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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Japanese anti-nuke activist illo

I did this portrait illustration for the current Foreign Policy "Top 100 Global Thinker" issue. Mizuho Fukushima, the leader of Japan's Social Democratic Party, and her partner, lawyer Yuichi Kaido were ranked 29th in the magazine for their antinuclear activism.
Special thanks to Yuko Shimizu for recommending me to AD Dennis Brack, who I enjoyed working with very much!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Special print sale!

Some new prints on sale in my store now and check out the HOLIDAY SPECIAL PROMO!
"And once again the day is saved!", $35 open edition, 13"x19" on Epson premium matte paper with archival ink.
or FREE as a gift on any purchase of the limited edition prints!

"After Dark", $75 limited edition of 100, 13"x19" on 100% cotton Hahnemuhel Museum Etching rag with archival ink
"Moneyhorse", $95 limited edition of 100, 13"x19" on 100% cotton Hahnemuhel Museum Etching rag with archival ink

Expired Date

This piece titled "Expired Date" is for the "Supervillain" show by Rotopolpress in Kassel, Germany.

For the show, artists were asked to create their own super villain and provide back stories for them. My super villain is "time". "Time" can't be defeated, just like seasonal changes are inevitable. But lovers can fool time by saying "I love you" to each other everyday to extend their expiration date.

The show is taking in Gallery Rotopol, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 95, Kassel, Germany from Nov 25, 2011 to Dec 2, 2011. The opening reception is on this Friday Nov25 from 8pm to 12am.
And here is the star line-up:
Daniel von Bothmer, Daniel Clarke, Melanie Climent, Brun Croes, Alexander Draude, Markus Färber, Renaud Forestie, Rita Fürstenau, Ugo Gattoni, Ines Christine Geißer, Kirsten Carina Geißer, Karlo Ghokasian, Lea Heinrich, Anton van Hertbruggen, Jesse Jacobs, Hellen Jo, Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Andrea Kalfas, Nina Kaun, Nic Klein, Nicolas Mahler, Michael Meier, Niark1, Aurélie Neyret, Victo Ngai, Maike Plenzke, Nadine Redlich, Lisa Röper, Bene Rohlmann, Stacey Rozich, Isabel Seliger, Guillaume Singelin, Sebastian Stamm, Liesbeth de Stercke, Guy Vallez, Brecht Vandenbroucke, Marco Wagner, Thomas Wellmann, Cheuk Yin Chan, Loïc Zimmermann

It's going to be amazing, check it out if you are in town!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Be prepared!

Here is another fun project for AD SooJin. It's a great honor to be part of the amazing PLANSPONSOR November issue with super star artist lineup: Jillian Tamaki, Meg Hunt, JooHee Yoon, Jing Wei, Jonathan Barlett, Charles Immer, A Richard Allen, Greg Mably, Katherine Streeter, Kyle T. Webster...

The article is about "getting prepared for the future" and here is my take-
(Really glad SooJin let the perky butts run...)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Society of Illustrators Annual show selected!

I just got a call from Anelle from the Society of Illustrators NY. Two of my pieces are selected into the annual show! HORRAYYY!
Thanks to all the judges, being in the same show as my teacher, mentors and fellow illustrators who I admire means A LOT to me.

"The Disappointment"was selected into the editorial category. Thank you AD SooJin Buzelli-

"I was born in 1930" was selected into the sequential category, thank you Ze for inviting me to contribute to the collective comic "Dimension" . -

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Closing Borders

Here is a piece I did for the Honolulu magazine.
The story is kind of a blue one - it's about local Hawaiian musician loosing their ways to get their music out because of the closing Borders bookstores , which carried their CDs as well as provided venue for live performances.
Thanks again to AD Cody Kawamoto.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

New illo for NYTimes sunday letter!

This illo is still warm!! I just finished it yesterday and it's going to be in tomorrow's New York Times paper (Sunday Nov 6). You can read the article here online. This is my first color illustration for the CRAZY PACE letter page and it's a very fun (and no sleep) challenge.
The topic is about the tension and debates between fossil fuel and renewal energies.
I gave up going to Conan O'Brien 's for this...but it's worth it, right?

Big thanks to AD Alexandra and Aviva! Always a pleasure to work with.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cover for Diplomat magazine

This is a cover I did for the latest UK Diplomat mag Ukraine issue cover.
It's quite an interesting story how I get under the radar of AD Jeannie Saba. I participated in the Pick Me Up show in London earlier this year and Jeannie's boyfriend bought one of my prints for her as a gift. She really liked it and decided to hire me to do a cover! I guess one can never predict how fate unfolds.

The theme of the cover is Ukraine's growth and her blooming agriculture. I want to celebrate Ukraine's fertile black soil which provides for and nourishes everything in the country. To me, growth is energetic and festive, then the idea of integrating the famous Ukrainian ballet came to mind: why not humanize the black soil into ballerinasdancing around the blooming sunflower? I chose sunflower to symbolize Ukraine as it's a very popular flower in the country and it's the flower that always grow upward facing the sun. The large anther of the flower also allows me to be playful and sneak in a few unique Ukrainian architecture there!

The cover went through a few different stages, you can see the evolution here.
I went with the red palette at first because I like its explosive energy.

Jeannie suggested that it would be nice to use Ukraine's national flag colors instead.