Zoë Bae is an illustrator and textile designer based in Seoul. Her illustrations make me feel like I am in a fairy tale or a daydream while I am looking at them. Wouldn’t they possibly be a part of your dreams as well?
I am a big fan of Wes Anderson and his movies. The mix of fact and fantasy in the movies make them very unique and interesting. The last one I watched was The Grand Budapest Hotel. I loved them as much as the others, and had an urge to watch them again and again. Apart from the specifically defined characters, the story narrating was very charming.
Lights and shades can make cities look completely different. While I was thinking about how the same streets had an alternate feel in light and in dark, in summer and in winter I ran into these illustrations. Don’t you think you need to see a place both in the daytime and at night to reach the real soul of it with its surroundings?
How nice it is to spend a whole day simply reveling in the city you are living in, without rushing around for anything, without running any errands, without struggling with daily problems. Just like you are a tourist in your city, but in a different way because things are not new to you. It is a much better way because it allows you see the details which you would have missed as a tourist while focusing on the bigger picture and the beauty you would miss as a local while focusing on small problems. [Read more]
I have bought this book for Barış since he is in love with Japan. I thought it was only sketches about Tokyo, but it turned out to be a well-detailed, fun story of Florent Chavouet from his six months stay in the city. The memorable regions are separated as different chapters, and every chapter starts with an illustration of the Kōban (police station) belong to that region. I highly recommend the book for Tokyo lovers. You are going to find some details that you surely ran into in Japan.