14 Mar 2013

15 Jan 2013

Back to the paintings... Children of Lir

After a good long period of messing around with printing and collaging, a recent opportunity of displaying my work at the Bologna Book Fair 2013 came up and got me to reunite with my paintbrush again! This is a mix media piece (digital & gouache) for the famous Irish fable 'The Fate of the Children of Lir' - first draft of the sample spreads:

20 Dec 2012

Rainbow animal series

Currently working on a new picturebook title -What is a Rainbow?- which is uniquely designed cut-out book for a magical page turning experience. The idea is to learn about rainbow colours while featuring various animal/insects. The cut outs are additionally a counting game through the page turn. For example, red is the first colour and so there is one circle shape (in red) being cut out on the first image: 


25 Oct 2011

Defining my Visual Language II

I have a book idea about this little girl who is so overwhelmed by a thought, a question if you like, and gets so deep into her own thoughts that the world surround her started to transform into dream-like landscapes where she will find herself wondering through the wonderland! "curiouser and curiouser" as page goes on.

And so far, I have been playing with monoprinting in hope of finding my own visual language. 

The lovely characters live in dreams, so please excuse their slightly bizarre appearance.

The central thought to me now is:
What can an 8-year-old possibly be thinking and be so overwhelmed by!?

*I have put this project temporarily on hold. But I will come back to this idea one day!

17 Oct 2011

徐小光的詩集插畫 illustration for poem

This is my first published illustrations for a poetry book written by the young talent whose the winner of a number of prestigious award in Taiwan. This is his first book where four of my illustrations are included. The book can be purchased on: http://www.eslite.com/product.aspx?pgid=1001132352103838&cate=156&sub=194#





20 Sep 2011

23 Feb 2011

Salvatore's advice

21 Wats to Thrive as an Artist
Increase your store of images [photo and memory]. Go out and enjoy spending a day looking at things. Images are the raw material of our craft, the more you look the more effective your picture making.
Don't just plan to make pictures - draw, paint and make marks. It's only by doing it and not dreaming about it that we develop our own visual language.
The prerequisite is to keep the well of ideas full. This means living as full and varied a life as possible, to have antennae out all the time.
Record moments, fleeting impressions, overheard dialogue, your own sadness and bewilderments and joys.
Decide when in the day or night it best suits you to work and organise your life accordingly.
Remember there is no such thing as nonsense.
Think big and stay particular.
Work hard.
Finish everything you start.
10 No alcohol, sex or drugs while you are working.
11 Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to make the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
12 Make pictures honestly, and tell it the best way you can.
13 Always carry a notebook. Always! The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.
14 Chose subjects that interest you but find out why they interest you. This will help you to understand their meaning and enrich your work.
15 Try to think of others' good luck as encouragement to yourself.
16 You most likely need a good store of images - sketchbooks, artbooks about artists you admire, films, posters, photographs, poems (poems are wonderful word-pictures) and a grip on reality. This latter means: there is no free lunch. Making pictures is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you but essentially you're on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine.
17 Do it every day. Make a habit of putting your observations down and gradually this will become an instinct.
18 Avoid distractions - work in a room without an internet connection.
19 Treat making pictures as a job. Be disciplined. But have fun.
20 When you get stuck don't panic, go for a walk instead.
21 Love what you do.