Neo 1984, Cover for “Dark Fairytales” by TinHong

AUGUST 25, 2014

Apologies for not posing in a long time! For a while, I was feeling quite overwhelmed by social media and started freaking out when I realized I spent more time on emailing and internet than drawing , so I tried to cut things down a bit... 

I am so happy I recently got to work on my first Chinese book cover with Hong Kong/Taiwan/Mainland China best-seller TinHong.

TinHong’s latest book, “Dark Fairytales” (Non-orthodox translation of 黑童話集), is a compilation of 16 novelettes set in a fictional metropolitan called “H town”. The stories are based on real stories in Hong Kong, structured after Chinese and Western classics such as “1984” by George Orwell, “The Last Class” by Alphonse Daudet, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent’ by Charles Dickens, ‘差不多先生傳“by胡適.etc. These parodies poke fun and reflect on the society’s current maladies, corruptions and injustice in a sarcastic and darkly-humorous way. 

For the cover, TinHong asked me to freely follow my inspiration. This was awesome and quite rare for book cover jobs. So I decided to make a piece about “H-Town” in a neo”1984”way.

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Big thanks to TinHong for being an A+ author, art director, publisher and the ultra-delicious care-package!
Banner of the cover at Hong Kong book fair with the "SOLD OUT" sign taped to it.
Not really sure if this book is kids-friendly...but the photos are pretty cute. 
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