Bon Appetit.

Title: Bon Appétit

Client: AD Tim Ball, POLITICO Europe

Description: Cover illustration.  By new EU rule, edible insects now has gotten much wider usage into people’s food.  The insect farmers are now seeing this new ruling as a key for greater niche entrepreneurship.

On Wednesday, 4:00pm, I got a call from AD Tim for this gig, however, he warned me this gig is VERY quick turnaround piece.  At that time, I was on a bus to Fort Lee, NJ from Manhattan to teach my evening class 5 to 8:30pm there.  He told me the deadline is 4pm next day; in my head “Sure, I still have time till 4pm!”…  Also the topic, “Edible insects”!!  Why not!?  It sounds super fun to work on.  So I took the gig.  HOWEVER, soon after I realized that the deadline 4pm wasn’t 4pm next day in US time, but 4pm in Brussel, Belgium… means, my actual deadline is 10AM next day in the US Eastern time!!!!!!  “Gurrrrrrrrrrl!!!!! Lawd!!!!”

I got my office at 4:30pm, worked on the ideas and thumbnails, scanned it, sent it to him little after 5:30pm…  (meanwhile, asking my students to review some exercises what I taught last class and to work on their project,) and by 6pm, we knew what I should draw and finalize!!  Luckily the topic and article were something that give me many visual even in first read through.  In this thumbnail run through, AD Tim made me feel like this is a team-work kind of environment.  I really liked that I felt he and I were team, working on this piece together; very genuine.


We decided for #3.

Anyway, I teach digital techniques, so until 8:30pm, I’m always like a non-stop express train lecturing every detail of certain techniques in Photoshop.  When I got back to my apartment in Queens, NY, the clock showed me it’s already 10pm, and I finally started on inking at 11pm…

I sketched on my way home while I was on a subway.

Y’all, seriously, I pulled off all nighters for the first time since my college time!!!  I was so focus, and enjoy what I was drawing and coloring.



10AM, I sent it to him, by 11AM we were done done!!  I was so tired, but I had to teach a class from 1-4:30PM and 5-8:30PM after…  I was mad tired (really I thought I might pass out some moments in the classes), but I made it through.

This is my first time I finished letter-size full-color illustration in 11 hours!!!!

Next day, it was already out online!

Thank you so much, AD Tim.  I enjoyed the ride with you for this piece.  It came out super bliss!