Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Strumpet Launch Party on December 7th at Bergen Street Comics

The time has come to celebrate the launch of Strumpet 2 in Brooklyn, New York. The fresh off the press Strumpet 2 has debuted in the U.K. earlier this month and those of you who already bought the book though Kickstarter  would know what a gem this anthology is. I'm very proud to be part of it and it is filled with eclectic mix of female cartoonists from around the world. Please visit the Strumpet website to find out more about the anthology. The Launch Party will be held at Bergen Street Comics on next friday December 7th, from 7 pm to 9 pm.  There will be refreshments and you will also get to see the original pages from the book displayed at the comic shop. Me and couple other strumpets Kat Robert and Ellen Linder will be signing the copies the books.

Here is the detail on how to get there.

Bergen Street Comics

470 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Take 2/3 Bergen Street subway stop, you can also take the 4, 5, B, and Q trains to Atlantic Avenue, or the D, M, N, and R trains to Pacific Street.  Take the Long Island Rail Road to the Atlantic Avenue Terminal.  Bus routes B65, B63, and B67.  

For more detail visit http://bergenstreetcomics.com/

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sketches for my "memoir"

I'm writing a story about my experience as an immigrant in Alabama in the mid 90's. I've been looking through my middles school year book and some photos from that time. Oh my, I looked so awkward, and the fashion in the 90's was just not a good fit for me. Here are some of the sketches I've done for the story. The writing process doesn't come as naturally to me as drawing, but I'm going to push through it because I think it's a story that needs to be told, and hopefully would give hopes to many young kids out there.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream

My new short comic "A Mid-Autumn Night's Dream" is up at Act-i-Vate Comix: the online comics collective where you can check out many independent comics. I'm very excited to be part of this website, and will be uploading new comics the 15th of every month starting today! Here's a sneak peek at one of the pages. This is a 5 page self contained story about a lost man in the enchanted forest.

You can read the web comic format at http://activatecomix.com. It's currently the first tag on the front page or you can find my comics under the creators list. You can also view the full page version of this comics at my deviantart site.

Stay tune for fresh new comics on the 15th of the month! I'll post work in progress as I work on many stories brewing in my head.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Strumpet News

Check out the promo video of the Strumpet #2- a comic anthology of female cartoonists around the globe!
Meet The Strumpets: Robin Ha, Maartje Schalkx, Shamisa Debroey and J. Homersham from Ellen Lindner on Vimeo.

Also, If you are in London or going to be around London on November 9th, come to the Strumpet launch party at the Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport St. London WC2H 7JA. I won't be there but you will get to meet the strumpet editors and some of the participating artists.
For more info, please go to Orbital Comics Website. If you want to find out more about the Strumpets, please visit http://strumpetcomic.com/ I'll be at the New York launch party later in November. I'll post more infos on the new york launch party later, it'll be in Brooklyn, New York, so stay tuned!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sneak Peek on Halloween Special comic!

I've finally joined the great online comic collective Act-i-vate and I'm working on a 5 page short comic for my favorite holiday- Halloween! Since it's only 5 pages, I wanted to make it as elaborate and crazy as possible, combining all my favorite elements from fantasy and art nouveau style. It's taking quiet a long time, but I'm so excited to be working on it, and can't wait to see it all finished. Here's a few of the penciled panels. I want to attempt to color it in water color once it's inked, too. It's scheduled to go online on monday October 29th on Act-i-vate in a full colored magical glory. Stay tuned! :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Alt. Comics Exhibition at MOCA

My original pages for upcoming Secret Identities anthology will be exhibited as part of alternative comics exhibition at the Museum of Chines in America in New York.
The opening reception is on September 27th from 6-8 PM. The location of the museum is:
215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
(b/w Howard & Grand St. One block north of Canal St)

Hope you can come to the show and see the original pages of Ching Shih, the pirate goddess of the sea, written by Natalie Kim and drawn by me. There will be other original pages from the anthology plus  Marvels and Monsters exhibition at the museum. This show will be up till Feb 24th 2013.
For more info, please visit http://www.mocanyc.org/exhibitions/upcoming_exhibits

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Strumpet #2 Kick Starter

Strumpet is a comic magazine edited and produced by my awesome studio mate Ellen Lindner and her friend and a fellow cartoonist Jeremy Day. It contains comics by many talented female cartoonists from  the U.K. and United States and I'm so excited to be part of their next issue which is about Traveling. This issue is much bigger than the last one, 80 + pages! The contributing artists include Kripa Joshi (Miss Moti), Julia Scheele (Peckham Invalids), Patrice Aggs (The DFC and The Phoenix), Emily Ryan Lerner (Buy Olympia), Badaude (Tate, Guardian, Times),Tanya Meditzky (The Man Who Clapped), Choi Juhyun (Under The Skin of the Wolf), Robin Ha (Marvel), Karrie Fransman (The Guardian, the Times, The House that Groaned), and many more.

We are trying to raise funds to print and distribute this issue of Strumpet through Kick Starter and we need all of your help to reach our goal. Please visit the Kick Starter page to find out more about this issue of Strumpet and donate! Every little bit helps. Your donation not only will provide funds to print and distribute them, but you'll also get this issue of the strumpet, the last issue of Strumpet, and also a copy of awesome prints and badges made by the contributing artists depending on the amount of your donation. Strumpet has given the platform for all different types of female storytellers from U.K. and U.S. and it'd be an awesome thing to continue publishing this gem of indie comics.

