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Bursting into Bloom

Living in such a fast-paced age, how many beautiful things do we overlook?

Peony Yip, a Hong Kong-based artist originally from Jamaica, is a close observer of beautiful things. She draws in a clean, graceful style, giving lush flowers, stems, and even fine strands of hair a deft realism.

“Nowadays, I feel as if beautiful things or beauty itself is judged by the amount of ‘likes’ it gets or how much the internet praises it. It is quite saddening,” she says. “I try to make works with subjects that are beautiful to me, and over the years, I’ve taken a deep liking to flowers. I really want to show nature in my pieces as much as I can.” With their meticulously traced lines, Yip’s drawings have a compact energy that leaves viewers marveling at the beauty of flowers bursting into full bloom.


生于牙买加的 Peony Yip,目前于香港定居。作为一个悉心的观察者,她的绘画风格细腻婉约,繁复的花瓣、枝桠,甚至是纤细的发丝,在她的笔触中显得异常真实灵动。

“如今,我觉得美丽的事物或美丽本身是由它获得的 ‘点赞数’ 来判断的。这让人觉得很惋惜。而我试着用那些对我来说美丽的题材来创作作品。比如多年来,我一直很喜欢花。我真的想尽我最大的努力在我的作品中实现自然。” Peony 不无惋惜地说道。画面中被细致描绘的经络,让它凝聚了充沛的能量,也让人沉迷在花开瞬间的美好绽放中,无法自拔。

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Contributor: Chen Yuan

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供稿人: Chen Yuan

Land of 8,000,000 Spirits

From Kazuki Okuda‘s pen comes a crocodile peeking out among the branches of an ancient tree and a giant graceful dragonfly perched on a girl’s chest. Other illustrations feature golden carp, green frogs, and emerald-headed mallards. We’re far from cities of concrete: this is a story of humans and nature.

Okuda’s works are exquisite and expansive, like a cicada’s delicately veined wings that, though small, create a resounding chorus from high in the trees. His works teem with all sorts of tiny creatures, and viewed from a distance, they form an epic, cinematic composition.



Okuda was born in Nara Prefecture and now lives in Kyoto. “The place I grew up has a lot of nature near where people live,” he says. In his view Japan is a mystical country, and the close relationship of nature and culture has given rise to a unique spiritual concept called yaoyorozu no kami (八百万の神, literally “eight million spirits”). Spirits, or kami, live in all things and are part of nature’s diversity. “While living there [in Nara], nature gave me the impression of both extreme charm and extreme fear,” he recalls.

这个奥田一生,生于日本奈良县,目前生活在京都,一个“被大自然环抱着,比邻人群之地”。在他眼里,日本是一个神秘的国家,自然和人文交织混合,因而也有一种独特的神学理论,“八百万の神”,即这个神灵 Kami 存在于一切事物里,囊括在自然万物中。“因而在奈良县生活,大自然给我留下的印象是既迷人又恐惧的。” 他说。

Insects feature prominently in Okuda’s art. These organisms have a particularly complex body structure that nevertheless looks very simple. One reason he draws them, he says, is that “although they’re beautiful, they cause fear. They simultaneously give rise to various conflicting emotions. They are living creatures like human beings, but they’re more a part of nature than we are, and unlike us, they are akin to the spirits. Using them, I can express the idea of yaoyorozu no kami and the various feelings I get from nature.”

奥田一生的画里常常出现昆虫。这种生物拥有非常复杂的身体结构,但看起来又非常简单。“(我画昆虫)其中很重要的一个原因是它们的视觉呈现。它们又美又让人心生恐惧,这也给了我很多矛盾的情感——昆虫是和人类一样的生命体,但它们融入自然的程度却超过了我们。并且,与我们不同的是,昆虫与出现在神性里的圣灵更相似。所以我借用它们的身形,以表达 Kami 的思想和来自大自然的各种情感。”

Nature is an important motif in Okuda’s work, and he shows this by insistently drawing living creatures. But he doesn’t want his paintings to show the splendor of nature alone—culture also occupies an important place. “I draw insects and living things with human beings to represent the wonders of culture and the wonders of nature,” he says.

