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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. 🙂