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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Happily Ever After

Here is my version of what the happily ever after looks like for the Puss in Boots, I would trade lives with him anytime

I had a great deal of fun painting this piece! And it took a lot less time using this new method than the traditional way. Don't you just want to give him a hug?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Sneaky Santa

I did this piece as a Christmas Promo. The theme is "Holiday Lights". I didn't want to paint children caroling, nor did I want to paint the typical scene of a family/children in front of a light up Christmas tree or fireplace with dangling stockings. I was hesitant on most ideas until a friend (Thanks George) suggested a child turning on the lights on a Sneaky Santa! That idea immediately made me smile and feeling excited for the project. How can you not be smiling when painting the jolly fat Santa?

anyways Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Dragon just wants a friend.

heres my sad dragon............

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I can't tell you how much fun I had painting those 2! I don't think I have ever painted something so ugly and gross before, though surprising to say they are some of the funniest characters to paint! I think maybe it is because I'm not so afraid to mess up and let loose to just enjoy the process of painting. Might do more gross things soon. ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Documentary Cover

Official Cover art for The Nujabes Documentary: An Eternal Soul

Photographer Chris Andersen/Calligraphy Artst Aoi Yamaguchi/ and Watercolor Painter Isabella Kung

I've just recently completed this watercolor painting for a collaboration project with Calligraphy Artist Aoi Yamaguchi, we share a common vision of the final product and she was great to work with. Abe Spiegel, our client and producer of the documentary is absolutely thrilled with our work. It makes me really happy when I see my client so excited.

To check out more about this film: http://nujabesdocumentary.tumblr.com/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mother's Day Feast

Here's a piece I've created from the quote: "They prepared a Mother's Day Feast for Mom." But instead of a real Feast, I've created an disaster. And yes! finally some Asians! Though this family must be quite westernized, as we don't really eat pancakes for breakfast.

Sadly to say...I would not be as kind as this mother........

Monday, September 27, 2010


My friends and I, total of 14 artist, put together a portfolio style artbook that is filled with 128 pages of (as quoted from Angeline) "awesomeness". I am extremely proud of my team members and all of our effort and time we put into this project, the results truly show our hard work, and hopefully to all of you, our talents as well. We will be selling it at APE for the special price of $20 (original $25). For more information, please check out at here: http://chromagination.blogspot.com/

our very respected Director Chuck Pyle wrote our forward!


Please visit us!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

x'mas,dog food and bubble baths?

Sounds like my last couple of weeks ;)

..so I have decided to send "business" and personal Christmas cards this year!! I'm pretty happy with this piece.The characters are the same 2 girls as the on
e with them staring at TV, playing dress up and pretending to be Indians and Cowgirls. Don't we all miss Christmas when its summer?

These next two pieces are a continuum of the "Tu-tu" piece I've created previously, I think they pretty much speak for themselves.

The hardest part when creating these two pieces was the part where I had to find the perfect references for both baby and dog, so that they will look consistent with the characters in "Tu-tu". And let me tell you, there are so many many different
looking English Bulldogs out there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

my little work station

Since a got a bit of time on my hands, I'm going to let you guys see what a perfect little work station I have! (minis the distracting tv that todd is watching on the other side of the room and two adorable cats on the other end of my white table).
I work primarily in watercolor, there on the brown wooden table you see all of my watercolor brushes and supplies (now it is also cover with used cups and snacks).
On my mac, I usually lay out across the screen my color rough and all necessary reference.

so when you're ever wondering where I am, most 70% of the time I'm there.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Girls Staring at TV

This took for~ever~!
12" by 18", watercolor on paper.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

baby portraits!!!!

I know how this looks.....I am not baby crazy.
But for some reason I'm just way better at drawing/painting children, hence choosing the career of a children's book illustrator.
BIG Thanks to MUTIA and her wonderful friends, letting me paint their babies! They sent me a couple pictures. So I chose the ones I liked best, and painted the babies in backgrounds I found suitable (to their body gesture and lighting).

I did these paintings just to see if I can. And during which, I revisited the joy of just painting. I love illustrating, and as you can see I cannot stop adding illustrative elements here and there. But sometimes it is so fun to just paint with little or no planning! So there you go, hopefully one day I'll have a side career as a baby portrait painter ;)

Kinda wish I painted her as a giant baby smashing a city.

I touched it up a bit and redid the background.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fishing with Gummies!

There goes another semester, I've learned a lot. Unfortunately, this is the only piece I want to put in my portfolio. hope you all like it!
(Most of my class assignments are not suitable for my portfolio, though I have developed a liking in painting children portraits. Thats maybe something to consider as a side job down the road.)

Anyways, I did this completely in acrylic, instead of watercolor. I wanted to see if I can do it. the colors can be more vibrant, but I wan't able use the lift of technique after the paint dries. The result is not very different in my opinion. but maybe one day, i can paint looser and faster in watercolor and fix things in acrylic?
I'm not sure yet, we'll see.......

Thursday, April 29, 2010


u like sta-be-wee?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Sarafina w/wig!

These 2 I've painted them w/ acrylic on watercolor paper
looks just like watercolor in my opinion. Kazu keep suggesting me to invest in soft body acrylics, because the colors are more intense. I think i'm happy with watered down heavy body. it feels more consistent with my watercolor portfolio. Who knows, one day when i have $$ to spare and more time to play, I'll get a bunch of soft body acrylics. For now, I rather save some money........

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Acrylic figure painting

*i swear to god its not me, we have an amazing model with the school named Isabel, she looks like me and also has long straight hair and seems to have the same body type.*

"Old Fishermen"


"A Passion for Passion"

Saturday, April 17, 2010

the evil angels in annabell lee

Annabel lee by Edgar Allan Poe
i wanted to use fat baby angels at first to add to the irony of cupids being envious of love. but kazu said the poem mentioned "seraphs" not cupids..............oh well, here's the result :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Check it out!

look look look! my website is finally presentable and representable! thanks to my wonderful boyfriend Todd.

My Official website: http://isabellakung.com/

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

More Watercolor stuff!

Sorry peeps, I know its been awhile since I last updated any work. I've just been very busy with my free lance job. Also the 11 by 17 scanner was out of order during the break. So now I present to you:

"Under the Bed"

"On Top of Spaghetti"