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Zine: Research (Part 2)

STYLE STUDY: Trying out different styles

After deciding on Architecture as a theme, I went searching on themes that I feel would best bring out what I love about the aspect. I eventually decided on the doodle-style; for its whimsical, playful yet rebel-like energy in them. The organisation yet messiness of it captures the essence of the place definitely.

Hence I sketched out the designs and layout; played with a few designs here and there with the theme in mind, used a tad of blue here and there for some variations in the designs. It saved indesign arranging-time for the layout since it was previously drawn and thought out in the design stage. It was a little confusing at the start, but helped with the usage of a trial prototype.

Scanned and cleaned up (Added 3 mm bleed-area with marking):

Que Sera : Final Product

Final Presentation of Project 1: Que Sera 

Zine: Research (Location – Recce)

 ZINE: Study in Paya Lebar

Theme: World Creation (Reinventing the Old and New)

‘Paya Lebar’ – Swamp Wide in Malay. Previously in the early 1800s during the colonial time, there were plantations and small Malay settlements during the area.

The estates’s heyday is mostly during the 1950s to 1980s, with 1970s of the area being infamous for the hideout of Secret Societies; though there are close to little traces of this part of its history left. It is interesting looking at the differences and mix between the cultures of the Chinese and the Malay. The oldest shop I managed to locate was an old Bread-making shop that denied photos, but still  accepted a few interviews. It was with mirth that the old shop owner complained that their work was taken over by bigger, industrial ‘Breadtalk’.

I started out at Geylang Serai, moved along and simply snapped photos to gain more insight into the area. To which there is previously a Chinese and Malay Kampung Settlement; took photos and some notes. The food is heavenly though, especially the kuey tutu and various Malay snacks. I wanted to venture further, but I was wandering close to the edge of Paya Lebar and reaching Geyland instead. I saw some dubious stuff in daylight, though the general sense of safety and ease is still there. Especially the massage pallor and entrances to the smaller streets, went back into the white collared world soon after a quick food tour.

There are forms of textures and and patterns of various forms I observed then, as well as the deeply embedded culture into the location. There is an exceeding amount of strong, unique factory architectures in the area. Since there are a mix of such a wide variety, I figured it would be nice to combine all these small nuances into a pattern unique to Paya Lebar; somewhat collage style.

Precisely due to the factories, wide, clear skies are exposed to the eye frequently whilst walking through the various main roads and smaller streets. It would nice to compile it into a tight photo-book that skies in Singapore can be equally pretty as well; as the other countries; perhaps to visit during the sunset to see if the evening colours can be captured as well.

Nevertheless, the presence of unique architecture and building cannot be ignored as part of the intricacies of this growing, industrial estate. By collapsing all these buildings together, I thought of how interesting it would be to predict the future landscapes with what we have; to create a completely unique landscape with the more peculiar features of the factories at the industrial estate.

Technique: (Refer to Slide 10)
Purpose: Kind of like a personal sketchbook of combined buildings
Combine the details and uniqueness of the Old and New buildings, to show the possibilities of combining a new form of building in the future and an unique brand of the architecture together of Paya Lebar, Singapore.

Some possible style references:

I will be looking into the creating a personalised unique style; from the references of the world creation. It would be mostly collage-style, and possibly recreated from my own drawings. Then, create a blend of futuristic and olden world.

Some artists to look into:
– Graham Holland
– Giacomo Costa
– Krista Svalbonas
– David Hockney
– Jospeh Binder

Project 3: Ego

Task: Create 12 Panels depicting of (Me, Setting and Outcome), with any medium.

I strung together some quick development into style and colour research before I actually went into anything deep, in order to get a clearer picture of what I would be expecting for the end result of the 12 panels.
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After researching, I decided that vector-style best represent who I am; for its varying ability to be complex yet simple at the same time. It will also bring out the colours most strongly in my opinion.

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I did some quick thumbnails on some possible drafts for the 12 panels, and worked out the details from there. By deciding on a favourite/ particularly impressionable colour scheme, I then associated the feeling attached to the colour (e.g. Blue = Depression); and begin planning some compositions from there. The sketches above are for, more or less, the finalised drafts of the work.

1) Set 1: Blue Analogous (Blues, Greens)

pic_001Me (Depression, Isolation)

I mainly drew inspiration from the Dementors from Harry Potter, as they give off the intimidating feeling wanting others to leave them alone; to which I feel a relation to.

Though I chose to reflect insecurity by getting the Me in the picture to grasp at the cloth as though concealing myself from the public eye, rather than the frightful imagery that the Dementors give off.















(Left: Dementor Concept Art, Right: Style Reference: Simon Delart – Tumblr Artist)

I went with a more fractured kind of vector to show the layers and turmoil one can feel during a depressive state, as well as the many layers people will chose to hide themselves in after finding themselves in such a predicament.

pic_002Setting (Many Windows, Doors Opportunity)


I went with Escher’s Maze-like design to show a myriad of pathways and choices, con-notating on how life has many possibilities one can take; and by entering one door it leads you to even more possibilities.

(Below: Escher’s Work)



Outcome – When I am Depressed, Confined.


