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
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
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)
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…
Spectrum 21, End of the End of Everything
I am very honored to have 8 pieces be selected into this year’s Spectrum 21 illustration Annual.
Among them is a new piece called “End of the End of Everything” for Tor.com. It has also been selected into Communication Arts 22 Illustration Annual. The illustration is for a wonderfully scary horror novelette by Dale Bailey. It sets in pre apocalyptic earth and the stories revolves around suicidal parties, libertine orgies and amputation performance art. I don’t think I have ever been so shaken by a short story like I was by this one.
The Tiger Beer art is nominated as one of the medal finalist in advertisement category, woohoo!
My big thanks to the judges and congrats to all the winner. Thanks again to my art directors Aviva Michaelov (NYTimes), SooJin Buzelli (PLANSPONSOR), Irene Gallo (Tor), Jordan Awan(New Yorker), April Montgomery (Computer World) and Dylan Davies (Rothco)!
Another fun piece for PLANSONSPOR! The article this time talks about layers of strategic planning to protect one’s assets. So of course I am drawing tigers guarding a fortress against invasion.
Big thanks to AD SooJin, always pleasure!
Lufthansa Wimmelbilder - Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
So much was going on in the last months that I didn’t get a chance to post this project until now. This image is part of Lufthansa Airline’s online New Year promotion “Passenger On Tour”. 14 “Wimmelbilder” ( a German game similar to “Finding Waldo”) were created by 14 artists with a Lufthansa passenger hidden in each image. Each scene depicts a destination from Lufthansa’s network, from the beach in Rio de Janeiro to the Dragon Boat Festival in Hong Kong (my image!).
On finding the hidden person and clicking on them, the user is taken to the relevant offer by a teaser generated out of the scene. The daily prizes were products from the Lufthansa WorldShop, with the first prize an intercontinental flight for two.
As a kid, I LOVE the game of finding hidden objects, so I was thrilled to be designing my own. The process was such a breeze, the client and agency really encouraged the whole “Victo doing Victo stuff” thing, which made it extra fun. There was zero revision from sketch to final, which is quite rare for advertisement projects!
Can you find the hidden Lufthansa passenger?
Big thanks to ADs Sebastian Kuhs and Martin Kulik from Plan-Net.
I was really excited being contacted to do the new IMAX FANFIX™ poster of Divergent, a new movie based on the international best seller of the same title by Veronica Roth. Check out the gif of the process above ( I do hope it loads properly and sorry for the shitty quality, tumblr has a 1MB size cap!)
I love the story, especially how Tris and other faction transfers break out of their social labels and confinements to pursue truth, dreams and ambition. This resonates with me as Art was not considered a very proper/respected career choice in Chinese society and there was much voice of opposition from my family when I decided to attend art school.
I wanted to capture the scene of Tris and Four jumping off a moving train as it not only represents the courage required to become a Dauntless, it also symbolized the leap from their old faction and life, a decision they cannot go back on. The three birds soaring above were inspired by Tris’s collar bone tattoo, which symbolized the three family members she left behind.
Big thanks to Debi Struzan, Katie Tibbs, Desirae Jones, my agent Morgan Gaynin, Inc and all the nice people at Summit!
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See babies before they’re born
Another illustrations for GE's special project, inspired by their slogan” Imagination at Work.” See the first one here.
"GE employees asked the youngest members of their families to explain what they do and we brought their answers to life." I was given lines from the kids to be translated into visuals. This one is "My mom works on things that shows mommies their babies before they’ re born”.
This is the first time my piece being animated into a gif, how fun! Big thanks again to Eric Goldstein, an awesome AD with great insights and a pleasure to work with!
GE employees asked the youngest members of their families to explain what they do. Sydney, age 3, said, "My mom works on things that shows mommies their babies before they’re born."
Illustration by Victo Ngai
I had a nice chat with Mathew from FORGE mag about illustration, life in HK vs NY and many more! Now you can watch part 1 here!
Back in November, FORGE. met up with New York based editorial illustrator Victo Ngai at her Manhattan apartment. We first noticed Victo’s incredibly detailed and intricate illustrations through her work for The New York Times and The New Yorker, and she quickly became one of the first artists we sought out to interview as we were planning our 1st issue. Although it took us about a year to get into the same room as each other, the wait was definitely worth it. Victo talked about her experience going to RISD, how she approaches developing a style, and how she ended up leaving Hong Kong to study art in the U.S. Victo was incredibly kind and easy to talk to, and gave us some great advice about art school and finding work afterwords.
You’ll be able to read the entire interview in Issue 3 of FORGE. magazine (coming out March 2014)
For more of Victo’s work visit
Music contributions by
THE BILINDA BUTCHERS
Unveiling Newborn’s DNA Map
A piece for the New York Times Sunday Business about the future of detecting hidden medical problems in newborns with comprehensive DNA tests and genome sequencing. You can read the article here.
Big thanks to AD Minh! Always a pleasure to work with!