Illustation – Fat Maneki-neko with Balloons

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This illustration is inspired by maneki-neko, the beckoning cat or the lucky cat.

The maneki-neko (Japanese招き猫, literally “beckoning cat“) is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner.  The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning.

Source : Maneki-neko on Wikipedia

 

 

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Graphic – Lost in Love Maze

Here’s to share the various versions I came up with during the creative process of the Love Maze design.  There were choices of pattern, color and other graphic elements in the development.  Finally I reverted to the style I love, ie, – simplicity, so the color and graphics used are kept to minimum.  Seems that it’s a right decision as it can be placed on any color backgrounds whether it’s white or black, light or dark and can still stand out. Also it looks good on items like T-shirt, phone cases, home decor, bags, ..etc on my Red Bubble and Society6 online stores.