Author Archives: Piarelle

So… My Website Needs Updating.

Been ages since I’ve posted on my own website and I’ve been meaning to sort it out for a while now. The wordpress theme I was using suddenly decided to have technical issues so I have to make do with this layout for the time being.

Hopefully I can update this site and make it look more presentable soon T_T.

Manga Jiman 2016 Exhibition and Comics update

First blog post of the year 2017! So, I finally managed to update the comics page with my Manga Jiman entry from 2015, entitled “Shadow of a Doubt”. I did want to add it last year, but I kept forgetting ^^;. It was an idea that I came up with just two weeks before the deadline of the competition, so I really had to rush myself to complete it. I was really surprised that I managed to get 5th place in the competition that year (2015) but I was happy it was well received by the judges. Please give it a read, you can find it under the comics tab :).

The Manga Jiman competition is something I challenge myself to enter every year. Some years I didn’t enter because I struggled with ideas too much, but since 2013 I have somehow managed to make the shortlist of the top 10 entries. Being shortlisted in this recent competition (2016) now makes that four times in a row and five times in total! It is always very humbling for me to know that people enjoy reading my stories and hope I can try more ambitious projects in future. Anyway, my entry from last year is entitled “Views of Sakura” and if you’re around London, you can view it at the Japan Embassy’s current exhibition, between now and the 31st March 2017! More details can be found on the Japan Embassy website. I have no idea where I placed yet, but will update once I know (I hope I can keep this website more frequently updated this year, honestly ^^;).

Twelfth Night (GSC Competition)

Art © Pamela Lokhun 2016. All rights reserved.
My interpretations of Viola (left, dressed as a boy “Cesario”) and Duke Orsino (right).

Art © Pamela Lokhun 2016. All rights reserved.
My initial sketch of the characters as I try to figure out their personalities.

Last month (in February) I decided to enter the Graphic Shakespeare Competition as a drawing exercise. The challenge was to interpret a selected Shakespeare scene into a 4-page comic and I decided to try illustrating a scene from “Twelfth Night”, in which Cesario (Viola) has a conversation with Orsino. I didn’t really have much time to think over the setting (I worked on my entry a week before the deadline) so I designed the characters in ‘Elizabethan’ costume. Though I had not featured the outdoors environment in my comic, I do picture the surroundings have a more exotic feeling as it is based on an island.

I really did enjoy working on this entry and so perhaps I might produce my own version of Twelfth Night in time. I would like a chance to develop my ideas further if I pick it up as a project in future. We’ll see, but in the mean time, you can read my entry here.

Digital “Sketch” Portrait Commissions (CLOSED)

SketchCommissions2015
Please right click image and to open in a new tab/window if image appears too small ^^;.

 

Below are the terms and conditions for these commissions. Sorry if it seems a little overbearing but I like to make sure people know what to expect from me and what I expect in return. If you’d like a commission at a higher resolution or have questions after reading this, please get in touch ^_^!

————

Terms and Conditions (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTACTING ME):

– 10 slots available (One commission per slot). This offer is open for a limited time until further notice.

– The prices offered are for single character portraits only. (*NOTE: These sketches are worked on at a resolution of 72dpi and are suitable for screen viewing only!).

– I WILL draw original characters/custom game characters/animals.

– I WON’T draw nudity/gore/celebrities/licensed characters.

– These commissions are for personal, non-commercial use only and may not be copied, edited, reproduced or used for profitable gain.

– You MUST provide clear visual references to the character (face view, profile views and outfit). Text descriptions won’t be accepted on its own, but you are welcome to include a brief paragraph if you wish.)

– Copyright of characters featured in commissioned work remains with their respective owners. Copyright of the artwork itself remains with me. I reserve the right to display the work for self-promotional purposes only.

– Full payment, or at least a 50% deposit,  must be made once I’ve accepted your commission. (If a deposit is made, you agree to pay the remainder on completion of the work.)

– I will notify you via email once I’ve started your commission. I will only notify you again on completion of the work or if I run into any problems. (As I work on other projects in between, please allow between 1-3 months before contacting me about its completion.)

– I will offer you a full refund if I am unable to complete the work for personal reasons, or if I haven’t yet begun work on your commission after three months and you would like your money back. (Please don’t commission me if you think you might change your mind later.)

– I will ONLY accept payment via PayPal.

——

If you’ve read the terms and would still like to order a digital sketch portrait , please send me an email at “” stating you have read and accepted the terms and include the following info:

1) What you would like me to draw.
2) Reference images/character sheet (Images should clearly display the character’s face and outfit. Please send up to 5 jpegs max or alternatively, provide safe links to your reference images.)
3) Further description (Optional. Please limit this to a brief paragraph.)
4) Email address for correspondence purposes.
5) Clearly indicate “Digital Sketch Portrait Commission” in the subject header of your email.

