Eight by Eight Magazine: Messi is not coming

Eight by Eight Magazine Spread for feature by Will Frears about an Arsenal fan’s anxiety during the the window transfer season when players coming and going can break a fan’s heart. Publisher and creative director Robert Priest wanted a humorous image...

I H8 War in Creative Quarterly

Charles Hively, publisher of 3×3 magazine had good news and a pleasant surprise while we were having lunch. My poster was the back page for the I H8 War campaign in the fall issue of Creative Quarterly Magazine and also selected for the American Graphic Design...

Better you than me

Illustration for Hour Detroit about the controversy over the vaccination rates in Michigan. Valarie Morgan, AD. Whenever Valarie calls, it’s usually a fascinating story. I enjoy tackling assignments about news of the day and vaccinations are a hot topic. As a...

Rules make you free

Illustration for Havard Law Bulletin: “Freedom is just another word for. . . regulation”. Ronn Campisi, AD. Ronn Campisi and I go back many years and he gave me a huge boost by assigning covers for the Boston Globe magazine early in my career. Ronn has a...

It's hard to be clean

Illustration for DBusiness Magazine for Commentary about the difficulties in bringing clean energy to major metropolitan areas. Caroline Chin Watson, AD. The last couple of years I’ve noticed more assignments from the Detroit area which has me intrigued. News...

The memory game

Sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious. Michelle Furman at AFT called with a request from the editors for a series of illustrations showing a student learning memory skills through a game. They wanted a strip like progression. It is a very direct approach...

It's a big data world

April Montgomery at Computerworld Magazine is one of my favorite art directors and we have worked together for many years. She is one of the more collaborative Art Directors I work for and the project often morphs into something bigger depending on how the sketches...

Nautilus issue 28: The Year 2050

Website Cover, Table of contents for Nautilus.   The year 2050 for Nautilus.   Printed Edition, Nautilus. Nautilus is a favorite client for many illustrators because of their fascinating long form stories and the excellent art direction from Len Small....

Out the hack door

It’s always nice to work with new clients. AD John Paxson from Washington State University’s magazine called with an opener assignment he thought would be right up my alley. The story was about utilities using simulations to find weaknesses in their grid....

Madness of crowds

The Chronicle of Higher Education is one of my oldest clients so it’s exciting to see their stories pop up in my aggregate news sites. They called with an editorial about false consensus in academic circles. A public statement will be made with the endorsement...

Shop Talk

Lydia Anderson called with a very fun project for Experience Life. They needed a series of illustrations for a feature about office politics and the many types of personalities you need to navigate in the work day. They wanted humorous interpretations of personalities...

Master and student

Watching many of my friends create covers for The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association has been inspiring with a little bit of envy. Art Director Emma Dalby has created an impressive collection of covers and selection of illustrators from around the world. The...

Word to the wise

Nicki Kalish from the New York Times called with a fun special section with advice for first year college students as Summer winds down and they prepare for their first adventure away from home. One article “How to Live Wisely” was the most emailed story...

Ours is an online world

Illustration for Harvard Magazine about the internet of things. Companies are finding ways to enhance their products with online features. Jennifer Carling, AD....

Needles

Big data seems to be s subject clients are calling with this year. Smith Alumae Quarterly Magazine had an assignment about students having an interest in the emerging field of data science and the extraction of data. Ronn Campisi is a long term client and he made the...

No man is an island

A friend who is a personal asset manager at Goldman Sachs once said she would hire someone to manage her portfolio. I was surprised and asked why since she does this for a living. She said it is difficult to invest wisely when you’re emotionally involved. By...

Good hands

This series is for LifeHealthPro for AD Mary Shaub was for a feature about 4 areas where annuities could grow. The assignment was originally a full page with 4 hands showing icons for different customers but Mary later decided having 4 individual illustrations would...

Eyes and ears

The Wall Street Journal called with an article about board members hiring outside help to evaluate their company. It turns out the board likes having an outside source to recommend tough decisions whenever a possible conflict arises between the board and management....

Floating Away

One of my favorite art directors, April Montgomery of Computerworld to create an opening illustration for a feature. Because of our history there is a lot of trust so it’s very easy to bounce ideas back and forth with April.  The story discusses loss of human...

Crowdsourcing for Christian Century Magazine

It’s always a pleasure working with Dan Richardson at Christian Century Magazine. There are naturally many metaphors available when working with religion and it’s a fun challenge to create images which seem fresh. Dan had a feature about the use of...

Winning

Bized Magazine called with a series of illustrations for various articles. One story talked about a common misconception in the Health regarding a Government driven health care system versus a market driving system. You would think a market system would make more but...

Heavy is the head

Goodness Okoro from 2Communique called with an assignment for Bized Magazine titled, “Hierarchy, High Pressure, and Risk”. The article asked if pressure is on, does a hierarchy help or hurt. Research was done with Himalayan expeditions and found the groups...

It's a big world

Orlie Kraus at the Wall St Journal and I have worked together for many years so it’s always a pleasure whenever she calls. These illustrations were for a special section dedicated to international stock fund. International stories naturally bring up ideas of...

False starts

Detroit has been on the radar as an emerging new center for creatives so it was a pleasure to hear from AD Valerie Morgan at Hour Detroit. They have been a client on and off for over 15 years and I have enjoyed watching the publication grow. Language is one of my...

Home is where the heart is

AD David Horton from Hecht Horton partners called with an assignment for Tufts University Alumni magazine. Tufts has been a great client over the years and I have enjoyed working for their various publications. This assignment focused on how various first year...

Multilingual multicolored

The Chronicle of Higher Education called with an assignment about the how multilingual people see the world versus people who speak a single language. Turns out the world is seems more varied and bigger for those who speak more than one language. The structure of...

Genentech: The Issue With Tissue

This is part of a continuing series for Genetech’s site to help explain a variety of complex concepts. This series explains the issues researchers must consider when using tissue samples for research. Producer Nick Miller and the rest of the production team have...

Boundless Brooklyn

Boundless Brooklyn asked Chris Buzelli and SooJin Buzelli to curate an exhibit featuring 50 illustrators painting 50 water tower models. The opening is April 3rd at Kikkerland Shop on 493 6th Avenue in New York City from 6pm to 9pm. It has been a while since breaking...

Bathroom talk

My life is nothing if not ironic. Fellow illustrator and friend Otto Steininger recently did an illustration about a new medical procedure for transplanting poop. Naturally I had some fun at his expense. The freelance gods decided to teach a lesson and AD Valarie...

Bigger and better

AD David Stokes and I have worked together for many years so we have seen the evolution of print and web together. His latest assignment is one of many I have received lately requesting formatting for the newer parallax approach to web design. It’s a welcome new...

Finding order

The Chronicle of Higher Education had a fascinating article to illustrate about a professor with OCD who needed to figure out how to navigate a world that seems out of order. The answer turned out to be finding small pockets of order to deal with the larger world. A...

Everybody has questions

American Teacher magazine asked for a series of illustrations for a feature about the dynamics of students asking for help in the classroom. Turns out the students who were the squeakiest wheels were the ones who received more attention. This a problem for students...

