Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Illustration Friday - Zoom

For this week's Illustration Friday topic, zoom.

Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong

Here's something I drew a while ago, the infamous Chungking Mansions of 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. I rather like this description, "the great sleepless citadel." Apparently 5000 people live in it's 17 storeys. I thought I'd post it since last time I visited I was surprised to see that it's been cleaned up and repainted almost beyond recognition.

Monday, 19 November 2012

New Print - The Red Ribbon Shop

Within this tiny space the ribbon seller trades his wares. The Red Ribbon Shop is inspired by a market on a hill in Hong Kong.

Available here.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

My encounter with pictures of the Floating World

A couple weeks ago I went to a lecture and demonstration of Ukiyo-e (pictures of the Floating World) and Japanese woodblock printing at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was free so there's another reason to love this museum.

Look at this super precisely laid out printing setup.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
At the end of it all I got to have a quick go at printing a little piece of Hokusai's The Great Wave. I guess I'm not destined to be a great printmaker.
My attempt. Haha.
Here's what the professional did.
The beautiful print by the pro.
For more about ukiyo-e and some examples, here's a page at the Victoria & Albert Museum website.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Old toys in a Beijing market

There is so much fun to be found here. The more I look at this the more things I like - the little safes, that blue bus, the table-tennis playing kids, the weird polka-dot lady robot...