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Friday, December 31, 2010

NYT notable Op-Ed art 2010...Me??NO WAY!!

The Mexico Drug War piece I did was selected to be one of the 20 notable NY times Op-Ed art of 2010! Check it out here.
It's quite an unexpected surprise to be among all the great illustrators who I admire. Congraz to all!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Digital Artist Magazine Interview

I have finally got a copy of the Digital Artist 14 magazine which has my 5 pages interview in it!
It was released in early December in UK but took a while to travel to the State.
Here are some photos of the pages, if you are interested in reading the interview, you can check it out at Barnes and Noble.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Webmail was momentarily down!

Hello, my webmail was momentarily down, so please forgive me if I never get back to your e-mails because I have not received them! But luckily the problem is fixed now. I would really appreciate it if you would send the e-mails again. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Where do you think snow comes from?(new illo)

(Front)(Back)(The printed color is a bit off, but I am still pretty happy with it.)

Sorry for not posting for a while, I have been working on a few things, and this is one of them.
I have mailed out around 300 cards to family, friends and ADs a few days ago, it was quite an epic writing and money-gone -to-postage process. But hopefully they will bring joy to people and maybe bring work to me!
Happy holidays and think twice the next time you catch snowflakes with your tongue!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Superjam on toast

A few of my RISD friends(Catherine Chi, Robyn Ng, Jose Suris, Sohpia Foster-Dimino, KJ Martinet)and I started a comic jam called"Superjam on Toast". Each of us would have a week to do a panel and let the next person carry on the story. This is the panel I just finished.
We are building a blog dedicated to this project and I will post the URL once it's ready to go public.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Good News

Got some great news, I have a piece in the Society of Illustrator 53 show and book; 3 pieces in CMYK Magazine #49. Now back to work.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Why does NYTimes always want drugs from me?

I think I am really spoiled by ADs, first SooJin approved that Brain Juice idea, now Aviva let me went wild with my meth monster.
New illustration for tomorrow's New York Times Op-ed. The article is about a way to stop the meth industry is by keeping medicines containing psedophedrine off the market. So I came up with this concept that the key of defeating the meth monster is by taking the pill away from it...

Read the article here.

How much brain juice do you have?

"Brain Juice, how much do you know"-new piece for the November issue of PLANSPONSOR's Know How section. Thank you AD SooJin for approving such a crazy/marginal disgusting concept.

Monday, November 8, 2010

New work for aiCIO

(approved sketch)

This is a piece for aiCIO magazine about the opportunities and risk in emerging markets.
Thanks again to AD SooJin. Read the article here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The early bird catches the worm

Me and my roommate Robyn woke up at 4am today to attend the epic lecture by Sam Weber, Josh Cochran and Chris Silas Neal at Chris Buzelli's class in RISD. The lecture was a very inspiring one, we got to see the artist's working process, original drawing and many more, lucky! Chris and SooJin were sooo nice to offer us a ride from NY to PVD, we got a free lunch too...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Just signed up for a twitter account, still not quite sure how to navigate it but I am trying! Let's have conversations!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Print Nation Opening Night Photos

Big thanks to Sam Gorecki for the photos, so people like me who were not able to attend the opening reception could get a glimpse of the show!

Friday, October 15, 2010

New Illo for New York Times-Mexico Drug War

Just finished this illustration for the New York Times Op-ed. It will accompany 4 short stories about the Mexico Drug War. Many thanks to AD Aviva Michaelov for assigning such a great article to me. Read the article here.

Here are the sketches I sent:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

4 thumbs up for Noma Bar show

Me and my roommate went to the Noma Bar opening reception at Gallery Seven,NY Times this evening and got blown away by the Noma's amazingly brilliant and inspiring works! I am not sure when the show is gonna be over but definitely check it out! Oh, I got to meet AD Nick Blechman at the show too but I think I might have scared him with my overly enthusiastic fan-like self-introduction. Need to work on my cool/socializing.

Print Nation Show

Some of my works are in the Print Nation Show. The opening is at 7pm, 15th October at These Days Gallery: 454 William Street, Northbridge, Perth, West Australia.
Too bad I won't be able to go as it's in Australia, but go check it out if you are in town!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hunting Season!

(final) (sketch)
"Metropolitan Hunting Season", illo for PLANSPONSOR Europe about job hunting. It is one of the jobs that I had most fun with. Thanks for the great assignment SooJin!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Featured in Carne Magazine

Few of my works are featured in Carne Magazine issue #5 together with many other awesome artists! Download the issue here.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Illo for AI5000

New illo for AI5000 electronic magazine about "Outsourcing".
Click here to read the article and see other amazing illustrations done by Chris Buzelli, Yuko Shimizu, John Hersey, Charlie Immer, Adam McCauley, Chang Park, Gramham Smith, Steve Wacksman, Kyler T. Webster...
Thanks again to the legendary AD SooJin Buzelli, who loves illos and knows well that illustrators give their best work when they are given the most creative freedom.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Illo for Family Circle Magazine

New illustration for an article in Family Circle magazine about parents bartering for their kid's good behavior with Internet time". Thank you AD Karmen Lizzul for allowing me to put the minimal internet/computer symbols in the illo!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Free i-phone or i-pad wallpaper

Happy labor day!
Click here for free i-phone or i-pad wallpaper by me.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Feature and short interview on Ape on the Moon

Check it out here.
Thanks so much to Alex Mathers for putting together such a great blog!