Losing your mind

One of the best things about being an illustrator is having the opportunity to work on stories which you have been following in the news. One such story is the disturbing trend of US companies reducing research and development. The long term impact could be future...

Rethinking Cities

A pleasant surprise popped in the mail the other day. “The Urban Imperative” for which I had done the cover had finally been published after a few years. This book was produced by the World Bank and it was one of those unusual cases where the cover art has...

New York Times Travel: Questions

Corinne Myller and I judged editorial together this year for the Society of Illustrators and finally we had a chance to work on a fun little project. The feature for the Travel Section was the most popular travel questions on Google with answers. Corinne wanted...

Why Robots can't Dance

Len Small and I had been trying to find a story for Nautilus Magazine to work together. The first couple stories fell through but he came back with a story which turned out to be my favorite.  It was an interview with Professor Goldberg about why robots can narrow the...

Growth spurts

Ronn Campisi had an assignment for the Harvard Law Review about using the collaborative process to develop more effective law professors. The main thought was professors don’t just happen by themselves. They are created with the assistance of many peers and...

Guessing tomorrow

Mary Shaub from Summit Publications called for a series of full pages about forecasts in the insurance sector. I’m a big believer that any subject can make compelling images. Paul Rand’s quote that there are no bad projects only bad solutions has been a...

The eyes have it

Besides new beginnings, the New Year also means the scrambling to organize records from the previous year. Dan Smith called while I was in Hong Kong with a quick assignment about new auditing rules for corporations. Transparency was a metaphor we liked and Dan...

Overlooked

It is appropriate one of the final projects printed this year was for SooJin Buzelli and PlanSponsor Magazine. We’ve worked on nice projects throughout the year and she had a story about financial advisors overlooking Millennials. The story boils down to feeling...

Knowing we don't know

Kerry Prugh, AD for Notre Dame’s alumni magazine called with a fun list of 10 things we don’t know. As this is the end of the year, it seemed like a perfect piece to feature because one of the best lessons learned last year was the value of being...

Who needs a driver

DBusiness had an interesting story for an assignment. It seems the the big trend in the future is all sorts of transportation and delivery will be handled remotely. It could be very possible there will not be a need for drivers in the future. Stories about the future...

Tepper Magazine Cover

Susan Limoncelli called with a request for cover and inside art for Tepper Magazine’s feature about visions for a new development soon to be built on campus. They had asked for opinions about how the development should serve various needs within the community....

Damages

The Your Money section was a special collaboration between the New York Times and NPR. In addition to the cover series, I was asked to illustrate an essay describing the experience of a couple trying to navigate a relationship thought the trauma of the recession....

Your Money for the New York TImes

Fred Norgaard called with an exciting but scary project: he needed 10 illustrations over the weekend for a special section of the New York Times about your money. He provided a color comp pulling images from my site. I love when designers do this because it does help...

2 for Society of Illustrators 57

Received a pleasant call last evening from the Society of Illustrators. Turns out 2 pieces made it into the Advertising and Institutional Show. Having judged this year in the Editorial category, I saw how difficult it was for a piece to be accepted. This is my third...

Ghost in all of our machines.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and I have had a long relationship and it’s thrilling to see more of their stories getting attention on a national level. Ellen Winkler called with an interesting essay about how the internet and human interaction has created a...

Mine, all mine.

AD SooJin Buzelli called earlier this fall for a story in CIO magazine about asset managers who realized it might actually be a good idea to buy a stake in companies of other asset managers. They realized they would be the best people to analyze asset managers so they...

End of the line.

Last week was a strange karma week. More than one friend called and asked for advice about retirement. The main theme was friends were worried they had not saved enough or were not saving early enough in their careers. By chance, Fred Norgaard from the New York Times...

Free your mind

Michelle Furman, art director for American Teacher magazine called requesting a series of illustrations for a feature about reimagining technical education. The article was the challenge to rethink the role of education and realize there was much untapped potential....

I believe

My wife is a Hong Konger so I’ve had the chance to visit Hong Kong enough to feel a connection to the city. As you can imagine, the news has been very heartbreaking regarding the protests. Christopher Mok is opening a new gallery in Hong Kong and asked for a...

Fly me to the moon

Laura Baer at New Jersey Monthly called requesting illustrations for a series of stories about the future of education. Since the story was about reforms in place and ready to be launched, a playful space metaphor seemed the perfect idea. Since I went to elementary...

Ghosts in the mobile machine

Computerworld Magazine AD Stephen Sauer called with a fun project for a series of spreads about mobile security. Security is always a fun subject for me because it usually comes down to facing or avoiding fears. Since this project was for an online publication, bold...

Look out below

An email popped in my box from my financial advisor about the Alibaba IPO. Many clients were interested and he advised against it because he felt people were too enthusiastic. By coincidence I had received an assignment from Dan Smith from the Wall St Journal about...

Training day for Sphere Magazine (Hong Kong)

Working for Hutchison Whampoa’s Sphere Magazine is a huge undertaking for an illustrator. You are asked to illustrate the cover plus a series of illustrations for 2 to 3 articles. Besides creating a series for an article about cities of the future, I was also...

Clean money for Time Magazine

Andree Khalmorgan called with an assignment for Time Magazine about Wall Street’s infatuation with clean energy. Clean energy has become big enough to catch Wall Street’s eye and financing they can provide could be a huge boost for the growth of clean...

Cities in the sky

It has been a good year for working on assignments requiring multiple illustrations and when long time friend Greg Crandall called with a request to illustrate the entire issue of Hutchison Whampoa’s magazine, “Sphere” I quickly said yes. Greg is the...

Football stickers for ESPN

John Korpics at ESPN and I go back to Washington DC days working for Regardie’s Magazine in the late 80’s. Since then we have played many rounds of golf together and as a team have never won a match. It is an unblemished record we are still proud of today....

Ducks in a row

This is how you know SooJin Buzelli is an excellent art director for illustrators: Illustrators are excited about a magazine about financial planning. If someone were to ask me how she managed to pull it off the answer is simple: 1) She is a fan of illustration and...

The structure of language

Coming from a family of scientists, it’s always exciting to when Scientific American calls and even better when the subject is about language. In my book, language as a subject matter is fertile ground for ideas. Patti Nemoto had a fascinating series of...

Playing with the big boys.

Got a nice call from Jia Baek, art director for the Wall St Journal for a cover piece about investing like a hedge fund. The idea is the tools are available for small investors like ourselves to unleash our inner George Soros. Since I always joke to friends about...

Star Wars with a handicap.

Golf World’s Art Director Tim Carr and I have worked on different golf publications together over the years. He is one of the few art directors to see my growth both as an artist and golfer. It’s nice to mix the passions of golf and illustration and work...

You better bring it.

Art Director Dan Smith for the Wall St Journal is the first person to assign me a project by tweet.  After returning from an exhilarating week in Portland at a biennial illustration conference known as ICON8, I tweeted about feeling pressure to bring it after seeing...

