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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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! : )
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!
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.
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.
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!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for commissions
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 Blankets; Good-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.
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!