3cm Miniature Paintings by Mok Zijie

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If you’ve heard of Lorraine Loots and her work of #AntsInSingapore, we have a local artist who does something similar! With a diameter of 7cm for his house series and even lower of 3cm for his other paintings, Mok Zijie’s miniature house series made us want to find out about his journey and how he started doing these miniature paintings. We caught up with him to find out more!

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I am Mok Zijie also known as Artcrop on Instagram! I'm passionate about all things space, architecture and nature. I'm well known for painting really small things which is something i really love to do!

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You’re more known for your miniature drawings, how did you even start or come about doing them?

It started when I didn't have a lot of time to paint because of school and I was already drawing very detailed things since I was very little. So instead of drawing really big detailed paintings, it got smaller and smaller till it became miniatures. Adding to it, I've discovered lorraineloots who is one of my biggest inspiration to start and continue.

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How big are the drawings and do you use any form of magnifying tool while drawing?

It started when I didn't have a lot of time to paint because of school and I was already drawing very detailed things since I was very little. So instead of drawing really big detailed paintings, it got smaller and smaller till it became miniatures. Adding to it, I've discovered lorraineloots who is one of my biggest inspiration to start and continue.

You’ve done faces, galaxies and houses all in miniature forms. Which one is more fun?

In the past, it used to be galaxies but once I started to paint most of them, the options get lesser and I started to repeat paintings which isn't really very fun. Now I prefer to paint houses, out of my imagination because it’s endless. Faces was never very fun for me because I've always struggled with it, it always never look right!

Apart from the faces, your house series got our attention. Do you draft it out before painting? What’s your process in creating one of it?

Because I learnt perspective drawing and isometric drawing, I used those skills to help me sketch out main bodies of the house with pencil. Then its straight away to watercolour painting. I've never drafted houses on separate papers or plan my work out, usually its straight to the actual work, sketching and painting as I go.

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Some of the line works are very fine, are they still used with a brush or with a pen?

It’s usually a paintbrush. I used to use pen when I first started but I soon scrapped that as I didn’t like the outcome the pen gave. Also, some of my paint brushes are very fine and can paint thinner lines than a pen, so that’s good for me.

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What are some of the difficulties you have while doing miniature works?

My back hurts a lot because I have to get really close to the paper. I cant really paint and watch a movie or something like that (multi-tasking) because miniatures for me requires a heck load of concentration.

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Is there a message about your work/experience that you’d like to share with the readers?

For work, you need to know your worth, don’t underpay yourself to your client or outsell yourself, constantly look for opportunities because sometimes, it is right beside you. Stay grounded and true to yourself, never copy someone completely as you’ll never be the best, be unique on your own with the style you like and be the best in that. Your uniqueness would shine through.

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Mok Zijie (20)

Ideal Career
Illustration, game design maybe?

Creative Approach
Creating natural things that is out of the blue or theres something off about it. Also creating things that tells a story.

Fact
I’m pretty down to earth if you meet me in person.

Message
Do not ever be greedy and stuck up, always be humble.

FUSSY about?
Fussy about detailss.


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