Xiao Fu in the Summer.

Guess what this lady has been up to?

Woot! Wearable art! I’ve been developing my brand and characters these past 6 months and I’m super excited to reveal this. This is the first new product of mine in a while and I am so happy with the results. It is also a new medium of mine to play with so look out for more in the future. Also notice the new logo. A website is in the works as well as possibly some PVC figures. Crossing my fingers that the brain juice will continue to work and get inspired. ^-^

The design on this shirt was based off of a tiger plushie I made 2 years ago for a art gallery show. It was inspired by my first trip to China with my family and I saw all these amazing folk art. Xiao Fu is in the same set of designs as Boba pig below. They will be an entire line of animal people as well. 😀

Here is a picture of me after I ripped apart the box and immediately put on the shirt in it’s instagrammed glory.

Also would appreciate some love on my facebook page. It’s lonely.



Hello Again. Goodbye Summer

Pages of my sketchbook

“Little Riding Hood All in Black” Pen Sketch

“Sexy Nerd Squid is Fine & Dandy” Sharpie Sketch

“I’m King for a Day…at Medieval Times” Pen on paper, colored in Illustrator

And now to the new stuff I’ve been making!

I know some of you have seen the Bread and Olives bag already and I would like to introduce you all to the I like Saltines bag. Yum! Loved saltines with milk as a kid. You can get these lovely little items at my etsy or bigcartel.

NEW ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop/merryhappystudios

BIGCARTEL: http://www.merryhappystudios.bigcartel.com

New Character post

I’ve always strayed from drawing and creating animal characters because I have a bias towards drawing cute fuzzy animals. Secretly I was also scared that what I created would be so influenced by other graphics I see out there that it would become a blur, unrecognizable and another character we can throw upon a pile. Ex) Monkeys. Tons out there. Most memorable one would be Paul Frank/Tony Millionaire but then there are companies likes Aeropostale and billions of other tween companies that have monkey’s.

My usual dose of characters all have a food obsession and wear it for fashion. So after doing some paintings for the gallery project back in February I realized how animals and my human characters can go hand in hand. Half of the characters created for that show were influenced by Chinese Folk Art. (Piggie painting and tiger felt plush) So I took my paintings and decided to digitally illustrate them. First in the series is the piggie and I’ve been playing with her for a few weeks now. It would be great if I can somehow incorporate my original plans to make the colorful lines in the black costume fluorescent. I dropped a teaser on my flickr of her last week to compare it to the painting but here I am formally introducing my newest character…

There’s a back story to her. For now it might not be visible only for copyright/tracing reasons. But I’m planning on illustrating a little picture book with her in it and I have some vinyl stickers in the works. I already have some glossy note cards printed and in the mail coming to me so I can upload some pictures this weekend. Yay! I’m so excited my head might explode. I just want some personal time to push out all the ideas in my head onto paper.

Gallery Project

This past Saturday I was lucky enough to participate in a little meeting of creative minds. For 6 months my coworkers and I have been thinking and actively creating art just for the sake of art. No clients, no pressure, just a return to our roots back in our college days. For me, just like the college days I procrastinated till the last minute. I panicked in December and brought massive amounts of supplies. My mind was all over the place. Some ideas were too big to be completed by the February deadline so I focused on painting. I actually did 2 paintings midway and then abandoned it and started new. In the end I had 3 completed paintings and 1 sewn felted plushie. And I’m in the midst of starting another painting and have a idea to felt another creature as well. Thanks to my art director Kirk Benshoff for coming up with the idea and setting it all up. If not I would’ve never picked up a paintbrush again. All in all, it was a great night and I was dead tired by 10.

Here are some pictures I managed to take

Typography paintings by Ben

Aprons sewn by Tracy

Paintings by Maria

Lego Buildings x Works by Jonathan

Paintings by Alison

Paintings x Feltie by Yours Truly


More pics to come!


January 23. 2011

My brother told me that he will buy me some action figures. I think I could die happy.

I recently saw a little internet film from China that had me tearing a bit and I can’t get it off my mind. Film is called Old Boy and don’t confuse it with the Korean film of the same name. It’s gotten 41 million hits so far on China’s equivalent of youtube; Youku. It follows the story of 2 men from their youth to their unhappy lives in the present as adults. What they share is a love of Michael Jackson and they come together to join a singing competition in Beijing upon learning of the king of pop’s death. They equate his death with the death of their adolescence and try one last time to achieve their dreams.

This is my favorite quote from the film “Dreams are like classics, never fading but growing more precious with time passing by“. Here is part 1 of the movie on youtube. I think it’s amazing and renewed my love for China. For now.

After you’re done weeping from watching good ol’ Old Boy, feel free to gaze upon some photos from my trip to the West Coast. L.A and SD baby.

Rainy Monday’s

What’s New? See below.

That’s a awfully sad cat we have here.

Snapshot of a pregnant long haired cat Sunday afternoon.

Brought some food for her and she was gone by the time I returned.

I was sad. T^T

Working hard.

Representing the elderly ladies of my neighborhood.

Staying classy while out buying loaves of bread and butter.

Finger Bling

Detailed adjustable rings for your fingers featuring my Nesting Doll illustrations.

Cut, Pasted and Sealed by me. Handmade Love

WIP Obake Chan illustration.

Maybe I can get it done in time for Halloween.
If my graphic novel reading self would allow it.

Starting today its officially my 5th week of working as a designer at Orbit.

I’m loving it and I don’t feel tired going into work. I love that I love my job. ^-^

P.S. Is there a way to change the leading on WP?