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Sean Lee Contemporizes Ancient Chinese Motifs

By: Jason Soy - Published: Dec 12, 2011 • References: seanleedesign and chicken1985.deviantart
Sean Lee is a Singaporean artist who's breathing new life into art motifs popular in ancient and present-day Chinese culture. From the animals of the Zodiac calender to legendary war heroes like Guan Yu, Lee draws it all in his own quirky brand of vibrantly illustrated cartoons.

Perhaps the most striking aspect about Sean Lee's work is how contemporary it looks despite being inspired by traditional themes. Lee's liberal use of color parallels that of modern street artists while his penchant for rendering exaggerated anatomical proportions resembles that of animators from studios like Pixar and Disney. Throw in the pristine and flawless look of vector imaging and you have illustrations that combine the best of the world centuries ago with the best of what society currently has to offer.

Fans of these designs will be glad to hear that they can purchase these images on apparel through Lee's Shabowl Brothers clothing line.