The 24 Project

Below is the full CBC News segment!

I gave myself 24 hours to create 24 diverse works of art.

Painting, drawing, illustration, animation, and even “visual poetry” – it was all fair game in this 24-hour challenge leading up to my 24th birthday. This is what I created.

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I’ve depicted a male angel turning back, almost to look over his shoulder. He’s walking even though he once flew. Unlike times before, he must now be conscious of his survival.

4. Fast Fiction.

I’m both a visual artist and a graphic designer.
This is a quick graphic created for an upcoming improv show featuring three different narrative sets.

5. It’s okay to not know.

This is based on a photograph I took at Crescent Beach in BC.
When I think about life’s big questions, I’m comfortable with uncertainty.

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6. Consciousness

I find it funny/annoying/perplexing that people assume things about animals and what they can feel. Sometimes, it’s “human pretentiousness.”

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7. Look how similar laughing and crying look.

This is probably the most “fine art-sy” piece. I used acrylic paints along with some acrylic markers. The initial aim was to show someone laughing. I think the color palette suggests something different.

8. Window Pause

This is what it looked like outside my window.
I put the time of the photo in the top-right corner.
Looking at this photo reminds me of early morning serenity.

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9. Feminist

I used to identify as “pro-feminist” until someone important changed my mind.
The idea here was to show tangible things a man can do as a feminist.
I’d like to take this idea further into a campaign or a challenge.

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10. I don’t know a lot

At 24 years old, I don’t know a lot. I listed a few examples. And yet, I feel as if I know the important answers.
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11. Human Hands

I needed to do something regarding the recent events in France.
I liked the idea of using one single ‘hand gesture’ that is used across all cultures, connecting us all.
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12. Something happy

There’s too much negative news around.
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13. Visualized Mouse Clicks

I downloaded a program that tracks my mouse movement and let it run while I was working on some digital illustrations from 3:45am to 4:45am. After I got the results, I modified it a bit to add some more visual interest. This is the result.

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14. Finding identities

I love the image of a woman with no real face. I think University is a time where we explore ideas, we have conversations, we stress out, and somehow, by the end, we have a better sense of who we are.

15. Window Pause 2

This is what it looked like outside my window.
I put the time of the photo in the top-right corner.
Looking at this photo reminds me of winter silence.

16. Go to sheep!

This is a tongue-in-cheek design that very accurately describes my feelings for about 23 of the 24 hours of the project.

17. Drawing as a kid

By the time 10pm rolled around, I was exhausted. I remembered how fun it was to draw in elementary school, to create worlds, to design characters, and most of all, to depict kick-ass weapons.

18. Hopeful

This is a stencil I made based on an earlier illustration. It doesn’t show very well in the photo, but it’s done on a beautiful yellow textured paper. It’s part 1 of a 2-part series.

19. Love Birds

And this is part 2.

20. Eye-Mouth Pattern

I illustrated an eye-mouth-design that, when repeated, creates an infinite pattern of … slight creepiness.

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21. On the streets

This is my second collage piece. I love the meanings you can find from putting various images together. It’s quite a fun game.

22. Christmas in Aquil’s mind

I drew from my imagination, building the drawing one brick at a time. One character led to another and before I knew it, I had a Christmas scene with a family, some pets and some cool stockings.

23. Abstract

I used a fork over layers of acrylic paint to create an abstract work. I just thought the collection of 24 artworks wouldn’t be complete without one.

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And … the 24th piece is private.

I haven’t decided whether to show it or not.

These are stills from my CTV segment.

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And this is my CBC Radio Interview leading up to the project.