Thursday, May 21, 2015

Square sketchbook March

Made a square sketchbook using 100% cotton, Stonehench paper from a paper supplier. Started this in March 2015. For pens, I used a G-nib for most of these. A couple frames were drawn with a Sailor cross emperor and a Nakaya SEF elastic with added flex. For tones I used ecoline ink put into Pentel waterbrushes.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Young Parents magazine recently did a revamp look and they decided to give all the new illustrations a new look. So this is the new style I've custom-made for them.

Hunt 99 drawing (dip pen) nib + brush +photoshop.

Monday, April 13, 2015

big sketchbook

Here are 3 pages from a big Stillman and Birn sketchbook I started in January 2015. I don't bring this one out of the house as it's too clumsy and heavy to sketch when on the go. I usually sketch in an A5 sketchbook. So drawing with so much more space was an interesting change. However, I still drew small by drawing in small comic panels. The book is always on my work desk and I do a quick sketch in it in between work whenever I have to wait for my computer to start up or when I want to take a small break from client work. There is no cohesive story here. It's all random pictures and story. It's also a mix of various brush pens, fountain pens, watercolour, Japanese screen tones + photoshop.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

from random sketches on loose paper

G-nib + photoshop

Educational picture books for the Ministry of Education in Singapore

Some of the picture book projects I've been working on in the past couple years. The challenging part of educational picture books is that I couldn't go too wild with the art style and composition. The art couldn't be abstract or too arty. Everything needed to be very clear and simple because they targeted at pre-school kids. Also, every book needed to have a different art style. So I had to cook up a different mix of mediums for each book. The books were made into big sized books and were meant to be held and read by a teacher in front of a class of children. These here are the handy-sized ones. You will only find them in Singapore schools as they aren't for sale at the bookstores. Had fun doing this and learned a lot along the way.

Photos displayed with permission from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

From the End of Feb to mid March 2015 sketchbook

Various pens

Zig Calligraphy marker + watercolours

Zig Calligraphy marker + Derwent drawing pencils

Custom 742 regrind (by Greg Minuskin) + Derwent drawing pencils

Ballpoint + Derwent drawing pencils


Parallel pen + Duke Confucius + photoshop

Duke Confucius + photoshop

Various pens

Custom 742 regrind

Custom 742 regrind + brush pen

Various pens

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

So smelly

(Ollie is still breastfeeding,)

Vintage Wahl Eversharp Skyline + photoshop

Sunday, March 08, 2015

the february sketchbook

These are the nicer sketches from February. They were done with a few art tools - Zig Calligraphy Marker, brush, Custom 742, Vintage Wahl Eversharp Skyline, Parallel Pen, G-nib, Duke Confucius, watercolours, colour pencils and photoshop. I think I've used so many that I lost track of which pen I used for each picture! Well, enjoy!