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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Switching to tumblr

Hey guys, it's getting more and more difficult for me to manage all the social media. It also seems a bit redundant to have 2 blogs going on at the same time. So I am officially switching to tumblr : http://victongai.tumblr.com/

I hope that's not too much a pain for y'all and you would continue to support my work on tumblr! Thank you so much for the love!  It's been a great ride here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Portrait of Alan Taylor




A full page portrait of Alan Taylor for aiCIO. Alan Taylor is the senior manager of DENSO. He carried out a complex reform which simplified and de-risked the company’s balance sheet. 
Big thanks to AD SooJin, always a pleasure to work with!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Casserole- New Yorker Fiction Illo

I have a full page illustration in the current issue of New Yorker for a Thomas McGuane fiction.  The story is about a childless couple who journeys to the family ranch of the wife’s elderly parents to celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. 

I wanted to illustrate the following scene as it foreshadows the crumbling relationship between the 2 characters. 

"While we crossed, my wife stood on the ferry deck looking out on the river, smiling and sighing at the clouds of swallows circling the current.  I told her they were just after the bugs... I’ve long had trouble with people picking out some detail of the landscape and pretending it’s the whole story, as though, in this case, the blue light surrounding these speeding birds could do anything about the desolation of the country north of the river, a land I traverse holding my nose."



"The Casserole" is a very powerful story and I was thrilled that this assignment fell on my lap - do get a copy and check it out! Big thanks to AD Chris Curry!!



(As you can see in the sketch the steeling wheel is on the right side in the sketch - coming from Hong Kong, I still get confused about that from time to time...)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cost of Cool

"Cost of cool"- Cover illustration for yesterday's NYTimes Sunday Review. The article is about the terrifying damages AC is doing to our environment : "We can't live without AC but we can't live with AC." Many thanks to AD Erich Nagler!!




(Thank you Yuko for the photo!)


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Overloaded

A piece for the July/Aug Planadviser mag about having too much information to process. Really happy to be in the same issue with my RISD homies - Dadu ShinWesley AllsbrookRobyn Ng and Jing Wei
Thanks to the one and the only AD SooJin, who makes work feel like play. 


Monday, July 23, 2012

Museum in a Vault



I get to draw a lot of glowy things lately! This is a cover illustration for yesterday's New York Times Sunday Business section. The story is about the Geneva Freeport - the largest impregnable storage operation for art collectors in the world. "How much art is stockpiled in the Geneva Freeport? Nobody knows...it is widely believed that there is enough art tucked away on the premise to create one of the world's greatest museum." Read the entire article here
Thank you AD Minh for such a fun assignment!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Late Night Food Hunt

A series of illustrations for Avenue Magazine (Canada) about finding good late night food in Calgary. Thank you AD Anders Knudsen!