The weekend was what I’m looking forward to, especially at midnight, the busy hour of the day was finally lost in the darkness. Not a sound was heard. And I lost track of the time as I lost thought while I stared at the blank paper. Brush in hand, my mind was already filled with color and lines when the notes of the piano bounced out of the canvas.
“The Warmth of Love” was a concept art that I painted last year, which was collected in the Chinese Yearbook of Illustration Art 2022. And I was honored to be awarded the “Chinese Illustration Art Award”. As an important document, the yearbook showed the current level of the artwork of Chinese great illustration artists. Having been carefully selected from numerous participants across China, only 70 illustration artists of their excellent artworks were collected in the yearbook with various styles of art, including commercial and children’s illustration, conceptual art, comics, etc. The yearbook was aimed to help promote the development of Chinese illustration art, which not only provided important study and reference research for domestic illustration but also had a certain collection value. It soon would be displayed in major art institutions, libraries, art galleries, etc.
We all know that Cyberpunk is kind of a dystopian futuristic world of highly advanced artificial intelligence and cybernetics, featuring a combination of lowlife and high tech. Usually, it was starkly juxtaposed with unique and exaggerated color aesthetics, especially the strong light and shadow that display the technological light or reflections. It was often mixed with black, red, yellow, blue, green, and purple, presenting a grandiose visual impact.
CD PROJEKT RED, one of the famous game companies, offered us the chance to be an insider of the Cyberpunk world by presenting us with the visually stunning Cyberpunk 2077. I was very impressed by the design of high technology, architecture, vehicle design, UI, etc, in which the Night City had it all. Having completed all the missions, I still had a feeling of unsatisfied, as if I had enjoyed a cup of coffee the aftertaste came endless from the bitterness. Then, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”, a TV series animation, finally boosted our feelings to a new level. We all felt the same way about the moon and the two young lovers. Hope one day, we might end up with a wonderful ending — seeing the moon together.
而世界知名游戏公司之一CD PROJEKT RED向我们呈现了赛博朋克2077（Cyberpunk 2077），我们有幸可以在虚拟世界中感受这一未来的视觉盛宴。对于这一高科技、建筑、载具、UI等设计，我非常欣赏，夜之城画面设定也让我赞不绝口，通关后，还有一种意犹未尽，仿佛品味了一杯咖啡，苦涩之后回味无穷。加之延伸动画《赛博朋克：边缘行者（Cyberpunk: Edgerunners）》的点缀，让多少人感同身受，引起了共鸣，一轮圆月，二位年轻情侣。期望那天是一个美好的结局——一起去看月球。
The game and the animation triggered me to paint a cyberpunk concept art with a strong feeling of the urge as well. So, I intended to transform my study room in a cyberpunk way. I tried to get inspiration by observing the lights and shadows of the room at night. With the help of rainy nights and the help of light effects for my surroundings, including light strips, mouse and keyboard, monitor, etc., I could feel the changes between various materials of lights, shadows, and reflections.
In my artwork, the almost 45° overlooking view presented my cyberpunk study room. I created a two stories room, the upper floor was a rest area, and the lower floor was a study room. My bedroom was pretty simple. I added the blue and greenish light line under the bed to create an illusion of suspension. The large vase on the left was filled with small trees and leaves. And the leaves grew taller that touched the head of the bed, implying the concept of nature-loving. High-tech light effects on both sides of the door highlighted the entrance. To save space in the room, the stair was replaced by a ladder that was wrapped in a blue light flexible screen and led to the lower floor where the study room was.
Now, let me take you to the study room. The first thing you saw was some large computer-driven pieces of equipment overlayed one by one to form the shape of stairs. A large screen of aquarium behind the equipment. Swimming fish, flying water grasses, floating bubbles, and the touch of the blue-shining light, eased your mood instantly. There’re bookshelves on both sides of the room. On the second level of the left shelf, there was a harmonica I played lied there. Under the light of the incandescent lamp, the harmonica was shining that showing my passion for music. The grid trim style on the right shelf matched the same decoration style in the bedroom on the left.
On the right side of the aquarium was a poster of my WeChat sticker to memorize that my beloved dog passed away a long ago. I put my signature and the LOGO of “the Dream & the Moon”. There was an elaborate white ceramic bone ornament on a display table in front of the poster. A’Wang, my WeChat sticker character, opened his mouth as if he was trying to eat the bone, which’s to create a funny moment in the room. A high-tech lounge chair rested on top of the stair-like equipment that was illuminated by a lamp, which indirectly presented a visual center for the viewers. There was a key device controller on the ceiling to be used for video projection, connected to VR as entertainment, and linked with other devices as a power supply.
The computer desk was placed in the right corner. The simple electronic screen projected from a holographic device on the desk showed my LOGO as the login page. There was a holographic colorful tree to feel the Spring in the room. In my early sketch, I intended to use the cartoon image of A’Wang emoji as the main character. I would paint him lying on the chair and reading a book, expressing a kind of visual effect of the combination of science fiction and animation. Later, I felt that it was not artistic enough to show my feelings, so I revised it after coloring.
I drew two shapes on the top of the lounge chair to imitate the ears of animals to make it look a bit of cuteness, and it was a hidden surrounding sound device as well. To meet the ergonomics, the front of the seat was designed to be slightly tilted so that would be more comfortable to lie down, The lamp on the right I designed was an industrial and simple style. I made the lamp’s pedestal in the shape of the moon to fit with the concept of my brand name “梦与月（The Dreams & The Moon）”. And the connection of each bracket allowed the lamp to be adjusted from different angles.
I created two center points, one was my poster as the main visual center. The hidden character A’Wang was the protagonist of the painting. Another one was two dogs in the lounge chair where the light shone upon them. At the sub-visual center, “Fortune”, a black labrador, was sleeping sweetly while “Lang Lang”, a small dog that we rescued by the river, was awakened and stared at the front as if there was something disturbed his sleep. At the lower left of the study room, my signature was carved on the floor, which implied who was the owner of the room.
This artwork “My Study Room – A Cyberpunk Way” I’ve been working on had many elements and easter eggs to discover, which took me nearly 4 months to complete in my leisure time. Like my other concept artworks, the painting was a 4K resolution. Zoom in, and you could see all sorts of details. Above was the scene of dogs sleeping and the poster, which worked well as wallpaper for both my mobile phone and computer.
At the end of my article, I’d like to boost your feelings for Cyberpunk World with a theme song “Shape of My Heart” from a movie, “Léon: The Professional”, which I played with my harmonica. And thank you for loving my latest artwork and appreciate your continued support.
最后，为了强化赛博朋克的感觉，我吹奏了一首口琴曲，电影《这个杀手不太冷》的主题曲“心之阴影（Shape of My Heart）”或许能让你们产生共鸣。期望喜欢我的新作和口琴曲，感谢一如既往地支持。
“Click the music to let the art and heart collide, leading thoughts to somewhere else that far away.”