Millennials rising

Everyone is thinking about millennials these days if the number of assignments I have are any indication. People want to reach them and figure out how they tick. Many of my friends are millennials who have been nothing but helpful in keeping me up to snuff in the ever...

ICON8 Portland

This week I’m off to Portland as the illustration conference also known as ICON8 finally happens. As a board member and treasurer this day has come faster than expected so now it’s time to put on a show. I may be a bit biased, but the lineup of speakers...

Genentech: The Trouble with Trials

Producer Nick Miller from Weber Shandwick called with an interesting problem to solve. Genentech has a few research articles on various subjects and was trying to find an illustrator who could catch various concepts regarding biotechnology in a fun yet informative...

Numbers that say boo

American Teacher magazine called requesting a fun series of illustrations for a feature about math anxiety. Coming from a family of scientists and mathematicians, our house was surrounded with educational toys for math. My favorite was a scale which had numbers of...

Seek and hide

Ronn Campisi has a soft spot in my heart since he was one of the first influential art directors to hire me. Doing a cover for Ronn was a huge boost on a national level and I have always been grateful. It was a pleasant surprise to hear from him and do a fun little...

Happy happy happy

One of the pleasant surprises this year has been the steady stream of assignments with multiple illustrations. I really enjoy the chance to develop and idea so it creates a mini story or look. SooJin Buzelli had an assignment which required a cover to be used as an...

Worries

April Montgomery from Computerworld and I have worked together for many years and she is one of my favorite art directors. We have a very good flow which probably comes from working on multiple projects and she is one art director who always seems to pick my favorite...

Spinning wheel

While traveling to Hong Kong this year I’ve heard a theme from friends common to friends in Brooklyn: You have to work harder to stay in place with rising costs. It never ceases to amaze me how assignments can echo life. Mark Tyner at The Wall St. Journal had an...

Law and order

An interesting trend this year may have been started with my Impolite Gentlemen web comic: I’ve received more requests to do sequentially based ideas. This was a fun cops and robbers piece for DBusiness Magazine. Art Director James Slate suggested a strip idea...

Clear your mind

Knock on wood but many people I’ve talked to recently are not just busy but overwhelmed with work and this spans many professions. HOW Magazine must have had its’ hand on the pulse when assigning a story about removing clutter from the mind. The gist of...

One for the good guys

It’s always a pleasure to work for a client you believe in. The Southern Poverty Law Center has been a regular for years and are always a pleasure. They have interesting subjects and are open to a variety of ideas.  The Southern Poverty Law Center recently made...

Slumberland

Got a fun project through the miracle of social media. Yuko Shimizu had posted work in progress for a tribute book about Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo and I posted on her page how much I loved Little Nemo. Next thing I know, she puts me in contact with Chris...

Page 156, CA Illustration Annual 55

I remember the first time my work appeared in CA’s Illustration Annual in 1988. This was the professional equivalent of Christmas arriving early. It was a thrill to see my work together with the best of the best. I had been an illustrator for five years and when...

Summer guide for Dallas Morning News

Art director Michael Hogue called with a fun project to illustrate the entire summer guide for children for the Dallas Morning News. Illustrating the different activities made me realize my parents did a really good job in the summer of keeping me out of their hair....

Every which way

It’s been a very fortunate year for series. Quite a few assignments this year have been for multiple illustrations. My favorite part of doing a series is getting a feel for the project and finding a “voice” which connects the illustrations but still...

Follow the leader

As every illustrator knows, working with a daily paper like The Wall St Journal can be like a Top Chef challenge with the tight deadlines. You need to make something good looking and smart within a very tight window. Dan Smith and I have this down and it’s...

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It has been an interesting trend for the flow of work in 2014. Projects have ranged with assignments from magazines for multiple illustrations per issue to various cultural events, branding, and an animation collaboration for The Impolite Genteman.  For some reason,...

High Anxiety part 2

2014 has been a pleasant surprise with requests from more publications for a series of illustrations for a feature. It’s enjoyable for me because it’s like creating a mini story with images.  Here is part 2 of the series done for Experience Life Magazine...

high anxiety part 1

I was joking to a friend I was smarter before the internet because there was less noise cluttering the brain. Turns out this is a big problem for consumers who want to have healthy eating habits. There is so many conflicting news stories and reports about nutrition...

From here to there (on the third try)

It’s always a treat to work with SooJin Buzelli at Asset International. One would never think a financial client is a place where you can push yourself creatively as an illustrator but this is exactly what happens at Asset International. This illustration was...

Lucia di Lammermoore (Milan)

Hélène Le Cannu from TITA (an advertising agency in Milan) contacted me for a fun project for La Scala In Famiglia which is a series of performances meant for children. I was asked to create an image for a piano accordion style guide for the opera, Lucia Di...

Sneak Peak for Moo.com

Emily Potts called with a fun project from Moo.com. They wanted me to create 100 unique images for a 100 set of mini business cards with rounded corners to showcase their ability to customize. An article and interview about the cards and process will appear soon but...

Always the bridesmaid

Dan Smith from the Wall St Journal called with an assignment about companies getting on board with big data. Seems like they see other companies using big data and they are scrambling to get on board so they won’t be left behind. As a child my biggest worry was...

Passing through

The Chronicle of Higher Education and I go way back and it is rare to have a client for the life of a career. They were my first client and we have worked together ever since. It has been satisfying to watch the Chronicle grow in stature and see their articles...

Be the statistical ball

Tim Carr from Golf World started 2014  requesting a series of illustrations about advances in using statistics to improve the game of golfers. We have worked together since the Golf Magazine days in the 2000’s and have played many rounds together. Since I have...

Going with the flow

Watched a little  football playoffs this weekend and one team’s success was attributed to chemistry between quarterbacks and receivers. They know each other so well the quarterback knows where the receiver will improvise when a play breaks down and the receiver...

The world burns

An interesting request for a group exhibit came by email asking for an interpretation of the world’s end which seemed like an ironic request during the holidays. My take wasn’t the apocalyptic scene which I’m sure many illustrators will take but a...

Merry merry

May everyone get all the presents you want may your dreams come true for the next year. I would also like to thank my clients for a very good year. Few things make me as happy as working away on a deadline then scampering off to indulge whatever hobby like a kid who...

Welcome to an impolite gentleman

Like many young artists, my first introduction to art was comics and I dreamt about being a cartoonist before discovering illustration in high school. Things have come full circle after a couple of Parsons students insisted I create a comic based on the humor of my...

Time never waits

It’s been a pleasure working with the CFA institute on various projects and covers for their regular magazine. Even more fun has been working with Communication Design in Richmond. My former professor, Robert Meganck is one of the principles so it always brings...

Always the bridesmaid

The Washington Post will always have a soft place in my heart since they helped my career break out as a young illustrator starting in DC. It was very heady to walk into the famous newsroom and see the energy. When Ben Bradlee walked by, I almost had a heart attack....

Joy to the Emerging World

Emerging Markets have been a big theme for the last few years even though many of the “Emerging” countries are much older than the US. This was an illustration for Orlie Kraus for the Weekend Wall Street Journal with a quiz for investors about investing in...

