• Neo 1984,Cover for “Dark Fairytales” by TinHong

    Victo Ngai

    I am so happy I got to work on my first Chinese book cover with Hong Kong/Taiwan/Mainland China best-seller TinHong.

    TinHong’s latest book, “Dark Fairytales” (Non orthodox translation of 黑童話集), is a compilation of 16 novelettes set in a fictional metropolitan called “H town”. The stories are based on real stories in Hong Kong, structured after Chinese and Western classics such as “1984” by George Orwell, “The Last Class” by Alphonse Daudet, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent’ by Charles Dickens, ‘差不多先生傳“by胡適.etc. These parodies poke fun and reflect on the society’s current maladies, corruptions and injustice in a sarcastic and darkly-humorous way. 

    For the cover, TinHong asked me to freely follow my inspiration. This was awesome and quite rare for book cover jobs. So I decided to make a piece about “H-Town” in a neo”1984”way.

    Big thanks to TinHong for being an A+ author, art director, publisher and the ultra-delicious care-package!

  • NYTimes OpEd- Conservation or Curation?

    Victo Ngai

    I did a quickie for today’s NYTimes Op-Ed on how the new definition of what qualifies as an endangered species, passed this month, severely limits the scope of the law.  

    Previously, the language of the law — that a species qualifies if it is “at risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range” — was read to mean that species should be protected if their geographic range was significantly smaller than it had been in the past. Now, a species will only count as endangered if it is at risk of going extinct. This significantly restricts conservation and ignores any responsibility we may have to mitigate even a portion of the harms that we’ve committed against other species. Read the article here

    The illustration features a Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, its protection has been recently denied because they were not at risk of extinction, even though their geographic range was significantly smaller than it had been in the past. 

    Big thanks to AD Matt Dorfman, always a pleasure to work with. He suggested we go for a more playful layout instead of boxing the fish in, which made the image that much more dynamic. I also like how the trout now looks like its skidding down some stairs screaming while falling apart. 

  • 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami

    Victo Ngai

    Being a long time Murakami fans, I was super excited when AD Kim from Boston Globe asked me to create the art for the “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” book review. 

    In “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, he allows his hero to eavesdrop on one of life’s darkest possible tunes: the inner hum, the secret desire, for death. As the book opens, the “colorless” Tsukuru Tasaki has fallen into a terrible depression. Tsukuru’s four closest friends, who are nicknamed by colors, abruptly and unequivocally cut him off. All he can think about is dying. Tsukuru escapes the void, just barely, and emerges a new person, the person we follow through the rest of this book. Murakami elegantly describes how emotional trauma can lead us to disassociate. Read the book review here.

    Big thanks to AD Kim Vu. This is actually my first time working with the Boston Globe, what a great way to start!

  • Spellbound

    Victo Ngai

    For a article in Dension magazine about Fairy Tales and the changing nature of how these stories are told — from Grimm’s tales, to the super-scrubbed happy Disney tales through to the darker popularity of shows like Breaking Bad now. Fairy tale expert Maria Tatar also discusses how some of the world’s oldest tales help us navigate modern life.

    Big thanks to Erin from Em Dash for this very interesting project!

  • Silicon Valley Lady Warrior

    Victo Ngai

    3 illustrations accompany the profiling of the feisty Shanley Kane by Elizabeth Spiers. Kane, a feminist publisher, started her own media company Modern View Culture in the male dominating Tech environment in 2013. She’s known for her outspokenness when taking on the worst of Silicon Valley (and sometimes her allies, too). 

    Read the story and check out AD Erich Nagler’s beautiful layout design here on Medium. 

    Big thanks to Erich, whom I have enjoyed working with during his NYTimes days, for this challenging assignment! 

  • New You Magazine Spreads

    Victo Ngai

    Here are the 2 spreads I did for New You magazine. The first article focus on combating caner with new integrative treatments while the second talks about the importance of caring for body, soul and mind. 

    Big thanks to AD Donna! 

  • Time out of Time Book1 Cover

    Victo Ngai

    Time out of time

    the horned man rides

    with the forest queen

    the greenman Dies.

    the Heavens bear witness

    the great wolf Flies, and TImothy Hames stands alone. 

    I have been working on a new book series called Time out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Book 1 Beyond the Door has just come out!

    Time out of Time is an advantage and imagination packed fantasy story which draw inspiration from Celtic mythologies. Our hero is a shy bookish boy named TImothy who is fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. However, everything changes on one dark spring night. A mystery knocks on his door and starts revealing his role in an ancient prophecy…

    Choosing a moment from a book as cover is always a fun challenge. It has be a true representation of the story without spoiling the plot, while being visually stimulating. I decided to go with the Wild Hunt because:

    a) There’s a giant golden flying wolf, who wouldn’t like that?

    b) We introduce our main character - Timothy. 

    c) The chase set the stage of adventure and the storm set the mood of danger.

    d) It’s a perfect moment to show the parallel existence of Timothy’s ordinary world and the fantastical world “beyond the door”. 

