Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

And in the spirit of the holiday season, I wanted to share an email I recently received. It made my day!

Dear Mr. Wu,

I don’t know if you intended to portray a Chesapeake Bay Retriever in “A Dog’s Life” ... but your funny, goofy, adorable canine hero is the image of our Betsy (a Chessie). Betsy performed all the chores you illustrated and more (cleaning up around, under, and on the highchair).  The story is wonderful, but it’s your endearing illustrations that totally make it perfect.
We lost our Betsy a month ago.  We bought the book for our little granddaughter, who adored Betsy; but it put such a smile on our faces ... I think I’ll have to buy another for us!

She also included a couple photos of her dog. Anyway, I wanted to share this because it really put a smile on my face. Every once in a while, it hits me, my job is pretty cool. Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. Hello, I stumbled onto your website and blog by following a link in a post you had left on the SCBWI discussion boards and I'm so glad I did. I went back and read all of your blog archives, very informative, thank you for sharing! I especially enjoy reading the posts on your process and the steps you follow in developing an illustration.

    I do have a question regarding your process, you mention you work mostly in Photoshop. Do you draw your initial sketch on the computer, or do you sketch and scan?

    I love your work and will be following your posts, please keep sharing! Best of wishes and continued success.


    1. Thank you Lana, glad you find my posts informative.

      To answer your question, I used to sketch the old fashion way with a pencil and pad but as I got more comfortable with working digitally, I gradually began to sketch digitally in Photoshop as well. It just makes more sense since it saves me time as well as gives me more freedom to refine my drawings before going to color.