Reflections 2013

Every year, the students in the IDEA (Illustration and Design) program at Capilano University take on the big task of managing the art projects to raise funds to support their learning and continued cultural ­enrichment. I know it’s a huge project, and a lot of work, cuz I went through it too. Though it seems that it gets bigger and bigger every year, so I can’t imagine what the students are going through in trying to push this project through.

The ‘Reflections’ project started off small when the program started out. Each student painted a iconic scenery of Lower Mainland, mostly in the Vancouver area. The paintings were scanned and produced into calendars. Both the original paintings and calendars were sold to raise funds.

As the program grew bigger, and the project picked up in the local media, retail and residents, so did the project. We started producing greeting cards, buttons, and other original paintings. It was a lot of work, but I did learn quite a bit from the experience, from painting, marketing, producing merchandise, printing, online stores, social media and so on.. so it was a valuable project.

Check out their promotional video on Youtube here.

You can also find out more and support their goals here on Indiegogo or follow their blog here.

tumblr_mc0c5eleYh1rioj6fo1_1280My friend Soobin L.’s christmas cards!!! 😀 I bought some! Please buy some too!

2 packs of four cards featuring holiday sweet treat illustrations by Soobin L| 8 cards | blank inside | $20

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Their 2013 calendars. Hurry! 2012 is almost over!!

Reflections 2013 Calendar featuring the Reflections paintings by the Capilano University students in the IDEA prorgram
$25

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Lighthouse Park | by Lia M. | inkjet print, framed 12” x 16”| $60.00

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Inspiration

So, where did the IDEA rabbit come from? Well, if you’ve read the About page, you‘d know that the character came about from a comic project I did in design school that kind of hit it off. The name was chosen since it was made during my study in the IDEA (Illustration & Design: Elements and Applications) program.

But where did my main inspiration and influence come from?

It was Bonboya zyu. Unfortunately, this site is only available in Japanese and the site could be improved on…especially since it’s become a nation-wide sensation.

The characters typically consist of big heads and round beady eyes. So adorable and irresistible! Must get all their merchandise! Surprisingly, these cute characters are drawn by a male illustrator who keeps his private info a secret. His single simple illustration is accompanied by a witty one word or phrase to make you smile.

I hope it will eventually spread internationally! 😀

eBook Complete: Part 4 “Gift From the Moon”

Ladies and gentlemen!!

The ebook is finally published, and selling on Amazon.com!!! Soooo exciting!
After all those trial and errors, it’s finally done! 😀 I almost cried of joy…lol

I switched to using the MobiPocket Creator instead of the KindleGen since it was giving me error messages. The MobiPocket Creator has limitations, but for my first ebook, I thought I’d go simple.

So there you have it! I wasn’t too sure on how to price the books. I did a bit of research into what the ‘free’ children books looked like. I wanted to originally price it at $1.99, but you needed to price your book to at least $2.99 for you to get 70% royalty, otherwise, it was only 30%. I know that I’m not a famous writer or anything (maybe not just yet! lol), so it would probably be better to set the price to lower to get the book out there…but I had spent so much time and effort with the illustrations, writing and converting it to digital, that I felt it was worth the $2.99

Please check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Gift-from-the-Moon-ebook/dp/B007M2T5BY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332128361&sr=1-1

eBook Process: Part 2 “Gift From the Moon”

Sorry about the delay! I was super excited, and as you can see on the black and white Kindle, it looks ok 🙂

However, it seems that there are lots of problems with the coding, and how it’s laid out. Sooooooo…yesterday, I started redoing the project all over again T_T…I’m just hoping that this time, it will work. Although I can’t make it perfect for all the different platforms out there, but my main target are those who have the different Kindle models, iPad and Android tablets. Unfortunately, I still can’t get the Kindle app to work on my Android phone…T_T…

Anways, I spent hours yesterday redoing the images, since the text floating over the image is NOT working with the codes I have. I know it can be done since I’ve seen the samples from Kindle…but can’t seem to figure out their codes…T_T. However, I am just going go with the image at the top and the text below instead. Perhaps in a future edition, and they make it a little more simpler to create!! will I have a book where the text is integrated on top of the illustrations.

So there is still tons of editing and redoing still to be done…T_T…I just hope it all works out in the end!!!

Please email me at idearabbit@yahoo.com for any suggestions! or leave a message in the comment section below. Thanks! 😀

eBook Process: Part 1 “Gift From the Moon”

Well! This is exciting! I’m working on a children illustration ebook called “Gift from the Moon” for Kindle!!! 😀
I did the illustration and story way back in 2004 for a book contest. It didn’t win, but I really enjoyed the process and the end result.
Originally, it was written in Japanese, but then when I started thinking of actually publishing (hardcopy), I thought of adding the English version together, so that you’d get two languages in one book! Below is what it looked like when it was printed on a laser-printer. It looks pretty decent, no? However, with the cost of printing on the press, and thinking about storage and distribution and all that, my dreams came to a halt.

But now with the increasing popularity of ebooks, both for consumers and authors, my dreams of publishing my very own book may not be just a dream, but a reality.

Here is what it looks like when opened with the Kindle app (free) on a PC and Mac computer. It’s been quite a headache trying to get the text to float on top of the image. I am no coder, and though I’m ok with basic HTML, the CSS drove me nuts – so I’m happy that it looks ok, despite getting two warning messages when put through the KindleGen to make the mobi file.

I tried opening the book on my Kindle app on my Android phone, but it kept crashing. However, since it opens on my friend’s phone, it may not be the file that’s corrupt, but my phone needs to upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3 for the Kindle to work properly – but that, is a whole another story of headaches with technology. LOL

I’m really hoping that after all of this, that it’ll be accepted by Amazon!! Keep your fingers crossed!

Tomorrow, I’ll be posting on how my ebook looks on the black and white Kindle! So stay tuned!!

Meipuru Tote Bags Now Available on eBay!

Well this is super exciting! My tote bag is finally up for sale on eBay!
Click here to go to eBay for the Meipuru Tote Bag listing!

From 2006 to 2008, I published comic strips in a local Japanese Fraser Monthly magazine about the cultural difference between Japan and Canada. I took the two main characters from the comic and decided to make some tote bags back in 2006. Only 250 of these bags were made. Brown outline of the illustration is screen printed on this thick and durable canvas tote bag. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re using it for grocery shopping or for books. (note: it does not have any gussets) $10 US.

For more info on Meipuru.

I’ll post some of the old comics up in the future 🙂 and next month, will start selling two books that I illustrated and worked on the layout for. Stay tuned! 😀