Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Oxford Fashion Week A/W 2014

After attending the S/S show in March and sharing my sketches, I was invited to the Birds of Paradise show last Saturday, where I sketched live during the reception and catwalk.


These were displayed and up for sale during the show.

Livingstone's Turaco
Mixed media on A3 Bristol paper.

Red Bird of Paradise
Mixed media on A3 Bristol paper.
Mini business cards (courtesy of moo.com) were placed into
everyone's goodie bags. I also prepared some Thank You cards for anyone who
buys original artwork from me, complete with an authentic wax seal stamp.

Catwalk Sketches

These were really quick! Maybe 10 seconds max, then some more scribbling based on memory before the next model showed up. I'll be working these up like the ones from last year once I get photo reference from the photographers and they will all be available to buy (approx. 9.5x8" white paper).

My grey marker was running low and it really light, so I had to darken the scans. If you'd like to reserve one as it is, please email me the reference number ASAP at info [at] naomihoang.com before I add more to it.

Apologies to those who wanted to see them during the After Party, but my things were packed away in the storage cupboard and the lighting in the club was too dark to see them anyway.

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I'll update this post when they're finished.


These are just from my phone. There were photographers everywhere but they're still being organised atm.

Setting up before guests arrive for the reception.

Photo by fashion designer Julia Chew.
Check out her work, it's beautiful: http://xiaolindesign.com/
Live jazz band! There was also a cocktail bar courtesy of
The Varsity Club, where we had the After Party.

The models were too busy for me to draw before the show,
so I drew the t-rex skeleton instead. xD

That's a wrap! I had a brilliant time and am grateful that they invited me to the show. Fingers crossed I'll be at future ones too. ;)

Thanks for reading,
Naomi xxx

Monday, 6 October 2014


Some concepts for no particular reason.....other than the fact that I like trees. :)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Graffiti Update #01

Heya! I mentioned a while back that I was interested in incorporating graffiti into my work but kept forgetting to post about it, so here goes.



Learning from Julian 'ArtJaz'. Julian's a friend of an old colleague of mine, who hooked us up. We met up and painted at Leake Street, where street art is authorised (so people go there to learn/practice). Southbank is more known for street art but tends to be busy and touristy, so I'd recommend Leake Street if you want some time to yourself. Saying that, we went on a Monday morning so most places like this would be dead anyway.

It was a fun and slightly alien experience, and wow did my hand/arm hurt for a couple of days afterwards! Spraying with paint cans upright uses completely different muscles to what I'm used to, so I got tired easily. I also found it odd having to move my whole body to follow the lines and maintain a consistent distance to the wall to get better quality lines. Even though the area was empty, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmingly British and reserved/too embarrassed to move much, haha.....eventually you just have to chill and go with the flow...it's almost like dancing.

Check out Julian's work here: jayspaintshop.co.uk

He's a really mellow and supportive dude, who often teaches handicapped children or those from underprivileged areas, alongside commercial work.

ArtJaz did the portrait of me whilst I figured out
how to do lettering and use the spray can for the first time!

YQS = "Why Quicksilver?"
Potential tag? I used to be called Quicksilver on the Conceptart.org forums.



A few friends and I got together for a workshop with Bradley 'Rmer' Woods, who was referred to me by ArtJaz. We started off looking at books on street art for inspiration and doodling ideas on what to paint. We had a go on the walls, under Rmer's tuition, then painted on boards we could take home at the end of the lesson. It was so much fun!

This was my second attempt at using spray paint. I hadn't bought any paint or practiced in between lessons but I found it way easier this time round and have since bought a few cans. Still wobbly as hell but I'll get there eventually!

Bradley's a nice chap and the lesson was really casual and fun. He does a lot of work in Wales and organises events, such as Breakin' The Bay, which took place at Cardiff Bay last month. He'll be doing another one in October but I can't remember what it's called - I'll update this post when I find out.

Check out his work here: http://rmer1.com/

Rmer sketched our names while we doodled.

We were given a Banana cap each. So hard to get thinner lines!

We had about 30 mins left so I painted something from my sketchbook.
I've bought the same colours (I hope?!), so I'll try and finish this when they arrive.


My bf taught me how to use his airbrush. It's tricky! And involves cleaning. Still, would be nice to be able to use it well for days when I don't wanna pass out from fumes.

When I worked on Fall of the Samurai, those geometric-style clouds kinda became known as my 'thing' in the office, and people still point it out so I'll be incorporating it into my graff work.


Again, I'm too lazy to scan so here are photos of my sketchbook. :P

Sketchbook cover.

I used these elements to make a tileable print, shown below:
Samples of prints I've designed and applied to a photo to show it in context.
This wasn't for anything in particular - just personal work...

I wanna paint this up when I have the right colours.
I did a digital version a while back but it looked crap. Will try with spray paint...

That's it for now! My order from Graff-City should be arriving today, so I'll post WIPs later this week. :)

Cheers for reading,

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Evil Ogre

I got an electric sharpener for my birthday (my wishlist is super lame and full of tools lol) and I bought some Prismacolor pencils for myself lately, so I drew this:

If you follow me on Facebook/Twitter, then you'll have seen WIP shots throughout the day. For some reason, G+ kept crashing my phone, so that page has been left dry for a while. :/ If anyone knows why/ways to fix this, let me know.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cute Hummingbird & Backdrop

Some cute character design and sample backdrop for a hypothetical game: 

Simple 4-frame animation.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Cherry Blossom Trees

Heya! Here are some cherry blossom tree variations I did for a fashion shoot last week:

I gave them different variations because I wasn't given much info on how it would be applied or what colour the accompanying garments would be. This took me back to the days when I worked on Fall of the Samurai at The Creative Assembly, where I had to create illos in the style of Japanese wood block prints. Memories~

This will be featured in a fashion magazine in October and I can't wait to see it!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Panda Flute

I gave the client notes to explain the logic behind the design/decision-making,
but felt it might give away too much to post here.

Some quick expression variations.
I didn't realise until I'd submitted it that the flute is backwards. D'oh!
It's okay, she's a left-handed panda...