Friday, December 14, 2012

061: Sketchbooks

Hello friends!
Been doing a little bit of Christmas cleaning and I found my stash of sketchbooks. Its kind of insane...I think I'm a sketchbook junkie. For now I'll have to stay away from purchasing them. Anywhooo, I've started on my fourth sketchbook this year! Below is my first drawing...meant for PBJ so I will be posting it over there soon. I had a lot of fun with this one. Oh! Also, if you are an artist or just love to draw, PBJ will be accepting more artists! Just check out "About PBJ" for more info.
Speaking of sketchbooks, I received The Sketchbook Projects: Limited Edition: Distance&Time: Vol II book! I was very surprised and thrilled to find that I was chosen as one of the few artists to have a two page feature. I was blushing :)
On a side note, my webmaster has really been telling me to get on the whole social media wagon so you can now find me at all the places below...
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Thursday, December 13, 2012

060: Shop is now open!

Hey guys :)
My shop is now open!
I am selling some items on Society6 and an ABC's book (seen above)!
Please check it out here:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

059: Update

Check it out! "Night Becomes Day" was accepted at EatSleepDraw! With 849 <3's! So crazy!
Someone commented "Oh my I love this put it in my eyes." That's great, that really is :) haha.
Thank you!

058: Printing & Publishing

Hey everyone!
Hope you all are doing great :)
As I mentioned before, I have a book that I've finished and I've sent off to the printers. I am very excited about it and have just received the final proof today. I really would like to show some sneak peeks but I've promised those who have signed up for my newsletters that they will be seeing it first. ah! So, please, sign up for the newsletters
What I do want to do is tell you a bit about self publishing and printing. At least, what I have learned so far!
Currently listening to BIRDY
A Little Bit About

First, do your research on printing companies, both local and online. You really want to pick a place that will meet your printing needs. I was really looking into price and quality. Here are a couple that I have looked into...I'm missing a couple, but hopefully I can find them and I'll add em here later :)(Thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions!)

Oahu Printing Companies:
Aloha Graphics:
Obun Hawaii:
Professional Images Hawaii: (I went with Proimages. They have multiple locations around Oahu...I had several nice walks)

Online Printing Companies:
Dog Ear Publishing: (This company is really helpful and friendly. I'll definitely consider using Dog Ear when I can afford it.)
VioVio: (I was really excited about Viovio because you only pay for those books that are printed. They even have an online library that other people can look at and purchase your book(s) from. Sadly, I was just having difficulty customizing my images (which are an odd size) to their templates. In other words, I was a wee bit lazy! That, and I really wanted my book to be a certain size that they didn't offer.)

What's great is that they all give quotes on their website and get back to you quickly. But, you need to know what those printing terms are first! Proimages asked me to call them since I had left most of the quote questionnaires with "I'm not sure". oopsie. Saddle ... bleed....What? So they educated me!

Here are just a couple
that I ran into:
Full Bleed: Refers to the area of the image that will be trimmed off so that your image covers the whole page. Your image will have no white margin and part of your image will be cut-off. If you go with this option you will want to include an additional 1/8" along the edges of your image.
No Bleed: If your image has a white border, it does not require a bleed. This is the more economical option compared to Bleed.
Perfect Binding: Type of binding. I believe most paper and soft cover books are perfect bound. The cover is customized by a typesetter so that you will have a spine that goes with your front & back cover. The pages are then glued to the spine of the wraparound cover. I went with this option, since aesthetically, it is the most professional.
Saddle Stitching: Type of binding. The most economical option where two or three staples are inserted along the folded edge. I considered this option since it's the cheapest (I'm so chang!) and I have a friend who uses saddle stitching and its quite nice, but something about staples and little kids didn't sit well with me.
Proof: A sample of your final product so that you can see how your colors, images, text, binding, etc came out. They charge for proofs, so be sure that you know what you want before you send the final product off to be printed.

After you have figured out which company you would like to go with and how you would like it to be printed, you will be given a proof.  Printing is not cheap, so be sure that you tell them if something is wrong with the proof. My proof needed some changes- my images were not centered and my cover just did not show up how I wanted due to slight changes in color, so I ended up illustrating another one...which actually worked out a lot better! :) Once you confirm that you love, love, love your proof, they will start printing your products and assemble them! Yay :) I can't wait!

