• Amberlough

    Victo Ngai

    Another fun one for Tor and AD Irene Gallo! This cover art for Lara Elena Donnelly’s debut novel Amberlough, publishing February 2017 from Tor Books. A fantasy/espionage thriller, Amberlough has been described as Le Carré meets Cabaret as a double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup.

    Tor Books Editor Diana Pho said, “ Reading Amberlough is like getting drunk from too much champagne, but knowing the hangover would be worth it.” I have had so much fun capturing the sassy attitude of the main characters: Aristide and Cordelia. You can check out the cover reveal blog post by Tor here, and/or pre-order the book on amazon. The book is due out February 17, 2017 from Tor Books. 


  • Der Ring des Nibelungen 

    Victo Ngai

    I had the great pleasure to work with the Washington Post on a cover illustration for Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle. It came out this past Sunday. This latest Ring, directed by Francesca Zambello, was originally developed over a decade ago but was halted due to the economic crisis. Now it is revived and playing at the Kennedy Center from April 30th to May 22,3016. Visit the official site to find out more. 

    To be honest, opera hadn’t been my thing, probably due to my lack of knowledge of it. However, the more I researched about the Ring Cycle, the more fascinated I became. Once I was through listening to the opera commentary, I was a huge fan. It would be an understatement to describe the Ring Cycle as incredible. Not only does the imaginative and layered story inspired Toikien’ s Lord of the Rings (one of my favorites things ever), the innovative use of leitmotifs and expressive orchestration are simply genius.

    I very much want to use my own tools, however inadequate when compared to Wagner, to visually translate the opera into an illustration. A strong circular composition seems fitting as the circle motif dominates the Ring cycle, whether it’s the magical ring or the structure of the opera: with events happening in the latter parts mirroring those in the earlier parts to bring home the message of action and consequence. 

    The saga starts with the Rhine maidens teasing and ridiculing the dwarf Alberich, therefore they form the outer most ring. The middle ring is Wotan’s punishing fire to his daughter Brunnhilde, as well as Siegfried’s funeral pyre. The last ring is the ring on Brunnhilde’s finger, a symbol of the love between her and Siegfried. This love, through a series of unfortunate events, leads to the downfall of the Gods as well as the death of Siefried. 

    The ides of choice is also being discussed throughout the opera. For example, Rhinegold is an impartial object which can easily be of beauty and virtual as well as power and destruction. It all depends on the possessor’s decision. I keep thinking how ironic it is, that Alberich’s decision to denounce love brings forth the magic ring and his doom , while Brunhilde’s refusal to denounce love paves her way to an early grave.  

    Big thanks to AD Michael Johnson for this cool gig!

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

    Victo Ngai

    I have had the great pleasure to work on yet another Tor Novella cover. This time is a dream-like fantasy story, “The Dream-Quest of Velitt Boe”, by the acclaimed Kji Johnson. 

    Here is a blurb: “Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her most gifted students elopes with a dreamer from the waking world, Vellitt must retrieve her.But the journey sends her on a quest across the Dreamlands and into her own mysterious past, where some secrets were never meant to surface.”

    The Dresm-Quest of Velitt Boe is packed with whimsical and beautiful imageries, picking which one to illustrate for the cover was definitely a challenge. Eventually I decided to go with the ever-changing and patterned mass of the dream world sky. 

    To read more about it, check out the Barnes and Nobles Cover Launch Article. Big thanks to AD Christine Foster who also designed the type of this cover! 

  • Dawn of Dino

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    An opener for Smithsonian magazine on Evo-tourism. I don’t recall ever being so excited about a project with 30% of the words in the manuscript unknown to me: pseudosuchian, Reveultosaurus, Desmatosuchus, protomammal.etc. 

    The story is about Revueltosaurus, a (rather cute, if you ask me) creature that’s been named 15 years ago and thought to be a very early dinosaur during the Triassic era. Latest fossils excavations from the Petrified Forest National Park, AZ shows that the creature was in fact a pseudosuchian, a non-dinosaurian lineage of reptiles that eventually evolved into modern-day crocodiles, 

    Did you know that just this year, Petrified Forest hosted its first volunteer fossil dig for the public. One volunteer, Stephanie Leco, found a fossil fish never before seen in that part of the world.  I can’t wait to visit this Park (and maybe find my own fossil)! 

