Tuesday, December 21, 2010

seasonal greetings!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Water color illustrations by Grzegorz Wrobel





I was searching for inspirational drawings in the internet and found the work of Grzegorz Wrobel. Looking at these fabulous watercolors makes me want to travel and paint everything with water color. Just the thing I needed to get me going on my work. :)

Check out more about him on this website.

Friday, November 26, 2010

OMG! preview of my first Marvel comic!


In the Comic Book Resources, you can see the first couple pages of the invisible woman story I did for Marvel, which is coming out on Dec. 1st to the comic book stores near you! Super psyched!! :D





Tuesday, November 2, 2010

King Con 2010!



I will be attending King Con in Brooklyn Lyceum this weekend! this event is from Thursday to Sunday. I don't have my own table this time but I'll be sharing a table with my studio mates on saturday and sunday, so come and say hello at Deep 6 and Hypothetical Island's table! I'm signed up to be at the table on Saturday from 5 to 7, so if you need to find me for some reason, this is the surest time to find me. I'll be walking around for a few hours on Sunday too.

Check out King con website for more info!

Friday, October 22, 2010

King Con 2010 Sketchbook!


Nathan Schreiber from my studio is having a sketchbook drawing contest for king con 2010 and here's my piece! Read more about it at Robot 6!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Interview on "Amber Unmasked"!


Check out my interview with Elizabeth-Amber Delaney on Super heroes and their fashion!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New York Comic Con this weekend!



I'll be attending NYCC at the Jacob Javits Center. I won't have a table at this con, but I'll be hanging around A Wave Blue World table on Friday afternoon briefly, so if anyone needs to find me, come to small press table #444. And for the rest of the weekend, I will be walking around with my brand new comic anthology. Check out NYCC website for more details.
Hope to see you all there! :)

When Is New York Comic Con?

Professional Only Hours:

Friday, October 8, 2010 -- 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Open to the Public:

Friday, October 8, 2010 -- 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 9, 2010 -- 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 10, 2010 -- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where Is New York Comic Con?

New York Comic Con is held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. The Javits Center is located at 655 West 34th Street. See our Travel page for directions and information about New York City's buses and subways.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Emerging talent: Amanda Lee!



Amanda Lee is a singer song writer from Northern VA, and she is my cousin! I remember her as a little girl, and suddenly she is all grown up to a beautiful talented young musician. Time really flies! Check out her music on myspace and also follow her on twitter for updates on upcoming events. She is working on her first EP "Beauty of Failing" through Pledge music and her sale will benefit American Cancer Society. Read more about it at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/amandaleemusic

Check out her live music on youtube:

This is my favorite video of her :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

On the Comic Book Resources....


WOMEN OF MARVEL #2 (of 2)
Written by Dame Darcy, Mary HK Choi, Jim McCann, & Audrey Loeb
Penciled by Robin Ha, Nuno Alves, Mike Ryan, & Emily Warren
Cover by GREG Land
Jungle queens, invisible princesses and beautiful banshees, oh my! Marvel’s magnificent Amazons take it up a notch in this smoldering selection of shorts by talent to watch out for! Shanna the She-Devil battles pilgrims and pterodactyls, Sue Storm forges a fairy tale ending for the Invisible Woman, and Songbird faces the music of her past when she meets…Screaming Mimi?! And little Lyra needs a prom dress…which brings the smallest She-Hulk against an all new foe: THE MALL!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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The invisirella comic I did for Marvel is coming out in December under Women of Marvel #2! :)
Check out more at comicbookresources.com!


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wonder woman auction

Some of the cartoonists at DEEP 6 and Hypothetical Islands are donating sketches for a charity event which will benefit domestic violence programs. Check out Drawbridge blog for other members' drawings and more info on how to purchase the wonderful wonder woman sketches!
http://draw-bridge.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 6, 2010

SPX this weekend!

