Motorcycle Movie Poster Design

Hello y’all! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving (if you’re not tired of hearing it yet.) This week I’d like to share few of my sketches of movie poster designs about motorcycles. I watched Easy Rider and The Wild One specifically for this assignment.
SPOILER ALERT! I’ll mention the plots of the movies below so scroll down at your own risk, lol.

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Reference from the motorcycle that Peter Fonda rides in the movie. I simply let the shape of the handle bars dominate the layout and lead the viewers’ eyes.

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The alternative idea is inspired by the ending of the movie when one of the riders Billy, played by Dennis Hopper who’s also the screen writer of this one, got shot by a rifle. With the expectation of a typical American road trip movie, the ending of Easy Rider shocked me. It turns out, Easy Rider isn’t easy at all…So I have this image in mind, I want the viewers to wonder where the rider is while Billy’s cowboy hat blowing in the wind…indicating his death.

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The second movie is Marlon Brando’s The Wild One. Riding his own motorcycle on set and with the wardrobe of his own, Marlon Brando certainly created a fashion icon of the 60s which still remains classic today. So instead of depicting him, I let this classic look stand alone by itself.

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I’m intrigued by Marlon’s performance in the movie. Although I’m always distracted by his voice, I like how he added little details to the characters to enrich its life. Remember his character Johnny always likes to dangle the stolen trophy from his hand? I like this setting because it makes Johnny feel more boyish. Instead of holding the trophy firmly, this dangling gesture indicates Johnny’s personality and his mental status.

Have you seen the movies I introduced today? Let me know what you think!

"To The End of The World" is now available!

Hello everyone! Now you can shop To The End of The World products on Society6 now! You can also check out my complete product line at here. Below you can have a peek at some of the merchandise. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

In the Make of "To The End of The World"

Hi everybody! Hope you all had a fun Halloween(or not, like me, working as usual.) This week I am proudly presenting the second of my motorcycle graphic t-shirt series – To The End of The World. The idea is to express the freedom and unbounded journey a motorcycle can provide you. I believe that’s the one of the charms many of us fall in love with motorcycles. Sometimes you just want to get away from your daily routines for an hour or two, to the suburbs, to the rural roads, and come back to it with a refreshing mind. That’s the feeling I want to demonstrate here.

 This is my initial sketch. I used my own motorcycle for reference.

This is my initial sketch. I used my own motorcycle for reference.

 Here’s one of my reference shots. It’s a Suzuki TU250X.

Here’s one of my reference shots. It’s a Suzuki TU250X.

After seeing my initial sketch, my professor suggested to add a skeleton to it to tie the series together.

 So I used the reference from Skelly, the app I mentioned last time.

So I used the reference from Skelly, the app I mentioned last time.

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As usual, I did a black and white version. After adding the skeleton, I simplified the reflections in the mirrors and added a road of triangle shape to put the scenario more in place.
The t-shirts will be available in the next couple of weeks!

"V-Twin Engine at Heart" is available now!

Happy Halloween folks! In the month of spooky decorations and flying skeletons, my V-Twin Engine at Heart t-shirts are available on Society6 now! You can also check out my complete product line at here. Below you can have a peek at what I have. I encourage you to subscribe to Society6 since they have discounts very often.

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In the mid Fall while everyone’s busy picking pumpkins, the senior Illustration students had begun the annual mural paintings outside of Fashion Institute of Technology. Our professor, Dan Shefelman, is the founder of this fun event few years ago. With the background of political science, I find Dan has some interesting angles to approach art. Plus this year we’re doing augmented reality for our finished painting.


The theme for this year is – The Future is ... The Human Experience. Below are my initial black and white sketches.

The robot dating app on the left is the silly side of me. I always like to create something highly relatable to everybody. Don’t try to deny, I know you’ve used some of dating app like Tinder before (or still now). Although the robots may not need to date other robots in the future, maybe we do?
As for the sketch on the right, I envision future humans would be living under the water with the rise of sea level.

Then here are the color sketches. I decided to go with the robot dating app in the end.

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Once refined the sketch, I began my mural painting.

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You see our idea is pretty fantastic right?

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And don’t worry, we did not vandalize your city building. The medium is pastel so it’s totally power-washable. For most of us, this is our first time doing large painting on limestone or concrete in public. It’s a positive experience.

Finally it’s my short animation for augmented reality. To enable this feature while viewing the art work, the audience download the app Arilyn. Scan the art work and the animation will play on your phone. I strongly recommend you to try this feature when you stop by Fashion Institute of Technology as you can see different dimension of the works.
The mural paintings are on the side of 7th ave and between 27th and 28th st. We are not sure if it’ll be kept till the end of December so I suggest to come check it out asap.
Hope you enjoy this post and Happy Fall!



In the Make of "V-Twin Engine At Heart"

Hi everybody! Remember my last post about motorcycle graphic t-shirt designs? Well here I am proudly presenting the finished works! This is the first of the three series. I enjoyed the process of this self-generated project, from researching, brainstorming, sketching to the final execution. I wanted to do this because motorcycle-riding is a new hobby I acquired this summer and I like how simple and straightforward t-shirt design is. So voilà, you got the combination.

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This is the initial sketch that you saw around a month ago. Unlike the usual start of most of my works, which is from doodling and some daydreaming. This art actually started with the text “v-twin engine at heart” first. This quote just came to my mind one day then I began to think what illustration could go with it.

