I had the honor to make a poster for the 2nd Annual Asian Burlesque Spectacular when asked by the majestic Calamity Chang.

I have always been a huge fan of burlesuqe and vintage Chinese cabaret and I’m so happy to be making a thing for the talented glittery ladies of Asian Burlesque Festival.

"The event, which is the biggest Asian burlesque show ever held, will feature a host of international talent from New York to Tokyo, promising an exciting new line up in homage to the Asian legends and icons of Burlesque. "

I hope to see you at the show on May 16th at Drom NYC! More info here.

Just in time for MoCCaFest: Check out this cover I did for the witchcraft zine with Stevie Wilson and Wendy Xu! I did a 3 page short comic about travel tips from an art witch on the road. So glad to be on board with Stevie and Wendy who do wonderful work with feminist comics and anti-racism essay comics.

I won’t be tabling at MoCCa this year, but you can spot the zine at Stevie’s table. (<—-visit her tumblr to learn more!) She’s also the lovely editor who put the book together.

I’ll be walking around checking out everyone’s stuff though! Been a hermit on the internet and in real life lately, hope to see some friends that I have not seen for a long time. :)

"“If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.

If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.

Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.

The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”

— (via nativnuance)"

Kim Katrin Crosby, Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013

(via infinitelyawkwords)

(Source: biggreenmicroaggressions, via racialicious)

Artist asks GO!

  • 1: Take a picture of your workspace.
  • 2: Show your pencil case and what's inside.
  • 3: Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a "doodle" it is.
  • 4: Lineart or coloring?
  • 5: Who/what inspires you?
  • 6: Draw a same pic with your dominant and non-dominant hand.
  • 7: Do you have any OCs?
  • 8: Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?
  • 9: Favorite thing to draw?
  • 10: Least favorite thing to draw?
  • 11: Draw a pic of yourself like how you look just now.
  • 12. Any weird artist behavior you admit doing?
I did the cover of today&#8217;s ARENA section of the Wall Street Journal, about the massive success of teen literature &amp; fils such as DIVERGENT creating a new wave of teen books and movies. Thank you AD Manny Velez for the assignment! It was a cross-country effort. :) Read the article here.
As usual, my process shot with my inky fingers:

I did the cover of today’s ARENA section of the Wall Street Journal, about the massive success of teen literature & fils such as DIVERGENT creating a new wave of teen books and movies. Thank you AD Manny Velez for the assignment! It was a cross-country effort. :) Read the article here.

As usual, my process shot with my inky fingers:

Anonymous asked: Is your illustration from Sat Wall Street Journal available for purchase?

Absolutely! I can’t see your name but if we haven’t spoken already please shoot me an email (can be found in my ‘contact’ section). Thank you!

Creature of the night dates in a hellish week.

Creature of the night dates in a hellish week.

Collaboration with the Wall Street Journal’s Masterpiece Column once again! Illustration in today’s WSJ about Chinese poet Su Shi’s ‘Red Cliff Meditation,’ owe AD Angela big thanks for this assignment—I loved this poem as a child and can still recite it to this day. Read the full article ‘A Spirit-Visit to an Ancient Land’ by John J. Tkacik here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303775504579397221926892100

Always a pleasure to hear from the author that they liked the piece, too. :)

Enjoy!

Happy monday/President&#8217;s Day! Very excited to let you know that I will be at Voltaire&#8217;s NecroComicCon this weekend, Feb 21-23, with the impeccably witchy comic artist Stevie Wilson. I&#8217;ll have some signed prints &amp; small batch of goodies at the table. Huge thanks to Stevie for letting me tag along, be sure to check out Stevie&#8217;s work on feminism, coffee and cats here! http://swinku.tumblr.com/
Info on NecroComicCon:http://necrocomiccon.com/

Happy monday/President’s Day! Very excited to let you know that I will be at Voltaire’s NecroComicCon this weekend, Feb 21-23, with the impeccably witchy comic artist Stevie Wilson. I’ll have some signed prints & small batch of goodies at the table. Huge thanks to Stevie for letting me tag along, be sure to check out Stevie’s work on feminism, coffee and cats here! http://swinku.tumblr.com/

