Saturday, 4 October 2014

art giveaway winner

Hi all.....Congratulations to Jocelyn Bateson from Brisbane Australia :)
Borris will be on his way to you!!! (please email your postal details to me
Hope you enjoy this little collage :)

I recorded a video with my nephew writing all the names, cutting them out and drawing the winning name out of a hat. Unfortunately I cant seem to upload it here.....but will post a short version over on my instagram as he worked really hard helping me.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to participate!!! I'm thinking of doing another art giveway later in the week.

all my best

Thursday, 2 October 2014

little swashbuckler

I used to be a pirate. I'd sail the shark infested carpet on my pirate pillow ship in search of deserted sofa islands. Then I'd dig for treasure chests full of jelly beans and sour worms.
What's one of you favourite childhood games?

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

my little studio

My little sanctuary where I can unleash as many crazy little characters as I like. I'm very lucky to have this little studio to work from in the heart of Whangarei city. If you are ever in the neighborhood feel free to drop in for a visit. Number 1 Rathbone Street...up the stairs in the Mercy Clothing Studio (room 7).

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Lantern Fest

This was inspired by the memory of my cousins wedding down in the beautiful Golden Bay. We filled the sky with these amazing wish lanterns. I'm huge fan of lanterns (you may have noticed if you follow my work) but floating lanterns!!...magic!!

Friday, 26 September 2014

art giveaway

Poor old Boris never coped well with confrontation. I'm giving away this little piece I did last year for a little exhibition called "Tales" It's a collage piece done on an old book cover. 
Please leave your name and where you're from in the comment section of this blog to participate. You have until next Friday at noon (New Zealand time) to play. 
I'll announce the winner on Saturday. Just one comment per person please.
I will ship anywhere in the world so you are all welcome to participate!

all my best

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Thanks to North and South Magazine

So very stoked to have this beautiful spread in this months North and South Magazine....thank you for including me and to Nickie Muir for the awesome article.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

3 little pigs take flight!

If you follow my instagram you will know that i sometimes like to put my little characters into real life situations. Recently I thought I'd have some fun and place 3 little pigs around my home city (Whangarei, New Zealand) with little notes written on their backs which read - please take me on an adventure and pass me on. I also asked if they would take photo's of these piggy adventures and post them on instagram (using the hashtag #sojushots). So far I've heard back from 2 of the pigs and they are having wicked adventures thanks to the awesome people out there who are playing along.
Over the last couple of days I've had other instagram followers from around the world asking if they can have a little piggy to take on adventures too. So I'm off to print some off and send them around the globe....cant wait to see what they get up to! I'll keep you posted.

If anyway out there actually reads my posts and would like their own little piggy to take on adventures...Just let me know in the comments (or any of my other social media sites) I'm more than happy to send you one. The only condition is that you update me with piggy adventure photo's :D

best wishes

new stickers!

I'm very excited to turn some of my little fairy tale peeps into little stickers.......they are just a few classic fairy tale characters which hopefully brighten someones day.

Billy was having such a splendid day...

hey friends! this one was obviously inspired by the billy goats of may all time favourite stories. I'm a big fan of the Troll.....i used to have the little ladybird book version and the troll creeped me out in the best kind of way. This illustration is included in my little society6 shop along with heaps of my other designs. I just bought myself this troll on a t-shirt as he's one of my favourites. Hope your Weekends been a great one!
all my best

Saturday, 20 September 2014

soju shots bookmark giveaway

I made some little bookmarks to celebrate my jump back into my little blog here. They're very simple but I hope they remind people to keep fairy tales alive. If you would like one just let me know and Ill be more than happy to send one to you.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Goldilocks and the three bears

Voting day today for those of us from New Zealand. Not sure what relevance that has to Goldilocks and the 3 bears......? perhaps someone out there can make a connection.
happy Saturday!

