In kindergarten, I painted a piece abstracting heaven and hell. The top half was royal blue representing heaven, the bottom portion was a fiery red depicting hell. Ellsworth Kelly had the same idea. What followed was lighter fare.
At age six, I toured a construction site and pored through blueprints with my father. It was then that I decided to become an architect. A healthy supply of Mahjong tiles and LEGOs helped fuel that fire.
I 'Made Mine Marvel' before following Jim Lee to Image Comics. I thought a merger of Image Comics' artistic talent and Valiant Comics' writing talent would have been glorious. Deathmate proved otherwise.
My first website built in the late-90s was plastered with animated gifs (flames, had to have the flames) and had a MIDI track. It was hosted on Xoom. I apologize and still hang my head in shame.
In my high school drafting class, I learned to rotate my pencil while drawing lines. I also designed my dream home in CAD, it had a sunken livingroom and there was a Lamborghini in the driveway.
Illustrating t-shirts for varsity teams and painting the mural on our newly-minted weightroom wall led to me undeservingly voted the best artist in my high school. A '3' in AP Art kept my ego in check.
Spoiled by my high school's adjustable professional drafting tables and efficient track drafting machines, I had to settle for a crappy Mayline in college. I loved architecture more than ever.
Halfway through my studies I branched off from architecture and spent more time designing websites and printed pieces for school organizations and events. Wish I made more time for the woodshop though.
I'm a native of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It wasn't the greatest neighborhood to grow up in but has improved considerably. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the local pizzeria, Not Ray's Pizza.
My high school years were spent in Livingston, NJ, home of the Lancers. I took full advantage of suburbia, exploring by bike and participating in football, wrestling and pole-vaulting. I read this credo in our Strength Training Facility.
At Carnegie Mellon my favorite professors were Marsha Berger, Dutch MacDonald, and Tony Stanton. I regret dropping Randy Pausch's Building Virtual Worlds class because it competed with studio time.
I went to Japan to snowboard and ended up staying there for three months. I was captivated by its society of extremes, transportation network and architecture. Most of all I admired their craftsmanship.
The food in South Korea is second to none; the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art should be your first stop and I loved the contemporary art in Insa-Dong. Go experience the mellow and creative party scene in the Hong-ik area.
A summer in China yielded one beautiful sunset at the top of Hua Shan near Xi'an. Sleeping on a boulder at the top, I saw a sky filled with stars. I had no idea shooting-stars were so common. Spend a day at the 798 Art Zone.
After considering it for years, I finally packed up and moved to the West Coast. Though I miss NYC's subway system and seeing snow in the streets, nothing beats the entrepreneurial drive found in Silicon Valley.
A Jack of all trades, master of none, I'm considered a generalist, my interests are broad and I have a passion for all things design. Now that you have a better sense of my inspirations, onto the portfolio!