VICTORIA GAO
 

My Brush with Art

ART HAS AND WILL ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart. it is a language unique to me - a language that I've never been taught but have always understood

 
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My Doodles

I usually draw when I need a mental outlet so I usually draw whatever I think of. As a result, most of my drawing are drawn using pen and paper - i.e. the most convenient and easily available utensils. Moreover, the content can be quite eclectic and unpredictable as it is literally whatever pops into my head. 

The Moon

There was initially more to this picture...but I didn't like the other half very much. I drew this while listening to a cover of the song "Style" by Taylor Swift. I was inspired by the opening lyrics: "Midnight you come and pick me up". So the circle you see is the moon...

Medium: STAEDTLER Black Pigment Liner 0.5 on A4 Printing Paper

Guylian Cafe's Chandelier

I decided to go to the Guylian cafe after work one day and started drawing. As I sipped the rich hot chocolate, I noticed a unique globular chandelier hanging above me. This is what inspired this drawing. 

Medium: STAEDTLER  Black Pigment Liner 0.5 and Black Carbon pencil on Cartridge Paper in my drawing book

Midnight Road

I drew this while listening to a cover of the song "Style" by Taylor Swift. Inspired by the opening lyrics: "Midnight you come and pick me up, long drive, could end in burning flames or paradise", this is my interpretation of this phrase. Note that the large patch of black at the bottom is actually eyeliner applied with a makeup brush - I didn't have the patience to colour it slowly with my pen so had to improvise.

Medium:  STAEDTLER Black Pigment Liner 0.5 and MAYBELLINE Eyestudio Eyeliner on A4 Printing Paper

 

Shapes

My attempt at getting lighting right...underline attempt.

Medium: HB Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Naruto

A friend asked me to draw Naruto (an anime character) and this is the end result.

Medium: HB Pencil on Cartridge Paper

Cup and Saucer

And this is why I don't draw still life very much....

Medium: HB Pencil on Cartridge Paper

 
 
 
 
 
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Needless to say, I do not look like this at work.

Needless to say, I do not look like this at work.

MY BRUSH WITH ART

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional artist by any means. All content below are my personal opinion.

Art has and always will hold a very special place in my heART. It is a language unique to me – a language that I’ve never been taught but have always understood. In “my language”, colours and patterns are my “nouns” and “verbs” – they are the core elements gives my language meaning. 

In terms of colours, I particularly love vivid colours. From as early as I can remember, colour has always spoken to me, and each colour always had its perfect partner. For example, blue’s other half is yellow. Gold and black are a match made in heaven. White goes with anything but is always better alone.  Moreover, for me, each colour conveys a special meaning (and emotion). Blue is the colour of serenity, of the ocean waves licking your toes – gentle and peaceful. Yellow is the colour of happiness, wrapping its motherly arms around you on a cold winter’s night.  Red is the colour of confidence, being unashamedly yourself. White is the colour of opportunity, untainted, waiting to be explored.

On the other hand, patterns carry a special significance for me (and I don’t know why). That respect is very clear once people see my drawing book. I rarely draw “still life” – I am more of an abstract pattern drawer. I love symmetry. I love simple patterns. Especially repetitive patterns. More often than not, I take everyday objects and draw it in pattern-form. For those who know me well, I tend to doodle when I talk – and that’s because it calms me. Most of the time, I don’t know what I’m drawing…I just do it. And naturally, it will convey my feelings and thoughts at that point in time.

Side note: Check out Yaoyi Kusama – she is one of my favourite artists as she loves psychedelic colours, repetition and patterns.  Her works are partially derived from the hallucinations she suffers. (She has had nervous disorders and hallucinations since childhood, Kusama has chosen to live in a Tokyo psychiatric hospital for the past 38 years)

Maths and Art

Considering I have a mathematical background, I sometimes wonder why I love art. Aren’t they totally different? Yet, the more I think about it, the more art and maths have in common – they are an expression – a language. There are many published papers explaining the correlation between art and mathematics. For example, studies show that some art or pieces of art consist of things that are pleasing to the eye because they are symmetrical in a mathematical sense (see Fractals below).

Side note: Most people like even numbers – and I fall into that category – here is an article on that study: http://www.wired.co.uk/article/alex-bellos

Fractal geometry

This is a very niche topic but is very relevant to me (and my aesthic preferences). The first time I saw fractals (I didn’t know what fractals were at the time), I was entranced. For me, fractals are visually comfortable and exciting at the same time . You can say it was love at first site.

A fractal is a mathematical set that exhibits a repeating pattern displayed at every scale. In his 1982 book, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, Mandelbrot receive public attention on his findings on fractals. In this book, Mandelbrot highlighted the many occurrences of fractal objects in nature. The most basic example he gave was a tree. Each split in a tree—from trunk to limb to branch and so forth—was remarkably similar, he noted, yet with subtle differences that provided increasing detail, complexity and insight into the inner-workings of the tree as a whole.

I could write a book on mathematics and art….I’ll leave with an ending though: If there are so much evidence linking the two concepts, perhaps, art and mathematics are just different expressions of each other.