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volume one

december 2017


welcome to megazine volume one Portfolio websites are expensive. Portfolios in general are so professional and so boring for what’s supposed to be creative and fun. So I wanted to create a platform where I could showcase my art under my own rules. I wanted something to show to my friends, not companies. MEGAZINE (get it?) will be a yearly magazine that comes out every December. It’s basically a collection of all the year’s work that gets wrapped up with a nice bow. I figured with all the experimenting I’ve been doing this past year, this new project would be a nice fit. Inside you’ll find traditional art, photo edits, digital art, and stuff about Never Go It Alone Productions. Then we’ll get all sappy with a whole section dedicated to thank-you’s. So go ahead and flip through, and I’ll talk with you again towards the end of the magazine. Never Go It Alone,

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Traditional art


photo edits


digital art


NGIA productions


thank you


in closing




traditional a


“Loveheal� | Acrylic on canvas | 9x12

Paintings, marker drawings, ink drawings, and some mixed media. This year was my first time using mixed media and making large scale pieces. We also explored themes that are a bit darker than usual.



you can only let so many bad people into your life. so be mindful of your visitor count.


“Turnstile� | Copic pens on Strathmore paper | 18x24


OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! OMIGOSH! What? Shut up! No way! She did NOT. OMG. I cannot even right now. Get out! Really? How? You’re kidding. Please tell me you’re joking. You’re lying, right? Stop! You are so unreal right now it’s not even funny.


“Omigosh!” | Copic markers on Canson paper | 9x12

F E T I S H “Fetish� | Copic markers on Canson paper | 9x12

“For You” | Copic markers on Canson paper | 9x12

for you




“Fair Weather Friend” | Copic pens on Canson paper | 9x12


season finale “Season Finale� | Mixed media on Strathmore paper | 48x72


“Speechkeeper” | Mixed media on on canvas | 9x12



“Infinity Bedroom” | Copic markers on Canson paper| 9x12

“Wrecked” | Copic markers on Canson paper| 9x12

“Rebelle Within” | Copic markers on Canson paper| 9x12


photo edits


“A/V� | Feat. Ellie Hahn

A new medium for this year. Learned a lot more about photography and had a lot of room to experiment with these.


the head and the hurt 20

“The Head and the Hurt” | Feat. Ashni Gandhi


city limits 22

“City Limits” | Feat. Aya Bridgeland

“The Intersection You Never Quite Left” | Feat. Cory Van Duyne

the intersection you never quite lefT


“Prerogative” | Feat. Mother Nature

“Unarmed Farmers” | Feat. Mother Nature


26 #

Ain’t It Grand? (yes. the answer is yes.)

“Ain’t It Grand?” | Feat. Ashni Gandhi


“Sunset Highway” | Feat. Ellie Hahn

“Molotov At Your Feet” | Feat. Casey Van Duyne


“Asset Foreiture” | Feat. Emma Sielaff

digital art

30 #

“In Case You Were Wondering, The Answer is Yes”

Illustrator works (mostly Daily Illini graphics) and some pixel stuff. Unfortunately lacking in the “Forever Kids” department.

31 #








In storms, I cry. In deserts, My throat stays dry. In rapids, I drown. In blizzards, My knees fall to the ground. But I carry on, For now is my time. And I do it all for you, My 4,499.



Pizza FM Illustration | The Daily Illini May The Fourth Illustration | The Daily Illini


Alone Time Illustration| The Daily Illini


Harry Styles Illustration| The Daily Illini


Left Page (top to bottom, left to right): Trevor and Afreen’s Anniversary; Hanna’s Birthday; Lily and Hannah’s Anniversary; Dez and Tia’s Anniversary

Forever Dogs April Fool’s Joke

“Supermarket Funride”



“Kids on the Beach”



“Year One Out Of Forever”



44 #


Tried doing some more serious video work over the summer. Here’s some behind-the-scenes stuff on the animation and the two vlogs.

