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Kevin Tong  Illustrator and cat whisperer... Austin, TX

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The variant of the @sxsw comedy poster I did. This color version was printed and gifted exclusively to the comedic talents that came through and performed in Austin! #sxsw #faerie #frog #art

The 2017 SXSW Comedy poster! I had a lot of fun drawing the frogs! They're only available for sale at the official SXSW merch booth
#sxsw #comedy #poster #art #screenprint #illustration #frog #faerie #kevintong

(Swipe to see it with text and close ups) In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the sixth and final spread (see previous posts for 1,2,3,4&5). The article called for lots of mammoths, which was great because they're really fun to draw. I tried to make them look individual and distinct, with a subtle expression, versus a neutral animal face seen in a lot of scientific illustrations (not a diss, this project serves a different purpose is all). In the lower right corner, I left a little bit of permafrost exposed, to communicate unique aspects of the landscape. This was a really challenging, but super fun project and I certainly learned a lot about the Pleistocene epoch!
#editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the fifth spread (see previous posts for 1,2,3,&4). Large herds of megafauna, both extinct and current species, will need large and open areas to graze and move through unimpeded. Currently, the area is densely forested, so the Pleistocene Park team hilariously uses what's essentially an old Russian tank (Vityaz DT series) to literally drive into and knock down trees. I had to redraw the rough sketch for this because I assumed they were using state of the art logging equipment until the art director informed me about the tank. I had to ask if he was being serious because it sounded ridiculous. I jokingly referred to this spread as "The Benny Hill Spread" because in my mind, I see the tank crashing into numerous trees, sped up, being chased by vicars and policemen, and I can hear Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax" in the background! The animals depicted are musk oxen and horses, modern large herding grazing species among others they've had brought in with hopes they'll breed and populate the region. Once the grazers begin breeding and spreading, the second part of the plan is to introduce pack predators to keep the populations in check. If it ever becomes viable to reintroduce extinct species (megafauna or predators), I imagine the plan would be the same and have them live side by side with the modern animals.
#editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the fourth spread (see previous posts for 1,2,&3). Large herds of grazing mammals were common in Pleistocene Siberia before modern humans arrived between 10,000 - 15,000 years ago, then they began dying off. There's scientific debate about whether or not humans hunted the regional megafauna (mammoths, bison, etc) to extinction, but the timing of our arrival and their disappearance lines up, though that could just be a coincidence. The large grazers were thought to be an ecological linch pin species (termed as a keystone species). Once they disappeared, the landscape changed from grassland to forest and adversely affected all the animals in the area.
#editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the third spread (see previous posts for 1&2). This spread is about the wide variety of mammals that roamed Ice Age Siberia in addition to mammoths, like the woolly rhinoceros and the Irish Elk. Even though it was called the Ice Age, the area was incredibly grassy and ideal for grazing.
#editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I inked the pencil drawings with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored this in Photoshop. This is the second spread. The mountains were crazy fun to draw and ink. This spread depicts a time about 15,000 years ago (Pleistocene/Ice Age era), when moderns humans arrived in a Siberia teeming with herds of large grazing mammals, like mammoths, bisons, and musk oxen.
#editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

Swipe To See More! In the latest issue of @theatlantic, I was tasked with creating six full page spreads about Pleistocene Park, a massive effort in Siberia to bring back woolly mammoths and other extinct Ice Age megafauna that has the potential to change the landscape and fight global warming. I hand drew, then inked these with rapidograph pens, and digitally colored in Photoshop. This is the first spread, the opener. The researchers haven't cloned a mammoth yet, but they get around the rugged terrain in a mini 8 wheeled vintage Russian tank called "Baby Mammoth"! #editorial #theatlantic #illustration #pleistocenepark #woolymammoth #KevinTong #art

RIP Bill Paxton, an outstanding actor in many of my all time favorite movies ever. This is the only poster I've done for a Bill Paxton film, Aliens. I loved him in Tombstone, Aliens, Predator 2, Apollo 13, True Lies, Big Love, and many more... he will be missed by many!

Thanks for the quick Arrival sellout! I'll have AP copies on my site TBA. For now, please enjoy this video of the screen separations, closeup, and a look at the hidden image! #arrivalmovie #mondotees #illustration #poster

If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
#arrival #arrivalmovie #mondotees #poster

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