Yes, this happened!! I had an amazing opportunity to work on cover pieces for The New York Times, Weekend Arts section. As an illustrator, working for The New York Times is one of the goals that you’d love to achieve (or at least it was for me) and I honestly didn’t think it would happen to me since I worked with lot of advertising clients, sometimes I feel insecure in regards to editorial illustrations. It was a perfect experience from the beginning to the end and I enjoyed every single moment. I can’t thank Paul enough to take a chance on me and being not only so encouraging but also giving me so much freedom. I’m going to frame this issue of the New York Times and put it on my living room wall! I know it maybe lame but I don’t care! I LOVE it. :)
I used to struggle a lot when I work on an editorial assignment(not that I got much better or anything…still struggle) and it was mainly because I didn’t quite establish how I can approach to a specific topic I wasn’t familiar with or that I never drew before. The more I got a chance to work on various assignments over time, I found sort of my own way to approach articles for the first time and digest it and process into a visual execution that I feel comfortable with. Anyway, the point I wanted to make (sorry it took so long) is that I really appreciate the AD Tam at Ad Age who saw my strength in illustration and has been helping me to embrace that by giving me all these assignments on a regular basis, which is a real trust and now I’ve been in this business for a while I realised how valuable that is. :)
Okay, I’m going to share the end of the story first, which is this NYT job was unfortunately killed in the end so I don’t have the finalised illustration to show you however I still wanted to share the sketches and talk about a slightly unhappy ending but why it is also important and still worthy trying. It’s sad when assignment get killed and since I’m a nowhere near perfectionist but more like a client pleaser, I deeply tend to blame myself for not doing a good job. However, it is also good to be aware that it has got nothing to do with your ideas or sketches (or sometime it is) and sometimes the article gets killed or clients decide to change a direction or there’s someone who is a def better fit for the project than you’re and I know whatever the reason it might make you feel insecure but at the end of the day, you also have to remember that you’re considered and they thought of you, which I always appreciate it and if you’re considered once and do your best and I believe the client would recognise that and come back to you for another project in the future. Anyway, thanks again for the consideration and I’m hoping NYT will come back to me soon. :)
It was so nice to hear back from AD Sarah who I worked with a while ago for the Time Out New York, but for something different this time. I always learn something new when I work on editorial pieces, which I found it fun. I haven't been to Portland, Oregon but this article made me search for all the hot spots I can visit if I ever go there! :)
This summer has been real hectic and crazy dealing with a lot of exciting news and stressful personal matters plus fast turnaround deadlines on top of that, don't get me wrong - they are all very great stuff and I'm feeling greatful however, I can't help feeling so overwhelmed by it. And I had no time to do any personal work or even doodles, which made me forget how fun to just draw until I had this assignment for Poetry Foundation about the work poems. Thanks AD Cassie for being so understanding and going with my stick figure sketch and I had such a great time working on it. Hope you guys like it, too.
I had a great chance to work on an editorial assignment for the current Advertising Age issue. It was quite a fast turn around and challenging article to illustrate since my brain goes black when I'm in a panic mode, which I was. :) However, like it always has, the more I doodle out my ideas, the clear the visual became so here's a full page and check out quarter illustration & GIF shortly on my site. Thanks to AD Tam Nguyen.