Introducing Vera Ma, aka Lemon Shortbread, featured artist from Quick & Easy Colouring Christmas (09) Halloween Special (54).

Based in sunny Singapore, Vera is an Illustrator whose work is inspired by psychadelia, manga, nouveau, ukiyo-e and pop-art. Common themes that feature in her art include fruits and florals, pop surrealism and cute girls.

How long have you been illustrating and what made you start?
I've always liked doodling since I was little. The push to draw better was from reading manga with beautiful artwork (the biggest was probably Sailor Moon) during the mid-90s. I later pursued fashion design but practised comic-styled drawings whenever I had time. An online friend recommended DeviantArt (an art community) so I joined in 2004 and have been developing my art ever since.

Where do you get your inspiration?
They usually come out of nowhere when busy doing something else, it depends on my mood! Browsing Pinterest, books or listening to music helps too. My favourite illustrations are from the Golden Age of Illustration, ukiyo-e woodblock prints and retro shoujo styles so if I need inspiration, I'll start from those.

Where is your favourite place to illustrate?
The work desk in my bedroom.

What are your illustrating/colouring material essentials?
A mechanical pencil for sketching, Marvy Uchida drawing pens, ink brushes, Copic markers, pastels, coloured pencils & white acrylic ink. For canvas paintings, I use mostly Daler Rowney acrylics. For digital art, I use Photoshop.

What’s the piece of work that you’re most proud of or enjoyed doing the most?
Maybe 'Old Twisted Tree' (2004).

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