Asset 3.png

MA Illustration / 2020

As an illustrator,  I am fascinated by the power of visual communication and storytelling, especially comics and graphic novels. For example, the versatility of sequential images can convey any message and depict a varied narrative and can be adapted to apply to a wide range of subject matter. As a result, during the MA, I intend to learn and develop a skill set for narrative fiction, particularly in comic strips and learn how to use visual language and metaphors to enhance my illustration. 


Visible sign / Chapter pages

This project is part of design practice one; graphic behaviour. These are the visual response to the book 'Visible Signs; An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts (David Crow,2017).' I experimented with semiotics theory by using the image as a copy of the text and signify the subject, which the interpretation based on arbitrary ideas. For example, I drew a tear for the word theory, and for the word vision, I drew an eye. As a result, the visible sign made sense for me, which I had enough ideas to continue working visually and complete the chapter page for all eight chapters of the book.


Ulysses / Chapter 11. Sirens

These visual interpretations are part of the Message/Audience/Context unit to define a target audience as a commission by James Joyce if he desires to re-envision a chapter of Ulysses for a new audience in the 21st century. For this reason, I went back to the original text, especially on episode 11: Sirens unique opening, after experimenting with the text's alignment. I saw the fragmented sentences as a swamp butterfly metaphorically as the words can fly around and re-appear throughout the episode. It inspired me to work towards a visual metaphor to depict a text and re-imagine those contexts by comparing them with something relatable to our daily life. For example, suppose we identify a flower as a sexual organ of a plant. When I combine a flower with a female shape, it could metaphorically signify the seduction and sex appeal of the woman. From this, I have learned to use visual metaphors to enhance my interpretation. 


The Alien From The Closet 

When we look at gayness as a cultural practice, to become gay, we might have a similar journey, which means I could use my story to represent another. Afterwards, I created a graphic novel to talk about the queer journey following the term 'In the closet' to depict the struggle and overcome the closet we are hiding, metaphorically. Meanwhile, I realised this story could communicate with wider audiences, not only for the queer audience but also for everyone. People who are marginalised by society struggle to find where they belong and need to break through, which the novel aims to encourage the audience to do. Subsequently, I chose the poem, Invictus, by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), an English Poet. While recovering from a leg amputation, he wrote the poem to testify his determination not to let his injury disrupt his life. I used this poem because it gives more space for the audience to interpret from their own experiences, and the poem encourages, even for the darkest journeys.


The invisible cat

The online comic from my synthesis project 'Tales and Trials': The fictional narrative illustration of Social Anxiety and interactive puzzles.

This project aims to use comic and storytelling to inform teenagers (13-14 years old) about Social Anxiety and negative thinking patterns.