Illustrated Styles

I'm still not sure what "style" I have and suppose to have, and I never knew this would be so troublesome until I learned that to be a real artist, I would have to be able to identify and categorize what I do. The "do's" then would need to be somehow formatted into a manifesto, laced with artistic jargons that most lay people wouldn't even bother to understand anyways.

Simulacra and simulation by Jean Baudrillard anyone? 

I highlighted that book to death when I was 18 and though I did enjoy the relentless interrogation of the relationship between signs, symbols that constructs, deconstructs, and re-constructs our perception of visuals, and ultimately our own relationship with our society. But eventually there comes a time when I simply wish to do a darn good drawing and enjoy it for what it is.

Not everything has to be so intentional.

Perhaps this is precisely the reason why I defected to fashion after graduation. At least fashion is honest about its haughty-ness and snobbery, and never bother to elevate itself beyond personal vanity and superficiality. 

In any case, pop art meets pencil? Who knows. Just an extension of my thoughts, a moment of my experience, and a glimps into my life in its sincerest form. 

Untitled, 2010
In colored pencils, construction paper and ink pen. 
1 page from 100 Wishes, a children's illustrated book I did for Taiwan's Children's Cancer Foundation. Together with author Reagan Liu who was also a cancer survivor, I was inspired by the 100 wishes he kept during his rounds of treatments. 

Each wish was written as a short poem where Reagan expressed his desires that ranged from being able to playing with his brothers again, communicating with his guardian angels, to enjoy thanking his family for all that they had done. 

It was a very beautiful and humbling experience especially when I was only 18, and pretty much an artist student with an attitude. 
100 Wishes, 2003
 Children's Book Illustration 1/100
in ink pen and water color. 
The unintentional versus the intentional, let's just said fun is the operative word. 


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