Doing this with Vanessa Wong!
EGO Egg rolls (Research & Process)
It’s time for a new project. Yay. Let’s look at what these colour mean:
Monochromatic colours are colours that are of the same hue, but different saturation. This gives a very balanced and harmonic result that is comfortable for the eyes.
Analogous colour is a combination of a hue and its neighbouring hue in the colour wheel. The saturation and brightness, again, can be adjusted. Generally, if the colours are not too far apart, the saturation can remain the same and yet not create a messy result. It’s still a pretty balanced and harmonic colour palette. Best to have one or two outstanding colours to create the ‘wow’. Also, its not the best to focus on the hue of the colours but the saturation, which will make things more harmonious. Also, avoid combining cool and warm colours.
Complementary colours are a combination of two colours of different hue, roughly opposite of each other in the colour wheel. The useable colours are basically two sets of monochromatic combination, meaning you can manipulate the saturation or brightness within the two selected hue. This creates a high contrast, so more consideration should be taken when using the colours. The high contrast can be used in a way where one colour is dominant while the other works as an accents. The other spaces are best to be covered with neutral colours to let the eyes rest.
Split complementary colour scheme is the use of three colours, one main one and the other 2 being a split of the first colour’s complementary colour. There is an idea that this colour scheme is best used for beginners because it’s hard to mess up.
Triadic colours is a scheme that uses three colours spaced equally apart. It is like complementary, which has a very high contrast. However, it is more balanced. The trick is to use one colour as the dominant one in a design and accent the design with the other two.
WHO AM I???
What is Ego? Ego is a representation of myself. But how do I represent myself? Theres a lot of ways to do it, so what do I pick?
I have thought about it for a while, visualising myself in different scenarios, I decided to create a universe for myself. Basically, I want all my panels to be linked, into a mini universe in the A0 board. Also because I love space stuffs so I really think this ties up all my personalities together in a complete way.
So this row is going to be heavily inspired by Rick and Morty.
I like to hold things in. Like a lot. I have a lot of unexpressed thoughts and feelings that I don’t show out, so as to not create conflict or make others think I am weird. I am self conscious. The thoughts and emotions held in are also mostly negative.
In the first panel, I depict myself as a giant flying space butt. I’m a butt because I hold things in, like fart. It’s crude, but I think that makes it better because of how I always want to show myself as someone who is clean and decent. So, some sprinkle of irony there. Also, I think a butt is perfect for describing someone who holds in too much feelings and thoughts. The space aspect of it is… well, why not?
So I drew the butt in reference to the buttworld’s butt and fart. Using my ideas of lighting, I added some touches here and there.
For the colours I went for split complementary colours because I want to just simply use the deep space blue against the yellow-ish skin colour of the butt. But there’s also the fart which is green, so there is a need for that split comp there.
If you notice, there’s glow on the cheeks, which is coming from the light reflected off the planet :’)
The second panel is a depiction of a planet. I will describe it as a friendly and trust worthy planet, so maybe I will use friendly colours and more rounded edges to depict a planet that won’t bite. I will be using analogous to create a colourful but not too overwhelming colour palette. This planet represents my close friend and thus it is friendly to me. I used pink and turquoise because I think this combination creates an eccentric colour that represents an alien planet, yet these colours are soothing, which represents the friendliness.
p.s. see the shadow of the butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The outcome of a giant flying space butt flying towards a friendly planet: Apocalypse. When I have a close friend with me and when I got something to rant about, I will let loose all my negative emotions to them. I show them the ugly side of myself. In this panel, the poor people of the planet will be overwhelmed by the toxic fart. Thus, it will be monochrome, in toxic green colour. The panel will also be a parody of The Scream by Edvard Munch, which depicts the kind of emotion that the people in the planet feels when hell is let loose.
Oh. And also, inspired by Toxic rick and morty
Overall, the row will be digitally drawn in Rick and Morty cartoon style, as most of the elements in this row is inspired by Rick and Morty. The first panel’s butt is a reference to one of the settings in Rick and Morty, the Butt World. The planet I will be drawing will also be in the style of R&M. Finally, the way I use Edvard Munch’s work is a reference to how R&M can travel to different dimensions. This is also supported by an actual fan artwork shown here:
The Scream from rickandmorty
BUTT…. DISCLAIMER: I really did have the idea before I see this so… Quite surprised to see this lmao. The overall space theme is also inspired by the cartoon.
Anyway, I think the Rick and Morty style fits the crude look of this row, so yeah.
