Drawing A Story To My Children

When I was about 2, 3 years old, my mom drew me a little mermaid and told me the story. I was fascinated, it was like magic that the most beautiful picture just came from my mom’s pen. I believe that was when I fell in love with drawing and storytelling.

I want to inspire my children by drawing stories for them. Reading a picture book is one thing, but nothing can compare with seeing the process of an image emerge from nothing, and understanding anyone can do it. I want them to learn that drawing is a powerful tool, we can use it to express feelings and tell stories.

Here is a video I made about me drawing the story ” The Little Match Girl” to my children. It’s in Chinese, so most of you don’t understand, but I just want to encourage you to try this with your kiddos, it’s fun and sweet times.

 

Which TV Show Character Would You Like To Be?

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Watching TV is my guilty pleasure, and these are some of my favorite shows. One of the fun thing about watching TV is that I like to imagine myself as the main character in all these stories. All these shows are pretty stressful but man, those poor people in Game of Thrones.

Bonus panel ( If you could think of any human beings you could be in GOT please let me know):

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A Vlog About My Last Saturday

It’s really just a normal day, and I made a video about it. I don’t want to wait for the perfect stories to make videos because if you want to do something, get the material you have and just do it. Plus, making normal things interesting is a skill.

It’s in Chinese!

I Made A New Video

I got into video making lately and it’s soo much fun! I’m glad to learn another creative way of documenting and sharing my life. This one was shot on my old LG Android phone and a Nikon D90– Not the perfect setting for making videos, but hey you get to start from somewhere. I just got a Canon G7X and the new videos will have better quality.

I’m speaking Chinese mostly in my videos because it’s what I’m comfortable with. I talk to my children in Chinese and my husband in English in real life.

The bilingual thing has always been a complication in my creative world because I have to consider audiences from both languages. English isn’t my native language and is my weak spot, but my life is in the US, and I care about people on this side of the world. I can communicate in Chinese much more freely and creatively. Even it’s so far away, China is my home country, so I also care about the audience there. So I’ve been translating my comics into Chinese and trying to build an audience there.

It’s a lot of work to keep up both sides, I wish I could just focus on one. But both have pros and cons, and it’s hard for me to make a decision. For now, I keep working and see.

Making videos is new to me, I want to put them out as quick as I can so I picked the easier language and didn’t bother adding subtitles. I’m exploring so if you have any suggestions, please let me know!