Happy Monkey Year

Happy Monkey Year 2016 🐴🐵😊
馬上封侯 Immediate High-Ranking Promotion with Swooshy illustration. Interesting old idiom using two animals to refer to prosperity and promotion for Chinese New Year. 馬=horse. 上= above, on top of. 封=promotion. 侯=marquis, nobel, nobility, high rank position. “猴 monkey” in Chinese sounds the same as “侯 marquis”. When 馬 and 上 are combined, it becomes an adverb meaning ‘immediately’, a very clever twist.   
Instagram: kamweiatwork 

Three Kingdoms

I’m a big fan of Three Kingdoms. It was a chaotic era in between Eastern Han Dynasty and before the unified China of Western Jin Dynasty where many warlords and heroes rose and try to expand their territories. The Chinese classic “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” romanticized the entire era with interesting stories created around the famous characters such as Cao Cao, Liu Bei, Sun Quan, Zhuge Liang, Guan Yu, Zhou Yu, Sima Yi and many others. If you’re a fan, most likely you know all the exciting stories that I know. 

I’ve been sketching this idea of using the name of three kingdoms, Wei(魏), Shu(蜀) and Wu(吳) to form an ancient China map to show the territory of the three kingdoms. I managed to digitized the sketch using Illustrator back in 2007, and fine tune the typo along the years and this is the latest improved version.

I posted this on my Instagram too: Kamweiatwork