First panel, I am a balloon. The reason for a balloon is because balloons get inflated. I want it to represent my ego, because of how it can be inflated / deflated / popped. The balloon is also a fragile thing, which is how I view my ego. At some points, I will be confident, with inflated ego. At other points, my ego just goes pop. I want to use the colour green to represent my ego, because I am a person that envy people easily. So ego + envy = not a good thing, right? Anyway, since the background is going to be spacey, I’m going for analogous colours, Green + Blue + yellow (stars). For this, I try to make the blue dark, so the green can stand out.
Process: I first went to paint this with acrylic paint. This is consistent with the other 2 panels. However, the colour seems off for one of the panels, so I decided to do a scan for all of them and did image trace to create the paint-ish look instead. I can then alter the colours. Although, what’s lost is the 3D-ness of the paint, which is a pity.
So this inflated balloon is going to meet something he don’t want to see. A person achieving. Oh no! Someone is going to be better than me? OR someone that is already better than me. What will happen???
So this person is going to be represented as a spaceship, as spaceships are launched high up in the sky, to achieve a goal in space which is like out of ordinary. To stay consistent, the design of the planet should be the same as the previous row’s because of continuity. So I’m stuck with the same colour scheme. Nonetheless, I’ve throw in a bit of red on the spaceship to make it more of the highlight, focus, rather than the planet. The colours are going to be triadic due to the way the colour turns out using acrylic paint.
Oh, the planet is the same one, but painted in a different way. You can see the complexity have increased. This is due to me trying to follow the art style of Overwatch to make it consistent.
If I see someone that can achieve high, I get jealous. I feel like I can’t achieve as high as anyone else, and I beat myself down. So to illustrate this, I zoom into the planet once again, and in this panel, my favourite character in the game ‘Overwatch’, McCree, is going to shoot me down. McCree is basically a cowboy that has an ultimate ability to instantly kill his enemy(ies).
This is McCree
When he uses this ability, everything looks sepia. I’m basically trying to use the style of the game to create the overall look of this panel.
Skull reference and ‘ELIMINATED’ text:
The panel is going to also be inspired by Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.
The colour scheme I’ll go for… The sky is blue, like the Starry Night painting. The ground, however, due to consistency with the planet’s reddish ground colour, is going to be red. However, blue and red don’t match, unless it is split complementary (with yellow for stars). So that’s the only colour scheme I can go for. To make everything more harmonic, I added the sepia filter.
I made the swirl into the smoke coming out of the gun. The spaceship can be seen here, flying high up in the sky, red in colour. So there you go.
A family portrait :3 . These are the original painted pieces
I am a satellite. A lost one. I got lost because
1. I don’t really listen to people or instructions because I *SPACE* out. (get it?)
2. I read information wrongly, or interpret some things wrongly.
SO, that’s me. A lost satellite reading wrong information. I got inspired by the Mars rover that’s supposed to go to Mars but missed it or crashed ( can’t remember) due to it being coded by imperial units, and then input by metric units (which caused it to calculate wrongly or something). For this row, I am heavily inspired by Kurzgesagt, AKA ‘In A Nutshell’. They are an educational science youtube channel that has a distinct style.
The way they illustrate deep space
I noticed the way they draw clouds/cloudy things, which is lovely, and I noticed how their clouds are used in many other designs around ADM as well as other places. So, I think they’re pretty influential. The colour scheme for this, I have to stick with dark blue and something else because the ‘space’ part needs to stay consistent.
This is the satellite I’m referencing.
Initially, I wanted to make a realistic render of a satellite:
But, it was a bit weird, and I suddenly remembered I wanted to do a Kurz Gesagt row. So I scrapped it. I experimented with different colours:
GoldPurple, the original colour
I was just messing around with the colours, and eventually I settled for bronze, and applied complementary colours : Blue and Orange.
I used a gradiented backdrop to make it not so flat. The stars are indivudually made circles of different sizes, so it’s diverse. I added a ‘?’ and some electric sparks to show that it does not know where it is going and probably is damaged. I also added a gradiented layer behind the satellite to show that it’s moving quickly towards the right.
So this panel, I wanted to just put empty space, as in, illustrated space. But it doesn’t bring context to the next panel.
Empty space, with a small planet in distance.
Therefore I forced a planet in, and try to make it blend as much to the space as possible so it isn’t so visible, but adds to the context of having a planet. So anyway, second panel is ‘give it enough time and space’, so meaning the situation is to give my lost satellite enough time and space. You can already expect what’s next. It’s not going well.
