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Kit Min talks about her project, Beneath The Abyss, a continuous illustrative piece which was hand drawn. It was the meaning behind it that we really liked apart from the style and it being on a scale of over 1 metre long. What we got from it was how one will only be able to find one’s true self upon total solitude. No distractions, influences or any other external factors. Kit Min explains more about it.


Kit Min (KM): Beneath the Abyss is a part of a larger series titled The Stranger in My Skin. Inspired by the craft of scrimshaw and the 1978 novel, Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne, I likened the whole act of looking inwards, to the journey to the depths of the Earth. Both metaphorically and visually, I wanted to create a “flow” that wove its way down, therefore the scroll-like format.

It starts with the surface, a ship wavering above that moves from island to island. We never settle in a place for long enough, always searching for new things to discover. Kit Min
KM: As the narrative winds downwards, we have to trawl through a forest of kelp, which stands for the multitude of thoughts that would cloud our consciousness and would only surface during late nights. It also signifies the many aspects that contribute to us as a whole.
KM: And when you think you have reached the bottom of the ocean, the darkness clears up and you realize that you have a lot more to discover. The expanse of the ocean trenches open up to the boundless emptiness of space, where the light of the moon is the only way you’ll know which way is up.
KM: This is where you start to truly find small fragments of yourself and understand your identity. A place where no one, but you can find.

Somewhere so far and deep, a place only accessible when we are truly in solitude.

  • // Hand Drawn
  • KM: Everything was hand drawn on a 300gsm cold pressed watercolor paper, with a 0.38 Pentel writing pen (for the line work), a Pentel ink brush pen (for the larger areas of black ink) and white paint. Spattering paint made most of the white dots but I used a white pen to refine and add consistency to specific areas. Conceptualization took around a month back and forth with feedback and critique from my lecturers, and reworking the idea, research and sketches. But the act of drawing and painting them took me around a full two weeks of work. They’re 29.7 x 42cm per piece and when put together, a staggering 118.8 x 42cm.
See more of Kit Min’s works at or read on for some facts about her!

Kam Kit Min

23 // Gemini

Ideal Career // As an illustrator & designer, I want to inspire others with my work. To be working in a place where I can use my skills to help convey stories from an idea to a physical form would be really great. Especially if I can be around books.

Design // “We must be swift as a coursing river, with all the force of a great typhoon. 

With all the strength of a raging fire, mysterious as the dark side of the moon.” -Mulan

Apart from that, to create with purpose from the heart and challenge yourself constantly.

Fact // I love narratives, doodling and making little .gifs out of my work. Making the effort to create something everyday, even if it’s a tiny doodle, gets me out of bed in the morning and usually only to sleep at 4am because I probably couldn’t stop drawing till I was done with it.

Well I’ll probably die early. It’s a career hazard.

Message // Surround yourself with people who support your creative ventures and of course, just have fun!



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