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IT’S BONDING TIME
兒唱父隨

在華人社會裏,父親是個沉重的角色,經常被蒙上木訥寡言、難以相處的罪名。一些耳熟能詳的流行曲,例如小肥的《負親》又或陳奕迅的《單車》,紛紛道出父親與子女間的距離感。事實上,過分固執而有威嚴的性格特質,只是大家對「父親」的刻板印象罷了。台灣插畫家藍聖傑(Blue)打破父子的隔閡,喜歡用畫作記錄他和兒子的日常生活,以自然寫實的畫風和溫暖的筆觸,描畫對兒子無微不至的父愛。

Blue從初中起便對繪畫抱有濃厚興趣,整天埋頭於課本上弄筆塗鴉。長大後他成了一個風格多變的畫家,作品不計其數,題材廣泛,不論是女性身體、政治、軍事、機械等內容都難不倒他。還是孑然一身的時候,他最愛畫女性的身體,筆觸十分細膩,風格大膽洗練,充分展現其多元的想像力。不過,在數年前「升格」為人父後,他的創作內容有了天翻地覆的改變,開始集中繪畫與兒子相處的片段。相比起以前的畫作,父子系列的線條沒那麼工整和細緻,帶有速寫之感,但畫面總滲透一絲暖意。這系列畫作比以前的作品花較少時間,卻成功換取了不少父母的共鳴。Blue更將畫作集結成書,出版了《我是父心漢:BLUE流的奶爸日常內心戲》,如今韓文版亦已上架,足見其受歡迎的程度。

Blue曾經表明,他不希望寵壞孩子,也沒有太多閒錢,故不會輕易道出「你喜歡甚麼,爸爸買給你」這句話。取以代之的一句,是「你喜歡甚麼,爸爸畫給你」。以畫為禮,有何不可?父子系列的作品構圖非常特別,時而用孩子的視覺出發,時而用旁人的目光觀察,以多角度刻畫父子由早到晚的生活。早晨時分,微煦的陽光灑進窗台,靜觀孩子在地上匐匍前進。衣服晾乾了,就背着兒子到露台收回衣服。換尿布則猶如兩父子的對決,才剛剛處理好舊的尿布,兒子又在換新尿布的瞬間「放水」,唯有苦苦一笑。人們以為只有母親才會做的事,Blue都憑藉自身經驗,一一用畫筆呈現出來。

也許Blue只是在記錄自己的生活,但其實他同時牽起了性別平等、性別角色定型等議題的討論。「男主外,女主內」的思想觀念是否仍適用於現今社會?男人又是否一定不如女人般細心呢?這是一些值得我們仔細思考的問題。

關於創作,Blue亦因父子系列的作品而領悟到一番道理。如果着眼於展示自己的能力有多強,那叫作「獻技」。真正的創作,是要引起觀者的共鳴,讓人會心微笑。

撰文:王以珞
美術:王曉澄

In Chinese society, a father always plays a serious and heavy role, and is deemed as a taciturn person who is very hard to get along with. Some famous Cantonese pop songs, such as Siu Fay's "Father" and Eason Chan's "Bicycle", have also highlighted the estrangement of children from fathers. In fact, the certain personality traits used to describe fathers, like overly stubborn and strict, are just the negative stereotypes about fathers. A Taiwanese illustrator, Lan Shengjie (Blue) narrows the distance between his son and himself by recording their daily anecdotes with his illustrations. Adopting a natural and realistic drawing style, his drawings vividly depict his love for his dear son.

Spending a lot of time in doodling all over his textbooks, Blue started to show great interest in drawing since he was in high school. As he grows up, he has become an illustrator with varied illustration styles. He is good at drawing the bodies of women, politically-related matters, armies and mechanical stuffs. When he was still single, he particularly enjoyed drawing the naked bodies of women. The detailed and fine lines, as well as the audacious, sophisticated style, unveil his creative imaginations. However, after he has become a father, there is drastic change in his illustration styles and topics. He started to focus on drawing the moments with his son. Compared to the past illustrations, the style of the father-and-son series is less detailed and intricate, but the drawings exude a sense of warmth. Though he would not spend too much time on doing this cluster of drawings, they are very popular among parents –since his own experiences resonate with many parents’ experiences. Blue also has a book with a collection of his father-and-son series drawings. The Korean version of this book is now on sale, which shows how popular his works are.

Blue once stated that he would not say “I will buy whatever you want” to his son, since he did not want to spoil his son, and he did not have so many extra expenses for everyday life. Instead, he would say “I will draw whatever you want”, taking his drawings as different gifts for his son. Blue likes to use different angles in the compositions of the drawings. For instance, he would use his son’s eye level or the perspectives of the strangers to draw. The way he shows his life with his son is mesmerizing. In the morning, a small beam of sunlight enters the room, and he watches his son crawling on the floor. As the clothes finished drying, he goes to the balcony and collect them while carrying his son on his back. Changing diapers is like a battle between father and son. Soon after the dirty one is changed, his son pees on the new one. Though many people think only mothers know how to take care of children, Blue makes use of his personal experiences to show that fathers can take good care of children, too.

Perhaps Blue is just recording his everyday life with his illustrations, but at the same time, he has raised the issue of gender equality and gender stereotype. Do you think the saying “the man works outside and the woman stays at home” is still applicable in today’s context? Is it true that men are careless than women? These questions are worth investigating.

Blue has learned a lesson from creating the father-and-son series. He has realized that, if one merely focuses on revealing his or her ability, it should be regarded as “show-off” rather than “creation”. A real creation goes beyond showing off—it resonates with readers, and makes people smile as well.

Text: Elok Wong
Art: Agnes Wong

ISSUE #215

IT’S BONDING TIME

 

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