I recently went to a Chinese bookstore, and impulsively bought some books (that’s what people do when they go to bookstores right?). I found an exquisite art book titled 薄姬 The Collections of Vision (Bao Ji The Collections of Vision) by呀呀 (YaYa).
|Screenshot of the cover from Amazon China|
The Illustrations evoke traditional Chinese watercolor paintings, however, all the pictures are computer generated, using Photoshop. Told in a picture book way, the illustrations tell the stories (four to be exact) of beautiful, but tragic women. (At least from what I can tell, as I can’t read Chinese very well.)
In the back of the book, there is a short tutorial on how one of the illustrations was created (complete with screenshots of the process). Included in my copy of the book, was a large poster of one of the illustrations in the book. However, I’m not sure if all purchases include a poster as it is typical of Asian publishers to include a freebie in a limited quantity of books to motivate customers.
Illustrations from the book
Published by Hunan Fine Arts Publishing (湖南美术出版社), Bao Ji The Collections of Vision is a stunning art book. Priced at 38 RMB (approx 5.89 USD as of this post) is a bargain. The book can probably be found at the following website, but shopping might be costly.