material, so probably you will see these clouds somewhere sometime in my other illustration. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy here if you found it! haha
Here are some close-ups!