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Friday, March 18, 2011

March update


I haven't posted in a while.
I'm still working on a few personal illustrations, but I'm also busy with a few design projects for the moment.

I'm also posting to let you know about three things:

1. I'm maintaining a blog outside this one, which a few illustrators and I started. The Illustration Project is a blog that documents our process work and their corresponding finished illustrations. Every month, one of us picks a topic, and we create sketches, discuss and then design an illustration based on the topic and feedback. I'm asking you to check it out, follow and enjoy!
Banner design by Sam Singh

2. I designed and built a site for my friend and Toronto-based DJ, Pablo Hernandez. Have a look, and listen too.
Original art and design by Chelsea Canlas

3. Another site I built on a Wordpress platform for Saffron Press' Children's Author, Navjot Kaur.
Original art and design by Chelsea Canlas

I'll try and update more often though.
Until then, enjoy all the sunshine we've been getting!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

NYC recap

Well first of all, I saw this painting by Klimt at the Neue Galerie.
And yes, I almost cried.

Web and print reproductions of Klimt's paintings never really do him justice. So you have to go and see them in person. I've been meaning to go to the Neue since my trip last November. If you're a fan of the Vienna Secession and early 20th century German art and design, the Neue is where you want to go. My friend Kira and I went last week, and unfortunately, they had only two rooms open to the public. They were in the middle of setting up a new installation on the third floor, and another exhibition on the second floor. But it was still worth it - a landscape or two, and Adele's portrait by Klimt, and Egon Schiele's beautiful drawings (and a few more drawings by Oskar Kokoschka).
At the Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie. Yumm, rooibos tea and cake.

So, the real purpose of the Big Apple visit was to mail out some promotional postcards. I had three different illustrations, and 160 postcards in total - all handwritten.

The trip was meant to coincide with the Society of Illustrators' Awards Ceremony for the Annual Exhibition: Illustrators 53, the Book and Editorial Exhibit held at the Museum of American Illustration. It was a great night - I was smitten and awe-struck by all the talented illustrators and art directors that attended.

Society of Illustrators

Wisdom from Sam Weber.

Great company with Marcos Chin.

It wasn't all work though. I do have to recommend going to the Pearl River Store in SoHo.
THE BEST! So many knick knacks and wonderful things that you don't necessarily need but will want anyway.

Pearl River Store

Somewhere in SoHo.

All in all a good trip. Looking forward to my next one in the summer.
Working on next portrait. Will upload soon.

Monday, February 7, 2011


A couple of fellow illustrators and I started "Illustration Project", a blog where we assign monthly themes, post sketches, critique, comment and the post the final and finished artwork.