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Robin Ha is a textile designer, a cartoonist and an illustrator. She studied illustration at RISD and her work has been published by Marvel and Heavy Metal Magazine. She is part of Drawbridge studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Twitter: RobinHaArt Website: http://robin.megaten.net/

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sneak Peek: "Why Oh, Why Alabama" (work in progress)







I've been thinking about doing a graphic memoir about my move from Seoul, Korea to Huntsville Alabama in 1995 for about a year. And I've finally finished writing the draft last month. It was a trip down the memory lane for sure, looking though old letters, dairies, school documents and journals. Some of them made me laugh, some of them made me cry. So much happened during that one year. It wasn't easy to make a cohesive story out of all the jumble of information and memories. But now I have a good map to make this project come to life.

This is my first time making a graphic novel, and the task seems monumental, especially because I want it to be hand colored and lettered. But I'm very excited to have a story that I can be passionate about and to explore different ways to use the language of comics to convey my story effectively. One of the main focus of my memoir is about isolation and confusion caused by the language barrier.  It'll be an interesting challenge to draw and I'm already full of ideas how to express it in the way only comic can. Fingers crossed I'll be able to make it happen the way I imagined them on the pages.


Diary tune 2014 album cover illustration


Friday, February 14, 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier at Brooklyn Museum












My studio mates and I went to Brooklyn Museum to see Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition yesterday. I have seen this show before and it was so awesome that I had to go back there with some drawing materials to sketch. The show was very well curated with interesting / funny/ creepy projections of talking faces on the mannequins. Some of them will taunt you, some of them sing sporatically. Some of them talk to themselves. I love Gaultier's vision of beauty, it embraces the difference between people of all shapes, color and sizes, his vision is truly unique and daring, and with great sense of humor. His creativity is infectious. The show goes on till Feb 23rd. I highly recommend everyone to see it if you haven't already. https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jean_paul_gaultier/

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New paintings

Happy New year, everyone!
I've spent some quality time in my mother's basement oil painting over the holidays. I've gotten dizzy from the oil rather than champagnes but it was definitely worth it! I've finished couple large paintings that I've been working on and off this winter. One is an abstract painting I've named "Under the sea" because the swirling movement and bright colors remind me of snorkeling in tropical ocean. The other is pretty straight forward landscape of Brighton, UK. which I've worked off of a photo that I took a few years ago.


Then I started two new paintings. First one is a large sunset piece of Honolulu, Hawaii. Sunsets are so magnificent in real life that I've always felt intimated to paint, but I took some amazing photos when I went to Hawaii over the thanksgiving that I've decided to give it a try. Hopefully I'll be able to at least come close to the beauty of the real sunset over honolulu beaches. Then I started another painting of color blocks and it turned out to look a bit like a autumn lake with leaves reflecting. I'll see how it goes.




Hope everyone have fun and productive new years ahead!

-Robin

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New pages on THE DRESS

6 new pages are up on THE DRESS, my online comic on tumblr.
here's a sneak peek! To read the full comic, go to: readthereddress.tumblr.com/


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Secret Identities Can Be So Hard On The Eyes.



I'll be in a panel discussing gender issues in comics this thursday at Hullabaloo books at 7 pm!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Astoria Market RECAP









This is my first time exhibiting at a craft market instead of a comic convention and I had a blast. It's at a Astoria beer garden so naturally every vendors and customers had a glass or a pitcher of two of beer in hands, enjoying the beautiful summer night with a soft acoustic live guitar music. 

Being a craft market, there were mostly jewelries, home and bake goods, I was one of a few art vendors, but it was great to see so many different things in one place. I'm only sorry that I didn't get to shop around much since I had to hold my own fort.

Thanks everyone who came out! I'm definitely up for doing another one of these events this season and will post about the info soon.