While on the hunt for some graphic designs (for the 50+1 Love segments), I've came across one particular cartoon character which caught my eye.
It is a Chinese character (yes, from the Shanghai's 50s) that is now 'living' in Malaysia.
Well, let me introduce to you, Miss Hua.
As the creator, Jay Lim, mentions, Miss Hua has the typical Shanghai lady look - from the squinted eyes, straight hair and fit with a cheongsam every time.
But don't expect to see Miss Hua as a shy lady. Already from the posters above, one can note that Miss Hua is expressive, a party goer and loves the limelight.
And that is what caught my eye - a cartoon character with 'character'!
More Than Character
But beyond the character, what I also like about Jay's work is the blend of the background details which is rather eye catching... and which fits in well, complimenting rather than overshadowing Miss Hua.
You can see from his works that there are lots of motifs behind in each poster, but yet, the star is very much Miss Hua herself.
Inspired by it, I actually contacted Jay and asks if he would like to feature Miss Hua on the 50+1 Malaysia book. And he actually came out with a poster just for it with the title, non other than "I Love Malaysia!".
*Just see the coconut trees behind, making it truly Malaysia.
Malaysian designer, Jay mentions that the idea behind Miss Hua came about just to push himself further as a graphic designer. Wanting to express himself to the world, he somehow came out with the sketch in November 2007.
Preferring to work behind the scenes, Jay relates well to the character where she takes all the glory... but at the same time it is through her that he shares about "beauty, nature, his culture and where he belong".
Where To Find Her
There is a bigger vision to get Miss Hua into a fashion line in the future. As for now, Miss Hua is slowing making her presence felt - and can now be seen in many items from t-shirts to badges & postcards (sold online at The Kraft Store).
Jay also participates in related events & feature Miss Hua in the press as well, usually drawing Miss Hua in posters specially for the magazine.
Miss Hua For You
Well some good news. For those of you who would like to get the Miss Hua postcard set (of 6 postcards), simply send feedbacks (comments) on what you like on Miss Hua or in any case, any areas you think Miss Hua can improve.
...all this to the benefit of the designer, Jay, to make see this Shanghai lady go global!
3 best answers selected by Jay himself will each receive one set of his postcards. Competition ends 8 October 2008! :)
*To Jay, congratulations & all the best in your works... and am looking forward to seeing more of this Shanghai lady! :)