Thank you to all those who have been giving me honest feedback and support!
Love you all and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

057: Website

I am very very happy to announce the opening of my very own website!
Yay! and don't forget to subscribe to the newsletters, as they have exclusive promotions and updates ;)
psst! I just sent a book in to be printed. It will be available soon on my store! Sneak peeks soon!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

056: Monsters

The Encounter, Gouache, 2012
Kimberlie Wong
Check out Kissaten to see the Monsters Show!
I had this crazy dream about a boy from Mexico traveling on a fancy hot air balloon and I told myself (in my dream) "I have to write a children's book about this!"...It must be because I've been working on a children's book!... but, I have no clue how Mexico and balloons fit into this. hmm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

056: Happy Halloween!

Night Becomes Day, Gouache and Watercolors, 2012
(part of Monsters show)

The "Monsters" Show is going to be up until November 10th, so don't forget to check it out :) Thanks to everyone who went out and supported us so far!

Also, working with a great web designer, Alexis Javier! He is making my website!  (It looks amazing) (Yes, I am bragging) I cant wait to show it off!!

Happy Halloween!!!!
Brush your teeth!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

053: PBJ

We'll make our own luck, gouache, 2012
Please check out and support PBJ
First posts are up and they are so fun! Its going to be really interesting working with two other artists (Purcell Anthony and Thomas Teraoka) who have very different styles and ideas. Can't wait to see what we'll come up with next...

Saturday, September 15, 2012

052: West Maui Powerlifters

West Maui Powerlifters Tshirt Design, 2012
I am very excited to see the team wear my design. Exciting stuff!
Lots of aloha to Colleen, for acting as my agent :P
Update: Also, Desert Fox will be showing for another month at Basique Threads... until the end of September.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

051: Desert Fox & Featured

Hey guys!  The last day to see my piece up at Basique Threads is tomorrow. It's right by the cash register! :P It was a really great learning experience, and I know how to better prepare myself for these types of shows. Thank you everyone who went out to see my piece at Basique Threads! It meant a lot to me... especially since I was so nervous! (crawl in the corner and hyperventilate kine nervous!) Thanks also to those who sent their love! :) Hugs! Hugs!
Desert Fox, Watercolor and Gouache, 2012 Sold
(Thank you Brookie for the picture!)
Also, I got featured on What I Wore Today!!!
This makes me super duper happy ;3 and also more motivated.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

050: Have a beautiful day!

So, I made a flickr and I have a bunch of things I've been procrastinating on. Ut-oh!
Tomorrow, promise.
Have a beautiful day!

p.s. Look! Post 050!!! Yay!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

048: Going ons...

These are shots of the portraits I've been working on. This one didn't make the cut, but it was really good practice. :) I have this habit of working on something, not being satisfied with it, and then redoing it. They call me "redo kim"... :( haha. Anyway, I'm proud of it.

Another project I am working on is a design for Maui Power lifters. I am very excited to see a team wear my design!! Oh, I cant wait!

I have been worried about projects and deadlines lately. That is why it is so great just to hang out with friends and have fun with art! A good friend told me Worry pretends to be necessary, but there is no useful purpose. -Eckhart Toole
Thanks guys :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

047: Monster(s) Project

Good morning! Yesterday, I started on my second Monster piece! Here are the two pieces I have so far...I am not sure if they are done yet. Especially since they will be passed onto 4 other artists.  

M is for Monster

Meeting the Unicorn
She just needs something clever to say...hmm.

For now, I have to put aside the project this week because I am working on a portrait(s) for an upcoming show at Ward. I am very nervous and antsy right now, but mostly super excited. More info when it becomes available to me :)

Also, I've been getting emails and texts from friends and family supporting me and my work! I just wanted to say thank you!! Hi Brooke! Hi Audris! Hi Mom! Hi!!!
If you like, you can follow my blog through email as well by clicking "Join this Site" on the left sidebar, under "Followers".
Okay, bye!

Friday, July 20, 2012

046: Monster(s) Project

Last month, my friends and I found a great place to showcase our work. Since then we have been discussing our new collaborative project based on monsters. This week we found frames and have begun working on our illustrations. This is my first illustration in-progress, which is based on alphabet books. I am having so much fun, and I can't wait to trade it with the next artist. Oh! The local artists part of the Monster(s) Project are: Heather Matsuura, Thomas Teraoka, Maura Takeshita, and Kelly Cat!

