“Year of the Rooster”

Pen and ink, digital painting, 23.2 cm ~ 30.39 cm (9 ~ 12 ), 2017-18
An illustration for the 2017 Chinese New Year—the Year of the Rooster. This image is simultaneously an homage to my home country's mascot (the rooster), its national colors (blue, white, red), a self-portrait in the tradition of Norman Rockwell's triple self-portrait, and a friendly nod to one of my favorite picture books when growing up, Need A House? Call Ms. Mouse! written by George Mendoza and illustrated by the amazing Doris Susan Smith.

The illustration also represents the long hours I worked on my graphic novel ANIMUS during the year of the Rooster, and features Hobac the found cat.

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