Women of Tang
I illustrated representative women figures from the Tang Dynasty and created animations that explain the meanings of Chinese idolisms and women's dynamic social status. I present them collectively as a series, and each image is 8 * 11inches.
I use digital software like Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, and After Effect. Actually, I take this project as an opportunity to learn animation as well. The idioms I chose to illustrate either reference well-known and meaningful stories or describe people’s “modain” life. I looked into Chinese Art History to help better mimic the painting style and learn more women’s clothing, postures, and even make-up in Dang. In terms of colors, I used black, red, qing, white, and yellow, which correspond to the five elements in traditional Chinese physics. Besides, many traditional Chinese paintings incorporated calligraphy to better illustrate the concept and atmosphere of their images, and it’s also because poems were also very popular in Dang. Therefore, I worked collaboratively with my mom, who’s good at writing calligraphy, and incorporated her works into mine.
I’ve been interested in learning about the history of my origin and constantly amazed by the prosperity of culture and our ancients’ intelligence. I want to use my drawing and artistic skills to design imageries that would introduce this amazing culture to more people in the world. At the same time, I hope my playful and cartoonish animation would be helpful to educate kids of Chinese culture in the digital age.
Zou Ma Guan Hua
This image illustrates a maid riding on a running horse, and watching flowers blooming. The idiom is used to describe people who view the sights too fast but without taking the time to experience. The figure also references a very famous tang dynasty drawing that illustrates the women working class during the Tang Dynasty.
I use green and red to color the clothes of the woman because these two colors are common matches of color during that period of time and throughout Chinese history. Also, I used dark and light brown to mimic the traditional Chinese painting style.
Cha Yan Guan Se
This image illustrates Princesses Yang, which is one of the most mysterious women famous for her beauty and the story with the emperor. The image illustrates a scene when she is taking a hot spring bath, and the flowers blooming behind her represents her and women with the highest social status during that time. For this particular idiom, I changed the meaning a little to describe women's beauty and tea to make it more interesting. The pronunciation of the idiom in Chinese is still the same.
The dark and light blue are traditional Chinese colors used on Blue and White Porcelain.
Jin Guo Ying Xiong
I combine two women figures in this image, Mulan and Wu Zetian. Mulan is one of the most famous women soldiers throughout history, while Wuzetian is the first and only Empress that represents the intelligence and power of women. The idiom is also used to describe heroic women who largely contribute to society.
Red, blue, and orange have commonly used color palettes used for Chinese painting during Tang. Also, I used the orange and light brown and yellow for the horse to mimic the style of Tang Sancai.