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:


Calligraphy Painting: Ideal wedding dress!

Saw this dress on Instagram by @tonychaayaofficial  and loving it! I just fell in love with those tiny little floral details. I hope my bridal studio has something like this when the time for gown choosing comes.

Not able to have it so I decided to paint it 😉 :

  • -Watercolor and Sumi Ink on paper




Calligraphy Painting: Using white ink on black paper

Working on black paper can be difficult yet giving beautiful results at the same time. Been working on black paper for past weeks and I just love it!

If you have been following my instagram which I update regularly compared to here, I have decided to try using gesso and white acrylic paint only and came up with these artworks:

I always find shawls classy 💕 #bellaeillustrations #bellaelysiumcrafts

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I am quite in love with feathers themed fashions nowadays, which explain the feathered skirt and feathered shawl 😉

Knocking off here ❤