Neo 1984,Cover for “Dark Fairytales” by TinHong

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I am so happy I got to work on my first Chinese book cover with Hong Kong/Taiwan/Mainland China best-seller TinHong.

TinHong’s latest book, “Dark Fairytales” (Non orthodox translation of 黑童話集), is a compilation of 16 novelettes set in a fictional metropolitan called “H town”. The stories are based on real stories in Hong Kong, structured after Chinese and Western classics such as “1984” by George Orwell, “The Last Class” by Alphonse Daudet, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent’ by Charles Dickens, ‘差不多先生傳“by胡適.etc. These parodies poke fun and reflect on the society’s current maladies, corruptions and injustice in a sarcastic and darkly-humorous way. 

For the cover, TinHong asked me to freely follow my inspiration. This was awesome and quite rare for book cover jobs. So I decided to make a piece about “H-Town” in a neo”1984”way.

Big thanks to TinHong for being an A+ author, art director, publisher and the ultra-delicious care-package!

NYTimes OpEd- Conservation or Curation?

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I did a quickie for today’s NYTimes Op-Ed on how the new definition of what qualifies as an endangered species, passed this month, severely limits the scope of the law.  

Previously, the language of the law — that a species qualifies if it is “at risk of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range” — was read to mean that species should be protected if their geographic range was significantly smaller than it had been in the past. Now, a species will only count as endangered if it is at risk of going extinct. This significantly restricts conservation and ignores any responsibility we may have to mitigate even a portion of the harms that we’ve committed against other species. Read the article here

The illustration features a Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, its protection has been recently denied because they were not at risk of extinction, even though their geographic range was significantly smaller than it had been in the past. 

Big thanks to AD Matt Dorfman, always a pleasure to work with. He suggested we go for a more playful layout instead of boxing the fish in, which made the image that much more dynamic. I also like how the trout now looks like its skidding down some stairs screaming while falling apart. 

'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage' by Haruki Murakami

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Being a long time Murakami fans, I was super excited when AD Kim from Boston Globe asked me to create the art for the “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” book review. 

In “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage,” Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, he allows his hero to eavesdrop on one of life’s darkest possible tunes: the inner hum, the secret desire, for death. As the book opens, the “colorless” Tsukuru Tasaki has fallen into a terrible depression. Tsukuru’s four closest friends, who are nicknamed by colors, abruptly and unequivocally cut him off. All he can think about is dying. Tsukuru escapes the void, just barely, and emerges a new person, the person we follow through the rest of this book. Murakami elegantly describes how emotional trauma can lead us to disassociate. Read the book review here.

Big thanks to AD Kim Vu. This is actually my first time working with the Boston Globe, what a great way to start!

Spellbound
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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

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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

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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

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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! 

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
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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

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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!

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 
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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 

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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!