I drew a simple, but not SO simple map for GQ's March 2018 issue! Glad to see the finished layout!
Thanks AD Martin Salazar!
Today is a Korean holiday, and official school started day is tomorrow.
I'm teaching three classes this semester, and pretty much excited about it!
Wish me luck! :)
While I was sleeping at night in Seoul, I got this kind e-mail from New York who was my latest client.
It made my day, and I'm humbly shared. :)
January 2018 has only one day left... OMG I can't belieeeeve.
2018 is year of the Dog that is my year! yay! Especially not just a dog, but it's a Golden dog! I made a three dog story few years ago, so probably it's time to get published! :)
Here's my latest works that have been published in Jan & Feb issues.
In Korea, we have two months of vacations for each, summer and winter. So that means Jan and Feb are in a winter vacation time. I hope more work to come before school started!
Hope you enjoy! :)
It's already December 2017! I can't believe time flies sooooooooooo fast!
I was searching for a good printmaking lab in Seoul for a while, and finally found a small Riso lab in Chungmooro which is the biggest publication area in Seoul.
For my first Riso book, honestly I was not 100% satisfied, actually somewhat mad.... but I recalled the moment I made the first silkscreen book about 10 years ago. I was so clumsy and full of mistakes and so sad when I saw the results of the silkscreen prints. Even though I felt that I wasted of all the money and time for silkscreen, I didn't give up. Then few months later, I made a satisfied silkscreen book finally! ( That was 'Today is Sushi Day')
I believe this case is the same. so even though I'm not 100% happy with the results, I'll never stop and keep doing the Riso!
This semester has only one week left. I enjoyed so much of teaching for my students and was so glad seeing their better work week by week.
Hopefully New York doesn't forget about me as much as I missed the city.
But now I compared the life I had in New York and Seoul, I'd like to say living in Seoul is much better because I'm not a stranger/foreigner/alien in this city that is very important matter for one's life quality.
I hope this book became a good start of my NEW printmaking life in Seoul. I used the color of Dark Purple which is the Pantone color of the year for 2018 and also Yellow, which is the Chinese year of the yellow dog for 2018. This is a funny story that the future Adam and Eve met Trump and Kim Jong-Un, then made "the New Creation". I wanted to criticize the present and future's important and biggest matters with my humors of drawings based on the stories of the bible.
Hope you like it! :)
As soon as I returned to my home country from the US, I went to Indonesia to do outreach with my team for 12 days and 10 nights. Our mission was 'Connect', and we planned to paint a mural which was Noah's Ark for their 'Technical school for the visually impaired' in Kupang in West Timor.
So I picked Yellow and Pink as main colors that were not similar to the sky and nature, and made the doors and windows became a part of the ark.
Total four days, our team were well mingle with local people of Kupang, and successfully finished the mural! I was so glad to help the blind people with my ideas. Even though they couldn't see anything, I was sure that they felt the warmth.
It was a great opportunity and experience of my work life, and worth more than any of expensive clients' assignments. We couldn't been happier to see their smiley faces about the mural! #firstthingsfirst
Finally the semester was over, and I came back to the Gowanus studio that I shared with Sara Varon and Aaron Meshon last year!
My students did amazing jobs and I posted some images on my instagram - @jroillo
It's been a year and can't believe I was away from New York that loooong!
The 14 hours flight was not a hard thing anymore, and I even enjoyed the time. :)
I can only stay here for three weeks, but have lots of things to do including illustrating one of the Goosebumps series for a Korean version.
I'm glad I came back to the full time illustrator for the summer, and will bring lots of good stuff for my students for next semester!
So here's the editorial illustrations that I haven't been posted.
Thanks for reading! :)
OMG It's truly long time nooooooooo blogging... I'm so sorry!
I had a special lecture at the Kookmin University's MFA Illustration program last evening. They had a small class but their works were incredibly and extremely high.
Kookmin University has one of the top design departments in Korea and I'm proudly teaching their undergrad students as well as Seoul Tech. :)
So here's some photos that I took these days while I'm teaching Seoul National University of Science and Technology and Kookmin Univ., and most of the students worked so hard for the projects I gave them!
I'm so enjoying teaching these days, and I also learned from students who were so inspired.
The only thing I can complain was Korea's spring semester started on March, and ended at the end of June... So I only have July and August for the summer vacation... - too short and hot... :(
Anyways, so besides my teaching life in Korea, I also work for my personal and client projects.
And I recently got a new ipad pro and apple pencil that I tried to draw with them and less use my ordinary work supplies.
So here's some examples,
And I'm always happy to get international mails, and here are the latest issue of 8x8 magazine spread and create zine issue #02 from UK that has my Ray-Ban illustration in it.
Thanks for reading! :)
I just came from U.S Embassy & Consulate in Korea today because I had my visa interview at 12:30pm.
While in winter time, there's a lot less people registered for the interviews, and I was the second person to be arrived there.
Everything was really smooth from the time I went in the embassy until I left. The result was " Your visa has been approved." Thanks god this was the second time applying for my 3 years' O-1, so it was easier to get through I guess.
For the next three years, I don't know whether I can travel and stay in the US as much as I did the last three years because I'm going to teach two universities in Seoul. But I'll definitely make time for Summer and/or Winter vacations.
Thanks Marjorie, Robert and Jessica for the support, and Chrystal, my agent.
I don't know how much everything will be changed in the next three years, but hopefully more growth!
Here's my latest work for Lucky Peach about What is Kaiseki? Thanks AD Rob Engvall!
And these days, I'm exploring a new tool for my illustration!
Having lots of fun making characters and logos using a 'Coco face' that I created, so hopefully soon to be making a story and full illustrations for being able to work for clients!
I wish you like it! :)
Paintings from 2015, 2016 Acrylic and Vinyl
Currently creating a picture book about Summer!
Inspired by my time in Brooklyn Summer 2016.
"Native Speaker (1995) is Chang-Rae Lee’s first novel. In Native Speaker, he creates a man named Henry Park who tries to assimilate into American society." -Wikipedia-
"결국 이 소설은 '정체성'에 대한 이야기이다. '나'를 '나'이게 하는 것. 끊임없이 자신의 존재를 의심하고 확인하며 살아가야 하는 불행한 인생. 아무리 영어를 잘한다 해도 그 안에 스며있는 '문화'의 차이는 극복하기 어렵다는 절망. 헨리 박, 개인의 차원이 아니라, 더 큰 내러티브 안에서 보다 거대한 진실에 접근하고자 노력하는 작품이다." 박하영(2003-09-19)
Now 6:45am here in Seoul, and I hope I can keep this plan until the end of the year.
Happy new year to all who visit my illustration site and thanks for visiting! :)
Texas Monthly Jan 2017 issue!
The Ringer portrait series