45 #


“Worthwhile” was my first attempt at full-length animation. Roughly 336 individual frames were made, and the animation plays at 10 frames per second. The entire thing was animated with Windows Movie Maker (yes, this was a pain). The picture of Livia (right page) was taken in downtown Chicago. The animation of the actual vines was done by creating a to-scale foam replica of Livia’s torso, adding blue tape for a blue screen effect, and then wrapping the vines around it. The vines had a fan blowing on them the whole time, which caused the random movement. The lighting was changed manually every 3 frames by repositioning a lamp. Overall, I was impressed that I managed to finish the project to completion, but it could have used more variation. Many thanks to Livia Sanders for being the main star and Else for creating the song, Ambre, that plays in the animation. If you have not yet watched “Worthwhile”, you can see it (and other videos) at 46

Source Image for “Worthwile”



Source Images for Base Animation



Various Frames


vlog one

ASHNI AND Billy hit up strawberry fest 2k17 First vlogging experience, and what better co-star to have than my good pal Ashni Gandhi! So basically all we knew was that we were going to go to Strawberry Fest in Long Grove, Illinois, and that I was going to try vlogging for the first time. I used Windows Movie Maker for the video editing, and DaVinci Resolve for color grading. Overall I actually really like how this vlog turned out, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve done this year. There’s a few decent clips that were cut from the final vlog though. There’s one where Ashni recounts the story of spilling a samosa over herself (sorry, Ashni) and another that was filmed right when we were about to leave, where Ashni and I both say “friends forever”. That second clip is pretty near and dear to me. Thanks again to Ashni for joining me, and to Tyler Bates and Tree Adams for composing the Californication theme song, which plays in the video. If you have not yet watched this vlog, you can see it (and other videos) at


Instagram Promo For The Vlog



Not Pictured: Strawberries


vlog two

the bruvs visit starved rock The trip to Starved Rock was the day right after Strawberry Fest, which made for a pretty entertaining weekend. This time I was joined by my pals Austin Heinemann, Jonathan Planman, Peter Niemiec, Sashaank Prathap, and my twin brother Mark. This vlog was also made using Windows Movie Maker and DaVinci Resolve. I’d like to take this moment to both address the concern of the vlog being “too green”, and address the masterful video editing at the 0:29 mark where Austin’s clap syncs up perfectly with the music. I’d like to think that the good outweighs the bad here. Thanks again to Austin, Jon, Peter, Sashaank and Mark for joining me, and to Markus Captain Kaarlonen for composing the “Space Debris (Spacesynth Remix), which plays in the video. If you have not yet watched this vlog, you can see it (and other videos) at


Instagram Promo For The Vlog



Bruv Things


Thank you


Because none of this would be possible without my friends, it’s time to drop the thank you’s. Get ready for some grade-A sap.


The stars of Megazine Before we go any deeper, let’s take a moment to thank those that we’ve seen so far.


In order of appearance: Ellie Hahn* Ashni Gandhi* Aya Bridgeland Cory Van Duyne* Casey Van Duyne* Emma Sielaff* Trevor Sayre* Afreen Di Khan Hanna Cannell* Lily Katz* Hannah Auten* Tia Mangahas Dez Smith Livia Sanders* Austin Heinemann* Jonathan Planman* Sashaank Prathap* Peter Niemiec* Mark Galant *denotes someone that will receive a bigger thank-you shortly


Ashni Gandhi Ashni, it’s so crazy to think that I’ve only met you this year and already I feel like we’ve become best friends. I know I told you this before, but you’ve really helped me a lot this past summer. You inspired me to make some amazing photo edits, try my hand at vlogging, and create matching travel mugs. I’m grateful that you’ve made such an impact on my life and the lives of others. I know you’ve been having an amazing time in Spain, and I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished so far. I can’t wait until I’m able to see you again and we can build up a stockade of French crullers (which are probably my favorite donut now, too).


Right Page (top to bottom, left to right): Unreleased Photo Edit “Overnight”, Unreleased Photo Edit “The Head and the Huh”, Shoulda Gotten Oberweis


Youmatter studios Jewel Ifeguni, Estelle Forson, Johan Mufata, Jeff Miller, Apurva Chakravorty, Katie Mimnaugh, and more The most dedicated group of people I have seen all year.You may have heard of this startup team before, but we went back to the drawing board and rose like a pheonix from the entrepreneurial ashes. Like all business ventures, there has been some back-andforth and some arguing. But at the end of the day, it’s all worth it to see the joy and the smiles on our faces when we hit our “eureka” moments. A very special shout out to our mentor Jeff Miller, who has helped steer this ship in the right direction multiple times, with a very unique brand of humor to ease our pains. While we’re not quite at liberty to give the full details on what we’re working on just yet, know that this team is going to do something big. We’re all so proud of what we accomplished so far, and we cannot wait to share it with you all. Visit our website at Follow the grams: @jewelzofthenile, @groovaruva, @thelastforson Subscribe to Jewel’sYouTube channel by searching “thejewelstar”



