Gorgeous Scenes of Traditional China Appear Slowly Beneath His Pen

A typical scene from a rural village. (Image: Weibo.com)
A typical scene from a rural village. (Image: Weibo.com)

With simple lines and colors, a silent and graceful blue China comes to life on paper.

Liu Kai, 23, grew up in an old village in Shanxi Province, and creates ballpoint pen art full of traditional Chinese elements.

The Great Wall. (Image: Weibo.com)

The Great Wall. (Image: Weibo.com)

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Courtyard. (Image: Weibo.com)

Traditional dragon wall in the Chinese architecture. (Image: Weibo.com)

Traditional dragon wall. (Image: Weibo.com)

Chinese courtyard.

Pavilion. (Image: Weibo.com)

He comes from a farming family, and has never received any professional training in painting. He learned to draw with a ballpoint pen all by himself.

Liu Kai started work immediately after he graduated from high school, and practiced illustrating with a ballpoint pen during his free time. After working for two years, Liu decided to quit his job, and follow his dreams of becoming a painter.

The classic mountain view in the traditional Chinese paintings. (Image: Weibo.com)

Classic mountain view. (Image: Weibo.com)

Tiger walking under the moon. (Image: Weibo.com)

Tiger in the moonlight. (Image: Weibo.com)

The stone lion guarding the Chinese courtyard. (Image: Weibo.com)

Stone lion guards an entryway. (Image: Weibo.com)

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Traditional wall. (Image: Weibo.com)

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In the harbor. (Image: Weibo.com)

Painting is Liu Kai’s only hobby, and he spends most of his time quietly working in a little studio. Ballpoint pen art is different from other kinds of painting.

It requires deep concentration, control, and endurance. Liu Kai said the painting of the Summer Palace took him one month to complete.

You can see more of his amazing artworks here.

Boat in a riverside town. (Image: Weibo.com)

Boat in a riverside town. (Image: Weibo.com)

The young painter and his studio. (Image: Weibo.com)

The young artist in his studio. (Image: Weibo.com)

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