I am a robot art illustrator based on New York City. I have always dreamed about living here since I was a little child. And now, through the window, I can see the magnificent Manhattan skyline. Living in New York City is like a dream comes true.
For example, when I came to NYC, I immersed myself at ITP, this crazy and inspiring place established by Red Burn where you can easily bump into geeks, artists and geniuses. I've made some cool grad school projects with ITPers like:
GlassNotes- an installation that automatically knocks crystal glasses to generate music. Typing Monster (2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - semifinalist)
- an installation that visualizes typing pattern and turn it into a monster. Kineticut - an educational installation took place in New York Hall of Science that teaches children kinetic energy. MangoRun (2010 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - semifinalist)
- a voice-powered multi-player racing game. Knock Knock - an interactive performance that transforms knocking sounds into visual effects on a 121 feet big screen projection.
( GlassNotes - an installation that automatically knocks crystal glasses to generate music. )
( Typing Monster (2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards - semifinalist)
- an installation that visualizes typing pattern and turn it into a monster. )
( Knock Knock - an interactive performance that transforms knocking sounds into visual effects on a 121 feet big screen projection. )
I AM A ROBOT GEEK
I also created mobile apps. For my thesis, I created an iPad/iPhone multitouch game for family and friends - ROBOT 99. ROBOT 99 has been featured as AnscaMobile App of the Week, FWA Mobile of the Day, Slide to play, The Gamer with kids, AppSpy, and etc. It has over 40,000 downloads and it can be purchased on App Store in over 33 countries.
However, the more I worked in the commercial projects, the more I felt lost. My heart wanted to learn something new, something exciting, something to help me jump out of routine design work. Moreover, I wanted to know a better way to use all my knowledge to express and present my illustrations. That’s how I ended up in the perfect place for me - NYU ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) - the frontier of interactive design.
NEW YORK IS INSPIRATIONAL
New York City is a city full of energy and somehow frustrating...."New York, love it, or hate it!" This is what people told me. Here, I practiced my English skills, worked on school projects, got married, and started my own company with my wife, Claire.
After one year of preparation, we finally launched our online store - Fu-design Store, which provides art lovers with high quality products associated with my illustrations, including canvas art, graphic trucker hats, iPhone capsule cases, gadget sleeve cases, and etc. We see our products the perfect combinations of art meets lifestyle fashion. We hope to let more people know (and love) my illustrations through these beautiful products.
Now, before my 30th birthday, I finally have time to look back at what I've done, what I've learnt, where I've been, whom I've known, and document it. In the following years, I hope to keep working on all those interesting projects, drawing, creating, playing, maybe programing, and never stop learning.