Never Grow Old (I Have A Wish)

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'I have a wish... I wish you would never grow old.'

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❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Random Thoughts

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Throughout my life, I never really felt I belong anywhere - more like an alien from another dimension. Families, friends and acquaintances called me a ‘loner’, an ‘individualist’ or ‘eccentric' person. Of course there were also the less positive labels, ‘anti-social’, ‘snobbish’, ‘weird’ and so on. What most of them do not know is that I’m also an empath, highly sensitive (to energy/ noise/ light, etc) and suffer from generalized/ social anxiety disorder (sometimes I hide it well). I have a strong interest in metaphysical subjects. I’m spiritual but not religious and non political. I’m bad at small talks.. Tell me about angels, fairies, unicorns, the meaning of life, universe, death, meditation, chakra, energy healing, your darkest fears and dreams. I’m an old soul. I feel so much that I become easily drained emotionally. I believe we all have a bigger purpose on earth; we have so much to learn and to give during our lifetime here. I love animals. I wish everyone would treat ALL animals with respect and compassionate - not for food, entertainment, sport or for use/ testing for our products. I do so by setting a good example first. I keep things to myself because most people won’t understand me. My closest friend recently asked, ‘We’ve known each other for so long now but I wonder how much do I really know you? I replied ‘Probably around 80%? The other 10% only I know me.. and the remaining 10%, even I don’t know.’’ 😂 Perhaps the next time we judge someone, we can be a little mindful.. what we see is just one of the many facets we ‘choose' to see in them or a side he/she consciously (or subconsciously) shows. Love and light to you.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Tea Party (I Have A Wish)

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#dollgift_ihaveawish Idea by @rmbaron15 : ''I wish my dog/cat could talk and we would have tea parties together! I think this is something my daughters would actually wish for! Haha.’’ According to @rmbaron15 , her daughters love cats but they do not have one at the moment. They have a cutie pitbull though. A rather detailed piece as I really wanted all the pretty stuffs on the table! I hope the little girls’ dream would come true one day.. or at least they’d get a cat. Send in your ideas if you’d like to see them illustrated for my book! More details on my earlier post.

Send in your ideas if you’d like to see them illustrated for my book (details on my earlier post). Remember to follow me on IG for progress of my book #dollgift_ihaveawish!

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Guiding Light (I Have A Wish)

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Thank you for all your input for my book! Please keep them coming. I have visuals for some of your ideas already! :D Meanwhile, here’s another one for you. It’s a re-work from one of my earlier pieces which I thought would go well with this book. ‘I have a wish. I wish to be the brightest star in the sky so I can be your guiding light.’.

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❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Collaboration - Embroidery Event (China)

It was my great honor to have the opportunity to collaborate with local artist/designer Sharlene Leong from @wordyourstory in an embroidery event in Chongqing, China over the past week. We had a hectic week prior to the event, creating embroidery pieces for the show (this explains the lack of update). Thankful for the memorable experience and enjoyable trip!

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❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Adventure (I Have A Wish)

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So I have a dream to publish my very own picture book(s). I know I’ve been saying it for years and still, no book in sight. Occasionally, friends would ask about my progress and I'd smiled sheepishly in reply. The fact is, I had ideas for the book and even came out with complete drafts on two stories but somehow they just didn't feel 'good enough’. At least not enough to drive me forward. Today as I was going through my old sketches again, I suddenly had an idea - perhaps I can get you guys to do it together with me! It would be really interesting to see what we can come out with together. Okay, so here’s my plan - I’m going to need you guys to give me ideas for the book while keeping these points in mind:

1. It has to be animal related. No violence/ cruelty of any kind please. It could be something to raise awareness for animal welfare though (just a thought).
2. It has to start with ‘I have a wish… I wish _____________________.'
3. Be as imaginative and whimsy as possible coz that’s my style! It can be a personal story, something you experienced in your dreams or, just be creative!

I’ve done up a sample for you. Image 1 - ‘I have a wish...’ Image 2 - ‘I wish my teddy bear could come to life and we would go on adventures together.’ You can comment below my post or send me your idea. Send in as many as you like. If your idea gets chosen, I will credit you AND draw you in as the character.

Honestly I have no idea where this is going or if I’ll be publishing the book at all. But I do know for sure I have to start taking baby steps OR I’ll just continue to sit here and procrastinate. If this is something that interest you, start throwing me your ideas. Also, please help to get this message out so we can have more people join us. I’ll post whatever I can come out with as we go along. Have fun!

