A little portrait for a little girl named Adora

I'd like to show you a drawing I did for a little girl named Adora.

Here is the story:

I received a sweet email from Adora's dad last Saturday. He had Adora 3 years ago, his first child ever, at age 56. Last year he started commissioning artists from all over the world to create artworks based on photographs of his cute baby daughter. Since then, nearly 600 diverse pieces had been published so far on her blog. So when he invited me to draw his precious daughter, I had to say yes.

My drawing is based on this photo of Adora, and I picked her outfit from her other photos.

If you'd also like to participate in this fun project, you can visit Adora's blog for detail. Adora's family often pays a token fee per submission, or make a donation to a charity of the artist's choice.

Adora's blog, artworks + photos of Adora:

Adora's blog, artworks only:

New print and new shop

I have a new print in my Etsy shop. It's a little unicorn on bubble gum pink background. Who doesn't like unicorns? They are magical!  : )

Also, I have opened a RedBubble shop and some of my artworks are now available as iPad and iPhone cases (iPad Mini cases will be available soon). I've compared both Society6 and RedBubble and decided to go with Redbubble because of the quality of their cases. You can read about them here.


I don't think I'll ever get tired of drawing girls; they are just too much fun to doodle. I sketched a bunch of them yesterday and just couldn't help but turning them into vector works. I thought it would be fun to show my sketch with the digital version. I followed most of the sketch and just changed a few minor details. They could look good as a collection of prints.  What do you think?

It has become an obsession...

Since last week, I just couldn't seem to stop drawing potted flowers. Why is that? Maybe it's because I am such a bad gardener and no plants every survive in my house, so to compensate, I draw them instead? Or is it simply because spring is finally here and flowers are starting to bloom in my hood? Either way, they are just too much fun to draw. Also, I can design my own pots on paper, and that's definitely easier than throwing them on the potter's wheel (I am still taking pottery class, by the way, not giving up yet).

Potted Plants Sketch #1

Potted Plants Sketch #3

Potted Plants Sketch #4

Last Thursday, my team at work went to Hallmark's Kearney farm for a relaxing and creative day-away, and we could bring whatever project we want to work on. I packed my woodburning tool and a few wooden panels and finished 2 pieces while being there. My right hand's middle finger had a big blister at the end of the day due to high heat emitted from my tool. (You'd think I should've learned the lesson after a couple of years' woodburning, but I don't. Stupid me.) Here are what I did on Thursday.

Burning in process

(That amazing gourd in front of me is made by Donna Van Hooser. )

Woodburn Potted Plants

I like the color combination, but I don't like the red color seems to bleed along the wood grain a tiny bit. This doesn't happen when I paint on maple, but on birch plywood the red just bleeds. So I did another one last night with just the yellow as background, and I am much happier. Which version do you like? I think tomorrow I am going to get some basswood panels and see if the red color bleeds on them.

Pyrography Potted Plant in Yellow

Little Robot

This little robot has just landed in my shop, and look, he is saying hi to you! Won't you bring him home? You can find him here.

Two more new prints in my shop

This sweet pair are the "spin-offs" from my Counting Number print (see my previous post). I had too much fun drawing these little critters and I just want to give some of them their own special spots with a stronger color palette. The first two are the little snail and butterfly, both are available in my shop now, and I can see more critters on their way down the road. : )