I saw a NOVA documentary the other day on the Mars Rover, which reminded me I had these space characters waiting to find a story. That will come one day. In the mean time, here is a new piece.
Here was the piece I did last year.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Sunday, January 04, 2015
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 04, 2014
My work was first published in the Hong Kong newspaper when I was two.
|"Fish", Age 2. |
First published work. Milestone!
Over the years, I continued to submit work to the newspaper. I get to draw AND receive presents from the newspaper? Bliss!
|"Children's Library", Age 5. |
I was a library fan since childhood.
|"Underwater Tunnel", Age 5. |
The idea that cars could travel in a tunnel below water fascinated me.
With both parents as art majors and educators, my sister and I enjoyed participating in art activities. This 4-panel comic was for a Hong Kong school competition. I won third place for the primary school category. My lovely sister won first place for the high school category!
|Civic Education Comic Competition, Age 10.|
The creative journey continued when I moved to Los Angeles at age 11. Here is a snapshot of my comic for the middle school's publication.
|Middle School's Publication "In Our Own Words", Age 13.|
And in college, I was an editorial and comic illustrator for the college newspaper.
|My comic column "The Leaf", Age 21.|
In late 2011, I decided to pursue my dream as a full-time author-illustrator. Today, I am very excited to announce that my first written and illustrated picture book, MY LITTLE SISTER AND ME, will be published by HarperCollins!
|An in-process art piece for my first book|
"My Little Sister and Me", Age ♥.
Friday, October 03, 2014
I am very excited to see the announcement of Publisher's Weekly Rights Report yesterday! Even more excited that super good friend Brooke Boynton Hughes is on the same report! Yaaaay!!!
My debut written and illustrated picture book, My Little Sister and Me, will be published by HarperCollins! Publication set for summer 2016! I will share more thoughts very soon! :D
Posted by Maple Lam Categories: published
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Monday, September 08, 2014
I was drawing and talking via Google Hangout with good friends, one of whom was the talented Katie Kath Boyd. Here is our dialogue exchange:
Katie: You should try using a China marker.
Me: Good idea! But how do I sharpen it?
Katie: You sharpen it.
I don't even know why I asked that question. It seemed logical at the time, but Katie provided an equally logical answer. Yup, yup.
Here is an quick illustration using a sharpened China marker. =)
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I am exploring a thicker black stroke today.
There was a time I worried if publishing professionals will be confused over my periodic switches in medium, but I soon discovered as a professional illustrator, this is what I should be doing. I should be exploring different options on a constant level.
As Maurice Sendak once said, "If you only have one style, then you're going to do the same book over and over, which is, of course, pretty dull. Lots of styles permit you to walk in and out of books."