We’re ringing in the Year of the Ox later this week, an opportunity Felicia Chiao (previously) begins with an illustrated homage to the horned beef. Rendered with gilded details and Chiao’s signature aesthetic, the drawing is the latest in the California-based illustrator’s collection of works for the New Year celebration. Each of the five pieces she creates with Copic markers and gel pens rely heavily on red. a traditional sign Good luck and prosperity for the year ahead, along with layers of flowers, tassels, and a fantastic depiction of the animal.
Chiao tells Colossal that she has celebrated the lunar new year with her family since childhood, which her first drawing, “Year of the Rooster”, informed of in 2017.
My family is Taiwanese, so the Lunar / Chinese New Year is a big deal. I’m a very Asian American so I can’t say I’m the most traditional, but I grew up with all the zodiac animal stories and superstitions and wanted to do a drawing of my animal year in 2017. It was a fun way to nod on my cultural background.
Prints from each year are available on Society6along with a huge collection of Chiao’s fantastic illustrations. Go to Instagram to see more of her drawings with imaginary worlds and emotional characters.
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