On Thursday, Steven Yin (印樹葳 yìn shù wēi) and his fiancée Ye Nan (葉楠 yè nán) flew over from Shanghai to visit me in Dali. Steven is in his last years of his Phd at Jiaotong University, studying the history of science, while Ye Nan is involved in organ transplant research. Steven also happens to be the director of the Feng Zikai Research Society (豐子愷研究會的理事), and on behalf of the society invited me to take part in next year’s Feng Zikai Award for Comic Art (豐子愷漫畫獎), which of course is a huge honour, I’m amazed and somewhat overwhelmed that they asked me – Feng Zikai was one of China’s most famous and beloved comic book artists. They found me because my publisher Liu Ge, of Duku Publishing House, passed on a copy of A Dali Sketchbook to the Feng family (Duku has also put out a beautiful version of Feng Zikai’s Buddhist-inspired art, Paintings for the Preservation of Life 《護生畫集》). Apparently Feng Zikai’s daughter, a lady now in her 90s, liked my book enough that she suggested I take part in the competition, and sent a signed copy of her father’s biography. I’m amazed and very happy, though it is amazing how slowly time unfolds in the book world – A Dali Sketchbook came out two years ago, I thought it was already off the radar.Continue reading →
So finally I put together my only English language version of the book, you can find it as a PDF on Lulu or buy it from Gumroad here:
Picturesque Dali Prefecture sits in the foothills of the Himalaya, for a thousand years the central, bustling hub of China’s southern Silk Road. This book gathers in one volume the sketches and notes of British illustrator Jason Pym who has lived in Dali for more than a decade. Topics range from local cuisine, crafts, religion, history, flora and fauna, and everything in between.
When promoting The Dali Sketchbook I was interviewed for local television and radio, but this is the first time I’ve been on national tv, CCTV13 the China Central Television news channel. It’s for a segment on foreigners living in China (‘I Love China’, 我爱你中国). Not sure why they picked me, but very happy they did – and it was filmed when my family were here over Christmas. Here tiz:
Mockups for Penguin China merchandise using my penguin illustrations. Design by the fantastic Suo Di, unfortunately these weren’t commissioned.
An interview about A Dali Sketchbook as part of the series An Ideal Life.
Illustrations for two fairy tales for Yun, which one day we’ll turn into proper picture books:
The Cloud by Ivo Hardies
Put out on the English language media platforms (twitter, facebook) of the Yunnan Daily newspaper: