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Shishi Nguyen

Shishi Nguyen

REAL – LOVELY – COLORFUL

One of the famous, and young, illustrator in Vietnam, Shishi Nguyen. Vietnam may not be a big name in the illustration world but there are many young talents, passionate, who deserve recognition. They are working hard to show to the world the Vietnamese culture. Many of them have been graduated from art school and some show their talents into freelance collaborations.

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Special quote:

“ Nếu có kiếp sau, tôi muốn làm một cơn gió, thổi qua những cánh đồng, những con sông, những đại dương rồi phiêu tán nơi tận cùng thời gian…”

“If afterlife exists , I want to be a wind, to be free to fly through the beautiful fields , the rivers , the oceans.. fly away to the endless time….”

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Shishi has received a lot of awards and she develops her artworks to bring more joy in her illustrations.

Shishi Nguyen in a few words :

  • She is living in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • She is graduated of Art university.
  • She sells illustrated notebook.
  • She uses watercolor.
  • She is locally famous in despite of her age.

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Her talent: Having a wonderful combination of soft and gentle watercolor / Photoshop that produces warm and lovely illustrations . Her artworks are impressing , Shishi’s illustrations makes people feel that her illustration have a soul , so beautiful and real , romantic , soft.

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“I’m so hot and I know it”

well only people who live in south Asia knows the feeling it is when “summer” never stops.

Here is Brahma – A Bull ballet dancer

Shishi Nguyen in collaboration with the illustrator Thai Than Do

The rain falling remind me of you
Because it’s falling hard ,
and I am too.

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FOR MORE ILLUSTRATIONS :

Social network :
Web : https://www.behance.net/shishinguyen
facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Shishinguyen157/
Deviantart : http://nguyenshishi.deviantart.com/

What makes Shishi Nguyen so special ?

She is talented, her art bring the feeling of cozy , peaceful , expressive, cute , endearing .

All images are the property of their respective authors.

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Kimmidoll – Most asian brand from Australia

The Kimmidoll was created in 2008 by an Australia designer.  Basically, all characters from the universe of Kimmidoll own their name and bring different kind of luck to their owner.

The kimmidoll™ brand was conceived following a long standing passion with elegant decorative gift and homeware items inspired by Eastern culture. The traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls are a perfect example of this simplistic Eastern beauty.

( source : website)

Kimmidoll in few words :

  • Inspired by Eastern culture.
  • Perfect simple for simplistic eastern.
  • A family of contemporary doll characters.
  • Traditional and modern creative.
  • Values in life’s journey – happiness.
  • Inspired by the beauty of natural.

 

Some of our favourites Kimidoll :

Mamiko – ‘Friendly’

“My spirit is outgoing and accepting. With your ready smile and natural easy charm, you share my friendly spirit. Through your readiness to accept others as they are, and to give the best of yourself, you live the spirit of friendliness.” ( Source : main website )

Miyuna – ‘Graceful’

“My spirit is enduring and captivating. With your simple yet sophisticated style, you embody the timeless dignity of my spirit. May your natural grace and ageless beauty shine through in everything you do, to inspire all those who love and admire you.” ( Source : main website )

Waki – ‘Dignified’

“My spirit has poise and respectability. You live my spirit by showing composure and grace in every circumstance you tace. May your dignity and quiet humility bing you respect and esteem you deserve ” ( Source : main website )

 

 

What makes Kimmidoll so special?

  • These dolls are gorgeous , elegant , cute and beautiful.
  • There lovingly designed that represent “ life’s true values “

Website : http://kimmidoll.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Kimmidoll-International-263756243740077/

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/kimmidoll_international/

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Hideyuki Katsumata

Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo, Hideyuki Katsumata, has been exploring art mostly through his representation of Yokai (妖怪). A class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. People can particularly appreciate his “craziness” bringing Yokai in the middle of a luxury brand and his most famous character : Hanauta. The musical style also bring to the video its resonance, here made by PASCALS even if the artist is also a musical composer. He also worked for a few different kind of luxury brands.

