EGO- research

Before the semester comes to an end, there’s one last assignment! Project 3 Ego! This assignment, we were to create a 12 images compositions (four rows of three squares) based on self portrait in 4 different settings. We are then required to apply colours to represent each compositions.


Personally, I feel that coming up with a good idea requires lots of planning and research. That is why I took my research very seriously. I research on the style, colours and mindmap before I start on my layout.



Artist Research

This assignment, I would like to explore and try out different mediums. I want to step out of my comfort zone and try new techniques and styles. I will use 4 different techniques in the 4 compositions so that in future I will know what kind of mediums suits the design best.

These are my inspirations for project Ego. I’ve always been very interested in simplified illustrations. I like how they uses clean lines, shapes and colours to tell their story. These are the few artists whose work I really love and have decided to incorporate their styles into my work.

1. Juan Carlos

He is an artist that I followed on Instagram. I love how he works with simple illustration and clever layering to bring his imaginative paper figures to life. His work is full of interesting characters with endearing human qualities.

He works with different kind of mediums but it’s his charming paper-crafts that attract my attention. The small details and subtle expression create his distinctive style of illustration, whilst well-executed interweaving of paper layers creates an almost animated quality to his charming characters.


2. Sarah Ameeyo

Another artist that I follow, she creates an illustration brand that delivers heartwarming animal character illustrations. She uses mainly use watercolour in all her works. Her work is really unique because she uses cute animals to represent humans. I felt that her works bring warmth and the colours she use is very comforting.


3. DKNG by Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman

I came across this online store, they uses digital for all their works. I really like their flat illustrations and the choice of colours. I like how they uses different shades to show the light and dark in the work and also how they make the subject stand out from the background.


4. TheInkyDeer

She made use of watercolour and pens in her drawings. The properties of these mediums compliment each other nicely. The softness of the watercolor contrasts the hard lines that can be produced by pen ink. The two mediums are truly a match made in heaven.


Colour Research

Robert Plutchik’s wheel of emotions

Robert Plutchik’s emotion wheel helps us look at literacy through a broader lens. So enhancing emotional literacy means not only having words for emotions, but understanding how different emotions are related to one another and how the tend to change over time. He created a wheel of emotions to portray how he see each colours.

1. Monochromatic 

Monochromatic colour schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker color, grey or black. However, they can be boring due to their lack of contrast. But they are also peaceful and harmonious to the eye.

2. Analogus

Analogous colours appear side-by-side on the color wheel. This type of colour palette creates unity since the colours are similar to each other. It can create a warm or cool feeling depending on the colours used. Since they are next to each other on the wheel they lack contrast which decreases visibility and vibrancy. They are harmonious and easy on the eye.

3. Complementary

Complementary colours have opposite hues. When mixed together equally they create a neutral colour (gray, black or white). They are best used for creating contrast which adds vibrancy, energy and visibility to a design. Too much can be overwhelming and high-contrasting colours should not be used in large quantities of text.

4. Traidic

Triadic colours use three colours evenly spaced around the colour wheel. Like complementary colours, they are vibrant and can be overwhelming if not subdued. Use one colour dominantly and the other two as accents.

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