Monday, August 18, 2014

Long time no post!

oh I know its been forever! Using instagram has just gotten so convenient, sharing on multiple platforms in one click, but I'll still update here every month or so with a longer post. 
So what have I been up to lately?

1) Finished teaching summer semester, nice small classes with a group of great students!
Heres some pics of demos and my classes:






Their final projects. They did so well! this is their very first illustration class on their 1st semester!

Heres 60% wip of a Red Panda <3 p="">



I gave this one away to my mother-in-law for her b-day and she loved it!


2) Besides teaching, I've finished all the line drawings for Leo's Ball and is now working on the color studies. It's digital for now, for the speed and flexibility. I'll be using watercolors like the 1st book for the final pieces!




3) And today I'm excited to receive the news that Fuzzball, the kitty character I created (He makes his own rules!) won a contest with Ree! REE is an independent artist friendly emoji platform currently available on iTunes. I'm going to be a featured artist there and I can't wait to paint more Fuzzball!




To find out more about Ree, click on these links:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Yupo paper

Experimented some more with Yupo paper. Hard to control but a lot of fun!


Busy Busy Bee

I know, I know its been awhile...... 2 months! I'm sorry, blogging is just not my thing and the fact that blogspot is not linked with instagram just makes updating harder. If you want to see more frequent updates please follow me on instagram or Tumblr:

Okay so heres what I've been up to the last 2 months:

- My dear friend Erin Fellows gave me this amazing thing!


- Wrapped up teaching for Spring 2014. Heres some progress shot of the last demo I did for the semester:


 - Finished the line drawings for my story "The Night Owl". Now I need to print these out and make a dummy! If you want to see the character designs for these 2 besties, heres the link to a previous blog post: http://isabellakung.blogspot.com/2014/02/my-main-characters-for-my-story.html


 -Had a booth with Yuki Yamagata at SF BAZAAR tent in Maker's Fair. Thank you to those who stopped by and said hi!


-Working on the line drawings for the 2nd Leo book! Below is a sneak peak:


Heres a link to the 1st book: http://isabellakung.blogspot.com/2011/11/leos-job-is-out.html. If you are interested in purchasing a copy signed by both the author and I please feel free to email me at info@isabellakung.com

Now I'm trying to get as much of my freelance work done before the Summer semester starts, I think I took on too much teaching. Balancing these 2 careers are one of the toughest part of it all, I want to say yes to so many exciting projects, but when I take on too much, my entire life is consumed by work.

Thanks for dropping by!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Birthday Chuck

Last week was our beloved Illustration Director Chuck Pyle's 60th's Birthday! His wife gave him the best surprise gift ever and asked all his friends and faculty to create personal cards for him.

Heres Chuck with the collections of personalized cards. Yes, he is a popular director indeed!

Heres what I created for him ;)

Friday, March 28, 2014

What's Up Lately

Just busy teaching and working on my own book, taking a writing class with Elissa Guest and learning a lot! You already saw me post the main character designs,  sorry can't show you anything more. Hopefully I can get the dummy and some sample art done by Fall, maybe I'll post a sneak peak. ;)

Anyways, below is a few of my demos for my watercolor class.



This is a plein air painting I did when I visited the Mary Blair Exhibit over at the Walt Disney Family Museum here at SF. You should check it out! An breathtaking show! Heres the link:


 Last but not least, Promo time! Happy International Children's Book Day to you all!!


Friday, February 7, 2014

My main characters for my story

So I've been working on my story again FINALLY. 

I've had this concept in mind since the beginning of 2013! I was full of hope and excitement, eager to get my ideas down on paper. As an illustrator, I was quick to jump to the layout first, immediately trying to visualize my story. Once I got a rough draft of my layout and the overall story arc., I had to work on the real writing...... I was stuck, I've never considered myself as a writer and the best I could do was writing descriptive paragraphs, rather than a proper manuscript.

