chinese scrolls

anonymous asked:

Any Victuuri stories made from fanart?

Thank you for this request! There are SO many beautiful works of fan art that have inspired many great fics! Here are a few!

This STUNNING fan art is by @meggdraws​! Check out their blog!

Fics Inspired by Fan Art

of dusk and dawn and a love beyond by exile_wrath, Gen, 5.5k
The King of Day, Victor, drops flowers to the Ruler of Night, Yuuri, to express his love for him; yet, they are always returned, as Yuuri thinks that they’re dropped by mistake. Inspired by @beanpotsDay and Night AU

For Your Time (I’ll Give You This Smile) by Liana_Legaspi, Gen, 2.5k
“Do you love me?” the King of Day says to Yuuri’s retreating back. “I haven’t decided yet.” Yuuri confesses, “I might hate you.” There’s a smile in Viktor’s voice that’s sweeter than any lullaby Yuuri’s ever heard. “Then, if that’s the case, I’ll wait with you until you decide.” Inspired by @beanpotsDay and Night AU

Blue Rosed Mafia by TrinityWitch, Teen, 1.8k (WIP)
No one expected a Japanese man to run the number one Mafia family in Russia. Yuri Katsuki is the Pakhan for a Russian mafia group and Victor Nikiforov is with him too. Inspired by this Mafia AU by @minatu!

Caught in the Crossfire by cloudybreaths, Mature, 4.8k (WIP)
Yuuri sits back in Victor’s chair, crossing his legs, and rests his cheek in his palm. Yuri stares at him, and there’s a shiver that goes down his spine. Yuuri’s eyes are dark and his face stone, as though he was the true leader of the number one mafia family in Russia. For a moment, Yuri almost believes it. Inspired by this Mafia AU by @minatu!

Orchestra by the_headband_girl, Teen, 3.4k (WIP)
Sometimes in order to exercise a mission, a well-orchestrated plan has to become its foundation, like a literal world renowned orchestra. Every note must be at sync to perform beautifully and perfectly with no misses, and that is what this family has to do. Inspired by this Mafia AU by @minatu!

Even Princes Can Relate by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 6.8k
Phichit got an invitation to Victor Nikiforov’s birthday celebration, and he was taking Yuuri as his plus one. The prince of Petersburg was probably the most amazing person in Yuuri’s opinion. Not once did he think that they could get along so well though. Inspired by this art by @xiaoann!

you’ve heard this one before by AXSY, Teen, 13k (WIP)
In which Victor Nikiforov is a Man for Hire. Urban legends say that, for the right price (and sometimes just for kicks), he can single handedly pull off any job in the world. Beautiful, invincible and filthy rich. Enter Katsuki Yuuri and it all goes to shit. Based off this post! Inspired by this art by @sailor2xmoon​!

Amateur or Expert by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Teen, 1.9k
AU where Yuuri is a ice skating instructor and Victor is thirsty for him and will do whatever it takes for Yuuri to get to know him. Even if that means pretending to not know how to skate at all, even though he’s a five-time world champion. Inspired by this Amateur AU by @aina-p​! (I have a whole list of these fics on my blog!)

Teaching Victor Nikiforov to Skate by Aifeifei, Teen, 5k
Local skating teacher Yuuri Katsuki agrees to teach his hot Russian neighbour to skate. However, Victor is WAY too good at it, and Yuuri gets suspicious. Inspired by this Amateur AU by @aina-p!

Stamina by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 1.1k
“Can’t you go another round with me, Victor?” Yuuri purred, voicing teasing and deepening erotically. Victor’s eyes dilated once more and his breath hitched again. Inspired by this art by @xiaoann!

For You, I’d Wait Forever by PrettyInPurple00, Teen, 1k
“Victor…” Yuuri whispered, reaching out for him. Their fingers intertwined, and Yuuri squeezed his hand. “I trust you the most. Please… be my first.” Inspired by this art by @yurionniiice​!

After Banquet Special by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 1.2k
What would happen if Victor had escorted Yuuri back to his hotel room after the banquet? Inspired by this art by @spainsasscheeks!

