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Beauties of Chinese 56 Ethnic Groups

Beauties of Chinese 56 Ethnic Groups
東方絢華大系 – 東風襲人
Artist: Der Jen/Dezhen
ISBN: 9571041032
Published: 2009
List Price: NT $480
Pages: 68
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: None
Book Rating: 5/5
Artwork Rating: 5/5

Aww this book has some pretty stuff, Dezhen’s artworks just the way I remembered them.
I like how there is a COLORED index in the back indicating the different ethnic featured, nifty. One thing I didn’t like was the cover art. There are far better pieces within this book to choose from.

The Nobles of the Deserts

The Nobles of the Deserts

The Nobles of the Deserts

The Nobles of the Deserts
東方絢華大系 – 大漠矜貴
Artist: Der Jen/Dezhen
ISBN: 9571044637
Published: 2011
List Price: NT $480
Pages: 68
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: None
Book Rating: 3/5
Artwork Rating: 2/5

Dust jacket has shiny UV coating. I thought this was pretty neat.

This book have same problem as her “The Chinese Beauties in Elegant Fashion & Sumptuous Clothes” but not as severe hence the 2/5 rating. Illustration style is inconsistent as well. Some pictures just look overly airbrushed while some remained flat.

 

The Chinese Beauties in Elegant Fashion & Sumptuous Clothes

The Chinese Beauties in Elegant Fashion & Sumptuous Clothes

The Chinese Beauties in Elegant Fashion & Sumptuous Clothes

The Chinese Beauties in Elegant Fashion & Sumptuous Clothes
東方絢華大系 – 錦衣行
Artist: Der Jen/Dezhen
ISBN: 9571050683
Published: 2013
List Price: NT $400
Pages: 68
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: None
Book Rating: 3/5
Artwork Rating: 1/5

This book is her final book. Yesasia charged me $39.49 which is significantly higher than all of her other publications, totally not worth it. Of the three books I picked up, this is the worse. There’s always something wrong with each illustration, i.e. weird posture, big head, things going out of proportion, foreshortening issues.

Der Jen Unfortunate and Dreamy Life of Zhen-Fei

Der Jen Unfortunate and Dreamy Life of Zhen-Fei

Der Jen Unfortunate and Dreamy Life of Zhen-Fei

Unfortunate and Dreamy Life of Zhen-Fei
御香缥缈
Artist: Der Jen/Dezhen
ISBN: 7536247253
Published: 2011
List Price: RMB 48.00
Pages: 55
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: 4 detached postcards, notepad
Book Rating: 3/5
Artwork Rating: 4/5

I counted 30 illustrations total, 31 including the cover art which isn’t included anywhere inside. Majority of the spreads span across 2 pages but there really are just one illustration per spread. This book  has a lot more text than usual which doesn’t do much since I can’t read Chinese anyways.

On another note, this book contains more male and background illustrations as opposed to Der Jen usual books which are always filled with female portraits.

Der Jen Graceful Ladies Above the Skies

7531832584

Der Jen Graceful Ladies Above the Skies

Graceful Ladies Above the Skies
衣香鬓影
Artist: Der Jen/Dezhen
ISBN: 7531832584
Published: 2012
List Price: RMB 48.00
Pages: 56
Size: A4 Small HC
Extra: scroll style notepad
Book Rating: 5/5
Artwork Rating: 4/5

The cover art could be better IMHO. This is a typical Der Jen/Dezhen artbooks with pages after pages of full color spread. There are some really exceptional pieces but most of them start to look the same to me now. My official Chinese edition comes with a notepad that looks like those imperial scrolls in ancient Chinese drama. Pretty nifty.