My First New York Times Op-Ed Illustration!

It's published today! I still can't believe it actually happened.
Check out the article here .
This was my first time working in BW for a newspaper, thanks so much to AD Aviva Michaelov for her patient and encouraging art direction.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Revised work for Planadviser

I have revised one of my old works - "Hot Race" to fit the dimension of a reoccurring column called "Hot off the presses" in Planadviser magazine. I think I am liking the new one better with the breathing room and light movement added to the left. Thanks again to AD SooJin Buzelli!

Here is a great news for those who are interested in working for SooJin:
she has two reoccurring columns called "Bells and Whistles" and "Hot Off the Presses" in PLANSPONSOR and Planadviser magazine. I am not sure about the new dimension of the "Bells and Whistles", but "Hot Off the Presses" is 16.5W x 5H trim size, 350 dpi, CMYK. SooJin is very keen on using new talents, so if she likes your versions of the "Bells and Whistles" or "Hot Off the Presses", there is a high chance of being published and earn a month's rent money!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My First Interview !!

My first interview with is online now and can be found here!
Special thanks to Hervé for all the well thought-out questions! They really got me thinking of my works from new perspectives!

Friday, July 2, 2010

I am a real person now! + 3X3 Golds

It's been almost a month since I last posted. Sorry for being off the hook for so long! A lot has happened in this last month: I earned my BFA from RISD, got an apartment in NY and lost it, went on an epic family road trip for almost 3 weeks and just got back to Rhode Island.

Now that school is done and vacation is over, I am officially starting my career as a freelance illustrator, need to start cold-calling art directors and sending out mailers... Stepping into a new page of life is very exciting yet kind of scary at the same time. For the first time, there won't be any class schedule, homework assignments or grading. I need to be the one who's setting my own goal, my own pace, my own evaluations...Many people have warned me that freelancing takes a lot of self-motivation and is not an uneasy path, but I guess I will just see how it goes. Make it or not, it will probably be pretty fun looking back at this post a few years from now haha

A couple good news:
-Boy on Bear and Transferring Risk are awarded Gold Medal, The New Standard is awarded Bronze Medal from the 3X3 Student Show No.7
-BowlCut and Lost in Translation are selected to appear in the Applies Art Student Show 2010

Thank you to my parents, RISD, Chris Buzelli, SooJin Buzelli and all my friends for helping, supporting and tolerating me along the way!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

More new stuffs

A new personal piece: " lost in translation" done for the independent study with Chris Buzelli. Inspired by the movie with the same title and my own experience as an international student.
"Cooking Evolution"-A piece done for Watershed magazine (a Brown Publication) in Paul Olson's class a couple weeks ago which I forgot to upload.

SOI NY opening

Went to the big apple for the SOI NY opening 2 days ago to receive my scholarship award.
It was a pleasant surprise to find out they are using my image for the 2011 call for entry poster.
Thrilled to meet many of my idol illustrators and art directors: Julian Tamaki, Sam Weber, Scott Bakal, Josh Cochran, Soojin Buzelli, Iren Gallo...
It was also very nice meeting the fellow student talents. Everyone was unbelievably nice!

Thank you my instructor/ kungfu master Chris Buzelli and all my friends for coming to the opening and rooting for us.
Thank you RISD illustration department for arranging the trip, Jean Blackburn and Susan Doyle for accompanying us the entire trip.

Friday, April 30, 2010

New Works

Now that the senior show opening is over, I can finally update this blog with my recent works.
Here are some pieces I have done in these 2 months.

"Bowlcut"-Latest work! After doing many editorial piece for serious articles, I wanted a change, especially after seeing Dadu's works which are very personal and emotional.
Chris Buzelli was very understanding and let me do a personal piece for my independent study with him. This piece was inspired by my childhood memory. My mom used to put a ramen bowl on my head to give me a perfect edge bowlcut.
I think this piece is my favorite so far.

My take on the classic "King Kong", was trying to show the sentimental aspect of King Kong, reaching for the last touch before his fall. Done in Jon Foster's cover to cover class.

"Ben Franklin biography"-Book cover done in Jon Foster's "cover to cover" class.
I didn't want to do a portrait of Ben Franklin, so I decided to make a cover inspired by one of his quotes which I think describes his own life very well: "Mankind is divided into 3 classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, those that move."

"A drop of murder" illustration for a New York Times book review article about poisons roaming free of regulations during the 30s. Done for my independent study with Chris Buzelli.

"They were here", a illustration for a Walrus article about tracking Russia's young homeless.
I did three different ideas at the sketch stage and decided to go with the quieter and more emotional one. Done for Chris' independent study.

"The Red Highway", illustration for a New York Times Book Review article about China's road network expansion and its effect on social demography. Done for independent study with Chris.

"The effect of toxins on infants", illustration for a New York Times Op-Ed article about the possible relationship between toxins in cosmetic and inborn autism.