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Friday, 16 March 2012 13:02

Creative Inspiration

Being a Manga artist is a job which demands a lot of sustained creative and imaginative output, in this section several of the artists discuss how they get their inspiration and how they are able to sustain creativity throughout their careers. Or as Chen Uen puts it "Amateurs talk about inspiration, professionals will tell you that you have to rely on life experiences accumulated".

“Writing comic books is like hatching some eggs: All sorts of birds will fly from the nest.”

CHEN Uen, whose real name is CHEN Jin-wen, worked for twelve different design companies before founding his own interior design company. His career was launched when he published his first comic The belligerent black panther, in the magazine China Times Weekly in 1984. Acclaimed by critics he immediately published two more comics which he illustrated with Chinese ink, and which were both inspired by real Chinese history accounts by Sima Qian. His style, painstakingly detailed and bold, rests upon a mastery of Chinese ink and Western illustration. His creations have a chivalrous, heroic, generous, and tender feel to them. In 1991, after publishing a very popular Chinese historical comic in Japan, he became the first foreign author in 20 years to receive the prize for excellence in manga creation from the Japanese manga association.

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Readers in mainland China can view here

“Comic books are mirrors in which I reveal myself”


Chi, whose real name is LIU Yi-chi (in mandarin it is pronounced like the numbers 617), was born in 1988 in Kaohsiung, in the South of Taiwan. As a student of art, she spent almost ten years learning about fine arts. The year before entering university she published her first comic book, and throughout her time studying, published a whole series of them. Chi belongs to a whole new generation of Taiwanese comic book artists; her mastery of graphics is surprising, her style covers children’s illustrations, the realistic American design, and even extends to Japanese aesthetics. Activities she is involved with include design, illustration, and photography, but most of her interest and creations still lie within the realms of comics and publication. Chi attempts to merge the beauty of design and art into her comics and illustrations. Her dream is to go on a trip around the world, and she hopes one day to be able to see that Northern Lights and the Loch Ness monster.

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Readers in mainland China can view here

“Comic books are life itself”

Born in Taipei in 1968, Chang Sheng graduated from the Fu-Hsin college of art and commerce, in the department of western painting. After working for 15 years in the advertising business, he realised one day that his childhood dream of becoming a comic book artist had never been realised. This is what pushed him to quit his job and launch into a new artistic career. For Chang, beautiful illustrations and a good plot are the basis for a fantastic science fiction story. A fan of cinema, Chang often bases his characters on real movie stars. Films, videogames, and alcohol or his favourite pastimes, but he is also interested in collecting figurines and in building models. When he is not so busy with drawing, he plans to dive into the world of cinema or writing.

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Readers in mainland China can view here

“For me, comic books are a way to accomplish what I was born to do: entertain people.”

Born in 1965, Loїc HSIAO arranges his comics with only one illustration per page. Amongst all the Chinese comic book artists to arrange their images this way, he is the most famous. He started his career by publishing The hidden side of fairy tales. This book, consisting of 30 individual vignettes, sold 500.000 copies, it’s a best-seller known all around the Chinese-speaking world. Loїc has a wide array of interests, and is involved in hosting TV shows, and acting in commercial spots amongst others. He is also a very active stage actor, and has founded his own silent theatre troupe, called House of Sugar. In 2010, he even created some lucky charm mascots for the Tourism Bureau to promote Taiwan North coast’s National Scenic Route. The Taiwanese edition of GQ called him “the most talented comic book artist of Taiwan”.

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Readers in mainland China can view here


Friday, 16 March 2012 12:48

Manga and Beyond

There are many preconceptions about what constitutes Manga and what lies beyond its confines, the artists in this section have attempted to use different media to overcome these self-imposed boundaries, Ah Tui bridging graphic design and Manga, and Evan Lee bringing Manga to 3D format.

“Comic books may seem excessively surreal, but life itself is even crazier”

The celebrated Taiwanese comic artist Ah Tui was born in Hsinchu in 1962. His favourite style is science fiction, but not just any science fiction. His is a science fiction that moves away from convention, full of western influences and references, and with a technique which demonstrates tremendous attention to detail. This helps pique the curiosity of the readers, who feel like they are trapped in a puzzle they must decipher. Later on, he diversified his work by moving into the design of illustrations and toys, all kinds of media surrounding comic books, street fashion and travel diaries. He has also worked as a graphic advertiser for many brands, such as Nike, Sony, Adidas, Nokia, EPSON, 7-11, etc. Ah Tui is frequently invited by fashion magazines to write articles in their specialized sections.

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Readers in Mainland China can watch here

“A silent weapon defying and opposing the values of society, that is what comic books are.”

Evan Lee is a contemporary Taiwanese illustrator who specializes in western art. He has published seven pieces of work since the start of his career. He became famous after creating a very original set of tarot cards. He has mastered numerous techniques, such as gilding, pastels, acrylics and watercolours, which he then combines with new IT (such as computer graphics), to produce his illustrations. He created his 78-card set with a particularly developed style. Since 2008, he has collaborated with the artist 3D RICK to develop the first Taiwanese illustrated book which allows for 3D viewing without requiring glasses, thanks to a specific method of refracting rays. Other than developing books, Evan Lee presents his creations in individual or joint exhibitions, both in Taiwan and abroad. He often gives televised or written interviews discussing graphic techniques.

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Readers in Mainland China can watch here

 


Wednesday, 28 April 2010 12:44

A postcard of Taipei

Taiwanese conceptual artist Nat Niu introduces us to his two videos concepts: The Line and Postcard.

 
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