Modern Life of The Immortals: Illustrated Edition

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In a world, full of fantasy and adventure, there is also conflict. The modern age of the human world is full of complexity, as the rise of human emotion threatens all living things. On the mountain, high above mankind lies another group of beings. They are the Immortals and this is their story.  More
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About Fang Liu

Despite suffering from hearing loss, the Chinese artist Fang Liu (Hiro) is persistent in creating her works by hand and is known for creating images full of the grace of the East. She introduces a variety of drawing techniques into cartoon and anime styles, which has given her works a distinct flavor that is instantly recognizable to readers.

Shan Hai Legend, created by Hiro in 2016, is a Chinese comic inspired by the Chinese classic The Classic of Mountains and Seas. It follows ancient demons living in the modern era and involves a series of crimes.

The Classic of Mountains and Seas is an ancient encyclopedia that is full of the extraordinary, ranging from exotic flowers and rare herbs to mythical birds and strange animals. Hiro uses her vivid imagination to first illustrate the human shapes of these animals, visually personifying their forms.

For example, Luan is a red bird that can bring peace to the human world. The first image of Luan in Hiro's head was of a bird singing in the clouds. She used this image to inform the movements of Luan's human form, as well as attributes like hair style and clothes.

Hiro says that "the visualized human shape is the hardest part of the whole process. There are so many animals and different actions that must fit with their personality as much as possible."

"However," she adds, "as an artist a difficult challenge stimulates my desire to create."


Review by: Helen Druett on July 23, 2017 :
This was a beautifully illustrated book, though really not much of a story. 5/5 for illustrations.
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