    Big big thanks to AD Maria Keehan for this fun project!

  • Blade Runner Fan Poster

    Victo Ngai

    Sometimes I am big fan enough to make fan art, this is one of the times. Very excited to share my privately commissioned fan poster for one of my favorite movies- Blade Runner. They are 10 and 9 colors 24X36″silkscreen prints respectively.

    It was fun making the slight variations between the regular and the variant (aka replicants) edition. Besides the change of colors, there are 10 differences in total, can you find them all?  If you look closely enough, you may just catch the glimpse of a silver disc in Rachel and the owl’s eyes. 

    How can you get your paws on one, you asked? Unfortunately these are not for sale… Sorry!

  • Spectrum Fantastic Art 23 Selected

    Victo Ngai

    It’s always a honor to be selected into Spectrum Fantastic Art! Thank you publisher John Flesk and the juries! Here are the 4 lucky pieces, big thanks AD SooJin Buzelli , Christine Foltzer , Carolyn Perot and the alldayeveryday team!

  • The Great Detective

    Victo Ngai

    A piece for the Tor.com original fiction “The Great Detective by Delia Sherman. A really fun steampunk-ish Holmes-ian story takes place in Victorian England, with a ghost inhabiting a mechanical doll. Intrigue? Read the story here. Big thanks as always to AD Irene Gallo!

  • Four Freedoms 75th Anniversary

    Victo Ngai

    This year mark the 75th year of FDR’s four freedoms speech, I had the great honor to create a series of images for the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to celebrate this anniversary. The Four Freedoms has been illustrated by some of the greatest illustrators in history, such as Norman Rockwell and Arthur Szyk. I would be lying if I say I didn’t feel the pressure of filling these big shoes.  

    Art director Madeline and I agreed that a modern interpretation that’s more whimsical and less propagandistic was preferable. I believe Four Freedoms remain applicable today. And they are rights that everyone, not just one country or one group of people, deserve. So I decided to go a different route and forgo depicting human altogether. I wasn’t sure if this unorthodox interpretation would fly but Madeline being wonderful as usual, was completely on board with the pitch. Thank you Madeline!

    I am really happy of how these images came out, I hope you would enjoy them too!

  • Happy Monkey Year!

    Victo Ngai

    I had the pleasure to work on the 2016 Monkey Year scroll for Ogilvy to celebrate creativity and teamwork. “巨不可能,聚可能” - with the brave and the witty ones joining hands, sometimes the impossible might just be possible, such as fishing up the reflection of the moon. Thanks team Ogilvy Beijing and have an impossibly amazing year you all! 

  • American Express Card Art

    Victo Ngai

    I got to work on this really fun project with American Express to interpret their three cards. I want to tell a story while playing and interacting with the Amex motifs, not just decorating the surfaces of the card. Here’s my take:

    Green - Card of Style. Visit a glamorous photo shoot. 

    Gold - Card of Art. Take a tour in an Art Museum.

    Platinum - Card of Creation. Get a glimpse at a sculptor at work in his studio.

    Big thanks to #AmericanExpress and AD Taylor Tindall and the team at #alldayeveryday. 

  • Humanitarian Raid

    Victo Ngai

    My first for Mother Jones. This full page illustration accompanies a story about how the International Finance Corporation—a branch of the World Bank — has strayed from its mission of alleviating poverty in developing countries. 

    Increasingly the IFC is supporting projects like luxury hotels and private health care companies that have seemingly done little to improve the lives of the populace. At times, the IFC has partnered with controversial oligarchs and bankrolled projects that have left the locals worse off. 

    Over the past few years, the IFC appears to be morphing into any old hedge fund or investment bank—as if it has its place on Wall Street among the Goldman’s of the world. 

    Many thanks to AD Carolyn!

  • Light Years Ahead

    Victo Ngai

    Latest for CIO magazine and the 2015 Industry innovation Awards Ceremony. The story and the event are to celebrate winners who are light years ahead in what they are doing in the industry. 

    When I first got the prompt: “Light Years Ahead”, I entertained the idea of sending in a completely black page because, well…if someone is light years ahead, then it will take many years for their light to travel through space and reach us. Then I decided that’s a bad idea as a) it wouldn’t be festive at all for the celebration and b) it’s a bit nerdy. So here is what I came up with in the end.

