This week FORGE. is in New York again, and we have a couple great interviews lined up that we’ll be posting on the site in the next couple of months. We started the week off by interviewing the incredible illustrator Victo Ngai!
Did an interview with Forge earlier this week. Stay tune for the video!
Latest cover for Computer World digital! The feature stories is about BYOD( bring your own device) invasion. IOS, a closed system, is traditionally a standard which cooperate IT believes it can rely on. Now that more and more employees are bringing in their own Android phones and tablets, companies are seeking a way to cope with the fragmented and open-sourced system which is commonly thought to be dangerous, difficult and costly for corporate IT to manage.
How often do one get paid to blow things up (on paper)? Big thanks to AD Steve Sauer!
Sorry for falling off the face of earth for a while- I have been working on some really exciting projects which unfortunately won’t come out until nest year. In the mean time, here is my latest cover for PLANSPONSOR! For those of you who follow me, you can probably tell by now that I sneak in every opportunity to draw fish and water. Recently someone asked me about this preference and I gave it some thoughts. I think I love drawing things that allows much stretch of stylization and design but still recognizable for what it is. Everyone of us can have our own drastically different ways to interpret waves but none of us can be wrong.
This piece was one of the 8 selected into Society of Illustrators 56 Annual exhibit and book, I will do a post about all the pieces that have gotten in one of these days…Mega thanks to AD SooJin!
Victo Ngai to speak at ICON8 in July. GOLD. GOLD. GOLD .GOLD. SILVER. SILVER. GOLD. Prepare to be wowed by the amazing body of work of this award hoarding illustrator, and follow your dreams to Portland.
I will be speaking at ICON8 in Portland next year! It will be super fun, have you gotten your tickets yet?
This piece runs in the current New Yorker magazine. It is for the movie review of “Wadjda”, the first feature film ever made by a female Saudi director Haifaa al-Mansour, entirely shot in Saudi Arabia.
Wadjda, a 11 year old living in the capital Riyadh, dreams of owning a bicycle so she can race against a boy named Abdullah from the neighborhood. However, riding bikes is frowned upon for girls. Without the support of her parents, Wadjda started raising money on her own, including joining a koran recital competition. You can watch the trailer of this heart-warming and ground breaking movie here.
Many thanks to AD Jordan for this wonderful assignment!
Eddy “Chief” Clearwater
A portrait of the blues musician Eddy “Chief” Clearwater for the New Yorker magazine came out last week. Had a lot of fun with the lighting and his crazy headdress. Big thanks to AD Jordan!!
I did this little comic stripe for the New York Times Opinionator Private Lives - a column on personal memoirs. (For y’all international folks, the comic should be read from left to right, up to down. )
The essay I worked on is about a Chinese-American woman meeting her grandma, who happens to live in the same city all along, for the first time in a very long time. ”My grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease. But in a lot of ways, she made us forget each other a long time ago.” It’s a bit melancholy but beautiful. It runs in the online blog and today’s Sunday Paper.
Frankly I am not as aquatinted with comic as with illustration, so there are a lot more to be learnt and improved. But I really enjoy this fun challenges and love how the New York Times would occasionally throw me a curve ball or two. Being put out of my comfort zone keeps me focus and excited.
Big thanks to AD Alexandra for the interesting assignment, as always!
This is my 100th post on tumblr, woohoo!! Let’s celebrate with 2 dark pieces. The top one is for a short story titled “Warm Up” by the one and the only V.E. Schwab. "Warm Up" is a warm up for the page-turner "VICIOUS”. Both the novelette and the novel take place in a world where ordinary people are able to gain extraordinary power with near-death experiences. You can read it here on Tor.com.
I love partnering with Miss. Schwab, she makes me feel badass. When I work with her stories, the shadows in my studio lengthen, light creeps around like smoky liquid. Everything turns into black and white film noire style. And I, would be wearing a trench coat in front of my drafting table, with my fem fatale on my lap.
Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo for matching us up!!
The second piece ran in Saturday’s New York Times op-Ed. Did you New Yorker know that the beautiful Palisades just off the Hudson River is also a monument to the End-Triassic apocalypse? Also, ‘ “In terms of global warming and ocean acidification,” Professor Olsen said, the rate of change during the end-Triassic extinction “was comparable to what we’re doing today.” ’ Maybe the Palisades will also witness the extinction of human, pretty grim eh?
Big thanks to AD Matt, always a pleasure to work with. You can read the article here.
This American Life 500th!
I drew some frogies for This American Life 500th Eps! Happy Birthday TAI!I was super psyched to be contributing to the celebration as I absolutely love the program. I can’t remember how many nights it has accompanied me when I had to burn the mid-night oil. I also love how the stories transcend me to worlds beyond my tiny studio and the little NY bubble I live in, which is the idea behind this piece.
Many thanks to Seth for having me on board!
Check out the other illustrations here - http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2013/07/500th-episode-illustrations
Cover for the latest ComputerWorld. The story titled “Deep Thinkers” is about businesses reaping huge rewards by going deep with their data analysis.
AD April always welcomes my weird and less conventional ideas/metaphors, which makes it super fun for me.
It’s not a secret that I like to pack my illustrations with details. I want my audiences to get lost in the world and discover new things every time they re-visit the piece but this can make it challenging for designers to work type into my art. However, April always does a fab job. This time, she surprised me by convincing the editors to drop some of the text on the cover to give more breath room. I really appreciate how much ComputerWorld values their art and design!