Illustration inspired by Moby Dick, a novel by Herman Melville
illustration for an essay on fatherhood
Map of the World
Poster for Magazine Chaeg
Illustration for an article on hardships of pregnancy
For International Women's Day, I created an image of Athena, goddess of wisdom and victory.
After Prometheus had stolen fire from the gods and bestowed it upon mortals, Zeus determined to counteract this blessing. He commissioned Hephaestus to fashion a woman out of earth upon whom the gods bestowed their gifts. Zeus sent her to Epimetheus who forgot the warning of his brother Prometheus and made Pandora his wife. Pandora had a jar containing all manner of misery and evil which she afterward opens out of curiosity. All the evils flew out over the earth and hope alone remained inside.
Oedipus and the Sphinx
On his journey between Thebes and Delphi, Oedipus met the Sphinx at the crossroads. The Sphinx asked Oedipus a riddle in which he must answer correctly in order to pass. The riddle was: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?" Oedipus answered "Man." Having heard Oedipus' answer, the Sphinx was astounded and killed herself by throwing herself into the sea.
The Minotaur and Theseus
The Minotaur dwelt at the center of the labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction. King Minos required that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens be sent every seventh or ninth year to be devoured by the Minotaur. When the third sacrifice approached, Theseus volunteered to slay the monster. Theseus killed the Minotaur and led the other Athenians back out of the labyrinth.
Io and Argus
Inspired by the sotry of Io who was turned into a heifer by Zeus in an attempt to hide her from his wife, Hera. The deception failed and Hera begged Zeus to give her the heifer as a present. She then sent Argus, who had 100 eyes, to watch Io and prevent Zeus from visiting her.
Cerberus and Hercules
In Greek mythology, Cerberus is the vicious multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld. Among the twelve labors of Hercules, he had to defeat this monstrous creature.
Inspired by the story of Pygmalion, a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had carved.
Illustration created celebrating 2017 Christmas.
Inspired by a French-Afghan film, The Patience Stone. In Persian myth, the patience stone (syngue sabour) is a magical black stone that receives the problems of those who confide in it. According to myth, when the stone has absorbed all the pain and suffering of the person, it will shatter and free the individual from his or her woes.
Inspired by Pierre Bonnard, a French Post-Impressionist painter who often painted his wife bathing. The tragic illness and reclusiveness of his wife were likely both a burden and an inspiration to the artist.
An illustration for a pizza parlour SOMY.
The Moon and Sixpence I
Inspired by The Moon and Sixpence, a novel by Somerset Maugham. "If you look on the ground in search of a sixpence, you don't look up, and so miss the moon."
The Moon and Sixpence II
Inspired by The Moon and Sixpence, a novel by Somerset Maugham. "so busy yearning for the moon that he never saw the sixpence at his feet."
An illustration for SOMY, a pizza parlour in Seoul, South Korea.
Illustration for Abandon Ship! an article written by Robert R. Harris for the NYT. It introduces a book called "In the Kingdom of Ice" by Hampton Sides, a non-fiction book that tells the true story of the 1879–1881 arctic voyage of the USS Jeannette and the crew's struggle to survive after having to abandon their ship in the polar ice.