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100 Minicards for Moo + Interview with Rockpaperink

Editor Emily Potts called with a fun project to create a custom set of 100 mini cards with rounded corners for myself as part of a campaign by Moo.com to have creatives from many disciplines showcase the possibilities of their mini cards. It is amazing how easy it is to customize cards these days and it was fun collecting, reediting  and cropping images from past work to create a cohesive collection.

Here’s an interview with Emily on Rockpaperink about the cards.

Client: Moo.com  Editor: Emily Potts

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Sneak Peak for Moo.com

Emily Potts called with a fun project from Moo.com. They wanted me to create 100 unique images for a 100 set of mini business cards with rounded corners to showcase their ability to customize. An article and interview about the cards and process will appear soon but Emily was kind enough to let me show a preview.  It was fun and I did feel a tinge of sadness when the project was complete.

Much thanks to Emily and Moo.com.

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Communication Arts Illustration Annual 2014

Very welcome and surprising news came from CA that one of my pieces has been accepted for the 2014 Illustration Annual. I used to read CA in high school and it was a big inspiration for a student finding his way. This is probably the toughest annual to be accepted so it’s always exciting to hear good news. Here’s a great post by Upper Case Magazine’s Janine Vangool about her experience judging the show.

The illustration “Who’s afraid of black swans?” was for an article about risk for Morningstar Advisor Magazine. Alex Skoirchet is one of my favorite directors and we have a nice collaborative process. Since I’m a bit of a financial geek, I really wanted to draw a black swan since it is a term for financial disruption. Risk is about fear so the image of being afraid of monsters at night seemed perfect.

Morningstar: Looking for black swan

 

Here were other options for risk. The literal monster could have worked but obviously I’m thrilled Alex picked the swan.

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A pirate’s life for me

Planet Yang is off this week but will be back soon. We’re keeping an eye out for pirates so you will be safe.

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Welcome to an impolite gentleman

Like many young artists, my first introduction to art was comics and I dreamt about being a cartoonist before discovering illustration in high school. Things have come full circle after a couple of Parsons students insisted I create a comic based on the humor of my twitter feed. One student said I play all the gentleman games but am not always a gentleman. This is how the Impolite Gentleman was born. If you would like to follow his journey (and many false starts while I learn) please follow him on Tumblr or Facebook.

The game plan is one strip will be produced every week.

Here’s the first to give you a feel and enjoy.

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20 Questions (Unabridged) with 3×3 Magazine

3×3 has a warm place in my heart and it was an honor to be asked by publisher Charles Hively to be included in the final print edition of 3×3 Magazine featuring work from Aad Goudappel, Harry Campbell, David Suter, Beppe Giacobbe, Jim Tsinganos, John Kraus, Anthony Tremmaglia, John Reinfurt, Paul Garland, and the back page by Leo Espinosa.

Here is the unabridged version for the 20 questions spotlight section.

Thanks again to 3×3 Magazine.

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Twenty Questions

1) Favorite color? Probably orange since I wear it all the time

2) What do you listen to while working? WEFUNK radio and KEXP radio. If only my name was Professor Groove.

3) Person who had the most influence on you? Illustrator/Painter Salvador Bru. Salvador was this amazing older illustrator from Barcelona who could have been the template for The Most Interesting Man in the World. He took me under his wing my first year as an illustrator and we painted together. He had this effortless and fearless approach to painting without concern for mistakes. He taught me how to make the process fun.

4) Favorite medium and surface?  Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet with Mac Pro and 23inch Cinema Display monitor. Adobe Photoshop. Probably going to have to get a 27” inch iMac any day now.

5) Who is your favorite artist? Jim Flora

6) How do you start your day? Read news and favorite aggregate sites for an hour. Like to know what’s going on in the world before working.

7) Favorite art director or designer?  Most of my regular art directors are great because they are smart. Tim Kerr at Golf World has an unfair advantage because he takes me golfing.

8) If you weren’t an artist/illustrator what would you be doing? Maybe something with a macro approach related to investing. Having said that, I’m in a trade at the moment that makes me grateful illustrator is my real job.

9) Last book read?  “I Want My Hat Back”  Jon Klassen. What a flawless children’s book. I’m insanely jealous.

10) Favorite movie of all time? “ Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott. Got my first job at a design studio in the 80’s because the AD loved “Blade Runner” too.

11) What do you collect? Not really a collector person but there’s a few robot and vinyl toys spread around the workspace. They didn’t get there by themselves.

12) What do you do with your free time? Tennis, poker, golf, and movies. One friend says I play all the gentleman sports.