Very soon, I was busy again teaching or doing other projects and I started setting my story aside. This lasted for about a year. SHAME! I KNOW! Lesson learned: NEVER set aside a difficult personal project. The fact that there isn't a concrete deadline makes it that much harder to pick it back up again



So during the break from teaching last month, I finally got around to designing my main characters. Bubo the owl and Bella the Racoon. (And yes, those are also names of my cats!) I did a lot of doodles everywhere and those painted designs are what i'm going to settle with. Still debating whether I should stick to the top left feather pattern or the top right for Bubo. Bella is all set.

For your amusement, here's Bella DANCING!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

READ


Finally I got this outta my brain! Early last year, I was commissioned to do this poster to promote reading. Sadly, it got killed. I really liked these thumbnails I've created (of course those weren't chosen by the clients), and has wanted to finish the piece off ever since. Finally got around to paint it the last few days, the result:


Yes, I combined the two since I couldn't decide which one.


Thanks for stopping by! If you like to get more updates of sketches, preliminary work and cats.
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Happy Holidays!!


This is a winter Promo I did for my art rep.  I did this in watercolor and a bit of digital. Ordered the postcards early last week, should be getting it in the mail soon! If you want a free postcard of this illustration, please like my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/isabellakungillustrations
 and email me your address to info@isabellakung.com

Thank you for following and a HAPPY HOLIDAY to you!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Sneeze is a......

A new illustration of a poem! The target audience is 2 months to 2 years, so I decided to keep it really really simple. The trickiest part is trying to depict a sneeze without it looking too violent or gross, since the poem described a sneeze as a breeze. Heres the color comps I tried out, with votes from my friends and critique group, the one of the right was chosen.

 

Heres a iphone pic of  it close up,
 Below is the color accurate scanned version :)
ahhhhhHHHH CHOO!




Friday, November 22, 2013

Hello Autumn

Last week, I went on an interview With William Sonoma, knowing that they probably like some seasonal or pattern work, I created these 2 sample pieces to show them along with my regular portfolio.



Don't you just love the colors of Autumn?


On top of that I also reworked the background on my Fruit Tart painting.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Demo for my watercolor class, showing them examples of how to use collage in their artwork.



Top: Work in Progress and sketch
Bottom : Finished fresh today!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Rich Piggy

Last week I painted this pig as a demo for my watercolor class:


I loved how smug he turned out! So I decided to make a character out of him......lil suit, smoking a pipe and glasses, did the trick! Here he is now:




I used watercolor, color pencil and digitally collaged them together as they were done on separate pieces of paper. When trying out different fonts and phrases, I realized no one I knew know the word "BOSH"! It means nonsense or foolish or unacceptable behavior.

I debated about changing it to something like "Don't be Ridiculous" or "Poppycock", but the tone and feel of "BOSH" just sounds so perfect to me. I think it suits that reaction of total disregard, annoyance and arrogance. My husband just convinced me that I don't need to change or dumb down for the audience, they should get that tone. Plus, it does make the piggy sound more like of a selfish elitist. So I kept it.

Wonder why that word came so naturally to me, is it a british thing? Maybe I still gotz some good old hong kong british chingurish in me :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Birthday big brother!


This is dedicated to my big brother Jimmy, it's his birthday this upcoming Friday!
We have a 7 year age difference and we sort of grew apart when he left to study abroad in America when he was 17 years old (and I was only 10). It wasn't until my wedding when he flew all the way from Austin to SF, that we became reacquainted. We actually have a lot more similarities than I once thought. Unfortunately I don't remember much from my childhood, we had the standard older/younger sibling teasing and fighting relationship. But one thing I remember most is that I used to sit on his lap and watch him play PC games all the time. Diablo was one of them.

Even though we aren't the closest sibling in the world, I'm still very proud and glad to have him as my big brother. Happy Birthday Jimmy!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sammy Book #2

After another 4 months, Sammy book #2 is finally completed!
While I'm not particularly religious, I have nothing against religion. Sammy is a curious and dedicated little boy that tries every which way to truly understand God, Jesus and his believe. It was a delight to work with B&H publishing, thanks to Dan Lynch, Diana, Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne.
Here is a sneak peak!


Book 1 and book 2 side by side