I am on a journey to discover my “illustration style”… Other folks can probably see it better than I can but I have an idea though, that it is something to do with painting and making things cute… I make everything look cute. I am slowly beginning to accept my inner kawaii.
I have illustrated a mini book that was inspired by an essay I wrote about mythology and shapeshifting. I really admire those who can rock poiesis beautifully , like Maya Lin and her Vietnam War Memorial. Previously I thought people who are masters of the poetic object were people who had a lot of feelings… but the opposite seems more likely, because they are calmer and more in control of their feelings they are able to express them more poetically.
This is my attempt to be poetic, kind of like… metamorphosis for kids. I like Kafka.
So here are some sketches! I have several pages, but I’m just showing the more interesting ones (I write down remind me to do things, like watch Rick Mercer Talks to Americans on YouTube)
I was listening to a lot of Galileo Galilei at the time, and I was having designer’s block, so I put on their album Baby, It’s Cold Outside and doodled.
時計塔 was my favourite song of the album, along with 夢に唄えば
lol idk why am I telling you this but I listen to a lot of Japanese music.
Figuring out the images and the flow of the pages. Lol I wrote Journey to the West, I think I might do book covers for those classic Chinese books, all the covers I’ve seen are pretty bad.
Cliones! Originally I wanted to draw everything in ink…
And then I realized it looked kind of weird.
So my book is called Morph! Which is kind of a modern metamorphosis fairy tale.
I just really wanted to show off the fact that I cut out the word “Morph” 8)
The evolution of the clione image above. I kinda grew attached to this kid after I drew him so much, I named him Rory.
Rory is playing cards with a fox
Rory is not afraid of the eel-man.
Rory befriends this strange bird.
Rory is comforted the Bird King.
Rory turns into a bug.
Rory is actually a spider.
I’m thinking of doing a Morph 2… applying lessons I learned making this book. It was really fun, making the book I mean.
Also I’ve been trying to find a regular update day that I will be able to fit into my schedule. After playing around, from the next post on, my update day is either Wednesday or Sunday (Mountain Time Zone). So unless I have something scheduled, I will try my update every week on either Wednesdays or Sundays. Since it’s technically Saturday now… I will see you next Wednesday or Sunday!
I also started a Ask Me Anything page. I will try my best to get back to whatever questions as soon as I can. Or you can comment too lol.