Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 04, 2014
My work was first published in the Hong Kong newspaper when I was two.
|"Fish", Age 2. |
First published work. Milestone!
Over the years, I continued to submit work to the newspaper. I get to draw AND receive presents from the newspaper? Bliss!
|"Children's Library", Age 5. |
I was a library fan since childhood.
|"Underwater Tunnel", Age 5. |
The idea that cars could travel in a tunnel below water fascinated me.
With both parents as art majors and educators, my sister and I enjoyed participating in art activities. This 4-panel comic was for a Hong Kong school competition. I won third place for the primary school category. My lovely sister won first place for the high school category!
|Civic Education Comic Competition, Age 10.|
The creative journey continued when I moved to Los Angeles at age 11. Here is a snapshot of my comic for the middle school's publication.
|Middle School's Publication "In Our Own Words", Age 13.|
And in college, I was an editorial and comic illustrator for the college newspaper.
|My comic column "The Leaf", Age 21.|
In late 2011, I decided to pursue my dream as a full-time author-illustrator. Today, I am very excited to announce that my first written and illustrated picture book, MY LITTLE SISTER AND ME, will be published by HarperCollins!
|An in-process art piece for my first book|
"My Little Sister and Me", Age ♥.
Friday, October 03, 2014
I am very excited to see the announcement of Publisher's Weekly Rights Report yesterday! Even more excited that super good friend Brooke Boynton Hughes is on the same report! Yaaaay!!!
My debut written and illustrated picture book, My Little Sister and Me, will be published by HarperCollins! Publication set for summer 2016! I will share more thoughts very soon! :D
Posted by Maple Lam Categories: published
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
I was drawing and talking via Google Hangout with good friends, one of whom was the talented Katie Kath Boyd. Here is our dialogue exchange:
Katie: You should try using a China marker.
Me: Good idea! But how do I sharpen it?
Katie: You sharpen it.
I don't even know why I asked that question. It seemed logical at the time, but Katie provided an equally logical answer. Yup, yup.
Here is an quick illustration using a sharpened China marker. =)
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I am exploring a thicker black stroke today.
There was a time I worried if publishing professionals will be confused over my periodic switches in medium, but I soon discovered as a professional illustrator, this is what I should be doing. I should be exploring different options on a constant level.
As Maurice Sendak once said, "If you only have one style, then you're going to do the same book over and over, which is, of course, pretty dull. Lots of styles permit you to walk in and out of books."
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
"If you think all the ideas are inside you, think again. Ask someone else [for ideas]. Every once in a while, you'll hear something that feels right, and that's your talent: you know how to fish through all the noises." ~Aaron Becker
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
I got tagged by the extremely talented author-illustrator friend Lisa Anchin. I first met Lisa at the 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference, where we both won a Portfolio Showcase Mentorship Award. Her adorable, whimsical and lively characters always inspire me and make my day! Check them out here on her blog! I absolutely look forward to A Penguin Named Patience, a picture book illustrated by Lisa, written by Suzanne Lewis, and published by Sleeping Bear Press. The book will be out February 2015. Yay~!
|By Lisa Anchin|
And here is my Q&A for the Author/Illustrator Blog Tour:
1. What am I currently working on?
I recently finished illustrating a picture book called Two Girls Want a Puppy (written by Ryan and Evie Cordell, published by HarperCollins), which will come out Summer 2015. At the moment, I am putting together my portfolio for the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference. I am also working closely with my wonderful agent Joanna Volpe (New Leaf Literary & Media) on several book project ideas and dummies.
2. Why do I write what I write?
I tend to write stories for my younger-self –– stories I know I would love as a child. I like something light, with a sense of fun and adventure. I also like history, so I try to integrate that into some of my stories.
3. How does my writing/illustrating process work?
I doodle and sketch daily. These drawings form a basis for potential characters for upcoming stories.