Illustration by Theophile Signard
Théophile Signard is a Paris-born, Shanghai-based illustrator, graphic designer and creative director. He moved to China over 10 years ago and has progressed from a career in advertising + events to producing work in various creative fields, including illustration art, embodied by his role as Co-Editor of illustration art magazine ‘Shaving in the Dark’.
Picture the scene: after a few days in lockdown, I am in my Shanghai apartment, watching the news and absorbing all the information on the development on this coronavirus crisis, hour after hour. Images of masked people starting to appear on both local and international news have flooded my brain. Getting anxious, for sure, but also powerless regarding this dramatic situation. What can I do? What can I do as an artist?
I committed to expressing my feeling in the only way I can. Drawing, drawing and more drawing. Creating on the subject was the obvious thing to do for me. I let my subconscious guide my creative mind and direct my hands. I was submerged in images of all these masks being everywhere, but also becoming increasingly difficult to get and precious at the same time. That’s when the idea of this Masquerade series came to me. I wished to share an expression of my creativity, reacting to these terrible events, in the form of a series of black and white digital illustrations. It is not a dramatization of the situation, but rather an expression of my feelings at the time. Ten days, ten illustrations, ten visions of this period in time, shared by millions of people. In fact this is a little breath of creativity in the moment and a way to remember the lockdown period.
包括插畫藝術，他同時也是插畫藝術雜誌《Shaving in the Dark》的共同編輯。
Author: Theophile SIGNARD
Translation by CHUANG Shih-Ning