Animals & Birds of the Canadian Rockies

Soooo another book to sell on eBay!! 😀

This book is actually my first ever book that got published…so I should have posted this first then the other one…but oh well.
This book was a collaborative project along with my dad. I did all of the 63 illustrations of the animals and birds in pencil crayon. It was when I had just moved out, so renting out a small shared basement, I didn’t have much space to work, nor the right tools to do them…but after many revisions and trying to finish them in between my job at the time, I got them done 🙂 and was pretty happy to how they turned out.

Again, my dad did all of the writing in Japanese, and I did the layout in InDesign. It was my first time using InDesign, but knowing a bit of Photoshop and Illustrator program, I managed to figure out the program to construct an entire book from scratch to the final print production. It was also my first time going to the print press and checking for colour and such. Very exciting 🙂 It was printed at Nathan Printing in Burnaby.

I’m not too happy with the design since I’m more into white space and simple layouts, but it was what my dad wanted…so I did what the client wished and thought was appropriate for the target audience.

*note: this book is only in Japanese


Canadian Rockies Guidebook

Finally, I have some time to sell books on eBay!

So this one is a guidebook on the Canadian Rockies (in Japanese only). My father took the photographs and wrote all of the copy. He worked as a tour guide so he knows the area really well.

In this third edition, I got the opportunity to redo the layout from scratch. Although the layout didn’t change that much from edition 1 and 2, it was still a bit of a challenge since I used InDesign and and prior to that, I had learned Quark Express instead of InDesign. Also, it was before the IDEA program, so I wasn’t all too familiar using design programs in the first place.

This book was previously only available for purchase at gift shops in the Rockies, but you can now purchase the book from eBay at this link here for $20+shipping.

(please note that this book is written in Japanese only!)


Reflection 2013

Every year the students of the Illustration & Design program (IDEA) at Capilano University run the fund-raising project called “Reflections” in which the students manage the entire project from exhibiting their paintings, to the design, production, marketing and distribution the products.

Each student paints a well-known scenery of the Lower Mainland. 13 of these are chosen to go in the 2013 calendar ($18 CAD). The rest are made into greeting cards and such.

Their exhibition to launch the 2013 Reflections info:

Reflections 2013 Painting Exhibition

The Ferry Building Gallery
1414 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver

April 17th from 6 – 8 PM
Exhibition runs from April 17th – 29th

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 11 – 5 PM

Meet the artists:
(same location as above)
April 21 from 1 PM

My friend Soobin is exhibiting her painting of the Lions Gate Bridge titled “Circles of Light”.

Come check out the paintings and support local emerging artists!!!

All proceeds goes to the student fund-raising project 🙂

IDEA Grad Show 2012!!!

Every year, 30 or so students graduate from the Illustration and Design: Elements and Application (IDEA) program from Capilano University.

This year’s grad show is happening on April 16th, from 6-9pm!
Check out the class of 2012 website, and all the talented graphic designers and illustrators!

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I graduated! Time flies!!