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2D_001_Final: Que Sara


Here is the final submissions:
All is inspired by culture in different countries.
My batik maker and shadow puppeteer are Indonesian traditional clothing and show respectively.
While the vampire hunter is related to Chinese belief about ghost.
Ad the coloured sand artist is souvenir art from the Arabian countries.
2-kecilChinese Vampire Hunter4-kecil



It was fun learning new different stuffs. During this project, I learnt to use Adobe Illustrator much more extensively than I ever before. I also learnt the feature of ‘timeline’ in Adobe Photoshop to create gif. file format. I also feel that I learnt a lot more in term of composing and arranging element in each page. It was a tough job to do, practicing it is tougher than knowing the theory alone.

Other than technical skill, I also learnt to keep on doing until the end as I honestly feel that there is no ending in art. Like even after I think I have finished my composition, I end up changing it after some other time. And this process can just continue until I am satisfied. I realize actually this can go on and on if there is no deadline for the artwork. I might find another better composition for the above submissions one day.

There is no such thing as the best composition, there is only a better one as one keep on learning and improving themselves.


2D_001_Process: Que Sara


Here is the process for all the shortlisted jobs.

  • Chinese Vampire Hunter (initial idea was Ghost Hunter)
    Ghost Hunter Brainstorm
    Ghost Hunter Brainstorm

    Honestly, this is the most exciting ones. I researched ghost from different countries in Asia.
    After consultation, I realized that we are supposed to take elements from the ghost hunter, not the ghost itself ._.
    A significant amulet is the jiangshi paper to banish Chinese vampire. Hence I decided to go with it as the main component.

    In order to make the message clearer I added the Chinese vampires in the composition. and decided that the job is more specific as Chinese vampire hunter.

    – Jiangshi paper folded in origami font (digitally made)

    NAT Process
    NAT process

    – Chinese Vampire (sketched, digitally traced, digitally colored)

    Vampire process
    Vampire process

    – Scary haunted Chinese house (digitally edited)

    Background process
    Background process

    Here is the first composition:

    Chinese vampire hunter
    Chinese vampire hunter first composition

    However I realized that the vampires are too cute, lively and colorful for the composition, hence I decided to change the vampire into a more realistic and dull color one.

    Chinese vampire hunter process
    Chinese vampire hunter process


    Chinese vampire hunter final
    Chinese vampire hunter final
  • Batik Maker
    It is mentioned that we should ‘cloth’ the fonts, and somehow I thought of Batik, Indonesian traditional cloth. I decided to use this idea and become a batik maker.

    Batik brainstorm
    Batik brainstorm

    – Letter NAT (digitally planned, sketched, digitally traced, digitally edited)

    NAT process
    NAT process

    – Canting


    – Fabric background

    Here is the very first composition:

    Batik maker first composition

    I felt that the composition is to plain and not interesting. After more time trying out, adjusting the angles, layer effects, background etc. I finally found a better and final composition.

    Batik maker process
    Batik maker process

    Batik maker final
    Batik maker final
  • Shadow Puppeteer 
    Another interesting Indonesian culture is the shadow puppet (Indonesian name: Wayang Kulit).
    I decided to use the important characters from the famous story of Ramayana: Rama, Sinta and Hanoman.

    Shadow puppet brainstorm
    Shadow puppet brainstorm

    For each letter, I want them to have these elements:
    – Main stick
    – Arm band of the character
    – Specific element of the character
    – Stick to move hand around (if necessary)

    Shadow puppet characterization
    Shadow puppet characterization

    I finally created the first composition, as it is shadow puppet, I thing the following elements are necessary:
    – the puppet
    – the shadow
    – the light
    – the screen

    Each letter was sketched, digitally traced and digitally colored.

    Shadow puppeteer first composition

    However I saw this composition as too simple and too many dark color with no significant purpose. It also seems like stick in the shape of font being lighted, not really like shadow puppet. Hence, I added the puppeteer and change the angle of the light source. Also, I invert the font horizontally as it is supposed to be the behind-screen view of the show (it will be read as NAT from the audience point of view). I had a feedback that it might be read as ‘TAN’ instead of ‘NAT’, but it actually is okay as my Chinese surname is Tan (adisTANa).

