Amplify ELA creates interactive core curriculum that inspires students to read more deeply, write more vividly, and think more critically.
I collaborated with curriculum creators and editors, to create all the illustrations for the M.C. Higgins unit to make reading and writing more fun.
This unit was built around M.C. Higgins, the Greatby Virginia Hamilton. I created all the illustrations for the banners and in-lesson assets. Drawing inspiration from the Appalachian Mountains, the main setting of the story, we wanted the illustrations to create a world within the interactive screen, where M.C. Higgins could exists.
Client: Amplify ELA
Additional Credits: Art Director: Shannon Sumner, Designer: Junko Bridston
Amplify creates interactive core curriculum that inspires students to learn in a fun, creative, and challenging way.
I collaborated with curriculum creators and editors, under the art direction of Julia Sverchuk to create all the illustrations for this 6th Grade Math unit on Proportional Relationships. We wanted to create a world where learning math is fun, through problem-centered challenge lessons and project-based learning activities. And we wanted the illustration to express this as well.
So for this unit, I created, staged, and photographed, all the 3 dimensional paper cutout illustrations for the lesson headers and in-lesson assets.
Client: Amplify Math
Additional Credits: Art Director: Julia Sverchuk
A collection of illustrations and concept art I did for various simulation apps for Amplify Science. To see how these illustrations are applied in the finished apps, go to their respective project pages: the Earth, Moon, & Sun simulation and the Matter & Energy in Ecosystem simulations. Those pages are password protected because the apps are still under-wraps until they're ready to be unveiled to the public in 2017. If you'd like to access those pages, you can shoot me an email and I can send you the password.
For APE 2014, I made a series of gouache paintings of places I have visited in the past or dream of visiting one day. They're all available to purchase as postcards or limited edition prints.
Save The Date
A hand-made save-the-date for a destination wedding for a couple in Brunei Darussalam. I painted the illustration and hand-lettered all the text in gouache.
NY Cares Mural 2014
In October 2014, I got to design another mural for New York Cares Day. The school wanted an underwater themed mural. They had 6 cans of orange paint and only 1 can of blue. In retrospect, that wasn't such a bad thing, I’d never make an orange underwater scene otherwise.
On NY Cares Day, a bunch of volunteers showed up at Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School to help paint the wall.
We pulled the entire thing together in the last 30 minutes. Thanks to all my friends who came and help. Also all the volunteers for working hard and not stopping when they told us to, even after they took our cans of paints away. I’m glad we kept working.
Don't Break The Chain
Supposedly Seinfeld said he bought a huge wall calendar that showed the whole year at once. And he made an X for each day he wrote comedy. His claim was that after a while you build up a nice streak of X’s, and it’s a strange incentive to keep moving forward to avoid breaking the chain. "Don’t break the chain!"
I didn’t know it was Seinfeld, but I was familiar with the concept. I’ve never been good at resolutions, most years I don’t usually set one. But I figure since this is something that’s important to me, I should give it a go.
So starting January of 2013, I've been posting one drawing every day. The point is not to make beautiful pieces of illustration everyday. It’s to make drawing part of my daily routine, like brushing my teeth or going to the bathroom, so that it doesn’t seem like such a big deal.
So here are a few I’ve done up until now. Check out the entire series here!
NY Cares Mural 2013
On October 19, 2013 for New York Cares Day, a bunch of volunteers got together to paint a mural at P.S. 214 in Brooklyn.
I asked the school if I could design the mural, and amazingly they said yes! I’ve never painted a mural before. Actually, I’ve never painted anything bigger than 9” x 12”, doing something in this scale was something I’ve always wanted to do.
The theme they gave me was “Forest”. Since it was such a broad theme, I decided to give myself a story line, just so I could narrow down what I wanted to sketch. At first I started sketching jungle animals (tigers and monkeys), but I thought it’d be more fun for the kids and the volunteers to do monsters instead. So I came up with the idea of “hiding in plain sight.” I wanted to make a mural that kids can interact with. I want them to be a part of the world of the mural as they walk or stand in front of it.
A few people have told me the mural reminded them of Where the Wild Things Are. I can’t say I did that on purpose, but I guess you can’t draw monsters in a school without thinking of Maurice Sendak. I’m honored.
There were more than 30 NY Cares volunteers helping us paint the mural, and I was so impressed by how anal they were about getting everything just right. We finished painting the entire thing in 6 hours!
But really, the most rewarding part of the whole experience is watching the kids’ reaction as they walked to their classroom on Monday morning. Since us volunteers couldn’t be there to witness this in person, one of the teachers was nice enough to make video the kids’ first reaction.
GIRLS: Fact + Fiction
This is my piece for the Light Grey Art Lab’s exhibition GIRLS: Fact + Fiction Exhibition. Over 100 artists did a piece of their favorite factual and fictional ladies.
My lady is Julia Child. I remember watching her as a kid on PBS, I had no idea who she was. I didn’t understand why this old lady was still allowed to be on television. It wasn’t until years later, when I discovered her books and her recipes, and then they made her into a movie, that I understand why they still let that old lady on TV
I worked on this WordPress holiday card. They were looking for something festive and colorful to celebrate the season. I’ve always thought one of the best part of the holidays is decorating and making your surroundings feel warm and happy.
What if muggles get to enter the wizarding world? It’s completely plausible. Ron once said that almost all witches and wizards nowadays are either half-bloods or muggle-borns. With the end of Voldemort’s reign, muggle-borns and muggles would be accepted by the wizarding world as equals. One day it might just be possible that the divide between the magical and the non-magical world would be lifted. That non-magical folks would finally be aware of the existence of the wizarding world. And when that day comes, muggles are going to be blown away by all the magic that they’ve been missing all these years. It’s literally a whole new world that they’ve got to explore.
That’s the idea behind these travel posters, they promote the magical world as travel destinations to non-magical people. Check out the whole making process here.