Below are drawings of lines using a traditional medium, a pen.
The rigidity that is found in Mondrian’s De Stijl paintings is intriguing, being that rigidity, for me, symbolises suppression – a trigger for fear or uneasiness. I also played with the tones of the boxes created by lines through thinner or darker lines.
Another method of showing such emotion is still shown through straight lines. However, the crack that is created through the break in lines highlight the desire to be free from the feeling of uneasiness.
Furthermore, inspired by the Mondrian’s earlier paintings of trees, I attempted to recreate such dramatic lines using a 0.5 pen, and created a bit of shadows to add weight to the lines by drawing thinner and straighter lines below the curves.
Apart from that, I played with curvy or organic lines to create other patterns that may display different emotions.
Watercolour allows me to create fluid-like brush strokes, but at the same time, it can still produce a thicker fluid of paint when it is not mixed with water. With this, I can play with the tones and strokes of the brushstrokes.
Chua Ek Kay’s painting consists of fascinating lines, which also variate in tone, allowing for contrast to exist within the composition. Taking this into consideration, I attempted to apply it in my strip to create dark composition that may perhaps display the emotion of agony.
The strip above is piece that was inspired by Jackson Pollock’s all-over style and Chua Ek Kay’s painting, Song of the Cicada, 1995.
Below is another inspired piece of Mondrian’s tree painting.