Many thanks to editors, Robert Klantin and John O'Reilly for featuring fifteen of my illustrations in a new book by Gestalten publishers on contemporary illustration, titled "Illusive". All of my selected images were created for the Economist's "Banyan" column, dealing with the topic of Asian politics.
I was commissioned by Rebekah Raleigh to illustrate a series of illustrations for Kellogg School of Management for the Forbes website. The articles present ways that big companies can adapt to challenges that are posed by smaller, nimbler startups in the digital age.
This piece was for the Economist's Banyan column, showing tears being shed by remorseful politicians in Hong Kong when they lost their democratic right to vote for candidates for their leader.
Here is another illustration for the Economist's Banyan Column about prejudice towards women in South Asia and the hardships they endure.
The illustration I created for this week's Banyan is about the many Rohingya refugees and other migrants fleeing Myanmar for safe haven who are stranded at sea, packed tightly on small boats with dwindling supplies. They are often victims of violent criminals and corrupt smuggling networks, and they are being pushed away from shore to shore. This week's article talks about the callousness of the neighboring nations whose beaches they seek. Specifically the article censures ASEAN, an organization that holds conventions for human rights, while turning a cold shoulder to these people who need help.
I was commissioned by Nancy Samotis to create a triptych of three large fine art prints for Yale - New Haven Children's Hospital in Connecticut, on the theme of "travel". The images are 28" high x 40" wide, printed on Hahnemühle 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. The theme for the project is "travel". The healing plane became a motif.
The last 3 months have been non-stop. Here are some projects I worked on.
Two of my large fine art prints are being auctioned for the Drawing Dream Foundation's annual charity fundraiser. Drawing Dreams donates art supplies to children in over 50 hospitals in the US and Canada.
Thanks to the judges for choosing my work to be included in the brand new edition of Lurzer's "200 Best Illustrators Worldwide". I was especially happy to have had two of my personal pieces selected for this publication.
Thanks to Economist art director Graham James for asking me to collaborate with him on a striking cover idea that he had showing China's controlling hand in the upcoming Hong Kong elections.
CIO art director Terri Haas, requested something warm and colorful for the month of August for this illustration showing the connection between analytics and big profits.
Do today's techno-saavy college graduates have the ability to use their internet skills for serious research and in-depth analysis in a demanding job market ? Or are they lacking the research skills to navigate the deluge of available information and to wrestle in depth with original source materials?
UK editor Emma Cocker liked the idea of an image that she saw on my website's art gallery section for their July/August cover. Resurgence & Ecologist is a beautiful magazine, with inspiring stories, articles and art. I feel privileged to have my work in there.
Emma also included another fine art piece that I had created earlier, inside the magazine.
I just worked with Robert Ollinger, art director of John's Hopkins Public Health magazine on a series of illustrations. Here's one about the popularity and health benefits of e-cigarettes.
I was invited by April Montgomery to illustrate the new, March cover for Computerworld. The feature story is about how a newcomer might not understand the company's particular ways of doing things.
Derek May, the founder and curator of the Drawing Dreams Foundation invited me to donate two of my fine art prints for the Charity Buzz auction. The proceeds of the sale go toward art supplies for children who are hospital bound. The Drawing Dreams website features the work of some of my favorite artists and illustrators, alongside work by very talented child artists.
One of my prints is an image of a man with a small cat perched on his shoulder, in bright graphic colors and dark silhouettes.
The second print, "kid plane" was influenced by child-like images I was creating when my son was little. Kid plane is a friendly hero who would come and save the animals and little children whenever they found themselves in a jam, much like "the little engine that could". They would hop on board and be whisked to a place where everything is happy and safe. "Kid plane" bears the scars of battle on his wings and tail, because he shields his friends from danger. He always pulls through with a smile.
One of my favorite commentary writers for The Chronicle Review, Kevin Carey, raises the question "why are so many things in higher education complicated and ineffective at the same time?" He discusses the way that bureaucratic fixes are applied spontaneously and haphazardly to anything from financial aid applications to college cost reform programs. Carey offers the metaphor of kludges ("a quick and dirty software patch designed to fix an immediate problem"). These layers of kludges create a nightmare, especially for financial aid applicants.
The Economist invited me to illustrate some covers for their new Ipad Traveller's app about South Korea. The app includes several Economist articles about the history, economy and culture of the country.
Thank you, Lurzer's Archive for selecting me as one of the "200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide"! The judges were especially interested in some recent illustration work that I've done for The Economist. Three of these images (below) were published in Lurzer's new edition of the" 200 Best...."
In this commentary for the Chronicle Review, there is discussion about how students who are born into poverty are socially handicapped as well as financially, in their efforts to get into college and complete their degrees. I thought of a young man chasing his dream on a bike with broken tires.
This Banyan piece for the Economist reports on reactions to the sacking of Sri Lanka's chief justice by the president. The idea is that the justice system itself came under attack in Sri Lanka with a shift in the direction of tyranny.