My ego


The styles that I was interested in was an illustrative style, less focus on details but more on colours and the gestural look, here are some examples I found on pintrest.

Surprise, surprise, I did all my work on Autodesk android drawing application, I liked how I used a dry brush to go over with the colours, to give it the illustrative style.

Other than associating myself with an animal or an object, I didn’t personify myself but I gave 2 separate elements to create a narrative.

My Ego-centric story

Project Ego reminds me of cause and effect, an interesting comic strip about my personal tendencies.  I have faced many technical issues in this project especially with file sizes, rendering and printing issues. Before I get into the details of my research and process, lets take a run through of my final that none of my classmates managed to see my hand-drawn effort (because I couldn’t print a hard copy) and my concept execution. (sadly) Ok rant ended.

Also personally loathing my mistake of dragging everything to the last minute.

Very self explanatory, rabbits are herbivores is a representation of my diet, usually healthy and full of veggies. However my temptation proves me wrong sometimes and I end up feeling unnatural thus the distorted rabbit.

I’m nocturnal in nature, but I am not the only one, I end up sleeping when I am supposed to be doing work, unofficial hours.

The shadow animals represents different types of thoughts (worries) that crowd around me when I am on my own. They are not necessarily bad thus the animal form. I want to get distracted from my thoughts once in a while, but I do know my worries would follow me where ever I go.  I do believe I worry so that I expect certain things to happen, in a way, my worries would save me in the end, from trauma. Therefore a biblical reference to the arc, where my animal friends would be saved from a natural flood.

In this strip, I wanted to suggest the me who loves plant but is ironically, plants indoors as I dislike the weather outdoors.  Therefore I am a more stay in sort of person.


Final for Forrest Gump & Processess

I basically fell in love with the treshold button because that’s what happened to most of my graphics. For the first design I worked with was from

They called it a “Royale with Cheese”.  

They were referring it to the burger at first and I was thinking of I can incorporate a narrative into the design. But we had to take the quote entirely out of it’s context, thus I followed with the cheese as the final composition, although cliché and direct, I liked how the mouse came out. I also printed this as my tote design.

#1 composition

#2 composition

#3 compsition

I was trying to go for a children book’s style, I treshold the mouse’s parts separately, overall I liked how it came out.

You are tearing me apart, Lisa!

These are the images I used and were inspired with while making this

I pictured a skull keeping his mouth ajar while expressing his disdain, but to show the tearing him apart from his flesh to his bones, I just  added some essential organs such as the mouth and the eyeballs. Also added a silhouette of a woman and a doorway to add to the dramatic effect.

There is excellence all around you. You need only be aware to stop and savor it.

This is one of the most difficult quotes I have had to deal with, due to the fact that it is so general but it has some relation to food or the ‘yummy’ factor. I thought it should encompass ‘life’ as a whole and somehow, this person was enjoying herself, while consuming ‘life’. This licking an ice cream idea definitely gave a subtle yet direct meaning of what I wanted to say. I used theses images in this collage design.


Behind this mask there is more than flesh, Mr Creedy. Beneath this mask there is an idea… (and ideas are bulletproof)


was thinking of choosing a wooden figure as it’s body to show the inability to control oneself due to the control from others, but the pairing of the human head and an inhuman body didn’t seem like a good visual composition.


I liked how this mask came out nice and crisp looking.  This piece is pretty symbolic too. I was thinking of using a mask but not the usual kind. I guess for this piece, or for all the overall work that I have done, I try to avoid using imagery that was’fool-proof’ – that would look good in any design because it was trendy. Unfortunately, the gas masks one of these widely used trendy imageries.

However with this quote in mind, I was thinking of how the human subject could either protect himself with the mask, from being contaminated by the outside world or it could have been him containing the monster he is with a mask. The overall piece looks intimidating. Another symbolic imagery was the use of locusts which has a biblical meaning, as based on the seven plagues, the locusts ate every plantation in it’s path and the vibe this imagery gave off, was how ideas consumed everything in it’s path. (That could end up a bad memory) This was a tough one to compose due to the placement of the locusts which in this case, looked very awkward and cramped where they exit from the mask. But with the limited type of images, that was as good as it gets. These are the images I took my inspiration from.

