Book Beauty Monday : Jimmy Liao's Don't Blame Me, It's Not My Fault.

One night years ago, my dad knocked at my door and came in with a Chinese newspaper in his hand. He always did that whenever he found interesting articles about art or design. That night the article was about a Taiwanese illustrator, Jimmy Liao

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Jimmy Liao is pretty famous in picture book world. His books are translated into several languages along with products featuring his illustrated characters. The most famous title must be A Chance of Sunshine which was made into a film called Turn Left, Turn Right

Strangely enough though, apart from A Chance of Sunshine and a few other books, it's quite difficult to get English version of his books. I wonder why...

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

As for this book, I cannot read Chinese so I have no idea what the whole book is about. But pictures usually work as universal language. You can enjoy the beauty of his illustrations even though you don't know its meaning. It's a pity that I cannot find Thai version or even English one of this book because Liao also has a reputation for composing words that reflect human's mind in his own beautiful style.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

When you look at these lovely images, what words come to your mind? Cute, colorful, whimsical, imaginative or melancholy? The last word seems contradictory to others but that is what I, and many of his fans, I believe, think when we look at his work. And that makes his illustration so unique. How come such cute, bright and colorful pictures can give me such feeling of sadness? I don't know but we have to accept that the world is not always full of happiness after all...

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.

Don't blame me, it's not my fault.