Packed with texture and depth, Song kangThe ink-based drawings start with, “I wonder … I wonder how this will compare, or I wonder if I can mix this and that,” she says. The Atlanta-based illustrator renders rich mazes populated by elements from land and sea portrayed in otherworldly ways: candy-colored liquid drips from a bonsai, fish and butterflies coexist in the same dense ecosystem, and a maze by M.C. Escher style lizards spread across the side.
Each illustration is imbued with ideas of evolution and the connection inherent in nature, themes that present themselves both in the theme and in Kang’s process. Often stimulated by a loose idea, she starts with a sketch and works organically, drawing the intricate and tiny details from one corner to the next. Her process is intuitive which she explains:
In a moment I have the feeling that I am building a certain environment, each with a hatched pebble. In the next moment I have no idea, just an impulse and a gut feeling to add something somewhere. One of those spontaneous decisions was the decision to add color. I’ve always used black ink to avoid bright colors out of habit and uncertainty. But during the quarantine I found several brightly colored inkpoint pens and became curious about what it would look like in my texture-heavy, finely-tuned hatched style.
Kang’s work is currently part of Wow x wow’S Mindweave, a virtual group exhibition running through February 26th, and originals, prints, and smaller items are for sale at it business. To see more of their meticulous process, check out this current tutorial with kind prof and head too Instagram.
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