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.
Shanghai’s Wang 2Mu illustrates a Chinese idiom, nì liú ér shàng /逆流而上 , meaning “to go against the current” or willingness to break from conformity and to try different things. (via NEOCHA):
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)
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.
Young Chinese artist Oamul Lu has made these charming animated gifs of solar terms.
Can you identify these Chinese characters?
Spring in China
Summer in China
Autumn in China
Winter in China
You can see the rest of the Oamul Lu’s work if you visit his Behance page.