Overall I am proud of the last few images because the concept was well-thought over compared to the first few.

Forrest Gump Project Quotes

So the prompt is clear, choose your favorite movie quotes and work with it and so I have decided to work with these few.

Firstly,  Pulp Fiction 1994, a film that has been widely discussed about, only to be recently watched by me. One of the most unique line just from this movie is

They call it a “Royale with cheese”.


Fantastic quote, now moving on to the next one.

The Room 2003, one of the “worst” movies made in film history and some of the most infamous lines by Tommy Wiseau himself, awkwardly delivered, this line sends cringes down most spines. In this scene, the actor’s ability is equivalent to me when I am trying to get out of trouble.

You are tearing me apart, Lisa!



And the next, Ratatoullie 2008 holds a special place in my heart because firstly I love good cooking and, good food nonetheless; I ultimately love French culture. This animation has also one of the most interesting plot ever written, though unrealistic. But it brings me so much joy and awe as a creator myself, it’s quotes are actually very applicable to most artists.

There is excellence all around you. You need only be aware to stop and savor it.

Lastly I wanted to work with a quote that showed a parallel of individual and society, therefore, from V for Vendetta. I left out the bulletproof part, mainly focusing on the idea and the mask part instead.

Behind this mask there is more than flesh, Mr Creedy. Beneath this mask there is an idea… (and ideas are bulletproof)


Expressing Visual Emotions

Emotions are a state of mind, usually a subjective interpretation of how man reacts to his surroundings. Which makes the human species unique like no other.

Cheerfulness. Happens in short bursts of energy, when cluttered together, it forms an internal combustion of positivity, hope and contentment.

Materials includes black chinese ink with dish washing soap. The technique of blowing this mixture at the end of a straw reminds me of my childhood days of blowing bubbles. Bubbles are symbolically transient with beautiful qualities.

Lust. Hot, dripping wet passion in the spur of the moment, becoming lost in one’s desire. Materials include chinese brush, chinese ink and candle wax.  The technique of first dripping wax on news print paper randomly, followed by painting the chinese ink over to give contrast surrounding the wax, remaining ink was then merged onto the drip motif.

Envy. That jealousy that exists in our mind, needless worry that stems from our human nature for being greedy. The accumulation of abstract forms that build on to each other, it’s obvious when it’s big, however the source starts small.

Materials include chinese ink and dish washing soap. Technique wise, everything is combined in a bag with some water and the straw is inserted inside and bubbles are blown, the sounds resemble envy that is constantly a build up before a huge clump of bubbles form and pasted onto paper.

Disappointment. A whole piece that has broken down into smaller pieces, just like high expectations that never made the cut. A fragile piece of glass, strong on it’s own, but after impact, it is not as strong. Medium included chinese ink and candle wax with a horse hair brush. The brush was dipped with wax, quickly but swiftly spreading the it over the paper, then a fresh layer of black chinese ink is painted over. Finally heat is administered behind the paper over the waxed parts, revealing the empty white spaces that resembles glass shards.

Nervousness. This uncontrollable feeling of anxiety which we try to control but fail to do so, hesitant yet willing emotions fly from one end to another, intersecting and colliding, making one’s mind a mess. Medium was chinese ink and applied with a horse hair brush; in swift but stopping motions, lines fade in and out, the uncertainty that bites us at the back of our minds.

Disgust. Something wet, gooey and unknown that horrifies us to never touch it. Blotches of black oblivion is repeated in random sequences and as the rolling pin removes and adds the remaining paint onto the paper, it recreates a random textural pattern. Simply paint and a rolling pin, are used in the making of Disgust.

My Emo Line – Research and Experimentation

Artist Research:

Steven Spazuk The Fire Painter


The use of heat to darken the paper to form intense tones and a variation of organic lines gives an illusion of a weightless medium.  By using a candle and paper, unconventional materials allows Spazuk to further his expression on paper.


 Understanding my own take on emotions and redefining the way it is composed to further bring out the expression in an abstract term.