The daily illini Michelle Tam, Cindy Om, Bercham Kamber, Hannah Auten, Lily Katz, Sabrina Zhang, Brian Bauer, Courtney Boyer, Jessica Jutzi, Jacob Singleton, Matt Silich, Annabeth Carlson, Lillian Barkley, Hayley Nagelberg, Shankari Sureshbabu, and a whole lot more I have learned so much and met so many great people thanks to the Daily Illini. I know a lot more about Illustrator, InDesign, designing pages, and making graphics. Without the skills I’ve learned from this great company, I wouldn’t have been able to make MEGAZINE (or some of the content in it). Even though our goal is to make a (award-winning) campus newspaper, in the process we’ve created a large family. Amidst deadlines and Adobe programs crashing, we always find a way to come out on top and just have fun with it. Of course I need to give special attention to my fellow designers, the very people that make the print version of the paper possible. Some of them go through tremendous lengths just to get everything done on time, and it’s a dedication that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Read the paper online at Follow us Instagram @thedailyillini Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter @thedailyillini


Buzz mAGazine Elani Kaufman, Jessica Peterson, Nessa Steinberg, Jamie Hahn, Kayla Brown, Nailene Gonzalez, Zoe Stein, Ben Tschetter, San Kim, Keenan Schmidt, Nick Arger, Lizzie Jedrasek, and more Even though I don’t work for Buzz anymore, I can’t say that it wasn’t a good a good time. It allowed me a lot of first time experiences- getting early album copies, doing interviews, and of course getting festival photography. I wouldn’t have done it if it wasn’t for the loving and caring people on the Buzz team. Elani encouraging me to see Rocky Horror for the first time, Nessa (and Elani) indulging my Chromeo obsession, being able to introduce San to many parts of American culture, and making countless jokes about waffles and Zootopia with Jamie. I’ve still been keeping tabs with the magazine and I’m glad that it’s doing well and stronger than before. Getting back in print and getting near-daily content are two very big goals that the entire team should be proud achieving. I wish only the very best for them all in the future. Read the magazine online at Like Buzz on Facebook at


8 to create Ramya Jaishankar, Bella Pon, Ellie Hahn, Emma Sielaff, Anna Korol, Archana Upadhyay, Pragya Maheshwari, Hannah Jihyun Kim, Muaauya Elhag, Chrissy Pisarczyk, Aki Akhauri, CarolineWuerl, Colleen Romano, ElliWills, Jenny Liu, Kaixin XIe, Kiran D’Souza, Krystal Levitske, Maria Flach, Megan Galbreath, Naambia Mitch, Natalie Bready, Nevers Em, Qiuhui Cai, ZhiyanWang And to the artists: Shannon Tomanovich, Neutorik (Al Creamean), Nicole Brunel, Maya Bauer, Kathleen Durkin, Ghi Fremaux, Hong Chun Zhang, Jason Michael Bentley The day of the 2017 8 to Create show was definitely one of my favorite days of this year. We have an incredible team that all want to make this show bigger and better every year, and we sure didn’t disappoint. Even though the amount of work we had to put in seemed stressful at times, the event made up for it ten times over. The art community in Champaign-Urbana is so loving and welcoming in general that it should come as no surprise that we had a fantastic environment for the show. It goes without saying that we couldn’t have done this show without our artists- all of them were absolutely class acts. They were incredibly understanding of our situation and supported us in any way they could to make this show great. The pieces they made were spectacular as well. Now we have a new team that has truly hit the ground running, and I have no doubt that the 2018 show will be our best show yet. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @8toCreate Like us on Facebook at Visit our website at



The collective Emma Sielaff, Casey Van Duyne, Cory Van Duyne, Heather Schwartz, Chantal Vaca, Adriana Vaca, Kevin Zavala, Amari Celenia, Aashna Patra, Genesis Hinojosa and more CC: Soultra, Fourth Street Records If it wasn’t for The Collective, I wouldn’t have gotten the idea to make MEGAZINE. Even though this club has only started this fall semester, it’s already made an incredible amount of progress. We’ve had our first art gallery, our first fundraiser, a few socials, and we’re on track to release our first issue. This is a passion project through and through. We’re able to represent and account for so many different perspectives. I’ve always known that art brings people together, but this is a whole new level. There’s a lot of room for this club to expand, and I can’t wait to see when that happens. Follow us on Instagram at @thecollectivemagazine Like us on Facebook at Send your art to


Squadron Peter Niemiec, Sashaank Prathap, Ethan Honegger, Austin Heinemann, Jonathan Planman, Anthony Donofrio, Jack Feldman It always helps to have some bruvs on deck when heading back home over breaks. Some of these guys have stuck around since elementary school. If I want to take a trip to Starved Rock, go on a donut run, or just kick back and play some video games, I don’t have to look much further. There’s not much else to it than that. We’ve been kicking it for quite some time and I look forward to the years to come.

