Black Line Art
Media Type: Illustration
Concept of the product and why:
The concept of Black Line Art is to draw using only a black micron pen and a sketchbook everywhere I go for 2 years. When I get a feeling, thought, or a dream I would draw it. This was a purely emotional process. The Black Line Art is like an art journal / diary to show what is on my mind during the period of my life. It is a great long-term exercise to develop the creative parts of the mind.
Goal is to deeply cultivate creativity and execution based on instinct rather than just using the logical side of my mind. A short term milestone would be to create it into a book with stories since each piece contains a story. Although it was not the initial goal, Black Line Art was used to collaborate with the famous Study Music Project and viewed over 20 million + and over 200k subscribers.
Design process, obstacles, and solution:
I traveled around between Asia and the US and drew what inspired me in the environment or in my dreams for 2 years. I would first write down what I feel or what is on my mind. If not from myself, it would be a documentation of the moment in art form. It’s important to use Micron Pen to create a drawing to keep consistency after the piece was imported into Adobe Illustrator. I would vectorize and clean up the piece so it could be used to create a sticker or a stencil. Obstacles I encountered would be an equivalent to writer’s block, or in this case artist’s block. I realize that the best solution is to just relax and let life go on; Do what I like to do and enjoy. I frequently found that socializing and bonding with friends be the best remedy to harness inspiration and encouragement. When an enjoyable project becomes the duty, that is when I lack inspiration. To commit to this project, I brought my Micron Pen and Sketchbook everywhere I went, to always be ready to absorb and visualize my inspiration.
Used design tools & design skills:
Micron pen, Drawing sketchbook, Adobe Illustrator
As seen on YouTube’s famous 25+ million viewed (and counting) collaboration with Study Music Project.