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. Usually we spend the holidays with friends and everyone contributes to the meal. At the end of dinner, everyone recites why they are thankful and while it may sound quaint, it is the perfect ending especially for New...

20 Questions (Unabridged) with 3×3 Magazine

3×3 has a warm place in my heart and it was an honor to be asked by publisher Charles Hively to be included in the final print edition of 3×3 Magazine featuring work from Aad Goudappel, Harry Campbell, David Suter, Beppe Giacobbe, Jim Tsinganos, John Kraus,...

Decisions, decisions

It seems every 5 years I get an itch and start playing around with my approach. I’m someone who normally makes gradual changes which is hard to notice until you see samples of work over a span of years. The changes are merely ideas my work could have taken if...

Run turkey run

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. It does not have the pressure of Christmas but it has a feast with family or friends, my favorite pies and football. As a child, “BC” by John Hart was one of my favorite strips. Whenever Thanksgiving rolled...

Linea Curve (Spain)

A pleasant surprise came in the mail this weekend. Linea Curve, which is a visual magazine from Spain, had a nice feature with my work. It was also great to see my friend, Yuko Shimizu in the same issue. Much thanks to editor Francisco Carrasco for writing the feature...

Antigravity

Growing up in the 60’s with a father who was a scientist is probably why I’m a space nut. In grade school I could tell you all the launches and astronauts. Watching “Gravity” recently brought back a lot of those memories. Alfonso Cuarón’s...

He said she said

When there is time between projects I will ocassionally go into the “lab” and play around with colors and textures for future projects. Lately I’ve been wanting to play around more with characters so decided to do two pieces titled,...

Falling

I’m starting to come around to the idea it’s nice having different seasons. My perfect idea of weather used to be eternal spring into early summer but now the idea seems monotonous. Fall in the Northeast is beautiful and who doesn’t like jumping into...

Use your inner eye

It’s always a pleasure to work with a client regularly so you can develop a sense of rhythm. CFA is one such client with whom I have worked with on both publications and identity. Whenever assigned smaller stories for CFA magazine, the client suggested using the...

Don't box me in

It’s always a pleasure to work with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s magazine. They always have interesting subjects for assignments and this one hit close as an Asian American. This illustration was for an iPad edition of the magazine about the problems...

See the ball

If you like sports, this past weekend was for you. It was the first week for the NFL and the US Open Finals weekend where tennis has the good fortune of all time greats playing in the same era. This seemed perfect to share.  Ohio Today Magazine asked for an...

School daze

It is interesting to see how kids react to the first day of school. Some dreaded it but I loved it. I was curious to see which kids would be in my class. There was always a new girl I had a crush on but would never dare to let know. The first week was exciting. It...

Timing is everything

I do not miss my 20’s at all. The main problem was my impatience and desire for everything to happen immediately. Fortunately, experience has taught the benefits of waiting and the rewards of taking your time. SooJin Buzelli had an article for PlanSponsor...

Less is more

Golf Magazine is one client I put in the work-play category. I’m a golfer so it always seems like play when they call. Jennifer Corsano had a story which is near and dear to every golfer’s heart: Rules are too complicated. I’m pretty good keeping...

Everything is relative

Had a very nice coincidence this week. I received an email from the previous tenant to our apartment. We had met before and were happy when he chose us to take over his lease. He was excited about being quoted for the first time in the Wall St Journal and when looking...

Knowing me knowing you

It shouldn’t surprise me but many times art directors call with stories that echo the moment. Lately, news about the depth of government surveillance of citizens has been the big story. This piece for Colgate University is about concerns the internet learns more...

Here comes the sun

The heat wave last week will be a memorable one for New Yorkers. Reading various Twitter and Facebook posts about the heat made me first think people were exaggerating until I stepped outside. It felt like someone had dropped the city into a crock pot. Naturally this...

You can't take it all with you

This is the time of year you receive many automatic replies from art directors saying they are on vacation. Even though days can be hot and deadlines still loom, I love how summer feels like vacation even when working. The days are still long enough to enjoy after...

Easy come easy go

One of my favorite things to draw in grade school was a factory making Easter eggs. It had conveyor belts, gears and tiny workers painting and stacking eggs. Variations of the factory would be drawn every year during the spring. When Robert Lesser from CFO magazine...

Wandering in the wilderness

It is always a pleasure when SooJin Buzelli calls because you know you can explore ideas for assignments and she is willing to pick unusual solutions. She had an article about advisors having to navigate an uncertain future for aiCIO. My idea focused on imagined fears...

The fog of fog

I remember how the last year of college caused all kinds of anxiety. Most of it stemmed from knowing this would be the last time I was in a structured environment with a safety net. Ironically the first year after college was one of the funnest years in my young adult...

2 for 3×3

Good news from 3×3 late last week. Two of my pieces received awards for merit from the 3×3 ProShow. The annual will be out later this winter. Much thanks to Charles Hively and the judges for making my day. Top: Lamps for Lamp in the Box. Designer Director,...

Dancing in the shadows

The Chronicle of Higher Education is one of my oldest clients. They first called the summer I graduated and we have been working together ever since. This illustration commissioned by Scott Seymour is for a column about the problems Asian Pacific Islanders have being...

Stop ruining everything

One of my funner gigs is the Booming Blog for the New York Times. It’s a series of stories geared to the Baby Boomer generation. It is amazing how often I relate to the columns that are assignments. Ironically I relate more to the younger generation in this...

Seeing through you

Lately a couple projects popped up that seemed perfect for playing around with transparency. One of the best things about being a creative is the chance to explore. Ironically, it’s something I need to constantly remind myself is “allowed” as an...

Shall we dance

Got a note from my doctor that it’s time again for the annual checkup. This illustration for Healthleaders magazine is for an article about labor and management’s process in hammering out contracts. It also seems like an appropriate image for a yearly...

Picking your brain

Many of my assignments recently have involved the brain. There seems to be rising interest in breaking it down to figure out why we react irrationally during times of stress or conflict. Turns out we can’t help ourselves and have to go against our nature to...

More than meets the eye

As a child the family was watching  a MASH episode which featured a traditional Korean wedding. One character was reverently describing the service when Mom and Dad started cracking up. Finally Dad said, “I don’t recognize any of this.” Thus...

Hooking up

Who knew that a magazine for financial planners would be one of most fun for creating ideas? This is what AD SooJin Buzelli has created at PlanSponsor magazine. One thing you do not have to do when working for her is limit yourself to ideas for an assignment. This...

Morningstar Advisor Magazine

Morningstar Advisor Magazine is a favorite client for many illustrators. When you are hired, they are using you to be the look for the issue. You are assigned a cover, spread and 4 sections in the magazine, usually with a theme tying the issue together. Risk was the...

Diamond in the rough

Part of a series for Morningstar Advisor about looking for opportunities in uncertain times. With news this week that gold investors were panicking upon learning the price of gold can move violently down, some investors are wondering if the baby had been thrown out...