I will be attending SPX this weekend with my fellow brooklyn comic artist gals, Vanessa Satone, Risa Hwan Cho and Melissa DeJesus. Please visit us at Table C5!
For more info, visit SPX site:

http://www.spxpo.com/

What: SPX 2010

Where: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

When: Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, 2010.

Times:
Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm

Admission:
One day memberships: $10.00
Weekend memberships: $15.00
Collected at the door the day of the show

new drawing

Monday, August 23, 2010

Baltimore Comic Con this weekend!

I will be joining Tyler Chin-Tanner this Saturday and Sunday at A Wave of Blue World table. And I might also be popping by fellow studio mate Dean Haspiel, Reilley Brown, and Nathan Schreiber's table. Come and say hello!

Baltimore Comic Con is held at the Baltimore Convention center

The Baltimore Convention Center

One West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

(SHARP STREET ENTRANCE)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Invisible Woman: Invisirella Sneak Peek!

Check it out!


On the Marvel website now, you can see a few pages of the comic I've just finished for Marvel, written by Dame Darcy. This web page is about tips for the new writers. Just scroll down a bit, and on the right, you will see the link to view the un-colored pages of Invisirella. I don't know when this comic will be published yet, hopefully in a next couple month or so. I think they are going to publish it online first, then put it into print later this year.
I'll put more info up as I find out. Stay Tune! :)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson


At the Art Institute of Chicago museum, there was a special exhibition on Henri Cartier-Bresson. I just wandered into it without knowing anything about him, and later realized he is the one who took the bicycle photo that I had to memorize for the art history exam at college. In the exhibition, there were hundreds of photos he took all around the world, from poverty and war to glamorous celebrities and intellectuals. What a life this guy had. He was in a true sense a brilliant paparazzi, always ready to jump at people with a camera, looking for the money shot.

Friday, July 30, 2010

M



First I thought it could be a remake of the Fritz Lang's M, but it isn't. Although it also has dark, sinister mystery feeling to it, this is something I haven't seen before, especially from Korean cinema. The director Lee Myung-se is truly skilled in piecing stories, illusions and dreams together in a very artistic and stylish way. This is the first time I've really noticed the director's hands in editing when watching a film. I've seen Lee Myung-Se's other movie, "the duelist" before, which was visually very sleek and the story was much more light hearted. That movie didn't stay in my mind too long. But I think "M" will stay in my head for a long time, haunting me. Both movies have the same actor playing the lead and he is very good in both. In "M" he plays a writer who is struggling to separate his dreams/ hallucination/memories from the reality. It reminded me a bit of Nolan's "Memento" and "Inception", all dealing with a similar subject. But "M" also has a menacing and creepy quality like Lynch's with the precision of Hitchcock's thrillers. There are many Korean films coming out to the U.S. these days, I don't know how I missed it when this one came to the theater. I wish many people had a chance to see "M", because I think this movie is far better than some of the other well received korean movies out there.




Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Gary Komarin






I first encountered his paintings at a gallery near my old job. The gallery was super intimidating to walk into, with a very serious looking curator/owner at her table. So I used to pick in through the window and marvel at his paintings whenever I passed by.
It's too bad that there aren't any art books of his paintings out there.

I Am Love


Did I mention I have a crush on Tilda Swinton?
She's as amazing as usual in this Italian film. I can't say I understand this movie fully... the ending is a bit bizarre and the subject matter isn't something I can relate to... which is about a rich middle age woman having an affair with her son's friend. I, being unmarried, nor rich, nor have a son, couldn't really get into the character's dilemmas. But visually this movie definitely had a very precise style, I felt like I was watching Harper's Bazaar catalog of the 80's and 90's throughout the whole film. Amazing color and compositions!
I think this movie is meant to be viewed with an open mind, without demanding a solid conclusion or logical actions from the characters. And I did, so I enjoyed it.

Jaurim

Jaurim has been around Korean music scene for over a decade. I've loved their music when I was in middle school in korea, and I still enjoy listening to their music. Their music videos are equally well made to fit their music. Here are a few of my favorite music videos of Jaurim.







