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Monday, November 21, 2011

November in Jingdezhen, China.

You You Ka Fei Shu Ba. Coffee and book bar.
Olga's from Spain and her boyfriend is from Shanghai. This is their living room.
There are acres and acres of these 3-story, abandoned buildings, made entirely from crumbling brick, with irregularly sized doors, and tiny rooms filled ankle-deep in rat turds and dead bats. I get different stories depending on who I ask: it's new and for sale; the developer went bankrupt and committed suicide; they're waiting to be finished. In America you would see graffiti and signs of squatters and teen parties, but these erode ignored and unmolested.


  1. Really nice sketch work, Steve - I looked on your blog at your earlier sketches in China, and you've really caught the feeling of being in a culture & environment that's much different than most 'Westerners' are used to. I have over 16 years' worth of sketches living in Asia, and I treasure them! Sketch as much of China as you can!

  2. These are magnificent, especially the coffee and book bar. Love the details-the woman and the junk along the side of the stairs.