1. phthal0 said: I love your art! I don't think you've answered this already but how did you get started at Paperplanes? Also, what advice do you have for someone who would want to get into a similar studio?

    Ahh, just realise I didn’t answer this?! So sorry! I’m super happy you like my work!! <3 

    To cut a long story short, a very kind person showed showed my work to the co-founder of Paperplane and she liked my work, contacted me, went for an interview/chat thing and I’ve been working there since! As to advice giving, I’m really bad at giving advice on job things. D: But I’ll say based on my experience at paperplane so far. It would be great if you manage to find/come across a similar studio and have an interest in working there. If you feel that your work suits the work of the studio, then contact them, link them/send them your portfolio, let them know you are interested in working with them. c: Or you can tailor your portfolio to suit the studio’s work if you feel that the work you have isn’t exactly what they might like but don’t completely leave out what you think they might not fancy as they just might!

    Paperplane is great that the co-founder (Chrissy, if you see her name on the site :B) is open to different styles of work, not just cute-ish style which I think is pretty much what I do haha and she likes experimenting with different styles as well for different stories. My portfolio was filled with mostly cutesy things which I hoped she would like as they were developing interactive story apps for children and I have an interest in children books illustrations etc, but there were a few that were very different from my preferred go-to style and she quite fancy those. So sometimes I do try to work with a different style with small stories that she wrote. Also, we’ve gotten a number of e-mails from illustrators that are interested in working here that have super cool work, less cute things that we really like as well but because their work don’t fit the general style we have so she offers freelance gigs when she feels his/her style fits a particular story or project very well. I hope I’m making sense. So yeah, you could enquire to see if they might be interested in letting you freelance on a project if they aren’t looking to hire etc. I hope this was helpful!

     

  2. strongedesigns said: Hey Teressa, I'm new to the digital coloring world and I love the texture brush effect you're using with your coloring. Is that a trade secret, or would you be willing to give me a rough tutorial on how or where I could see it used. I've been playing around with inking and coloring in Photoshop and Manga Studio, but I love the raw look like you have on the fox banner.

    Hello! Haha, it’s not a secret at all! (I have a little paragraph on my faq page actually) The brushes I use for pretty much all my recent my digital stuff are created by Kyle T Webster. His brushes are the best and his textural brushes work super well for me. I don’t think the set I got is up on his gumroad any more as he organised his brush sets but the brushes I have are probably in the megapack? You can try out some of the free brushes he put up and get a rough idea of how his brushes work? But I highly recommend them! The way I use them is pretty straight forward but experiment with them, that’s the fun part about his brushes. :D

     
  3. Did this last month but I can finally post it! 

    A birthday fan art present for James of his characters from his ‘Ojos En La Noche’ project which I absolutely adore. Added a little silly idea of mine to it since I have no idea what the original story is which I bet is super.

     
  4. Poison Ivyyyy

     
  5. Lil fan art for fawn-lorn & Adam Pritchett of their magical character, Broin! 

    Go check out photos of him here and their instagram accounts.

    Instagrams :  Matt | Adam

     
  6. Lil girls, with hats and boots for the 3rd week of the ‘7 Days of Color’ project by victoriaying !

    Another week of fun fun fun

     
  7. Foxes series for the second week of victoriaying ‘s 7 Days of Color project on instagram. Lots of fun working on these!

     

  8. Anonymous said: Just discovered your tumblr and just have to say that your art is so so wonderful and adorable and happiness-inducing!! I'm just starting out with watercolours and I try to copy your work for practice, I hope you don't mind! (Also yay you're from Singapore!!)

    Hello mysterious person which I hope weren’t mysterious. :B (You’re from Singapore too?!)

    You’re much too kind, I’m very glad it cheers you up, that’s all I strive for! Shucks, I don’t mind it at all as long as it’s for practice, I’m very flattered in fact UvU Have fun on your watercolour adventure!

     
  9. Realise I didn’t post up my art trade piece for the amazin’ nicterhorstsketch, go check out her work

    The colours are a lil off, editing scans of paintings is not very fun. I hope I’ll paint the rest of the sketches I did at some point. 

     
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    Ahhh, so I’m super late to realise this is for sale already! orz

    Really happy I got to be a part of this. Grab yourself a copy cause it’s super rad!

     
  11. I’ve got a dream.

    A dream to play the banjo.

     
  12. From last week’s Sketch Dailies prompt. Referenced a lot to this

     
  13. Another (late) animal sweater sunday piece!

     
  14. splendidlyevil:

    Artist Bio #6: Teressa Ong

    Teressa Ong is a socially awkward illustrator & an aspiring wizard. She enjoys watching cartoons while munching on animal shaped biscuits.

    Sooooo, I’m part of this really cool thing that I still can’t believe I’m going to be a part of!

    Super excited for this project/collaboration/zine/thingy, hope you guys are as excited as I am! Awesome artist bios are being posted so go follow the tumblr blog for ppg goodness! 

    Fox bandit. Bandit Fox. Yeah. *sneaks away*

     

  15. Had to pleasure of being interviewed by therhumboogie who is so very very kind ! I really enjoy reading the interviews he has done so super honoured to get to do this. c’:

    therhumboogie:

    For my first interview in a terribly long time, we have the lovely Teressa Ong of Chopsticksroad talking about her beautiful illustrations and some of the inspirations behind them.

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    Your work has a fantastic, distinctive aesthetic to it, how did you initially get in to illustration?…