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.


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.”

"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!