M is for Monster

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

O45: Hei

Hei: Hawaiian String Figures

Here are one of the pages from Hei with my illustrations! I was sent a copy of the article by Keith Akana, the author. So exciting :) I believe it is going to be available soooon!

Also, last week I had a meeting with the PBJ group. It now consists of three artists- Purcell Anthony, Thomas Teraoka, and myself. Our first posts will be by the end of the week. Please make sure to check it out ;3

Monday, July 9, 2012

043: Meeting With Monsters

I am very excited to introduce Meeting with Monsters- a collaborative stop motion animation on Iceland's mysterious mystical creatures. Yeah! This film is based and named after Meeting with Monsters by Jón Baldur Hlídberg and Sigurdur Aegisson.
Thanks so much to Verena Faisst for her stop motion and photographic skills and Alexander Cinthorne for narrarating!
You may view the video here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

042: Light Reading

Light Reading, Ink and Watercolor, 2012

Oh my. Catching up on blog posts and websites can take such a long time.
Anyway, I updated my Art House Co-op account with my Limited Edition Series. I also realized that I forgot to post some of the pages in my 035 post! So, here they are...but you can also see them on my Art House account :) Oopsies!!

Yay! Have a good day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

041: Hrisey: Bird Spirit

Here are some works that I made during my time on Hrisey Island.

This was a gift to the school which I placed in the kitchen area. The washing machine was notorious for being a mystery (atleast when I was there). It also made monster noises and tried to attack us at night!

Many visits to the cozy grocery store led to playing on the free arcade machine. This was a gift to Júlíus, the owner of Júllabúð Hrísey and my new friend!

Now, part of the permanent collection of the Hrisey museum- an illustration of Gamli Skoli, Hrisey's magic mountains, fish drying racks, and the unforgettable aurora borealis. 

The bird spirit is a representation of my memories made on Hrisey and of the other birds that come and go from the island. I miss you Hrisey!!!  

040: Icelandic Owl

Hello from Hawai'i! Here is my Icelandic owl (wearing a traditional Icelandic wool outfit) I made from my journeys. She appears in my limited edition sketchbook project, which by the way, is going to be published soon! yay :)  

Monday, May 28, 2012

039: Nes Open House

Yesterday, March 27th, Nes Residency opened its doors to Skagastrond. The show included works from Christian Vásquez, Alexander Clithorne, Leá Donnan, Verena Faisst, Katharina Kamph, Liz Layton, Theresa Northway, Rosella Piccinno, Ülgen Semerci, Polly Staton, and Kimberlie Wong (that's me!). Here are pictures of my space for the show and collaborations with Nes artists.

Handcrafted business cards. Each one made when I had spare time here at Nes.
A Hrisey Story- collaboration between Xander Clinthorne and myself.
Rosella Piccinno, prophetess for the day, watching Draumar- a collaboration with Liz Layton and myself (see entry 038). The space also includes illustrations of Iceland inspired birds and my new owl character that I will be making short stories with.
Fantastical creatures inspired by Iceland! This was a collaboration between Christian Vasquez and myself.

Katharina Kamph and Nes board member viewing the collaborative film between Verena Faisst and myself. 

 Today, Nes was visited by a family. The children enjoyed the Hrisey Story collaboration!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

038: Draumar: A Stop Motion Short


I am very happy to present Draumar, a stop motion short by Liz Layton and myself. This short is based on Skagastrond and the story of the prophetess. It was so much fun working with such a creative and talented artist! Thank you Liz!!! Also, thanks to Sid Blevins for the music!
Tomorrow is the open house for Nes artist residency- very exciting!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

037: Stop Motion Collaboration

Hello from Skagastrond! I am at Nes artist residency with a total of 11 new friends and talented artists. It is a great group to have in the studio.
This month one of the residents,Verena Faisst, asked me to participate in a sound project based on my idea of an island. At the same time, I was introduced to some of her beautiful stop motion animations so I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her on a stop motion animation! Below are pictures of my illustrations for our collaboration on Icelandic sea monsters. We have been shooting them in a fish tank and that is the reason for the washed out colors and holes. It is my first time working on stop motion and seeing the results is so amazing! Thank you Verena!

I will also be collaborating with Liz Layton on a stop motion about the prophetess here in Skagastrond! We are starting to form a story and collecting backdrops and illustrations. Exciting ;3 Pictures soon!