2D Project 3 – Ego (Final Work)


My concept is based on the 4 seasons of the year – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and I grouped each personality trait according to each season and their moods/ meanings.

WINTER (Hibernation): A period of inactivity, downtime, “decay” (plants)

Personality traits: Over-think, self-conscious, complacent, unfocused, procrastinate

Winter colours: Cool tones, blues, greens, purples

SPRING (Revival): The earliest or freshest time of something, growth, “wake up”, self development.

Personality traits: detail-oriented, curiosity, open-minded

Spring colours: pastel/ muted tones, purples, greens, orange, pink

SUMMER (Rejuvenation): Time of blossoming, greatest happiness, euphoria, “restoration”, refreshing

Personality traits: Optimistic, adventurous, spontaneous

Colours: bright colours, orange, yellow, pinks, red, green

AUTUMN (Maturity):  A time of full maturity, “Harvest”, a later part of someone’s life/ something’s existence

Personality traits: “Growing up”, Independence, Hardwork

Colours: warm tones, orange, yellow, greens, reds, dull colours

For this assignment, I focused a lot on the artistic elements/ aesthetics and I kept the concept rather simple. In terms of style, I took a lot of references from images I found online. I chose them because I liked their use of positive and negative spaces, how they match colours, their use of scale, contrast, shapes, texture overlays, and overall illustrative style. I really like how these illustrations also portray a certain “mysteriousness” and wonder, it’s rather whimsical too! I wanted to incorporate the use of silhouettes in my work too, because I knew that the over all compositions were going to be pretty overwhelming, and a dark solid-coloured silhouette will allow the character to stand out.

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FINAL WORKScreen Shot 2015-11-21 at 5.26.51 pmOSS-01Unfocused – The overlapping branches and leaves, brush strokes accentuates confusion and “unfocus-ness”. The brush strokes also suggests exasperation and a sense of chaos. This is how I feel about life currently, where it is tough to live up to expectations of myself, prioritising different modules, in addition to balancing out my personal life.

Complacent – Sometimes when the stress gets to me, I tend to push everything aside and procrastinate. This is me “relaxing” amidst the hectic work load.

Current me – Therefore, I feel that I’m currently “In hibernation”. In terms of school work, I feel that I’m too relaxed for my own good sometimes. It’s time to wake up from hibernation!

When viewed together, you can see that the graphics are “downward sloping” and this this further emphasizes inactivity.

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Open-minded –  In order to stay relevant in the design industry, it’s important to always be open minded and develop fresh ideas whenever possible, to set you apart from the rest. The ladder indicates that there are endless possibilities to ideas and you’ll just have to keep “climbing the ladder” to success.

Curiousity – We have to also instil curiosity into the things we do because it helps us move forward, gives us direction and leads us to new paths in life. “Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning” – William Arthur Ward 

A better me – Being more open-minded and always having curiosity will help me fulfil my goals in life.

The graphics here are upwards sloping.

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Optimistic – Even though I’m usually quite an optimistic person, I feel there I can instil more positivity in my life. This is me soaking in all the optimism that I need. Everyone needs a positive push; hope, confidence and faith that there are bright days ahead. 🙂 I have to remind myself that life is too short for worries.

Spontaneous – Things will not always go as planned in life. Being spontaneous and adaptable will definitely prepare myself for challenges ahead.

An ideal me – Taking life as it comes and adding more optimism and spontaneity to everyday situations will take me a step further to being a person that I want to be ideally. With that, I can achieve great things like my dream job in the UK and having houses all over the world! 🙂

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Independence – One day, I wish that I’ll be independent enough to not depend on others. Being entirely comfortable with myself and being alone, having only positive thoughts, setting big goals and constantly discovering things for self improvement is what I consider independence. My goal is to be able to buy a house by myself, to be capable enough to live on my own, with my own little studio space to draw and paint as an artist.

Hard work – Of course, it takes a lot of hard work to achieve great things in the real world. There will always be competition and new challenges that you have to face, while achieving your goals. Grades and a degree will get you to places but hard work and determination will keep you there. I strive to work hard to the best of my ability. The trick is to always have hope and never give up on your dreams. Seeking new opportunities and setting goals is necessary in creating the personal, professional and spiritual life that I want.

Me in 5 years (or more) – In 5 years or more, I hope that I would be at the epitome of success and happiness. A house is not a home without a family, people you love and care about. Home is a connection of family, safety, and is your own little sanctuary. One of my greatest goals in life is to start a family with the love of my life (haha), and to watch my children and grandchildren grow up happy. I may be a little too young to think of that now, but the first step to realising your vision is to define it. 🙂

The balanced elements in the compositions here suggest “grounded-ness” and maturity.


Overall, this assignment was very personal to me, and I feel that it was a good way of getting to know yourself, as well as my classmates. I’m glad that we went through this project because this gets us thinking about what we really want in life and how we can get there. I feel that ADM has provided us with really great assignments thus far and I am learning a lot about myself as an artist too. 🙂



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2D Project 3 – Ego (Research) Part III

This week, I did a more in-depth artist reference research and I found many inspiring illustrations for my work. I’ll be drawing inspiration from their use of textures, colour schemes, brush strokes and styles. Here’s a sneak preview of my work… 🙂 Will keep the explanations for presentation!


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“Unfocused” (Winter #1)

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“Current Me” (Winter #3)

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4D Trailer – Shutter Counts




Mandy (Sibling) – Brenda Lee

Amelia (Sibling) – Clara Xu

Evil step-mother – Lim Pei Yi

Dad (Engineer) – Elton Thong

Witch – Camera


Thriller, Sci-Fi


2 mins


(Hansel & Gretel)


Modern day issue

Parents’ horrible treatment can leave a traumatic imprint on their children.


Dad is an engineer who hardly stays at home, step-mom ill-treats the pair of siblings. One day, they decided to run away from home! Step-mom possess a vintage camera that has the ability to foresee the future and change the life of those people. She uses the camera to secretly capture teenagers because she doesn’t want them to have a happy ending. While running away, they tried to look for the camera, and finds out a secret room with many polaroids of teens. They slowly find out the evil intention of their step-mom, and tries to stop her.

2D Project 3 – Ego (Research) Part II



During the week, I came up with many ideas on how I could execute this very personal project. Firstly, I thought of how I could showcase and explain my many different personality traits, graphically. I brainstormed and these are some of the themes that came to me…

  • Seasons/ Months of the year (Jan to Dec)
  • Subjects – Plants (e.g. cactuses), fruits (e.g. fruit juice combinations), outfits, crystals and stones, maps, birds, flowers
  • Storytelling/ narrative (A girl on a journey)
  • Style – collage (e.g. Dada, surrealism)
  • A house and rooms (rooms and spaces can portray different traits/ time, before and after)
  • Tarot cards (Past, present, future readings, explaining the 1) current me 2) an ideal me 3) me in 5 years)
  • Mandalas (Symbolize my journey through life, colours represents different meanings, bad and good)
  • Health – Exercise, nutrition, benefits (items are drawn in an orderly format/ playing with balance and symmetry)

Final Concept

I picked the seasons/ months of the year as my final theme as I thought there was a lot of room to explore in terms of conceptualising, subject choice, colours and compositions. Joy helped me further develop my idea by adding on a good point on how different seasons can portray a particular mood or meaning. For instance, “summer” is a time of “blossoming” and rejuvenation. It is also a period associated with euphoria. Hence, traits such as optimism/ enlightenment/ adventure/ spontaneity can fall under “summer”.

I did a variety of sketches per personality trait and the the “seasons” they fall into. Will explain further in the final Ego post! I apologise for the untidy notes 🙁

Adding on, I found a website that helps you pick colours you need according to the various colour theories 🙂 Check it out here: http://colorschemedesigner.com/csd-3.5/

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Joy also gave me a really helpful website that has all sorts of colour palettes according to themes, that can be uploaded by anyone. For example, if you key in “summer”, you’ll be able to select all sorts of palettes that people define as summer. https://color.adobe.com/explore/newest/

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SPRING: Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.20.55 pm


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AUTUMN: Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.20.05 pm

WINTER: Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.20.25 pm

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