Monday, April 14, 2014

Wonder Con 2014

WonderCon 2014 is just around the corner - happening this week (Friday - Sunday) in Anaheim!
This year, Helen and I are trying something new - TWO tables.  So come drop by and see us and all the cool stuff going on.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ice & Fire

Gallery1988 asked me to participate in their upcoming 10-Year Anniversary show, “The Subtle Art of Pop Culture”.   This was my piece for the show.  Can you guess what it’s a reference to?

To view the piece in person, drop by Gallery1988 while the show runs April 11 - May 3, 2014.  For anyone interested in purchasing the original, please contact Gallery1988 (west) as well.

I haven’t decided if I’ll do any prints of the piece yet?  If you’re interested, leave a comment below or message me to let me know you’d like me to do so!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Carpe Diem

A paper illustration I recently finished!  I wanted to do something that would be a reminder to myself and others to make the most of each day!  Print available in my Etsy shop (will vary slightly from photo above).

Friday, March 21, 2014

Emerald City Comic Con 2014

In just one week I’ll be embarking on my first out-of-state convention with my buddy, Helen Yoon!

We’re headed for Seattle, Washington to exhibit at the Emerald City Comic-Con.  The con runs Friday, March 28 - Sunday, March 30, 2014 and we’ll be at booth 707.
As the last week before the convention winds down, I’m hoping to two new pieces for the show.  Keep tuned for updates!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Entertainment Arts Symposium Recap

 Photo by Brenda Chi

So last night I was invited to participate in a talk at Art Center along with a few other recent grads (Yuhki Demers, Elsa Chang, Amanda Jolly, Maximus Paulson, and Victoria Ying).
It was a very fun event where we shared advice about what life is like shortly after graduation.  Everyone had something interesting to contribute and even I learned a lot!  Here are a few things I walked away with:
  • Everyone is scared the Monday after graduation.  The unknown future is a very daunting thing, but your peers at school will have a much more impact on your career than you think.  Their opinions of you and your work will often get you jobs!  ‘So don’t be weird.’
  • A lot of people believe ‘luck’ has a lot to do with your career path, and to a degree it does.  However, luck is really the act of preparation + opportunity.  You sometimes have to go out and make your own luck - i.e. find opportunities and go after them!  You’ve hear it’s all about being at the right place at the right time and it’s more than true.  But that also means you have to be getting out there and be proactive about it.  Sometimes that means failing, but that’s ok too.
  • Try and try again.  Most of the alums on the panel applied more than once to get into an internship/training program.  The key was to show growth in your portfolio - that meant creating new pieces rather than refining old ones.
  • You must make time to do your own personal work no matter where you are in your career.  Even if you’re at a studio with a full time job, you’re expendable and if you are let go, sometimes you won’t have anything to show for it.  Most companies keep you under a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) which means you can’t show any of the work you did with them and if it takes 2 years for your project to come out you have to wait before you can show any future clients that work.  So in order to keep your portfolio updated and fresh you must find time to create your own work.
  • Travel.  Open yourself to new experiences and you’ll never know how they can inspire your work (even much later in life).  Being in a place and breathing it in is much different than using Google Images for reference.
I hope some of those points are useful!  It was a great event and I’m glad I could be a part of it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pop-Up Proposal: Paul & Stephanie

It's February and this week we celebrate Valentine's Day!  So I thought it would be fun to share one of the pop-up proposal books I completed towards the end of last year.

This one was crated for Paul and Stephanie.  He proposed in NYC on Superbowl Sunday and very much surprised Stephanie.  Stephanie later sent me a very sweet email: "It was a truly extraordinary experience, discovering the book you made...I am over the moon! Thank you for your part in it! I know I'll treasure that book through all the years to come."

Congrats to Paul and Stephanie!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Love is in the Air

Last October while exhibiting at APE in San Fransisco, my work caught the attention of a wonderful gallery I've been a fan of for a long time, TR!CKSTER.

This February they're launching a new show, 'Love is in the Air' and I'm thrilled to say you can find my paper sculpture, 'Smooches' piece (featured below) on display and available for sale there! 

The opening reception is February 8th.  More details can be found on their Twitter feed.