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INFOGRAPHIC: Ding! Ding! The city’s historic trams serve Hong Kong 110 years

by Sarene Chan


An illustration (or two) for the Focus page of South China Morning Post, on a featured story about Canadian astronaut parents who went home after years of work and found their kids unable to recognize them. Sad but I enjoyed drawing this a lot. haha.


Above is an illustration I did for the business banking section of South China Morning Post last week, out on this previous Monday. With only 2 nights’ time allowed working on it, was a bit panic and worried whether I could manage to complete it, especially when I came into drawing the wavy ocean. Referring to several google images to stitch up my imaginary stormy sea, it really took me quite a long while to get this settled (one entire night to be precise).

Yet am still happy with this piece this time, despite the a-little-awkward headline position running at the bottom of the illo. They should have told me to fade the end to complete white to merge into the article! Whoops.


editorial illustration for SCMP Sunday book review.

Can’t and won’t by lydia davis


for SCMP Sunday Book review: 

Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State.


Few days ago I was asked by the multimedia team of the South China Morning Post to create a few helpful visual aids for the Chinese National Tourism Board’s Guidelines on Civilized Travel Abroad. 10 guidelines were selected and I finished these 10 pieces over last weekend.

Here are the original guideline text in accordance to the pictures’ appearance:
1/ Do not force foreigners to take pictures with you.
2/ Do not occupy toilets for too long.
3/ Do not take away any mats, pillows, cushions or earphones from airplanes.
4/ Do not spit or spit chewing gum on the ground, litter, urinate or defecate in public, pick your nose, clean your teeth, cough or sneeze in front of others.
5/ Avoid making noises when eating noodles or drinking soup.
6/ Respect life. Do not chase after or feed animals.
7/ Dress appropriately. Do not be topless in public.
8/ Do not comment, depreciate, or insult locals, as more foreigners can understand Chinese now. (Which I personally do not see it the main reason) 
9/ Help protect the environment. When you go diving in any country, do not retrieve or take away any sea animals as souvenirs.
10/ Do not fart in public in order not to make others feel unpleasant.

I had great fun drawing these pieces because the topic has been really interesting! One of the funniest thing was that I had to keep googling “Chinese tourists outfits” to better depict them in the illos. Now that I have become pretty familiar with it. lol. 

A link of the post on SCMP’s facebook page here.

The Sixth Extinction - a new book examines the role of man-made climate change in causing what biologists call the sixth mass extinction.

Illustration: Brian Wang


- May 4, 2014 -

Cover illustration for The Review

Government urged to drop arts hub basement plan


editorial illustration, Sunday book review

Shame and the captives


Lately I produced an illo for REVIEW’s Books section for the first time. The article was about the new book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The story writes about a boy, Theo, who took away a painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after an explosion at the venue and an immediate death of his mother, who accompanied Theo to visiting the exhibition, and a series of happenings after it.

Haven’t been good at creating sense of motion in my drawings, I made myself a little breakthrough in this illo. Also spent a while to decide how to depict the anxiety and haste in action of the boy before I picked up the pen and draw on the tablet.

Overall I’m happy with this piece, feel myself improving slowly day by day. Hahaha. 

The handbrake is used when you park your car. Many new female drivers forget to put down handbrake when starting the engine and driving forward.  Slamming on the brakes will inhibit engine power output and use more fuel. The right way to stop the car is to step on the brake. When the speed of the car decreases... The accelerator is like using the brake, simple but takes practice. New female drivers don't do it well. They think you should slam on the accelerator if you want to speed up making passengers ill. Some female drivers don’t have a sense of direction. Especially when they drive on the highway, they will get stuck and won't remember the way even though they have been to a place several times. Wearing high heel shoes to drive is very dangerous.We suggest female drivers wear casual shoes to drive. If you are obsessed with high heels, prepare a pair of casual shoes in your car for driving. Using automatic gear doesn’t mean never changing gear. There are some traffic situations that automatic gear can’t cope with, so there are many other gears installed in cars to help drivers drive. Don’t panic if you have an accident. Female drivers become easily panicked when they have an accident. Their mind will go blank, and bad people will take advantage of them.


The Beijing police department recently decided to provide a great service to the city’s female drivers, “7 Tips for female drivers”. These handy tips came with a few illustrations but SCMP VideoMojo thought we could improve on those and asked one of our talented graphics artists, Pearl Law, to help the Beijing police out with their helpful hints for women-folk…(click on the images to see the captions)


Multimedia project: Voices from Tiananmen: Eyewitnesses look back to the spring of 1989

Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of a brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy protests led by students and residents in Beijing. Hundreds of people were killed and many more were wounded when People’s Liberation Army units rolled into Tiananmen Square, ending more than a month of peaceful protests seeking political reforms.

In the following pages, former government officials, student leaders and other eyewitnesses revisit the momentous events of spring, 1989. These personal accounts, gathered from recent video interviews, as well as memoirs, shed new light on the hope and despair left by those days, which continue to haunt China a quarter century later.

Our team was only a small clog running this huge machine, but nonetheless we are proud to be involved in this. Illustrations by Kaliz Lee and Adolfo Arranz

On March 29, 1974, farmers drilling a well 25 kilometres from Xian unearthed fragments of pottery. They had stumbled across the Terracotta Army, thousands of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. Their purpose was to protect the emperor in the afterlife and they were buried with him between 210 and 209BC. This is an in-depth look at this incredible archaeological discovery.

(Source: scmpnews)

Infographic about air pollution in Hong Kong.

(Source: scmpnews)