13) What do you do when you’re stuck on an assignment? Play tennis, golf, poker, or go to the movies.

14) Favorite vacation spot? Japan. One winter, Mrs Yang and I were at the base of Fuji Mountain in an outdoor hot bath with snow falling. It was magical.

15) Who makes you laugh? Vin Diesel in any “Fast and Furious” movie. Also Ricky Gervais.

16) Name your favorite guilty pleasure. Black and White milkshake.

17) What is your most treasured possession? My dad’s runner up medal from the US Nationals badminton tournament 1978.

18) Name something that you think is overrated. “The English Patient” (movie). What an unbearable piece of crap.

19) What time of day are you most productive? Morning. Some of my best illustrations have also happened on Sunday evenings.

20) Words to live by? To succeed you have to love what you do. Otherwise, you won’t endure the BS you encounter to get where you need.

 

 

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Linea Curve (Spain)

A pleasant surprise came in the mail this weekend. Linea Curve, which is a visual magazine from Spain, had a nice feature with my work. It was also great to see my friend, Yuko Shimizu in the same issue. Much thanks to editor Francisco Carrasco for writing the feature and the kind words.

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10 lessons learned for Cultura Visual (Spain)

It’s funny how things come in bunches. A few years ago 3 publications in China asked for interviews and this year the requests have come from Spain. The first was from Linea Curve Magazine for a feature which will be soon published and the second was a banner design and article for Mi Petit Madrid. Cultura Visual recently asked for 10 things learned as an creative professional that no one told me.  There were many more lessons than 10 but if you would like to check it out, please click here.

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2 for 3×3

Good news from 3×3 late last week. Two of my pieces received awards for merit from the 3×3 ProShow. The annual will be out later this winter. Much thanks to Charles Hively and the judges for making my day.

Top: Lamps for Lamp in the Box. Designer Director, Al Quattrochi. Tornado Design, design firm.  

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Bottom: Acceptance of Transgender people article for Mother Jones. Tim Luddy, AD

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Communication Arts Illustration 2013

Great news from Communication Arts magazine. An illustration for Mother Jones magazine about the acceptance of transgender people was chosen for the 2013 Illustration annual. Tim Priddy, AD

Mother Jones: transgender acceptance

I was not the only Yang accepted into the competition. My wife, Abby Chan, is a choreographer and performer who commissioned illustrator Melinda Beck for her production, Kidult Ophelia, which will open in Hong Kong February 28. Melinda’s poster was also accepted into the competition. Much thanks to CA Magazine.

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Society of Illustrators 55

More good news from the Society of Illustrators as the “Get Out the Vote” poster for the AIGA was accepted into the advertising category for SOI 55 annual show. Much thanks to the Society and art director Joanne Zamore for the excellent job.

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Exhibit: Pixelated, the art of digital illustration

Illustrator/Educator Scott Bakal has curated Pixelated, the Art of Digital Illustration which is being held at the New Britain Museum of American Art from July 21st to December 9th. If you are in New Britain Connecticut, please check it out. An impressive list of illustrators are featured and I am happy to be included in the show.  Video kiosks will also show animations and videos by the artists. To learn more about the exhibit please visit Scott’s blog.

 

 

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Use your head

July 4th week seems the perfect time to share this poster designed with Joanne Zamore. This was created for AIGA’s Get Out the Vote program to encourage the public to participate in elections this fall. Joanne has a special place in my heart because we both started out in Washington DC in the early 80′s and got our big break with designer Beth Singer creating a poster for the Hiroshima Museum of Art. The poster later won a national award which helped both of our careers. It was nice to create another poster with Joanne.

The 11×17 poster is free for download.

 

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The great debate

Director/Animator Dave Redl and I are at it again working on a new short animation. A six year old will explain the science of submarines and jets. Here is an early preview of the art with a sketch and frame. Don’t want to give too much away but let me say there is a lot about subs and jets I didn’t know until explained by a child.

 

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3×3 ProShow no. 9

Good news from 3×3. An illustration commissioned by SooJin Buzelli for PlanSponsor Magazine about blame has been accepted into the ProShow annual. 3×3 has a warm place in my heart. During a lunch interview with publisher Charles Hively, I learned Charles was art director for a Conoco ad campaign in the late 70′s featuring Jean Michel Folon. My father worked for Conoco and as a high school student I had a chance to see the Folon layouts. It was the inspiration needed for pursuing illustration as a career. Talk about a small world. Much thanks to 3×3.

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