Here are the newsletter headers I created for Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science. It’s really fun to work on something that doesn’t have a narrative, I was encouraged to come up with whimsical imageries that represent the seasons and gives a sense of journey.
I had the great pleasure to work on the very challenging cover for yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. At this 10th year mark of Hurricane Katrina, the review dedicates itself to books and shorts about the lives in New Orleans after the disaster.
At first, I wanted to depict the social and racial inequalities that has been exposed by the water line which is still haunting the recovery. But in the end we decided to show more defiance/perseverance/celebration after the waters receded.
After I came up with new sketch V.2, I realized I really miss the mix-match perspectives in my original V.1 sketch, hence the V.3 which was picked for the final.
A recent piece for the United Airline Rhapsody magazine on ticketing’s new machine. “With the emergence of a legitimate, tech-driven secondary ticket market, the cost of seeing LeBron James dunk or Bono perform live all depends on what the market will bear,”
I was asked by Robert Gilbane from Gilbane Development Company to create a 5x6′ lobby piece for their new student dormitory - 275 Thayer Street at Providence, Rhode Island. Being a RISD grad who took classes at Brown University, the project was very close to my heart.
I have Rafi the Rhino, mascot of 275 Thayer, flying through the sky with Brown’s historic green on his back. The center of the green has been turned into a football field with players from the 1930’3 and 50’s shown in uniform. Rafi is shown being greeted by a host of Brown alum, friends, professors and students. Rafi’s escort is led by Dean Barrett Hazeltine and Tom Cookman ’72. Standing between Rafi’s ears is Dave Zucconi ’58. The international entourage of Bengal tigers, Chinese dragon, Russian eagles and birds of paradise represent students from different countries and cultures.
It was a great and fun challenge incorporating 20 portraits in this piece. Big thanks to Bob Gilbane for this project and Gordon’s ink for the beautiful print job! Go check out the piece if you ever find yourself in Providence, RI!
I worked on a very special project recently. It was for the Audible #StoriesThatSurroundYou Contest winner Bonniejane O'Dea. I had a lot of fun illustrating her original fantasy scene.
Most of the time when I was commissioned, I only have a vague general idea of who my audiences are. This time I am making a piece for one particular person, Bonniejame O’Dea. It felt very much like preparing a special gift for a dear friend. So I made sure to bring every detail of her fantasy to life, not just her likeness but also her descriptions of the dragon, the wizard’s robe as well as her skewed glasses.
Audible has been my faithful work companion over the years. I don’t drink coffee or tea so listening to suspenseful stories helps to keep me awake. Also when the protagonist is suffering in the story, it reminds me that being chained to my drawing table, burning the mid-night oil isn’t that bad after-all.
Check out the process and behind the scene videos!
Big thanks to everyone from Audible and FirstBorn, you rock!
I have had the great pleasure and honor to work with Naughty Dog and SONY on the latest Last of Us poster. The Last of Us really distinguished itself from other similar games with it’s dimensional characters and heart-warming/wrenching story. One of the moments which really stayed with me was the giraffe scene, which is the inspiration for this piece.
It Can’t Be For Nothing Lithograph
“So this is everything you hoped for?” “It’s got its ups and downs…but you can’t deny the view though.”
A couple new pieces on fighting the invertible emotional roller coaster ride of being a human being.
The first piece is a cover for the Washington Post Health&Science about “Selective Mutism” happens in children due to social anxiety. The idea is to have the child muted by the butterflies in his stomach. Big thanks to AD Matt.
The second piece is a spread for Johns Hopkins Health Review. This story is about a woman who was widowed young, and who wishes there were a way for people mourning a loss and having a difficult day to signal to the rest of the world that they are suffering. Big thanks to AD Pam.
Latest piece in Plansponsor for my favorite AD SooJin . The article is about “the best service provider who’s going above and beyond expectation”. The triple decker bus in Harry Potter may have inspired this piece.
I am so excited to announce the release of my Tarkovsky’s Solaris poster for Black Dragon press. 18”x24” 6 colors hand-pulled screen print in limited editions printed by White Duck Screenprint on 270gsm Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite Eggshell paper. Original is on sale now. Variant will be on sale tomorrow.
