working relationship with her was built from there on.
This piece was my first full-page illustration commission, I was under
much pressure and for the longest time couldn’t come up with a good
solution for the topic “new standard”. Then I remember what my portfolio
teacher Chris Buzelli once said, “Illustrators produce good work when
they are passionate about the subject matter.” So I thought to myself,
“Ok, I like drawing animals and buildings, now how do I combine the two to
make them fit?” I was very happy with how the piece turned out. It also
got into Comminication Arts, American Illustration, SOINY and 3X3. I think
Chris was right.
This piece was inspired by my childhood memory. My mom insisted that
bowlcut was the cutest hairstyle but I hated it. I thought that it made me
look like a walking mushroom.
This piece was inspired by the movie “Lost in Translation” and my personal
experience. I remember feeling like an animal striving in a human society,
a completely outcast, when I first lived in Japan. Also for some strange
reason, Bill Murray reminded me of a rhino.
This piece doesn’t really have a story but I thougt I would have it
included because it’s one of my favorite pieces and got me a Gold Medal
from the 3X3 student show.
I don’t do portraits that often. This is a portrait of Theodore Economou,
CEO of CERN pension fund, for Ai5000 magazine. Shortly after the
publication was released, I got an e-mail from Mr. Economou saying that he
enjoyed the portrait and would like to purchase the art work. It was a
great surprise and very encouraging for me.