Gift Ideas for Artists


Hello all!

With the holiday season coming around the corner I thought I’ll post something a little different today. I’ve compiled a list of gift ideas for people who are planning to buy something for their artist friend/family member, but don’t know where to start! These are just a few things that I’ve come up with or would personally love to receive as a gift.

1) Tools – It never hurts to have more tools! Of course, these are our essentials to making great art! Depending on the type of medium your person uses or the level at which they are at in their career, you might consider purchasing some of these:

  • pens
  • brush pens
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • markers
  • brushes/brush set
  • colored pencils
  • watercolor/watercolor set
  • ink
  • paint
  • paper
  • sketchbooks
  • drawing pads
  • digital drawing tablet & pen
  • laptop
  • desktop
  • scanner
  • camera
  • external hard drive

2) Gifts for the Workspace – Having stuff for the workspace is also an essential component of our art making. Maybe the person you’re gifting actually needs a nice place to work or a way to store their art supplies? Well, here are some things you can considering gifting:

  • desk
  • table
  • chair
  • bookshelf
  • shelves
  • lamp
  • storage/filing cabinets
  • wall art

3) Subscriptions/Memberships – I know I work with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a lot, but to do so I must buy a subscription! If you know your artist uses an art service or might be interested in taking online art course, how about consider gifting them a membership or paying for their class? Below are a few examples:

  • Adobe suites subscription
  • Online art courses
  • Tickets to conferences, conventions, or workshops
  • Premium accounts (DeviantART, Patreon, etc.)

4) Books/Artwork/Miscellaneous – As much as we are artists, we are also art lovers and consumers! We are most likely fans of another artist’s work or collect items of some sort. If you know your artist friend/family member well,  here are some ideas of stuff to consider gifting:

  • art books/“art of” books
  • art prints
  • posters
  • plushies/toys
  • stickers/sticker books
  • buttons
  • enamel pins
  • patches

5) Gift Cards/Money – Yes, it never hurts to gift them a gift card! Chances are, the artist will probably have a better idea of what to get themselves. Here are some places where artists shop for art supplies:

  • Michaels Arts and Craft
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Dick Blick
  • Amazon
  • Ebay

6) Something you created! – We love thoughtful handmade gifts as well, so if you’re on a budget consider making us something!

I hope this helps some of you out. Again, the holidays isn’t about just gifts! Gifting your time and attention is the most important gift of all.

Duachaka Her


Author visit, a new book, and another Kickstarter!

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing great. I wanted to update you guys about what I’ve been up to and what to look forward to.

1) Fox Cities Book Festival 2017


First of all, we’re less than a month away from my author visit at the Fox Cities Book Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. The event will be on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Appleton Public Library. I’ll be giving a presentation about the making and inspiration behind my comic book Then and Now. Click here for more details about the event.

2) Qhia Txog Kuv Tsev Neeg: About My Family

qhia txog kuv tsev neeg

This is an illustrated book I am currently working on about Hmong family names. It is currently getting edited and will most likely be available 2018.

3) Then and Now Kickstarter

I’ve been planning one! Currently working in the rewards right now. This story is already done and you can read the full version for free here or buy the PDF here. The goal of the Kickstarter is to allow me to print more copies of this book and possibly enhance it some more. I plan to launch the campaign sometime in 2018, so keep your eyes out!

4) My online shop

I’ve recently added The Greedy Couple a Hmong children’s book I’ve illustrated to my shop. The story is a Hmong-inspired folktale about a greedy couple. Get your copy today or browse through the other goodies! Shop here.

Again, thanks to everyone who have supported my work. It has definitely kept me motivated to create more awesome content to share with the world.

As always, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates, doodles, or awesome links. You can also email me with questions or inquires.

That’s it! Until next time. Have a good one!

Duachaka Her

Upcoming Author Visit


Hi everyone!

It’s been a while. I have some AWESOME news that I would like to share with you all. On Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. I will be a guest author at the Fox Cities Book Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin. I will be giving a presentation on my comic book Then and Now. More details to come as the event gets closer.

In the meantime, please visit the Fox Cities Book Festival website for more information about the event and other authors that will be present throughout the week! The festival runs from October 9th-15th. Hope to see some of you there!



Books and Babies!


I know, it’s been so long since my last blog post, but I have WONDERFUL NEWS! If some of you recall from my previous blog posts I mentioned that I was illustrating some children’s book projects. Well, I am very happy to announce that they are finally out and available for purchase! Yes! You can get your hands on these babies!

The Greedy Couple by See Lor:
A Hmong-inspired folktale about a greedy couple.


There’s A Baby in There!: A Kid’s Guide to Understanding Pregnancy, Birth and the Newborn by Ann Wrzosek-Manor:
An illustrated children’s book intended to educate readers about the pregnancy, child birth, and the newborn.


Speaking of babies, I’ve been quite busy these past few months because I myself recently gave birth to my son! Yes, I’m officially a mommy now; thus, my personal projects might slow down a bit, but nevertheless, I am still making work! So stay tuned and until next time.

Duachaka Her

Advice to the Art Graduate: Life after College

CONGRATS! You just graduated from art school (or with a degree in Art or Design)! First of all, give yourself a big pat in the back for pursing something and getting it done! Hopefully your degree was not a waste of your time and you’ve made the most out of it!

So last year around this time I graduated with a degree in Entertainment Design and concentration in Comics and Sequential Art. I was happy, my family was happy, and life was good. I took a few months to reorganize my life and readjust back to the “real world.” I was no longer in school, which meant no more late nights, homework, and classes! Although this meant a ton of stress off my shoulders it didn’t mean everything was set and good. Unfortunately, being out of school meant that you were given “other responsibilities”—some of which you have to learn to manage and maintain over the years.

