Beijing Opera Masks


Personality of Colours

2D Illustration - 2017


Bachelor Graduation Project

Design Duration

This design took me 14 weeks. I spent lots of time to transform the personality of colours into Beijing opera masks.

Design Tool

Adobe Illustrator

This graduate project is based on the research about Beijing Opera masks. Traditional Beijing opera masks can be a symbol of the characters’ personalities by using the color and lone configuration. Through the Beijing Opera masks, the audience can easily get to know about the personality of the characters. In the meantime, each makeup can match on certain kind of people, which may combine both beautiful and ugly elements.​


The series of illustration is a part of the graduate project. It indicates the relationship between colors and personalities, by redesigning the Beijing Opera masks in a contemporary method. In other words, this series of contemporary masks' illustration is based on the understanding of traditional Beijing opera and how the colors work in this culture has a long history. It tries to showcase the back story of Beijing opera through this series of strong facial illustration. By picking the most eye-catching elements in different Bejing opera masks, the new mask is combined those elements and created to the audience and help them to understand Chinese culture in a contemporary way through this strong visual elements.

Illustration Outcome