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.