|Dragon lantern, Royal Mail smiler|
The image below is a smiler sheet. It was issued alongside the Royal Mail's official Beijing Olympic stamp set. It's purpose is a bit of fun really. The lantern stickers cheer up letters as well as commemorate the 2008 Olympics. It's a collectible item, which is a big and very important market for Royal Mail.
I rendered all the illustrations in pen & ink, which were then applied to the lanterns by a clever graphic designer.
Each lantern depicts an aspect of Chinese culture.
|Beijing smiler sheet|
Today's dragons might appear some time next year. If all goes to plan.