A story about dreamers. The everlasting hope that one day, the smog will clear, and the stars will shine once more above the polluted skies of China.
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More concept designs for the upcoming reboot of Knite.
Sometimes it feels like the cityscape of lights is humanity's replacement for the stars. Out of the sky and onto the ground. You can no longer look up to see the stars, you must climb high above the others and look down.
Let these pages liberate
my hopes and dreams
Of blue skies and starlite nights.
I made a Sen and Kai sculpture over the weekend at Andrea Blasich's class :) This sculpt is 10 inches tall and made of Chavant clay.
Spinnnnnn Sen and Kai, spinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn~
I'm planning on using 3D models in the new version of the comic, and hopefully this real life sculpture will help with the 3D modeling process.
Heaven and earth meets in a timeless moment of wonder.
This may not be the reality they have right now, but this is the future they hope to create.
During my visit at Rapyuta Robotics in Japan, I found the rooftop lined with small wind turbines. They reminded me of the rooftops in Knite so I snapped a photo and painted over it with Sen.
Despite their recent conflict and turn of events, they both still hold onto to the same dream that one day, the sky over China will be blue again.
I wanted to show that China is a changing country in this drawing. Every time I visit my homeland, I notice so many changes that I can barely recognize the place. Industrialization is occurring so quickly that you can find brand new skyscrapers right next to little shacks and slums.
The Chinese people are looking forward to enjoying the simple things in life like owning a computer or car, and living in a house that doesn't have leaky roofs. Yet there is a unique culture that will be lost along with the impoverished past.
With the building of new apartments, traditional wood and brick houses will be torn down. The word "拆" in red on the the white wall in the right side of the picture means "demolish". It marks the grounds that will be replaced with skyscrapers. Many people are forced to move out, and the displaced population are usually too poor to afford the newly built apartments. Also all the continuous constructions create a lot of dust and air pollution. There is always a grey haze in the cities.
This is the inevitable future that the Chinese people must face since humans must move forward, and Sen notices the disparity of it all. They are only students right now, but they will grow up to be leaders. Between the conflicts of the past, present, and future, the Knites will try to change China for a better tomorrow.
Tonight, there will be stars.
Even imaginary blue skies remain unreachable.
Background referenced from Jamie Sinz's blog.
Drawn in 2012 to celebrate the year of the Dragon.
A preview of the new characters that will be appearing in the future chapters, the Phoenix twins.
It seems like just about everyone (except Ling) is trolling Sen when he's sleeping, but hey, flying kites all night is pretty tiring, and you know you have ~real~ friends when they use that against you.
This is the very first drawing I posted of Knite to promote the comic before it was released.
I wanted to deviate from my regular style to explore a mix of anime and watercolor apperance to fit the mood and theme of the story.
Drawn in celebration of Chinese New Year.
The symbol in the background is "fu" which means prosperity and is suppose to bring good luck. The word is usually posted upside down because the Chinese word for "reversed" is a pun for the word "arrival", making the upside down "fu" mean "arrival of prosperity".