Soo Kim - Artist, Painter, Illustrator

wedding bouquet watercolor painting
Custom Wedding Bouquet Watercolor Painting

It's always a joy to paint someone’s special memory. Painting a wedding bouquet is one of them. I love this fun way to preserve a wedding bouquet forever. My husband used to abide by this list of traditional anniversary gifts by year. According to that, the...

Wedding Anniversary Gift – Couple Painting

I've recreated quite a few romantic scenes from movies in watercolor, so it's no surprise that couple paintings are one of the popular demands for commission work. I've been privileged to paint beautiful couples from around the world. I'd like to thank everyone who gave...

Colored Pencil Portrait Series

I recently finished an interesting project -- a portrait series of great thinkers and philosophers, which I have zero knowledge in. The client works at a psychology and sociology research institute, and these will be displayed in the living room area. I felt such an...

Dark evil fairy
Dark Fairies on Black Pastel Paper

While I was experimenting with different types of art paper and medium, I had this black paper in my hands. Right off the bat, I thought it'd be great to create a dark night image on, without having to cover the majority of the background...

  • Watercolor baby portrait
  • Watercolor baby portrait
Watercolor Baby Portraits

I love painting portraits of children. Babies? Even more. Their innocent eyes and beaming smiles are inspirational. I think watercolor is a perfect medium to bring their pure skin tones and clear eyes into life. Above are a couple images of portrait commissions. I'm grateful to...

Precautions for pastels and spray fixatives

I love the look and feel I can get from pastels, but now I'm firmly determined that I will stop using soft pastels, and further reduce the use of dry media, which includes Charcoal and pencils. Any dry medium requires spray fixative application. I thought...

Hunger Games Katniss Watercolor Painting
Hunger Games Katniss Fan Art

I've created quite a few paintings based on movie posters and scenes. The Hunger Games series probably ties with Breakfast at Tiffany's when it comes to the number of pieces I painted off one movie theme. This dystopian adventure film series started off fresh and sensational....

How to save money on art supplies

Art supplies are generally expensive. In my neighborhood, I don't have a real art store. When I started drawing and painting, I went to Aaron Brothers and bought whatever I wanted for the original full price.  As I was making more visits to the store,...

Watercolor warm up

A lot of beginning artists ask this question "How do I start?" They may take lessons, watch Youtube videos, read books that will take you from sketching to mixing colors, to putting down initial wash, etc.  My advice, which some may find useless, is buy...

Madonna Creative Pop Icon

She always has been controversial and reinventing herself for the past three decades. It is hard to pin down her style. Her fan or not, not many can deny that she is one of the most creative and talented artists with a long career. I...

Twiggy Watercolor Portrait
Twiggy Look – Water color illustration

My favorite subject for my drawings and paintings is iconic people from last century. Many of them were active before I was born. Twiggy is one of them but her unique style still seems to inspire a lot of women. I had to read up on...

The best art museums in the world

Traveling  is probably one of the best yet expensive  ways to get inspiration and creative juice flowing. I got curious how many must-go museums I have been to. Below is the list from Lonley Planet and I've marked whether I've been there or not.  Surprisingly, I've...

Mad Men Jon Hamm?

People have asked me "Do you draw men?" I guess I can, but I rarely do. I think I'm going to explore men a little more as well, as funny as it sounds ; ) The funny thing is when I draw and paint women,...

Brigitte Bardot’s Fashion Style

I can’t leave Brigitte Bardot out of my star portrait collection, can I? She was one of the biggest fashion icons in the 1950s and 60s. Almost every famous model has donned a Brigitte Bardot look. Bardot's style was very chic, feminine and rather casual than...

Shirley Temple Watercolor Painting

Shamefully, I haven’t seen any of Shirley Temple’s movies or shows. I sometimes happen to catch a commercial of her collection on TV, which always makes me wish to squeeze her. She was a perfectly cute and adorable girl, like a living doll. Unfortunately her...

Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Dress

Am I ever going to stop drawing Audrey Hepburn? I don’t know… She has left so many shockingly gorgeous images of her and every time I see them, I am amazed by how fresh, stylish and lovely she looks. Givenchy was her choice of fashion designer...

Marilyn Monroe Chanel No 5
Marilyn Monroe with Chanel No 5

Chanel No. 5 is possibly the most iconic fragrance by far. I have one bottle in my personal fragrance collection too. The fashionable trend began in the 1950s with Marilyn Monroe...