During a stressful time of my life, while living alone at 19-20, I had this sudden revelation about what I still valued in this world: mangas, music, books, fantasy, movies, and fond childhood memories. Most of all, I missed drawing and longed for a supportive community. To make the best out of a tight schedule and create the world where I am free to improvise, be myself and explore whatever comes to my mind, I incorporated all the things I care about into compact circular doodles.
Frequently, the doodles turn out ambiguous which I hope makes them audience-friendly as whoever views them across cyber space can have their own interpretations about them without knowing what show, book or song they could be inspired by. Some artists that have inspired my art style include Kerby Rosanes (Sketchy Stories) who’s work introduced me to the world of doodling with ink pens, Hayao Miyazaki, mandala artists, and various ‘mangakas’ I came across overtime. Doodling in these circles have somehow become my life force as I’ve been able to connect with people who value similar things as I do and feel similar emotions as I do. It has really helped me find a way around my low self-esteem to understand that there is a community where people share their feelings and thoughts in a way that they can’t through words.
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Legal Alien (Inspired by Englishman in New York by Sting)
The feeling of isolation, loneliness, tension and mystery for a man in a new place.
Fireflies (Inspired by the song ‘Fireflies’ by Owl City)
The child can’t sleep but has made friends who keep him good company despite his circumstances.
Strange’s Magic Circle (Inspired by the movie ‘Doctor Strange’)
There are many hints inside the mandala for those who have watched the movie. Look closer, can you tell the time?
‘My name is Mitsuha!’ (Inspired by the movie, ‘Kimi No Na Wa’)
I loved this movie so much, especially how the dialogues and themes resonate within you days after you’ve watched it. A refreshing and uplifting movie.
The Snowman (Inspired by the movie, ‘The Snowman’ in the year 1982)
“I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snows I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day…
…and it was on that day I made the snowman.”
Just a visit to the Arctic Circle to gaze at the Ursa Major and Minor constellations with polar bears.
Midnight Owl (Inspired by the Harry Potter series)
These nocturnal animals always seemed magical.
‘Okami’ / 大神 (inspired by the video game)
A fanart about Ōkami, an action-adventure video game.
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