Recently, my sister brought back this large piece of artwork that she completed for her ‘O’ levels Art. I was pretty taken aback because it was such a masterpiece! Above all, while I stood back and admired it, I felt immense pride that my sister could create something like that from a blank piece of art board.
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Isn’t it amazing? This was painstakingly drawn with pens with super fine nibs that you didn’t even know they existed, and the shapes were filled in with single strokes one by one. My sister, Chloe, took one year to complete this. Let me show you the close-ups and you’ll see why it’s insanely detailed.
Doesn’t the girl look like she’s wearing a turtleneck sweater? On closer inspection, you can really see that the lines are SO FINE. The different pen strokes and types of filling of the semi-circles also created different patterns.
Take a look when it’s more zoomed in, one of my favourite feature is this rose-like drawing that looks like a tree. So abstract…
I have no idea how she managed to accomplish this… I like how she used the number of strokes to create different tones; more strokes = darker tone.
Check out the different patterns, and if you can guess the number of pen strokes, I give you $10. But there’s no answer, cuz I also cannot count. Haha
Remember the rose-like print? Look how small it is here. Also, I’m going to zoom in on the little girl on the extreme right.
My favourite section of the artpiece is the silhouette of the little girl on a swing. It was hand-drawn, just to dispel any doubts that stencils were used.
A close-up of the section below the swing. TOO MANY STROKES. I CANNOT.
I spent a good 15-20 minutes admiring her work cuz there’re simply too many parts to look at. It’s just amazing. I told her straight that I’m so proud she managed to complete this. It’s not something that can be done in a day, and she has shown patience and the talent to create an artwork so beautiful like this.
By the way, I haven’t explained what this artwork is about! The title is ‘Asleep’, and the little girl you see featured in the drawing is actually my little cousin, Hayley, who stays in Canada. My sister was inspired by how Hayley is so carefree and inquisitive as a child, that she has drawn her to be dancing, playing, and exploring even in her dreams. The clouds sort of represent dreamland.. :)
MY SISTER’S GOT TALENT. I don’t know why some people just cannot see it, even when it’s presented right before their very eyes. Even she can’t see it herself… When society’s all about grades and results. Sometimes I wish Singapore’s a much bigger place where there can be more career choices instead of the usual engineer, civil servant, or scientist. So boring!! Gah.
I know for sure that I will not have the patience and capability to do such a thing.