Bellae Illustrations: Allerleirauh

Inspiration from Allerleirauh:

Dress golden like the sun

Done in Liquitex Gold acrylic, white watercolor on paper


I must have three dresses; one as golden as the sun, one as silver as the moon, and one as shining as the stars.

– Grimm Brothers’ Fairytale, Allerleirauh


Bellae Illustrations: Marchesa Bridal Spring 2017 Inspiration

I am so loving Marchesa Bridal Spring Fashion collection this year. The dresses are so fairy-like with floral detailing as 3-D appliqués on gowns with dipping décolletage or lace embroidery. How can I not love them?

And my favorite dress out of this collection:

Trying out Boomerang video for the first time while adding glitters to the dress:

– In watercolor, acrylics and glitters

Bellae Illustrations: Back to painting

Back to painting after a long, self-deserving break 🙂


[Media Invite] Be amazed by how hand-drawn animations breathe life into vintage toys!

I have a fascination with hand-drawn animations, ever since I saw the works of an American animator, Glen Keane. One of his works, Duet, has got me so inspired that I went to read up about the technical aspects of animations and even attempted animations using my own illustrations. It was not an easy feat and I really salute all animators out there!

So, imagine my delight when I got an invitation by Ms Beverly to attend “Toy in Animation” exibition by MINT Museum of Toys and LASALLE College of the Arts. It will be interesting to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of the process and watching the sketches come alive.

The animation below was created by a student who drew the character and transformed the sketch into 10 seconds dynamic 2D animation.

This exhibition is a collaboration between MINT Museum of Toys and LASALLE College of the Arts, where 90 students from the Animation programmes spent one day sketching at the museum. Bringing vintage toys to life with a touch of imagination, each animation tells a unique story and interpretation of selected toys.

“We believe our collection of vintage toys has the potential to inspire not only imaginative play but also various contemporary creative endeavours. With collaborations such as this, we also hope to open up more conversations about the relevance and importance of preserving these vintage toys. This project with LASALLE started from a small initiative and has grown into something we’re proud to be a part of.”

– Christopher Ho, General Manager, MINT Museum of Toys.

Drawing by a student from LASALLE

“At LASALLE, it’s important that students get to work outside the classroom, and draw new inspiration from everyday items around them rather than mimic existing animation. Starting from scratch with sketches helped sharpen foundational skills, while the short timeline served to stimulate industry practice and train students in quick decision-making. We’re very happy that this collaboration has grown to become a full exhibition.”

– Chris Shaw, Head, The Puttnam School of Film and Animation, LASALLE College of the Arts.

We got the opportunity to meet some of the students at the exhibition and they explained to me the process of how it was like sketching and making into animation within the deadline. Every level, there will be showcases of their works and the compilation of the animation videos which you can easily recognize some of the characters that you saw at the vintage toys displayed at the museum.

Here are some examples of their works:


One of my favorite sketches that I have come across!


Wish to see those drawings in action? Hop over to “Toys in Animation” exhibition at MINT Museum of Toys and you will get to see those works in animation! There will also be a Meet the Animators sessions on the specific dates stated below so do visit and get to interact with the animators to find out more about their works.

You can also get your complimentary tote bag when you register for ‘Meet The Animators’ on any of the following dates: 19, 20, 26 & 27 August 2016.
Register here: LINK

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Exhibition Information

Toys in Animation opens on 30 July 2016. In conjunction with Singapore Night Festival, Toys in Animation will be accompanied by Meet the Animators sessions on 19, 20, 26 & 27 August, from 7pm – 11pm. For more details, you can find out more at

Venue: MINT Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm daily
except during Singapore Night Festival on 19, 20, 26 & 27 Aug, exhibition will open till 11:00pm /


About LASALLE College of the Arts
LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore is a leading tertiary institution in cutting edge contemporary arts and design education and practice. The college offers over 30 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in art, design, film, animation, fashion, dance, music, theatre, arts management, artist education, art therapy, and Asian art histories.

Its faculty is led by a community of award-winning artists, designers, educators and researchers, and their practice-led research sets LASALLE apart as an international centre of excellence. Critically acclaimed alumni form the core of the cultural and creative sectors in Singapore and increasingly internationally.

Founded in 1984 by de la Salle Brother Joseph McNally – a visionary artist and educator – LASALLE is a not-for-profit, private educational institution. LASALLE receives tuition grant support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. Its degree programmes are validated by Goldsmiths, University of London.

About MINT Museum of Toys
MINT (Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia) Museum of Toys houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectable items in an international award-winning contemporary building on Seah Street. When it was founded in 2007, the museum was the first in the world known to be purpose-built for toys, and to date, remains to be the only one.

