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Friday, May 25, 2012

The Cobol Braindrain

This cover illustration is for the latest ComputerWorld magazine. The story: when the last Cobol programers retire, 50 years of business processes within the softwares they created may be lost. I was playing with the term "braindrain, and came up with the idea of a giant creature mourning over the lost of his precious programer blood from his third eye (the gateway to higher consciousness and knowledge). 

Initially, the editors were a bit concerned the image may be too bloody. Big thanks to AD April Montgomery who fought for the idea as she was insightful to know that my style would balance out the gore factors. We also decided a more robotic form would address the concern. Nothing beats working with someone who speaks the same visual language.

I love April's layout and type treatment and am very happy with how the piece turned out.  
This is one of the projects that made me go -" I get paid to have this much fun? Life is pretty sweet!"

Happy Memorial long weekend guysss! 

Monday, May 21, 2012

A few small llos

Here are some small illos I did in between bigger projects, I had lots of fun with them and it's quite refreshing to work with organic forms! 

"Tai-Chi, the moving meditation", a half page for the St. Louis Magazine. Thanks AD Rachel Harris!

 "Funny money", a spot for a very interesting story about all the confusions and problems before U.S. currencies were united for Bank Simple Blog. Thanks AD Mae Saslaw!
"Code for America", a spot for Honolulu Magazine. "Code for America" is a new kind of public service which helps the governments of it's partner cities work better with the power of web. Thanks AD Cody Kawamoto!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meltdown in Motherland for the NYT

I did this quickie (one day turn around) for the New York Times Op-Ed anxiety section the past Friday. The story is about postpartum anxiety/depression, you can read the story here. It was not the happiest story/image for the Mother's day weekend, but I really wanted to give my mom a hug after I finished this piece. A big shout out to all the moms: thanks for everything, you are the best! 

Many thanks to AD Alexandra Zsigmond!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My first sensual experience with the New Yorker

How often do one get to draw a full page sensual piece for the New Yorker magazine?
I feel super luck-out being ask to illustrate this piece for the fiction "Sweet Dreams" by Peter Stamm.
The story is about a young couple living together in Switzerland. This is the scene I was given to work on:

She went to the bathroom, filled the tub, and got undressed. The mirror misted over with condensation, and the smell of pine needles filled the air. She turned off the water, and the apartment suddenly seemed very quiet. Then she heard footsteps, and Simon’s voice through the half-open door. He said, I’ll just go downstairs for the bottle of wine. I thought you’d gone already, said Lara, and she poked her head through the crack, and he kissed her on the lips and tried to barge the door open, but she held it shut. They kissed again. See you soon, said Lara. It was odd, she still felt a little ashamed in front of him.





I had so much fun and I think this is one of my recent favorite works. Big big thanks to AD Jordan Awan and Chris Curry!!