motorcycles

What I'm working on...

Last week I had finished the year-long apprenticeship at Ugly Duckling Presse. It was a good year. I have received lots of supports and mentorship. I’m leaving the studio with gratitude and sentiments. Although the program is over, I still volunteered to come to the studio to finish some works. One of them is the cover design of an upcoming book by the Russian leading writer Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov—Soviet Texts.

Below is the teaser of what the book cover might look like in the end. We’re sending the translator for approval. We shall see this book come through pretty soon.

The other leftover project was printing some mailing stickers for Ugly Duckling Presse. The design was fun, and the letterpress printing was exciting! I’m thrilled that I kept learning something new towards the end.

Other than wrapping up my works at the studio, I was doing job-hunting and promoting my motorcycle graphic T. Last week my friend and I went to a photoshoot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with street art and I’m quite happy with the outcome.

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In The Make of "More Than A Starter Bike"

Happy New Year everyone! This is the last piece from 2018 that I’d like to share with you –my “More Than A Starter Bike” illustration.

This is the final piece of my motorcycle shirt series. With the generous help from my peers, I’m glad I finally put it together. Now let’s see how it changed 360º from the initial sketch!

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As you see, the preliminary sketch is pretty centered, perhaps stiff. It would look fine on a t-shirt, but if I want to stand out from the crowd, I knew I needed to push the envelope.

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So from there, I did quite a drastic change. I moved the image to the center and put the texts on two sides, but then the image hindered the flow of the text. I was stuck again.
At this point, my classmate Jacinda suggested, “Why don’t you put the type on top of the image and arrange it in an arch shape because the motorcycle looks like it’s coming out of a tunnel?” BINGO! She gave me such a genius but also obvious idea that sometimes an insider couldn’t see. So there I went making my second change.

I used the reference from the app Skelly and my own motorcycle.

I did the line work traditionally then scanned it into Photoshop for coloring.

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And here you go! As usual I did a black and white version. As a “beginner’s bike” rider, sometimes I feel like motorcyclists have a misconception of '“the bigger the better.” I feel otherwise, a smaller bike can make your ride a breeze in a dense city such as NY, and it definitely handles the traffic better than bigger bikes which often times overheat. Every bike is built for a specific purpose, and I believe Suzuki TU250X is “more than a starter bike.”

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.

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.

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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.