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art doesn't save people's lives (but it can do other things instead)
This is a portrait of a young man I created back in 2006 for a Christian magazine. This young man, who loved mountains and nature, unfortunately lost his life too early to drugs. When I initially created this image, the father of this man contacted me because he liked the image, and I sent...
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
Many of you may be off from school or work, and heading home to see your family. Every year, I pick an image I created over the course of the year that is the most Christmas-y to post here as my online holiday card. This year, this odd Candy land image I made for DC Comics’ Unwritten...
26 illustrators for Zatoichi box set
Known for their beautiful collector DVD/Blu-Ray packagings, Criterion Collection has done it again. And this is epic. Whopping 27 disk 25 movie full box set of Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman starring legendary Shintaro Katsu. The set came out after Thanksgiving,...
life after art school, now what? conversation on JUXTAPOZ
The latest issue of JUXTAPOZ Magazine(September 2013) has a big feature called Art School 101, where recent graduates from four different US art schools ask questions to their professors about life after art school. I had an honor to represent School of Visual...
attack of the 80 foot octopus (mural)
I just came back from DUMBO, Brooklyn, where two identical, yet completely different 80 foot long murals (about 24 meters) are being painted right now.  This is a project I have been collaborating with Sagmeister & Welsh for last couple of months as a part...
Why I think day job is good for you. (for aspiring artists out there)
I was buying a box of cereal. I said "hi" to the girl at the checkout counter, but she didn't even look up. She scanned the cereal box and throw it back at me without even saying how much the total was. I try to be nice at the checkout counters. I look them straight in their...
location drawing (virtually) on Google Map
I use Google Maps all the time. You do too, right? I just used it yesterday to find out where exactly was the West Village restaurant I was going. And, oh,  the closest subway stop. But it never occurred to me that I can use this to illustrate. This illustration is for the current...
15 influences, that stick with you, FOREVER.
This is a re-posting from my personal blog. I was initially not goint to post this here, but then again, thought it would be fun if we can find out "the 15" from other Drawgers. So, here it is... +++ I don't love getting asked about my artistic influences and...
free event at Apple Store NY
  This announcement is mainly for students and young illustrators. Come hang with me at my talk at Apple Store on 14th Street, Meat Packing District, New York, tomorrow night,  Wednesday February 27th (7-8PM). The event is free and open to the public. (and, it is in...
PBS The Art of Illustration
This may be a worthwhile 7 minutes for aspiring illustrators and comic artists, or those just who are curious about them.  I don't like to be video-ed, especially that I don't have a good enough confidence on my terrible Japanese accent, and hard to face tha truth(!) But,...