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Custom Family Portrait/ Baby Announcement

Commissioned family portrait: Baby announcement with Disney/ Spring theme. This is another surprise gift order (so much love lately!) from a sweet husband to his beautiful wife who will be due in April. (Okay someone finds me a husband like that pls! Ha!). This has to be the most detailed piece I’d ever done thus far and I’m very happy with the result. I was told this morning that his wife received the art piece and was in happy tears. Knowing that clients love their order and appreciate my effort is the most rewarding thing for me. I’m not going to tag them in this post until they make the announcement themselves. I’m so excited for the arrival of their baby! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I love this piece so much too.

Client's note: ''I wanted to thank you again for creating such a wonderful gift, a keepsake that will be the centerpiece of our little girl's nursery. I gave the artwork to her last night and right when she unwrapped it she began to cry and said "You got me a Dollgift!?" She was awestruck and totally surprised. She said it captures so much. You can by all means share now! Thank you again.'' - Kevin (United States)

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If you’d also like to have your pet drawn, get in touch for a quote or visit my shop page for more details!

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Custom Pet Portraits

Commissioned pet portrait 1: Phoebe with her signature head tilt. Isn’t she a cute little angel? Thank you @didel613 for ordering this to surprise Diane. You’re the sweetest friend anyone can ask for.

Clients's note: ''It’s so realistic looking wow, and I can also feel the her staring at me! I hope Diane, Phoebes Mom will love it as much as I do...I think she will. I can’t honestly thank you enough for your willingness to do this, and your time and love you put into it. It really shows!'' - Diane (United States)

Recipient's note: ''A sincere thank you to @didel613 for commissioning this amazing portrait of my sweet Phoebe. I can’t stop looking at it! Also thanks to the artist @dollgift You have perfectly captured her vibe. I am in awe of your talent. Thank you both, from the bottom of my heart.'' Waltersphoebe (United States)

Commissioned pet portrait 2: I waited to share this piece for a long time. It was meant to be a surprise; I wanted the recipient to see it first so as not to ruin their surprise. Custom orders such as this always make me happy knowing that someone cares alot to want to do something special for their loved one. And it was my absolute pleasure they entrusted me to help. For this particular piece, a group of friends decided to come together to comfort a friend - Michelle had lost her beloved dog recently. The best part is, I know some of them had only met through Instagram (one thing I love about social media!). I was touched beyond words by their sweet gesture. Thank you for letting me be a part of this. A special thanks to @didel613 for the correspondence and for making this happen. You guys are amazing. Thank you for letting me know you love the art piece and for the permission to share your photo as well, Michelle - I hope you find some comfort everytime you look at this drawing. Know that you and Peanut are very loved by many friends. @peanut_dachshund. 💜

Recipient's note: ''I got the most beautiful gift today from my amazing friends. I cannot thank y’all enough for coming together to make this gift possible I’ve been looking at this painting for hours you have no idea how much this mean to me. It’s perfect in every way you guys really put the biggest smile on my face today. A big thank you to the artists @dollgift for taking the time to make this for my family and I, You are so talented and I’m so blessed to have one your art pieces. Thank you again to me amazing instagram Family I don’t know what I would do without you! Peanut I hope you can see this beautiful painting from heaven and I hope you makes you happy. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you but now when I see this picture I will smile and remember the memories we made that day. I love you old man & don’t forget you are my sunshine.'' - Michelle (United States)

If you’d also like to have your pet drawn, get in touch for a quote or visit my shop page for more details!

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Always In My Heart

It has been 3 years today since I lost a piece of my heart. Although it has been that long, it still feels like yesterday. Nono was diagnosed with mast cell tumor a week after my dad’s unexpected passing. Even with cancer cells showing all around his body, he was still his playful, goofy self. I thought, or was hoping he would eventually get better with western/chinese medications and a stricted diet. But that only lasted for 8 months. His condition took a turn for the worst overnight. Suddenly he was refusing food which was very unlikely of him. I hugged him close to sleep that night, praying that he would feel better the next day. When dawn came, he was unresponsive. Then he had a seizure in his unconscious state. I was feeling so scared and helpless all alone at home at that time. I remember running around the block with his lifeless body in my arms frantically trying to flag down a cab to get to the vet (for some reason, the cab I called didn’t show up). But no one would stop their car. I was crying and praying so hard for help. I was a wreck. My boy didn’t wake up since that day. As I gaze up at the sky each night, I think about our evening walks in the park. I miss his cheeky face. I miss holding him close in my arms again. I’m sorry, I wasn’t a great pawrent to you.. I wish I could have done so much more. I hope you knew you were loved till the very end. For now, I’ll just keep you close in my heart till we meet again.

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Lost In Your Eyes

“There might be millions of roses in the whole world, but you’re my only one, unique rose.” - The Little Prince

I did two colour variations and couldn’t decide which one I like more - both colours create a very different mood. Which do you prefer?

