With texture and depth, Song Kang’s ink drawings begin with “I wonder… I wonder how one will look compared to the other, or I wonder if I can combine this. with the other, ”she shared.
This Atlanta-based illustrator depicts rich mazes comprising elements from both land and sea portrayed methodically from another world: candy-colored liquid dripping from ornamental plants, Fish and butterflies coexist in the same dense ecosystem and the lizard-style MCEscher maze stretches along the page.
Each illustration contains the ideas of evolution and relationships inherent in nature, themes represented in both the subject and the process of nature. Kang. Often motivated by a whim, she starts out with a sketch and works spontaneously, drawing on intricate, tiny details from corner to corner. Her process is intuitive, Kang explain:
“For a moment, it felt like I was building a separate environment, each pebble going through. The next moment, I knew nothing, just a urge and a gut feeling to add something somewhere. One of the spontaneous decisions is to choose more colors. I always use black ink, avoiding routine and uncertain bright colors. But during quarantine, I found a few colorful pens and became curious to see what it would look like in its refined, textured cross-hatched style. I.”
Cross-Hatched (Parallel slash)
An artistic technique used to create a tonal or shadow effect by drawing parallel lines evenly spaced. When the lines are placed at an angle to each other, it is called a parallel slash.
Composition of Kang is now part of the Wow x Wow’s Mindweave, a virtual reality group program that runs through February 26. Originals, prints and smaller items are now available for purchase right in her store . To see more of this exciting meticulous process check out a recent tutorial with Art Prof and immediately head to Kang’s personal Instagram for more details.
Translator: Nam Vu