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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Happy Holidays to you all!!! 
This is the x'mas postcard I made this year... 

Bella, please be more involved in the picture or not get out of the way!

Bella: "how about now?"
Now you are just hogging the whole picture,
looking all emo too...where is your holiday cheer? 


Bella: "What holiday cheer? There is no cheer until I get my special treat!"
(she is off to the kitchen already... )

Anyways,  I wish your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holiday Season!
If you want to see more of where this art came from, please stop by my website: www.isabellakung.com

Love, Isabella

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chicken Licken

Helllloooo everyone,

I've decided to participate in this year's Tomie de Paola Illustration competition by SCBWI.
Here is the quote we needed to base our illustration off of:

So they went alone and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey
"Goog morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny
and Chicken Licken," said Turkey Lurkey, "Where are you going?"
"Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!"
"How do you know the sky is fallying?" asked Turkey Lurkey.
"Ducky Daddles told me" said Goosey Loosey.
"Cocky Locky told me" said Ducky Daddles
"Henny Penny told me" said Cocky Locky
"Chicken Licken told me" said Henny Penny
"I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears,
and a piece of it fell on my tail!" said Chicken Licken.
"Then I will go with you," said Turkey Lurkey, "and we will tell the King!"

My medium of choice is Watercolor and ink on paper. Original size is 12" by 16". I had a wonderful time creating this piece and I hope you'll like it.  I hope Tomie will like it too! *crossing fingers*

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Calendar Charity Project

Check it out! The Calendar Charity Project I participated in is out!! Pre-order now to help out the little kids at an orphanage in Ipoh Perak, Malaysia.

Click on this link to get more info:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Leo's Job is out!!

I'm so so so excited to announce Leo's Job is out!!
It is a picture book about all the 'jobs' Leo the dog is in charge of and his bond with Christie.

I will be selling some limited signed copies at APE next year, 
meanwhile you can purchase it directly through amazon.

Written by Darlene Conley
Illustrated by Isabella Kung

Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Halloween!!

What are you going to dress up as this halloween? ;)

Friday, September 30, 2011

Fund raising project

This is for a fund raising project for an orphanage. I had fun with the project, especially using a a lot of textural effects. I hope this will be a success and will help those kids

Thursday, September 29, 2011

AAU Newsletter

Guess who I found on my school's newsletter? ;)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tribute To The Great Kazuhiko Sano

Owls symbolize wisdom and foresight, which are without doubt qualities Kazu has as an artist and as a  teacher. Kazu, you've inspired as many of us as the stars in the sky. For that, I must say "Thank you".

For other works in this Collaborative Art Project in Tribute to the Great Kazu Sano, please go to:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Album Cover

Completed an Album Cover titled "Divine Seasons" for One Love Beats.  
Here it is:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to my man! Taking him to a steak dinner tonight!

(i know they don't use dairy cows, but they are just much cuter)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Well, hello! I've been great, what about you? After coming back from the conference, I finally dealt with the rest of my life like cleaning, planning my next steps, some promotional work, SLEEPING and meet with some patient and wonderful friends...........and of course....doodled :)

I rediscovered the love for using markers! so much fun!

Thats it for now, to be honest....I'm really just procrastinating on my next project.....at least i'm done with all the preliminary work, just gotta paint it! I'll post that up onces its done.

on other news: "Leo's Job" is at the printers right now! it should be done sometime next year. CAN'T WAIT

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SCBWI 40th Annual Conference.

I just came back from the SCBWI 40th annual conference. And WOW! I must say.... it was an absolutely rewarding, exhausting and inspiring experience. Learned new information from industry professionals (like Martha Rago, the Creative Director from Harper Collins), heard electrifying speeches from great illustrators and authors (David Small, Gary Paulsen, Jerry Pinkney, Judy Bloom, Bruce Coville......just to name a few), meet some great people, and handed out more promotional materials that I can remember.......

Some information shared at the conference maybe quite basic, but the information and knowledge I've gained through this experience cannot be learned from anywhere but at the SCBWI conference! Also, the dummy book I made for "Leo's Job" got some great responses and I can't wait till it is officially published.

I'm really glad I went and great thanks to my conference buddies Ciaee, Lois and Arthur for sharing this experience with me, you've all have been great and supportive friends!!

Can't wait till next year :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Finally! Finished project's dummy book and conference

I will be attending the SCBWI conference this weekend and I am super excited!! Been busy printing out promotional postcards, re-printing portfolios, but most of all finishing my book so I can make a dummy book before the conference!! And YES!! it's finally done!! My client and I are both really happy with the results. Big thanks to Lois for teaching me how to bind a book!! Scroll down, I took a few pictures! ;)

charging my ipod, (Todd's) ipad.....thats the cover of my dummy book, Leo's Job! The gold ribbon is only there because I need to attach this dummy book to my portfolio when I get to the portfolio showcase. Not really part of the design or anything....

I hope you enjoy it, Stay tuned, I'll let you all know when it will be printed.
Hope I get a great learning experience and some connections! Wish me luck :P

Friday, July 22, 2011

Long time no post?!

Hello peeps! yes, I am still alive. I'm sorry I haven't got around to post anything in a while. I've been extremely busy with work. For the past 3 months, i've been working everyday on a book called "Leo's Job", written by Darlene Conley, 10 more days to go before the final deadline! So far this has been one of the most exhausting yet rewarding experience, nothing like creating/planning the illustrations for a book from beginning to end. I guess thats why, despite all odds, I will love being a children's book illustrator! Hopefully once its done i'll be able to share some of it with you!

For now, I would like to share some great news! Last week, I found out that my piece in International Watermedia XVII show got a Honorable Mention! Here is the link to all of the results (scroll all the way to the end to see my piece):

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Studies, doodles and practicing some plein air


These are the decent ones, if you only knew how many terrible ones I have in my sketch book!! :P

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Digital Study

Its been awhile since I really painted anything in digital. So I decided its due for some practice. And here it is

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Had some free time on and off lately...

The Semper Augustus Tulip, a flower celebrated for its beauty and rarity. After watching a very well done documentary "The Botany of Desire", and was introduced to one of the most successful plants, the tulips. I decided to paint one.

I like freckles!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Scientific Method

This was what I've been working on lately, I did these cover for a company in Korea.
First I did this based on the story,

Then they said they wanted softer lines and to make it more "contemporary". As a result:

It didn't work out at the end, but thats okay, thats freelance for ya. Now i'm waiting to hear back from another potential project! fingers crossed*

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Adventures of Isabella and Mirabella

This is a freelance gig I did way back. Unfortunately it didn't get published, but fortunately the NDA contract expired and now I can show you all what I did for the book! It is a book about 2 girls from different parts of the world 1st meet and become friends/sisters, and how they found more in common with each other, despite their differences.

Here are my favorites:

*Written by Elizabeth Valentine