If you would like to customise an illustration, feel free to get in touch with me! 💜

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

Thinking of what to get for a Valentine’s day gift? We might just have the perfect idea for you. How about a one-of-a-kind couple portrait for that special someone? Send us reference photos or share your ideas with us; we will use our imagination and creativity to turn your stories into an exquisite illustration! We offer various packages, depending on what you need. Get in touch with us for a quote or visit our Custom Couple Portrait page for more details. 😍

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Custom Family Illustration

That indescribable feeling when your client said they liked the artwork very much and no changes is required.. All the ‘stress’ and late night hard work was worth it. ^^

If you would also like to customise an illustration, drop me an email! More details can also be found on this blog post - www.mydollgift.com/blog/ordering-a-custom-illustration

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Hello 2018!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I would like to thank everyone who made me smile in 2017 - your support and encouragement has definitely filled my days with love and warmth. May 2018 brings you great adventures, new aspirations, lots of joy and furry kisses!

Milo would like to wish everyone a great year too! ^^

❤ Blessings, Charllotte & Milo

Ordering a Custom Illustration

If you would like to order a custom illustration from me but were unsure how it works or what to expect, this post is for you.

For this particular assignment, my client sent me an email enquiry - she wanted an illustration of a childhood memory she had with her dad. She sent me some reference photos along with these keywords to work around - ferris wheel, motorbike, badminton and/or rambutans. After confirmation of order (payment made), I gathered more details from her eg. model of the motorbike, type of house, etc.

I then proceeded to brainstorm some ideas and work on the sketches. My client selected one sketch out of the lot and let me know what she’d liked for me to add or amend.

Here, she'd chosen the 3rd sketch to be worked on. Below was pretty much how it looked with more details added.

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My client then requested to have - 1) one of the elements in the background removed to simplify the art piece, 2) Slight changes to the characters' hairstyles, 3) Car plate number to be added.

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Final stage - Filling in the colours plus some background colour variations to choose from.

So here you go! This was how the final piece looked (I enlarged the characters to make them stood out more).

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Please note that every assignment is unique so the procedures may vary. But rest assure that I will communicate with you closely and guide you through every step - You'll be involved from ideas, concepts, drafts and the colour stages to final proof. The file will only be sent out for printing once I get the green light from you.

For hard copy prints, I use high quality, fade-resistant (archival) printing method so you can expect art museum print quality. Alternatively, you may choose to have the artwork send to you in soft copy or printed on merchandise. There are various packages options to choose from, depending on your need.

The turnaround time for order processing to printing typically takes 2-3 weeks and longer during festive period. A fee will be incurred for urgent orders. Information on shipping cost and duration can be found on our Info page.

View ideas and testimonials of past clients' orders HERE and HERE.

If you have any question, feel free to contact me! :)

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Happy Holiday (Feasting)!

Hurhurhur... Look who’s getting ready for holiday feasting? 😃

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A shoutout to an amazing friend who bakes delicious cakes (and macarons!) at Oven Artistry. If you reside in Singapore, please show these humble, passionate home bakers some support. Oven Artistry uses only the freshest and finest ingredients; think Valrhona (French) chocolate! I also love that their cakes are rich in taste but not overly sweet. If you feel I’m being bias because the baker is my friend, try it for yourself and let me know what you think. 😉 They are taking orders for their log cakes now - Chocolate Hazelnut or if you like some alcohol, try their Lychee Vodka flavour. 
You may contact Alivia at 9799 6393 or drop them a message on their FB page, www.facebook.com/ovenartistry. Remember to say my name (Charllotte) to receive a free set of postcards with my illustrations when you place your order. Hurry! Free postcards while stock last!

Please help us to spread the message too. Thank you and love you guys!
PS: I’m not getting any commission from this. I’m doing it because I love my friend and her cakes are really nice. 💜

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Lost Stars

But are we all lost stars, trying to light up in the dark?~ ✨ .

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Lost Stars ✨ ~ Same design available on other merchandise. Get two pillows/notebooks at 15% off! ⭐️ Check out our Redbubble store for full product range and other lovely designs!
Store: www.redbubble.com/people/dollgift/shop

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Night Is Falling

Meet me at midnight in the forest of my dreams. We’ll make a fire and count the stars that shimmer above the trees.~ Christy Ann Martine


Sometimes I get so obsessed with being perfect that I worry I won't be able to draw something better or as good as the one before. But now it's safe to say, I LOVE this piece! Okay, I cheated. I'd used the whale from my earlier work. Hehe. I hope you enjoy this too. 💜✨

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If you'd like to customise a couple illustration such as this, get in touch with us or visit our page for more details here - www.mydollgift.com/couple-portrait

❤ Blessings, Charllotte