Fizzyfiiz: My very own Facebook Page!

Hello friends,

I have just created my own Facebook page, “Fizzyfiiz“. It will contain most of my artworks here and many more in the future. I shall also be posting my thought process and inspiration to my body of work. I know you want to. So go ahead and like/support my page!

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New Art Blog: Bleeding Paintbrush

Hey guys,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. That’s because I’ve created a new Art blog with all of my artworks. I’ve had a new interest in making art and I decided to share them with you guys.

http://bleedingpaintbrush.wordpress.com/

It is based purely on Art. There’s a clear focus for it unlike the other blogs I have created. I would like to thank all of my readers. I know it sounds clichéd, but I really would not have been able to continue if not for you guys. So, if you are an art lover or you are just looking for a creative boost, head over to Bleedingpaintbrush and immerse yourself in my world.

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Torn suppression

“Torn suppression”

Paint strips and paint

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In “Torn Suppression”, I used torn pieces of wall paint and painted them to look like rock textures. The process of tearing up wall paint reminds us of the outcome of violent repression in ones home. It tries to comment on an attempt to break free from the four walls of the living space.

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And by manipulating the texture of the ripped paint into a geological state, it represents an act of preserving the consequences of released anger and recreating it into an object. Puzzling the pieces together becomes an intimate act of self-reflection and empowerment. The abstract outcome reflects the beauty of it by overcoming ones fears and emotions. Succumbing to them is healing and healthy.

Works on paper: Ink and bleach

In this series of “Ink and bleach”, I was spurred by the feelings of present and absent at a particular moment. There’s this idea of polar entities emerging and interacting with each other; both are fluids that cause changes in the visual impact in different ways. They are actively doing so in the process.

Battle between creation and destruction
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Symphony
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Disfigurement
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Precision in destruction
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The runaway
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Quietly bleeding
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Change is fluid and not a static one at that.

The effect of ink is immediate and apparent once its been brushed onto the paper. It’s visibility is in contrast to the effect of bleach; slowly disintegrating the ink particles. The invisible state of bleach represents only but the unseen destiny that holds upon us.

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The effect of bleeding through the bleach as it’s being disintegrated is by itself aesthetically pleasing.

We are able to dictate our own stories and experiences in life but all can be altered — almost decayed through time. This process felt closer to that of the memory we have and how it is constantly fading away from our mind.

Behind the work of “The Rambling Man”

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Now that I’ve got the publisizing post done, it’s time for me to write about the behind-the-scenes of “The Rambling Man”.  Of course some people were involved in the process. Since this is the first time I ever published a book, writing it becomes almost like an academic essay in junior college. I wanted to really write something for people to enjoy but I wanted to write about teenagers and their coming of age, especially for those with low self-esteem.

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I had multiple drafts printed out after editting and cutting down on my excessive use of purple prose and asked my friends in my workplace to read it. That’s when the fear came in. There was so much darkness in my writing that I knew I would turn off many people. I did not want people to think of me as the character (even though it was written in first person). Well, it only take about a couple of reads my people to know that it does not really matter. I learned that to produce good work, one has to let go of all restraints so that their creative process can flow. So I kept writing. You may not know this but “The Rambling Man” was actually two books. When I saw the link I just had to fuse it together because character-wise, they were similar.

I shall not mention who played the fictional characters in my book but know that they do exist.

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Here’s my 3 best companions during the process. That’s how my random thoughts and ideas flowed out from my fingertips to my sketch book. But in one day I could only complete one page of illustrations so with 60+ of them in the book, you will know that I would idle around. And worst still, my brother has his xbox as a gift and it has X-men playing on it. I have to admit, I took a one month break to play and watch movies.

Pitching the idea to local book publishers was the worst experience because you have to know what they’re looking for and who my target audience is. Let’s just say I pitched it to 3 book publishers (there aren’t a lot of them in Singapore, you know) and got no reply. I sent to Epigram Books but their book contents are very local based; stories about Singapore and the people living here. So I knew for a fact that they would not approve of my depressing book. Then I submitted to Candid Creations but theirs is a self-publishing route and I had to pay. Trust me, with less than $100 to my name I had to turn my back at them even though their fictional books are inspirational and I knew mine would fit right in. The last one was Monsoon books. I sent it to them knowing they were looking for a particular content but I withdrew my application 2 weeks later.

I was about to give up. I’m naturally a pessimist so I was about done until I bumped into Blurb. They provide print on demand services so I didnt have to pay much or at all for that matter. That’s when the fun begins; I could place my illustrations and texts in any manner I wanted to. It was worth it in the end, definitely. It was difficult typing the novel out at home with my family constantly walking about. They only knew about it when the copy of my book was delivered to my doorstep.

Link to the eBook:

http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/382087-the-rambling-man

Or

https://payhip.com/b/k9S4

An escape inside h…
By Hafiiz Karim

I’m now working on my second book with my watercolour illustrations and I hope you guys like it.

Until next time!!

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