For an article about risk control and keeping assets safe. Selected for the Second Greater China Illustration Award.SooJin Buzelli, art director; PlanSponsor, client.
"Personal piece inspired by the movie Lost in Translation and my experience living abroad. Selected for SPECTRUM 18."
"The risk and opportunities in emerging markets. Selected for inclusion in Communication Arts 52, American Illustration 30 and Society of Illustrators New York 53." SooJin Buzelli, art director; PlanSponsor Europe, client.
"Personal piece inspired by my childhood memories. Awarded the Greater China Illustration Award Silver Medal and included in Communication Arts 52."
Illustration saves the day! promotional poster. Morgan Gaynin Inc., client.
"For an article about 401(k) benchmarking. Included in Communication Arts 51, American Illustration 29 and selected for a Greater China Illustration Award selected." SooJin Buzelli, art director; PlanAdviser Magazine, client.
"Namazu is a Japanese mythological creature believed to cause earthquakes. This piece is for a story about the Japanese standing resolute during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami." Liisa Silander, art director; RISD xyz, client.
"For an article about traveling Asia by air. It won a Second Greater China Illustration Judges' Choice Award." Corinne Myller, art director; The New York Times, client.
Duration: I have been drawing since as early as I can remember, but I became a professional illustrator upon graduation in 2010.
Staff:My agent Morgan Gaynin Inc. and me.
Education: A BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.
Cultural Influences:Growing up in Hong Kong, I was largely influenced by Asian arts and crafts such as Nianhua, Chinese ink scrolls, Lianhuanhua and Japanese Hanga. Attending college in the States exposed me to works by Western art masters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Antoni Gaudi, William Turner, Norman Rockwell and Al Hirschfeld. Now I am constantly being influenced by people around me, things I see and music I listen to.
Environment: I mainly work in my home studio in New York. But for a few months out of each year, I work as I travel with my mobile studio—my drawing supplies, a laptop and a scanner.
Philosophy: "It's not how good you are, it's how good you want to be." —Paul Arden