Monsters and toothpaste

It is always fun when Morningstar Advisor calls for an assignment. They commission several articles including the cover on a theme so you have a chance to develop a series of illustrations. Alex Skoirchet called for the April May issue for a series dedicated to...

By any other name

Wine is one subject I wished I knew more about. My vocabulary for describing wine is simply “like” or “not like” to describe the experience. When Fred Norgaard requested an illustration for the New York Times dining section about the labels we...

It's always something

A few weeks ago friends and I were talking about the market. It seemed to keep going up and up. One friend said it should keep rising because all the big worries have passed. I said you never know. Last week Cyprus happened. Even though Cyprus has been...

Boom box

“Booming” is an online section of the New York Times which features stories for the Baby Boomer generation. As a regular contributor it is becoming clear I must be a boomer because many of the assignments resonate with me. This was for a column complaining...

Anyway you want it.

The minibus system in Hong Kong never ceases to amaze me. They fill the gaps of the transit system to an almost granular level for less than a dollar. The ride can be harrowing but did I mention it is less than a dollar? Illustration for Investment News Magazine about...

Inner noise

Having just arrived in Hong Kong, I’m never quite awake or asleep with the jet lag. It’s subtle and sneaks up on you during the quite times of the day. Illustration for Experience Life magazine about the distracted mind. Stephanie Glaros,...

The not so jet set.

I’m off to Hong Kong this week for my yearly visit and as always, bringing the trusty laptop for work.  My wife’s mom has a space in the apartment for work whenever I visit. It’s a nice way to recharge while having a different routine. Illustration...

Drive

Some of my favorite memories are driving with windows open on a warm evening while listening to music. When asked by Ohio Today to do an illustration about road trip memories it was great to work on a deadline while thinking about those days. Sarah McDowell, AD....

Communication Arts Illustration 2013

Great news from Communication Arts magazine. An illustration for Mother Jones magazine about the acceptance of transgender people was chosen for the 2013 Illustration annual. Tim Priddy, AD I was not the only Yang accepted into the competition. My wife, Abby Chan, is...

Rules for you. Rules for me.

It is nice when work and play become one. As an avid golfer, it’s always a pleasure when Golf World’s Tim Carr calls for an assignment. We’ve worked with each other at various magazines and have played rounds together. The newest assignment discusses...

Talk talk

It is amazing how completely people have adapted to smartphones. You cannot escape friends who are constantly checking their phones and so absorbed they miss everything happening around them. The most painful thing is I am one of those people. Illustration for New...

From here to there

Jodi Foster’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes was fascinating. It was heartfelt, rambling, sometimes funny, sometimes angry.  I was surprised when she more or less came out. I thought she had already come out years ago. What I did appreciate was her...

State of mind

One of my friends has a brilliant formula for happiness. Reality-Expectations = Level of happiness. I am definitely guilty of the “grass is always greener” syndrome. Illustration for PlanSponsor magazine listing the best to worst states for retirement....

Happy New Year.

My favorite thing about New Year is the chance to mentally reboot and start with a clean slate. May everyone have a prosperous and happy 2013. Illustration for CFO magazine, Tim Priddy, AD. Communication Design Inc, design...

Through the forest

We live in a plugged in society. The Yang studio has a desktop computer, iPad, laptop, iPhones and various iPods. All this for just one person. Perhaps the pendulum needs to swing the other way. Illustration for  the Chronicle of Higher Education about teaching beyond...

110 years of Korean Americans in 3 minutes

Animation for the Korean Economic Institute introducing a conference in Washington DC which will encourage Korean Americans to reach out and help others on a global scale. Mihae Kim: Art Director, Mindy Schrader Kim: Writer, Insoo Yoon: Animator...

Brain power

As a child I remember watching documentary about the human brain. In the final scene, a subject had wires coming from his head connected to a toy train set. He was able to control the train with his brain. Illustration for Scientific America for David Pogue’s...

This or that

One of my obsessions when Mrs. Yang is away on one of her many projects is organizing the house when she’s gone. I’m always fascinated with how fellow illustrators create their workspace and look for ideas to steal. This illustration was done for SooJin...

Society of Illustrators 55

More good news from the Society of Illustrators as the “Get Out the Vote” poster for the AIGA was accepted into the advertising category for SOI 55 annual show. Much thanks to the Society and art director Joanne Zamore for the excellent...

Island of one

Post mortems are always fascinating. The big idea after the most recent election was demographics and the mathematical problems one party might have in the future if they keep on their current path. This illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education was about the...

Aches and Pains

The Booming section of the New York Times speaks to me in more ways than is comfortable. Once I pulled a rib muscle taking a nap. My life has come to the point where stretching properly before sleep is necessary. Illustration about the Boomer generation obsessing over...

Jet green

Airlines are on my mind as our flight back to JFK has been cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy. We were originally arriving today but looks like we won’t be back until Friday. Fortunately we’re staying with fellow illustrators and photographers so we are...

Quants vs Quants

The biggest change in the stock market the last few years is how computers now overwhelm human investors. They are programmed to exploit human weakness. Many investors realized they were hopelessly outgunned and left the market for good. In a bit of irony, many...

Magic man

It is tempting to think problems can be solved with an easy answer. Staple’s “easy” button is the one item I really want. This cover and opener were done for Jennifer Chang for American Teacher. The feature was about the temptation to find the magic...

Bully on the block

With numerous stories about bullying appearing in the news recently it was inevitable a bullying article would come across my desk as a project. This story is a little different as it talks about some extreme cases to stop bullying turning into cases of institutions...

Boom baby boom

All these years I thought Generation X was my generation. The defining years for baby boomers when I grew up ended in 1959. Turns out the definition changed to 1964 even though I suspect this definition was changed so Boomers could claim Obama as one of their own. I...

Show me the money

My last few projects suggest why Romney has been criticized for reluctance to show tax returns. He may be the victim of bad timing. There is a movement towards more transparency in companies and organizations. The trend seems to be the more open, the better....

Always the bridesmaid

Some things never mix. Orange juice after brushing your teeth comes to my mind. It seems the goals of government and business are always in conflict with the pendulum swinging from one side to another.  This two part illustration for The Milkin Institute discusses the...

Spread the wealth

Nothing expands your thinking like traveling abroad. It was amazing how traveling changed my view of the world.  An interesting thing about investing is most average investors have a home bias. This CFA institute cover was for a feature about diversifying investments...

Hammer time

When I was a child, tests were often graded on the curve which meant the highest score in class became the benchmark. If you were the one who scored perfectly on the test, you got grief from other classmates for setting the bar so high. Seems like this dynamic also...

Saving for a rainy Swiss day

It’s nice to know Americans are not the only ones confused by the variety of investment options for retirement planning. The Swiss also have many choices to make and it was interesting how their options differ from the US. Cover and series for SonntagsZeitung...

Judgment day

It can be overwhelming with new products and ideas flooding us each day. Kickstarter makes it even more intense with endless people asking for seed money from the public. I’m always curious about what works and doesn’t work on Kickstarter. The Wall St...