If I accept your commission, I will send you further details on how to pay me via paypal.Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you ^_^!

New Store on INPRNT!

Been gathering up my courage to get an account on INPRNT.com for a while as the quality of their artists is so high… So, I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted to sell prints via their website :D! YES, this is a good day!

Click here to visit my new INPRNT store!

There isn’t much selection at the moment, but I WILL gradually make more prints available in future. If you enjoy viewing my artwork, I hope you will consider buying a print from my store ^_^.

Don’t forget you could still also buy comics and postcards from my BIGCARTEL store! (I’ll set up a page with links to my store pages soon.)

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Dear Deer

So, one morning I woke up with an image of a deer with antlers that bloom flowers. I’m not quite sure why I had this image in my mind but I thought it was too interesting and vivid an image not draw, so I did :D!  (If you like this image, a print is available for you to buy from my new INPRNT store here.)

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.
How dear can a deer get? 🙂 I really enjoyed working on this illustration. Created directly on Photoshop.

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.
On the left is the sketch of my initial idea. On the right is sketch I did using reference for the deer’s face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B is for Basilisk

It’s been months since I’ve completed my ‘Aspidochelone’ piece so I thought it’s about time that I’ve completed my BASILISK!

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved,
The Basilisk is the king of serpents that is born from the yolkless egg of a seven year old rooster, hatched by a toad. Because there is no definite look to a basilisk I drew inspiration for it’s design directly from the creature’s background.

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.
To get an idea for the visual look of the basilisk, I did quick study sketches of related animals from looking at photos on the internet.

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.
Initial design sketches of my basilisk. I wanted to avoid giving it the characteristics of a dragon.

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.
Secondary ideas. It’s the ‘King of Serpents’ so even though I quite like the legged versions, in the end I opted for the more snake-like design.

The basilisk has the ability to turn anyone to stone with just one glance. I don’t know if that’s on eye contact or if it can turn anything to stone just by looking at it, but personally I think its either by eye contact or at will. As this creature is the king of serpents I decided that I’d really like to include the rooster crown to symbolise it. I think the final design works rather well but the fun thing about this creature is that there is no definitive look to it and you could really take its design into many directions. I’m not sure how many hours it taken me to complete the illustration as I’ve been working on it on and off but I might try alternate versions of this basilisk in future.

New Shop on BigCartel.com!

Hooray! I’ve just opened a new shop on BigCartel.com! It’s just a little place where I can sell items originally produced for sale at comic conventions. Look below for a list of items currently on sale :D!

Come visit my new shop :D!
Come visit my new shop :D!

While most of my art and comics can be viewed on my website, any purchase you make will be of great support to me as an artist! If you have any questions about postage etc I’ve even included a little FAQ page (I hope it’s helpful). Go on, go take a look at the pretty stuff for sale xD! Thanks for reading!

Andante and Other Comics

 

© Pamela Lokhun 2014. All rights reserved.
Faux promotional poster for Andante’s upcoming concert at the London Concert Hall (totally made up place!). I created this image for specific use in my Manga Jiman entry “Andante” last year.

I finally have some comics in the comics section of my website! I’m still adding to it and I’m not 100% happy with the layout  yet, but I’ll keep working on it.

Among the titles in the comics section is my entry for last year’s Manga Jiman competition 2014 entitled “Andante”. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet, but I’ve managed to placed 8th this time (in 2013, I placed 9th, 2014 I placed 8th… at this rate, I’ll make it to first place in seven years)! Anyway, the Japan Embassy in London is currently displaying an exhibition of all the winners works which will last until…what?! Tomorrow?! Better hurry over there and check it out before it’s too late D: (visit the embassy website for more details).

If for some unfortunate reason you can’t make the trip to the exhibition, (maybe because I’ve informed you too late) do not worry! My entry “Andante” is now available to read on my website along with previous short comics I’ve created (just click “comics” from the main menu to see the current list). I’m still adding things to the comics page so I’ll post another update when I do.

Site Update (21/04/2015)

Am I finally making progress with this website? Maybe!

I’m still working on my gallery and comics section, but the pages are at least now viewable in the menu section. Writing an ‘about me’ page proved troublesome, but I think I’ve finally sorted it out (I might decide to change it again in future but I’m fairly happy with it at the moment).

Anyway, hopefully I’ll sort out this whole website soon!