 Color comp

Color comp

For this design, I decided to go for a retro direction. There’s a lot of images of skeletons in the motorcycle graphic tee’s market, but most of them appear very scary or intimidating to my taste, I like to incorporate skeletons in my drawings because I don’t have to worry about the gender and racial appearance of the figure. It also matches my philosophy.
So after my professor approved the initial sketch, I did a rough color sketch, the one you see above.

 Details of the engine

Details of the engine

The engine in my initial sketch is oversized and it feels like a stuck-on to the skeleton, so I found a picture of an engine that looks more like a heart shape, and I warped it in Photoshop.
As for the reference of the skeleton, thanks to my friend Mark, who recommended me an app called Skelly, it has 3-D skeleton and human anatomy which you can turn to almost every angle to get the most accurate perspective of human figure.


And finally! Here are the outcomes. I designed two versions for printing on black and white t-shirt. You also might have noticed that I made the tubes from the engine connected to the skeleton so they feel more like one-piece now.
The t-shirts will be available soon so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy the walk-through of my work in process today.

Sketches from the Motorcycle T-shirts Design

Hello everyone! Hope you had a good weekend and happy Rosh Hashana! 

This week's post is to show five black-and-white sketches for one of my current school projects. I decided to do a series of graphic motorcycle shirts. I try to do something more unique and different from what I see in the current market, which the image is still and the idea is old. I try to revive some of the images I saw and add some fun and humor to it. Some of you might see this already on my social media, now you can see it all in one page and know my thoughts behind the design.

 The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

The first idea that came into my mind. My friend suggested to put the engine in between the skeleton's ribs to make it feel more like a heart.

 The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

The reference is my own bike, a Suzuki TU250X. I love riding it to Long Island for a daily hiking trip. The landscape in the left mirror is Montauk lighthouse and on the right is Breakneck Ridge in Cold Spring.

 The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

The idea came from my own personal experience. I often hear people say this to me when I introduce my bike. Their thought on smaller bikes is, "they're great for starters." That I agree, but I also want to justify for small bikes, they also can do what many big bikes can't do, which is moving through small spaces. Small bikes are a blast in dense city like NYC.

 In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

In this design, I want to emphasize the fun adventure a motorcycle can bring.

 Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

Last one features a female rider cruising on the road under the sunset.

I hope you enjoy today's series. If you ever question, "Why skeletons, Jamie?" It's because a while ago I started liking the idea of blurring the lines between sexualities and ethnicities. I don't have to worry about how to depict the character when drawing the skeletons because underneath we're all the same, right? 

Celebrity Headshots

Hi guys, this week's blog is a 2-pages of small sketches of random celebrity headshots. It's a good late night exercise I'd say, when you're in a mood to sketch but you're indoors, just go on Google search and sketch random subjects. 
The way I did is without any preliminary sketches, just straight on ink, this way it'd save your time erasing things or being unsure about your sketches, because the purpose of sketching is not to be perfect, is to be loose, free-handed and preserve each brush stroke you put on that paper. That's also why I like to use ink, it's permanent and straightforward, its unforgiving nature doesn't allow you to erase mistakes or unwanted marks, but that's exactly my philosophy in life, I don't need to forget the mistakes or ugly things, instead I remember them, and perhaps make it better next time.
I hope you enjoy this week's post as usual. I always enjoy your feedback.

 Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

Each tiny portrait is around 2" x 3" and took me around 5-6 minutes to finish, so to fill up a page would take around an hour. It's a perfect daily sketching exercise.

 Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

Well, to be honest, not each of them is celebrity, some of them are just the faces I like.

How many celebrities do you recognize? Let me know! And I wish you a good Labor Day weekend!

Restaurant La Cienega

In the last week of July, I finally hung out with Herby, who I haven't seen for more than a year. Herby (It's actually just Herb but I like to call him Herby) is a friend who I got to meet when I was doing real estate. I was panicking during the closing of my first deal and he was kind enough to offer me help and answer whatever questions I had. He wasn't even my mentor or partner but someone in my company. Herby doesn't have that intimidating posture which I find in some business people; instead Herby is very funny and witty and can make instant friends with everybody! Also Herby is a foodie so it can never go wrong when you go eat out with him.

This time he brought us to this Mexican restaurant in Corona, Queens --- Restaurant La Cienega. Herby ordered a tlayudas and some baby tacos for us and I got myself a horchata. 

 Tlayudas, could I say this is Mexican-style pizza?

Tlayudas, could I say this is Mexican-style pizza?

The tylaudas was so delicious. It's mashed red bean spread on crispy-baked tortilla topped with three kinds of meats and fresh lettuce, avocados and tomatoes. It's huge, refreshing and doesn't give me food coma after.

 Herby in Restaurant La Cienega

Herby in Restaurant La Cienega

Herby is from an Italian family and he grew up in this neighborhood, so after the meal he brought me to this amazing Italian Ice which he grew up eating.

 The Lemon Ice King of Corona

The Lemon Ice King of Corona

The Lemon Ice King of Corona has opened for over 60 years and is well-known by the locals. I got a tangerine flavor and Herby got peanut butter. It's very tasty.

I feel so blessed living in Queens where you can enjoy all kinds of food brought by immigrants from all over the world. Asian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, European and so on. You don't need to travel far to get access to all these wonderful and authentic cuisines.

Do you have a favorite ice shop or Mexican restaurant in NYC? Let me know!

Additional info: https://www.cienegalastlayudasdeoaxaca.com

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Sketch Night #4

Hi, there are not many words for this week's post because it's the Sketch Night again! 
For your information, Society of Illustrators is an organization specifically dedicating to illustrators. They host life models drawing every Tuesday and Thursday. So sit back and enjoy the sketches!