Yau Hoong Tang’s playful illustrations layer optical illusions on imaginative stories – Colossal

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All images © Yau Hoong Tang, shared with permission

In negative space, Yau Hoong Tang draws imaginative and expansive storylines from minimal visuals. As its name suggests, the ongoing series plays with the relationship between presence and absence, layering optical illusions, embedded imagery, and other narrative cues within a single work.

The Kuala Lumpur-based illustrator likes to weave multiple plots. In one work, a splash of ink also becomes world-inhabiting faun, while in another, a creature appears as a flying goose or a fox depending on where the viewer is focusing. “I love using negative space in my illustrations because it creates more dynamics in an artwork and opens up a visual conversation,” he told Colossal. “Its thought-provoking nature invites viewers to discover hidden meanings and spark the imagination.”

While negative space is created digitally, Tang is currently working on a new collection that returns to more traditional analog mediums. Buy limited edition prints and check out more of his playful illustrations on Behance and Instagram.

A splash of ink also appears as wildlife inhabit a round world

A flying bird also appears as a child flying paper planes

A spilled bottle also appears as a man climbing a mountain

On the left, a building disintegrates into birds, on the right, three guitars form four bird figures when they overlap

A fox face that could also be a flying goose

A cityscape nestles atop a leaf

Four images, a person wearing headphones with a guitarist sitting on headphones, two giraffes at sunset, an infinity sign with camels in the lower left corner, a felt pen with a band that also has a figure embedded in it

beige and black hands that all seem to be looking for money

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