I recently discovered the fascinating world of Zettiology. It made me curious about what this art style actually included, but I had a hard time finding a definition of it for myself. Therefore, I have been looking for some clues for you to consider.
Did I get it right I wonder?
Here’s what I know for sure: Zettiology is an art form based on Teesha Moore’s work. Teesha has a website that showcases her work. When I went to her side, I was in another world and I got lost in it for a while and just marveled at her creations. What I did not find was a written definition of her art. It would be difficult to define something that you do intuitively and naturally, so that may be why there is no writing to help the viewer understand. The motives for not defining Zettiology, however, are pure speculation on my part. There are certainly pages with examples of Teesha’s work for people to study and form their own conclusions, but I wanted a few words that told me about it as well.
What else is known about Zettiology?
First of all, the word was coined by Teesha Moore to describe a new genre, a mixture of the ordinary and the fantastic. I can see that it is about creating new creatures made both from the familiar and from the world of imagination. The new creatures belong together as a tribe: you can call them The Mythical Zettis.
One of the most concise explanations I have found is that Zettiology is “Persistent Confusion.” When you look at Zetti-style artwork, you will probably notice animal and human parts that are cobbled into a shape, with contours and graffiti all around to make the mergers not so confusing. This gives original, odd art that is a bit funny or silly.
Craftsmen often use black and white elements mixed with bright colors for their Zetti creations.
You can also find whimsical words or sayings handwritten or printed in an equally whimsical font along with a Zetti creature.
Yet a Zetti artwork is more than just these few elements. Zetti’s work also gives a sense of other worldliness. I often marvel at how people put so many different elements together and make them work so well together.
Another way of thinking about Zetti art is to start with a human or animal figure (that is, with reality), then mix it with something amazing or other worldly (that is, fantasy), such as adding wings to a child. body. Add other unexpected details like striped legs or cone hats to make the new Zetti creature even more incongruent.
I guess you can think of Zetti as taking traditional ideas and mixing them in untraditional ways. You can take creatures that you would scribble and then cut and paste them on a whole new level. Use contrasting patterns and textures as you shape your new creature.
So to summarize, the ways I have discovered to make your Zetti art are:
- Aim to turn the ordinary into something whimsical or from a fantasy world
- Use contrasting textures and patterns
- Use many bright colors but mix in some black and white striped patterns
- Use faces and bodies that do not match
- Add body parts, clothing and / or wings to a creature that usually does not have them
- Give your creatures amazing hats and crowns
- Combine the odd, quirky and whimsical to create a new Zetti creature
- Use lyrical, poetic, handwritten sayings or text / li>
- Use contours and doodling to bring all the possible elements together
Did I capture the essence of Zettiness? Can anyone really do that besides Teesha Moore? Perhaps not defining the Zetti style makes it even more amazing and mysterious? I guess we have to draw our own conclusions!