Scratch & Sniff: the first publication

At last, my very first bit of published illustrations are out! Scratch & Sniff is a book written by Peter van de Kamp, with foreword by Jeremy Fernando and edited by Lim Lee Ching. The drawings in this book were created by my dear friend Yanyun Chen and me (together we’re Stick and Balloon:, and I illustrated the cover while Yanyun did the ingenious layout for the entire book.

Get it or preview it at:

and here’s the blurb if you’re curious:

“There is a fair bit of scratching and sniffing in this book-from an old dog in the opening poem to a fat, bald drunken satyr in the closing one. That dog is Mickey, van de Kamp’s gorgeous bearded collie, whom the poet leftbehind, with his darling wife, when he took up a visiting professorship in Singapore this year. Yes: Caroline, his wife, features prominently in this book too-these poems pretend to be intensely personal. Van de Kamp takes us on a winter’s journey through a bleak landscape of loss and despair. But the sentiment is universal and never sentimental: Silenus, that satyr, won’t have any of that. Scratch & Sniff gives you a mischievous, and very sexy sad smile. A synergy of words, music, beautiful typesetting and stunning illustrations, this is art.”


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