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Shoe & Bag Design by Fashionary

Because of the Black Friday Sale in 2016, I ordered more books from Fashionary! The first one is “Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design”.

You can read my review here:

As I was so busy with work all through last year, I haven’t read them yet. The first one is “Shoe Design”, which is a handbook for footwear designer. It consists of shoes’ library, anatomy, how-to make/care, components, templates and measurements. What I like the most about this book is the library part with different type of shoes including heels, flats, sneakers, etc. The book features more than 30 interesting lacing methods for my new Onitsuka Tiger sneakers. It also gives me the idea of how to draw foot for my characters. Very helpful indeed!

The second one is “Bag Design”, which is a handbook for bag designer. It consists of bags’ library, anatomy, how-to make/care, leathers & fabrics, templates and measurements. I especially like the library part where I learnt about type and name of bags, as well as designer signature bags from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, LV, Prada etc. I also think that a bag care & maintenance section is interesting and useful. (I should clean my canvas bags and luggage sometime soon.)

Although I like them a lot, I would enjoy them more if they were printed in full color and I think the shoe book is much more useful for non-fashion designer like me. So, I highly recommended both books for any fashion designers out there. As for me personally, I use them for my artworks. They are good references for artists and illustrators alike. 🙂


Shoe Design: A Handbook For Footwear Designers
Author: Fashionary
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Fashionary (2016)
Language: English

Bag Design: A Handbook For Accessories Designers
Author: Fashionary
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Fashionary (2016)
Language: English

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Girl meets Sweets by Sakizo

I would like to show off the latest book in my reference book collection, “Girl meets Sweets” by Sakizo, a Japanese illustrator ( While picking up another book I reserved via telephone at Kinokuniya, I stumbled across this book and asked a customer service representative to open it. After flipping through the book, I fell in love and decided to buy it right away.

I love every aspect of her works, from the style and color combinations to sweets and of course, those Marie Antoinette inspired dresses! Costume design is always a field that I’m interested in, so I took a fashion drawing short course with Bunka Fashion School. Ever since I graduated from it, my art style has been changing dramatically. I moved toward surrealism and incorporated everyday objects, like candy sweets, into characters’ outfits and accessories. Here are some examples of my work, colored with copic markers.

I will mainly use it as an inspiration for not only my next artwork but also during “Food with ideas” watercolor workshop that my friend and I registered for next month. Can’t wait! In my opinion, this book is highly recommended for artists who interested in watercoloring and Gothic-Lolita or Victorian style cosplayers.

Girl meets sweets

Girl meets Sweets
Author: Sakizo
Paperback: 138 pages
Publisher: Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha (2017)
Language: English & Japanese

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Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time

Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” (1951) is one of my favourite animation growing up. I recently saw “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2016) in theatre and it wasn’t as bad as everyone said it is. I enjoyed it a lot, especially “Time” as a character. 😀

This book explores Walt Disney’s fascination with Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. It consists of how he developed Alice animated feature, including Wonderland and its characters, as well as how the film turned into attractions (rides, shows, parades) in Disneyland.

The book also features some detail regarding the Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action adaptations, directed by Tim Burton, “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 and its sequel in 2016. I like this book a lot as i’m a huge fan of Alice and her Wonderland! Highly recommended for any Alice’s fans out there, especially fans of the 1951 classic animated film.

What is your favourite character? I like Mad Hatter, Dodo Bird, White Rabbit a lot but my favourite has to be the Cheshire Cat! 😀

“You may have noticed that I’m not all there myself.”


Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated Journey Through Time

Author: Mark Salisbury

Paperback: 176 pages

Publisher: Disney Editions (2016)

Language: English

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P.S. This is the not the first Alice related book i reviewed. The 1st one is “The Art of Alice Madness Returns” and you can check it out here:

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Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design

I backed Fashionary’s campaign on Kickstarter for vector templates and the FASHIONPEDIA – The Ultimate Fashion Bible. This book is 49.90 USD but worths every penny!

It consists of 8 chapters as the following:

Chapter 1: Fashion History & Style

  • Fashion and World History – timeline between 1900s to 2010s
  • Fashion Style and Silhouette – popular fashion trends from 5th Centuries to 1990s

Chapter 2: Apparel

  • Names, pictures and measurements of Jacket, Coat & outerwear, Shirt, Blouse & other tops, Dress, Vest, Sweater & cardigan, Danim & jeans, Pants, Skirt, Jumpsuit & overall, Suit, Sleepwear & nightwear, and Underwear

Chapter 3: Detail

  • Names and pictures of Neckline, Collar, Lapel, Sleeve, Cuff, Opening, and Pocket
  • Detail components of Jacket, Shirt, Pants, and Jeans

Chapter 4: Accessories

  • Types (with names and pictures) of Hat & cap, Mask, Eyewear, Tie, Scraf, Bag, Wallet, Watch, Gloves, Hand fan, Belt, Hosiery (socks, stockings, & tights), Shoes, Gem, Ring, Body piercing & earrings, Necklace, Bracelet, and Other accessories

