Would you like to see my Studio?

Hello my friends, how are you?

Now February is here, I want to show you my studio space!

Of late, there is a lot of distress, turmoil, and (needed) protests around the World. How can one man, in the first weeks of his presidency, create so much chaos?

Today, I wanted to show you the place where I create my illustrations and the place that brought me calm, and tranquillity. I hope it does for you too.

IMG_5151.JPGIt’s a desk space *technically* in the dining room, and made it into a relaxed and creative workspace. From an unused dining room to a makeshift workspace and dining area – it doesn’t look too shabby. Does it?

You might recognise a few things if you watch my Instagram stories or live videos. Some artworks here, are my originals from my Inktober challenge on Instagram and World Dance series.

This is where I spend most of my days and nights at. Yes, that is a working wall clock! The postcards on the walls change from time to time, depending on my mood. I really like the muted pastels composed with the vibrant colours at the moment.

junesees-work-studio-deskpace-1-001Like any workspace, I have a sense of routine here – I have my notepads to doodle my ideas or brain-dump my thoughts. The wall is also a dry-erase whiteboard too! So I can write any important notes or dates down.

To be honest, my desk is a lot messier than this! I’ll put my sketches, works-in-progress up, current projects on the wall.

Making the decision to give up the shared studio and work from home, I can now say that working from home is the best thing for me. I hope this inspired you to work from home or create your own little studio space.

Thanks to Chloe Pierre LDN for featuring me on her blog post.

Where do you do your creative projects?
Do you work from home or in a shared studio?

I would love to know and see where you work 🙂



The Best Decision I Made In 2016

My friends, Happy New Year!!

Did you have a lovely New year’s celebration? I had a quiet night in, working on this video about the best decision I made in 2016, now uploaded and ready to be seen! Also, I wanted to write more in depth in this blog post about donating my hair and reflect back on this decision to change.


2016 was the year of global woes, and change. Too many of our idols, figureheads from the great David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, HM King RAMA IX of Thailand and Carrie Fisher has sadly passed.

Personally, for me, 2016 was a year of ventures, trials, and errors. After giving up the studio space, I donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust which I blogged about it back in June. I filmed the chop, but I was admittedly hesitant on showing the video.

I filmed the hair chop back then, but I was admittedly hesitant on showing the video. Because 1) Would anyone WANT to see it? 2) I was terrified and so I make weird faces -_- It’s a vulnerable thing to drastically change your look. Even more frightening when it’s uploaded online!15305928_354936041553693_6942633498033258496_n

I didn’t recognised myself, back then with the short bob; and finally now with the long locks. I know it’s corny but it did give me the push I needed. The confidence to show my face to the world.

The hairdresser mentioned whether I used my long hair as a security blanket. A method to hide – to be honest,  I didn’t really notice until now. I would subconsciously touch my back to see if my hair was there for three months. I supposed I did…

From working over three years in a gallery to going freelance and working for myself full time in 2015 – I had the long hairstyle over three years, intentionally growing it for my wedding day. Something clicked. This was a fun short video to create, looking back on what I achieved.

What did I achieve in 2016? In no particular order:

  • Setting up a home studio space
  • I set up my Youtube channel
  • Finally opened my Etsy Shop
  • Trying out and actually enjoying Instagram stories
  • Making new friends, online and in real life 😀
  • Live drawing at the Southbank centre and at exciting events
  • Developing my illustration style with Inktober
  • Creating my WORLD DANCE illustration series
  • Building a firm Business plan with 15K wordcount
  • So many more, I can’t think of right now….

That’s why it’s one of the best things I did in 2016. It taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of; showing who I finally am.

Of course, for the new year I intend to keep fit, be healthy, work with dream clients, take regular breaks, go on holiday, maintain a sleep routine, etc, etc, etc.

Importantly, I know and trust myself that everything will fall into place without the need to make a failed New Year’s resolution.

I know myself better than anyone, I know who I am. No new years’resolutions, just building on what I’ve learned and reapplying it.

Thanks always for reading and for watching. Hope you enjoy it.

I look forward to 2017. I wish you a very Happy New Year, may you have a prosperous one. ♥♥♥

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[THROWBACK] Why I volunteered for the homeless at Christmas


The guest and I drew each others’ portraits

I volunteered for the Crisis Charity serving the homeless for the festive season, back in 2015. I thought it’s important more than ever to share my experiences volunteering.

This year who would have thought these unfortunate events (Brexit, Trump, deaths, etc) would have happened.

Sometimes, the best present is giving our time for someone. I know it’s corny and naive but it’s true. One thing I learned was compassion is the best gift to give to anyone.

I’m not going to delve into the housing or refugee crisis. What’s important is that we help each other, and ease the pain, make them feel at home. Even if it’s for a short amount of time.

I wrote this back in December 2015, this is my first-hand and honest experience volunteering for Christmas. There are sensitive topics written here, just to forewarn.

  • December 2015

To be honest with you, I haven’t felt festive this year. I missed the ‘Office Christmas Party.’ I was at a different time of my life last year, deciding to go freelance full time after working many years at the gallery.

Beginning of this month, my husband Rob was due to work on Christmas day. **(Christmas miracle that he didn’t have to work on Christmas day in the end!) ** Yes, I felt sad about it. I even mentioned I should work from home as well because it wouldn’t be festive cheer without him.

I enjoyed organising workshops, after much researching, I decided to volunteer. There was a need for arts and crafts activity leader at the shelter. I thought why not. Applied and got accepted!

I was nervous leading up to my first shift but now, I’m pretty excited.‘Guests’ is what we called the homeless persons residing in the centre. We were trained in how to interactive with the guests, what NOT to say, and how to keep ourselves and everyone safe. Also, most importantly – how to engage with the guests.

They have been shunned for rest of the year – I never noticed that, and I felt a pang of guilt.You know what, the guests were thankful we were attentive and being so kind to them.

A fellow volunteer mentioned you cannot take on the world’s problems. The guests are thankful I and the volunteers are giving up our Christmas to help others.

There are lots of volunteers who help and support for the guests to talk about their housing problems, and dentists, doctors on location to look over any health related issues.

The hairdressers and salon ladies who volunteered were the busiest bunch, and the guests loved them. They were transformed, after having a beard trim and a clean hair cut. Also, the men LOVE their nails done, they won’t admit but there was a queue to get a manicure.

For fun crafty activities, we made a Christmas tree, Christmasy cards, T-Shirt painting and sculpting, many just wanted to paint their imagery alone. The team admired their works of art.

I volunteered on Christmas Eve, and it was WONDERFUL. Not to be stressing over Christmas food, not to be doing last-minute shopping, and amongst the bustling frustrated shoppers.

We played board games, we had a boogie with choreography, we had Christmas lunch, there was a mini cinema with a selection of movies. I bonded with my team mates and volunteers. We made posters, designed menus, I drew guests’ portraits and they drew mine. The guests were hesitant on the first days, but they got into the party mood eventually.

Many guests were sleeping on the streets for 20 – 30 years, even though we had beds provided – they insisted sleeping on the floor or on a chair. ‘Let them be,’ I thought to myself. ‘They are indoors at least.’I had the opportunity to listen to a guest and his story. He fallen out with his family, lost touch with his son.

The guest had major scarring and he told us when he was lit on fire whilst asleep under a bridge. A group of drunken lads poured lighter fluid and kicked him in the stomach. He somehow made it to local A&E, with 3rd-degree burns on his face and left side of his body.

I didn’t wish to push him or make him feel obligated to tell the rest of his story. But something he said touched me. He mentioned that volunteers like us, who are giving up their time to make him feel comfortable, makes him believe in mankind.

Of course, I drew his portrait! He says I made him look beautiful, I told him he was already. He said he wanted to earn enough money to frame his portrait. When he has a home, he’ll hang it on the wall.

There wasn’t many examples of portraits I can show you because I’m not allowed to take photos on-site. We cannot disclose our location or leak sensitive information. Understandably.

