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
various clients illustrations
various clients people drawings
I spent my summer 2016 at the Gowanus artist studio!
Military Officer Association of America works I did including an interior and portraits.
My first time EVER worked with Korean clients - GQ Korea!