For my mom’s 51st birthday, I threw her a tea party! I had some fun not only planning the menu and making the baked goods, but also designing the menu. Hand-painted the floral design and then hand embossed the words on the menu to resemble letterpress. I really do wish the print quality of my printer was better—I would have totally gotten it professionally letterpressed, but that was out of my budget!  

Enjoy the bonus shot of my mom on her special day. 

About a month ago, I was asked to create the identity and collateral for my church’s young adult retreat. Of course I obliged! The theme is ‘Known’—to be known by God, yourself, and others. 

I developed this identity out of the concept of being in the woods (our retreat is at Joshua Tree National Park!), and wanted it to be reminiscent of being at camp. I wanted it to feel friendly, inviting, and woodsy. Additionally, the offset colors were added to create a nostalgic effect—not only of early printing but also of growing up together. (Fun fact: Most of us have known each other since elementary school!) 

Shout out to my lovely craft-master friend Charlene who helped me cut, paste, and assemble 30 of these babies! 

Took Jessica Hische’s Skillshare Drop Cap class for fun over Spring Break! For this project, I finally got to playing around with lettering and found this tutorial super informative. 
Had just finished reading the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time around that time and thought it’d be fun to make a drop cap cover for the book. Synopsis and design thinking below. 
This book tells the story of a 15 year-old boy named Christopher with Asperger’s syndrome and his dysfunctional family. The story is told through his eyes; and, throughout the book, there is a pattern of Christopher understanding very logical, often-literal semblances of the world, and disregarding the more metaphorical notions of the world. There is a very specific portion of the book that I focused on, in which Christopher notes that constellations are simply silly, because the stars could be joined up in any arbitrary way to create any image. 
I thought that this very specific part of the book was not only very visual, but exactly portrayed Christopher’s understanding of the literal world. Not only this, but it was this very literal understanding of the world that really causes Christopher to construe events under certain light and react accordingly. 

Took Jessica Hische’s Skillshare Drop Cap class for fun over Spring Break! For this project, I finally got to playing around with lettering and found this tutorial super informative. 

Had just finished reading the book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time around that time and thought it’d be fun to make a drop cap cover for the book. Synopsis and design thinking below. 

This book tells the story of a 15 year-old boy named Christopher with Asperger’s syndrome and his dysfunctional family. The story is told through his eyes; and, throughout the book, there is a pattern of Christopher understanding very logical, often-literal semblances of the world, and disregarding the more metaphorical notions of the world. There is a very specific portion of the book that I focused on, in which Christopher notes that constellations are simply silly, because the stars could be joined up in any arbitrary way to create any image. 

I thought that this very specific part of the book was not only very visual, but exactly portrayed Christopher’s understanding of the literal world. Not only this, but it was this very literal understanding of the world that really causes Christopher to construe events under certain light and react accordingly. 

For my most recent internship at Chen Design Associates (managed their social media platforms, hollaa!), I got to work on a little spot illustration for a publication they design, California Freemasons. This was a fun little project and it was neat working with an art director and learning how to hand-distress things! I’m glad I got the opportunity to work on it :) 

[Project created at CDA Copyright © Chen Design Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.]

 

2014, 4x6in

So I’m taking a Design DECal (essentially student-taught classes) this semester. The assignment was to create a postcard of your favorite city. 

Since coming to college, I’ve fallen in love with San Francisco! Went the non-traditional(ish) route and illustrated a cable car (instead of the Golden Gate or other iconic SF buildings). 

2014, 12x16in, acrylic paint on canvas. 

The entirety of this piece was based on the premise of processing through some tough emotions and tough hard events this past December.

Fun Fact: I was stuck at jury duty for 7 hours and all the sketches were done there! 

Early 2013, oil paint on canvas

I took a painting class and painted on the largest canvas I’ve ever painted on to date (This canvas is around a whooping 4x5feet!). I had never painted with palette knife before prior to this, so that was fun to experiment with. 

And, of course, I had to bring an element of humor into it all, by juxtaposing a cartoon bear with the serious painting of the fig. 

8.615x11.11in, end of 2009, acrylic paint on canvas board. 

This piece was actually a commission from Inheritance Magazine, for the cover of an issue concerning leadership and the different leadership characteristics.

They’re a super neat-o magazines for Asian Americans Christians, head on over and check them out!