Jun 6, 2012

Mark Zuckerberg "Facebook" Portrait


I spent some time in the States last month and before the trip, I thought I'd do a portrait of a recognisable American in memory of my trip to the States. I was there to attend the EG Conference where I was invited as one of the speakers. I'll blog about that experience soon - it was amaaazing - and here's my mum's post about it on her blog.

I've been working on portraits of Chinese figures so far because I'm living in China and I thought it'd be a great way to learn more about the culture and people here through researching about them and utilising local materials to go about my art projects.

I was going to ask friends on Facebook to suggest a American I should paint - then I thought - hold on - Why not the creator (or co-creator!) of Facebook himself?! And what if I played around with the words 'Face' and 'Book'? ...oh wow...was I being PUNNY?!

I liked the idea but didn't know how to go about using books for the portrait. But inspiration came to me one day as I was working on some facade systems in HASSELL, the architecture company that I work for.
On the left - a building shading system. On the right - my art project concept!

Ting ting ting! An idea! Why not cut grooves into the books by slicing off the edges of the pages? So that was what happened. I collected 36 books (Game of Thrones - the thickest I could find!) and started carefully slicing off the pages of the books. And don't worry - by slicing off just the sides, the books can still be read...no words were cut off!




36 books and 7 days later, Mark Zuckerberg's face FINALLY apppears!!! Oh, and probably 10 pimples flared up over those few days too. -_-



TA-DA! If you like this, do share this on your Facebook wall, or 'like' me on Facebook! :)

54 comments:

  1. Dear hong, you really inspire me a lot. Doing these things take a lot of time, patience and persistence. The end product seems effortless but I am sure you had a lot of stress!

    Reading your posts sometimes remind me of my own goals and encourage me not to give up when i feel really tired or burnt out from my journey.

    thank you for sharing all of this. :D

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    1. Michelle: aw Michelle, thank you - so glad you like what i've done. yes, there was A LOT of hours put into this project - I had a deadline to beat - wanted to finish it before leaving for the States, so I lost a lot of sleep on this! Hard work and effort does pay off I guys. Good luck in everything u do! xo

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  2. superb ! great idea and beautifully made !

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  3. Another piece of art that I like from you! :)

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    1. haha thanks! waiting for the video to upload~

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  4. awesome ...!!!!! how do come out this brilliant idea!

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    1. thank u!! :)

      haha i guess i start paying more attention to things that i use everyday since i started these art projects!

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  5. Always a fan of visual gags. Facebook indeed. Bravo!

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  6. brilliant brilliant Hong Yi....

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  7. Awesome work.

    Though I'm sad that you used the book Game of Thrones and not put the face of Eddard Stark or GRRM.

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    1. :P

      I haven't read/watched any of his stuff yet but I might be sad too after i do, haha

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    2. It's ok I guess, Feast of A Crow is the most least loved book of all in the A Song of Ice & Fire series. ;P

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  8. Hong Yi, sungguh sungguh sangat menginspirasi! kamu memiliki bakat yang luar biasa

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    1. terima kasih banyak-banyak haha

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    2. Oh, you speak Bahasa Indonesia!
      inspiring works Red! Waiting for your other projects :)

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  9. Hi Hong,
    I find you and your work really creative and inspiring. It's even inspiring me to try and start my own projects and somehow by reading your blog, it's really making me understand that it doesn't matter what are the things you do or how you do it. As long as you love doing it.

    Thank you so much for that. I'm looking forward to more of your work!

    Wendy Lim

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    1. Thanks Wendy! Do keep me posted on the projects you're gonna work on - would love to see n be inspired too! :)

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  10. Again, Hong Yi, AMAZING work!! What God-given creativity! I could not watch the video, but the pictures left me in wonder nevertheless! I'm trying to figure out how you worked out where to cut on the pages. Thanks for sharing your gift!

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    1. Aww THANK YOU Missus D!!!

      Hint: I had to use Rhino to figure out the cuts...haha!! :P

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  11. Really great one and inspiring! Keep it up! :)

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  12. You are truly an inspiration!

