graphite pencil and white charcoal on cardboard
16″ x 24″
“I first began drawing about 14 years ago when I was three years old. Anime heavily influenced me as a child, thus my style was more cartoon oriented. I only started taking art more seriously around a year ago. This year has been an exciting experience as I shifted from a cartoonist to a more fine arts artist.
‘Plugged’ is an independent study that I did of a still life. I was inspired by my love for music boxes; their twinkling sounds and intricate structure always made me feel like I was in another world. The music box in the drawing represents older and more traditional music while the earbuds represent the advancement in technology and how most music is listened electronically instead of in person. The earbuds are plugged into the music box to represent how technology can mimic instruments and their sounds, but cannot make any kind of music by itself without being plugged in. Therefore, most music cannot survive without relying on its origins.
As an artist and a musician, it makes me sad that people don’t realize how different it is to listen to music in person. Thus, instead of listening to recordings, I encourage others to hear music live.”
“There’s so much action in the headset wires; you’ve accentuated this by putting cast shadows underneath the wires. They appear as if they’re in motion, almost as if they’re alive.
I really like the ambiguity of the square contraption; it really piques my curiosity. I’d work on really pushing the contrast. Pencil’s a medium that’s inherently grey, you really have to work to those blacks. Get an 8b pencil, that will really be soft, it will get you some rich deep blacks.
The horizon line is quite static and distracting, I actually think this piece would be a lot better off without the horizon line. What I would do is I’d push the wires off the edge of the page more. You do this the right hand side but nowhere else. And if you were to push this off the top and the bottom of the page, that would get our eye to circulate around the page a lot more.
Watch out because the lower left seems quite empty; think about a way to place the wires so that they fill that space. I think it’s a really engaging piece because while we can recognize the headphones, I think that it’s actually a little bit ambiguous in terms of what this contraption actually is, it gets us sort of thinking about what its use could be.”