Brewti­ful art

> Lee Sin Yee uses cof­fee as a medium to paint

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

in Jin­jang be­hind her house. I grind the beans and boil it a cou­ple of times to get a thick pig­ment. I don't have an ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ment to get the right pig­ment; I just fol­low my in­stinct,” she said.

Lee uses com­mon tools such as a pal­ette, brushes, mark­ers and chooses pro­fes­sional wa­ter­colour pa­per to avoid smears. She uses the marker to draw outlines for live car­i­ca­tures and por­traits. If she needs the piece to be ac­cu­rate, she will sketch with a pen­cil first. To achieve var­i­ous gra­di­ents, she mixes the cof­fee with dif­fer­ent lev­els of wa­ter.

“I don't strain the cof­fee hence on some pieces you can see the cof­fee beans. I wish to main­tain its smell and many have re­quested for it, but the cof­fee aroma goes away af­ter a few days,” Lee said.

An in­ter­est­ing fact about cof­fee art is it does not at­tract ants be­cause Lee uses pure black cof­fee with no sugar added to it.

Orig­i­nat­ing from an Ital­ian word, car­i­catura, mean­ing ex­ag­ger­ate, Lee's car­i­ca­tures are in­spired by her point of view. She en­joys draw­ing car­i­ca­tures as it is some­thing cam­eras can­not cap­ture, and it cre­ates a good mem­ory for the in­di­vid­ual. She said she didn't learn any tech­niques for this, only us­ing ref­er­ences on­line.

She also draws build­ings, por­traits, pets' por­traits and also does let­ter­ings. She said some peo­ple find car­i­ca­tures cute and funny, while oth­ers can­not ac­cept

She said it is easy to be an artist in Malaysia.

Lee uses tra­di­tional black cof­fee beans.

Lee en­joys draw­ing car­i­ca­tures.

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