Info on NecroComicCon:http://necrocomiccon.com/

Drew cat princess &amp; elf princess getting married for YueHui, a magazine featuring the top illustrators in China.
Originally I was asked to do a spread for the Valentine&#8217;s Day issue, where the theme was &#8216;dream wedding.&#8217; I had a piece in mind but later I found out the magazine would not be able to publish anything that resembles a gay wedding.
I did end up asking, &#8220;Are cats okay..?&#8221;
"Cats are okay."
So one of my princesses had to go undercover as a giant cat in a pink dapper suit. 
The magazine features illustrators &amp; graphic novel artists that I grew up reading about. Instead of boycotting censorship, I wanted to put in something a little different from me for kids reading it today. Also, cats and rainbows.
Regardless, Happy (early) Valentine&#8217;s Day.

Drew cat princess & elf princess getting married for YueHui, a magazine featuring the top illustrators in China.

Originally I was asked to do a spread for the Valentine’s Day issue, where the theme was ‘dream wedding.’ I had a piece in mind but later I found out the magazine would not be able to publish anything that resembles a gay wedding.

I did end up asking, “Are cats okay..?”

"Cats are okay."

So one of my princesses had to go undercover as a giant cat in a pink dapper suit.

The magazine features illustrators & graphic novel artists that I grew up reading about. Instead of boycotting censorship, I wanted to put in something a little different from me for kids reading it today. Also, cats and rainbows.

Regardless, Happy (early) Valentine’s Day.

My make-believe 24 Hour comics for Hourly Comic Day, which I was not awake for the most of it to actually pick up a pen. But I did do a 24-panel comic about Saturday just for the spirit of it. Enjoy!

More horse power! Another fun piece that just came out: commissioned by McDonald&#8217;s for their Year of Horse calendar. This piece will be featured in McDonald&#8217;s Family Pavilon event on Saturday, Feb 8th in Los Angeles during the 23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration. Check out their booth located on the corner of Valley Blvd. and S. Sierra Vista Ave!
From the official press release:"Of the seven pieces featured in the calendar, artist Yao Xiao delineates a story about “courage, freedom and devotion” through her digital painting titled Journey to the West, which features characters from famous Chinese novel of the same title, and fittingly tells her story of adventuring to America. “I constantly draw parallels between real life and fiction,” said Xiao. “I wanted to recreate what I feel when I sit on the subway in New York—asking fictional characters for guidance and company, seeing their essence in people around me.” Xiao believes that the emotional quality of the characters “transcends culture and language” and with this belief, she has been able to find comfort even in unfamiliar environments. Being able to create this piece of artwork allowed her to share this feeling visually."
Very glad to be part of this project alongside of artists I admire such as Tran Nguyen and Marcos Chin who contributed last year.

More horse power! Another fun piece that just came out: commissioned by McDonald’s for their Year of Horse calendar. This piece will be featured in McDonald’s Family Pavilon event on Saturday, Feb 8th in Los Angeles during the 23rd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration. Check out their booth located on the corner of Valley Blvd. and S. Sierra Vista Ave!

From the official press release:
"Of the seven pieces featured in the calendar, artist Yao Xiao delineates a story about “courage, freedom and devotion” through her digital painting titled Journey to the West, which features characters from famous Chinese novel of the same title, and fittingly tells her story of adventuring to America. “I constantly draw parallels between real life and fiction,” said Xiao. “I wanted to recreate what I feel when I sit on the subway in New York—asking fictional characters for guidance and company, seeing their essence in people around me.” Xiao believes that the emotional quality of the characters “transcends culture and language” and with this belief, she has been able to find comfort even in unfamiliar environments. Being able to create this piece of artwork allowed her to share this feeling visually."

Very glad to be part of this project alongside of artists I admire such as Tran Nguyen and Marcos Chin who contributed last year.

Officially the cover for Katy Perry’s single ‘Dark Horse,’ attaching some behind-the-scene progress shots.

Happy Year of the Horse everyone! It is also my year. :)

burnedbuho asked: i'm so in love with your art. it's amazing congratulations :3

Thank you very much! C:

intellichick asked: So glad they picked you for the #WeCanSurvive Poster artwork! Love your work!

Aw thank you! It was a fun job, there will be more, I hope ;)