2D Zine (Process)

I was given feedback to work on my layouts and provide more sketches for my zine. I’m planning to use traditional mediums, like water colour and colour pencil. It’s quite hard to figure out what style, colour and illustration to work on, as requested by Ms Mimi. I wasn’t so familiar with different types of illustrative styles by artists and how they tell a story. I only knew I could use those mediums and make subjects appear realistic. So, I had to do my own research and search for artists, whose works and styles would be quite interesting to follow.

Just to recap on concept;

  •   – “Urbanature” is title of my zine
  • Tells a story about Punggol
  • Removal of trees and forested areas to make way for tall flats
  • Tall buildings appear dull and boring, but high and mighty
  • Trees and habitats are left with little space, due to construction
  • Ending: Tall buildings and nature can live side by side
  • Moral of story: Punggol residence shows how man-made and nature can live can co-exist
  • Aerial view of Waterway Terrace

I’m planning to work this colour theme. I got them from Adobe Kuler and played around “triad” colours.

Or maybe this one. Because they have warmer tones to it, which I’d like to have for some colours used in my zine.

Found from Pinterest: 

Artist Ref:  Alina Chau

Artist Reference #2: Rosanna Tasker


There are two main elements to Rosanna’s approach. The first stages of her work are created using natural media – pencils for the line work, and gouache paints, applied to separate layers using a light box. This, and the rich papers she uses, gives her work its unique, handcrafted feel. Images are completed digitally, using Photoshop to clean them up and add the finishing touches.


Delicate lines and gentle textures are woven together to depict elegant, elongated figures and forms. She loves to experiment with scale, and nature usually plays a big role in her art. Rosanna chooses a limited palette for each piece, sometimes punchy, sometimes subtle, but always in keeping with the brief.

Source: http://www.illustrationweb.com/sg/artists/RosannaTasker/view?agenthelp=2



Rosanna’s works are quite interesting, especially with the use of colours. Her colour palette seem to be very limited, consisting of only blue hues and a bit of yellow to complement it. The use of yellow, actually brings out more emphasis on the subject matters.

Her style is simply a mix of traditonal and photoshop to make it neat.

I decided to go for a more warmer tone for the colour scheme. After scanning, I edited those pictures using photoshop.These were the outcomes:


Zine Research: Punggol

‘Punggol’ is apparently a Malay word. It means to ‘hurl sticks at branches and fruit trees so they fall to the ground.’ It also means the stump of a tree, like this.

PErhaps Punggol had a lot to do with nature. After learning more about Punggol’s history, it actually is strong roots to nature.

Back then, way before even Stamford Raffles (founder of SG) came over, Punggol already existed and had her own community of people. Back in early 1950s, Punggol was a fishing village where fishing docs were set up so fishmongers can make a living, kampongs (villages) were nearby, fruit trees were planted, and they had farms to look after pigs and other animals. (Picture shown later below)

First Impressions

I alighted at Punggol MRT station and walked in to Waterpoint Mall which was nearby. The mall looked quite new; they had a lot of stores, high end stores especially, which wasn’t surprising. It was clean. It was in the morning so it wasn’t crowded or anything. I had a  hard time searching for the recreational space that was suppose to be somewhere nearby. Got lost along the way, but I eventually found my way through.

Walking Along Arc Bridge

Too many tall buildings to count.

The waterway terrace was interesting. I like the look of it. It had green and white walls. And the white pillars aren’t flat, they actually jut out, like a wing, and have this wave like pattern to it (if you look closely). The leaf motifs on the white walls are quite interesting too. It’s not commonly found in HDB flats because it’s always a solid colour with no pattern to it. I guess Punggol flats are starting to develop it’s own nature-friendly character through it’s designs.


The Waterway Park

The place was really beautiful, very nature-friendly and there some nice architecture – such as that Kelong bridge. ‘Kelong’ is wooden blocks in Malay – they’re used to build bridges where fishermen go to get their fish. It’s like a dock. I liked how they remodified this Punggolian thing into a Kelong bridge for people to walk by.


Research Presentation


This was the Kelong Bridge I was talking about. Punggol is actually one of the few places in SG, where they have ‘kelongs’. In fact, the real actual kelongs can only be found in SG, Malaysia and Indonesia. Because of urbanization, it’s disappearing.
The 1st 2 pics from left is known to be that ‘Instagram Tree’. I dont have IG so I’m not sure what’s the buzz about. But reading about it online, the IG tree was just a famous hotspot for people to take photos, because of the nice backdrop and it’s lone position. the one that I took (far right) is newly grown, apparently.


Feedback From  Research Presentation 

  • My concepts weren’t strong enough, it’s vague and too broad,  so I need to be more in depth with my findings
  • Pictures were nice, but not enough to show concept
  • Can’t use cut outs with leaf motifs ( my plan for design), so I might turn to photography instead
  • Can’t use Punggol’s ring trademark for actual ring binder for the Zine, so I have to scrap that one out
  • Research more on Punggol’s trademark (like ring)
  • More visits to Punggol again