“Insects and living creatures are an important channel through which we connect with nature. And this is an important theme,” he says. “I want people who see my pictures to be interested in nature and living things. And I also want them to have an adventure in the world inside the painting—an adventure at the intersection of culture and nature. something that’s fun.”



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Contributor: Chen Yuan

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供稿人: Chen Yuan

World of Zhu

In World of Zhu, a collaborative project between Indian artists Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh, the creative duo has created a vibrant animal universe where bears, flamingos, and deer take center stage. Over the past few years, the two artists have worked together numerous times on nature-focused art that aim to educate people on the importance of protecting the environment.

“In the past few decades, there has been a visible change in the world around us,” Kohli tells us. “There are new stories and new conflicts, and in addressing these ideas, we’re learning and reflecting. We share our planet with these different species and our collective survival rests on the balance we share with them. Telling their stories feels important at a time when the natural world is fast disappearing.”

很明显,在 Svabhu Kohli Viplov Singh 的最新作品《World of Zhu》里,小熊、火烈鸟、梅花鹿,这些野生的动物与人一样,竞相出现在画布上 ,构成了画面的有机元素。在过去的几年里,两位艺术家合伙创作了一系列的有关自然的绘画作品,描绘出生态、环保、爱和教育等主题。

Svabhu 说:“在过去的几十年里,我们周遭世界有了显著的变化。现在我们看到的景色,有着全新的故事和冲突存在。而我们与这些动植物共享我们的地球,我们共同生存在这平衡之中。我认为,人与动物沟通的形式是多种多样的,在大自然正在‘萎缩’的时候,去描绘和讲述人与动物之间的故事,是相当重要的。”

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Contributor:  Chen Yuan

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供稿人:  Chen Yuan

Comically Bizarre

We’re often limited in how much we can do and experience in our lives. To solve this dilemma, Chinese comic artist Nini created Maomao, an alter ego of herself who’s free to experience the things she can’t in her own life. “Maomao lives in a world of freedom, so she can completely be true to herself,” Nini says.

Born in the summer of 2015, Maomao is a blonde girl with unshaven legs who, in every scene, appears nonchalant about her nakedness. To understand Maomao, you only need to read the comics, but what about the artist behind her? To learn more about Nini, we decided to play a fun game of questions with her.


2015 年的夏天,毛毛开始出现在所有人的视线里,这个腿毛浓密一头金发的酷女孩,若无其事地裸体在每个场景里,把专属于 NiNi 的现实延伸开来。

关于 NiNi 的毛毛人格,我想有关毛毛的那些小漫画大概可以说明一切了,但关于 NiNi 本人的样子,我们找她玩了一个接力题游戏。

Basic Information

Name: Nini
Horoscope: Virgo
Birthday: August 23rd
Life motto: Be happy all the time.


姓名: NiNi
星座: 处女座

Favorite Things

Favorite subject: Art, lalala.
Favorite food: Sweet, spicy, cold.
Favorite Song: Ugh, how am I suppose to pick just one.
Favorite movie: Can’t decide on a favorite, but the first movie that comes to mind is Happy Together.
Favorite colors: Red and green. Pink and purple. Purple and green.
Favorite novel: I don’t read books.
Favorite comic artist: I like any comic artist with a playful spirit.


科目: 美术课啦啦啦啦
食物: 甜的辣的 冰的
歌曲: 好烦 这要怎么选
电影: 讲不出最爱但是脑海里第一个浮现的是《春光乍泄》
颜色: 红配绿 粉配紫 紫配绿
小说: 不看小说
漫画家: 拥有有趣灵魂的漫画家都喜欢

Miscellaneous Q&A


The place you wish to go most: The fewer people, the better.
A period of time you miss the most: Studying for my entrance exam to postgraduate school. Boohoo.
Favorite activity: Taking walks on nights with pleasant weather.
Happiest memory from this year: Getting into postgraduate school.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Sea salt.
Worst fear: Bugs on my legs.
If you were an object or animal, what would you be: Probably a pig.
Number of secret crushes: One or two?
Something you can’t stand: A windowless room.
The person you want to see the most: I want to take a shower.
Where you’ll end up in ten years: Living in a friends’ house.
Favorite thing about yourself: Tough question.
Saddest experience: Too many to name.
Pets you’ve owned: I can’t even take care of plants. Forget it.
Something you refuse to eat: Insects.



