Door God patterns
Door gods or Menshen（门神） are divine guardians of doors and gates in Chinese folk religions, used to protect against evil influences or to encourage the entrance of positive ones.
- Expelling evil spirits
- Military officer
- Civil official
The patterns often attract my attention when I pass by. It made me think that something supernatural is guarding the house.
Inspired by Ai weiwei‘s Door gods posters, I want to add some current elements that are more relevant to our generation. Nowadays, there are many new ‘gods’ that we worship to, like Steve Jobs, Elon musk or Jack Ma.
Inspired by a Chinese illustration artist, Song Xiaqi, based in Shanghai. His illustration embraces the tradition and re-touches it with contemporary feelings.
I like how he uses thick strokes and the way he treated each graphical elements.
Another approach is go for abstraction. Since the banner is very long and narrow, abstract patterns will give a strong visual impact.
Based on Aiweiwei’s work, I created a rough styleframe to see if the elements work together on a long narrow panel.