If you are wondering what I’ve been up to these days,
Teaching four classes including undergrad and grad students this semester.
They’ve learning how to silkscreen, risograph, linocut, bookbinding, illustrations and making artist books from me.
So I made samples and demonstration videos for the classes.
The newest project I’ve been doing was about ‘Alone Together’ and have not been decided the project name yet.
Sorry for the long time no updates!
If you are wondering what PRINKER is, please watch these videos. (You’ve probably never seen this device before ) It was one of the greatest Korean inventions and only for B2B for now)
I signed a contract with Prinker in Nov 2018 to create 30 tattoo designs, and I’ve been working on the designs since then.
I was interested in developing tattoo images because of my strong line works, but Prinker’s designs needed more than just good drawings.
The designs required to be in a limited size which was a short height, and a long width, (8100pix x 1080pix). Moreover, there’s no pure white and black ink in the device, and colors made out of C,M,Y cosmetic inks.
And the most important/hardest thing was that tattoo designs have to stick out of skin!
So some of them could be switched to new designs, but here are my tattoo designs for Prinker ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎
I experimented until I got the right designs, so I’ve tried million times on my skin, my family’s and my students’.
Check out below and happy 2019!! Hopefully Prinker on your skin soon! :)
GMV is a Global Mobile Vision Conference and one of the largest international fairs in ICT industry in Asia. They invited domestic and global software/solution players and hold a forum that will present the hottest and most up to date global IT trends.
So, Kotra thought that my Alcalde magazine cover and the opener is PERFECT to exhibit for the exhibition! It was my great honor to be invited with other amazing artists and companies.
Hope you enjoy the exhibition photos!
Last year, I was asked for doing a cover art for the NYT Travel section, but it was cancelled at the last minute because of the hurricane in the US… I was so sad, but have been waited for another assignment.
This year, AD Minh Uong asked me to draw one illustration for the workologist section, so here you can see the art! Link
Hope you enjoy! :)
I need to make a shop soon! :)
Since I started teaching undergrad students in Seoul, ( we have summer and winter vacations evenly two months each every year) I was looking forward to summer and winter vacations so badly.
Of course, I really enjoy teaching during semesters, but there's not much time for myself, so the vacation time became more valuable.
Thanks to Kookmin Univ for offering faculty and staff only vacation house, so I went to Manlipo there I had so much fun at a beautiful beach at the beginning of July. HOWEVER, right after I came back to Seoul, the weather became crazy hot and Seoul suffered 24 tropical nights in a row and still we can't live without air conditioners!!! (The weather forced me to go to an indoor swimming pool almost everyday!! now I became a REAL seal. lol)
Anyways, so I finally found a brand new co-working space in Seoul which is like a trend these days in this city. It is pretty much awesome so far, and made me everyday productive.
I'm teaching printmaking including silkscreen and risograph next semester, so I was so excited, and started linocut in my studio for warming up! ( I'm planning to make 100 works of linocut!)
I also did the client works with digital media. So here's my latest works below.
For Cincinnati Mag's Street food
Thanks to all the ADs and hope to my creativity is going to be exploded at my new studio!
Many thanks to AD Marti Golon!
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! :)