My main enterest is in Manga art, though, I would like to be able to do traditional chinese/japanese art better as well. I’m pretty good already, but not good enough to become a manga-ka. I’m going to get anime/manga art books when I get the money, and I learn visually – the more anime I watch, the more manga I read, and the more I watch others sketch/paint the better I get automatically. Any suggestions?

Hello unfortunately I can’t point you to anyone who Can publish your creative ideas or art but the best way to improve your artisitic skills is practice practice and more practice 4 e.g I use 2 be pretty good at drawing manga but then stopped nd drew more naturlisitc things nd a year later went back 2 manga nd I was terrible nd that was coz lack of practice so I know its a bad answer but that’s best advice I can give so good luck nd hope you make it big in the future


How do I make beaded bracelets like this?

On September 10, 2013, in Jade Store, by admin

I want to start making jewelry (starting with beads) as a hobby.

It’s the easiest thing ever. Ever. You go to the store and buy the type of elastic used for making bracelets. It’s sort of clear and it comes in different widths. The you string the beads on the cord, tie a knot at the end and that’s that. You can put a drop of glue on the knot and also try to pop the knot inside one of the bead, but basically that’s it — stringing beads onto elastic cord.

Best of luck.


What kind of dragon feng shui is this?

On September 10, 2013, in Feng Shui Jade, by admin

And where should I place it? What does it symbolize and such? Thank you.

Alan has basically told you all there is to know about these figurines. I can only add that I saw them many times in the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, and is located in the middle of Beijing, China. Very beautiful, I brought a pair home, right and left, carved out of Jade with ruby eyes, and they are nothing but good luck,just don’t put them on the floor or above your head, eye level is good, and if you have a pair do not separate them.


The Chinese Art market is booming. The last five years have seen it grow more than any other in the world, according to a new report from the European Fine Art Foundation. Most of this is driven by sales of fine art and antiques. But contemporary art from China is also attracting interest – from art lovers and investors.

Contemporary art has often been judged by shock value. Frequently provoking outrage among many sectors of society. So in a country where the cultural sector is closely monitored by the government, how good can this style of art be? Some say even better than in the west…

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Chinese Art Selling at Record Prices

On June 2, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

NewsfortheGreatWolrd Art Selling at Record Prices

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I’m 17, new in Sydney, and have learned Chinese calligraphy for past 10 yrs. I intend to find a part-time job as an assistant or teacher in a Chinese calligraphy course, does anyone know such classes, teachers, workshops or even university lessons? This is really important to me. Please provide as much details as possible.

Maybe your best bet (taking your age and experience into consideration) is to start a small informal class where young kids (maybe aged 6-10) who probably are of Chinese ancestry can learn the basics from you. There are a lot of Chinese parents living abroad that are concerned their kids are losing or not getting any exposure to the culture of their ancestry.

Once you’re a bit older, I bet you’d be able to expand these classes to adults (including non-Chinese who are interested in Chinese culture and calligraphy). I work with a Japanese calligrapher who does this quite successfully in Boston.

With age comes respect, and I see a stumbling block with trying to teach adults when you’re 17 years old. Take this from a guy who started his first business when he was 16. I had to fight for every bit of respect and to prove myself to everyone until I was into my mid-20s.

Another thing to consider is selling your calligraphy artwork. You’ll need to figure out how to get it framed or mounted as wall scrolls for a reasonable amount. You can sell the ready-to-hang artwork online or at a local art show.

Some calligraphers that I supply wall scrolls to (yes, I build wall scrolls, and sell Asian calligraphy for a living) will buy blank wall scrolls, then take requests and make custom calligraphy on the spot. This is very good for festivals or events in a public park. The wall scroll might cost you $30, but you sell it for $60 or more in that environment.


Hello, I am a practioner of Karate (Ashihara) and Krav Maga. I have a theoritical curiosity, hence I ask this question. Could any of you please tell me the pro’s and con’s of shoulder strikes? How they are exactly employed and if they are effective? In the two styles that I practice they are almost not there (shoulder’s strength is employed in punches and other strikes but shoulder itself is rarely used). I have seen some direct shoulder strikes in demonstrations of the Chinese Art of Bajiquan and they looked quite different from whatever use of shoulders I had seen before. So, I request you to kindly shed some light on the topic and tell me if the art you practice has direct shoulder strikes or not and how do they work.

The shoulder strike you are talking about are not just in Baji but in many other Chinese martial arts styles, Taiji too. They are used close in or against a person charging in and they work beautifully. They do take timing though if you want to send a charging opponent flying. If you are just close in and don’t have your opponents momentum to help you shoulder strikes still work to upset your opponents balance and then follow up with something else like a throw, take down.
Karate has them too (Pinan Shodan) but are taught only at the advanced ranks and then often it is just done the way you turn into an opponent. They go along with the grappling techniques in Karate which also are taught in the advanced ranks.
Another fun technique I really like that is similar in timing and execution to the shoulder strike is using the hips. For a guy getting struck with the hips brings a whole new reaction for you if you get it right.


I saw this folk artist producing sugar paintings with liquid sugar along the streets in Tian Jing. I was able to video tape the beginning to end of this specific painting. The painter uses the brown sugar as the raw material, the bronze spoon and a shovel as the tool, and the slab of marble as the “paper”. Sugar painting originated from the Ming Dynasty when sugar animals and figures were made in molds as part of a sacrifice in religious rituals. In the Qing Dynasty, sugar painting gained more popularity. This particular artist was creating paintings with the 12 zodiac animals.

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The Chinese Art Book – Phaidon

On April 21, 2013, in Chinese Art, by admin

The Chinese Art Book presents a definitive selection of 300 works, from the earliest dynasties to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today – see more at

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