Yearn by mizunohikaru, Gen, 697 words
Victor glanced on the ice—and mesmerized.
The delicate Asian beauty was cladded in black; the embedded rhinestones sparkled under the spotlight. Those raven coloured long mane was tied in a ponytail, swayed in the air: like ink spread on the scroll of Chinese masterpieces painting. Inspired by this art by @princessharumi!

Possessive by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Mature, 1.1k
Some people didn’t know that Katsuki Yuuri was possessive. JJ unfortunately finds out the hard way. Inspired by this art by @xiaoann!

Self-Imposed Language Barriers by Watermelonsmellinfellon, Teen, 2.3k
When Victor starts pretending that he can’t understand English in order to get out of doing his chores, Yuuri turns his game back on him, which leads to a little more angst than either expected. Inspired by this art by @pastel-crown!

матрёшка by Watermelonsmellinfellon, 844 words, Not Rated
Victor just wanted to pop the question when the time was right. Inspired by this art by @pandamatcha!

Project 3 | Ask Anothermountainman(Stanley Wong) Anything | FINAL

Having a chance to interview with Anothermountainman(Stanley Wong) will be one of the most unforgettable experiences in my entire life. He is a role model for all the design and art students in Hong Kong. Not only he is famous, did tons of great artwork and design work, having wonderful skills and creativity. But is the way he sees things, the way he does things, and his own philosophy, which I got more clearly and a closer look at this interview.

He is a very sincere, he care about the society and focus on the essence of creative work. So it inspired me to use traditional way to present the interview which is written on a cloth. Also, I decided to go with Chinese landscape painting style. Because of such a wide cloth, I was thinking maybe I can make a Chinese Scroll Painting style zine.

Before this idea, I tried to use the ruler as an element of my zine because Anothermountainman is a ruler lover! But I don’t think this can represent his personality better than the final idea.

I made a video of it, if you are interested please feel free to watch the video above. Becuase the painting is too wide, unless I can climb up on high, it is very hard for me to take a picture. So I decided to make a short video which is easier to present the whole work.

The most interesting part of Chinese landscape painting is the audiences are actually like travelling inside the painting. Audiences will go through the whole painting by following the path or the mountain side. This is the reasons why I used video to present my work. I panned the whole painting so the audiences will travel through the Lion Rock Mountain (the symbol of Hong Kong spirit) to read the interview of Anothermountainman. I am very happy with the results.

Isolation by the West fuels a tech startup boom in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Mostafa Meisami has given up on the farming life, trading his old job raising cattle for a better-paying gig ferrying commuters through the notoriously traffic-clogged streets of the Iranian capital Tehran.

The 38-year-old father-to-be plies his trade in a brand-new, locally assembled Chinese hatchback, scrolling for fares using an app on his Samsung smartphone.

Yes, even in Iran, there’s an app for that — and quite a few other things too.

The Islamic Republic remains in many ways cut off economically from the rest of the world. Big-name Western brands shun the market for fear of violating sanctions that remain in place even after the country’s landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

That means no KFC — just local upstarts like “Iran Fried Chicken” — or credit and ATM cards connected to global banking networks. Visitors to the country must carry in thick wads of dollars. Many popular social-networking sites like Facebook are blocked by government censors.

Order from Amazon or call an Uber? Forget about it.

In their place, a surprisingly active tech startup scene has sprung up. It’s driven by a growing number of Iranian millennials who see their country of 80 million people not as an isolated outcast but as a market ripe with opportunity.

Among the fastest-growing companies in the digital transformation is Snapp, the ride-hailing app Meisami uses.

He estimates he makes more than $900 working in a good month, pulling in a much larger cut per fare than he would driving for a traditional taxi-style car service. His hours are long — 12 hours a day most days a week — but he likes being able to pick when and where he works.

“This opened a door to people like me who had financial problems,” he said.

Launched in 2014, Snapp operates a sleek Uber-like app that runs off of Google Maps and has a launch page featuring the Tehran skyline. It boasts 100,000 drivers and has carried more than 5 million passengers on some 50 million rides, according to its enthusiastic CEO, Sharam Shahkar, 32.

He’s among the older employees in the company’s northern Tehran headquarters, where bearded hipsters and fashionable young women in loose-fitting hijabs squeeze their laptops into a cramped workspace while builders across the hall rush to double the office space. It looks like a tech startup anywhere in the world, except for the Iranian flag in the corner.

