Thursday, December 10, 2009

Financial Advisors

Here's an old rough that I tweaked. The Art Director for this project went with a different idea I proposed. I like the concept so I thought to share it with you anyways. The image illustrates Financial Advisors that take advantage of people's money. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Illustration For Out Magazine

Here's something I did for Out Magazine. The illustration is for a diary by 'Shortbus' director John Cameron Mitchell. In the article, he writes of his experiences at the first ever Russian Gay and Lesbian Film festival at St. Petersburg, Russia; which was ultimately met with protest and police presence.

Here were some of the concepts I came up with. The Art Director went with the first one but I also liked the second sketch because it showed censorship in Gay films in a unique way. Perhaps, I’ll take sketch 2 to final on my own time.

Here are some snapshots of my progress work.

For the final illustration, I took a different direction with the colours. You can never go wrong adding more colours ;)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thank You

Freelancing as an Illustrator is tricky. It takes a lot self perseverance to keep things running but also a lot of self control to maintain a healthy work balance. For the last few months, I’ve been caught up in work and so I’m devoting November to myself, family and friends and only accepting limited work on the side.

There’s a bunch of new images that I’m eager to share with you all. I made an effort to take snapshots of my progress work so that you can follow along. These will have to wait till next week though, because this post is devoted to all the wonderful people who have kindly volunteered their time and efforts to post about me on their blog. It’s a lot of work but these guys do an good job and some of the stuff they share is quite inspiring. If you have time, do take a look:

Abduzeedo /

Popwhore /

Nonslick /

Illustration Mundo /

Illustrophile /
Charlene does a fantastic job posting about new talents. Probably the first place that blogged about my work.

Drawn! /

Farmidable /


Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Here's my contribution to the Enlighten! Show happening November 21 at the Helms Bakery Building in Culver City , CA. The Limited edition lamp design is available through pre-orders, prior to the event here. Since the lamps are a Limited Edition, orders will only be taken up until Friday, November 20th. For more infomation about the show, go to

I went with a sketch of roses I did on photoshop as my inspirtaion and worked from there.

Considering that this was for a lamp design, I wanted to make it as bright as possible so i brought back the red. Here's final illustration:

Here's the illustration digitally imposed on lamp.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Illustration for Canadian Business Magazine

"Foreign Acquisitions Rules are getting Muddier"...
Here's an illustration about the whole controversial sale of Canada’s Nortel to US Nokia Siemens Networks. To which, Ontario-based Research in Motion attempts to usurp the deal for themselves but was not allowed to bid in the recent auction.

Here’s the sketches I came up with. The AD went for the pigs.

The fence (representing the foreign rules between Canada and the US) is weak and broken and so the pigs (representing the company’s assets) are wandering aimlessly. Here is the illustration in progress:

The final illustration.

I later cropped the image so it would fit with the page design. Unfortunately some of the pigs were losted in the process. Here's a scan of the actual magazine page:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Trick Or Treat Illustration for Marketing Magazine

Here's an illustration for Marketing Magazine about two start-up phone companies and how they might change the mobile phone industry in Canada. Both companies are taking a sort-of philosophical approach, claiming communication is everyone's right and that cell phones aren't just rich people's play things anymore. They're going after the 40% of Canadians who don't already own a phone.

Here were my roughs/concepts for this article. I wanted to communicate that cell phones were cheap, affordable and easily accessible for purchase to the public. The Art Director liked the bird's eye view composition with the piƱata so we went ahead with that one.

So here's the final. The AD wanted me to use dark muted colours such as greys, blues, and reds to stay consistent with the magazine's colour palette. I don't usually like using greys but I think the bits of colourful confetti carries it through nicely.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Runner's World

Here's an illustration I did a while back for Runner's World Magazine July Issue. It was for their Ask the Expert Column. I had to come up with drawing concepts to demonstrate that pushing a running stroller adds additional training benefits.

One benefit is the strengthening of certain muscle groups. To convey this, I had the wheels drawn like weights. Here are the other sketches I came up with.

I had some time so I worked the composition more.

And here's the final illustration.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fashion Phobias

Here's a little something for More Magazine's article, "Lets Ban Fashion Phobias". The illustration coveys one of fashion-related condition.. "The Upper arm fear".

