Love this movie so much I want to record it on this blog.
My current merry project is Merry Flowery. Flowers are what I have been drawing for years but never attempted drawing it as main theme. Now I'm working on a set of 9-10 illustrations and thinking about making them as a card collection.
I realized the bird is as big as my cat. This reminds me of my current favorite tv animation called Maisy. Maisy is a story about a cute white mouse named Maisy with her friends, a bird, a crocodile, an elephant and a squirrel. Sometimes a black cat appears too and it's quite funny to see a cat much smaller than the mouse and playing a role of Mouse's pet cat. That's while I like children's book story and illustrations. You can make anything happen!
It has been a long time since my last post. It's really a challenge to maintain a blog. But I'm coming back and will try to post whatever I have just to keep my records and practice my English. This is my latest illustration done in Photoshop. I really enjoyed all the texture brushes and going to move from Illustrator to Photoshop now!
Just a quick post today. Hope to write something more tomorrow :)
After two months of working and drawing, my MerryDay Coloring Book artwork was finally completed and ready for printing! The book is in the printing process but already available for pre-order. You can mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you pre-order details and shipping fee for international order!
While we are waiting for the books to be released (we expect it to be in March), let's talk about why and how I came up with the idea of making Have a Merry Day Coloring Book :)
I have actually been thinking about doing MerryDay coloring book since I had my MerryDay Page. The idea never got realized as first, at the time, I didn't have enough drawings to compile into a book and second, I was afraid it would not be interesting enough as people might think it as a thing for kids only. Then the idea of Adult Coloring Book came inthe book market and got more and more popular, I looked at my sketchbooks and realized I might have enough drawings for a book. Why not try making one?
So, where have I got my ideas for these 80 pages of drawings? Thanks to my 365 days I draw project, in which I intended to draw everyday for a year in 2012. Unfortunately, as each day I drew under a specific prompt, the project got harder and I didn't enjoy it anymore. So I stopped the project at day 143 and a year or so later I started another project called draw everyday. This time I just drew something everyday, trying to develop my style from pencil lines to marker and then watercolor painting. Then when I began to think about having my own published work, one of my illustrator friends told me I didn't need to do 'projects' anymore, it's about time I do a real professional work. So, I dropped the everyday project and focused on using what I have drawn in the past 2-3 years, adapting and compiling them into this book. In another word, this book is like a drawing history to me :)
This drawing was a part of draw everyday project, done with markers on a small brown paper book.
I expanded the idea into a full page by adding surrounding details and a bit of smiling raindrop and rainbow gimmick to give it a story. It turns out to be one of line art pieces I like most :)
Above are sample pages of my Merry Coloring Book, you can take a look at more pages on my MerryDay Page's album here.
Last but not least, someone asked me if the book's paper was thick enough for watercolor painting. So, I tried painting this page with watercolor paint and found it very satisfying. The paper is smooth white with 120 gram thickness. It can hold some amount of water and looks fine with one or two color layering. I don't think it's recommended for super wet painting though.
So, this is my latest work to be released in March! The book's price is $5 us dollar. I ship internationally. If you are interested, mail me at email@example.com and I will calculate the shipping fee to your country for you.
I hope you enjoy this post and love what I have as much as I do. Have a merry day!
Happy New Year 2016! My year of FOCUS. Actually, FOCUS has always been my new year resolution for every year since I started MerryDay.This year I will be more organized, more focused. I will manage time more wisely so that I can do projects I always want to do but haven't got around them yet. Here are other things I mean to do too! :
• Exercise regularly (This is the hardest one as I don't like exercising but to be able to work smartly, being healthy is a must!)
• Read everyday (I managed to read 86 books, including picture books and audiobooks, last year and really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment plus most of the books were really good. So, this year should be my reading year too!)
• Write at least one or two blog posts a week (This involves time management. I really want to see myself writing some nice posts with focus rather than some comments here and there on facebook. No more distractions!)
• More watercolor work (Thing that I want to improve most. I notice that I feel more focused and relaxed with painting rather than with digital drawing.)
So, first thing first, buy a new pair of walking shoes and start walking!
Be healthy, be focused and have a merry day always!
December 5 is our King's birthday and Thailand National Father's Day. It's the day of yellow color ( the King's birthday is on Monday which is yellow), contagious smiles and family reunion. It's the day of thinking about the love of my dad :)
In my memories, there are two most beautiful moments of Dad and me. One is the day when Dad held my hand and took me to a library. The other is the picture of Dad slowly and attentively flipping through pages of my art history textbook under dim lamp light. These two pictures tell so much of how I become who I am today.
If you have followed my MerryDay art long enough, you might notice that I usually draw my Merry Girl reading or holding a book. I'd like to say that it's me. I love reading and I am a crazy book buying addict :) I guess I can blame it to my dad who took me to my first library. He also took me to bookshops on Sundays and never complained when I spent so much time reading. He's not good at reading Thai but always read Chinese stories and usually tell us interesting things he found. He subscribed for National Geographics even before we learned to read English. He said that the magazines were a good investment and although we read a few of them, we treasure its beautiful photography art. Dad loves beautiful books, especially coffee table books about home decor and garden. I love beautiful books too. It inspired me to work hard on my English class. I had a lot of vocabulary notebooks and now I can comfortably read those beautiful books and more. I'm so grateful for that :)
A few days after my graduation from art school and flying back home from the US, Dad borrowed my big book of art history class I brought back. The book has about 1,000-something pages and weighs almost 5 kilograms. It's a gorgeous book full of pictures and history from Prehistoric Ages to Modern days, including both Western and Eastern art. Dad spent time looking at each page as if trying to absorb everything. When he finished he said he was so happy that I got a chance to learn about those beautiful things. I always almost cry whenever I think of his saying...
So, I guess now you can tell who is my great life influence. I love books because of Dad holding my hand to that library and I love art because he sees what wonderful world it is when full of art.
He is eighty-something years old now. Still working Monday to Saturday. He has been talking about retiring for several years but hasn't got to that point yet. He loves working and I hope he continues working as long as he wishes. And I wish I could do as much as he does.
Happy Father's Day :)
Today is November 30 2015 and it's Lucy Maud Montgomery's 141st birthday. Click on the link to see this picture animated.
I discovered Anne of Green Gable just some years ago and have been collecting her works ever since. I didn't actually like Anne at first, what a talkative child! but I couldn't help reading on. I found that I didn't particularly like Anne but I loved the author's writing style, how she described surrounding scenes and Anne's feelings so vividly and so beautiful.
Right now I have most of her major works and already read Green Gable series twice. Her books will be always one I would pick up whenever I feel blue. Her language has an ability to cheer me up somehow :)
I generally post updates of my work on facebook and Instagram. Now I think it would be best to keep everything in one place too so that I (including you) can go back to previous posts more easily. Above is my latest work in progress. The original was hand drawn in sketchbook. This should be in some kind of product soon :)
I just realize I have completely neglected this blog for 6 months already! While typing this I wonder if there's any chance I could come back to writing regularly as I always wanted to or I just could leave it forever. Since I decided not to put more pressure on my so-many-project life, I guess I could just continue posting on and off and hope I would finally stick to regular-posting habit someday :)
My life outside this blog continues as usual, with the main focus on art and creativity. I have chances to do different kind of freelance projects on digital illustrations which I hope to share more on this blog soon. I also do two more of my MerryDay workshops. The latest one is 'Merry Pop-Up Scrapbook' workshop just held last Sunday.
This workshop was different from my other workshops as I had a chance to collaborate with The Revol and two other paper art brands. One was DIY by Keng which sold paper accessories for scrapbooking, bookbinding, photo decorating and gift boxes. The other was Croco focusing on stickers, adhesive tapes and all the stationery items. This collaborative event was called 'Paper Art & Design' held in a cool cafe, FabCafe Bangkok which also had a 3-D printing service in the area. So this event, though small, was quite a cool opportunity for me :)
We decided to have 2 workshops in the event, one was accordion scrapbook hosted by DIY by Keng, the other was pop-up scrapbook by me, MerryDay :) Although we were doing the same scrapbook idea, the difference was that mine was handmade book set in which I prepared paper sheet and drawing templates for the participants and my main job was to teach them how to cut and fold to make simple but fun pop-up elements. Here is my sample work and below are photos of the event.
My own pop-up design as sample for the workshop. Close-up pictures below.
Gorgeous red of the FabCafe Bangkok front.
Inside the cafe.
Our event was held on November 1st so we still had these cute bats decor from the previous Halloween night :)
Here the merry space, calm and roomy ready for the mess!
Prepare to impress! I love putting out my MerryDay name cards. It's like I'm having beauty mission or something :)
While waiting for the start, let's browse the place. Here are simple but cute stands of DIY by Keng and Croco products.
For the paper art lovers. How cute the gift envelope is!
Colorful tapes for art decoration by Croco.
Origami roses folded with a single sheet of paper taught by one of the collaborators :)
I have my own MerryDay spot too! My Etsy shop is on vacation mode right now as I'm thinking about doing something different next year. I still have some items in stock. If you are interested in purchasing, feel free to contact me :)
Time to make art! I forgot to take pictures of pop-up step. Here are the coloring part.
Some enjoyed coloring on my template.
Other had fun with his own design :)
and it's really cool! :D
Coloring, stcking, playing
Enjoying baking her own cake.
Or building up a house of dream.
Or a whimsical castle!
Even a toilet!
And a pop-up basket :)
It seems everyone has fun!
Enjoy the merry mess :D
I just launched the very first MerryDay Newsletter yesterday. I had been thinking about having my own newsletter for some time. I was afraid that nobody would be interested in my updates at first. Now I'm glad that I didn't let that fear be with me for too long. I’m so happy to find that there are people out there who are interested in my work enough to sign up. The growing list also gets me on track because now that I have a group of audience (no matter how small it is right now), it’s my job to keep them happy. To keep them happy is to create good work and to create good work is to FOCUS. When I can focus on my art, I’m happy. It’s a delightfully merry cycle :)
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