Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's Been an Owly Day

This is a scattered, random post, so be prepared for it! I'm quite a horrible writer. I blame my English for it, but actually, I sucked at writing in Korean too. I usually wait for a blog writing topic. However, there are new works to be posted, and I really can't think of anything interesting to talk about.

Above is a personal piece I made. Hyein owl with a vegan donut and the other owl with his Creemore Springs beer. Ooooh, I could use some vegan donuts right now. I haven't had them for more than half a year. I almost went to Seattle just to visit their vegan donut shop. I paid for bus and lodging and everything. That's a long story, let's move on...

Last Friday, I was invited to guest lecture at Sheridan College, my old school (Kickin' it Oldskoool, yo). What a surreal experience. Everything felt so familiar to me, I almost went to my old desk and sat there. My heart ached thinking about having an owly good time with my old classmates. And I sincerely missed my teachers. It's strange what "the right school" would do to you. I don't have happy nostalgic memories about my engineering school, and I purposely erased all my highschool memories. Sheridan College was just right: great teachers, good curriculum and life-long friends.

So I was very happy to give a talk at Sheridan. I love teaching, because I learn from students while doing so. As Randy Pausch said in his famous Last Lecture, "You are a great salesman so any company you work for will make you sell stuff. You might as well sell things that's worthwhile, like EDUCATION" Not that I'm a good sales person, but using my abilities to give someone hope is the greatest feeling. Also being an attention wh*re, having people listen to me is just beyond awesome. Thanks for all the Sheridan students who came to the lecture. You were very attentive and passionate, I loved it!
And of course, thanks to OCAD students who put up with me every week.

Somehow above paragraph turned into an Oscar speech.

Yesterday, I finally met one of my favourite illustrators, Aaron Leighton. What an honour! He was such a nice guy too.

For another completely unrelated topic, I am having another show in March.
This time, in the Big Apple! Oh, New York, how I love thee...

Date and Location:
March 6 - 29 '09 (March 6 is opening night, 6pm - 9pm) in New York.

Address for APW Gallery:
48-18 Van Dam St.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Gallery website:

I've recently finished an editorial piece, stay tuned for the next post!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sketches, Social Anxieties, Cut to the Drummer Show

Some sketches for this cold, cold winter... Yeah, I could be eating vegan donuts right now, and look at me! Resorting to cashews.

I went to "Cut to the Drummer" show yesterday. Number of awesome illustrators (a lot of them were my old teachers) were in the show. It was inspiring to see so many beautiful images. But oooooh the anxiety!!! I fear small talks and I have an amazing ability to make everything awkward. I love all my old teachers, but too scared to strike a normal conversation.

I know this is lame, but I even read "The Art of Schmoozing" before I left. One of his advice was to read a lot so you have something to talk about. Um, I read A LOT. However, that is detrimental to my social skills. I should go out and practice instead of sitting at home, reading. And how am I suppose to go from, "Hi! I missed you so much! How have you been doing?" to "Have you heard about that cloned Ibex? It only survived seven minutes!"
If anyone can tell me how to do that, I'll make you the best hot chocolate you've ever tasted in your life. That's an arrogant statement, but at least, you know it's a damn good hot chocolate.

He also suggest asking questions and listen, instead of talking. Word, man. Word.
However, that doesn't work so well when I'm just downright frightened. I had a great, famous illustrator in front of me, and I said all the wrong things.
"Hey, I know you hear this a lot, but you look just like that guy from that TV show"
"..." *insert frustrated gesture*

Believe it or not, in the end, it was a goodnight and I had to be there. I had to congratulate my teachers and thank them. I saw some of my friends and we chat. And I did make some friends.
Oh, the fine art of schmoozing! I need to meditate or something before I go to these things, so I can relax and enjoy myself more. Before I end this long post, I want to apologize to everyone I talked to last night for my awkwardness. Deep down, I know you don't even remember, but just in case!

Lastly... This is Joe Morse' piece from the show. He is the best! I am a better artist (not that I'm even close to being a good artist yet) because of him. The shear fear of disappointing him made me work like a crazy muuunkey.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two Shows!

I'll be Participating Studio Fuse's "Paint the Town Red" show.
It's at Distillery District

Show Dates: February 11- March 1

Opening: Feb 14, 12-5pm

And I made top 30 for snowboard art competition! You can see winner's web gallery at:
The show is in Seattle, so I cannot make it. :(