Ray Ban Soho NYC store, IPCNY and more!

I love winter! but I love summer more maybe because it’s hot and I drew three big beach scenes so far for various clients!  I’ve been wearing Ray Ban sunglasses all my life, and couldn’t enjoy more when I created this fun Justin + Erika project! Thanks to AD Bastien + Marjorie and Publicis Paris agency!

Ray Ban’s fabulous hub in Soho at 116 Wooster st. was finally opened in the middle of November 2015, so if you were in New York area, don’t miss to wander throughout Ray-Ban’s hub! ( and check out my work there too!)


Another news, My Urban Jungle Yogini book was lucky enough to be included in IPCNY‘s Commedia: New Prints 2015/ Autumn! On view is Nov 19,2015 to Jan 16,2016, so after seeing my work at 116 Wooster st., make sure heading to Chelsea’s IPCNY gallery to see my new book with 3D glasses at 508 West 26th st. 5th fl.!


photo credit: Aram Kim

Lastly, here’s my latest editorial pieces!!!


This one was for Newsweek‘s Two Numbers: Bacon Is Carcinogenic, but So Is the Air You Breathe.

Thanks to AD Jessica!JR-band-finalAnd this one was for Eight by eight‘s issue #7! I drew Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Alex Lalas and Clint Dempsey as an American alternative country band.

Thanks to Priest + Grace again!

JR-5010-finalThe last piece was for The Hollywood Reporter‘s Dec 11 issue! I drew ‘How Healers Became the New Gurus of Hollywood’

Thanks to AD Nicholas!

Hope you enjoy and see you soon!! 🙂



Before Summer goes…

Hello Fall!

I’m back from my long, but mostly work vacation in France, and got a new studio in the Upper East Side, New York. I’d lived seven out of ten years in the UES, and I missed this neighborhood so bad, so finally I’m back! And it feels soooooooo good! Hopefully better work and life will be created here? 🙂

So here’s a set of portraits for Billboard Magazine‘s August #26 ‘Fall music preview’ issue. I hope you figure out who’s who.

Many thanks to AD Patrick!




This one was for Atlanta Magazine‘s September issue, and it’s about Pirch. Pirch became my dream shop ever since I drew this piece!

Thanks AD Tara!


And this photo I got from AD Len from Nautilus Magazine! I’m glad to see they were enjoying my book!

One copy of this books was at last week’s NY Art Book Fair at the MoMA PS1, and was on a Desert Island‘s table! And surprisingly, I heard from Gabe it was sold in 30 min!

I’m glad and wondering who bought my book so quick, so please let me know if you are the one! 🙂




And lastly, here’s my work up on Rockaway’s Bathhouse at Riis Park. Thanks for the nice photos and hope people enjoy there like the same as my work!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Lots of things to blog!

I can’t believe it’s already December 2014, and I became one year older than three weeks ago!!!! Oh my…!!

So I needed to grow up more than the rest years I spent in my life, and illustration is still an essential part of why I living. Coooooool…Thanks.!

Here’s the Nov and early Dec updates, enjoy! shameless_atapwy


A series illo for Seattle Met Magazine’s ‘Shameless in Seattle’ section. I think every Dec issue they have this series. Honorably this year I illustrated! Check out the funny stories here

Thanks AD Sara!


One Friday afternoon, I wanted to off the day early and take the 4pm yoga class. So I took a train to the UES where my beloved yoga studio located.  Few stops later, Matt asked me to do an illo for rush Op/Ed that finals by 7 to 7:30 that day.

I was thinking a bit, and took the opposite line of train and ran back home. Super thrilled moments! haha I thought helping NYT was more worth than one class of yoga. And here’s the result. Link

Thanks AD Matt!


I’ve been a big fan of David Chang maybe since I noticed there’s lots of notable KoAmerican people existed in where I live. And finally I drew him for GQ’s November issue!

I’ll give a credit to AD Chelsea for this great idea! Actually David Chang really kicked a turkey in his video. Link


This illo was super funny that gave me a chance to join the TinderLand! lol Link

Thanks AD Barbara!




