BEST OF 2014 - Ben Liu illustration

"Puff, the magic dragon lives by the sea,
and frolicked in the autumn mist,
in a land called Honnah Lee. " *

Have you ever heard this lovely melody? I happened to discover this song just a few days ago, (I know, I'm not that familiar to occidental songs) the version I heard was by Pink Mertini & Saori Yuki, fell in love with it right away. Yes, there were truely some magical moments happened in my 2014, which transformed me into another level, into a better me.

2014 was the first year I worked full-time as a freelance illustrator. Mom told me when I was 1 year-old, she put all kinds of objects in front of me, which related to different careers, letting me pick up one. Guess what I chose? A pen.

Since then, I became best friends with pens, my magic wand. I doodled, I sketched, I painted, I illustrated. I think I'm lucky and privileged to be surrounded by fantastic groupes and people to work with. And all these, I guess, was my pens who brought to me. I cherish, I appreciate the fact. With my pens and the warm people I worked with, I achieved some goals that I never think I could. I'd like to say Thank You!

In Canada, Calepin de Ben (Ben's sketchbook) , my weekly column in Journal Métro celebrites its 1st year anniversary, there was also an intensive 4 days live-sketch event during the Festival Mode & Design at Place des Arts Montreal. I met so many magical persons during these advantures.

In China, I had chances collaborating with L'OFFICIEL, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, three big magazines I always dreamed to work with. #DreamsComeTrue

Internationally, my works had seals of approval by Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana, (big thanks to the magician Mister Marcus from Draw A Dot.) .

What's next for 2015? Not sure, but for sure I'll spend my year with pens, keep trying expressing myself and spreading beauty I saw via lines and colors. If they could bring you a bit warmness, I'll feel so happy. Wish you all the best in 2015!


Dolce & Gabbana 2014 F/W

Velvet -Veuve-Clicquot-Ben-Liu

Velvet by Veuve Clicquot


Fashion Week Front Row - iLady magazine
Journal Métro - Infopresse PrixMédia Event issue


TV show - Sauvez les Meubles - CanalVie


Festival Mode & Design - Live Sketch


J'adore Dior - L'OFFICIEL China

Cinderella-Valentino-Ben-Liu -Draw-A-Dot.

Cinderella x Valentino


Plastic Surgery - L'OFFICIEL China


Beauty column - Cosmopolitan China

Oringinal singers : Peter, Paul and Mary


Lookbook - Pomme Vert

Pomme vert,
vert pomme,
Apple green,
Green apple.
Snow white,
blanche neige.

Photos by: Will Aitken
Apple green coat:  Lovestit clothing
Gray sweater: Mango
Leather gloves: Simon's
White pants: Jean-Paul Gaultier
Brown boots: Sergio Rossi


BENDA (Ben Liu) × 时装L'OFFICIEL China - Plastic Surgery

"Oh wait, I look fat in this angle. 
Can you photoshopped me a bit thinner?"
You might have heard these when it gets to selfie moments. With developped technology nowadays, people can "choose" who hey want to look like, by changing shoes, clothes, even, their faces.
The issue of L'OFFICIEL China introduces 5 beauty editors' real experiences of the latest Korean Micro-surgery, following the 30 days' process.

Personally, I'm pretty neutural about plastic surgery. But when I got the call for this project, I was like" um... really? Should I do it?" As I know it's ok to chase beauty for one's own happiness, on the other hand, do I really want to encourage people changing their "original materials"?

I couldn't help wondering : Did people in the ancient times have plastic surgeries? How long it has been used? Then I ran into this history of plastic surgery.

"Would it be fun to "cast" women from different styles, periods, professions and ages?" By proposing this idea, I started the sketches. Then they were accepted right away.

BENDA (Ben Liu) × 时装L'OFFICIEL China - Plastic Surgery

BENDA (Ben Liu) × 时装L'OFFICIEL China - Plastic Surgery

For this illustration (below), we had a bit "surgery" (of course!) on the girl here.
The left one was the original one, as I'm a big color lover, so you can see she dresses pretty much colorful, then I got a comment from the editor: "um... maybe dressing too... colourful... We'd like her to be a bit... French Chic" Ok, so as the fashion industry always like that, how about dressing her up as "Belle du jour" (Catherine Deneuve) ? Bingo, approved on the right!

So, how do you like them? What's your opinion on plastic surgery?

BENDA (Ben Liu) × 时装L'OFFICIEL China - Plastic Surgery

BENDA-Ben-Liu-时装-L'OFFICIEL-China-Plastic Surgery-姚晨-Yao-Chen
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