Bellaeillustrations: Ralph & Russo Gown Inspiration Sketch

Have you seen Ralph & Russo Autumn Winter 2016-2017 Coulture Dresses Collection?

Credits to Ralph & Russo Website

They are absolutely stunning with gowns which has so many lovely detailings like the floral designs that cascade down the gowns, bold prints and soft tulle sheaths which create the romantic feel! And one dress caught my eye enough to spark inspiration into my head and I couldn’t help but draw the gown instead.

Runway Look 50

I am so into these ruffles and their crystals glass bead embroidery!

White silk crêpe gown with pale blue silk organza voluminous overskirt, hand-appliquéd with ruffles and elaborately embellished with China blue silk thread-work, crystals and glass bead embroidery. – Ralph & Russo

Work in progress drawing the outline using Nikko G nib and Sumi ink after painting the gown with watercolor:


Scan and clean up using photoshop before finalizing the artwork:

Finalized artwork

I always love Fridays because that’s when weekend is here. It’s always good to have a good break after a busy week!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend! ❤




Arabella Sketch: Dancing in Snow Globe

I saw her dancing in the snow in my mind, and I find the scene so beautiful that I decided to sketch it out. And no, I am not nuts. I was just able to imagine things in my head, and sometimes, I really thank God for giving me this gift to be able to express my thoughts on paper. But sometimes, it is hard to transfer all my imagination to paper and it can be kind of frustrating to describe in words when I am a kind of person who simply cannot explain or tell story well verbally.

Since I have been drawing her for most of my drawings, I decided to give her a name: Arabella 🙂

Arabella: Latin name which Derived from ‘orabilis’ meaning yielding to prayer. Also means beautiful, loving and graceful.

Oh yes. She is the ballerina figurine that I have been drawing in most of my illustrations. I always feel kind of happier sketching her out, imagine her dancing on paper. Such imagination!

Glimpse of my work in progress:

Sketched using Faber-Castell Singapore white colour pencil and Dr. Ph. Martin’s pen white ink with Nikko G dip pen.


And the final artwork after digitally enhanced using Photoshop:

Arabella dancing in the snow globe

Winding the key up
She rises and lift her arms
Such delicate features
Her feathery dress feels like snow
With stars sparkles in her hair
As she dances to the music

She twirls and turns
As she works her magic
Such graceful and beautiful moves
As memories start flowing out
Bringing back to good times
As she dances to the music

Her tune starting to fade
She spins a few more turns
With a smile she give a curtsey
And wait until the time is right
So that she can work her magic
To bring good memories again

TGIF. everyone! ❤


Bellae Illustrations: Cinderella Illuminating Gown

There has been quite a huge commotion over Met Gala 2016 event where Claire Danes wowed everyone with her whimsical, jaw dropping Zac Posen ball gown which actually glow in the dark!

#clairedanes #zacposen #metgala

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I also love the shade of blue when it wasn’t glowing as well. How I wish that is my wedding gown, though I don’t think I will be able to withstand the thirty battery packs under my skirt 😉

But this dress got me inspired and I decided to paint it and for the first time in my life, I also decided to try doing a small animation, all using my paints, photoshop and a mouse. Yes, I swear I am using a mouse which it was so painfully slow to begin with because I have to keep undoing the unstable mouse trails as I edit and brushed up the dress on photoshop. I should really get myself a tablet soon which I have been eyeing on Wacom. Has anyone has any other recommendation beside Wacom?

Here’s a video of my work in progress, painting the dress using Finetec Watercolors and Dr PH Martins Pen White Ink (hover over to play the video):


I really salute all animators out there. It wasn’t easy making the animation, having to create many still images/layers as well as deciding the timing in between frames.

And I am starting to miss crafting. I have so many ideas on my explosion boxes but with so many things happening in my life right now, it will be a miracle squeezing some craft time in!


Calligraphy Painting: Lee Petra Grebenau Wedding Dress

Saw this dress and loving it! I know I had to paint it.

Inspired by Lee Petra Grebenau ❤

– Sketched and painted using nikko G nib with Dr PH Martins pen white ink.


Calligraphy Painting: Hamda Al Fahim floral dress


Been away for 2 weeks to Korea for a photoshoot and now I am back! The picture above was one of the photos taken by PD Song from L Studio and I was so impressed with the makeup team and the photographer for creating such beautiful picture and memory for the fiance and I. And it is not photoshopped at all. 🙂 Perhaps I shall blog more about my experience in near future when I get the rest of the photos back which could take months, unfortunately.

Overall, I am really impressed with my make up! I am not an expert in the beauty field so imagine my amazement when they transformed a geeky me to a feminine me. Even the fiance loves my no-spectacle look. Anyone willing to teach me the secrets to eye makeup? 😉

On the side note, I am back with another sketch which was inspired after falling in love with one of Hamda Al Fahim’s dresses.

Very pretty colours, isn’t it? ❤


Calligraphy painting: Magical moments

Such magical moments when you are spoilt for choices: