Planar Construction: Individual

Hi guys! Here are my three sketch models and how I analyse them to be further improved. Also included is my individual planar construction. I added the pdf below so it can be viewed better ūüôā

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Honestly I felt that my individual planar construction could be further improved in terms of making the voids more interesting. Thats all!


Curvilinear Volumes: Japanese Snack + The Pizza That Got Away!



So for my final model I’ve managed to manipulate it into a small rice cracker for the dominant that is accompanied with a chocolate ball for the sub dominant and a small pockey stick for the subordinate. Here i did a short little advertisement for the snack!



Another application I did is titled ‘the pizza that got away!’ This is because since the dominant is tilted at an angle on an independent axis, it gives a sense of motion that it is rolling away. The sub dominant is the pepperoni slice that the chef only manage to put before it started to get away! So in midst of that, the chef threw a knife which is the subordinate, in hopes of stopping it.

Hope you enjoyed both of my application!

Thinking Sequentially – Text and Image

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“Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.”

Not taking the meaning for fire and ice literally, we took the meaning of ‘chance’ in the poem whether it ending in fire or ice as the act of flipping a coin and getting heads or tails.

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“From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favour fire”

The sun represents the burning desire the arm wishes to achieve and grab hold.

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“But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate”

With already one arm letting go of the arm’s that needs help, it would be hateful that the arm holding on decides to let go a second time evoking a sense of pain and distrust like in the poem.

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“To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.”

Showing the desperate need to hold on to just about anything for support that even something dangerous like the pen knife is suffice. Despite knowing it will harm the person.

Done by: Amelia Yuliana & Filzah

Curvilinear Volumes: Sketch Models and 2D Sketch Analysis


For my first sketch model and analysis, I have to make the subordinate which is the cone smaller and slender so it can protrude through 1/3 of the disc to be seen.


For my third sketch model, I have to reduce the cylinder to half its size to make it more like the sub dominant while the cone, I plan to make it a little more short and broader to make it more dominant.


For my last sketch model, I have to reduce the sphere to half its size to make it even more prominent.

In conclusion, I plan to use my first sketch model for my final as I think it has the potential to be a very interesting composition!

Props as Signifier

Hey! For the class activity we did, the object that I brought was a feather. It was actually modified whereby the tip could hold a pencil led but it fell apart. It is something close to me as I like feathers and before, it was a functional pencil which make it even more meaningful to use just like the olden times how people wrote.

Object as an Icon


For this photo the feather is an icon because I took a super close up shot of the soft and pull apart parts of the feather whereby feather is an icon for being soft, light and almost ways white. It is the ends at the side where one would usually run their fingers across.


For this photo, I shot the feather floating on water as an icon because it mimics a swan often seen, pure and white on the surface of the water floating gracefully so the feather translates that meaning of it.


As for my last photo, I took a shot of just my hand holding my feather as an icon in its literal form, people often take it as a tool for writing in the olden days then until now.

Object as Signifier


When I saw Danielle wearing her white shoes and saw my feather was the exact same colour, I immediately thought of the Nike winged sneakers and thought it would be a funny new meaning to a plain old feather. Its funny cause the actually Nike feather sneakers looks too much to wear about haha.


For the second new meaning, I got the help and took a low mid range shot of me using the feather as an access card. I thought it would be fun as in the world of magic and wizards like Harry Potter, feathers are often associated with and to combine a modern aspect for the access to the olden part of the feather is quite fun.


As for my last meaning, I thought it would be different as since the feather is already used as a physically tool for writing on paper, why not make it be a modern tool for writing like a stylus for the phone.

My Line is Emo: Final Work

These are my final 18 lines for the project & explained why the lines are representing the different emotions. I mainly focused on decalcomania with the mixture of mono print and hand drawn.


Little speckles of ‘light’ among the darkness.


Veins/nerves stretching out.


Paint marks splattered up like a blood scene.


Mimics the disgusting worm when scanned inside the stomach.


Different flow in opacity just like longing, coming and going.


Looks like worn our bandage covered in blood from wear and tear.


Something moving circularly suddenly goes out straight.


Small spritze bouncing off here and there.


Just like tattered rain drops.


Excitement like ripples in the water.


Never ending small strained lines, like reoccurring worries.


The different open spaces at different areas in different sizes like arousal increasing little by little.


Fading out into small scribbles from a large one.


Stretching hair like structures in different strenuous directions in a confined area.


Different faces,skulls, brain neurone and such depicted inside.


The opacity of the paint flowing almost shows ectasy or happiness experience in the brain.


White faint marks left behind, like the feeling of alienation being left out.


Like someone feeling bitter, the very sharp points poking the heart.

Decalcomania and my artist reference, Max Ernst

Decalcomania comes from the French word dècalcomanie. Which derives from the French word decalquer, which means to transfer or copy.

It is highly used by surrealists artists that use the technique to achieve different patterns solely due to the process of chance. It is first created by putting ink or paint on a surface such as paper, and then another paper is placed on top and pressed down with pressure to create intricate patterns. Originally it was to transfer a patter onto pottery or canvas. One might be familiar with one of its common uses is the Rorschach test in which ink blots are used in a psychological test to analyse a person’s emotions or characters. If you all are interested, you can take a test here!¬†

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in a funny way, this method sort of coincides with the project of ‘my line is emo’


Europe after the rain – by Max Ernst

My artist reference is a very popular surreal artist called Max Ernst. He is best known to employ the decalcomania technique to this famous painting called Europe after the rain. It was an eerie reflection on World War II as the Nazis took over. He was terrified of the horror around and had been condemned in a prison camp. It was here that he started to conjure up this painting and completed it after he managed to escape. There is a stark contrast between the clear blue sky and the seemingly dark ground with bodies. Here is a helpful link for a video that I chanced upon that someone managed to figured out how Ernst did his texture for the trees in his paintings. So instead of plastic I played around with other materials in between paper to achieve different textures! Enjoy!

Other than using simple materials like plastic wrap or even thread to make interesting imprints I have also discovered this interesting video that led to the success of many of my decalcomania prints resulting in interesting prints simply just by adding white glue! Here are some of my works that I did successfully by pressing the glue paint solely on its own or placing a material on top of it and then taking it out to get interesting results.

In decalcomania I learnt that one can also play and vary the amount of water added to the paint to make it more diluted allowing it to spread even more or just making it thick so it sticks more and upon removal will produce something.

On top of that, I discovered that decalcomania can also not only be done in just one fold or layer, but repeated! One can gradually add a little bit more water or paint depending purely on randomness and chance to what the result would be.

Thats the end of my wonderful discovery of decalcomania!


Process: Deriving emotions from mono prints and hand drawings

Olla! Here is an update on how I have managed to derived a few of my lines from a combination of trial and errors which includes mono printing, decalcomania (my own method) and also some hand drawn ones as well!

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scan from monoprint
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zoomed in on small blotch
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final photoshopped strip

To my surprise upon doing one of my mono prints, was that after scanning it looked like rubbish to me. I thought I couldn’t possibly can anything nice out of this scan. However upon zooming closely into a tiny blotch of paint, I was excited to see ‘nerve-like’ texture in the paint! I then decided to put that section in photoshop and adjusted it even more to emphasise on the ‘nerves’ and try to make it decalcomania since I was leaning towards that. This strip represented the emotion envy because when someone in envious of another person, you can feel the emotion twisting up and your nerves about to explode.

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decalcomania with thread & acrylic in notebook
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one of the imprints zoomed in
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photoshop of final print using decalcomania and inverse

For my trials with decalcomania, I was pleasantly surprised as well. What I did was to mix white glue and acrylic paint with a little water and paint onto the cartridge paper. Afterwards, i let some loose thread in a random way and folded the paper in half and left it to dry for awhile. Upon peeling, it left an interesting print but peeling the thread out from the paint also left an interesting imprint. So what I did was to inverse the entire scan and repeated it into a pattern to make it more decalcomania.

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monoprint with my mark making tool
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final photoshopped strip

As for this strip, I used the mark making tool that I made that consisted of a brush being tied with a string and two different type of feathers at the end. For this print, I merely twisted the tip of both the feather end in a circular motion and found out that I liked the result it gave. I then proceeded to photoshop and repeat it to make it more decalcomania.

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emotion: irritaion
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emotion: exasperation
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emotion: arousal
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emotion: anxiety
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emotion: joy

Finally these are some of my hand drawn strips that are being scanned. Although I preferred to leave it hand drawn, Enhancing it just a little brings it out better.

What I have learnt at this end of the project is all the different and diverse ways one can play around in achieving different results and effects and some times digitally enhancing it a little really helps. It has taught me to not look at the big picture, but zoom in and discover the possibilities that can be obtained from what it seems like pure mess.

Rectilinear Volumes

Here are my three sketch models that has a dominant, sub dominant and subordinate in one composition. Below are my 2D sketch analysis for each models on how to further improve them!

Sketch Model #1 before analysis

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With this composition it is noted that I needed to make the dominant volume more prominent while making the subordinate thinner so as to not confuse and make it seem as if there is two subordinate. Wedging the subordinate and subdominant at 1/3 the length helped to give the composition almost a a float like effect.