: 这题好难
: 太多了

Have you ever been too shy to confess your love: Nope.
Would you rather have someone who loves you or someone you love: Both.
Most coveted Valentine’s Day gift: Buy me a house?
Normal bedtime: Usually 1 or 2 am.
How much do you drink: I’m an alcoholic.
What would you wear on a date: Something comfortable.
Most trusted people in life: My mom and my friends.
The person you love is asleep in front of you, what do you do: Turn on air conditioning.
Biggest regret of 2018: 2018 isn’t over yet.
The most touching memory: Someone letting me stay at their house.
Mom or dad: Mom.
The last time you gave a heartfelt laugh: This afternoon.
Your favorite person: Caishen, the god of wealth.
Biggest desire: Make a ton of money.

: 一个酒鬼
: 舒服的
: 我妈和好姐妹
2018 年你最后悔的一件事是什么


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Contributor: Shou Xing

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供稿人: Shou Xing

Worlds Within

Heads wrapped in yarn with only one eye peeking out, faces replaced with clocks, or necks transformed into springs and mouths made into beaks: with all these strangely deformed faces, what do these images represent? And why are they like this?

Zou Liangping, who hails from Hubei province, is currently doing an MFA in watercolor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. These illustrations are part of her “dream series.” “Dreams are a bridge connecting the real world to a virtual world,” she says. “Painting, as a way of portraying the self’s position between dreams and reality, has a very direct relationship to the awakening and establishment of a person’s self-consciousness. These works are a subjective representation of the self in dreams and reality, from a physical state to a mental state.”



At first glance, each of the figures in the scenes has a large head, and the scenes playing out inside each one, or their metaphoric significance, are all different.

“Every story is the visual manifestation of individual and social experience, mental and emotional experience, creative experience, and meditates on a specific theme. It represents a moment’s mood and gives insight into my life,” says Zou.

Each figure in these images has an indifferent outer appearance and a rich inner world, and that may be the truest depiction of the current generation. Not yet thirty, Zou is an only child, like most people her age in China. Having no siblings and growing up amid the increasing alienation of a rapidly urbanizing society, Chinese artists of this generation often make silence and reflection a dominant theme of their work.


“每个故事的原型都是由个人社会体验、内心情感体验、创作体验以及围绕着某种主题线索的一种思考而呈现出的画面效果,它代表一个时间段里我的情绪和对生活的感悟。” 邹良平说。

其实,画面中每一个人都具有淡漠的外表和丰富的内心世界,也是这一代人最真实的写照。身为 90 后的邹良平,也是独生子女中的一员。在从小没有兄弟姐妹陪伴的情况下,这一代年轻人常常形单影只,并且随着城市化到来人与人之间的感情变得更加疏离,旋即而来的是沉默和思考,成为盘踞大脑的主旋律。

And so, to present these themes, Zou has placed all sorts of objects within the heads and faces of her characters. All of these elements carry symbolic meaning and are used to reveal each character’s emotions, personality, contemplations, and behavior. Zou says this approach is her way of conveying the idea that how a person perceives the external world is directly related to their own thoughts.

于是,画的背景不再是白布一张,而成了人的头脑和脸庞。邹良平说,因为 这样可以更好的诠释‘相由心生’这一道理。因此在我作品中通过每一个人的不同的面部符号语言,来揭示不同的心情、个性、心思与作为。”

Her paintings appear to use an irrational artistic form to reflect the fantastical. A closer look, however, shows that the irrational actually has its reason. “All I’m doing is recreating reality with my meandering artistic method,” she explains. Zou’s “fantastical” approach to painting lets her make free use of imagination to present her vision of reality as surreal, dream-like portraits.

再细细一瞧,她的画看似采用非理性的艺术形式反映了荒诞的内容,实则非理性之中隐含着理性。这种 荒诞” 的绘画方式,可以让邹良平自由自在地发挥想象,“以曲折的艺术手法再度创造现实”,以梦,为马。

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Contributor: Chen Yuan

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供稿人: Chen Yuan

Color and Verse

Traditional Chinese images of love—wind, flowers, snow and the moon, or oaths sworn to the mountains and seas—come largely from the world created by Tang and Song dynasty poetry. And in Zhang Mengke‘s works, poetry is a source and drawing is the medium. Her pink, mist-shrouded illustrations convey a poetic simplicity.

Inspired by music, fragrance, and dreams, along with the verse, dialogue, and palace settings of historical dramas on television, Zhang “makes verse visible” with an understated, suggestive style.


从音乐、气味、梦境,古代清宫剧中的诗句、对白和建筑场景产生的灵感,融合了淡雅的色彩和意蕴,张梦珂的笔下,“把诗句可视化” 了。

For Zhang, “poetry is profound and demands careful thought and patient appreciation. But because it often uses a particular meter or diction, it relies on reason and insinuation. Drawing, on the other hand, is the most intuitively visual medium—as soon as you look at a picture, you immediately feel something. That’s what I’m able to achieve in my art.”

You can see more of Zhang Mengke’s works below.



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Contributor: Chen Yuan

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供稿人: Chen Yuan

The Lighter Side

A white cloud brought to tears by a barbecue’s smoke, a star that needs a recharge, a planet with a moon that keeps blocking its sight: breaking down the barrier between reality and fantasy, these images can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

The Beijing-based artist who created them, John Johnny, describes himself as “a decently indecent person.” His comes up with bold, creative animations featuring everyday objects. That’s because, as he puts it, he “likes anything that’s fun, and likes to make life fun.”


作者是约翰强尼,来自北京,喜欢用 “一个正经的不正经人” 来形容自己。他以日常物品为主体结合脑海里的各种奇思妙想,创造出天马行空的动图。用他自己的话来说,这是因为“喜欢一切有趣的东西,喜欢把生活变得有趣”。

《大自然的烦恼》系列 云
《大自然的烦恼》系列 星星
《大自然的烦恼》系列 沙漠
《大自然的烦恼》系列 火山

We say “everyday life” to mean something ordinary, but perhaps each day is an underappreciated miracle. “As I was doodling one day, I drew a character with a cute round head, and I thought it’d be fun to turn it into a GIF. Then I decided to make the round head into a sun instead.” Once you’ve got a sun, then you need a moon, and that’s how, with one idea after another, the Natural Exasperation series was born.

“What I like most is a mellow, simple style, something that’s relaxing to look at,” says John Johnny. “I think that’s what these times call for.”

我们每天称之为日常的生活,或许每个都是被忽视的奇迹。“有一天我在纸上涂抹,然后觉得一个圆脑袋挺可爱就想做个 GIF,就把圆脑袋变成了太阳……” 有了太阳,就有了月亮,也就有了他个人最喜欢系列《大自然的烦恼》。


《大自然的烦恼》系列 行星
《大自然的烦恼》系列 月亮
《大自然的烦恼》系列 太阳
《大自然的烦恼》系列 冰山
《大自然的烦恼》系列 大海
《大自然的烦恼》系列 小山

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Contributor: Chen Yuan

微博: ~/约翰强尼


供稿人: Chen Yuan

A Diary in Comics

“I guess you could call my work a dumping ground of uncensored thoughts.”

For Ji Sub Jeong, aka Geesubay, a Korean-Canadian artist working in New York, art has been a passion since childhood. “I’ve been drawing obsessively as long as I can remember,” he says. “I’d doodle on anything I could get my hands on, from textbooks and magazines to the walls of my room (which my mom did not appreciate!). Drawing was something that I enjoyed tremendously, and I could never get enough of it.”

