Mini Shop Update – Hmong Paper Dolls

Hello!

It’s been a while. Life has been kind of busy with kids going back to school and all that, but I just wanted to update everyone what I have been up to!

Let’s talk online shop! I haven’t added anything new to my online shop in a while, so I wanted to announce that I had been working on a little project: Hmong Paper Dolls! I’ve had this idea in my mind for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to it until recently.

Here in the Midwest, late October to December are the times communities start celebrating the annual Hmong New Year celebrations. I had a fascination with the different clothes Hmong people wear, so I thought it’ll be fun to create small project where you can dress up your own paper doll in different Hmong attire.

This printable Hmong Paper Doll set will be available to purchase through my online shop this Friday, October 11th starting at 6 p.m. CST!

Colored version on the left. Line-art version on the right.

I will be offering both a colored printable version and also a non-colored line-art version where you can print out and color yourself! This will be a great activity to do with kids to get them interested in learning about Hmong clothes, or possibly get them to wear their own!

I can’t wait to share this with everyone! Thanks for being part of my art journey. Until next time!

~Duachaka

“The Girl and The Tiger” Illustration Process

Hello!

Recently I finished a new illustration piece and thought I’d share the drawing process! This illustration I’ve been meaning to bring to life for the longest time. I initially thought of the idea and sketched it out in a sketchbook. I’ve always told myself I’ll turn it into an illustration one day, but that day haven’t came around for the longest time.

Initial Sketch in Sketchbook

It wasn’t until just recently I had the guts to do it! I think for the longest time, I was too afraid that bringing the sketch to life would ruin the illustration or meaning and mood behind the illustration. I had this idea the “it was already perfect” as a sketch. That turning it into a finished piece would not do the sketch any justice.

Digital sketch

I’ve been meaning to add new pieces to my illustration portfolio, and thought back of this idea. I figured it was something I wanted in my portfolio. And so begins my process of turning the sketch into a drawing. While my original intentions were to do this drawing traditionally, I decided to do everything digital for the sake of time and convenience. I was afraid that going digital will make the piece appear too stiff, but with the right brushes I was able to achieve a painterly look!

Almost finished…

In fact, I was so excited to finish this artwork, it took me a little under 8 hours (divided among 3 days) to finish it! After some minor adjustments to the piece, the below is the final piece! I was pretty pleased with the final results!

Final Piece

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) starts TODAY!

Today is officially TCAF! TCAF is a comics festival celebrating a diverse range of comics. This year it will be virtual and will run May 8-May 15, 2021! This is my first time tabling at this event! As you can see below, TCAF offers a wide category of comics genre. You can browse the TCAF marketplace and check out the many exhibitors/creators/publishers HERE.

Below is a snapshot of my page and what I’ll be selling during the festival! You can find my work under the Non-Fiction, All Ages, and BIPOC categories.

Lastly, if you’re unsure about how to navigate through the site, below is a quick video tour I did of the event. Check it out if you’re interested!

That’s all I have for now. I’ll try and do another update of the event once it’s over. Thanks for reading and check out the festival! : )

Duachaka

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 8-15)

Hello everyone!

On Saturday, May 8th – Saturday, May 15th, I’ll be virtually tabling at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2021! This will be my first time tabling at this comics event and my first international comic convention I’ll be a part of! You can learn more about the festival, exhibitors, and program schedules here: http://www2.torontocomics.com/

I will be selling my mini comic Tradition along with Then and Now and The Collection.

NOTE: With TCAF going on, my online shop will be closed from May 8th-May 23rd and reopening May 24th, 2021. If you want to order anything from there, please do so by May 7th! Thanks!

Duachaka

New Sticker in Shop!

Happy April!

Did you know April is Hmong Heritage Month? Why not celebrate and show off your appreciation or love for the Hmong culture with a glittery Hmong Girl and Tiger sticker?!

The idea for this sticker came about when I wanted to create something that was fearless, but also cute at the same time! I wanted to show that one’s culture is beautiful and something they shouldn’t hide or be fearful of!

Below is a process of how my idea went from sketch to finished sticker.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process!

Stickers are now available for purchase on my online shop HERE.

“Tradition” Mini-Comic Available in my Shop!

Happy Monday!

Just wanted to update you that Tradition my 16-page mini-comic published by Uncivilized Books is now AVAILABLE for purchase through my ONLINE STORE!

Tradition is a 16-page story reflecting on the reality of keeping up with traditions in the world today. The story also touches on some Shamanist customs in the Hmong culture.

I only have LIMITED copies I’ll be selling. All books purchased through my shop WILL be SIGNED!

If my stock runs out, you could also purchase through Uncivilized Books.

Thanks to those who have already purchased one! I hope you enjoy!

-Duachaka

“Tradition” Mini Comic

Hello! It’s been a minute!