Since its inauguration, the museum has expanded its collection, amassing over 50,000 items, 8000 of which are on display in the museum. The toys and items hail from over 40 countries and range in date from the 1840s to 1970s. These are displayed across the rooftop, basement and 4 thematic levels of the museum: Outerspace, Characters, Childhood Favourites and Collectables.

The collection is made up of various key collections, including Batman, Dan Dare, Japanese character and space-related toys, and collectables. In addition to toys, the museum also houses a collection of confectionary vintage tin-cans, large-item objects, such as Mobo horses, as well as enamel advertising signs. Over the years, these have been incorporated into various activities and programmes run by the museum, serving as windows into the past as well as inspirations for the present.

Today, MINT Museum of Toys serves diverse and expanding audiences, including students, artists, tourists, and a growing audience of collectors.


Credits to the following people for the pictures of the students’ drawings:
Students – LASALLE College of the Arts (

Disclaimer: Some pictures are credited to LASALLE College of the Arts and MINT Museum of Toys unless stated otherwise. However, content and opinions are of my own.


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! ❤




Bellaeillustrations: Happy Friday!

Using Faber Castell Polychromos and nikkoG nib with sumi ink

I’m so into tulle skirts now. 💕

Happy Friday to you!



Review of Faber Castell Polychromos: Arabella – Dancing with the wind

Decided to went against my practicality and follow my heart to purchase Faber Castell Polychromos set of 36 at Faber Castell SG outlet in Orchard. I was contemplating between 36 vs 60 and was leaning towards 60, but the price stopped me with difference of SGD $100+. And because I have never tried those pencils before, le fiance prevented me from getting 60 and hence, I got a set of 36 for SGD$114. *heart pain*

So here I am, deciding to try if my investment is worth it. And since I always work with black paper, I decided to try to see if the opacity of the colors works well with the black.

Sketching out Arabella:

I find my Mannequin pretty useless if you ever want to sketch flexible poses. I bought it at Overjoyed Singapore for about SGD$9.90. It is a bad buy. I should have gotten probably Art S. Buck Artist’s Model? Blame myself for not doing enough research and I didn’t see this model the last time I shopped on Overjoyed.  My advice if you ever want to do serious sketching, do not ever get the wooden mannequin because you will be very frustrated with its stiff joints and you can hardly move the arms and legs around.

Now coming to use Faber Castell polychromos, I bought it in set of 36 which came in a metal tin casing.

And I decided to try on Arabella’s dress:

Looking at the range of 36 pencils, the color range is sufficient if you understand the concept of colors and are able to blend by yourself. Well, of course, it is always never enough for artists! We always love to be spoiled with colours because we just love working with many colours as possible. I use Dr. PH Martin’s Pen white ink with Nikko G nib as usual and somehow, I do not really do well with the white outline as I was aiming for faint lines and my hand shook alittle trying to make it as thin as possible.

As my usual routine, I scanned through the drawing and use photoshop to add some effects:

I am quite disappointed with myself this time round because the scan make the coloring looks too grainy. I probably will try to use blending tools next time to see if it works with Polychromos…I hope it works! ❤

My thoughts on Polychromos

I prefer using them (oil-based) to the usual color pencils which is wax-based because the blending of colors is excellent as you cannot do that with normal Faber Castell classic color pencils. I was choosing between this and Prismacolors and decided on this based on reviews that Prismacolor pencils break very easily. However, for polychromos, they have SV coating which make them break resistant. I dropped one of the color pencils and it turns out fine with the tip still intact. And I like also like it that they are smudge-proof and water resistant.

Working on black paper, I am quite disappointed as I do not feel that Polychromos works really well with it because the colors are too transparent for my liking and I have to layer many times to get the opacity that I desired. So it feels really dull on paper and I cannot get the vibrancy I want despite using light colors to attempt to brighten up Arabella’s dress. The final drawing turns out to be grainy is due to the tooth of the paper so I will try smooth paper.

Colors included:
White, Cream, Light yellow glaze, Cadmium yellow, Dark chrome yellow, Cadmium orange, Dark cadmium orange, Pale geranium lake, Deep scarlet red, Middle cadmium red, Dark red, Magenta, Rose carmine, Middle purple pink, Mauve, Dark indigo, Helioblue-reddish, Ultramarine, Light ultramarine, Phthalo blue, Cobalt turqoise, Cobalt green, Dark phthalo green, Emerald green, Light green, Leaf green, Earth green yellowish, Pompeian red, Venetian red, Burnt ochre, Dark Naples ochre, Raw umber, Walnut brown, Warm grey V, Warm grey II, Black

I will try on white Bristol paper and see how it goes! ❤

Faber-Castell Boutique
2 Orchard Turn,
#04-13 ION Orchard,
Singapore 238801