After graduation I had a mini postgraduate crisis about my next steps in life. What do I do next? Where was I going? Was this really it? Then I remembered some advice that were given to me from professors and peers about what to expect after college. I reminded myself of these and here I am a year later feeling on track! So, here’s a list of advice I’ve come up with to help a postgraduate:

1) Get a job: As much as we would like to stay in our rooms and make art for the rest of our lives, we know this won’t happen unless we pay for rent, food, our student loans, and other expenses. You have to get a job, ANY job really; it doesn’t even have to relate to art (although it might be nice if it does)! What matters is at the end of the day you don’t mind working there and it pays you enough to live!

2) Make work: Yes, making work or having personal projects is WAYYYY harder to manage outside of school. Besides the fact that there isn’t an evil professor overlooking your shoulders and having deadlines for you, YOU have to be the person planning and making these decisions. Plus, you have to work around your job and other daily priorities. Sometimes you just got to sit down, turn off your distractions, and make stuff!

3) Put your work out there: This means posting it online, making a website, opening an online shop, going to conventions, applying for residencies or call for artists, etc! Anything to get your awesome stuff out! In an ideal world, it’ll be nice if a client or employer just found us one day and gave us our dream job, but that won’t even happen unless we have stuff to show!

4) Stay connected: Being an artist can be a lonely occupation, so why not surround ourselves more with like-minded individuals? In college we had our art peers and professors there to support and guide us. If you can, try to stay connected with those who you’ve already made connections with; however, even if you didn’t made much connections in college, there are local and online communities out there to support individuals just like you. Find one that fits. Surrounding yourself with supportive individuals will hopefully aid your growth and remind you to keep making art.

5) Be patient: Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a children’s book illustrator, but is stuck flipping burgers 5 days a week. Keep in mind that “success” does not come immediately and that it’ll probably take time (maybe years) to get to where you want to be. What matters is you work at it everyday and remind yourself what your purpose is.

6) Enjoy life: Take this time to enjoy life! Making art is important, but also remember that the stuff we produce comes from our experiences and everyday life. Don’t spend your entire day in a room drawing. Take the time to go for a walk, go to the movies with your partner, catch up with friends, travel, and whatever else you want to do. Give yourself a break once in a while and be ready to go back to the studio refreshed!

That’s all I have for you. Hopefully you guys found this useful as it was for me after I graduated. Pass it on to someone who may be in need of some post-graduate advice, or advice in general. Until next time!

Duachaka Her

A Children’s Book and MSP ComiCon


It’s been a while. I just realized this will be my first post of 2016! These past few months have been quite busy, but I would like to update everyone on what I have been working on.

First and foremost, I am currently illustrating another children’s book! All I can say as of now is that the book will be about the process of pregnancy and childbirth. The author plans on self-publishing the book this year, but we will update everyone on that status as we go.

Secondly, I will have a table at Midwest Comic Book Association’s MSP ComiCon! The convention will be held on Saturday, May 14th to Sunday, May 15th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota. I will be selling my comic The Collection along with some art prints. Please feel free to stop by this event. I will be updating my social media sites with more information as the day gets closer. Also, be sure to check out other guest creators who will be at the event as well!

guest creator

Aside from those two major points, I have been doing side illustration and planning my next personal project. HINT: It might be something autobiographical.

Well that is all I have for now. Don’t forgot that I do have an online store where you can purchase my comics and art prints. As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr for current updates and postings of things I find interesting.

Until next time!

Duachaka Her

Last Post of 2015

Hello there!

It has been a while since my last blog post. Two-thousand-fifteen has been a one heck of a year. From completing my first long-form comic to graduating college, running a Kickstarter, and working on multiple side projects such as a children’s book and calendar.

With that in mind, what are my plans for 2016? Probably make more comics or children’s books and attending comic conventions. I will update like always.

Anyways, thank you for a wonderful year! Happy holidays and see you all next year.

Project Links

The Collection (comic book):

2016 Hmong Folktales Calendar: 


The Greedy Couple (children’s book -available for purchase 2016):

Calendar Project, Children’s Book, and Online Shop

Hello, world!

This summer has been pretty crazy with The Collection Kickstarter fulfillment in June-July and a lot of traveling and moving around during July-August. I am glad to be able to sit down and get back to work on art projects! Currently I am working on two major projects and am excited to be able to share some of it with you guys.


  • Calendar illustration – This project is a collaborative calendar project with fellow members of HmongDeviants from the deviantART online community. A few years ago, members of this group produced a Hmong-themed 13-page illustrated calendar. Each artist had the opportunity to do an illustration reflecting the month they chose. The group is currently working on the second calendar for 2016 with the theme: Hmong folktales. The folktale I chose to illustrate is The Snake Prince and Pumpkin Seed. I will post an update as to when the 2016 calendars will be available for purchase.
Inked portion from the calendar illustration.
  • Children’s book – This is a collaborative children’s book project I am working on with writer and educator See Lor. The story is called The Greedy Couple. It will be published through her book publishing company Reading Karma and will be available for purchase next year.
A rough spread from the book.
A rough spread from the book.

Last but not least, I would like to announce that my shop is open again! Physical books and art prints from The Collection is available online as well as the PDF version of Then and Now, a comic I worked on last summer.


As always, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr for the latest project updates.

Have a good one!

Kickstarter Update & Online Store!

Hello everyone! It’s been quite a busy and fun summer so far. Here are some of my July updates!

1. Kickstarter rewards fulfilled! 

It’s been over two months since the launch of The Collection Kickstarter campaign! I am excited to announce that the Kickstarter rewards have been shipped!

2. I opened an online store!

Yes, that means you can purchase The Collection book / PDF version or any of the art prints if you missed out on the Kickstarter! I also plan on selling other future work on here as well.