Lord of the Rhymes: The Hardships of the Rhyme


*WARNING! You are about to read a post made by The Hong Li Peng. The lack of mastery in English will make you question how the author made it to a university. This online journal contains the visual works of the author as well as his thoughts when he made them. See you Ina class, if you belong to G6.


“Three rhymes for G6 Students to choose from,

Seven days a week was clearly not enough,

Nine weeks have past since their journey began,

One deadline never changes,

In ADM, where their future lies.

One Rhyme to stress them all, One Rhyme to train them,

One Rhyme for them to submit and Ina room, grade them

In ADM, where their future lies.”

-Lord of the Rhymes, Hong Li Peng


The second 2D assignment was rhymes.

The goal was to create 4 compositions based on the 3 rhymes given.

Humpty Dumpty, Marry had a little Lamb, Old Women.

The each of the four compositions would be tagged with a part of the rhyme they were based on. New lines for the Rhymes could be created if the creator chooses to do so.

Each composition was to be made up of images we found on the internet. The work was basically meant to be abstract. Therefore, any image could be used. You didnt have to use eggs for Humpty Dumpty nor use lamb for Marry had a little lamb. It was up to the creator to decide on what he wanted to do.

For my project, I decided to focus on the Rhyme Old Women.

“There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.”

Unlike Humpty Dumpty and Mary had a little lamb, there wasn’t much of a story to old women. It honestly sounded more like a description of what she does everyday. So I decided to expand the rhyme and built on was already given.

I focused on what the life of the old women would be like as she followed the children as they grew up, all the way till she passed on. So I began searching for images.

* I will only select a handful of images, because there were too many . But if you do wish to view all of them they should be in the gallery or something.



Scary Girl 8




The idea of time passing and the children growing older. I selected a lot of images or babies, to children and adults.

There are a lot of images, because of the way method I used to edit the photos. Threshold.


Once a nice image, but Threshold doesnt work well on all

Old Man on Baby

Old man Baby

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As you can see, Threshold is quite unpredictable. I ended up with a lot of images because of this reason. The initial image i get could be really nice, but once I started to applying threshold to the image and playing around with the values. There was just no right value where the image was clear enough. It does look abstract, but I wasn’t what i was looking for.

The other thing threshold value. As seen from the images above, threshold can result in really cool effects. Good and evil. Young and old. So most of the images started out with end up with about 2-3 threshold versions.

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The next set of images looked for was animal heads as I wanted to try out anthropomorphism. It was sort of mixing humans with animals to create some cool and weird compositions. But I didn’t really want to make it random, I wanted it to have more or a meaning. Like the fox and the wolf. The fox is a cunning animal, which will represent the sly and cunning people in the family of the old women. The wolf treasures family, which would be the more loyal and filial children. The Lion represented more of a leader role. All of these will be elaborated on a future post.

Picking out the images took a long time, but it was a fun process. Thinking of how the Old Women’s story would play out if the rhyme continued all the way till her death was challenging. It opened up many possibilities, some of which were scrapped due to time constrains.







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