Therapalz Fiona Kalensky and Isak Massman For two people that are on the verge of changing the world, they’re pretty humble. Therapalz is a startup that makes robotic stuffed animals to help treat those with alzheimer’s, autism, and more. Everytime I hear a new development with this company, I can’t help but smile. Big things are coming from them soon, and I highly recommend keeping them on your radar. Check them out at Like them on Facebook at

Big brother and big sister Sarah Austin and Anthony Cusimano Two of my absolute favorite people on this planet. Hopefully, I finally get to visit them soon, which means that I’ll save my extended gushing for a later date. Just know that these people have changed my life for the better, and that they’ve been there for me when I needed them the most. Check out theirYouTube Channel at


connor sterling If you’re in the market for a funny boy, Connor is that boy. There have been so random conversations we had, mainly about weird spellings of words, like the word weird itself. ART 310 and ADV 460 would not be anywhere near as interesting if it wasn’t for the constant color commentary. Connor is also a member of Spicy Clamato improv, where the hilarity continues. He’s got a whole bunch of quick punchlines and odd characters in his arsenal. Be sure to catch his “bowling alley” character that doesn’t even make sense when he talks. Check out SC on Facebook at Be sure to also tune into Connor’sWPGU show,“That Reminds Me”, and follow them on Twitter at @That_Reminds.

Danny Kim Without Danny, ART 310 would probably be unbearable. The amount of jokes cracked between us both in that class is absolutely insane. I love that class now.

trevor sayre Trevor is a much different person than I remember from school- and that’s an amazing thing. He’s probably one of the biggest supporters of my art and it’s refreshing to have a fellow man that appreciates the pink, purple, and blue. I haven’t kept up with you as much as I should, but I hope nothing but the best for you.

thomas sanchez Like most things in life, you don’t know what you got until it’s gone. Thomas was a fantastic roommate for the last school year, and he was especially comforting during a particularly difficult time. We should probably catch up soon.


Hanna cannell My life is going pretty well, but then there’s also Hanna’s life. That’s not to say that I want to live Hanna’s life. I’m just saying that there’s my life and then there’s Hanna’s life. I’m jealous of Hanna. See for yourself on her Insta: @hannacannell

livia sanders In true “advertising big-shot” fashion, I’m also pretty jealous of Livia’s life. The big difference is that Livia is still on campus so I’m not crying just yet. Please teach me your advertising ways, Livia!

collin covert For the record, rappers and musicians around my age are a dime-a-dozen. Collin (Cono) has something different though. It’s very clear that he doesn’t treat music just as a side project: it’s his passion. Constantly looking forward to whatever he drops next. Check him out on Soundcloud at

mecca muhammad Mecca and I have had a few times this year where we just got mutually mad at stuff. That may not sound too productive, but it was oddly sobering. Also she’s caught the travel bug lately or something so now I’m jealous of her too.


...and thank you. You. Yes, you. Whoever you may be. Thank you for flipping through this zine, or just skipping to the end for the good part (if you’re part of the latter, I recommend you go back and check it all out- I think you’d enjoy it).

2017 was a year of ups and downs for me. It wasn’t particularly easy. Maybe it wasn’t too easy for you either. But it’s imperative that you don’t give up. We are all destined for greatness, perhaps something far greater than what we could ever imagine. And I know it might be weird to read this after a zine that’s 100% my own, but: I don’t live life for myself. I do it for you. I need you. I don’t want to imagine what my life would be like without you. We need to do things out of love, because this life doesn’t have room for hate. We need to stand up to injustices- when we are comfortable and safe enough to do so. We need to let the outsiders in. We need to stick together. 76

If you’ve had problems with me this year, I’d like to take this time to apologize. I love you so much and I can’t really bear the burden of having upset you. Maybe you don’t even read this, but even a shot in the dark is better than no shot at all. As we wrap up this year and head into the next, let us all strive to do better and be better people. Learn from mistakes. Communicate. Be transparent. And love, love, love, love, and love some more. I’m going to sign off here with something that I’ve said countless times before. With every passing day, this rings truer and truer. I hope it will ring true with you as well: Never Go It Alone.


MEGAZINE will return in 2018.

never go it alone.

MEGAZINE Volume One  

MEGAZINE is a collection of my art from the past year. This is the 2017 volume. Enjoy.