Penguin meets Giraffe

watercolour/colour pencils, pen and ink

watercolour/colour pencils, pen and ink

Do you remember the moment or a day you first saw a giraffe? I remember how I visited the zoo for the first time and was amazed by its incredible length- from its tail hairs, eye lashes, long legs to its neck and head…this animal seemed to be created and shaped around lengthening. As I was drawing the picture, I come to realise the imponderableness of this amazing creature. The body, the long neck, colours, and the unequal-sized legs have struck me in awe.

I believe as we get older, it becomes more difficult to recall the first impression of the world’s amazing things.
My penguin always helps to remind me of seeing the world in a clearer, limpid and uncritical eyes. At least he gives me a chance to appreciate things that we tend to take for granted.

I hope he talks to your heart and mind as well.


Flower Penguin postcard design

Media: watercolour pencils, colour pencils, pen and ink

Media: watercolour pencils, colour pencils, pen and ink

Finished adding colours yesterday. The penguin does look more alive in colours.

One sunny afternoon the penguin was slowly walking along the brick road to somewhere with a huge flower bouquet. Where is he heading to? Who is in his mind?

Imagination is the beginning of creation and often better than knowledge. (as in more positive and fun most of the time 🙂 The best part is that it’s limitless. And that is so powerful.


Aspired Chihiro Iwasaki

Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki

Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki

Chihiro Iwasaki ocean

A wise artist once wrote that a white paper is a kind of hope…….that all emptiness can be filled with great drawings, beautiful lines and imagination, interesting texts and letters of all kinds. I completely agree with his words except that I sometimes find creation an endless isolating task. When there’s a deadline, facing an empty paper can be a scary thing. I wonder if any of you feel that way….

When I feel I need an inspiration, museums and art galleries are the best places to visit. Recently I visited The Chihiro Art Museum in Tokyo. Chihiro Iwasaki is a popular Japanese artist and illustrator who specialises in water-coloured illustrations mainly on flowers and children. Her art theme is focused on children’s happiness and peace.

Her illustrations indeed touched my heart and inspired me to create art that can reach out to children (and adults) for all ages regardless of race, gender and other trivial differences we all carry in life. I’m so glad I made this spontaneous visit to this lovely museum…my mind is clearer and I’m filled with motivation.

Does any of you have a favourite museum where you visit to refresh your mind and get inspiration from? I’d love to hear your recommendations if there are any 🙂