Kölner Dom sketch

I really wish I had done this sketch on location but that was impossible because I had my family with me and I wouldn’t want them to be stucked with me at one place for few hours just to wait for me to finish. I opt for drawing from photograph instead. I hope I will be able to draw on location next time when I go solo travel. 🙂

kolnerdomPencil and Prismacolor markers on Daler Rowney sketchbook.

Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom, is a renowned monument of Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site. Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. It is 144.5 metres (474 ft) long, 86.5 m (284 ft) wide and its towers are approximately 157 m (515 ft) tall. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.


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Cover design for GTN 8.3

I drawn two sets of my Brown Girl series in watercolor and pen only to find that I hate them; all 24 of them!

I’d figured that I am not in the right mood to do anything watercolor so thought I suggested a vector work to Gaya Travel team. The theme is about travelling to Perak and Melaka, so I drew interesting iconic places/items in both cities, i.e. in Melaka, the Stadthuys, A Famosa, Melaka house and trishaw whereas for Perak, the Taiping train station, old locomotive, Lake Taiping, Kellie’s Castle and Menara Condong Teluk Intan.

This is something different than my ordinary style but I hope they like it as much as I do. Sometime other style works perfectly when the other is not.

All icons are drawn from scratch based on photos but the Melaka house was something that I created few years back that I think is worth recycling.



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7 copies of Gaya Travel magazine to give away

If you like to have a copy delivered to your home (standard mail), complete this slogan:

“I like to own a copy of Gaya Travel 8.2 because…”

7 participants with the most interesting and creative slogans, will get the magazines. You have until 30th May to submit your slogan in my comment box . Good luck!

And thank you to Gaya Travel for the free copies!

Gaya Travel 8.2 Gaya Travel magazine cover; Lombok Traveller – Pen and watercolor.


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Windows Project

I love windows and I have huge collection of windows from my travel. A friend told me that I should come up with an illustrated book out of my windows collection. I think that is one great idea and started to sketch out the style that I think is suitable. I am interested in illustrating in cartoon style; not too serious.

So,I am practising to get it right. These drawings below are not cartoon enough. More practise.

vatican window

Sin Seng Nam Restaurant

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People I met at ADIBF 2013

ADIDF 2013 and the experience I gained was totally priceless. And the people I met and have a chat with was truly inspiring in so many ways. I managed to capture photos with/of some of them while sketching some. I hope you can click the link on their names that I provided to learn more about them.

With Kenizé Mourad. She is not only a princess, a writer, a novelist, and a researcher but also a war journalist. She visited Malaysia back in the 70s.

With Miss Chatz. Local illustrator. She is very chatty and bubbly. I love her cartoons; very her.

With Liz Ramos Prado; a Peruvian illustrator living in Dubai. Her surreal illustrations are gorgeous.

With Nirouz El-Tanbouli; a childhood specialist. She’s an Egyptian living in Abu Dhabi.

This is David Macedo. He is also from Peru and now living in Dubai working as Graphic and Web Designer.


Miguel Gallardo (award-wining Illustrator, Barcelona), Guy Delisle (award-winning Cartoonist/Animator/Illustrator, France), Frida Bunzli (Cartoonist, Switzerland) and German Fernandez (Illustrator, Dubai).

With Jo Belle. Jo Belle, a Filipino, is living in Dubai with her family. She works with Cartoon Art Gallery.

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Malaysia Airlines Kids Fly for Free Campaign

I got this job two weeks before I went to Abu Dhabi. Although I was busy preparing stuff to take to Abu Dhabi, I agreed to take up the job. Who wouldn’t, right? A big job from a big client like Malaysia Airlines is something good for my portfolio. After having 3 or 4 times amendments on 3 sets of artworks (print, web and booklet), they finally got approved a day before I leave. All the files were so big and uploading seemed like forever. But Alhamdulillah, all went through.

This one is from the first set; 1 of 3 illustrations for print ads.  The layout was done by Ogilvy & Mather (Malaysia) creative team.

MASI think my signature should be smaller there. But nonetheless, thank you to MAS for making it visible in the advertisement.

I’ll post more soon as the next ones are out.

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Travel illustrations: Lombok

Cover illustrations I did recently for next issue of Gaya Travel Magazine. Will be out soon and will let you know if I will be getting some free copies. I did a line work concept and colored only the traveller part in watercolor. Took me accumulatively one day to complete.

I have never been to Lombok but got the reference photos from the team. So yeah, hope to go someday. Lombok looks gorgeous!

gaya82Pen and watercolor on acrylic paper.

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Em’s Travel Diary – my own column!!

This year has been great so far for me and I am happy that I am given a chance to write and illustrate in a spread column (2-page) in Gaya Travel magazine. I can never imagine, in a thousand years, that this will be happening.

It all started when a friend, Rayyan Haries, tweeted me about wanting to feature my artwork on a cover of a magazine; Gaya Travel. I later I set an appointment with him and met with the Creative Director, Sharm, and we discussed about what he had in mind for the magazine’s new look and feel. I showed some of my artworks online and out of spontaneity, Sharm offered me a spread in this magazine to write and draw. Like seriously?

Of course, I’ll be crazy not to accept it…so I said yes! Truly happy and I am all thankful to Rayyan and Gaya Travel team!

And my current blog header is to mark my first journey being a columnist.

Here’s a snapshot of my column.



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