A group of young Vietnamese illustrators, known for several projects depicting Saigon, the former name of Ho Chi Minh City, with love, has introduced their latest project on the city, this time filled with emotions brought about by the rain.
The nine-member team, called Saigon Emoji, has been known for their “Saigon from behind” and “Saigon in Three Square Meters,” both of which vividly depicting the typical scenes of the city, including its sidewalk stores and people from all walks of life.
Their latest collection, “Saigon co mua,” or “It rains in Saigon,” is done in the form of cinemagraph rather than still illustration as the previous projects.
Cinemagraph is a visual art form in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. It is usually published as an animated GIF or in other video formats, and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation.
“Saigon co mua” include photos depicting different backgrounds, from in front of a house, on the street, and behind a window, with the rain being the only animated part to make the cinemagraph.
The idea flashed into Maxk Nguyen, the project’s founder and creative director, the other day, when he was having a meal with his friends while it was raining heavily outside.
The 28-year-old man realized that the rain "triggered" a lot of emotion and memories, from school time, love stories to the compassion for people who have to work in the rain. And so “It rains in Saigon” was born.
The project is the result of four-month collaboration between Saigon Emoji and some other artists in Hanoi and the U.S.
The highlight of the project is the meticulous study and combination of color, light, reflection, sound and movement in rainy condition.
The illustrators had finished drawing before the motion artists found out a best way to bring the still pictures to life with visual effects, animation and cinematic techniques.
Introducing the collection when Saigon has just entered the rainy season this year, Maxk Nguyen hoped that the collection will send a message to audience, reminding them that “apart from being nuisance, the rain also carries with it irreplaceable emotions."
Maxk said that, among the artworks in the collection, he particularly had strong emotion for the picture of a young man hiding from the rain in front of a house, because “it is a very familiar scene to any students.”
Another picture of the collection, depicting a street vendor in the rain, also made Maxk and his team feel nostalgia. “How I miss those days when [I was] carrying vegetables, together with mom, in the middle of the night… Miss you so much, mommy!” one viewer said.
Other artist, who contributed to this project, are art director Thai Thanh Do, illustration artists Kawako Giang Nguyen, Thinh Le, Nguyen Thanh Vu, Hanh Huynh and motion artists Nguoi Da, Vu Hai Long and Nguyen Thanh Chien.
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