The frightening thing is that ANYONE can be made homeless. At anytime. A couple I chatted to, was recently made homeless five days before Christmas, due to a dispute with the landlord.

Some are educated, some are veterans, some are migrants, majority were English speakers, some were not. Some have crippling debts, some had addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling, and some have fallen out with their families, kicked out onto the streets.

Many guests had jobs. They were in employment, earning money yet no permanent address.

I love drawing portraits, and how it made the guests feel. Seeing their confidence grow, and wanting to have a goal to frame their portrait, in their new home.

As I left the building, end of my shift, I saw my illustrated portraits leaning delicately alone on the chair. Neatly ‘hanging’ above their sleeping bags and duvet on the floor.

volunteering-for-christmasI’m going to try and remember this for the new year.

There are lots of charities out there who needs people for Christmas, Crisis is one of them who accepted my application.

You can volunteer with a friend also! It’s a great and humbling experience looking back on this memory. I totally recommend anyone to do it, even once. You know what, it was a lot of FUN!

Thank you always for reading. Have you volunteered at Christmas before?

Stuck for ideas? Have yourself a London Graphic​ Creative Christmas

Hello, my friends and readers!
This year has been crazy, my brand new website and blog has not been completed. The reason why there has been a lack of posts.

junesees.comDelays in updating my website and my blog post so many apologies about this. I am a one woman show, thank you for your patience!

Christmas is coming far too quickly! I found out from my friends, that they find gift buying or gift wrapping Christmas presents a bit of a chore. With everything instantaneous, it’s hard to get that perfect and thoughtful gift for someone.

As a lover of art shops in general, London Graphic Centre invited me to their Christmas ‘Wrap’ battle (geddit??) to experience the joy of a creative arty Christmas.

I used my iPhone for the photos, so apologies for the quality!

We were presented with *secret* gifts to wrap, for the London Graphic Centre blog as a special giveaway.

Of course, we had a time limit. Felt like I was on The Apprentice for a bit. With lots of lovely gift wrap paper, colour and metallic markers, washi tapes, we were spoilt for choice and ideas. Normally at home, we have leftover wrapping paper from billion years ago saved up. This was an upgrade!

Acceptable nudity on a gift wrap paper 🙈

With time running out, too many ideas – myself and Hubby went with the flow of creative panic and created this…. And surprisingly, we won the title of the ‘Best wrappers in London.” 😂  You can see us holding our ‘trophy.’


Hubby and I won the London Graphic Centre Wrap Battle! With our unusual wrapping presents skills.

London Graphic Centre will be having its Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th December 2016, that will be tomorrow! If you’re around in Covent Garden, pop into the store. This is a haven of art, craft stationery supplies. Good idea for your Christmas presents and stocking fillers 🙂

There’s lots of in store workshops including notebook embossing by Leuchtturm, a gift wrap station and plenty of unique and fun gifts.

Leuchtturm notebook Embossing – Personalise your gifts with free embossing when you buy any A5 Leuchtturm notebook.

‘Build-your-own’ pop-up keyring workshop hosted by Freitag.

POSCA illustration wall – Interact and doodle on our glass wall with Posca pens.

Gift wrap station – Supported by MT Masking. Test out fresh gift wrapping concepts with a selection of tapes.

Calligraphy – Get great gift label ideas at our calligraphy demo.

Also London Graphic Centre will be giving away goody bags with every purchase over £25 on the day.

These super bags include a host of freebies such as a Pigma Micron fineliner, Mt Washi Tape, Graphik Line Marker, and much more. I couldn’t wait to test these products myself, even when I should be sleeping. Here are the results below:

Trying out the fineliners pens from different brands


I hope this wets your appetite for a Creative Christmas! Personalise your gifts. Wrap your presents in washi tape, or doing an odd architectural wrapping like me and Hubby did…  Remember its the thought that counts 😉

Thank you to the London Graphic Centre for having us!

