Book covers drawn by artist Jian Guo.
Part of a competition held by the publisher of the new Chinese text, the beautiful, monochromatic illustrations draw on many of the design elements of Tolkien’s original paintings for the trilogy’s covers, elaborating on the iconic ring and towers with intricate Asian lines and flourishes.
The artist, an architectural student, describes his style as “glass painting style,” which he uses for its “sense of religious magnificence.” Interestingly, before seeing Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptation in 2002, he had never heard of the books. (Previous Chinese translations of the books feature rather unimaginative covers with images from Jackson’s movies.) The films converted him into an avid reader of Tolkien.
1. Start with Shanghai’s succulent signature pork and crab soup dumplings, xiaolong bao, at Din Tai Fung (South Block, Unit 11, House 6, Ln. 123 Xingye Rd.; www.dintaifung.com.tw). Use the tried-and-true technique: Nibble a small hole in the dumpling and suck out the broth before biting into it – but beware, it’s hot! (0:30)
2. Stroll into Xintiandi (www.xintiandi.com), where restored shikumen (stone gate) homes dating back to the 1860s now house chic restaurants and shops. Forget about the schlocky souvenirs, and buy something functional, like a contemporary teapot at Zen Lifestore or a handbag made from colorful sandbag cloth at Oshadai. (1:30)
3. Before leaving Xintiandi, peek into the Shikumen Open House Museum (25, Ln. 181, Taicang Rd.) to see a re-creation of what these cute houses looked like in the 1920s, complete with vintage sewing machines and magazines with Hollywood stars on the covers. (2:00)
Illustrations by Oamul Lu website / Facebook / Tumblr / Behance
A bookstore display window design by Inca Pan.
A book talking about education in China, cover art illustration by Inca Pan.
Illustration art by I Ying Yeh Blogspot / Facebook
Chinese born, New York based illustrator Jun Cen did a series of illustrations for the 1930 | Her Living Room exhibition at The Mix-Place (衡山和集) in Shanghai. The show combines fashion, art and design to portray the fashionable lives of the Shanghai women in the 30s In the 30s of the last century, Shanghai was already an international metropolis that had the vibes of the east and the west. The Shanghai ladies were independent, well educated, pretty and had good sense in fashion no matter they were dressing in the traditional Qipao or western clothing.
Illustration Today（插畫生活）is the first and only online portal written in Chinese language that is solely devoted to illustration art and business. Founded by a New York based, Taiwan born illustrator/designer Anais Lee, it started as a personal blog where she shares her experiences as a creative, her work processes, and interviews with other artists.
Here is some of the lovely illustration art featured on the website.
Liuhe Night Market 六合夜市 Taiwan
Taiwan Confucian Temple 台南孔廟
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts 高雄美術館
旅人茶房 Taipei Tea Café
第六個夢 第六個夢 『是誰說核電廠絕對安全的？即使核電廠本身真的安全，管理的可是人們啊啊啊！』 黑澤明 《夢》
Illustrations by Croter Illustration & Design Studio. You can find Croter’s illustrations on Facebook, My Portfolio and Behance.
Pants － 裤子 (kù zi)
Jeans － 牛仔裤 (niú zǎi kù)
Shorts － 短裤 (duǎn kù)
Pajamas － 睡衣 (shuì yī)
Hat / Cap－帽子 (mào zi)
Slippers － 拖鞋 (tuō xié)
Illustrations by huazhongwen.com