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Illustration

Lichee

Lichee (Jiacun Li) is an illustrator, animator based in London, who specializes in storyboarding and creative visual design practice. Storytelling has always been his truest goal, gleefully conflating visual media like comics, graphic novels, 2D animation, or stop motion that enable the viewer to tune in with his visions.

Lichee’s work often involves narratives that invoke human consciousness, personal feelings and experience. He has a great interest in constructing relationships between humans and locations in order to build a memory archive around them, to try to refresh and protect those memories. Sometimes the characters are turned into anthropomorphised animals or weird unknown species. These represent different versions of himself in real life, where the idealised and the absurd coexist. 


As an ardent traveller, Lichee often uses single characters, surreal settings, symbolic elements and limited colours to communicate emotion. Currently, he is exploring the connection between illustration, filmmaking, and photography, using a film camera as an extension of his drawing tools.

German expressionism was the subject of his research in the first year of the RCA, which deeply influenced his practice, involving the exploration of architecture, stage art, and mise-en-scène. Therefore, there are many details and metaphors in his work that are expected to be discovered by the spectator.

Lichee is interested in the flâneur in French New Wave movies. Combining his exploration of human and nature, human and location, he plays with the frame, position of view, and montage to expand the narrative possibilities in the space, and continue his cinema gaming.


LAST CIGARETTE
Motel  1
Motel 1
Motel 2
Motel 2
Motel 3
Motel 3
Street 1
Street 1
Street 2
Street 2
Street 3
Street 3
Night Club
Night Club
Mental Space
Mental Space

Trailer 4 LAST CIGARETTE

The man wakes up and realizes that he is the last person in the world. He takes the last cigarette and embarks on his self-consistent roaming journey. The film mainly uses three tones of red, blue and purple to present the three stages of the protagonist’s psychological development, affirming the human spirit through a spiritual journey.

Medium:

Drawn on paper, clay, digital

Size:

16:9
ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE
Dream cycle
Dream cycle
Blue symphony
Blue symphony
Sunday headache session
Sunday headache session
Lockdown 1
Lockdown 2
Lockdown 3
Lockdown 4
Lockdown 5
Lockdown 6

Medium:

Drawn on paper, digital