The lead singer, Kim Yoon-ah has made a solo album a few years ago. This song has been used in a popular movie based on a Korean comics I used to love in the 90's. I love the look of this music video, reminds me of great Chinese period movies like "lust, caution" and the "the last emperor".

Monday, July 19, 2010

Inception



So the movie that everyone has been waiting for finally opened last week. There really hasn't been many movies that I wanted to see lately, so I was very eager to see Christopher Nolan's Inception.
This movie starts off with intensity and momentum of a good heist movie. when Leo DiCaprio's character says "this is my last job", it reminded me of many slick action flicks like Layer Cake, Italian Job, or Ocean's Eleven. It sets up very high potentials to what might come later in the film. At the beginning, there seems to be no limit to what might happen in this movie just like in dreams.
But being a big budget film with limited time frame, it ends up being a bit too closed in, too safe, and too predictable. I understand the problem of creating a gripping story line within someone's dream, because the audiences know everyone's ultimately safe no matter what happened in their dreams. I wish Nolan had more guts to throw away the logic of awaken person and just let things unfold in it self, like an exquisite corpse because that's how the dreams are like. It's funny that I lost interests when Leo's character explains the danger of dying in a dream when the person is sedated. The movie needed this guide line for the story to work, but it felt too contrived and the story lost it's credibility. But nonetheless, Inception had some of the most striking visuals and concepts. I'm a total sucker for movies that deals with dreams and subconsciousness and I can almost see this movie flowering into a TV series, like 24 or Lost.

hmm.. what would my totem be?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New paintings




I went to visit my mom in VA for a week and had a wonderfully productive time. I got my hair done, and eye brow done, went for a massage with my mom, ate loads of good food.. and among all these activities, I finished 3 paintings and started the 4th one.
My mom has a beautiful garden full of flowers and she took many photos of them in a vase. So I painted them to loosen up my painting hands. Then I painted a landscape using a painting knife for the first time. It was so much fun mixing oil colors with knife, I don't know why I haven't used it before. The colors smeared across the canvas so smoothly, like butter. I had to refrain myself from trying to eat them. :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Marcy Kaptur

What a bright and charismatic lady! I wish she runs for president, she got my vote!





Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Nickelodeon)



When M Knight Shyamalan's new movie came out, my friend Selina mentioned how much she loves the original cartoon show the movie is based on. Although I didn't agree to go see this 3D blockbuster with her, I decided to check out the cartoon show since I haven't watched any good TV animations in a while. After watching first few episodes, I was completely hooked. The animation style is a good mix of both american nickelodeon cartoons and Anime. The main characters are very likable and goofy which take the edge off of larger than life issues these kids are dealing with in the story. Even though I knew it'll end happily (it's a nick cartoon for kids, they don't want to make the kids cry!) the stakes were very high, I really cared about how the story would unfold.
The quality of the animation is good, but what really got me in was the story telling. I loved how they incorporated the eastern philosophies and various martial arts. This is a fantasy story but somehow very well grounded in the real world. Although it is just a cartoon show for kids, it's made me feel very enlightened and spiritual after watching it. And I became a total fan of Appa, possibly the cutest animal character I've ever seen! Well done Nickelodeon!! :)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jakub Julian Ziolkowki





On the july issue of W magazine, I read an interesting article on this young polish artist accompanied with a few of his paintings. His work has a duality of Francis bacon's freaky grotesque with Chagall's dreamy innocence which I find very interesting. And his use of color is just beautiful. The article about his life as an art student reminds me of some of my gloomy introverted classmates at RISD. I wonder what they are doing these days... hope they are doing as well as Mr. Ziolkowki.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Steam Punk

The fictional world of steam punk is a great platform to mix many different genre, from horror to romance to period to science fiction. It is a science fiction because the technological inventions and clever devices have a big presence in the stories but it also has nostalgic and magical atmosphere. It is an oxymoron which can be both blessing or curse for writers and directors because it could end up being amazingly creative (i.e. City of lost children) or disorientated (The Golden Compass). But there's no doudt that these movies tend to be very aesthetically pleasing: Leather, bronze, and glass give a romantic, softened atmosphere that other science fiction genre might lack. Here are the movies that I like because of their steam punk look even though some of their story isn't so great. I wish I can come up with a good story which I can use these imageries in.