Pants on fire

The ironic thing about the corporations are people debate is this how I approach many of my projects. It is easier to imagine companies as a character to communicate ideas. This illustration for PlanSponsor Magazine played on a very human reaction of waiting until the...

London calling

The London Olympics are on day and night at the Yang household. It has been fun glancing at the live stream while working on deadlines. Joel Cadman from the Wall Street Journal called with a timely article. Galleries in New York City are expanding in a big way into...

Feel my pain

One the best things about illustration is working on projects that remind you of your childhood. Time was THE magazine to read growing up in the US in the 60’s and 70’s. It was a staple in the Yang household and my favorite part was looking at the art on...

Write and wrongs

It is difficult to keep track of all the financial scandals that keep piling up. First the London Whale and before you know it the Libor scandal. As if this isn’t enough to absorb, news of problems brewing with Chinese banks are similar to what made US and...

Dirty rotten scoundrels

It is amazing the amount of junk mail received with offers of riches from African royalty and penny stocks that will make you rich. I’m still in disbelief about the famous psychologist who gave 1.3 million to a Nigerian scam. While these scams seem obvious,...

Use your head

July 4th week seems the perfect time to share this poster designed with Joanne Zamore. This was created for AIGA’s Get Out the Vote program to encourage the public to participate in elections this fall. Joanne has a special place in my heart because we both...

The great debate

Director/Animator Dave Redl and I are at it again working on a new short animation. A six year old will explain the science of submarines and jets. Here is an early preview of the art with a sketch and frame. Don’t want to give too much away but let me say there...

More brains please

This year I taught a course in professional practices at Parsons for a semester. Some of the staff was on sabbatical so it was a chance to change up the routine. I highly recommend teaching a course if the opportunity arises. Your creative juices get flowing figuring...

Unplugged

One of my favorite memories as a child is going to drive-in movies with the family and eating a hamburger in the back seat while cartoons played before the main feature. The best clip was snack items with faces, legs and arms strutting across the screen while singing...

Bring it on

A director and I have been thinking about doing an instructional animation with the zeitgeist of animation from the 50’s and 60’s. By coincidence, Dan Smith from the Wall Street Journal called for an illustration about inventories predicting the health of...

Guess who's coming to dinner

One of the best things about New York City is you can experience many different cultures, classes and viewpoints without the jet lag. Nothing gives you a broader view of the world than contact with others from outside your circle. Illustration for Investment News...

The eyes have it

There are loyal clients and there are LOYAL clients. The Chronicle of Higher Education is one of the first publications to hire me in 1984 and we have consistently worked together ever since. Illustration about the reluctance of trustees to open their investing...

Gone in five seconds

It is amazing how many reputations have been tarnished with the “what was he/she thinking” tweet that has to be taken back after many apologies. Illustration for American Federation of Teachers teaching students to take five seconds before they tweet or...

Shake rattle and roll

The word of the moment seems to be crowd. Whether it’s crowd funding or crowd sourcing, everybody wants to join or access a crowd. Illustration for Alchemy Magazine about the trend for companies to bypass the major institutions in favor of multiple smaller...

Evil is as evil does

Don’t be evil seems like a simple goal. Apparently it becomes harder when you’re a tech company and your goal is world domination. Art Director Minh Uong threw out the idea a robot could be a great metaphor for the story. Being asked to illustrate a robot...

Mortgage in a bottle

Strangest news these days is buyers buying houses by the hundreds. I guess it is always good to stock up. Illustration for Community Associates about buying houses in bulk. Mark Mavillia,...

You say tomato

Sheryl Dermawan, AD at the Wall St Journal called and mentioned my different characters and asked how I chose characters. I told her the idea dictates the character. She said she loved my circle and squared headed guys and had a story about IT and non IT people being...

Back to work

Interesting how certain subjects will come across my desk. I have had a few projects lately discussing the health of jobs in the current economy. Illustration for the Washington Post for a special section describing job growth by sector. Meredith Brown,...

The right thing

The latest episode of This American Life with a retraction of the Mike Daisy Foxconn story was captivating radio as Ira Glass and Rob Schmitz confront Daisy about the facts.  Ironically, it was more compelling than the original story. Illustration for Investment News...

Smaller the better

Streamlining is the theme this year at the Yang household after spending a month in Hong Kong. Living in a smaller space makes you realize life is cluttered with stuff you don’t need and there are smarter ways to do things. Illustration for the Wall St Journal...

Round and Round

Basketball fever has hit New York with the Knicks finally being watchable thanks to a Chinese-American Harvard educated point guard and the team buying into the pass- first ethic. Promo illustrations for Zanimation about the NCAA basketball tournament known as March...

If you could see what I see

For some reason, countries always think they have to come up with solutions by themselves. A better way is to borrow the best ideas from other countries that work. Illustration for PlanSponsor Magazine about borrowing the best ideas from around the world. SooJin...

Pieces of you

Not sure when people became brands instead of humans, but we’re living it and you better figure it out. Illustration for Tufts Magazine about building your personal brand. Margot Grisar, AD.    ...

Grass is greener

Illustration for the Wall St Jounal about companies that reward top employees by letting them switch jobs with other employees to broaden perspective. Dan Smith,...

Why is it always me

Fun assignment since we all live in a Larry David world. Illustration for PlanSponsor magazine about fiduciary duty. In other words, it is an article about who gets the blame when things go wrong. SooJin Buzelli,...

School daze

Funny how life works. Late last year illustrator extraordinaire Hanuka Tomer and I were catching up at an opening. Hanuka is a former student of mine and was chastising me for not teaching the last few years. This left me with pangs of guilt. Couple of weeks later,...

Feast and famine

Cover for Jewish Action magazine for a feature about the new reality in the world economy. As you can tell, the article predicts hard times. Yocheved Lefkovits,...

Inside eye

This seemed appropriate as many people look forward to a fresh start for the New Year. Illustration for Residential Architect Magazine about using both sides of your brain to run a successful business. Pete Morelewicz, AD...

Rein maker

Hopefully you haven’t put off holiday shopping to the last minute like the Yangs have this year. I even have less of an excuse since I was commissioned for a special holiday shopping section illustration for the Washington Post. Kim Vu, AD    ...

Here there everywhere

One nice thing about the future is taking work with you has never been easier. With more powerful laptops, higher res screens, cheap storage, smartphones and Skype, there is no excuse to not change the view from the studio now and then.  I’m taking advantage of...

If you build it they will come.

Illustration series for aiCIO magazine about building financial products to protect institutional investors. As you can imagine, investments designed to not blow up in your face are high in demand. Soojin Buzelli,...

Illustrators 54

Good news from Illustrators 54. An illustration from the World Wildlife Federation (Canada) has been accepted into the annual in the Institutional/Advertising category. Much thanks to the Society of illustrators. Patricia Buckley,...

Illustrators Unlimited

Illustrators Unlimited by Gestalten in Berlin is a collection of contemporary illustration from around the world. They were kind enough to include my work in this anthology. There are many excellent illustrators included and you get a feel for trends happening today....

Boo

Who doesn’t like scary monsters with multiple eyeballs on Halloween? Have a Happy Halloween and don’t eat all your candy in one...

