Motherland Chronicles

Fantasy artbook project by Zhang Jingna and Tobias Kwan.

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    Motherland Chronicles #52

    This is the final photo piece for the Motherland Chronicles series. I can’t quite believe that we’re here.

    When Tobias and I first started the project, we were merely challenging each other to produce new work weekly, to see who could keep up longer. I didn’t think we would really finish 52 images. It’s a little overwhelming and amazing.

    From this point on, I will be focusing on getting the book’s Kickstarter ready. Thank you everyone who has given us your support on this project and my wonderful teams for working together with me on these images. You guys rock. <3 

    This piece is inspired by Georges Jules Victor Clairin’s Ophelia.

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    Photography/Set Design: Zhang Jingna
    Hair: Erin Taylor
    Makeup: Kharkova Tatyana
    Model: Joanna Bajena
    Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Haiyin Lin

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    Oh my god what is this, a Motherland Chronicles update!?

    Early this year, this project went quietly on hiatus because of some major changes in my life. I’ve been working on dealing with stuff one thing at a time, and am happy to say I’m finally ready to return to the series and finish up the book.
    To answer a few questions we’ve been asked through Tumblr messages, yes there will be more work added to the collection, and yes we are planning to release prints, either together with the book for Kickstarter or after we finish up.
    Estimated date for release has yet to be determined. We are working on things as quickly as possible, but don’t want to rush it. I want to make the best book I can. Thank you for all your kind words and support!

    Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
    Model/Hair: Erin Taylor
    Makeup: Gregg Brockington Makeup
    Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Tiffany Liu, Yongyi Zhou
    Choker and chain: Julee M Clark

    Special thanks to Phuong My for helping out with the dress.

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    Guest piece by Aian Olympia for Motherland Chronicles!


    The Decay 

    Decay is an essential path to blooming. The foundations of a resolve paved with fractures is far more beautiful than that of an easy, carefree one. 

    An illustration I did for Motherland Chronicles. It was such a great pleasure and honor to be part of this wonderful project ; w ;

    This illustration really means a lot to me. It was inspired and fuelled by a lot of mixed emotions and hardships I’ve encountered through the years. A tribute for what we gain by what we lose. I am really grateful to be given the chance to work on something very personal!

    I hope you guys like it too~

    Motherland Chronicles #50 

    Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
    Hair: Erin Taylor
    Makeup: Kharkova Tatyana
    Model: Joanna Bajena
    Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Haiyin Lin, Ruoyu Xu
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    Motherland Chronicles #49 

    Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
    Hair: Erin Taylor NYC Hair Stylist
    Makeup: Kharkova Tatyana
    Model: Germaine Persinger
    Photo Assistants: Evelyn Liu, Yongyi Zhou
    Feather caplet: Dream Shoot Rentals
    Choker & circlet: Harlequin Romantique
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    Motherland Chronicles #48 - The Keeper

    Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from this shoot here.

    Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
    Hair: Kelsey Petersen
    Makeup: Satya Linak
    Model: Jessica Dru Johnson
    Pyrotechnician: Sky Rockit
    Production Assistant: Sophia Chang
    Photo Assistants: Tobias Kwan, Xun Chi

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    Motherland Chronicles #47 - Womb

    I kept thinking about the legends of Nu Wa when working on this piece. It was one of the first stories of creation I read as a child, the flowers reminded me of the five-colored stones she used to mend the heavens.

    Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
    Hair: Junya Nakashima
    Makeup: Gregg Brockington
    Model: Germaine Persinger
    Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Bitna Kim, Tiffany Liu

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    Hey! Do you offer prints of your work? If not, do you sell originals?

    Asked by Anonymous

    We’re working on the prints stuff alongside the book, trying to roll them out around the same time for release together. Targeting for summer!

    Guest piece by Alexandre Day!

    Graphite on paper
    29.7 x 42 cm

    Alexandre Day is a perfectionist painter—An artist with pencil hands full. Born in France in 1973, Alexandre could have become a horticulturist or luthier, but he chose to enter the Versailles Fine Arts academy and school BD Angoulême. He then worked for 5 years in animation for France Televisions.

    He teaches narrative composition at Pivaut school in Nantes since 2001 and has exhibited since 2008. His approach to design is visually driven by photography, but also through music. “White” is his first book, published by Editions Margot, in 2013.

    Check out more of Alex’s amazing work on his page!
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    Our friend Jeff Simpson’s piece for Motherland Chronicles!

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    Done for my friend Jingna Zhang’s and Tobias Kwan’s Motherland Chronicles project

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