Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Democracy in Taiwan

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Sketch and final art for last Sunday's guest column about Taiwan's young democracy. It may have been an easy solution but the country's flag was the best source of inspiration I could find to come up with a concept.
Ilustración y boceto para este artículo de la página de opinión del domingo pasado sobre la incipiente democracia en Taiwan. Probablemente se trate de la solución fácil, pero la verdad es que la bandera del país fue la mejor fuente de inspiración que pude encontrar para este concepto.


  1. Anonymous4:53 AM

    Hi Gabi,

    I love your work and don't mean to be too critical but, of course, Taiwan-China politics are a minefield.

    The sun rising east of Taiwan is nice imagery for the nascent Taiwanese state. Only problem is that the emblem of the sun is taken from the flag for the Republic of China (founded in China in 1911). This flag is closely associated with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT party that ruled Taiwan under martial law for >40 years. The flag is essentially a relic from this dictatorial past, making it a strange symbol for Taiwanese democracy/statehood/identity.

    I would suggest, at least, changing the color of the sun to green. This is the color generally associated with the Taiwanese democracy/statehood/identity movement.

    Thanks for listening and I enjoy your work,

  2. Thanks for the insight BAT. I should clearly have researched this better.