I don't have a problem with my arms. But if I were to nominate someone who should be concerned about this particular part of their body... it would be me. I'm quite active so my right arm is noticeably larger than my left.

Karen Von Hahn, author of the article discusses women’s fears about their body imperfections and their self-imposed fashion restrictions due to these fears. It’s a missed opportunity because if done right, fashion can accentuate our feminine attributes. Not to mention, hide our little imperfections.

I’m not a big spender, but I love shopping! And I say we listen to Karen and let go of our fashion phobias :)

Here were some of my initial concepts.

And the final illustration.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Paper Zen Dolls For Boston Magazine

An illustration for Boston Magazine's "My Zen Is Better Than Your Zen". The story is about the new trend of inconspicuous spending, a move away from "it bags" and expensive shoes and a move toward spending money on things like yoga retreats and other forms of enlightenment.

The Art Director already knew what she wanted but was also open to any ideas that I might come up with. Here were my concepts.

They ended up sticking to the Paper Doll Idea that they had initially wanted.With some more simplifications of the initial sketch, it was done.

And for those who are interested, you can the online article here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Peeling It Away

A while back, I did some illustrations for Avenue Magazine's "One Pill Makes You Smaller". Here's one the initial concepts that wasn't selected to go to final. I thought I would like to see it finished so I put aside some time yesterday to finish it up.

For females, there has always been a lot of pressure to look beautiful and slim. Many times, we are busy and so we look for over the counter quick fixes or fall prey to those unsustainable diets and diet pills. Through this illustration, I wanted to show a healthy alternative to weight loss; the idea of eating the right foods in the right portions regularly.

Initial sketch/ concept

The Blue Coloured Version

...And the other colour variations.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Indian Dancer

Here's a sketch from my book coloured in photoshop. And no doubt, I think Indians are one of the best dancers out there. Perhaps I'm a bit biased because all my high school friends were Indian... but honestly, they can really move their hips!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

As Good As It Gets

Some more for Improper Bostonian Movie Guys. Here's Ousted Harvard president now head of Obama’s National Economic Council Larry Summers as Jack Nicholson (Melvin Udall) in “As Good As It Gets”.

The Rough:

The Final illustration:

Here are some more roughs that never went to final because the written part was edited out of the article. The first two is Psychopathic killer-informer James “Whitey” Bulger as Jack Nicholson's Frank Costello in “The Departed”. The last one is Tedy Bruschi as Rocky in the movie "Rocky"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Catch Me If You Can

I did a set of illustrations for Improper Bostonian Magazine's Movie Guys Section. The idea was to take local notable Boston people and place them in roles of famous movies.
The illustration below is of imposter Clark Rockefeller as Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Abagnale) in the movie “Catch Me If You Can.”

Some Roughs

The Final Illustration

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Not So Frugal Shopper

While shopping last weekend, this funny thought came to mind. I thought it was worth making into a comic and so I subsituted some tv time one evening and did just that.

So, here's the story of "The not so Frugal Shopper":

Sunday, March 8, 2009

One Pill Makes You Smaller!?

I did a full page and spot illustration for Avenue Magazine's March Issue. The article was about the global obesity epidemic and the skinny on quick fix diet drugs.

Here's the uncensored version of the magazine layout (The actual printed piece had the butt crack partially edited out)

My inital concepts/ roughs:

The revised roughs:

The final illustrations:

Ultimately, there are no quick fixes for losing weight; as the article points out. That's right, no miracle pill or diet! But sometimes the problem isn't about losing weight. Speaking from a women's point of view, I think regardless of our weight, we spend our lives always trying to lose that extra 5-10 pounds. So if you've been working out this week, and eating healthy; then treat yourself to something yummy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

21 Sec To Save Humanity

I did a spread and a spot for Teaching Tolerance Magazine 2009 Spring Issue. The article was about school bullying and how one bold teacher looks past NCLB to a higher set of standards- compassion, empathy and justice. I love the challenge of coming up with concepts for editorials… so I’m grateful that the AD gave me full creative freedom with this project.

Here's the magazine scans:

The roughs for both the spread and spot:

The Finals: