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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New works-I drew some fishes

I drew some fishes lately. The first one is for my all-time favorite AD SooJin! I was given the phrase"new and unproven". It's great because despite the article is about retirement fund, I only need to work from the phrase and can pretend it's for a sci-fi story.

The second one is for Rhode Island School of Design's alumni magazine called RISD xyz. In the story, RISD alumnae and Fulbright scholarship winner, Louie Rigano, talks about his experience in Japan during the 311 earthquake. He described how Japanese stood resolute facing the national disaster.

Being an alumnae myself and a former exchange student in Japan, this job has special meaning to me. Big thanks to AD Liisa Silander for allowing me to have fun with the layout.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cover for the Deal magazine

I did an interior illustration for the Deal magazine recently, AD Larry Gendron was very happy with the final and decided to use it as the COVER! What a surprise!

The story is about LPs (limited partners who provide the money) re-evaluating the funds and their GPs (general partners who manage the money) these days as the economy is looking gloomy. The relationship between LPs and the fund is complex- they need each other to make big money but are also concerned with their own problems and looking to advance their self interest.

It was my first time working with Larry, he's such a pleasure to work with and gave me every creative freedom an illustrator can ask for. Big thanks to all the beautiful ladies at Morgan Gaynin. Inc for getting me this great assignment.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Op-ed Illo for NYTimes

I have a piece in the New York Times Oped today. You can read the article here.
Big thanks to AD Aviva Michaelov and Alexandra Zsigmond for the cool layout design- I really like how they place the illo at the very top so it looks like the paint is dripping down the page.
The story is about how the writer thinks the enthusiastically responded $300 house project will do more harm to urban poor than good as it neglects the dynamic and diverse needs/interest of the people.
When I first learnt about the $300 house (replacing the slums with well-build, pre-made and low-cost houses), I thought it's an ingenious idea. However, after working on this project and researching on Dharavi made me change my mind. Even though the living condition of the slum is depressing, it fascinates me how creative people are with the limited resources they have to build their homes. Generations of thoughts and effort are put into each of these houses and I don't think they are replaceable by mass-produced cubes.