Spectrum 21, End of the End of Everything

Victo Ngai

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)! 

Seamless

Victo Ngai

Think it’s cold enough out? At least you are not staying outside collecting dews from leaves. 

As a Hong Kong-nese, I have always fantasized about white xmas and feathery snow. But after living in New York for a few years (especially after going upstate with my parents over the X’mas Break), I l came to the conclusion that winter is best appreciated from a distance, with a blazing fireplace, a warm blanket and a cup of hot tea.  

This winter land piece was commissioned by the wonderful AD SooJIn for an article about seamless teamwork. The idea was inspired by this little yellow vintage tin pin I got from Chinatown a while back. 

I hope you are staying warm and enjoy this new illustration!

(P.S. I saved this post in the draft last night and as a tech idiot I forgot to change the setting, so the post went alive automatically and prematurely without any text…apologies.)

Moon Catcher

Victo Ngai

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! 

Treacherous Water

Victo Ngai

This wintery image is for the PLANSPONSOR Dec issue. What is the article about? I don’t really know.

I have been working with SooJin for more than 3 years now and have lost count of how many jobs we have collaborated together. It’s safe to say 90% of the time I am not completely sure what the articles were about, even after reading them. 

PLANSPONSOR is a very specialized trade publication for pension fund CIOs. Even though it is in English, it makes as much sense to me as elfish. Luckily SooJin would translate the assignments into simple phrases like “derisk”, “the new standard”, ” overloaded with information”, “tension between choosing”.etc.  This time it was ” going seprately and individually in harsh environment”.

I really enjoy this process of coming up visuals and metaphors base off a single abstract phrase. I may never understand the articles I illustrate for, but I sure have my own eleborate tales behind each of those images. (I would rather remember this piece as a red fox watching a majestic whale drifting apart into tiny fishes in an icy ocean than “securities lending disclosures” anyway. )

Thank you SooJin for making commissioned work feel like personal fun.

And I really hope it will snow this year.  

Tough Calls
Victo Ngai
Latest piece for Plansponsor magazine about the tension in choosing -one needs to give up something in order to gain. Big big thanks to AD SooJin! 

Tough Calls

Victo Ngai

Latest piece for Plansponsor magazine about the tension in choosing -one needs to give up something in order to gain. Big big thanks to AD SooJin! 

Pocket Watch

Victo Ngai

A piece in the PLANSPONSOR July! This piece is about “Watching your pocket/saving with the amount of time till retirement in mind’;  we decided to run with the pun:”pocket watch”.  (The sketch was flipped to work better with the right-facing layout in the final. ) Working with AD SooJin  is a blessing as I always get to sneak in subject matters I love into the assignments. I am such a sucker for clockwork and mechanical watches. 

ADs, please keep hiring me so I can burn my cash on a Blancpain moonphase one day… 

Tiger Hunter for Plansponsor
Victo Ngai

This piece is in the latest PLANSPONSOR April issue. It was originally a personal piece but I submitted it to AD SooJin after I finished. She liked it and found an article that fits with it. This is how AWESOME SooJin is!!  (I really like how the layout design carry the eyes from the image via arrows to the text!)

Incredible lineup of illustrators in this issue, including Sam Bosma, Dadu Shin, Nick Iluzada, Josh Cochran, Joohee Yoon, David Jien, Chris Silas Neal, Marc Rosenthal, Red Nose Studios…!

Thanks again to SooJin for being amazing!

How could life be possibly better than drawing a REALLY REALLY FAT CAT and be paid for it? This is a piece I did for PLANSPONSOR Jan 2012 issue. The phrase AD SooJin gave me to work with was “sorting out complicated things and getting it straight”.

I once baby-sitted a really really fat cat for a summer. He was a 30lbs mixed maine coon named Pinkus. He had the coolest attitude, love to eat and occasionally ponder about life with a cigarette.

"Be prepared!"- new illo for PLANSPONSOR mag Nov issue. Thank you AD SooJin Buzelli! 

"Be prepared!"- new illo for PLANSPONSOR mag Nov issue. Thank you AD SooJin Buzelli!