Monday, October 20, 2014

Story, Story

A horse-related history story in the brewing process this week. =)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Back to Exercise

First real exercise since my July minor injury. Brain and body are giving me mixed-messages.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Dream Come True: My Creative Journey

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 ♥.

A wholehearted thank you to my agent Joanna Volpe, my editor Nancy Inteli, my art director Martha Rago and Dana Fritts, and to everyone who supported and believed in me! Special thanks to my Dad, my Mom, and my big sister Denise! I love you all!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Publisher's Weekly Annoucement

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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Books Week! =)

Monday, September 08, 2014

Doodle with a China Marker

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.

Me: Oh.


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

Is Winter Here Yet?

It's still a boiling hot LA summer. Naturally, I am drawing kids in winter clothes to balance it out.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Medium Exploration

Thick-black-strokes exploration continues... Working on a softer palette this time. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Medium Exploration

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

SCBWI Conference Journal

"Become a collector. Not just of things, but of experiences." ~Judy Schachner

Monday, August 11, 2014

SCBWI Conference Journal

"Put your characters through scenes, dialogues, situations.  Observe their responses." ~Megan McDonald & Mary Lee Donovan

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SCBWI Conference Journal

"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

SCBWI Conference Journal

"I love the ability to get the emotions with as few lines as possible."  ~Tomie dePaola

Friday, August 08, 2014

SCBWI Conference Journal

"Have someone else read out loud your manuscript, and pay attention to where they stumble."  ~Linda Sue Park

SCBWI Conference Journal

I am very honored to participate as a SCBWI conference blog illustrator journal contributor this year.  Thank you for having me, SCBWI blog!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sketchbook Doodle

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sketchbook Doodle

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Song

A tip to feel elated: Handel's Solomon (HWV 67).  It always makes my day!

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Writing Process: Author/Illustrator Blog Tour

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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello Cousin Boar!

Shape of Piggie's snout refined recently to differentiate him from a newly casted character: Cousin Boar.