These illustrations were created for the session titled 'The Story of Baijiu' on the website DrinkBaijiu.com, which is dedicated to sharing the history and culture of Baijiu, a traditional alcoholic drink from China, produced by the MingRiver Baijiu distillery. Baijiu has a rich evolution and enhancement dating back to the medieval era, and DrinkBaijiu.com aims to tell this story to the West.
'For thousands of years, alcohol has shaped and been shaped by Chinese culture. From humble beginnings among ancient farmers of the Central Plain to the mass mobilization of modern industry in the People's Republic, alcohol has touched all aspects of Chinese life. It has influenced religion and art, philosophy and politics.' (DrinkBaijiu.com)
The illustrations were created based on historical research conducted by Derek Sandhaus, the director of education and a Baijiu expert at MingRiver, who is also the author of the book 'Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits'. Below, I showcase the final results of each illustration, from the initial sketch to vector shapes and main details."