Solaris by Tarkovsky is an absolutely stunning and haunting movie. It was a great yet fulfilling challenge to capture its eerie beauty and the openness of the story plot. I am very thankful to James Park of Black Dragon and AD Nico Delort for having so much faith in me. Being able to approach the project with my own interpretations of the film definitely makes the posters extra special for me.
A few recent pieces. The top one is for HHMI on an article about how scientists must use theory to parse through large amounts of data. The illustration could play off an astronomy/Hubble reference in the article. Big thanks to AD Ellen.
The other two pieces are for InTouch Magazine about the practice of Christianity in different part of China. Big Thanks to AD Eric!
I have the great pleasure of working on the beautiful fantasy novelette “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn” by USMAN T. MALIK. Sharif, a disenchanted young Pakistani professor, grew up and lives in the United States, but is haunted by the magical, mystical tales his grandfather told him of a princess and a Jinn who lived in Lahore when the grandfather was a boy. After the passing of his grandfather, Sharif decides to unveil the mysteries by tracing his root in Pakistan. You can read the story here on tor.com.
Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo as always and Usman Malik!
Haven’t done a full on acrylic painting since college, almost forgot how much fun it is to get my hands dirty with colors muds. Here is my water tower for the #50towers show curated by SooJin Buzelli and Chris Buzelli, featuring 50 illustrated Boundless Brooklyn Water Towers on display and for sale through April 15th.
The top one is for Tor.com’s current short story “The Museum and the Music Box” by Noah Keller. “A neglected museum gradually succumbs to the elements. A music box rusts beneath a bell of glass. Fragmented texts are pieced together which tell the history of a lost love, the destruction of a civilization, and the origin of the museum.” Read this heart-wrenching story here.
The second illustration accompany a Boston Globe Book Review of “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara. Here we have four young men with four distinct talents whose lives are inextricably intertwined, but it is Jude that is the main focus. He’s the glue that ties them together, but he’s also the one with the deepest darkest and mysterious secret. Read the review here.
Today is the official release of Drawing Is Magic! This sketchbook is full of games, exercises and inspiration- perfect for young doodlers, art students, teachers, weekend artists and illustration professionals. Buy it from amazon here!
Afraid of a blank page? Don’t know how to start a drawing? Struggling with finding your own voice? Forgot how to enjoy art? Check out this super fun inspiring book, “Drawing is Magic” by one of my favorite illustrator/ author John Hedrix!!
Although I have been stuck in my studio lately, my work has been having fun traveling around the globe.
The first piece is a cover for the New York Times Travel Annual Special Report on Asian Seaside Attractions. Big Thanks to AD Corinne!
The second one is about Asset International editor Sage searching for the next 40under40 around the world. The third one is “Meeting of the minds”( a conference about innovations and researches) at Regents Park Boating Lake in London, UK. Both of these are for aiCIO. Big Thanks to AD SooJin Buzelli.
This sums up my past couple crazy weeks. Two covers and an interior spread, each piece created within 48 hours from sketch to finish. I haven’t been able to work on quick turnarounds as much last year because of a few long term projects. The thrill is definitely to be missed.
The first two are for Variety’s cover story on China’s growing influence on Hollywood, in particular four mega-media companies that have its eye on the film/entertainment industry. Big thanks to AD Chuck Kerr, I love the layout design and type treatments.
The third one is a cover for Wall Street Journal Weekend Review on the newest research findings of our brains. “For 400 years, we’ve had the wrong view of the brain. Now scientists are finally gaining a new understanding on how it works and its unique way of healing—and the latest discoveries are changing the way we approach brain-related ailments, from Parkinson’s disease to traumatic brain injury to dementia.” Big thanks to AD Keith Webb!
I had loads of fun doodling for Franke’s “Make It Wonderful” campaign. This project felt perfect for me. For those of you who have done intoxicated napkin drawings with me at a bar, you might have noticed that my free-hand drawing behaves like wild weeds. It starts at one corner and grow to fill the whole page.
The lettering was my first time, so it took more some planning. But it turned out to be a very enjoyable challenge. I think I will start playing with type more often now!