Be the club

It is not a secret golf is one of my passions. When Golf World called asking for an illustration describing the handicap system, the essence of the idea came quickly. The handicap scoring system allows players of different ability to play together on a level field....

New guy on the block

Art Director David Stokes called for an assignment requiring body parts being assembled without being disturbing.  Illustration for Investment News magazine about building succession plans for your...

War and drugs. Just not in the same story.

Illustrations for Bostonia Magazine, an alumni magazine for Boston University. Top illustration is about a study that found female soldiers have the same stress levels as their male counterparts in combat. Bottom illustration is an article about the effects of...

Rise of the machines

One running joke with friends is “Terminator” is coming true before our very eyes and why am I the only one who remembers it is really bad for humans? Robot trading today makes up 70 percent of the volume on the stock market. One trader theorized trading...

Rainy day

With the heavy rain, earthquake, and hurricane in the New York area, it is no surprise a story would pop up about apartment insurance. Illustration for the Wall St Journal Metro section. Joel Cadman,...

Nuclear family

Illustration for UTNE reader about the Nuclear Industry distributing material to school children about the benefits of nuclear energy. Stephanie Glaros, AD. To give you an idea what the art director receives at the sketch stage, here are the sketches for the article....

Face time

It is no secret that I am a golf nut so it’s nice when work mixes with pleasure. Illustration for Golf World Magazine about the new television deal between CBS, NBC, and the PGA. Eugene Wang,...

Music to my ears.

Illustration for the Wall St Journal weekend section about the best streaming music service for your smartphone. Chelsea Kardokus, AD. With the scary news today, I thought it would be nice to have something to calm the...

Big blue marble

Identity illustrations for the World Wildlife Federation of Canada to be used for various purposes. Illustrations were done for specific areas of Canada WWF. (Climate Change, Oceans, Artic, Fresh Water) Seemed like the perfect time to share after an Irene filled...

From me to you

This summer must have been a good year for remodelers. It seemed like all my friends who are owners were doing major renovations. Illustration for Remodeling Magazine about how to build your business through word of mouth. Pete Morelewicz,...

Green lies

Illustration for Mother Jones magazines about businesses that get fraudulent green designation for their buildings. Tim Luddy,...

The little guy

Illustration for Computerworld Magazine about lessons large companies can learn from startups. Progression as an artist is a funny thing. For years I avoided using the color green. Now I can’t get enough of it. April Montgomery,...

Watch your step

With all the scary financial news coming out these days, this seemed like the perfect choice. Cover for Penton Publishing about promising but risky investments in commercial real estate. Jaun Mims,...

Puzzlehead goes to Korea

This weekend I got a pleasant surprise from my publisher, Simon and Schuster. A Korean version of Puzzlehead is now available in Korea.  My parents would have been proud. As any Korean can tell you, impressing the parents is a very big deal.  ...

Meet and greet.

Wall Street Journal illustration for an article about social networking sites that connect potential investors with startup companies. Dan Smith,...

Etch a sketch 21st century style

As an illustrator, the iPad is becoming more useful. Adobe Ideas is a great vector sketch program that will feel intuitive to Photoshop users. I found other art apps frustrating because relearning a new interface got in the way of creating. Wacom just came out with a...

Helping hand

Illustration for aiCIOSU11, an online magazine for institutional investors. The article is about managers deciding whether to hire an advisor or go it alone in a dangerous investing environment. This magazine is part of an emerging trend of magazines that are viewable...

Hello doctor

Fun spread, cover, and inside illustration for Tufts University alumni magazine about dentists having to manage the fears of children and their parents. Betsy Hayes,...

Wired world part 2

Illustrations for the Chronicle of Higher Education for a special section about the digital campus. Scott Seymour, AD. The top illustration is about the transition from a paper system to a digital system. The bottom illustration is about online security on...

Wired higher education style

Illustrations for a special edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education about higher education adapting technology for the future. Scott Seymour, AD. The Chronicle is near and dear to my heart since they were one of the first clients to use me back at the beginning....

some words of wisdom

I could not help but admire all of the pretty type at opening of the Parson Illustration Senior Show which I had the pleasure of judging a few months back. Pretty type by: Alexander Iezzi , Leslie V. Robertson and Hazel Santino. The show was organized and installed by...

Bright lights

Green technology is becoming a larger part of projects that come into the studio. Illustration for Community Association Magazine about energy efficient lights. Mark Mavilia,...

Herman Miller Liason Cabinet System Direct

It is always fun to work with clients whose work you admire. Visitors to the Yang home know I am a big fan of Herman Miller furniture. Direct mail campaign for Herman Miller from 1993. Michael Barile, Yang Kim, AD. For full credits, please visit the AIGA Design...

Old and wise.

Series of illustrations for Scientific American Magazine for a fascinating article about intelligence and lifespan. Patti Nemoto, AD. Higher intelligence translates into a longer life because of choices and circumstances. My favorite statistic was about physical...

Need to know.

Illustration for the New York Times Sunday Business Section for an article titled “When There is No Such Thing as Too Much Information”. Fred Norgaard,...

The future is around the corner.

It took longer than expected but from where I sit, demand for illustration for the web and various devices is starting to rise with budgets in line with budgets for print. Projects for web versions of magazines have become more frequent in the last few months. A...

Mind Games

Illustration for Penn Stater Magazine about advances in MRI technology. The request was for a representation of MRI’s that was fun but not frivolous. Jessica Knuth,...

Fighting Words

Illustration for Golf World Magazine about the current and former swing coaches for Tiger Woods arguing about his swing. Tiger’s swing looked fine at the Masters. His putter cost him. Statistics show golf pros lose their putting touch around the age of 35. Tiger...

Paul Rand Day

There is no bigger influence for how I approach work with clients than Paul Rand. The most important lesson learned was there are no bad projects, only bad solutions to projects. Here are a couple of short videos about the great Paul Rand. Enjoy.    ...

A Little Off The Top

Things must still be tough in the housing industry. Illustration for Remodeling Magazine about the right time to reduce your staff. Pete Morelewicz,...

a peek at my hoard

Every Designer and Illustrator has one and here is a little look at some of the Items I have picked up in used bookstores and junk shops worldwide and some items even saved from the trash. Some my most coveted items: they sit above my desk.   A nice big pile of...

Fly With Me

Illustration for the New York Times Sunday Business section for an article about the Web making a comeback. Fred Noraard, AD. The idea for the airship came after seeing a clip from the movie, “Sucker Punch”. Critics have called “Sucker Punch”...

Our Favorite Things

Ming Pao Weekly, the major entertainment magazine in Hong Kong, did a brief interview about my favorite object. Below is the rough interview in English before it was translated into Cantonese. Reporter: Dawn Dawn Dawn. 1. How you find this object? Suggested by...

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

With the release of the iPad2, this illustration came to mind. Illustration for a David Pogue article for Scientific American Magazine about the problems with preserving photographs because of rapidly changing technology. Caitlin Choi,...

