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#TheObsessions — Jessica aka Jessthegrrl Shares Her Favourite Things

#TheObsessions — Jessica aka Jessthegrrl Shares Her Favourite Things

What makes some of these local or global creatives tick? In this weekly column, Jessica (or jessthegrrl as she’s better known as) shares her many inspirations and obsessions.

1. Joan Cornella:
He is by far my favourite illustrator to the point that I tattooed his iconic face on my palm to remind and inspire myself to make art inspired by him. I love how he creates sinister yet comical art to portray social issues.

2. Kuroro Neko Chan:
An annoying attention-seeking bugger that is cute as hell but spoilt as hell. Since I was a kid, I always wanted a black cat. Just like those you see in anime! So when I started staying alone, I got myself a black cat.

3. Her Psychologist:
I have been seeing her for about five years. Best therapist ever! Without her, I wouldn’t be able to be where I am!  Many of my tattoo art comes from my discussion with her. Her work is exceptional and I believe that seeing a psychologist is more than just for people who experience mental illnesses.

4. Wes Anderson:
His pictures are just so organised that my OCD is at peace. I love his storyline and deadpan jokes within the character that were created. He makes me want to create art with deadpan jokes and a nicely organised still-life style.

5. Her Spotify List: 
This is my very curated playlist since 2015 but are actually songs that I had saved years back before Spotify. I love to draw inspirations and ideas from music. Many songs have really great music videos and that gives me more inspiration to work with!

6. Being a woman:
Yes, being a woman is my favourite thing. I can never picture myself as a guy (sadly).  Being female, I am more touched emotionally. It helps with my artistic output. I can be human and breakdown all I want without the need to “be a man” and put up a front.

7. Still-life Photography:
 I love creating set designs to set my mood for photography. Don’t they look very dream-like? 

8. Anime and manga:
I used to have a huge collection of manga and I will always be in love with anime as it makes the manga I own come to life! I can remember how I loved to draw manga art when I was a kid as the artwork is so beautiful. I also love that manga always shows that a person always has different sides of themselves.