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Taiwanese graphic designer wins Japanese illustration award

Taiwanese graphic designer wins Japanese illustration award

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) A Taiwanese graphic designer has won the Grand Prix at the prestigious Japan Illustrators' Association (JIA) Illustration Award 2015 with a series of illustrations that tell the story of a bag's journey. Liu Ching-wei (???), who goes by the pen name Devours Bacon, beat 173 illustrators from around the world to take the top award in August, according to Taiwan's Asia University, where Liu is currently studying for a master's degree. Liu's winning piece, titled "The Little Bag," consists of five colorful illustrations that tell the story of a bag that is separated from its owner and travels alone in the city. The bag feels increasingly incomplete and eventually teams up with other abandoned bags and works hard to survive. The Grand Prix award came with prize money of 300,000 Japanese yen (US$2,500). At an event on Wednesday to announce Liu's victory, Hsieh Sheng-min (???), chair of Asia University's Department of Visual Communication Design, noted that in the panels of the story, the bag itself -- despite being the main protagonist -- accounts for only a small portion of the overall frame, which separates Liu's work from some other examples of the graphic genre, in which the main protagonist is usually given center stage. Personified characters such as a bird driver also give a surreal touch to his illustrations, Hsieh said, adding that the blend of Taiwanese and Western elements in the work also distinguishes it from others. Liu said he has cooperated with a local publisher to expand the work into a book that features 100 illustrations. The book will go on sale in Taiwan by the end of this year, he said. His winning work will be exhibited in Tokyo in October and November, he said. The JIA Illustration Award is held annually and attracts submissions from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea and various other countries. Liu owns a graphic design and art direction studio called Devour's Restaurant Studio in Taiwan. His illustrations about the bag also won a Red Dot Award for Communication Design in 2014. (By Liao Jen-kai and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-25 05:27 GMT+08:00