• American Express Card Art

    Victo Ngai

    I got to work on this really fun project with American Express to interpret their three cards. I want to tell a story while playing and interacting with the Amex motifs, not just decorating the surfaces of the card. Here’s my take:

    Green - Card of Style. Visit a glamorous photo shoot. 

    Gold - Card of Art. Take a tour in an Art Museum.

    Platinum - Card of Creation. Get a glimpse at a sculptor at work in his studio.

    Big thanks to #AmericanExpress and AD Taylor Tindall and the team at #alldayeveryday. 

  • Humanitarian Raid

    Victo Ngai

    My first for Mother Jones. This full page illustration accompanies a story about how the International Finance Corporation—a branch of the World Bank — has strayed from its mission of alleviating poverty in developing countries. 

    Increasingly the IFC is supporting projects like luxury hotels and private health care companies that have seemingly done little to improve the lives of the populace. At times, the IFC has partnered with controversial oligarchs and bankrolled projects that have left the locals worse off. 

    Over the past few years, the IFC appears to be morphing into any old hedge fund or investment bank—as if it has its place on Wall Street among the Goldman’s of the world. 

    Many thanks to AD Carolyn!

  • Light Years Ahead

    Victo Ngai

    Latest for CIO magazine and the 2015 Industry innovation Awards Ceremony. The story and the event are to celebrate winners who are light years ahead in what they are doing in the industry. 

    When I first got the prompt: “Light Years Ahead”, I entertained the idea of sending in a completely black page because, well…if someone is light years ahead, then it will take many years for their light to travel through space and reach us. Then I decided that’s a bad idea as a) it wouldn’t be festive at all for the celebration and b) it’s a bit nerdy. So here is what I came up with in the end.

    Big Thanks to AD SooJin!

  • Honored to be a Design Jury Member for the ADC 95th Annual Awards. FACT: Fewer people have won Black Cube than been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II .#RareForAReason"

  • Four Freedoms Park Brochure

    Victo Ngai

    It was a great honor to illustrator the gate fold brochure for Four Freedoms Park’s annual fundraising appeal. Being a fan of architecture Louis I. Kahn and this beautiful park on Roosevelt Island, as well as a proud New Yorker, I was very excited about the project. 

    When Kahn designed his memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt over forty years ago, he began with a simple idea: he wanted the memorial to be a place for inspired use. 

    From season to season, Park staff works tirelessly to ensure that Kahn’s vision is met and that the legacy of FDR is upheld. The image intends to show the activities through out the year in the Park that’s made possible only by the generous contributions of people like you.

     “ Your Support Helps The Park Come Alive”.  Visit the official site and make a donation today!

    Big thanks to AD Madeline Grimes!

  • Containing Danger & SOI58

    Victo Ngai

    “Containing Danger” is the latest full page for CIO LDI, big thanks to AD SooJin as always! I am very honored that it and 4 other pieces are accepted into this year’s Society of Illustrators Annual Competition! 

  • Together, Design Better

    Victo Ngai

    Latest illustration for Modelo, a new 3D collaboration platform aims to revolutionize the CAD industry.  The website allows architectural and Industrial Design portfolios and on-going process to be viewed three dimensionally. The interactive features also enable easy and instant collaborations between teammates and clients from different cities around the world. Interested? Check out their facebooktwitter and web

    The house being Modelo’s symbol and “Together, Design better” being the campaign’s motto. I came up with the idea of creatives coming together under the roof to make ideas take flight. If you are part of the CAD industry, you may enjoy recognizing familiar icons and inside jokes within the image. 

    Big thanks to Modelo CEO SuQi for having me on board for this project!


  • Forest of Memory

    Victo Ngai

    A cover for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Novella Forest of Memory, coming out in Winter 2016 from Tor.com. 

    The novella’s heroine Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.

    But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.

    The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest.

    There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her…

    The title will be available worldwide in ebook, audiobook, and trade paperback. 

    Big thanks to AD Christine Foltzer, 

  • Everfair

    Victo Ngai

    I am very happy to revel my cover for Nisi Shawl’s long awaited historical fantasy / steampunk novel Everfair. Everfair is a wonderful NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.

    It’s a great pleasure and honor working on this amazing story. And there’s nothing better than a happy author. Since it would be immodest indeed to comment on my own art, here is what author Nisi Shawl had to say about the cover:

    “Is it immodest to call what Victo Ngai has done “gorgeous”?

    There’s a direct correlation between the cover art and the novel, for sure.  The lamp at the cover’s center is basically the national symbol of Everfair, the fictional Utopia at the novel’s center.  The mechanical hand reflects the prevalence of prosthetics among people maimed by Leopold’s grim enforcement of rubber production quotas; the dark-skinned hand the prevalence and primacy of dark-skinned peoples in the part of Africa where most of the story takes place.  And the way it all glows together—I hope my words shine as well.”

    The book publishes in Aug, 2016 from Tor Books, pencil it in your calendar!

    Big thanks to AD Irene Gallo, always a pleasure!

  • NBC President’s Cup 2015 Commercial

    Victo Ngai

    The President’s Cup, one of the highest profile golf tournaments in the world, is happening in a week ( Oct7-Oct 11). I have had the great pleasure to work on the NBC TV commercial to promote the event.

    As the game travels to Asia for the first time, the client wants an illustration that showcases some of the star players on both teams in a style that is reminiscent of traditional Korean scroll painting.

    Big big thanks to AD James Hoke and Project Manager Marilyn Rose at GSDM! Such a pleasure to work with!

