I am a 20-something living in a lively and cultural city, bursting at the seams with creativity. I just want to explore it all, stretch my limits and see what I can come up with. I remember back in High School we were asked to create a 3x3 rectangle page where each rectangle would have a different zentangle pattern. We were only meant to use black fineliner and nothing else. While doing it, I found it relaxing but it didn't feel like I was making anything special. It felt a bit immature. But then, as it neared the end, and I stood back to take in the entirety of my creation, I realised it was magnificent. The intricate details just popped on the page, and sucked you in. My piece was chosen to be displayed in the school's main building, and I was so chuffed - it was the first time my artwork was showcased. While hunting for ideas for this project, I got to a point where I remembered the feeling that I had when I was doing my first and only zentangles project. The relaxed nature of the freeform patterns, the complete focus on the page - disallowing me to thing of anything else, it was meditative. I remembered feeling so proud of what I produced, being so surprised at how good it looked, and I remember looking up at my work every time I walked through the main building and thinking to myself 'Wow, I made that!'. I also remember, leaving the school without getting my artwork back, feeling sad that I never did, and wondering what happened to it. I remember finally accepting that art is not anyone's to possess, but to be set free into the world. Much like what was required of us with the sketchbook project. Back then, I felt like I lost a part of me when I lost my artwork, I felt sad. But now I can't wait for my sketchbook to make it's journey to the library, away from me, and for strangers to see this intimate part of me without knowing much more about me. It's thrilling. And so now, in this Sketchbook, it's my second take on zentangles. It's zentangles in colour, in fashion. It's me growing from being afraid of losing something to willingly letting something I love go.
I chose to do it in fashion because women's clothing are works of art. There's so much you can do with them. I've never done fashion illustration before, but I had ideas. Through this sketchbook, I explored my mind to see what's actually in there.
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