My piece on this issue is a 5 pages short memoir about my encounters with a "thief" and a "charming seducer" in my travel through Italy couple years back. Here's a sneak peek.

If you want to find out what happened in my travel to Italy, and also read what the other fabulous female cartoonists around the globe have to tell about "Going Places", please visit Kick Starter and help us publish the Strumpet #2! 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

warm up pen and ink drawings

I've been collecting old photos from flea markets and vintage shops all over the world, thinking that I'll use them for my art someday. And I never really did anything with it until a few days ago. I've been inking pages for the upcoming Strumpet, and my inking was very rusty since I haven't used fountain nips in a very long time. So I thought, I should do a pen and ink drawing before inking the pages to loosen up. And it's been very helpful. I wonder what happened to these people in the faded photographs, of course they are all dead now, but what happened to their children and grandchildren. It would be interesting to follow the history of these photographs to see how it was first taken and who these people in the photos are, to how it ended up in the hands of a stranger like me.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sneak peek on my submission for Strumpet!

Here's a sneak peak of 5 page short comic that I'm working on for upcoming Strumpet comic-zine. This issue is about "traveling" and I thought it'd be fun to throw in my memoir about what happened when I went to Italy back in 2009. It's a lot of fun drawing a personal story in this looser, playful style. Thanks Ellen (who is posing with her page for Strumpet) for encouraging me to do this! So excited to be in this wonderful zine, full of talented female artists from around the globe. Check out the Strumpet website for more details about the upcoming issue and where you can get them. Stay tune for more detail!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Lono and Pira from Spera

Thanks to my studio mate Mike Caballaro, I got introduced to a wonderful graphic novel called "Spera". it's written by Josh Tierney and illustrated by dozens of different artists. Spera website is full of wonderfully imagined world of Spera, and I love that each artist brings something totally new and different from each other, yet continuing the same narrative. I'm thinking of drawing a Spera fan fiction short comics for fun! Here's the character sketch for Lono and Pira, the main characters of Spera. Stay tuned for more! :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Some New Pop Illustrations

Grand Central Comic Extravaganza!

Three original pages from my comic "Lexicon" will be exhibited at the grand central library tomorrow as part of the Comic Extravaganza. If you are around the neighborhood, please come and check out the convention and many of the local artist's original pages.
check out there site for more details.

When: August 11th 2012 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Grand Central Library
135 East 46th street Between Lexington and 3rd ave.

Special guests and Panels

11:00 am – Toon Town: Comic Books and New York City by Kent Worcester
12:30 pm – Manga drawing instruction with Ivan Velez
2:00 pm – Comic Trivia with Geeks Out
4:00 pm – Marvel Editor Comic Panel, featuring Alex Segura – VP of marketing for Archie Comics and Greg Pak – X-Men writer

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My Fruit prints are in American Apparel now!

My watermelon print and Lemon print are on various garments in American Apparel now! You can find them in stores and also online. I'm definitely getting the lemon retro bikini and the watermelon shirt to add to my summer wardrobe! :)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Anita Blake and Jean-Claude

I drew a few character sketch of Anita Blake and Jean-Claude, main characters from a very popular novel series. I've never read the book, so they might be a bit different from what they are really like in the book. I did get a bit goose bumpy when drawing Jean-Claude's Magnum stare and open lacy blouse, but it was so much fun to just give in to the guilty pleasure of drawing completely over the top "romatic" images. I wonder why there are so many male characters in fantasy/ romance genre who just wouldn't look hot or cool in real life... unless you are Brad Pitt from the interview with the vampire, this hair style or clothing choices would  look pretty ridiculous in reality. But hopefully I pull it off on my drawings somehow.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fashion Illustration

Some fashion illustrations I drew with Polo Ralph Lauren references.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Drink and Draw NYC

Every once and month or so, a fellow cartoonist and animator Karly Randolf organized a meeting where people in the comic and animation industry get together at a bar to drink and draw. It's a lot of fun, and nice chance to meet new people and also have fun drawing live models.

I got a chance to pop in for an hour or so this month, and they had a wonderful model.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ching Shih, Goddess of Pirates

Here's a sneak peek of the character designs for Ching Shih, Goddess of Pirates. It's a 6 page short comic written by the fabulous actress/writer Natalie Kim, and will be published on the upcoming Secret Identities Vol.2. Stay tune for more previews!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

R.I.P. Moebius

French comic artist Moebius has died yesterday at age 73. He had such an extraordinary vision, and worked in so many different pop media from illustrations, comics, to concept art for movies. His work inspired millions of artists around the world including myself. There'll be none like him at least for a very very long time.
Here are some of his images that I love, they are great for the desktop wall paper.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

new paintings

I went home to VA and made some new oil paintings. I haven't painted in awhile so it took me a few days to get into the groove. I managed to finish a painting of Palatine hill and half way through the painting of the lake in central park. Here's a sneak peek of my painting dungeon- my mom's unfinished basement! Wish I can get a better ventilation and sunlight in this place, sometime I get a bit dizzy after painting for hours in there. But it served for now. thanks mom for letting me make mess in there! :)