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Comic and Narrative Illustration by Woshibai

An art print by WoshibaiUntitled

Woshibai is a comic and narrative illustration artist based in Shanghai, China. The artist tends to work in a simple, grayscale style, presenting wordless narratives that are often fantastical but grounded in the uncertainties and anxieties of real life.

A close-up of a printed comic by Woshibai(detail)


I love the way that the narratives that the artist comes up with fit so nicely with their style. The artist’s relatively pared-down, quiet drawing style fits nicely into the meditative stories that their illustrations tell. There’s an interesting mix of scope and perspective in each of these – from reading one of Woshibai’s comics, one gets the sense of both the importance of their own, small existence, and the vastness of the universe.


The artist’s use of a simple figure, featureless aside from a stylized face, as the actor in these narratives also enforces the universality of these narratives. By avoiding imposing any signifiers of character, the artist allows the viewer to project themselves into each scenario.

Two comic panels featuring images of the EarthEarth (detail)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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