Liang is a very talented little boy, but he seems to lack a sense of order. I took a look at his works. I couldn't stop wowing at his dynamic figures.
To me these warriors are flying even inside!
Liang draws many things. Whenever he's into a subject, he will come up with hundreds of drawings centering around it.
I don't remember having seen Liang in person. I was just wondering if I could have a dialog with him through images in his art language, it should be fun. Thus, I spent a few days imitating his style.
Apart from that, I of course had to collect reference images. I was especially attracted to those of Japanese warriors. Also, I asked Von and Kai to be my models because I needed more exercise in drawing moving figures. In the end it took me some time and efforts to decide on the media. Since I am no longer in Camberwell, I would like to be brief about the whole process.
I hope Liang will be surprised upon seeing every image, so I put each picture in one envelope rather than adopt the form of a handmade book.
The Warrior and the Ladybug
written and illustrated by Wei-chuen You
"I am a warrior! I want to make friends!"
"Don't run! Be my friends!"
"Why are they silent? I want to be their friend!"
"Who are you?"
"I am the ladybug."
"What are you doing?"
"I want to be your friend."
"So if you want to make friends, you tickle them?"
"Nope! How did you feel when I was crawling upon you?"
"Your touch was as soft as the clouds."
"It seems that you knew what I need."
"Most of all, I knew you really like me."
"I am sometimes rude and upset people, but you are still willing to be my friend..."
"Well said! But did you ever think of this when you were trying to make friends?"
"I'd like to apologize to them. Will you go with me?"
Often I don't have a clue what kind of role these images play in children's mind, but at least I benefit from the whole process...