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AN ARTIST
A WRITER
A TEACHER

Hi, I'm Tsunami Hee Ja,

an Adelaide based artist and illustrator specialising in manga and anime style artwork. 

 Examples of my art can be viewed in the portfolio section below, or for more recent updates, please follow my social media accounts. 

That is, I enjoy blogging whenever I get the urge. The best way to stay up to date with my art is through social media, but here's where you can find some more personal musings on life, pets, plants, and whatever else I happen to be contemplating at the time.  

Yes, I teach workshops!

Libraries, schools, and event organisers are welcome to contact me about working as a contractor at their venue or function. I have all the necessary clearances and plenty of experience sharing my drawing techniques with children and adults of all ages.

PORTFOLIO

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Wholesome

Wholesome

Acrylic ink piece featured in "Sorry I'm Such a Nobody" solo SALA show

Tea Genie

Tea Genie

Black and white piece from the solo exhibition "Thirty One", a collection of works drawn for the Inktober challenge in 2014

Cosplay Kids

Cosplay Kids

Promotional banner illustration of anime fans in cosplay, commissioned by SHIN TOKYO

Studio Mess

Studio Mess

Acrylic ink piece featured in "Sorry I'm Such a Nobody" solo SALA show

Maverick

Maverick

Pet Portrait commission of a beloved family dog.

Where do I belong

Where do I belong

Hand-cut stencil spray and acrylic paint on wood, from the solo exhibition "More than"

SHIN TOKYO staff

SHIN TOKYO staff

A staff portrait of SHIN TOKYO staff members (2018)

Kawaii Street

Kawaii Street

Commission portrait drawn in a Japanese setting

Doki Doki Meowmix

Doki Doki Meowmix

A full-colour copic marker piece from my solo show, "The Catgirl Effect"

Missy, Dean and Binx

Missy, Dean and Binx

A very cute couple portrait, commissioned as a surprise gift

Disney Romance

Disney Romance

A couple portrait commission, created in the style of a fairy tale romance

Nyah Nyah

Nyah Nyah

Piece for 2021 edition of the "100 bucks x Runnin'" exhibition

skateboard

skateboard

Skateboard design for Adelaide "Board2Death Exhibition", 2021

Secret Admirer

Secret Admirer

An Elf maiden observes a merman frolic nearby (commissioned for an RP game)

Earth Music

Earth Music

A dwarf bard testing her newly made instrument (commissioned for an RP game)

All My Stars

All My Stars

Cat and Bunny astronauts gathering stars in an illustration commissioned by Dandenong library

Diversity

Diversity

A illustration celebrating diverse minority groups

Adopted

Adopted

Cat and dog couple with their beloved human pet, created for a charity exhibition

Gamma Con Mascots

Gamma Con Mascots

Gamma Con poster design created to fit a Sci-fi theme

Wedded Bliss

Wedded Bliss

A wedding portrait commissioned as a gift to the beautiful couple

Cosplay Kids Too

Cosplay Kids Too

Promotional illustration of kids in Japanese pop-culture cosplay, commissioned by SHIN TOKYO

Sammie and Ryan

Sammie and Ryan

Portrait of a lovely couple and their adorable dog commissioned as a gift

Wondertripping

Wondertripping

Alice in Wonderland themed piece for a collective exhibition hosted by Espionage Gallery

Fur Family

Fur Family

Another gift commission of a happy couple with their trio of beloved fur-kids

Sale Loot

Sale Loot

Promotional illustration commissioned by SHIN TOKYO

Burn it

Burn it

Black and white piece from the solo exhibition "Thirty One", a collection of works drawn for the Inktober challenge in 2014

Boardgames with Boyd

Boardgames with Boyd

Promotional illustration commissioned by SHIN TOKYO

Jungle Beats

Jungle Beats

Hand-painted mural commissioned for the wall of a private residence

Roll and Tumble

Roll and Tumble

Illustration commissioned for use in a music video by independent musician, Steve Watto

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

A family portrait commissioned as a surprise gift

Charles and the Eggman #6

Charles and the Eggman #6

Guest cover art created for issue number 6 of the comic "Charles and the Eggman" by Simon Gray

Hunting for Grubs

Hunting for Grubs

A page illustration from the SPELD phonics book "Hunting for Grubs", written by Jacqui Edwards

Always Eleven

Always Eleven

A Stranger Things themed piece of Mike and Eleven created for Espionage Gallery's collective exhibition, "The Upside down"

Solar blog illustration

Solar blog illustration

An article specific illustration commissioned by "Solar Quotes" for their independent Solar Blog

Embroidered Cat

Embroidered Cat

An embroidered version I made of one of my own drawings

Xmas shopping

Xmas shopping

These are just some of my favourite pieces.

Follow my socials for more examples of my work.

COMICS

Follow the links to read my comics for free offsite

Twying but Cwying

Twying but Cwying

"Twying but Cwying", a comic by Tsunami Hee Ja

Hate Magnet

Hate Magnet

"Hate Magnet", a comic by Tsunami Hee Ja.

TWYING BUT CWYING

Take a sneak peak into the mind of a chronically clumsy, frequently flaily freelance illustrator as Tsunami shares happy memories, emotional baggage, and insights into the life of an eccentric art bunny who is forever "twying, but cwying". 

HATE MAGNET

The drawing of this high school romance manga commenced in 2008 and was  completed in 2013, after which it was stored in a cupboard and ignored for nearly a decade. I've recently retrieved it and am finally sharing a bit of

it - *cringe* -  along with a hefty disclaimer!

COMMISSIONS

Portrait commissions have become one of my specialties over the years, and I have extensive

experience creating these in a variety of media. Although these jobs always brings me huge satisfaction when completed, the process of drawing detailed custom pieces can be creatively exhausting when constantly prioritised over working on my own art.

 

For this reason I will sometimes limit the number of portrait commissions I take on,

so please don't be offended if I'm unable to accommodate you at the time you inquire.

You can view my current full priced rates here.

Special offer commissions are available at dramatically discounted rates when I post slots on social media. Follow my artist page on Facebook for these (they tend to fill up super quick, so you need to get in fast), as well as numerous examples of other commissioned pieces I have created.