Some people discover their artistic talents only later in life, but for Linette Cheong, art was her personal calling right from the start. Her undying love for art and lots of hard work has brought her to where she stands right now, a hopeful young artist with dreams of creating her own brand. The year 3 visual communications student has her eyes set on a career in design after she completes her final year at Temasek Polytechnic.
Developing a personal style has always been a top priority for Linette. Although she revels in the beauty of the works of others and looks to them for creative inspiration, to her, creating art is far more than just a mere emulation of an existing piece of art. In fact, she feels that true art evokes a certain emotional connection in the artist; a small fragment of the self mirrored in the artwork. - “There’ll never be an end to exploring other people’s work, so start there, but bear in mind that your work should be yours and should have your own input.”
“The best plans don’t always have the best outcomes, you might be surprised by the beauty of accidental work.”
She names Jon Contino as a major influence in her illustrative works, and various online photo blogs that have inspired her approach in photography. The amount of attention to detail is apparent in her illustrations, rather telling of her meticulous nature. Besides notable artists, she seeks inspiration in music as well. It is probably the combination of all these that have ignited her love for detail, texture and bold shapes in her artistic endeavours, and shaped the unique style she calls hers.
To Linette, the artistic process does not end with the completion of an artwork, but rather, is always in motion. She shares that as much as she would like for others to see her art through her eyes, she acknowledges the fact that art is subjective and proclaims that, “Freedom of interpretation is always welcome.”