On Nov 4th, SVA MFA Illustration department where I graduated three years ago had a ‘We tell stories’ show. Fun talking with old classmates, and good to see all the teachers! The picture shows a random guy, Aram Kim (Class of 2014), David Sandlin and I. Thanks for having Miss Eggplant in the Catalog!


So Aram and I’s November collaboration is here. This story is about when the star looks so big from the far, but it was disappointed when I got closer.


I recently moved to Queens for having my own work studio and home. And here’s the nothing fancy start of my big dream!

Happy early Christmas!!

June 2014 updates!


Eight by Eight‘s World Cup issue is finally out! Needless to say, it’s gorgeously designed, and amazing illustrations and photos were included!


Here’s a spread I did for the issue. I drew the six of Cote d’Ivoire Footballers. Korea is a big fan of World Cup that made me more excited to get involved in this issue!


They have a launch party on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM at a gallery in Tribeca – More info

The photo I took when Grace showed me at the Priest + Grace’s office. They’ll be exhibited on Wednesday!

** Thanks again to Robert and Grace **

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.32.02 PMHere’s five sets of illustrations of hybrid animals for Nautilus Magazine. Each set contains one real hybrid and two fakes.Link

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This full page piece is for Cincinnati magazine’s June issue. The assignment was about their signature Skyline Chili. I had lots of fun to imagine this!

** Thanks to AD Grace **

10342486_10152396741535210_4409204079919782977_nJR-4392-final01JR-4392-final02Milwaukee Magazine’s June issue about Food Tour of Brewers’ Miller Park Link

** Thanks to AD Kathryn **

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The last one is for Hemispheres Magazine’s June issue. It was about the importance of jockeys when picking race horse.

** Thanks to AD Claire **

Thank YOU for reading! 🙂

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society art show: Waves of Change, NYC


Founded in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd’s mission is to defend, conserve, and protect the world’s marine wildlife species and marine wilderness ecosystems. SSCS is the most aggressive, determined, active, and effective defender of marine wildlife in the world.


I was honored to be invited to contribute an art piece to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Waves of Change art show at the Hasted Kraeutler art gallery in Manhattan’s West Village. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, June 27th and will include refreshments, music and a special speaking engagement from a Sea Shepherd ship captain. All proceeds from the sale of the art will go directly to the charity.

 Hasted Kraeutler 537 West 24th Street, New York, NY

You can purchase tickets HERE

To see examples of art works HERE

Here’s some images of my piece below



**Thanks again for having me and good luck on the successful opening! **

NY Times Gallery 7 Townies Exhibition & Miss Eggplant

7E8FA1FF-8DC4-40FD-844D-20FE072B18FFThe New York Times’s Gallery 7 has an exhibition of illustration from the Op-Ed blog Townies on Feb 7, 2013.

Wesley Allsbrook  +  Drew Beckmeyer  +  Chi Birmingham  +  Harry Campbell  +  João Fazenda  +  Golden Cosmos  +  Jon Han  +  Bendik Kaltenborn  +  Yann Kebbi  +  Tatsuro Kiuchi  +  Aidan Koch   +  Patrick Leger  +  Bjørn Rune Lie  +  Jon McNaught  +  Wendy MacNaughton  +  Bénédicte Muller  +  Roman Muradov  +  Ryan Peltier  +  Emiliano Ponzi  +  Jungyeon Roh  +  Guido Scarabottolo  +  Dadu Shin  +  Esther Pearl Watson  +  Jing Wei  +  Sarah Williamson  +  Paul Windle  +  JooHee Yoon  +  Olimpia Zagnoli
Thanks for having me and the below images are my Townies series for being a Korean/Chinese girl living in NYC. (Columns by Mary H.K. Choi)


And, Miss Eggplant is telling her stories again with inspiring life photos and drawings in here- http://jroheggplant.tumblr.com/

Here’s the first story, Forget me not.

Hope you like it!