    This art has been featured on the American Library Association Booklist cover, what a honor! 

    Big thanks to Maureen for this great story, Ad Chad Beckerman and Editor Howard Reeves for all the great input. I hope you would enjoy the book as much as I do! Don’t forget to decipher the secret code which comes with the book! 

  • Sakamoto Ryuchi Benefitial Concert at Le Poisson Rouge NY

    10 more days to go for our Kickstarter campaign and here is the newest surprise reward!  For $100, you will get a ticket to the intimate concert staring the legendary oscar+grammy winner Sakamoto Ryuichi at Le Poisson Rouge NY this Sat. You will also get to meet the entire film crew, including myself!

    Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

    thewoundandthegift:

    Dearest Friends,

    We’re thrilled to report that at the mid-point of our campaign, we’ve raised over half of our $40,000 goal! We are so grateful to all of you for your belief in our film. 

    Today, we’re excited to share the newest surprise element of our campaign.

    At 3PM on May 10th, the doors will open at Le Poisson Rouge, where we’re hosting a benefit for The Wound and The Gift. The 4PM show features music performances by our very special guest, legendary Sakamoto Ryuchi and the film’s composers. We will also showcase sneak previews of scenes from the film followed by a behind-the-scenes conversation with the filmmaking team.

    Single tickets are available at the $100 reward level, but space is very limited! For those of you who have already donated at our AFFECTION level and higher, your contribution entitles you to a ticket. Please contact us if you want to reserve a seat.

    We hope that you can join us for this rare and intimate performance.

    Thank you again for your support.

    Love and affection,

    The Wound and the Gift

  • Liza Lim Music Review

    Victo Ngai

    A portrait for Alex Ross’s music review on Liza Lim, an Australian composer of Chinese descent who is known for her sensuous scores, in the current New Yorker Magazine. You can read the review here.

    Big thanks to AD Chris Curry!

  • FINALLY you can now get phone cases and laptop skins with my art on them!! Browse all 13 designs on http://www.gelaskins.com/victo-ngai

  • Family Life- NYT Book Review Cover 

    Victo Ngai

    This is the second time I illustrated for author Akhil Sharma’s writing. The first one was for his New Yorker short story “We didn’t like him”.  I have always loved the beautiful melanchonia in his work.

    Family Life is about an immigrant family from India living in New York, with 2 children. One of the brothers, Birju, suffers from brain damage from a swimming pool accident. This incident not only impairs Birju, but also his parents. They are blinded with grief and neglects to provide the nurture and attention the younger brother Ajay needs. Check out the book review by Sonali Deraniyagala here

    What I tried to capture in this image is how the pool has segregated and orphaned Ajay from the rest of the family. I curl my toes when I am trying to endure something painful, so I added that detail. 

    Big thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman for this great project! Look for it in the Sunday paper!

  • Interview with Forge Part II

    Victo Ngai

    Come take a look at some my trinket and book collections!  (And please don’t mind my rambling, it’s hard to talk and hold a giant book at the same time. ) (Also it was kinda a bad hair day…hmmm)

    forgeartmag:

    Here’s a bonus video we made as a part of our interview with Victo Ngai, where she gives us a tour of her apartment and shows off a few of the books and artists that inspire her. This video also includes music by THE BILINDA BUTCHERS.

    For more music by THE BILINDA BUTCHERS…
    http://thebilindabutchers.bandcamp.com/
    https://soundcloud.com/the-bilinda-butchers
    http://thebilindabutchers.tumblr.com/

  • Spectrum 21, End of the End of Everything

    Victo Ngai

    I am very honored to have 8 pieces be selected into this year’s Spectrum 21 illustration Annual

    Among them is a new piece called “End of the End of Everything” for Tor.com. It has also been selected into Communication Arts 22 Illustration Annual. The illustration is for a wonderfully scary horror novelette by Dale Bailey. It sets in pre apocalyptic earth and the stories revolves around suicidal parties, libertine orgies and amputation performance art. I don’t think I have ever been so shaken by a short story like I was by this one. 

    The Tiger Beer art is nominated as one of the medal finalist in advertisement category, woohoo! 

    My big thanks to the judges and congrats to all the winner. Thanks again to my art directors Aviva Michaelov (NYTimes), SooJin Buzelli (PLANSPONSOR), Irene Gallo (Tor), Jordan Awan(New Yorker), April Montgomery (Computer World) and Dylan Davies (Rothco)! 

  • The Guardian

    Victo Ngai

    Another fun piece for PLANSONSPOR! The article this time talks about layers of strategic planning to protect one’s assets. So of course I am drawing tigers guarding a fortress against invasion. 

    Big thanks to AD SooJin, always pleasure!

