Monday, August 22, 2016

Escaping Reality

Monday, August 22, 2016

artwork, photography, writing and editing by Kathrynne Yu

Whenever I find myself lacking inspiration for my illustrations, going through a stressful or boring time in my life, I look through all my vacation photos again. Why? Because it reminds me of the good and stress-free memories- and it really comforts and helps me escape from reality. So as I flipped through my album of vacation photos, I found some gems (that honestly really surprised me since I didn't post them yet) and I automatically felt better and inspired to make some illustrations based on these photos that I took. 

Whenever I pass by beautiful architecture, or even just tiny little cafes and shops- I feel at home. Unfortunately, I can't always go in and explore because odds are, I'm on a bus or I have to be following a tour group that's following a schedule. So what do I resort to? Imagination! I know it sounds silly and all but hey- maybe some things are meant to be left like that.

I don't know about you guys, but I am honestly just in love with different time periods. If time machines are ever invented- I'd definitely travel back to the Renaissance or the 20s in Europe! In Europe, a lot of the architecture is preserved and it really gives me vibes from a different era and it's just my favourite thing ever- it lets me escape reality.

I once watched Midnight in Paris because the idea of Paris in the 20s really fascinated me. It was a great movie and all, but there was this one line that really struck me:  "If you stay here and this becomes your present, then pretty soon you'll start imagining another time was really the golden time. That's, you know, what the presence is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying." It made me realise that you'll always want something that you think will satisfy you, but in the end- you just need to learn how to make the most of what you have. 

On a lighter note: here's the set of illustrations that I've worked on called "Little Things" it was inspired by my visualisation of how an afternoon cup of tea would be like in a tiny cafe in the Renaissance or the 20s. (The vase was a little bit random but I thought that it'd be a cute touch to the set!) 

I know that this post was a little bit random but hey, that's how I roll! 

Please do not use my artworks and photos without my permission! 
Copyright Kathrynne Yu, 2016

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