Sleepy Hollow


Dark City


City of Lost Children


Golden Compass


Stardust


Sherlock Holmes


From Hell


Edward Scissorhands
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I just noticed Jonney Depp and Tim Burton are like champions of Steam punk movies...
and Siamese twins and deformed people appear in many of these movies. Maybe their parents got exposed to radiations and toxic waste while inventing their gadgets. Who knows...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The New Dazzler Comics #1


Today was a joyful day! I went to the forbidden planet and picked up a comic book with my art on it. The New Dazzler comics #1 "Necrosha Aftermath", written by Jim McCann drawn by Kalman Andrasofszky and Ramon Perez came out yesterday. I did a one page pin up illustration of Dazzler colored beautifully by Christina Strain, which is printed in the last page of the comic book. I'm so excited to show my artwork to the mainstream audiences for the first time. I've been making comics independently for many years in a small scale. And I've enjoyed making them, no matter who and how many people are reading them. I am very happy to be part of a book that is worked on by so many amazing talents and printed professionally by the publisher like marvel.
It's also great to know that this isn't going to be the last time I'll see my work in marvel comics. I've recently finished working on Dr. Strange story and currently working on a short story of the invisible woman. Thanks to my editor Michael Horwitz for giving me these wonderful opportunities!
Of course, I'll keep on self publishing my comics as I've done all these years. There's nothing that gets me more excited than working on comics whether it's my own story or for a publishing team.
Check out the articles on the new Dazzler comics online and also pick up the issue at your local comic book store! :D
(The image above is cover of Dazzler comics, drawn by Andrasofszky.)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bluebeard Opera






Bluebeard is an opera composed by Bartok in 1911 based on the french folk tale. I had a lot of fun designing costumes for this opera in my costume design class. The music is very weird and creepy, it's almost futuristic which evokes a very broad range of period. The story is set in the middle ages, but I mixed bunches of different ideas from early dutch settlers in the 15th century to salem witch trial to 1960's rosemary's baby. I incorporated various medieval torture devices and weapons as the dresses for the three former wives of blue beard. And Rosemary's baby for Judith because she's naive about the evil nature of Bluebeard but in the end, condemned to be the prisoner of his castle like his other wives. I actually did a 5 page comic of "Bloody Chamber" a while ago, which is based on the Angela Carter's short story of the same folklore. Check it out here. Enjoy! :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Fire Bird Ballet Costume Design








Fire Bird is a russian ballet based on russian folk tale with music by Stravinsky. I had a lot of fun designing these costumes for my Costume Design for Performing Art class at FIT. Like in many ballet, there are lots of girls flocking around with a prince who falls in love with one of them and goes on to save her from the evil monsters. This ballet had many monsters and a bird and a evil sorcerer which were a lot of fun to design. There are many versions of this ballet, but the most well know one is the Ballet Russes. There is a movie/ stage versions of this ballet on Youtube which is bit funny in 80's fantasy kind of way, but I think some parts of it very pretty to look at. I especially likes the Ballerina who plays the firebird. Her movements gave me a lot of inspiration for my design of the firebird. I was very inspired by Ivan Bilibin's illustrations, and also by the russian traditional costumes. I kept my designs fairy tale like, using a lot of pretty colors for the prince and princesses. But I wanted to make the monsters look very dark and mystic like the russian old forrest, full of moss and dead leaves.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ivan Bilibin







I found his illustrations while researching images for Firebird ballet costume. He is a russian illustrator who illustrated many russian folk tales and also designed costumes and sets for ballet in the beginning of 20th century. I love his colors and beautiful textile patterns on the characters and background. I'm putting him among my all time favorite illustrators like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Lizbeth Zwerger.