Spellbound
Victo Ngai
For a article in Dension magazine about Fairy Tales and the changing nature of how these stories are told — from Grimm’s tales, to the super-scrubbed happy Disney tales through to the darker popularity of shows like Breaking Bad now. Fairy tale expert Maria Tatar also discusses how some of the world’s oldest tales help us navigate modern life.
Big thanks to Erin from Em Dash for this very interesting project!

Spellbound

Victo Ngai

For a article in Dension magazine about Fairy Tales and the changing nature of how these stories are told — from Grimm’s tales, to the super-scrubbed happy Disney tales through to the darker popularity of shows like Breaking Bad now. Fairy tale expert Maria Tatar also discusses how some of the world’s oldest tales help us navigate modern life.

Big thanks to Erin from Em Dash for this very interesting project!

Silicon Valley Lady Warrior

Victo Ngai

3 illustrations accompany the profiling of the feisty Shanley Kane by Elizabeth Spiers. Kane, a feminist publisher, started her own media company Modern View Culture in the male dominating Tech environment in 2013. She’s known for her outspokenness when taking on the worst of Silicon Valley (and sometimes her allies, too). 

Read the story and check out AD Erich Nagler’s beautiful layout design here on Medium. 

Big thanks to Erich, whom I have enjoyed working with during his NYTimes days, for this challenging assignment! 

New You Magazine Spreads

Victo Ngai

Here are the 2 spreads I did for New You magazine. The first article focus on combating caner with new integrative treatments while the second talks about the importance of caring for body, soul and mind. 

Big thanks to AD Donna! 

Time out of Time Book1 Cover

Victo Ngai

Time out of time

the horned man rides

with the forest queen

the greenman Dies.

the Heavens bear witness

the great wolf Flies, and TImothy Hames stands alone. 

I have been working on a new book series called Time out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry. Book 1 Beyond the Door has just come out!

Time out of Time is an advantage and imagination packed fantasy story which draw inspiration from Celtic mythologies. Our hero is a shy bookish boy named TImothy who is fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. However, everything changes on one dark spring night. A mystery knocks on his door and starts revealing his role in an ancient prophecy…

Choosing a moment from a book as cover is always a fun challenge. It has be a true representation of the story without spoiling the plot, while being visually stimulating. I decided to go with the Wild Hunt because:

a) There’s a giant golden flying wolf, who wouldn’t like that?

b) We introduce our main character - Timothy. 

c) The chase set the stage of adventure and the storm set the mood of danger.

d) It’s a perfect moment to show the parallel existence of Timothy’s ordinary world and the fantastical world “beyond the door”. 

This art has been featured on the American Library Association Booklist cover, what a honor! 

Big thanks to Maureen for this great story, Ad Chad Beckerman and Editor Howard Reeves for all the great input. I hope you would enjoy the book as much as I do! Don’t forget to decipher the secret code which comes with the book! 

Sakamoto Ryuchi Benefitial Concert at Le Poisson Rouge NY
10 more days to go for our Kickstarter campaign and here is the newest surprise reward!  For $100, you will get a ticket to the intimate concert staring the legendary oscar+grammy winner Sakamoto Ryuichi at Le Poisson Rouge NY this Sat. You will also get to meet the entire film crew, including myself!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity!
thewoundandthegift:

Dearest Friends,
We’re thrilled to report that at the mid-point of our campaign, we’ve raised over half of our $40,000 goal! We are so grateful to all of you for your belief in our film. 
Today, we’re excited to share the newest surprise element of our campaign.
At 3PM on May 10th, the doors will open at Le Poisson Rouge, where we’re hosting a benefit for The Wound and The Gift. The 4PM show features music performances by our very special guest, legendary Sakamoto Ryuchi and the film’s composers. We will also showcase sneak previews of scenes from the film followed by a behind-the-scenes conversation with the filmmaking team.
Single tickets are available at the $100 reward level, but space is very limited! For those of you who have already donated at our AFFECTION level and higher, your contribution entitles you to a ticket. Please contact us if you want to reserve a seat.
We hope that you can join us for this rare and intimate performance.
Thank you again for your support.
Love and affection,
The Wound and the Gift

Sakamoto Ryuchi Benefitial Concert at Le Poisson Rouge NY

10 more days to go for our Kickstarter campaign and here is the newest surprise reward!  For $100, you will get a ticket to the intimate concert staring the legendary oscar+grammy winner Sakamoto Ryuichi at Le Poisson Rouge NY this Sat. You will also get to meet the entire film crew, including myself!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

thewoundandthegift:

Dearest Friends,

We’re thrilled to report that at the mid-point of our campaign, we’ve raised over half of our $40,000 goal! We are so grateful to all of you for your belief in our film. 