  • BARSK The Elephant’s Graveyard


    It’s a great pleasure working on the cover of Lawrence M. Schoen’s new novel Barsk The  Elephant’s Graveyard for Tor. This mesmerizing story set in a distant future, in which humanity is gone and forgotten, while their artificially engineered genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings.

    The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races, and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets.

    To break the Fant’s control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge. Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend’s son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.

    Get on hands on this The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes moving science fiction novel with a pre-order price now! 

    Big thanks to the amazing AD Irene Gallo as always!

  • Four Seasons

    Victo Ngai

    Here are the newsletter headers I created for Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Science. It’s really fun to work on something that doesn’t have a narrative, I was encouraged to come up with whimsical imageries that represent the seasons and gives a sense of journey. 

    Big thanks to AD John Stislow from Stislow Design Brooklyn, a great pleasure to work with!

  • After the Water Recedes 

    Victo Ngai

    I had the great pleasure to work on the very challenging cover for yesterday’s New York Times Book Review. At this 10th year mark of Hurricane Katrina, the review dedicates itself to books and shorts about the lives in New Orleans after the disaster. 

    At first, I wanted to depict the social and racial inequalities that has been exposed by the water line which is still haunting the recovery. But in the end we decided to show more defiance/perseverance/celebration after the waters receded. 

    After I came up with new sketch V.2,  I realized I really miss the mix-match perspectives in my original V.1 sketch, hence the V.3 which was picked for the final. 

    Big thanks to AD Shannon and Jolene!

  • Ticketing’s New Machine

    Victo Ngai

    A recent piece for the United Airline Rhapsody magazine on ticketing’s new machine. “With the emergence of a legitimate, tech-driven secondary ticket market, the cost of seeing LeBron James dunk or Bono perform live all depends on what the market will bear,”

    Big thanks to AD Christos Hannides at Ink Global!

  • Rafi the flying Rhino

    Victo Ngai

    I was asked by Robert Gilbane from Gilbane Development Company to create a 5x6′ lobby piece for their new student dormitory - 275 Thayer Street at Providence, Rhode Island. Being a RISD grad who took classes at Brown University, the project was very close to my heart. 

    I have Rafi the Rhino, mascot of 275 Thayer, flying through the sky with Brown’s historic green on his back. The center of the green has been turned into a football field with players from the 1930’3 and 50’s shown in uniform. Rafi is shown being greeted by a host of Brown alum, friends, professors and students. Rafi’s escort is led by Dean Barrett Hazeltine and Tom Cookman ’72. Standing between Rafi’s ears is Dave Zucconi ’58. The international entourage of Bengal tigers, Chinese dragon, Russian eagles and birds of paradise represent students from different countries and cultures

    It was a great and fun challenge incorporating 20 portraits in this piece. Big thanks to Bob Gilbane for this project and Gordon’s ink for the beautiful print job! Go check out the piece if you ever find yourself in Providence, RI!

  • Audible Stories that Surround You

    Victo Ngai

    I worked on a very special project recently. It was for the Audible #‎StoriesThatSurroundYou‬ Contest winner Bonniejane O'Dea. I had a lot of fun illustrating her original fantasy scene.

    Most of the time when I was commissioned, I only have a vague general idea of who my audiences are. This time I am making a piece for one particular person, Bonniejame O’Dea.  It felt very much like preparing a special gift for a dear friend. So I made sure to bring every detail of her fantasy to life, not just her likeness but also her descriptions of the dragon, the wizard’s robe as well as her skewed glasses. 

    Audible has been my faithful work companion over the years. I don’t drink coffee or tea so listening to suspenseful stories helps to keep me awake. Also when the protagonist is suffering in the story, it reminds me that being chained to my drawing table, burning the mid-night oil isn’t that bad after-all. 

    Check out the process and behind the scene videos!

    Big thanks to everyone from Audible and FirstBorn, you rock! 

  • It Can’t Be For Nothing Lithograph

    Victo Ngai

    I have had the great pleasure and honor to work with Naughty Dog and SONY on the latest Last of Us poster. The Last of Us really distinguished itself from other similar games with it’s dimensional characters and heart-warming/wrenching story. One of the moments which really stayed with me was the giraffe scene, which is the inspiration for this piece.

    It Can’t Be For Nothing Lithograph 

    “So this is everything you hoped for?”
    “It’s got its ups and downs…but you can’t deny the view though.”

    • Embossed fur texture adds depth to the print
    • Limited Edition of 300
    • Signed by Artist
    • Individually Numbered
    • 18 x 24”
    • Print on 100lb. paper

    The pre-sale is happening right now, get it here

    Big thanks to AD Jon Schindehette!!

  • More from Less

    Victo Ngai

    Latest piece for PLANSPONSOR June. The prompt was “Core remains the same while the environment changes”. Had a lot of fun working in this flat print-making style this time. Big thanks to AD SooJin!

  • Anxiety and Mourning

    Victo Ngai

    A couple new pieces on fighting the invertible emotional roller coaster ride of being a human being. 

    The first piece is a cover for the Washington Post Health&Science about “Selective Mutism” happens in children due to social anxiety. The idea is to have the child muted by the butterflies in his stomach. Big thanks to AD Matt. 

    The second piece is a spread for Johns Hopkins Health Review. This story is about a woman who was widowed young, and who wishes there were a way for people mourning a loss and having a difficult day to signal to the rest of the world that they are suffering. Big thanks to AD Pam. 

  • Above and Beyond

    Victo Ngai

    Latest piece in Plansponsor for my favorite AD SooJin . The article is about “the best service provider who’s going above and beyond expectation”. The triple decker bus in Harry Potter may have inspired this piece.

    Big thanks to SooJin!