To my surprise (I’ve been teaching Chinese for a few years now and never tried doing textbook illustrations until a few weeks ago), I realised that I was sitting there grading my students’ homework and thinking about possible illustrations of the lesson we are currently on in our textbook. And since drawing textbook illustrations is a great way to procrastinate grading piles of homework, it’s obvious which I chose to do.
The dialog in the textbook is about a student who has so much schoolwork that she spends all her weekends studying in her room. Only after finishing the bedside table I realised that the furniture layout in the room in the picture was exactly the same as my dorm in Shanghai two years ago.
Following a long discussion with my colleagues about the illustrations in the Mandarin textbook we use at work (which are not too great, to put it mildly), I came up with a quick sketch for the topic I was teaching this morning – buying fruit.
Here are some sketches from the two weeks I spent in Taiwan.
A girl from the hostel in Taipei:
People and other fragments of the classroom where we had most of our classes:
I’m in Taiwan for a short Mandarin teacher program, and in one of the classes we had to make a sample of a Mandarin textbook for Russian students. We had to choose a holiday and make a lesson about it. Our topic was Easter, and we finished the main assignment pretty quick, so I had time to add some illustrations. As a result we won a best-textbook award from our professor (consisting of chocolate cookies), because our project was the only one that had illustrations. ^_^
Here are some of the pages:
Here are some more pages from one of my sketchbooks. I use this one to draw with ink pens and brush pens.
Another LotR-related sketch:
In spite of there already being millions of Tolkien illustrations out there (some of them pretty cool, others not so much), for some reason I just can’t help drawing these. I guess it’s just that kind of book: you can’t read it without pictures forming in your head.