ART | BEST SELECTION - Ben Liu illustration
"Puff, the magic dragon lives by the sea,
and frolicked in the autumn mist,
in a land called Honnah Lee. " *
Have you ever heard this lovely melody? I happened to discover this song just a few days ago, (I know, I'm not that familiar to occidental songs) the version I heard was by Pink Mertini & Saori Yuki, fell in love with it right away. Yes, there were truely some magical moments happened in my 2014, which transformed me into another level, into a better me.
2014 was the first year I worked full-time as a freelance illustrator. Mom told me when I was 1 year-old, she put all kinds of objects in front of me, which related to different careers, letting me pick up one. Guess what I chose? A pen.
Since then, I became best friends with pens, my magic wand. I doodled, I sketched, I painted, I illustrated. I think I'm lucky and privileged to be surrounded by fantastic groupes and people to work with. And all these, I guess, was my pens who brought to me. I cherish, I appreciate the fact. With my pens and the warm people I worked with, I achieved some goals that I never think I could. I'd like to say Thank You!
In Canada, Calepin de Ben (Ben's sketchbook) , my weekly column in Journal Métro celebrites its 1st year anniversary, there was also an intensive 4 days live-sketch event during the Festival Mode & Design at Place des Arts Montreal. I met so many magical persons during these advantures.
In China, I had chances collaborating with L'OFFICIEL, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, three big magazines I always dreamed to work with. #DreamsComeTrue
Internationally, my works had seals of approval by Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, (big thanks to the magician Mister Marcus from Draw A Dot.) .
What's next for 2015? Not sure, but for sure I'll spend my year with pens, keep trying expressing myself and spreading beauty I saw via lines and colors. If they could bring you a bit warmness, I'll feel so happy. Wish you all the best in 2015!
Dolce & Gabbana 2014 F/W
Velvet by Veuve Clicquot
Fashion Week Front Row - iLady magazine
Journal Métro - Infopresse PrixMédia Event issue
TV show - Sauvez les Meubles - CanalVie
Festival Mode & Design - Live Sketch
J'adore Dior - L'OFFICIEL China
Cinderella x Valentino
Plastic Surgery - L'OFFICIEL China
Beauty column - Cosmopolitan China
*Songwriters : YARROW, PETER/LIPTON, LEONARD
Oringinal singers : Peter, Paul and Mary