This will be my first post of 2021! Woohoo! I have some AWESOME news for you! Recently I created a 16-page mini comic published by Uncivilized Books called Tradition.

Tradition is story about trying to maintain tradition in an ever-changing world. It touches on some Shamanistic customs in the Hmong culture, but ultimately reflects the reality of keeping up with traditions.

Order through Uncivilized Books: https://uncivilizedbooks.com/tradition-by-duachaka-her/

If you would like signed copies from me, I will have some in my online store soon! Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Duachaka

Hmong Artist SHOPS!

Hi everyone! With the holidays coming up, here is a list of Hmong Artist shops! If you would like to get some Hmong-inspired prints, stationary, personalized portraits, and more, please go through the list and check out from these artists!

Adora Vang
Custom Portraits | Creative Printed Goods
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdoraVangDesigns

Alex Yang Art (Manchamoon)
I sell: Art prints and do commission for digital art and graphic design logos (contact me at alexyangart07@gmail.com)
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Manchamoon

Allevery (Chua Xiong)
Stickers | Prints | Digital Downloads
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Allevery

Art By Gaoshua
Coloring Sheets | Stickers
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/artbygaoshua/

Chompy (Sammy Saykao)
Cute Anime acrylic charms | Pillows | Stickers | Friendship uwu
Shop: https://chompalotart.square.site/s/shop

Duachaka Her
Comics | Prints | Coloring Sheets | Stickers | Bookmarks
www.gumroad.com/duachakaher

Fulish LLC
Custom hand made wallart decor & signs | Personalized or custom small scale laser engravings/cutting | Fulish handmade decor
Shop: https://fulishdesigns.com/fulish-shop/

InnerSwirl (Kao Lee Thao)
Prints | Paintings | Books | Home Decor | Temporary Tattoos | Masks
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/InnerSwirl

Khou Vue
Prints | Greeting Cards | T-Shirts
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KhouVue

Khruri (Kelly Lee)
Digital Commissions
Direct message at https://www.instagram.com/khruri/ or https://www.facebook.com/khruri

Mina Lor
I also take commissions of all sorts. I can do art nouveau style (digital), realistic (digital or watercolor), or more cartoon-like (digital or watercolor).
You can look at my Instagram for examples: @mungbeanmina
If you are interested, send me an email: mungbeanmina@gmail.com
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Mungbeanmina

Sean Vang (Drawn by Sean)
Digital Portraits | Anime-style Portraits | Caricatures
Direct FB message me at https://www.facebook.com/drawnbysean or email at sean.vang@hotmail.com for commissions

Stan Moua
Prints | T-shirts
Shop: https://www.storenvy.com/stores/1267494-art-of-stan-moua

Tori Hong Art
Prints | Stickers | Cards | Zines
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ToriHongArt

Tou Her (Studio Tou)
Prints | Greeting Cards | Pillows
https://touher.com/collections/all

Tou Yia Xiong 
Prints | Flashcards | Custom Pet Drawings
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/tyxdraws/

Urban Roots Illustration Process

A month ago I had the pleasure of working alongside the other media group and Urban Roots Minnesota to create an illustration for an episode of Urban Root’s River Stories podcast. Final illustration below.

Illustration showing Marcos, one of the Urban Roots youth mentor, walking with his parents along the Mississippi River.

There were other artists who illustrated different podcast episodes as well. You can view the rest of the illustrations here: https://www.theothermediagroup.com/river-stories

As much as I enjoyed the finished artwork, I thought it would be interesting to share with you my process of bringing this illustration to life!

With most of my illustrations, I start out by doing several sketches for ideas and composition.

Below are the final 3 designs to choose from.

After the final design is selected, I start penciling it on paper.

Then I move on to inking. I ink with a watercolor brush and black India ink.

Once everything is inked, I would scan it and edit the colors in Adobe Photoshop. From there, I’ll play around with colors to make the final piece!

I hope you enjoy seeing my process. Until next time!

Duachaka

Feature in “Ginseng Roots”

Happy October!

It’s finally here! I wanted to let you all know about a small project that I was working on!

A while ago I was asked by Craig Thompson, cartoonist and the author of the award-winning books BlanketsGood-bye, Chunky Rice; and Habibi, to do a short 2-page feature for issue #7 of his Ginseng Roots serialized comic book series!

Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between two brothers.”

I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity! Below is a peak.

Photo Credit: Uncivilized Books
Photo Credit: Uncivilized Books

If you would like to learn more about the Ginseng Roots series or read my short comic, please check them out at Uncivilized Books here!

Craig Thompson’s work: http://craigthompsonbooks.com

Order Issue #7: https://uncivilizedbooks.com/ginseng-roots-07/

Thanks for reading!

Duachaka