March 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
For close to five years now, I’ve been wanting to do a comics adaptation of Franz Kafka‘s short story A Fratricide. It was one of those projects that I kept pushing into the back-burner due to lack of time (and a secret fear that I would fall embarrassingly short of doing it justice). During three weeks this past February, I finally gave in to temptation, and I’m pleased to say I’m quite content with the results.
Here’s the 8-page, mostly wordless adaptation in its entirety, starting with the first page at the top. (Feel free to click on each page to see it bigger.)
January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s been a relentlessly busy January, but there have been some exciting projects cooking all month. The cream of the crop of so much creative activity has been my first overseas commission from none other than the British edition of Reader’s Digest.
Art Director Martin Colyer assigned me to illustrate a witty, no-holds-barred article/love letter to printed literatures by novelist A. L. Kennedy, titled Kindles Will Never Beat Proper Books, to be published in the March 2013 issue of the Digest. Here’s the visual solution by yours truly…
December 24, 2012 § 1 Comment
December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m very pleased to finally be able to share these eight watercolor paintings, which have taken me the better part of a month and a half to complete. They are the flesh-and-blood, rosy-cheeked incarnation of a series of black and white drawings I worked on back in October, which I posted and wrote about on a previous blog entry. (So if you get a burst of deja vu when looking at these, I’m the one to blame for that.)
With these series, which I’ve decided to title Drifting Closer to Home, I’ve tried to tackle the ordeals, perils, and reinvention of sorts that human beings go through when they leave their homelands to start life anew in a foreign country. « Read the rest of this entry »
November 12, 2012 § 2 Comments
This pen & ink and watercolor drawing just came out in yesterday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. Always great to work with Mark Tyner, the Art Director of the Sunday page.
The article by Carolyn T. Geer (which you can read in its entirety by clicking here) deals with how to protect financial records from a natural disaster, focusing on the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy here in New York and along the East Coast. Really worth a read, even more so considering we could all benefit from this information next time Mother Nature decides to throw a temper tantrum.
October 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
I recently decided, in a determined attempt to increase productivity and explore new visual ground, that I would do one finished drawing a day; regardless of how busy I am or where life decides to take me. Just make some time to take a plain white sheet of paper and a pen, and “take a line for a walk”, to quote Paul Klee. No self-editing allowed until an idea is fully represented, letting common sense go on vacation, and intuition and curiosity to take hold. And let anything (anything at all), trigger a concept or notion and let the line do its thing.
As with any course of action where parameters are loosely set, I had no idea how unexpected the outcome would be. I certainly didn’t even suspect these presets would quickly lead me to some of the most personal drawings I’ve ever done. « Read the rest of this entry »
October 15, 2012 § 3 Comments
It’s both a pleasure and a privilege to contribute to The Wall Street Journal, and this is my second commission from them, which was just published both in print and online yesterday in their Sunday edition.
The article is about all the great pre-holiday deals and discounts available in October, from cheaper plane tickets to toys sales for the kids; with additional insider’s tips for saving money. You can read it here.
I love the challenge of having to synthesize a certain amount of information into a very small space. I made the original drawing the same size as the printed size –only 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches– to ensure maximum clarity. Spot illustrations can still have an impact and a strong presence on the page, depending on how well composed/designed they are. Since I sometimes tend to include too many elements in my images, this gives me the chance to try to distill an idea to its bare essence. Needless to say, it’s an ongoing challenge that I look forward to keep improving on.
Mark Tyner, the art director of the WSJ page, is straightforward, attentive, and helpful, and makes sure the whole process goes by in a breeze. Many thanks for the assignment, Mark.