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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.

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)

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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 ^_^!

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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.

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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!

 

 

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!

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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.

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Initial design sketches of my basilisk. I wanted to avoid giving it the characteristics of a dragon.

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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!

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!

A is for Aspidochelone

Finally, my first post of the year. We are three months into 2015 but anyway, Happy New Year!

I’ve realised recently that I don’t draw creature art often enough so I’ve decided to challenge myself by drawing an A-Z of mythical creatures (one creature for each letter of the alphabet). I got the idea after finding an A-Z of fantasy creatures in an old issue of ImagineFX so I’ll be basically creating my own versions of each creature listed in that (I hope I’ll be able to keep this up).

So without further ado, here is my rendition of an ASPIDOCHELONE.

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My rendition of an Aspidochelone, a mythical creature resembling a gigantic turtle, often mistaken for an island by sailors (produced in Photoshop CS2).

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WIP shots of development stages.

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On closer inspection there is a ship… and on closer inspection, the ship’s crew have just realised that is not an island.

This probably took me between 7-9 hours to complete at 300dpi (over the course of two days, I lost track of time). I didn’t know what an Aspidochelone was before. It was described as a giant turtle big enough to be mistaken for an island, so with this in mind, I took inspiration from images of turtles and rocky coastlines and tried combining the two elements together. I practiced sketching a few turtles before starting the main image and mainly took reference from the “Loggerhead turtle” as a base. I also thought that if the creature is mistaken for an island so often, its skin might be exhibiting an earthy, rock like texture so I’ve tried to illustrate that in the image. Overall I’ve tried to depict the creature as less of a monster and more of an unknowing animal that’s just going about its own business. I hope I succeeded!

Site Update (04/06/2014)

I’ve successfully moved the website to a new hosting provider and have managed to import my previous blog posts (yay!). Unfortunately I had to reupload the blog images but thankfully there weren’t too many. Also, I’ve found a really nice WordPress theme to work with! Hopefully now it won’t be too long until the rest of the website is up and running.

Manga Jiman 2013 Exhibition

Last year (2013) I entered the annual Manga Jiman competition (held by the Japan Embassy in London) and found out early on this year that I was shortlisted as a winner!

I wasn’t really expecting to win anything at all, mainly because I rushed my entry and pushed myself to finish it as the deadline drew to a close (I was really determined to enter this year no matter what)! I haven’t entered the competition since 2009 (in 2008 I placed 5th with my entry, “Dilemma”) so overall, I just felt good about submitting something after so long ;u;.

A couple of weeks ago,  I attended the opening ceremony of the Manga Jiman 2013 Exhibition at the Japan embassy and there I found out where I placed… 9TH!

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What she says is the truth!.. Uh… but she doesn’t actually say this in the comic. I just edited this panel for added effect  (Image from my 2013 Manga Jiman entry “Portfolio of lies”).

My comic “Portfolio of Lies” placed 9th (yay)! That’s not bad for someone who wasn’t expecting to place. During the party at the embassy (that sounds posh doesn’t it?) I was very happy to hear that my entry was well received and that people genuinely enjoyed reading it (thank you everyone who gave me positive feedback, it gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling inside ;u;). I’ll try my best to enter again this year, hopefully next time round I will do even better ^_^. Congratulations to all the winners!

The Manga Jiman 2013 exhibition is currently open at the Japan Embassy in London until late April. More details, including a full list of winners, can be found on the Japan Embassy website (visit while you still can :D)!