Shahkar speaks in tech buzzwords like “onboarding” for the process of running background checks and training new drivers, and sees the company as a long-term solution for Tehran’s nightmare traffic and parking woes.

“Our vision is to make it so convenient, so affordable that people will no longer have incentive to own a personal vehicle,” he said.

In addition to its basic service, Snapp offers premium rides in nicer cars as well as female-driven vehicles for women and families. It recently expanded to the nearby suburb of Karaj and the central city of Isfahan, and is considering rolling out a motorcycle delivery service.

The company says it undercuts taxi prices by 30 to 50 percent — a consumer-friendly move that has rankled the old guard.

In February, dozens of local taxi drivers angry over the competition gathered outside parliament and chanted “American Snapp should be destroyed” in an effort to link it wrongly to Iran’s arch enemy, the U.S.

A formal request by the taxi association that authorities shut down Snapp and a smaller competitor known as Tap30 were ultimately rejected. The taxi federation has responded by launching a ride-hailing app of its own .

Snapp is owned by the Iran Internet Group, which has emerged as one of the leaders in the country’s startup scene. It is backed by telecom Irancell, which state-linked investors have stakes in, as well as South African telecom MTN.

Its other businesses include a food-ordering app called Zoodfood and a hotel booking site known as Pintapin — a useful service in a country that most booking portals don’t touch.

The company’s online shopping site Bamilo competes against Iran’s biggest e-commerce site, Digikala , which ranks behind only Google and a local sports portal as Iran’s third most-visited website, according to web traffic data site Alexa.

Like Amazon, the sites sell everything from laptops and cellphones to clothes, kitchen supplies and cosmetics. But there are subtle differences too.

Both sites are currently running promotions for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, for example. Digikala even sells cars , including a 2017 Lexus hybrid SUV on offer for more than $90,000.

And Iranians would not accept having their purchases left unceremoniously on the doorstep like in the U.S. They expect hand-to-hand delivery, said Afshan Samani, Bamilo’s chief product officer.

Samani did graduate work in Sweden and Canada, but decided to return to her native Iran because she said she loves a challenge — and smelled opportunity.

“I noticed how kind of cultivated the environment is. It’s ready,” she said. “The huge difference I see right now is people say that ‘I want to do something.’”

Figures released by Iran’s central bank last month showed that online shopping jumped 34 percent and accounted for sales of more than $370 billion during the last Persian year, which ends in March.

Nader Habibi, an Iranian expert on Mideast economies at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, said the rollout of 4G mobile connections and high-speed landline internet service over the past few years has fueled Iran’s tech boom.

So too have supportive government policies like loans for innovative startups and deferrals on military conscription for promising young inventors and tech professionals.

“The first goal is to create jobs and new industries that can help reduce the burden of unemployment,” he said. Fostering a strong tech sector could also support Tehran’s homegrown defense industries and cyber warfare capabilities, Habibi added.

And the same international sanctions that have kept Iran isolated have been a boon for the tech sector by limiting competition.

“This is like a protected industry — not protected by the government, but by sanctions,” Habibi said. “You don’t need a lot of sophisticated machinery, just young talent with a background in coding and technology.”


Associated Press journalists Nasser Karimi, Amir Vahdat and Mahdi Fattahi contributed reporting.


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David Jien (USA)

David Jien’s art takes visitors into a world filled with adventure, danger and sex. Old-fashioned romance simmers beneath the surfaces of the 30-year-old’s super-cool drawings, suffusing their action-packed dramas with unexpected tenderness. Artist’s works on paper tell his life story — not literally, like so much of the self-infatuated navel-gazing that digital technology makes possible, but with a more generous, user-friendly mix of poetic license, youthful excess, dreamy passion and labor-intensive devotion. Jien treats the facts of his biography — first-generation Taiwanese American, veteran tagger who spent time in jail and recent art school graduate — as raw material for the fantastic stories that unfold in his pictures. Inspired by such disparate sources as Nintendo, Persian miniatures, Chinese scrolls, Homer, Chaucer, Stanley Kubrick, Roald Dahl, Henry Darger and Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jien’s art brings far-flung elements into a form-savvy epic that is familiar and formidable and a thrill to get lost in. (see more: David Pagel reviews David Jien’s “The Plight of the Who” at Richard Heller Gallery)

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