The french brand MAD et LEN, by Hideyuki Matsumata.

Hideyuki Katsumata is a regular artist from exhibits in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Goya gallery. His arts use to introduce original monster directly extracted from Japanese mythology.

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You can enjoy a long presentation of the artist by the Herald Scotland about his exhibits in Dundee – where the MASTER OF WALL ( see above ) has been done.

Among his creations there is one character which keep continuing following the work of the artist. Called Hanauta.

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Hanauta is also presented in musical composition surrounded by others characters directly coming from the “spiritual world”.

You can see him at the blockhouse in Harajuku, and in various exhibition in Tokyo.

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Sumo is crying
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Mural work at Ikebukuro guesthouse.

WHY Asia Emarket LIKES Hideyuki Katsumata ?

Hideyuki Katsumata artworks are:

  • Strange,
  • Beautiful,
  • Colorful,
  • Good quality,
  • Dark/Sad.

If you are interested by his pieces, you can fin him on facebook:

 His facebook page.

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Khoa Le

Khoa le is a famous freelance illustrator, painter and graphic designer, who comes from Vietnam. Based in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), she was graduated from University of fine arts in 2008. She found notoriety in 2012 during the group exhibition Art Expo Malaysia 2012. People describe her artwork as “ The mysterious princesses “

She describe her own artworks as whimsical, dark, yet vibrant – source : http://www.gorgeousartgirl.com

 

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Khoa Le, Under the Weather #illustration

We choose to introduce you 2 among her illustration, intending to let you understand her art :

This illustration is one of her most famous work. As we can see, in this illustration the hair of that girl looks really like the wind blow it , bringing mystery in the apparent simplicity. Feel like she is happy while enjoying her coffee , with the wind blow her hair . Illustration is peaceful and definitely linked to the fact how Vietnamese people love coffee.

The second one is about Cinderella. An expression on her reality marked by red color apparently warm breaking with the apparent loneliness of the main character. A slight view in the story with words on mirror :

” Once upon a time there was a widow who had two ugly , mean daughters.
One day she married a rich gentleman , who had a beautiful and sweet daughter “

What makes Asia EMarket like her work?

  • Beautiful
  • Mysterious
  • Dark
  • Gorgeous
  • Yet vibrant
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Ghibli in Pixel art

The Ghibli studios are object to many regards from all over the world, and it’s not a hazard if one of their movie “Spirited away” have been ranked number 4 in best movie of 21st century by the BBC. The colossal work of Ghibli inspire artist, fan artist and geek culture which always find a way to transform it.

In this serie, we will see the best of Ghibli realized in 8 bits as it would appear in old generation of video games. The pixel art as a trend more and more include in a contempory design movement.

Princess Mononoke.

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8-bit-Ghibli Mononoke

Porco Rosso.

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Castle in the sky.

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Pompoko.

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Howl’s Moving Castle.

Probably one of the most amazing production from Ghibli studio translated in pixel art. The moving castle itself in a first picture, follow by the team in a second.

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Kiki’s delivery service.

Or when Kiki and her cat flying with the seagulls.

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My neighbor Totoro

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Ponyo.

All the onirism of one of the most famous character for japanese, Ponyo, before being discovered.

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The cat returns.

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Spirited Away.

A moment immortalized in collective memory or when the Noh-Face purpose all gold he can produce to a “too pure” Chihiro not ready to accept it…

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… and a more comic situation in the elevator when the little cutie should share the place with a massive, and smelly, guest.

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More than a “like-catching”, we really wanted to share this images from this wonderful studio which always spread onirism in its stories, and realize than the imagery coming from Japanese subculture, and coming from geek subculture becomed a mainstream trend of contemporary age, and not anymore a hidden universe use by some.

Why do we like these designs in AsiaEMaket ?