Two for One

Today is two for one day. Top: Illustration for DBusiness Magazine about robot programs that trade. Megan DeKok, AD. Bottom: Illustration for Wall St Journal about the lack of writing skills among MBA’s. Daniel Smith,...

Birdland

Birdland is a series which I have been working on which will be available for sale as prints. Here is an early...

Fumble

Illustration for the Wall St Journal about football apps for your smartphone if you are having withdrawal symptoms after the Super Bowl. Anne Russinof, Art...

Shall We Dance

Came across this while archiving work. 2006 Poster for “Lost and Found”, a performance about adopted girls from China. Choreographer, Abby...

Angry Lawyers

ABA Journal article about law graduates using blogs to vent about the imbalance between salaries and the cost for law school. Deborah Clark,...

PlanSponsor Magazine: Cold Case

Illustration for PlanSponsor Magazine cover and spread. The article is about security lawsuits that have been left for dead. Soojin Buzelli, AD. She requested an illustration with an autopsy that wouldn’t scare...

Society of Illustrators 53

Good news from the Society of Illustrators. Two pieces were accepted for the annual Society of Illustrators 53 Show. The book will be published next year and the opening for Institutional and Advertising art will be held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City...

China

Illustration for Duke Magazine about Duke collaboration in research and education with Chinese Universities. Lisa Chaylack,...

Balance

Illustration for The Chronicle of Higher Education about teacher’s compensation. Scott Seymour, AD. The scale is an overused symbol, so it’s fun to find a solution to make it seem...

Big Blue Marble

Every year I take my studio to Hong Kong for a month. One of the great things about being an illustrator is the opportunity to work with a different view out your window. This cover for Duke University’s Alumni Magazine is for a series of articles about Duke...

Exhibit: “Where is My Vote/” at SVA Gallery

I am part of a exhibit titled, “Where is My Vote? Posters for the Green Movement in Iran.” Posters have been created by some of the best known designers and illustrators working today. The School of Visual Arts is sponsoring the exhibit curated by Anita...

America’s Shaky Foundation

Illustration for Investment News about the unstable financial system in the United States. David Stokes, AD. This summer I read “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis. It is must read if you want to know what really happens inside Wall Street. “The Big...

Think

Illustration about the process of thinking. This was based on an article about how prejudices alter people’s view of...

Wall Street Journal: Forecasts

It is interesting how a theme will pop up with assignments. Lately assignments have been about concern for the future. Illustration for a Wall Street Journal article about corporations’ concerns despite reporting excellent profits for the 3rd Quarter. Dan Smith,...

Sharing Resources

Illustration series for Utne Reader about a growing trend in communities to share the responsibilities and benefits of common resources. Stephanie Glaros,...

Poster: Splice Design Group

Image for a poster/fold out mailer for A/I Data, a company that researches underground structures.  Splice Design Group, Client.  Ken Karlic, AD. Two color choices were presented to the client. The brown scheme was...

Newsweek: The Economy

Illustration series for Newsweek article by Daniel Gross about the economy having to take care of itself after government stimulus ends. Haiyen Chin,...

Draw

It’s nice to take a day off from illustration to make some art. This piece is currently at the “Draw” exhibit at the Museo de la Cuidad de...

Cutting Effectively

Illustration for HealthLeaders magazine about finding intelligent ways to reduce costs without harming the core mission of your business. Doug Ponte,...

Man and Machine

Illustration for a fascinating article about a movement of scientists to merge man and technology into one singular being. This was an unusual situation where I was commissioned but the editor thought another artist was completing the assignment so this did not run....

Down The Rabbit Hole

It is surprising how many times assignments will reflect events that happen a few weeks later. Illustration for Soojin Buzelli for an article titled, “What the Heck is . . .?” With the unsettling news around the world this week, this illustration seems...

Poster 1: Where Is My Vote Exhibit

Poster for an exhibit titled, ‘Where is My Vote: Posters for the Green Movement in Iran.’ The exhibit will be held this September at the School of Visual Arts Gallery. Curated by Steven Heller, Anita Kunz, Woody Pirtle and Francis Di Tommaso. This project...

Gray: Saving

Illustration for Plansponsor magazine about saving. One of the nice things about working for Soojin is she always seems to pick my favorite sketch. Soojin Buzelli,...

Criticism

Illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education about the dangers of provocative criticism. Scott Seymour,...

Calendar: November

Calendar Illustration for November for the Society of Newspaper Designers. Deborah Withey (UK) , Art Director. We were given free reign with the request that newsprint be incorporated into the final...

100 Heads for Haiti Poster

While my work is digital these days, I was more than happy to break out the brushes for Spur Design and a good cause. (via Spur Design Blog) Joyce Hesselberth In previous years, we used the large lobby space of our studio as a gallery to showcase some great...

Design for Daydream Nation: Spring 2010 collection

T-Shirt and Hoodie design for Daydream Nation. Kay Wong, Jing Wong, designers. Designer Kay Wong will be showing the Daydream Nation collection at Rendez-Vous NY, February 20-22nd. La Venue, 628 W 28th St (between 11th and 12th Avenues), 10:00am-7:00pm Check it out...

Bus Design for German Embassy

This was a design for Metro bus system in Washington DC commissioned by the German Embassy in 2004. This was during the height of the Iraq War and the German Embassy wanted an image to communicate friendship between the United States and Germany. Agency: Powell Tate...

Illustrators 52: Winning entries

Good news from the Society of Illustrators. Three entries were accepted into the Illustrators 52 Annual and Exhibition. The Editorial gala will be held at the Society of Illustrators on February 5th, 2010 and the Institutional Gala will be held on March 5th, 2010....

Parsons School of Design Part 2: Posters

Posters for Parsons School of Design, 2002-2003. These posters appeared at various subway stops and bus kiosks in New York City. Evelyn Kim, Art Director. Yong-Rheum Soon, Graphic Designer. Copywriter, Velma Choi. subway stops and bus kiosks in New York City. Evelyn...

Enlighten Exhibit on the Daily Heller

“Three Bunnies with Apologies to the Three Graces”, lampshade design for “Enlighten”. Tornado Design (LA). Al Quattrocchi, Jeff Smith, AD (via the Daily Heller) Enlighten! is an exhibition and sale in Los Angeles on November 21 featuring over...

Clockman Sculpture for the Smithsonian

Sculpture designed for the Smithsonian Museum of American History. I provided an illustration and the Smithsonian created the sculpture. ‘Clockman’ was created for the “On Time” Exhibit and is part of the museum’s permanent...

Moye White Website

Animated Website for Moye White LLP. The client is a firm in Denver,Colorado specializing in commercial law. This is part of a campaign including advertising and collateral....

Galison Mudpuppy

Series of children’s products created for Galison Mudpuppy. Clockwise from top left: robot stickers, Space coin bank, robot folders, robot pencil holder  ...

Directory of Illustration Mailer, 2009

This was a cover and fold-out for the Directory of Illustration 2009. Dave Plunkert of Spur Design is the designer. When I first turned it in, it had a more complex background. Dave liked the art, but I asked if there was anything he would change. He said no. I asked...