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By Cathy

Foon Lee

On 06, May 2012 | No Comments | In | By Cathy

Art, for me, can be defined as a way of expression; my favorite way of expression is drawing. I´m a curious person who likes to observe human behaviour, so I try to put this as an element into my drawings. From time to time, whenever I finish a drawing, I like to ask my audiences’ feedback, and then am so looking forward to their comments. I wonder if they understand my original meaning, or whether they will have some new interpretations. During this process, I will learn different points of view towards my work from different people. It really broadens my horizon. Also, it provides me with an alternative way to communicate with people. I enjoy this kind of relationship with audiences, and it became one of the driving forces for me to continue with drawing.

In 2008, I completed an illustration diploma jointly offered by Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Society of Illustrators. I learnt most of my illustration skills in this course. Also, I develop a new direction of creating line art drawings with details and patterns. For the final project, I created a series of illustrations named “Upside Down”, a story about the special experience of a man who can only live in upside down position. In the meantime I made this story into a book and exhibited it in my graduation show. In 2010, I used some of the illustrations from the “Upside Down” project to participate in the “First Greater China Illustration Awards”, and obtain a Certificate of Excellence. This encouraged me to produce more illustrations.

Later, by chance, I became a freelance T-shirt-designer for a local company. Unfortunately, due to printing restriction, it is not possible to print fine lines and details onto T-shirts at low cost, so I can’t continue with my own designs. So in the future I hope to overcome the limitations of T-shirt printing, and be able to execute my own designs. For the moment the preliminary idea is to draw directly onto the T-shirt rather than printing it afterward. Although it is still in the experimental stage, I am looking forward to seeing people wearing my shirts.