Painting of Cliff in Acrylic

Today, I’m going to show you one of my recent paintings of the 12 Apostles near Melbourne (click the link to read more about it.) I went to Melbourne last December, and this painting is drawn from one of my photos that I took there. I haven’t done much acrylic painting, and the ones that I have done don’t really satisfy me. However, I believe that this one is much better!

This is the final piece:


And these are the progress photos:


I think it turned out quite well!



Park in Fall

Hello, everyone! I have returned from Japan, and it was an amazingly inspiring trip. After going to several galleries and just being in Japan, I now truly believe that Japan still cultivates a sort of “master mindset”, where perfection is encouraged and sought after. This has inspired me to attain a new perfection in my works too.

I think I’ve been too lenient on myself and just allowed incomplete works to be called “finished” because I wanted to get them over with. Thus inspired, I am now working on a piece that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Unfortunately, with college essays and all, I haven’t had much time to do art (I’ve only started doing the piece yesterday.) So, until that piece is finished, I’d like to show you a few pieces from my long-lost sketchbook.

I had done a few pieces during my time in the U.S. that I hadn’t uploaded, but I had lost my sketchbook upon returning to Singapore. Now that I’ve found it, I’ll upload the pieces I did then.

First up: a watercolor sketch. This piece has been copied from a book, but I can’t remember which book and who it was by.

Park in Fall

Hope you like it!



I’ve just come back from a trip to Los Angeles! It was really amazing: the weather was perfect, the sights were spectacular, and the people were so friendly! I’ll post at least some pictures sometime later this week (I’ve given up promising to write travel guides).

In the meantime, however, I looked at IF’s theme: Revenge. For no reason whatsoever, I came up with the illustration below. I don’t know why I thought of it. Blame the jetlag. It’s 2:47 a.m. in the middle of the night and I still can’t go to sleep! Aargh!


I tried using some perspective for the woman’s legs. It didn’t turn out too well (neither did the arms), but I’ll also blame the jetlag for that.

Did you get the pun in the title? I went on a trip, the guy is tripping the woman… yeah, I’m not good at jokes. Especially at this time.

Goodnight! (I hope…)


Pagoda on Water

I got some wonderful Inktense blocks as a gift and was itching to use them, so I decided to use it for a beautiful photo my dad took when he was in Korea:

Reference photo

And here’s how it turned out!

Pagoda on Water

It turned out slightly brighter than actual photograph, but I suppose that screams “Springtime!” in my mind. I also only learnt the laws of reflection after I did this painting, so the reflections aren’t that accurate. On the bright side, though, I absolutely love how ink cannot be disturbed after it dries, unlike watercolor. It makes it worse when you make a mistake, but it gives great layering. Here’s how it looked like in the drafting phase, before I added water:


The tree area looks better, as it is drier and has more texture, but the leaves look better when wet. I guess I’ll do a mix of both next time.

Overall, the Inktense blocks work amazingly!


End of the Year: A New Start

It’s the end of 2013 and therefore a new start tomorrow. But for me, that is happening in more ways than one. Today, I’m leaving a country I’ve lived in for 11 years and going back to my hometown. It’s exciting, worrying and nerve-wracking all at the same time. Which is not lightened up by the fact that there is a snowstorm in New York right now…

So, I won’t be able to post for around two weeks, unfortunately. But at least I’ll finally be able to upload pictures of real snow, rather than the fake one that is falling down.

But there is some unfinished business here for this blog: New Year Resolutions. Let’s see how I’ve done this year!

  • Upload Illustration Friday posts regularly. Now, this is debatable, but I’d say check!
  • Write travel guide for Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, no… But with more time in the U.S., I’ll be able to!
  • Continue book reports. No… sadly, no…
  • Draw things unrelated to Illustration Friday and post. Check!
  • Get 100 views in one day. This is my long-term goal. I haven’t done it yet, but I won’t let that get me down!

Two out of four… I could do better next time. And for that ‘next time’, I’ll write some new resolutions!

  • Write travel guides
  • Upload progress of drawings (not only finished projects)
  • Explore the WordPress community of artists: I’ve found it’s wonderful!

And, as usual, my long-term goal of 100 views.

Thanks to everyone for a great year!

Happy New Year!


Bird Illustration

As promised, here is my finished Spotted Necked Dove illustration mentioned in my last post!

Spotted Necked Dove

I’m a bit disappointed with the wing feathers and overall shading, but considering that it was done in two days (as I had to complete it before I left), I’m quite satisfied. It’s done mainly in watercolor with details added in color pencil and the white dots in acrylic.

Also, I’m back from London! I’m still a bit jet lagged so I won’t be able to post a long post today. Instead, here’s a sneak peek picture of my time in London!

Big Ben




I’m in London! It’s absolutely, positively amazing. I won’t write much about it yet as I’ve only been here a week so far (and have a week left) but I can tell you it’s great!

Also, I’ll do a quick post for this week’s IF theme: Surveillance. I was invited to join an illustration project at our school that depicted the animals living in school grounds. My animal was the Spotted Necked Dove and the picture below is a quick sketch on SketchBook Pro:

Spotted Necked Dove Head


Doesn’t it look quite alert? I think it fits the theme of Surveillance quite nicely.

I also finished the final piece (done in two days as I had to finish it before I went to London!) and will upload it later.


Afro guy

While I was in Korea for my week-long vacation, I visited an animation studio. It was very interesting seeing the whole process of making a cartoon. From the storyboard to the digital programming… it all takes so much thought and effort! From now on, I think I’ll be able to appreciate every single detail in animation movies.

I was inspired from that visit to make a character of my own with Illustrator. This is how it turned out:

And here it is with a background:


I also have another cartoon in progress. I hope to post it before school starts next Thursday!


Home Sweet Home

After a 6-hour travel, I am finally back home! I visited America and Korea for around a month altogether, and both were very fun in their own ways. Although I am stressed out about it, I am going to write travel guides for each of them. I’ll have a lot to write about, definitely, so look out for the guide! As soon as I came back to this country, I was struck by the hotness and humidity of the whole place! I was so shocked, I took a step back. But now that I’m fully rested, it doesn’t seem that bad. Funny what tiredness can make you think, right? Oh, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…


P.S. If this post makes no sense, or does not have a good ‘flow’, don’t blame me. It’s the jet lag’s fault. :p

Going to America!!!

Although school hasn’t finished yet, it seems like I’ll be having my break early! I’m leaving for the U.S tomorrow, for around a month or so. I’m a bit stressed, though, since now I have two travel guides to finish! I have not finished my Paris and a bit of Belgium report yet and I have to write a New York one! Calm down, myself: deep breath in, deep breath out. Okay, I’m better now. Wish me a nice vacation!