Our team effort of gift wrapping – we are the ‘Best Wrappers in London’

Gorgeous calligraphy skills by Alex Rayment


London Graphic Centre Christmas Fair

Tomorrow! Saturday 10th December, 10.30am – 6.30pm

16-18 Shelton St, London WC2H 9JL

Nearest Tube Station: Covent Garden or Leiceister Square (10 mins walk)


Illustrated Exhibition and Video review of Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern

Hello, my Friends! How I missed you.

I’d thought I switch it up, and show you my video of Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern. The film is a chance to show you the flavours of this show, and how it inspires me as an Illustrator.


Illustration portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe


Firstly, I’ll tell you how I stumbled about Georgia O’Keeffe. We rarely studied female artists at High school. Frida Kahlo was on the surrealist curriculum, but Georgia O’Keeffe was part of my credits for my arts exam to graduate. Yes, I was fascinated by her flower and skull paintings, I saw them as first and foremost as beautiful natural forms. Bear in mind, doing homework during the age of dial-ups internet connection was painful…

Did you study Georgia O’Keeffe at High School?

My husband’s sniggers when he sees a flower painting of Georgia O’Keeffe – I look at him eyes piercing sideways and sigh heavily. He can’t help it, nor can anyone for the matter. I think that’s the problematic and notoriety of O’Keeffe’s work. Put down upon as vulgar or subversive sexual tones, or an icon of female sexuality, this is what she is famous for. Is she purely defined by her flower paintings only? No.

It’s been over 20 years since an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in the UK. Never before has any galleries in the UK has an O’Keeffe artwork acquired for public viewing, so this exhibition I can safely tell you is incredibly rare.With over 100 major works, ranging from charcoal, photography and drawings, this exhibition is beautifully and respectfully curated. I wasn’t aware she did charcoal drawings nor cityscapes.

Marking the centenary of O’Keeffe’s artist debut at the ‘291’ Gallery in New York in 1916; the exhibition welcomes you to that art scene. The exhibition at ‘291’ Gallery was curated by avant-garde photographer Alfred Stieglitz – whom she later married.
Sold at Sotheby’s auction for £28 million became the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold.Recognised as a founding icon of American Modernism, O’Keeffe quietly breaks boundaries and claimed as a pioneer by female artists of the 1970s.

There’s lots of profound themes and concepts  in her work: nature, manmade, death, life, mortality, birth.Her influences with Kandinsky shows in the ethereal reverie and chroma quality to her work. She was a keen intellect and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz considers to the key to her development in avant-garde art. It was a fruitful relationship and you can tell from the selection of photographs shot by Stieglitz. Photos modelled by O’Keeffe, you can see each artists’ influences on one another;the macro shots of fruit, hands, and landscapes.

This was a relationship of equal beauty and intellect, yet fraught with conflict at times.The last rooms of the exhibition show O’Keeffe’s profound inspiration for the landscapes of New Mexico. You can sense as her eyesight’s deteriorated, the eerily motif of death and mortality in her abstract work.

Top Tip: I highly recommend getting the Audio guide for this exhibition for the freedom to move around each room. There is plenty of useful information and commentary that is not on the wall captions.

I wished I had the opportunity to take the audioguide to be frankly honest, it would have added impact to my experience. The wall captions are scarce, which I believe is incredibly refreshing to have the freedom to move at your own pace.
This is well-thought, cohesive exhibition and the clever curatorial decision to remove the cliché of O’Keeffe’s work. If you’re expecting lots of floral painting depicting ‘genitalia’ you’ll be disappointed. In conclusion, you should be.


Men put me down as the best woman painter…
…I think I’m one of the best painters.Georgia O’Keeffe

Who is this Exhibition for? Especially those who: 
- Enjoy Modernist paintings 
- Wishes to learn about Georgia O'Keeffe 
- Studying American Modernism
- Likes Modern art

 What are your thoughts about Georgia O’Keeffe? Tweet me your comments, I love to hear them

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Ticket Information

Opens 6 July – 30 October 2016

Tate Modern opens daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Admissions: (concessions available). Members go free.

Adult £19 (without donation £17.20) Concession £17 (without donation £15.40) Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

For further ticket information, please visit

A photo posted by June Sees ~ Illustration (@junesees) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:20am PDT

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