I’m Charis, and I make pictures that evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity. 

I enjoy bringing to life fantastical worlds that are rooted in real world cultures or issues: Southeast Asian communities, representation, identity and belonging.

Based in Malaysia, I illustrate for publishing and editorial; plan community arts and culture projects with Arts-ED Penang; and am Comics + Illustrations Editor for New Naratif.

Get in touch at: charis@charisloke.com

Selected publications & clients

Orbit, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Editions Jentayu, New Naratif, GerakBudaya/SIRD, Singapore International Foundation, Mekong Review, George Town Literary Festival.

Media & interviews

Juxtapoz x Mozilla (on VR and art), Teahouse (on making political art in Malaysia), BFM 89.9 (on making art about current affairs; on Geeky Baju), Mashable Asia, Varoom, Artists of Color.


What I Do

Editorial and book illustration, writing + art.

Selected Shows

2019 - Kejora, Hikayat Penang
2018 - Foodies, Light Grey Art Lab
2017 - Parallel, Light Grey Art Lab
2017 - Human+, ArtScience Museum
2017 - Colour Anthropology, Light Grey Art Lab
2017 - PLAY, Hin Bus Depot Gallery
2017 - Tobeyou, Light Grey Art Lab
2016 - Reflections 25.04.16, Patan Museum, Kathmandu/ Atrium Gallery, UWE Bristol
2015 - MAD Science, Raksasa Print Studio
2015 - Erti 3.0, University Malaya Art Gallery


2018 - Honorable Mention (Book Category), Illustration West 56
2017 - Winner, 48hr VR Film Jam SG (team)
2016 - Merit Award, 3x3 Int'l Illustration Show

Artwork accepted into:
Infected By Art 6, 7 | 3x3 Annual 13, 15


2019 - SEA Arts Residency, Rimbun Dahan
2019 - Light Grey Iceland Residency, Light Grey Art Lab


workshops, teaching, and SPEAKING

2019 — Drawing to Document, talk, PechaKucha Petaling Jaya

2019 — The Geeky Baju Project, talk, Textile Friends @ Hikayat, Penang

2019 — Portfolio Reviews, reviewer on behalf of New Naratif, Comics Art Festival KL

2019 — Weekend Comics Workshop, lecture and artist retreat, unnamed x Rimbun Dahan

2018 — The Fellowship of the Freelancers, facilitated discussion, Malaysia Design Archive

2018 — Culture Beyond the Classroom, presentation, Asia Pacific ICH NGO Conference

2018 — Fruitvengers, stop motion animation workshop, Youth Arts Camp (Arts-ED)

2018 — GCED Through Place-Based Learning, teacher training workshop, APCEIU and Arts-ED

2018 — Intentional Passion, talk at Dribbble Meet Up, FutureLab

2017 — Between the Lines, participatory art event, George Town Literary Festival

2017 — Chowrasta Sisa Investigators, illustration workshop, Youth Arts Camp (Arts-ED)

2017 — Symbols and Motifs: Storytelling through Visuals, teacher training workshop, Arts-ED

2017 — Figure Drawing for Beginners and Visual Storytelling workshops, The Art Assembly

2017 — Visual Storytelling workshop, Mr. Coffee Seed

2016 — Sketch the Sifu, illustration workshop, Youth Arts Camp (Arts-ED)

2016 — Visual Storytelling workshop, Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS)

2014-16 — English and Visual Art teacher, public secondary schools, Malaysia