“我想你几乎可以把我的作品称为 ‘一团没有经过审查的思想垃圾堆’。”

韩裔加拿大籍插画家 Ji Sub Jeong aka Geesubay,目前在纽约发展艺术事业。他对于艺术的热爱从小就展露无遗,自从有记忆以来,画画就一直是他最着迷的事情。“我会在任何我碰得到的东西上乱画,从课本、杂志、到我房间的墙壁,虽然对此我妈妈很不高兴。我一直非常享受画画,我想我永远不会有觉得画够了的那一天。”

Window Thoughts /《窗边随想》
Everything Is A Blur /《世界是模糊的》
Naked And Shy /《裸体与害羞》
Not Fall Yet /《還沒掉下來》
Getting Over The Hurdle /《跨栏》

Jeong’s art is simple and free, full of a humor that brings a familiar smile your face. The mischievous, pudgy little boy in his drawings, out exploring the world, seems to be a creature of his imagination. As he plays and gets into trouble, he discovers life’s smaller joys. “I’ve never been one to keep a steady diary, but I’ve realized that I feel the most satisfied when I draw something I’ve had on my mind for a while,” he says. “So I guess my illustrations can be viewed as a visual diary that showcases my most private and honest feelings about the world.”

他的创作简单、自由、充满令人会心一笑的小幽默。一个拥有浑圆身躯的小男孩喜欢到处闯荡,也许这个顽皮的男孩就是 Ji Sub Jeong 想像的投射,他总在无趣的规则边缘探索,惹一点事,嬉闹之间发现生活微小却显而易见的乐趣。“我从来不是能每天按时写日记的人,但我发现如果可以用画的把想法记录下来,这让我感到好满足。所以我的作品也可以被看作我的图像日记,诚实地展现了我个人对世界的看法。”

Headspace /《头上空间》
Cig Thought /《烟与随想》
Don't Ground Me/《不要拉我》
Clapping My Own Hands /《和自己击掌》
Peace Sign /《和平标志》
Finger Print /《指纹》
Who Am I /《我是谁》



Contributor: Yang Yixuan

Instagram: @geesubay


供稿人: Yang Yixuan

Fantasizing in Shades of Blue

Seoul-based artist Jungho Lee creates surreal illustrations that bring the observations of his mind’s eye to life. Chock-full of symbolism, the imaginary settings he’s conjured are populated with an array of peculiarities. From strange books of varying shapes and sizes to cloudy dreamscapes and glowing cabins, his drawings exude a tranquility that’s tinged with a sense of loneliness.

Lee says, “Everyone experiences loneliness deep in their hearts. To be composed and face it head on is something that can make you more mature . . . Ultimately, I hope people can use their personal experiences to interpret my works in their own way and be more attuned to their own inner voice.”

插画艺术家 Jungho Lee 长居韩国首尔,在那里,他画下许多超现实的插画作品。他的作品展现着许多奇谲的视觉隐喻,画作和脑海中现实重叠:微启的书册、迷雾的夜晚、透着光亮的房子……透着安宁的意味,却也让人感到沉寂的孤独。

“每个人都有自己内心深处的孤独,坦然面对它会让自己的内心更加成熟。我希望我的画能根据大家各自的经历自由解读,可以倾听自己内心的声音。”Jungho 说。

Website: leejungho.com
Instagram: @jungho.el

Contributor: Chen Yuan

网站: leejungho.com
Instagram: @jungho.el

供稿人: Chen Yuan

The Adventures of an Odd Duck


Beijing-based illustrator Tiepi Guaiya (meaning “An Odd, Iron-clad Duck” in English) is an artist whose love for sci-fi and adventure shines through in his work. Each stand-alone frame is an immersive story that pulls viewers deep into the scene. With surreal details peppered throughout his work, his drawings invite viewers to journey into the depths of his active imagination. Summing up his own art, he describes it as consisting of “space, aliens, monsters, wild animals, skateboards, bicycles, pimped-out rides, fashion, sexual desire, local Beijing culture, and everything else that seems cool.”


《飞克船长》系列:当飞克船长变成老船长 依然可以把你迷倒
《飞克船长》系列:船长的实验室 她们都说船长认真研究的样子非常英俊 眉毛一挑世界地动山摇

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Contributor: Chen Yuan

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供稿人: Chen Yuan