What is the greatest challenge in sketching when considering the technical aspects and the visual outcomes?
The most difficult thing about sketching is capturing the essence of the subject. To begin sketching in a matter of seconds, apart from observation, one must attend to the subtle nuances of the subject’s movements and sounds to discern their character. Furthermore, abundant practice is required to truly grasp the essence.
Does sketching enable you to perceive subtle details in everyday life that might typically go unnoticed?
Sketching enables me to perceive the small details in life that are not easily noticed. I remember participating in “Come’n Chill at Wanchai” — I often roamed the stalls on Cross Street. Sketching prompted me to pause and observe their ways of life, such as weaving bags, reading newspapers, chatting with neighbours, etc. This helped me understand the intricate details of their lives, thereby enriching my artwork.
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Has the act of giving away your artwork induced any changes in your creative direction and motivation? Do you now regard the creative process as truly complete only when it includes the act of “giving away” and observing the recipient’s reaction?
I feel that giving away my artwork has added a boost to my creative journey. Creation is often a solitary activity. You might spend the whole day drawing in the studio with no one to talk to. Giving away artwork is an opportunity for me to communicate with people I’ve never met before, to give each other some positive energy, and to be more motivated to invest in other creations. The process of “giving away” artwork requires both observing the recipient’s reaction and my gesture of giving to be complete.
Is your current art practice different from what you envisioned when you were a student?
My current art practice is different from what I learned in the academy. Creation is no longer a solitary endeavour, but rather a journey where companions are found among those who share the same profession. By sharing my artwork, we can all catch positive vibes from each another.
Why did you start drawing human bodies (@bodydrawing) and making handicrafts (earrings)? Apart from the uniqueness in creative content or forms, does it also provide you with therapeutic effect?
I initially started life drawing because our studio teacher would invite models for us to practice drawing every month. Over time, I have grown fond of this creative practice, and I also put my personal emotions into the creation. I feel very relaxed after drawing. And I make earrings because I enjoy accessorizing, especially wearing my own pieces.
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