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  13. Pretty and most of of all BRILLIANT Hong Yi.. Really admire you work and hard work that you done and created. Someday you be the headline and recognizable everywhere. Keep it up and God Bless you.

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  14. Can't seem to play the video..

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    1. reloading it! there were problems coz of the song i chose...

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  15. as always, your work speaks volumes about your dedication to your art ... your imagination ... and your execution!

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  16. haha thanks David!
    My work speaks volumes? was that another pun? :P

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  17. Amazing! Keep up your brilliant work! :)

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  18. Hehe, i'm from "i.s" and get inspired by your talk!! :3
    Well, we can see how much afford you put in. Not just art, but science too. LOL!!!
    Btw!! wakao! REALLY LIKE YOUR NEW ART WORK!! :D
    *gonna do like this in my future house!! LOL!!* AHAHAHHA. XD

    Good job and can't wait for your next work!! :D

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  19. Hi Red !
    Well, i subscribed to your Youtube channel 3 months ago.. since Yao Ming portrait video! i liked what you did but i kept silence.. it was kinda wow after seeing each video you publish!
    Now this my first comment! and i want to say to you that you are a genius ! :)
    Keep up your exquisite work !

    Tamer

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  20. Hi Red-Yi!!
    Beautiful work...as always!!! You're really creative, and hard-working!!

    Thank you for your comment on my blog! I don't think I'm going to go back to Italy in June...but it could be possible I'll be there in October. So, keep in contact...it will be wonderful if you could meet in Milan!

    Greetings! CIAO!
    ...keep up with your work!! (I watched your interview in the Hassel Studio..and was impressed by the space they have!! Hope to find a place to work as beautiful as that!!)

    Laura

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  21. That looks so awesome. Gotta make an artwork next year for the subject arts, I think you're going to be my inspiration for the thing I'm gonna make :'). Even though I don't know the subject yet of the exam.

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  22. When I saw the video I was like "what kind of sorcery is this", but now it all made sense :p

    Some love from Venezuela ^^ by the way what are you going to do with those books?, id love to have one!

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  23. Scoot over Chuck Close. Red is the new dot on the "Photorealism" map.

    So, exciting to find your art. Can't wait to see your next subject. Looking forward to your first expansive exhibit. MoMA here she comes.

    Stay tuned into The Light.


    Illuminatingly,
    Voncelle Volté

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  24. i still cannot wrap my head around what you did! that takes some serious skills. ever since you did the Yao Ming portrait i've been following this blog and i must say that I'm blown away by this one. you are my inspiration RED! keep up the good work ^_^

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  25. Great work! I hope you were inspired by things you saw and experienced in the US.

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  26. That's an actual facebook. lol

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  27. Hi. I'm an artist myself. Thank you helping me see a 'bigger' picture & think out-of-the-box in regards to art & life in general. Keep up the exceptional work!

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  28. I saw this remarkable portrait and thought you will like it :)

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/06/remarkable-portraits-made-with-a-single-sewing-thread-wrapped-through-nails-by-kumi-yamashita/

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  29. 太完美了,敬佩敬佩。。。

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  30. Like your work!!! Can I suggest you to a potrait of Park Ji Sung (football player of Manchester United) as the team will be having a tour to China on 25th July 2012 ?

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  31. This is amazing! What a brilliant idea. I have no idea how you did this, I'm in complete awe!

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  32. Can you do a JJ Lin portrait? That would be so neat! He is my favorite singer! And although I don't expect you to do this or anything, I do hope that you would at least think about it! Pleeeeeeeeeeaaaase with a cherry on top! You don't have to do this kind of portrait either, but it would be awesome if you could do a portrait of him in anyways you want! I will continue to support you, not because of this request that you later may or may not do, but because you are an amazingly talented artist! And watching you do amazing work is just a joy, no matter what material you use, and what person you decide to make your model!

    Sincerely, Akira

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  33. This is super cool! Nice work there lady. :)



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  34. ОО. It's very difficult, but so easy and beautiful=)

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  35. This is brilliant! Literally the Face on the book! Wonder if Mark Zuckerberk did offer to buy your art....I will if I were him...who else can produce a better art than this for his face?

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