water color / gouache / pencil
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
I tried to do a series of illustrations for Haruki Murakami's fiction "Kafka on The Shore". As a reader of Murakami's books, it's a exciting challenge that watching me to build up the story through my works. However, this was also the most difficult text I have ever worked with. As long as you had ever read his fictions, you couldn't get rid of that layers and layers of metaphors weaved in between the story, such as different time and spaces interlace with each other. Or, to put it more clearly, in this case, the son makes love with his biological mother's teenage spirit, in dreams.
海邊的卡夫卡(下) 第29章 P.79
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
At the beginning, I knew I will need a horizontal and long image for my cover. This main image should be the most important element in the book, and literally records the shocking scenes of the tsunami tragic. Then, here is the point: what kind of contents should I put in the book to correspond the cover? I think that human beings not only use scientific numbers to record disasters, but also, even more, with legends, myths and subtle traces in cultures. And if the cover of the book is sorrowful, can the interior of the book be something that cheering, for we people?
The first thing I thought of was the mermaid. In old myths, mermaids like to seduce exhausted sailers with their beautiful and exotic vocals. In a dark, foggy night, the ship is missing, and then follows the voice of mermaids to somewhere no one knows. The tales of mermaids are always related to their convincing voices. If we can have one mermaid as the coast line watcher, and can ask people to evacuate when disasters come, then no one will be killed. The mermaid here also put on the uniform of Japanese female tour guide. So the character can be more into Japanese cultural contexts.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tsunami is a book I made for my "Illustration Methods & Media" class. For the final project of this class, we were asked to make a book about "the history of something". I had one week, spring break, to figure out my concept for the project.
It was a friday, I remember. I skipped my Illustration class cause the spring break was launching. I went home early and no one was in the apartment. The entire floor was so quiet. Sunlight fell down through the white curtains and the air felt so serene. I logged on my facebook and then found out the serenity actually came from the silent elegy for the tragedy happened on that day in Japan.
I was overwhelmed by the tsunami for the whole week. So I decided to make a book about "the history of tsunami". Well, the problem is "does tsunami has its own history?" When the ocean water shakes dramatically high because of earthquake, what is it doing is nothing but expressing itself. This natural phenomenon will only be called a "disaster" when it encounters human beings. And when people face disasters, they usually make records. Then I thought of the famous record about tsunami in art history: "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", a woodblock print by Japanese master Hokusai.
With the book, I want to create a conversation between Hokusai's work and mine. Using the tsunami incident happened in March. 2011 in Japan as my subject, I dragged out a space of time from Hokusai's tsunami.
to be continued...