About Me

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I am a Taiwanese American student currently attending Columbia College in Chicago to major in Illustration. Since the day I have learned to pick up a pencil I have always loved to draw. It is my love and passion. My biggest inspiration was the many Japanese comic books, also known as Manga, I have seen, read, and grew up with. As a result, many of my comic illustration are heavily influenced by that style of artwork. Besides comic art, I have worked on surrealistic/Sci-fi illustration of scenes and portraits on specific objects or animals. Recently, I’ve also got into the field of 2D animation where I have experimented and created my own little animation using Adobe Flash.


Overall, I am working to become a professional comic illustrator or Graphic Novelist.


Other Links to my Art:
http://scruballz.deviantart.com/ and http://www.mangabullet.com/thekao/profile


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RESUME~~~
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EDUCATION
Columbia College (CCC), Chicago, Illinois – 2009 to Current
Niles North High School, Skokie, Illinois – Graduated June 3, 2009 (GPA: 3.8/4.0)


EXPERIENCE AND AWARDS



  • Showcased Artwork in Columbia College Library’s Art Gallery (2011-2012)

  • Showcased Artwork in Blend, Fundraising gallery for Asian Student Organization (2010-2011)

  • Showcased Artwork in FRAMED, a comic gallery in CCC (2009)

  • Received an Art Departmental Award 2009

  • Received $500 Scholarship from winning 2nd place in Lisa show art exhibit 2009

  • Participated in An Artistic Discovery, the 9th Congressional District national art competition 2009.

  • Received $8000/year Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College in Chicago 2009

  • Won a Gold Key for art portfolio in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2009

  • Placed 2nd in the Editorial Cartoon category of McCormick Freedom Museum Seen & Heard art competition 2009

  • Won the program design cover for Niles North A.M. Awards of Distinction 2009

  • National Art Honor Society Member (2008 – 2009)

  • The Lisa Show- Won 1st place in Drawing-Juried Art Exhibition 2009


PUBLICATIONS



  • Illustrated for Columbia’s Asian Student Organization’s Chi Tea Magazine (2009-2011)

  • District 219 Student Course book – Cover Design winner (2008 and 2009)

  • Calliope (NN Literacy Magazine) – Published 4 Art pieces (2008)

  • Illustrator for Niles North’s North Star School Newspaper (2007 – 2008)

  • Illustrated for Speak Freely Written by Dr. Mark Allen (Published 2007)

  • Art Published in Gameinformer Magazine Art Contest (Issue 168, April 2007)


COMMUNITIY SERVICE



  • ELL Parent Center – Volunteer Artist for new English Language Learner Parent Center (2008)

  • Memory Project – Created portraits for orphans in Haiti, Ecuador & Nicaragua (2006-09)

  • Participated in Empty Walls -Art auction for PIH, an organization dedicated to providing


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