Today, we’re excited to share the newest surprise element of our campaign.

At 3PM on May 10th, the doors will open at Le Poisson Rouge, where we’re hosting a benefit for The Wound and The Gift. The 4PM show features music performances by our very special guest, legendary Sakamoto Ryuchi and the film’s composers. We will also showcase sneak previews of scenes from the film followed by a behind-the-scenes conversation with the filmmaking team.

Single tickets are available at the $100 reward level, but space is very limited! For those of you who have already donated at our AFFECTION level and higher, your contribution entitles you to a ticket. Please contact us if you want to reserve a seat.

We hope that you can join us for this rare and intimate performance.

Thank you again for your support.

Love and affection,

The Wound and the Gift

Liza Lim Music Review
Victo Ngai
A portrait for Alex Ross’s music review on Liza Lim, an Australian composer of Chinese descent who is known for her sensuous scores, in the current New Yorker Magazine. You can read the review here.
Big thanks to AD Chris Curry!

Liza Lim Music Review

Victo Ngai

A portrait for Alex Ross’s music review on Liza Lim, an Australian composer of Chinese descent who is known for her sensuous scores, in the current New Yorker Magazine. You can read the review here.

Big thanks to AD Chris Curry!

After two years of filming. The Gift and the Wound is finally wrapping up! The animated illustrations I am working on is one of the post-production tasks we need your help to finish. Check out our Kickstarter campaign!

FINALLY you can now get phone cases and laptop skins with my art on them!! Browse all 13 designs on http://www.gelaskins.com/victo-ngai

Family Life- NYT Book Review Cover 
Victo Ngai
This is the second time I illustrated for author Akhil Sharma’s writing. The first one was for his New Yorker short story “We didn’t like him”.  I have always loved the beautiful melanchonia in his work.
Family Life is about an immigrant family from India living in New York, with 2 children. One of the brothers, Birju, suffers from brain damage from a swimming pool accident. This incident not only impairs Birju, but also his parents. They are blinded with grief and neglects to provide the nurture and attention the younger brother Ajay needs. Check out the book review by Sonali Deraniyagala here. 
What I tried to capture in this image is how the pool has segregated and orphaned Ajay from the rest of the family. I curl my toes when I am trying to endure something painful, so I added that detail. 
Big thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman for this great project! Look for it in the Sunday paper!

Family Life- NYT Book Review Cover 

Victo Ngai

This is the second time I illustrated for author Akhil Sharma’s writing. The first one was for his New Yorker short story “We didn’t like him”.  I have always loved the beautiful melanchonia in his work.

Family Life is about an immigrant family from India living in New York, with 2 children. One of the brothers, Birju, suffers from brain damage from a swimming pool accident. This incident not only impairs Birju, but also his parents. They are blinded with grief and neglects to provide the nurture and attention the younger brother Ajay needs. Check out the book review by Sonali Deraniyagala here

What I tried to capture in this image is how the pool has segregated and orphaned Ajay from the rest of the family. I curl my toes when I am trying to endure something painful, so I added that detail. 

Big thanks to AD Nicholas Blechman for this great project! Look for it in the Sunday paper!

Interview with Forge Part II

Victo Ngai

Come take a look at some my trinket and book collections!  (And please don’t mind my rambling, it’s hard to talk and hold a giant book at the same time. ) (Also it was kinda a bad hair day…hmmm)

forgeartmag:

Here’s a bonus video we made as a part of our interview with Victo Ngai, where she gives us a tour of her apartment and shows off a few of the books and artists that inspire her. This video also includes music by THE BILINDA BUTCHERS.

For more music by THE BILINDA BUTCHERS…
http://thebilindabutchers.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/the-bilinda-butchers
http://thebilindabutchers.tumblr.com/