GUEST DOODLEWASH: The Adventure Of Black Coffee With Sugar

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewash

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewashMy name is Elaine Chong (Follow me on Instagram!). I am a licensed and registered counsellor by profession and currently living in Malaysia. I was introduced to Instagram by my lovely niece last Christmas. I thought it’s a very good way to stay connected with my niece and that’s how I started my Instagram account. 

At first, I had no idea what to do with my Instagram account. I just shared some doodles of mine and photos I took. In February this year, I came across the daily drawing challenge hosted by Creativebug and I thought it may be a good idea to practice my drawing skills and exercise my creative nerves a bit by taking up the challenge.

So, I started drawing daily. In order to have more fun, I started to incorporate a black cat in every theme. Why a black cat? Because my niece loves cats and I remembered my first family cat was an adorable black cat. I used to love that cat and played with it a lot during my early childhood days. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewash

The name of my imaginary black cat, “Black Coffee” was named because I love coffee and the cat is black in color. It started to have a name when some of my Instagram friends started noticing it and asking about his name. “Sugar”, the rat, came after, and the name was actually suggested by one of my Instagram friends, as the rat has always been a very sweet friend to the cat. Black coffee does taste better with a little sugar added.

Initially, I was using watercolored pencils, uni-ball Pin drawing pens and water brush pens. Slowly, my watercolor supplies increased. Currently my favorite is the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolors set and Sakura pigma micron pens. I usually start with some pencil sketches, add outlines and shade Black Coffee with micron pen, then paint the rest with watercolor. 

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewash

My inspirations mainly come from my wild imagination, and after I get the idea, I will search through the internet for relevant image references. There was a month I challenged myself to combine three different themes in one drawing. That proven to be quite effective but a bit too stressful as well, as some of the themes were really hard to get along with each other.

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewash

#WorldWatercolorGroup - "Black Coffee with Sugar" watercolor Illustration by Elaine Chong - #doodlewashIt’s definitely an unexpected wonderful journey, as not only have I had lots of fun drawing, I’ve met a bunch of loving kind souls on Instagram who are very kind and supportive. The encouragement I received from them is truly priceless. Currently, I am not able to draw daily as time doesn’t allow it, but I will continue drawing whenever I can and see where it takes me. My wish is to get them published one day.

A big thank you to Charlie for inviting me to be a guest artist on Doodlewash, giving me the opportunity to share the adventure of Black Coffee with Sugar here. And thank you all for reading!

Elaine Chong 
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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18 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    Elaine, your art is charming, so much fun, and full of whimsy. I like your sense of humor and that you created your account to stay in touch with your niece.

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much Sharon for your kind comment!!!

  2. M. L. Kappa 10 months ago

    I agree with Sharon, your work is charming and funny, and your story is charming as well. Carry on!💕🌺

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much M. L. Kappa for your encouragement!!

  3. Jessica Seacrest 10 months ago

    Elaine, I love your sketches. so fun! 🙂

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much Jessica!! ❤️💕

  4. Ellie 10 months ago

    Wonderful drwaing and so much fun!! I am definitely following you on Instagram

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Ellie and see you on Instagram!!❤️

  5. Laura (PA Pict) 10 months ago

    Wonderful illustrations! I love how characterful and whimsical and fun-filled they are. Thanks for sharing.

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thanks for you kind comment Laura!! 💕💕💕

  6. Curious to the Max 9 months ago

    OH MY, OH MY! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sense of humor and the drawings that express it. My highest compliment: I wish I had thought of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      My biggest thank you to you too Curious to the Max!!! ❤️💕💕

  7. babybluesnowflake 9 months ago

    Gorgeous illustrations, Elaine!

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much babybluesnowflake!! ❤️💕💕

  8. Agnès McLaughlin 9 months ago

    Whimsical illustrations full of fun… great work !

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you so much Agnes!! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️

  9. beverlydyer 9 months ago

    Great fun!

    • Elaine Chong 9 months ago

      Thank you beverlydyer!! 💕❤️💕

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