Although his vision was failing, Thomas Sgouros was one of the most inspirational teachers I had at RISD. He was quite an eccentric and seldom spoke a lot to the students. His critiques were short but always full of insights and truth. He made me see how fussing over little details don't make the paintings better. At the draw-bridge studio we were talking about artists who make awesome work regardless of their physical disabilities and it made me think of him. I don't know if he's still teaching at RISD. I feel truly lucky that I was able to take his class.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I was at strand yesterday and found a gorgeous art book by Wolf Kahn. His painting style reminds me of Monet a lot, but his landscapes have more simpler beauty. His colors are so vibrant and beautiful, I'd love to live in the woods that he painted.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Am New York, a local news paper which everyone in new york can pick up free copies every morning, has an article about my comic, Lexicon. They also put a list of collaborative projects between music and comics. Check it out! x
Friday, April 22, 2011
I went to a figure drawing session in a small art studio called Spring Studio yesterday. There were many small paintings, old drawing desks and painting materials all crammed up in a small basement, I wonder if this place is a reminiscence of what Soho used to be, before all the chain clothing shops and restaurants took over. I've always needed to draw more of male figure models than female models since I don't really understand male bodies that well. So I was delighted to find a male model at this studio and I had a lot of fun drawing him.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
He's probably most famous for the photograph of a green eyed girl from Afghanistan. I happened stumble upon his blog today and found so many crazy amazing photographs! Here's a few of my favorites. His photographs are everywhere in magazines and books and in the web. To check out his blog, click here.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
- ‘Lexicon’ is a 5-track recording put together as a comic book, music by Will Knox, comics drawn by me. It is an effort to bring music, lyrics and artwork closer together in a new age of digital technology. While digital downloading has often taken away the necessity for artwork, it has also allowed us to release this project without the need for CDs, Cassettes or Records. You can hear the music by simply entering your unique digital download code, found in your comic book.
- The images in the comic book are inspired by Will Knox's songs in this album. There are 5 short comics in this book corresponding to each songs in this album. Each short comic is 3 pages long, fully colored and all the lyrics of the songs are written in the captions. It is quiet a unique experience to read the comics as you listen to the songs, following the lyrics in the captions next to the images. I've approached this project as if I would storyboard music videos for these songs. Will and I both worked on the script together, bouncing ideas as we listen to each songs carefully to best represent and complement both medium. This was a very special and fun project to work on for both of us, and the first for me to work from start to finish, from character design, script, layout, all the way to coloring and lettering. I'm very proud of it and can't wait to share it with the public. I think the idea of combining music and comic is a genius idea and wish there will be more project like this out there.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
My art "Jelly fish" is featured on the local news paper, "The Red Hook Star-Revue". You can pick up free copies of this news paper in most businesses from court street to van brunt in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Thanks Krista for including my work in your column! :)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Dolce Vita must have really like this print, they printed it on many different styles! :)
You can also find these dresses at Urban outfiters online and many other online clothing stores. I can't decide which one to get!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
This film asks so many vital questions to how we view and value modern art, without sounding like an art snob. It starts as a documentary about street arts, then turns its focus onto Thierry Guetta who shot all the street art footage of this film. It is a real treat for someone who doesn't know any street artists to wittiness these amazing images taking over the public space without being caught by the police (well most of the time). It's like watching a well planned heist movie, only this is real. Then when these guys become famous in the galleries and trendy media, Theirry turns his obsession in filming to making arts. He devotes himself and his life savings into makings hundreds of paintings, silkscreens and sculptures. And maybe because Theirry's relentless attempts to hype up the media worked, or maybe because Theirry's art is really that great, his first self financed art show is a huge success and he is still doing well as an artist.
Theirry Guetta seems to makes similar "art" as banksy does. But when I do like Banksy's "art", I don't like Theirry's "art" at all. And I wondered why I feel so sure of Theirry's work being inferior to some of the other street artist's works. Is it because this documentary shows how ridiculously full of himself and shallow Theirry is? If I know the artist in person, or if I didn't know him at all, would that affect how I view his art dramatically? This isn't just the case of Theirry's work. Half of the modern art that I see in the galleries these days makes me wonder why they are even in the galleries. So many times, I want to ask the curators why they have chosen these works over hundreds of other art out there.
I guess Banksy and Andy Warhol came before Theirry, but they aren't so original either. Modern artists often borrow styles and make jokes on other arts and trends that there's no truly original art anymore. So why do I find one satire more meaningful than the other?
Who and what determines which art is good or bad? Is it whether the art is in the museum or in the streets? Is it the motivation behind the art? Is it how much people would pay to own it? If the art is well received by majority of people, does it validate its greatness? It could be combination of so many different things, and it could also be that none of these matters. In the current era when there are so many people telling you what is good and what is cool, it is even harder for people to spot something that is truly great.
I had so much fun watching this film and highly recommend it to all artists, artist wannabes or just anyone who appreciates art. But I feel like this film can entertain anyone, even if they aren't interested in art or trends at all.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The new issue of Heavy Metal magazine has my art on their content spread page! In case you don't know about Heavy Metal magazine, check out their website. I'm honored to have my courtesan to be among the boobilicious women of this magazine. :)