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Sunday, May 29, 2011

HK international Art Fair 2011

Went to the HK international Art Fair2011 today and saw a lot of the great artists whom I admire in person, just to name a few- Zhang Xiaogang, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Yang Shaobin, Yue Chengjun, Yoshimoto Nara, James Jean...Fun day!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My first Sci-fi illo for Irene Gallo!

This illustration is for a romantic time travel story titled "Time Considered as Thermite Burns in No Particular Order" on
Everything about this project was like a dream-
I got the job e-mail around mid-night; The time machine in the story is disguised as a rose-bush; The heroine is a read head...
Most importantly, it's a job for art director Irene Gallo.

I have always had much respect for Irene as she's someone who truly loves illustration and passionate about her job. Thanks to SooJin, I was introduced to Irene back at the 2010 Society of Illustrators NY Student Scholarship show. Very much to my surprise, she had me filed in her mind and thought of me when this job came up 1 year later.
Irene is very generous with her advices and help, be sure to say hi to her if you see her around at the society or AI party next time!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Honolulu mag new illo and first process post!

I was contacted by AD Cody Kawamoto from HONOLULU magazine for a really interesting illustration assignment. The article is about rehabilitating the troublesome wild donkeys roaming Hawaiian land and causing traffic and other problems. How often do one get to draw bad-asses? So of course I said yes.

The Final

I have been asked a lot about my process. So I thought maybe it's time to make a process post, it's actually quite straight forward and nothing magical-

The approved sketch-
I work half traditionally and half digitally. I enjoy this way of working as it allows me to create images with a wide range of media which are"incompatible" in nature. It also allows me to be really experimental with colors/texture and still able to deliver my work by the deadline safe and sound.
Usually after the sketch is approved, I go in and draw the line with pen and ink and the texture with various media like pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel. etc

After I am done with the drawing board, I have everything scanned, composed and colored in Photoshop.


The layout-

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Nonslick interview

I has been very honored to be interview by my good friend Daniel Fishel for the Nonslick blog:

I am not exactly known for my writing and his questions were quite tricky but I am glad I passed!

Nonslick has interview featured many great illustrators, naming Scott Bakal, Marco Wagner, Kali Ciesemier, Johnathan Bartlett, Jon Han...Be sure to check it out if you are an illustration-nerd like me!

Friday, May 6, 2011

New illo and update from HK!

Hi there, here is a piece I did for PLANSPONSOR May issue.

The story is about Value Funds have not done as well as expected in the past couple of years-I started thinking into the direction of expectation and disappointment and here are the sketches that I came up with.

I love working with SooJin because she always choose my favorite idea and enable me to give my best shot. Here is the final layout-

Sorry for not posting in a while. I am back at Hong Kong to visit my family and friends and have been indulging myself with good food and people.