Sketch Model #2 before analysis

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With this composition, it is noted that piercing the subordinate through the subdominant makes it interesting but it is also hard to balance the composition between the dominance of the length of the subordinate and the dominant. Again, my dominant needs to be more prominent and I also decided to thin down 1/3 the subordinate to make it more obvious.

Sketch Model #3 before analysis

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With this composition, wedging the subordinate and the subdominant at a corner makes it interesting. However the dominant needs to be more prominent and maybe even cutting the subordinate shorter and shifting it not too in the dominant will make it more obvious as the subordinate.



Project 1: Picture Story – Curating Self

Hello! So here is my series of photos for our first project on ourself and let me take you though more about me!

Task 1: Me

Often when I think of myself I think I am someone who isn’t actually like other people which includes my thinking process. Here, the series of photos about me in around the Bukit Timah Railway has to make you stop and look to observe what the picture actually means. I used a lot of long shot technique because I want to show the surroundings around me and compare it to me, a small girl with a red bag pack exploring. I got inspired by Lavender Chang’s art photography where she does more conceptual stuff.


So this photo is to show how much of a day dreaming person I am. I decided to put myself lying in a field looking up and daydreaming but decided to leave in the blur effect in the photo because I intent the user looking at it to feel that dreamy effect but upon closer inspection he/she can actually spot me in the picture!


For the second photo it portrays me up on an abandoned bridge walking off in the distance to show that I am someone who likes to venture into the unknown. I like taking risks and exploring uninhabited places when I do my photography which is why is this photo me and my friends actually climbed up from below to get to this area over here!


As for the last photo of me, I am actually looking up at the big rock structure to show that “I’m a small girl looking to explore in a big world”. In the physical copy of the photo i actually chose to trim off the white border to let the viewer have the impression of “looking outside the photo” and let them think of what could be out there and what is the bigger picture.

Task 2: Object and Representation of Self

The object that is very near and dear to me was an old classical guitar passed down by my elder cousin.

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For my first photo, I took a very close up shot of the guitar encased by the guitar bag. My intention was to draw the viewer’s eyes to the edge of the guitar where it is torn and tattered but at the same time show how ironic it is that even though it is very old, I still want to keep it and preserve the rawness of the guitar. It’s markings sort of show the marks left behind by my elder cousin when eh used to play it in his generation.

Object 3

As for this photo, instead of the usual full figure shot of the ‘I feel like a rockstar when I’m alone’ look, I decided to give the viewer a more relaxed vibe as the guitar is more of a sentimental value to me rather than something rocking out to. So I picture myself lying down, playing the guitar and as I strum the guitar I sort of get to feel the texture of how old the guitar is and it makes me reminiscence back to how it belonged to my cousin.

Object 1

As for the last photo, I decided to shoot it in a mid length shot because to wanted to capture the motion up close but as well as showing just enough of what I was feeling. I also used a slow shutter speed while I was moving about with the guitar to capture a double exposure because I wanted to encapsulate how one object could have two lives, belonging to two different people at different times. Its interesting to think about how my cousin spent his time with this guitar could be different or same with mine.

Task 3: My World

As for the final task, the place that means something to me is actually my void deck where I lepak and meet both new and old friends. My void deck area is recognisably a vibrant orange so I chose to shoot it during the daytime to capture interesting aesthetics and how they represent as a signifier to me rather than placing the people inside. I got inspired by Tham Jing Wen and how he shot his Flat series.


In this photo this is the walkway whereby my friends will either say goodbye and leave by, or say hello and come by. By taking the picture in this way, I wanted to create a paradox whereby there is neither an entry nor an exit where I see familiar faces. The bright orange pillars almost seem like a grand entrance or exit.


Here in this photo shows the flight of stairs where I always come down from my floor to meet my friends to hang out. Its a signifier for telling my friends upon hearing my footsteps that I am on my way down to them. It also its interesting as even though I pass by it every time to hang out with my friend, I never realised how aesthetically interesting it actually was.


In this photo, I think I find it interesting how my void deck sort of has a face of its own in a place where I meet so many different faces. I thought it was an interesting unintentional aspect to my void deck and I decided to capture it as a signifier for the faces in my void deck area.


As for the last photo, I actually took it during the night time. Here pictured are actually the legs of the stools and also the table. I was trying to capture the essence that even though the viewer does not see any legs hanging indicating that some one is lepak-ing there, the shadows of the stool and table itself creates a presence in itself that some how the space is always occupied.