    Big Thanks to AD SooJin!

  • Honored to be a Design Jury Member for the ADC 95th Annual Awards. FACT: Fewer people have won Black Cube than been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II .#RareForAReason"

  • Four Freedoms Park Brochure

    Victo Ngai

    It was a great honor to illustrator the gate fold brochure for Four Freedoms Park’s annual fundraising appeal. Being a fan of architecture Louis I. Kahn and this beautiful park on Roosevelt Island, as well as a proud New Yorker, I was very excited about the project. 

    When Kahn designed his memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt over forty years ago, he began with a simple idea: he wanted the memorial to be a place for inspired use. 

    From season to season, Park staff works tirelessly to ensure that Kahn’s vision is met and that the legacy of FDR is upheld. The image intends to show the activities through out the year in the Park that’s made possible only by the generous contributions of people like you.

     “ Your Support Helps The Park Come Alive”.  Visit the official site and make a donation today!

    Big thanks to AD Madeline Grimes!

  • Containing Danger & SOI58

    Victo Ngai

    “Containing Danger” is the latest full page for CIO LDI, big thanks to AD SooJin as always! I am very honored that it and 4 other pieces are accepted into this year’s Society of Illustrators Annual Competition! 

  • Together, Design Better

    Victo Ngai

    Latest illustration for Modelo, a new 3D collaboration platform aims to revolutionize the CAD industry.  The website allows architectural and Industrial Design portfolios and on-going process to be viewed three dimensionally. The interactive features also enable easy and instant collaborations between teammates and clients from different cities around the world. Interested? Check out their facebooktwitter and web

    The house being Modelo’s symbol and “Together, Design better” being the campaign’s motto. I came up with the idea of creatives coming together under the roof to make ideas take flight. If you are part of the CAD industry, you may enjoy recognizing familiar icons and inside jokes within the image. 

    Big thanks to Modelo CEO SuQi for having me on board for this project!


  • Forest of Memory

    Victo Ngai

    A cover for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Novella Forest of Memory, coming out in Winter 2016 from Tor.com. 

    The novella’s heroine Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.

    But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.

    The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest.

    There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her…

    The title will be available worldwide in ebook, audiobook, and trade paperback. 

    Big thanks to AD Christine Foltzer, 

  • Everfair

    Victo Ngai

    I am very happy to revel my cover for Nisi Shawl’s long awaited historical fantasy / steampunk novel Everfair. Everfair is a wonderful NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.

    It’s a great pleasure and honor working on this amazing story. And there’s nothing better than a happy author. Since it would be immodest indeed to comment on my own art, here is what author Nisi Shawl had to say about the cover:

    “Is it immodest to call what Victo Ngai has done “gorgeous”?

    There’s a direct correlation between the cover art and the novel, for sure.  The lamp at the cover’s center is basically the national symbol of Everfair, the fictional Utopia at the novel’s center.  The mechanical hand reflects the prevalence of prosthetics among people maimed by Leopold’s grim enforcement of rubber production quotas; the dark-skinned hand the prevalence and primacy of dark-skinned peoples in the part of Africa where most of the story takes place.  And the way it all glows together—I hope my words shine as well.”

    The book publishes in Aug, 2016 from Tor Books, pencil it in your calendar!

    Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo, always a pleasure!

  • NBC President’s Cup 2015 Commercial

    Victo Ngai

    The President’s Cup, one of the highest profile golf tournaments in the world, is happening in a week ( Oct7-Oct 11). I have had the great pleasure to work on the NBC TV commercial to promote the event.

    As the game travels to Asia for the first time, the client wants an illustration that showcases some of the star players on both teams in a style that is reminiscent of traditional Korean scroll painting.

    Big big thanks to AD James Hoke and Project Manager Marilyn Rose at GSDM! Such a pleasure to work with!

  • BARSK The Elephant’s Graveyard


    It’s a great pleasure working on the cover of Lawrence M. Schoen’s new novel Barsk The  Elephant’s Graveyard for Tor. This mesmerizing story set in a distant future, in which humanity is gone and forgotten, while their artificially engineered genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings.

    The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.

    To break the Fant’s control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend’s son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.

    Get on hands on this The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes moving science fiction novel with a pre-order price now! 

    Big thanks to the amazing AD Irene Gallo as always!