    Shadow puppeteer process
    Shadow puppeteer process

    Shadow puppeteer final
    Shadow puppeteer final
  • Coloured Sand Artist
    For the last job, I decided to go for another culture. I saw my photo when I went to Dubai and thought of what culture I could remember. Then the idea of coloured sand artist I met at market popped up. I think it is a really interesting job which required skills and practice.So for each letter, I want it to be one bottle of coloured sand art. The shape of the container is the shape the letter.Element:
    – Glass container in the shape of the letter
    – Coloured sand inside the containerEach letter was sketched, digitally traced, digitally colored and edited.
Very first sketched of the letter
The elements were digitally traced
Coloured sand artist process
Coloured sand artist process
Colour sand artist final
Coloured sand artist final

For the final submissions and reflection click here.

2D_001_Research: Que Sara


So at first I brainstormed all the possible job that I am interested to do.

Job Brainstorm
Job Brainstorm

With all the random and scattered list, I narrowed down into (not based on any particular order):

  • Robert Langdon
    Being a fan of Dan Brown’s novels, I want to be Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology and go for many adventures. He is someone who interpreting iconology, deciphering symbols and code.
    I first thought that the term for the job is ‘symbologist’ but it appeared that no such vocabulary in the dictionary. Well, I can be him.

    Symbologist Brainstorm
    Symbologist Brainstorm

    I researched and looked for various symbol that can be modified to letters of my name. Also thumbnailed some possible composition like:

    1. putting my initial in between random symbols
    2. editing famous historical artefact with symbols and add my initial to it.
      E.g. the tablet in the film Night at The Museum

      The Golden Tablet of Pharaoh Akhmenrah
    3. The gate to an ancient city with my initial
    4. Cemetery or graveyard or mummy case with my initial
      Out of all four, the one I want to made is honestly the last one. Until I realised that it feels like preparing my own grave (literally)………
      So I decided to pause working on this job……… for good.
  • Jules Verne
    Another job inspired by novels, I want to be an adventurer or traveler. Things like weird places, new findings, ancient plants, extinct animals are somehow appealing to me.

    Traveler Brainstorm
    Traveler Brainstorm

    Identical with different modes of transportation to travel, I listed down possible transports. I also drafted ‘NAT’ using different lines related to water, air and soil transportation (train, ship, airplane). Decided the background ca be a world map, and the lines can be red showing the path or plan of a journey.
    However I did not pursue this composition further as I found more interesting ideas coming up for another job.

  • Witch
    Well, I can’t help to want to be one. Especially Elphaba of the Wicked, somehow I am weirdly attracted to her character. (?)
  • Avatar!
    Not the movie Avatar. It’s the animated television series Avatar: The Legend of Aang. The bender for fire, water, wind, earth. Control the balance of the Earth. Another one I can’t let go…
  • TV Show Winner
    Participating and winning amazing TV shows like Amazing Race, Fear Factor, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? are some of my childhood dream I cannot say no to. Spent time to watch them routinely weekly. So nostalgic.
  • Extreme Sport Athlete
    Extreme sports like cave diving, sky diving etc is another things that attracted me. But reflecting on the reality, I just hope I could do them at least once before I die.
  • Marine Mammal Trainer
    Free Willy! I have been liking marine mammal especially dolphin since little, being their trainer seems fun.

Here is another list after browsing through the internet, looking for weird and unusual job.

  • Iceberg mover. Might have save Titanic. Who knows?
  • Snake milker. Aaaaaaa so interesting I cannot! I like how a snake’s skin feels.
  • Fortune cookie writer. It’s all a lie.
  • Crime scene investigator or detective.
  • Shepherd.
  • Swordsman. Zoro of the anime One Piece. Sword Art Online.
  • Chocolatier. Childhood game and dream job.
  • Ghost Hunter. Another one inspired by childhood movie.
  • Time Traveller.
  • Origami artist and paper sculptor.

    OrigamiArtist and Paper Sculptor Brainstorm
    Origami Artist and Paper Sculptor Brainstorm

    For origami artist, I planned to fold real origami, paste it on paper and take photo of it. After consultation (thanks Shirley) an interesting idea was to hang it instead of pasting it. Then, the paper can use texturised Japanese origami paper with plain background to contrast the elements.

    As for the paper sculptor (initially was an alternative for the origami artist), there are so many different type of paper sculpt.

    I planned to create layers of white paper with the shape of NAT. And I did the draft.

    Paper sculptor
    Paper sculptor experiment

    However I decided to not do it for the real thing as it feels too plain and I could not find a nice composition other than a plain classic one.

Later on the options evolved and I ended up having these as the finalised ones:

  • Batik maker
  • Chinese Vampire Hunter
  • Shadow puppeteer
  • Colour sand artist

Continue reading here.