  • Original
  • Expressive
  • Imaginative

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Opportunities to wear kimonos in Japan

The kimono is the most famous traditional Japanese cloth. Before the appartion of western style clothes in Japan, it was refering to all kind of clothing in feudal Japan. With its unique shape “in T”, it is nowadays more known for important occasions. Here is a summary of some opportunities to wear kimono in Japan.

The Shinto wedding.

One of the fundamental religion and one of the oldest in the country, Shinto shows an important respect of nature, family and ancestral traditions. At Shinto weddings, several rites have to be respected. After the rite of “Yuimono” where the groom comes to drink sake with his future wife in purpose to bound families, the couple and close families have to go to the sanctuary for purification and offerings to the gods (Kami). Kimono takes its importance at this moment.

 

The couple have to wear the traditional ceremony outfits. The bride has to wear the “shiromuku” which is a white kimono with symbols. The crane and lilies are a sign of happiness, that is why they are the most used symbols. The kimono comes in two forms, a thick model extending to the floor and composed of five layers, or a superposition of a dozen of thin and light kimonos.

The groom has only one choice: the traditional kimono which is usually in a dark blue color.

After sanctuary, the newlyweds have to offer gifts to their guests. This is one of the reasons for the extremely expensive cost of these ceremonies (in addition of kimonos).

Since a couple of years, Shinto weddings have been experienced many ups and downs. It was still widespread well into 1970s due to arranged weddings [called “Omiai”]. However, it was out of fashion later with a new preference for Western weddings. It made a return in the 2000s with several local celebrities who decided to get married in a traditional way bringing a renewed interest for the Japanese people.

Onsen

Onsen is a hot natural spring outcome of volcanic sources and transformed into a bloodbath for spa. These famous baths, which are a real institution in Japan, are generally common and can be indoors or outdoors. Careful for modest people, nudity is generally required. The Yukata is worn before and after the bath.

It really has become over time a custom to travel in an onsen. We can almost talk about pilgrimage when Japanese visit a famous onsen. The best is to go to a Ryokan (a traditional Inn with a private spa).

Very important, onsen is not only used for relaxation. Onsen reputation also comes from the quality of water. Thanks to minerals, its volcanic sources show therapeutic virtues. They have the reputation to ease pain and heal many illness such as diabetes or skin diseases. Balneotherapy naturally appeared. Onsen-therapy should eliminate body malfunctions.

Matsuri (Obon celebration)

The Matsuri is a very popular and religious celebration (Shinto) which takes place in all localities of the country. First of all it is a way to honor the gods. And it is for this reason that Matsuri is held during important moments of the calendar as in spring when people celebrate rice transplantation. Or during summer to protect themselves from typhoons.

Some Matsuris are represented in the form of religious procession and are dedicated to the important deities such as “Amaterasu” the goddess of the sun, or to local deities. Many are those who try to climb mountains because many sanctuaries are established and it is an opportunity to practice religious ceremonies and meditation.

The buddhist matsuri called Obon (more than 500 years old) takes place in summer during the month of ghosts. It allows people to go to their hometown and to honor their ancestors (their spirit is allowed to go back to earth those days). They are responsible to give offerings to the spirits in order to reduce their pain.

To go for a walk in traditional Japan (for axample: in Gion)

When you decide to go for a walk in traditional Japan, you have more opportunities to see kimonos. Indeed, some parts of the country have kept all the folklore and  traditions like nowhere else. This is the case of Gion district.

Gion (today filed largely in the historical heritage, is a Kyoto district which was created for travelers and people interested in visiting adjacent Yasaka sanctuary. This Shinto shrine erected in 656 was rebuilt between 1654 and 1664 in purpose to be dedicated to “Kami Susa-no-o” the God of sea.

Today Gion is known for keeping its traditional architecture. Its “machiya” houses and r”ochaya” tea houses have kept all theur original beauty thanks to repairs organised by the city of Kyoto. The neighborhood is also famous for its Geishas (called Geiko in Gion). You can admire them with traditional clothes during the night but also during the day.