Ex­press­ing life’s pas­sions vis­ually

Zeen Chin chan­nels his thoughts and emo­tions into a mul­ti­fac­eted fan­tasy com­po­si­tion that fea­tures a witch, de­mons and an an­gry spirit

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Issue 137 August 2016 -

Zeen Chin de­picts a witch, de­mons and an an­gry spirit.

Life is some­thing that I’ve al­ways been pas­sion­ate about. I take a lot of in­spi­ra­tion by dig­ging up my child­hood – re­mem­ber­ing the times that I spent with friends, the games that I played, the peo­ple that I met.

All these mem­o­ries help me in terms of my work, as well as defin­ing my paint­ing style. For my next illustration pro­ject, I’m go­ing to cre­ate some­thing that re­lates to my past. It pleases me to put de­tails from my life ex­pe­ri­ences into my art. Each piece has its own con­cept and story that re­lates to me. This pro­ject is about my pas­sion to­wards my life and I re­ally hope to bring what I be­lieve, my thoughts and ideas, into these art­works.

This piece is one from the pro­ject. The theme is Japanese in na­ture, in terms of the colours, style and de­sign. The sub­ject of the paint­ing is a sword-wield­ing Japanese witch, while the groups of lit­tle de­mons are the sub-char­ac­ters, who play a con­trast­ing role. The ti­tle is My Spirit, which re­flects my own spirit when it comes to work­ing and de­vel­op­ing my pro­ject. Hold­ing a sharp katana with the gaze of a hawk, the witch de­fines my de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­vo­tion. Mean­while, the merry lit­tle de­mons rep­re­sent the guilty plea­sure I get from read­ing, play­ing games, watch­ing films, or just pass­ing time by re­lax­ing.

Both sub­jects cre­ate a sharp con­trast, which I feel makes the work live­lier. The mu­ral rep­re­sents a fury spirit who is un­leashed by the witch, and rep­re­sents my en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy.

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