  • Lufthansa Wimmelbilder - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 

    Victo Ngai

    So much was going on in the last months that I didn’t get a chance to post this project until now. This image is part of Lufthansa Airline’s online New Year promotion “Passenger On Tour”. 14 “Wimmelbilder” ( a German game similar to “Finding Waldo”) were created by 14 artists with a Lufthansa passenger hidden in each image. Each scene depicts a destination from Lufthansa’s network, from the beach in Rio de Janeiro to the Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong (my image!).

    On finding the hidden person and clicking on them, the user is taken to the relevant offer by a teaser generated out of the scene. The daily prizes were products from the Lufthansa WorldShop, with the first prize an intercontinental flight for two. 

    As a kid, I LOVE the game of finding hidden objects, so I was thrilled to be designing my own. The process was such a breeze, the client and agency really encouraged the whole “Victo doing Victo stuff” thing, which made it extra fun.  There was zero revision from sketch to final, which is quite rare for advertisement projects! 

    Can you find the hidden Lufthansa passenger?

    Big thanks to ADs Sebastian Kuhs and Martin Kulik from Plan-Net.

  • Divergent IMAX FANFIX™ poster + Movie Tickest Winner!

    Here are the randomly chosen lucky winners:

    tris-can-be-a-girl-too 

    numinous-queer 

    Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address to victo@victo-ngai.com so I can send you the Divergent FANFIX poster I created and 2 IMAX ticket! 
  • The Wound and The Gift

    Victo Ngai

    I am collaborating with the incredible director Linda Hoaglund on a new movie about rescuing an animal or being rescued by one. ” Every creature has a story.The official website is out! Check out the team and the trailer, sign up for newsletter to stay in tune!

    thewoundandthegift:

    We’ve just launched the website www.thewoundandthegift.com featuring Victo Ngai’s beautiful illustrations of an ancient fable about animals and humans. Please check out our trailer, our team (especially the Technical Advisors!) and our stories. And sign up for updates.

  • DIVERGENT

    Victo Ngai

    I was really excited being contacted to do the new IMAX FANFIX™ poster of Divergent, a new movie based on the international best seller of the same title by Veronica Roth. Check out the gif of the process above ( I do hope it loads properly and sorry for the shitty quality, tumblr has a 1MB size cap!)

     I love the story, especially how Tris and other faction transfers break out of their social labels and confinements to pursue truth, dreams and ambition. This resonates with me as Art was not considered a very proper/respected career choice in Chinese society and there was much voice of opposition from my family when I decided to attend art school.  

    I wanted to capture the scene of Tris and Four jumping off a moving train as it not only represents the courage required to become a Dauntless, it also symbolized the leap from their old faction and life, a decision they cannot go back on. The three birds soaring above were inspired by Tris’s collar bone tattoo, which symbolized the three family members she left behind.

    The poster has been getting some love by USAToday and LATimes!

    Big thanks to Debi Struzan, Katie Tibbs, Desirae Jones, my agent Morgan Gaynin, Inc and all the nice people at Summit!  

    Reblog to enter for a chance to win IMAX® tickets to see Divergent: The IMAX Experience®*and a copy of this Divergent IMAX FANFIX™ poster. 

    One winner (1) will receive two (2) IMAX® *tickets in the form of Hollywood Movie Money® Certificates.  Each Hollywood Movie Money Certificate is redeemable for one (1) IMAX movie admission with a maximum value of ($21 total) to see DivergentThe IMAX  Experience® of  or any IMAX film at participating theaters. Winners will be directed to the website http://www.activaterewards.com/imax where they will use the provided reward code to activate and print their Hollywood Movie Money Certificate. The reward code will expire on 12/31/2014. The Hollywood Movie Money Certificate will expire one month from online code activation and winner must comply with all terms and conditions specified by the issuer. Hollywood Movie Money Certificate not used by the date noted on the certificate will be void. Any amount remaining of any certificate after initial use will be forfeited. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) for one pair of Hollywood Movie Money Certificates: $42.00 USD.  If lost, cannot be replaced. Void if resold or otherwise exchanged. No reproductions will be accepted. No change will be provided. Not valid with any other offer. Offer valid in United States only.


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  • See babies before they’re born

    Victo Ngai

    Another illustrations for GE's special project, inspired by their slogan” Imagination at Work.” See the first one here

    "GE employees asked the youngest members of their families to explain what they do and we brought their answers to life." I was given lines from the kids to be translated into visuals. This one is "My mom works on things that shows mommies their babies before they’ re born”

    This is the first time my piece being animated into a gif, how fun! Big thanks again to Eric Goldstein, an awesome AD with great insights and a pleasure to work with!

    generalelectric:

    GE employees asked the youngest members of their families to explain what they do. Sydney, age 3, said, "My mom works on things that shows mommies their babies before they’re born." 

    Illustration by Victo Ngai