Imaginary enemies

One person wrote to me not about his imaginary friend but about his imaginary enemies. They used to chase him around the house and out into the garden. Thankfully they were never able to catch him.... and he became a very speedy runner.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Imagining imaginary friends having imaginary friends

What if your imaginary friend had their own imaginary friend!.....would you be able to see his/hers/it's? You could have a whole gang of imaginary friends and all go giant squid fishing together. That's what I'd do :)

more imaginary friends

Here's a few more of my favorite Imaginary Friends submitted to me over my instagram, facebook and twitter.
One little girl had a giant white tiger that made her feel protected....i imagined him in comfy,cosy socks.
The next little boy had an imaginary robot friend called beebot! Mum would pack extra marmite sandwiches in this boy's lunchbox especially for beebot.
Then we had a little girl who's friend was a cat-boy... he was best at spotting cloud animals.
Finally one young boy had a little cat wearing a red cape that would appear in his room....although he never seemed to fly.

hope you enjoy these imaginary friends as much as i did......I wonder where they are now?
luv soju

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

In the Autumn we build nests out of all the fallen stars

One boy had a little owl friend who wore a woolen onesie....they used to build nests together.

more imaginary friends...

One little girl had a tiny wee elephant who sat on her shoulder and would sing her happy tunes. I wish I had one of those!

Someone to be super with

One little boy had a little pig for his imaginary friend. They would fly all over the world saving people in need.

Imaginary Friends

It wasn't me Mum!! was Iggy!!!

I think I'll ease back into my little blog by starting with my Imaginary Friends was heaps of fun!
Using social media (you can find all my links to the right of this blog) I asked people to tell me any true stories of Imaginary friends they had growing up. It really was fascinating! The things young minds think up had me green with envy! But I was very appreciative that these kind people let me draw my impression of their imaginary friends. I'll post a few of them during the following week with their little stories...hope you enjoy seeing them as much as i did creating them.
The image above is one I made up....but it was a very common theme from a lot of the stories I heard. So many poor innocent imaginary friends took the blame for all the naughty things these youngsters got up too. Such a cute situation I just had to illustrate it.
much luv

Soju Time!

Hi friends.....well it's been quite a while since I last updated my blog but....HEEEERE'S SOOOOJU!!!!
ahem.....sorry about that. I have done quite a bit of work since I last was here so I'm not really sure where to start....?? I guess I'll just add my little drawings here and there and hope that they tickle your fancy. It's been so long since I posted here that I'm not even sure anyone is still out there following me. If you are out there....thank you! and I promise to get this little blog happening again.

best wishes

Monday, 20 May 2013

Soju Shots now on Society6

Hey friends, just letting you know I now have a Society6 shop where you can buy all sorts of Soju Shots products from prints and cards to i-phone cases and throw pillows. Just follow the link -

There is often free shipping worldwide specials which i will keep you posted on via my facebook and twitter.
Facebook -
Twitter -  @soju_shots

Thanks for all your continued support
best wishes

Monday, 25 March 2013


Darryl never really trusted Delbert, there was just something odd about him.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

There you are...

I'm Back! ^^

Hi friends, sorry for the huge gap in posting lately, I have been busy setting up a little soju shots studio. Its a cosy little space in the centre of town where I'm hoping to create a little range of soju shots prints, cards and other bits and pieces. I will still be painting and exhibiting my work too :D  I'm really looking forward to this little adventure and will keep the posts coming. Thank you for all the awesome messages of support and if you're ever in my neck of the woods stop by for a visit. :D
much luv
soju shots (evan)

You can also see what I'm up to on my -
facebook artist page:
Twitter: @soju_shots
Instagram: soju_shots

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories - Volume 2

hey friends, I am very excited and honoured to have 7 illustrations included in hitRECord's "The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 2" - by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Wirrow.

Volume 2 includes the work of 62 amazing hitRECord artists and is available through hitRECord, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and more. :D

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Hey friends
I'm so excited to show you "Mademoiselle Noir" an animation co-directed by myself and MarieIV for hitRECord.
It all started with an illustration I did based on the classic brother's Grimm story of Rapunzel which inspired the ama
zing ppeppina to write (and perform) a song for .....but with quite a different twist.
Then the brilliant MarieIv and myself got to direct the hitRECord community to contribute towards this project which MarieIv then animated into this final piece of magic.
HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed! Hope you enjoy!
much luv
Soju shots

Wednesday, 3 October 2012