For colour scheme, I want to portray the planet as a more hostile one, reason is I want the next row to be set in a hostile place, and for consistency sake, I need this side of the planet to have the same colour scheme too. I used purple and red because it gives an ominous look. Somewhat poisonous. I used split complementary:
The yellow is being thrown all the way into the white area, so technically still split complementary?
This is the first version, which I think is too bright. The purple makes the whole composition unbalanced and messier, I feel. I want to keep the red. So in order to make the red stand out, I darken the purple.
(I ended up enlarging the planet and changing the colour to blend it with the background, covering the ‘clouds’ which I feel sad about 🙁 )
Third panel, I crash and burn into the planet. Yep. So at first, I didn’t know what artwork to reference to. Shirley gave me a good reference: Raining Men by Rene Magritte.
I also referenced a Kurz Gesagt-inspired digital art of a comet
The colour scheme, together with the last panel and last row, is inspired by Disney villains colour scheme.
You can sort of tell the purple and red are also in the planet’s colours.
So the colour’s gonna be analogous
So, combine all these together, you get:
Crash and burn.
So for the last row, I will be using paper collage. I am inspired by overlaponeanother:
They are a design studio that specialises in paper with patterns, and they will present their photos with lots of patterns overlapping one another.
I really like the kind of stuffs they do, the kind of patterns they use. So I thought about making my own patterns and put them together to form shapes.
I came to realise that this type of paper collage has a name called piecing quilt patterns.
So in this panel, I am a chameleon because I can adapt to places easily. I can learn and mimic people quickly so as to adapt to their style and make friends that way. I am also very carefree and very ‘anything’, so I want to be depicted as a calm/chill little chameleon.
Idea of applying patterns:
So this chameleon is going to be in a tropical setting, it’s home. Where it’s comfortable, where it doesn’t need to blend in.
So I decided to use these leaf patterns for the background.
So the chameleon is going to be depicted by these circular wave things, to indicate that it is chill.
Lastly, the tree branch that it stands on:
The colour scheme I will use is analogous, more to the green side:
Looks pretty chill to me 🙂
Second panel is going to be in space again. The situation is a foreign and hostile planet, symbolising an environment that I, the little chameleon, am not familiar with. It will be the same planet as the 3rd row’s 2nd panel.
I want to depict the place as hostile, so I used triangles.
And once again, the same colours, but with green as the other end of the split complementary, as I added a ring to the planet (invisible in the other panel, visible in this panel). The reason for the ring is to distinguish this planet from the other planet at the top 2 rows, other than the colours.
We can see that this scheme is taken from the villain colours:
So yeah. Even the stars in the background is made of patterns. I kinda was imagining a wrapping paper kind of effect, so yeah. I’m happy with the outcome!
Last panel of the last row. This is going to be my reaction to being in a foreign and hostile environment. I once again zoomed into the planet for the last panel. When I am in a foreign place, no matter how well I can adapt, I will still feel nervous. On the outside, I seem okay I think. But on the inside, I am trying hard to adapt, to blend in. I feel nervous because I don’t like interacting with people that much. But ironically, I can adapt well so… It’s a bit weird, and hard to explain.
I decided to use a lot of sharp-looking shapes like diamonds, squares, zig-zags, etc.
They’re mostly geometric.
So, with these patterns, I form a hostile looking place. The reference for the background will be The Persistence of Memory by Dali:
The reason for this is that it is a strange place to be.
The colour scheme will once again be the split complementary colours in the disney villains. I feel like it’s very repetitive to use it, but it is only because I have to be consistent with the overall look. Now come to think of it, it’s not a very good idea cos in the end, there’s very little colour choices to play around with…
Then again, I played around with the weight of the colours, so that’s something I tried. For this composition, I used more red and green than the purple, using purple only as a touch to not make everything too bold. Whereas for my other compositions, it’s mostly red and purple, which is to give a more harmonic look. The colours picked here, together with the patterns, make everything quite messy. But it is quite intended because I want it to be a hostile place. In a way, it works, but again, it doesn’t because it’s a bit too messy. I can justify, though, because there really is a need to separate the different elements of the painting with colours and patterns.
Oh, if you realised, I used the floor patterns from The Shining, a horror film made by Stanley Kubrick (originally from Stephen King’s book) to depict the floor. This floor pattern is pretty iconic, and I want to use it to depict the horror setting.
Overall for the last row, I will cut and paste the pieces to form an image, rather than it all being on the screen and printed out nicely.
The final look at the board:
The cut out and pasted pieces of the last row: