For the past couple of weeks, I've been glued to my couch on most nights watching some pretty tense tennis dramas unfold on my TV. Australia Open is here in Melbourne and it's the only time of the year that I actively watch tennis. So naturally, I wanted to work on drawing something tennis related.
I wanted a subject to practice my Photoshop drawing and painting so since I'm having tennis fever right now, what better subject than a tennis player? Here's my work:
I've been chipping away slowly at this drawing for the past week. I've learnt a lot from this piece, especially patience and the ability to delete and start afresh. That left hand has taken me about 3 days and many, many restarts.
Of course, there's a whole heap more work left that I can keep doing on this, but I think I've reached a point where I'm happy to call it a good study and exercise and I know what I need to work on and keep practicing. :)
So, have you been watching the tennis too? I'm really looking forward to some epic-ness in the Men's semi finals this Friday between Nadal and Federer. :)
When I heard that Young Republic was collaborating with Soulheartist and Wong Fu Productions to support Habitat for Humanity, I was immediately keen to get involved with the project.
Soulheartist is a platform that connects artists, brands, charities and individuals around a cause. All parties are able to contribute what they have in hand and together all can gain mutual positive benefits while helping a worthy cause.
The current Soulheartist project is in collaboration with Wong Fu Productions and supports Habitat for Humanity to raise resources and awareness for its causes. Habitat for Humanity focuses on helping families and communities in poverty by engaging people to help build homes for people in need. So here's how it works:
If you would like to support this awesome cause, you can subscribe to this project. There are a few different subscription models, such as weekly payments of $6 for 13 weeks or an upfront subscription of $65. In return, you will get a Wong Fu Productions Soulheartist Pack as well as special access to exclusive members-only discounts from brand partners.
That's where Hooby Groovy comes in! I've partnered up with this project to offer a 35% discount on my range of Hooby Groovy designs that are available on my Young Republic shop. Once you've subscribed to the Wong Fu Project on Soulheartist, you'll receive a special discount code that will give you the 35% discount off your Hooby Groovy order at Young Republic.
Do check out the various links below to find out more about this awesome cause:
A recent request I received was to create my Panda case for an iPod Nano. The iPod Nano is tiny! And so my Panda would have to be tiny too.
At first, I was sceptical that it could be done, but then curiousity got the better of me and I wanted to try it anyway. I'm glad that I accepted the challenge because I absolutely love the way it turned out. It's so adorable!
I had to embroider on its eyes and nose, there was no way I would be able to hand cut the felt pieces or sew them on.
This has been by far, the teeniest case I've ever made. :) Hope you all like how it turned out!
If you'd like me to create a once-off bespoke item for you, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you have in mind.
Happy New Year! Thank you so much for a great 2013, it was an awesome year thanks to each and everyone of you for your support. :)
There will be many exciting things in store from Hooby Groovy in 2014 so stay tuned. In the meantime, hope you are all enjoying this holiday season!
A good friend of mine recently celebrated his birthday and I decided to make a drawing for him as a present. He's a massive Nintendo fan so I thought it'd be nice to draw a sort of family portrait of him, his wife and a few Nintendo characters. Here's how it turned out:
Paper: Canson 185gsm Watercolour Paper
Pen: Kuretake Zig Memory System Millenium .005mm Marker
Watercolours: Pentel Water Colors
I bought some watercolours a few years back but never really ended up playing around with them at that time. I suddenly remembered them a couple of weeks ago and decided on a spur of the moment that I was going to dig them up and explore the world of water colours. So its still a very new medium for me and I'm not too brave with it but I'm finding it a very fun medium in that its got a fair bit of unpredictability about it (probably 99% due to my noobness I'm sure).
Here's a scan of the piece:
We always tease my friend about how all the cars he drives has lots of 8s in their number plates and we were just talking about cars recently so I thought it'd be fun to draw him in a car with the luckiest of lucky number plates: eight 8's. The number 8 is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture. :) My husband suggested to draw in tennis rackets because we knew that my friend and his wife played tennis a fair bit and I thought that would be a silly, funny thing to add, hence the tennis rackets. And the rest of it was just selecting which Nintendo characters to include and arranging them. I initially wanted Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong. But after a few draft sketches, I wasn't too happy with the arrangement of the characters and decided to axe Yoshi, Bowser and Donkey Kong in favour of smaller and /or flying characters.
I got a simple, bright red frame for the drawing:
I had a lot of fun creating this and as with everything I create, there was a great deal of learning to be had from this experience. :)
Swell Stitch Monster and I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas! May your Christmas be filled with happiness, love and laughter. :)
The Ninja Turtles definitely had a big role to play in my life, introducing me to pizza, ninjas and the names of classical artists. :D I'm really loving the new Nickelodeon reboot of the series too, I actually do prefer it to the old series. I was sceptical when watching the first episode and I thought it looked much too different for me to like but by the end of it, I was hooked. My favourite character is Michelangelo, he's so funny. :D
A sketch that I drew for my Fighting Butter Bee martial arts blog
My husband is a devout Leonardo fan though, through the old series and this new one. When he got himself a new 15in MacBook, he immediately asked for a bespoke Leonardo case for his MacBook. He wanted something very minimalist and subtle so big full body case complete with shell and weapons and turtle limbs were out of the question. :p
I decided to go with a stealthy-inspired design, them being ninjas and all. I thought it would be cool to have a black case and just a very subtle highlight of Leonardo's face silhoutte, and of course emphasise his blue eye mask. I also made his eyes white as an homage to the new series when they're in 'fight' mode.
My husband requested Swell Stitch Monster on the back:
Here's a close up of Leonardo:
After creating the case, I decided to use the design to create a Mac desktop wallpaper for myself, but first changing it to Michelangelo:
Feel free to download a high res version for your personal use from my Dropbox. It's a 2560 x 1440 file, designed for the 27in iMac.