Chapter 5: Textile

  • Classifications and terminologies of Fibre, Yarn, Fabric (woven, knit & nonwoven), Leather, and Lace
  • Types of Finishing (dyeing & printing), and Fabric patterns
  • Organic textile and labels
  • Suggested guide for fabric selection and dictionary

Chapter 6: Manufacturing

  • Product development: Planning -> Development -> Presentation
  • Design studio and factory
  • Flat pattern markings
  • Sewing detail (darts, pleats, tucks, gathering) and classes of stitch, seam, hem & other edge finishings
  • Embellishment: buttons, buckles & sliders, hooks, zippers etc.
  • Common germent labels, description and placement positions
  • Types of packaging
  • Fabric sourcing

Chapter 7: Body & Beauty

  • Body terminologies and shapes
  • Common hairstyles, hair accessories and comb types
  • Makeup, products, tools and nail styles
  • Classification of perfume and aromatic sources

Chapter 8: Measurement & Care

  • Body measurements and standard hat/shoe sizes
  • Care labeling and fabric care

In my opinion, it’s not only useful for fashion designers but also for artists/illustrators… like myself. While reading it, i found myself learning English terminologies related to clothing,  accessories, body types, and hairstyles along the way. So, it’s the best Fashion reference book i’ve ever own! Highly recommended. 😀


Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design

Author: Fashionary

Hardcover: 336 pages

Publisher: Fashionary (2016)

Language: English

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Higuchi Yuko Artworks

Today is such a special day, Happy 29th of February! 😀

I love sketching with black ink but couldn’t figured it out how to do it properly. So, i’ve been learning from the pros! Apart from Tomoko Shintani whom i’ve just reviewed her book last year, Higuchi Yuko is one of my favourite Japanese artists. I first saw her works on small notebooks (those green ones in the photo below) i received as gifts from my sister.


She told me that she bought them thinking that i would like the artworks. And i did! I became Yuko’s the biggest fan and decided to bought her artbook (and more things to buy i’m sure). I also have my eyes on the postcard book, so that i can send this awesomeness to my family and friends!


It consists of so many beautiful artworks, making mostly with ink and watercolours, and goods that featured her works. The last part of the book is a small section on how-to and a studio tour. I highly recommended this book for not only artists out there but also cat lovers! It’s just too spectacular not to own a copy!


Higuchi Yuko Artworks

Author: Higuchi Yuko

Softcover: 160 pages

Publisher: Graphic-sha (2013)

Language: Japanese

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Read more about Tomoko Shintani and her book at:

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Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

I think Star Wars Episode 7 is the sequel we have been waiting for… finally! 🙂 I’m so happy and did enjoyed the movie a lot. I watched it twice in the theatres. Can’t wait to see it again, waiting impatiently for a DVD/Blu-ray. All the promo materials before the movie release date made me like the Dark side but after saw the movie, i fell in love with BB-8 the new droid! I guess i’m leaning toward the Light side a bit. LOL Anyway, i think this movie is not only Star Wars fans but a fan to be… or basically everyone. 😀 And you don’t have to see the previous 6 movies to understand it. However, if you did watched at least the original trilogy, you will laugh even harder. XD

Warning: Don’t try to make sense of the force and everything else in the movie… just enjoy it of what it is, Sci-fi Fantasy, and you will love it!

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(Left) Star Wars Sticker Book (Right) Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Exhibition @ CTW


(Left) BB-8 Cap, bought from Major Cineplex (Right) From Captain Phasma Popcorn Set


(Left) Star Wars Egg Force: Stormtrooper (Right) BB-8 Keychain from Subway

Apart from all the goodies, i also bought the visual dictionary and learnt so much from it!


This book consists of photos/infographics of the characters and their details like costumes, weapons and accessories. The missing photos are of Luke Skywalker and Supreme Leader Snoke as well as a picture of unmasked Kylo Ren (well… you can found those missing photos on the internet). I really love it! It is perfect for cosplayers or artists who want to create fan artworks. Highly recommended! 😉


Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary

Author: Pablo Hidalgo

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: DK Children (2015)

Language: English

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tokomo & coffee Rakugaking Book

I like to sit in a coffee shop and reading or doodling. 🙂 Tomoko Shintani does the same but she took it to the next level! I found her instagram account (@tokomo) and fell in love with her works. They are simple and heartwarming. When i first saw her book, i ordered it right away and here it is, “tokomo & coffee Rakugaking Book”!


Most artworks are made with black pens but those made with watercolour are awesome! It’s a shame that this book won’t teach you how to draw but showed the equipments and how to photograph the artwork. I enjoy looking at her works as they made me want to create something nice too. However, i don’t think it’s necessary to own a copy. I recommended you check out Tokoko’s artworks on her website or follow her on facebook and instagram. 😀


tokomo & coffee Rakugaking Book

Author: Tomoko Shintani

Softcover: 114 pages

Publisher: Graphics Inc. (2015)

Language: Japanese & English

Source: Book cover is from