Conceptualizing heritage and website update!

(Apr 30, 2010)

So May is Asian American Heritage Month and every year for the Asian Reporter I do an illustration to accompany their featured section on the subject. Every year I set out to do a nice conceptual image that illustrated heritage, but every year I end up doing some sort of collage image. Is it possible to show Asian heritage without having a cheesy montage of things like dragons and chopsticks or a crowd scene of different people? I’ve even tried to google ‘heritage illustrations’ to see if I can get any ideas.


Anyhow, here’s the illustrations from the previous years, with the one I did for this year at the end.

I’m actually not very pleased with it. I thought, thought, thought that I would be able to come up with something really great, but as you can see it seems like every other year is kind of a sucky one. I guess that means next year’s will be better. But maybe that’s the thing – maybe there’s no way around summing up the history and heritage of an entire continent’s worth of people without hitting the major icons of those cultures. I’d like to hear anyone’s thoughts on the subject.

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Other bit of news – I finally updated my website! I didn’t really change it around much, mainly the colors and decor image, but I’m really, really happy with it. I feel like it’s simple and professional, but still has some of the goofiness that defines my work. Here’s the main image I did for it.

ONEOFTHEJOHNS.COM – Tell your friends! Tell your family! Just go there NOW!

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