When I am depressed or confined, I tend to lose track of myself and hide back into my comfort zone (the shelter of the cloth) despite missing out on potential opportunities in various walks of life. The downward, spiralling staircase with me at the bottom also shows how I am at the very abyss, and when you stare at it; it stares back at you (aka. if you are stuck in a situation and if you do nothing about it, the situation won’t help itself improve). Inspired mostly from Picasso’s blue period for the colour scheme; from the Blind-man’s Meal (Below).

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2) Set 2: Complimentary Colour (Blue and Yellow)


Me (As a Young Soul Venturing forth)


I choose to represent myself as a lion in a suit; for the fact that society favours courage and venturing qualities when it comes to the working life; as they always say “Go forth and Conquer”. Lions have been know as a symbol of courage, strength and tenacity since the medieval times upon European coat of arms and mythology. I drew inspiration from modern, oil-painting artist Ryohei Hase as well for the Animal-headed figures.

(Below: Ryohei Hase’s Works)

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Setting : Crowds (With People in general)


Being the introvert I am (based on the 16 Personality Test online that I am an INFP), I inherently dislike crowds and the hustle-bustle throngs of people bring forth. Hence such, I utilised the complimentary colour scheme since it meant general discomfort to me from its ability to disturb the eye.


(Below: Drew inspiration of the arrangement from concerts where there are many crowded into an area at once.)


pic_006Outcome: Me (Constricted and Frustrated with Society)


For the final, I drew in the comparison of how society’s norm and expectation of how people are expected, naturally, to be going with the flow and play amongst company politics in order to find our place in life.

3) Pastel (Soft Colours)


Me (Comfort Zone)


Initially, I started out with the drafts of an angel (Humanoid with Wings); and then I decided hey, why not let it go and see what my pen brings me to. Thus, I simply drew with a single thought in mind: to represent myself when I am feeling the most contented and happy.


Setting (Home-ish, Warm Place)


I simply went the track of “how do I represent a comfortable area in a manner that is to the point”; and I came up with the game-ish concept of a mini-space of comfort.

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Outcome: Relaxed, Comfortable Me


I feel the happiest, and the most relaxed when I am resting within my comfort zone. Hence the soft colours and relaxed ‘mascot’-me. 

4) Green Analogous (Greens, Blues)


Me (Jaded, Over-Confident)


Green, to me as a colour, is the colour of Nature and Envy. And being envious of people is part and parcel of how humans naturally react, though whether we react negatively or positively to the emotions is another story. The pieces of Jade attached to me symbolises me hidden behind my own ignorance of Envy and Confidence. 


Setting (Technology, Advancement)


Greenish, Lab setting to show the sense of Technology; and how technology is a double-edged sword. It can grant humble people the power to empower other’s lives, and yet destroys with people’s over-reliance on its omnipotence.  


Outcome: Presumptuous Me, Overconfidence.


Inspired by the iron throne in the Game of Thrones, the final piece delved into the world of me being jaded and too overconfident in my work due to my past experiences (my knowledge over the others); resulting me in a sense of (dangerous) over-entitlement in myself. By placing myself in a laid back pose, it depicts myself in a state where I believe I reign supreme over all, the King of my own presumption within my own world. 

The lack of details in the background shows that it is only myself that believes in such a fact, and that I have went too deep into my ego and need to bring myself back into reality again; to stay humble and steadfast.

(Below: Iron Throne from the Game of Thrones)


Final Works – (Digital Print Ver. Followed by the Physical)

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Board #1


Board #2


It is certainly an eye-opening experience for the EGO project; since we had to delve deep into our subconscious and truly LOOK at ourselves from exterior in. I definitely could have explored further in times of the mediums and ideas (food for thought for the future), and pushed myself beyond what I was expecting to reach another boundary.

Though so, it is safe to say that the project has helped me understand myself much, much more. In terms of self-reflection, concepts and art approach. 

Forrest Gump – Silk Screen Printing

Task: Pick 4 quotes from the same movie / 4 different movies.
I selected the Dreamworks Animation Production of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. For largely the fact that it was really the first movie that had brought me right into the heart of animation, and my love for animals. It was a classic, 2002-piece that spoke of the struggles between mankind and nature. Of how sometimes nature can simply not be tamed, no matter the feats of modern mankind.

The movie had little dialogue, where most of it was a voice-over from the inner narration of the Main Character (the mustang; stallion’s) thoughts and responses, making the words seem more precious to me.

spirit_stallion_of_the_cimarron_posterMovie poster for the Animation

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Screenstills from the movie

The 4 quotes I picked are: (the italic areas are the shortened ver.)
1) “They say the Journey of the West was written from the Saddle of a Horse, but it has never been told from the Heart of one.

2) “I remember the Sun and the Sky, and the Wind calling my Name. In a time, when wild horses ran Free.”

3) “Racing with the Eagle, Soaring with the Wind. Flying? At times I believe I could.”

4)“The hoofbeats were many, but our Hearts were One.”

I chose to focus in on the more visual aspects of the quote, and played around mainly with the elements through different interpretations.

Quote 1 Study)

I selected the buffalo skull as the fastest symbol to represent the West (Wild West America), the book and quill as documentation and the carriage/sled as the horse figure (with a horseshoe to further its identity).

Buffalo Skull: The iconic imagery we would see regarding the Wild West.
Book and Quill: Standard forms of recording History.
Sled: Horses are effectively transport to us, hence I went down the line of thought using what the horses are made to do as a symbol of what they are in our eyes.


Thoughts: The piece seemed a little empty for me, and I didn’t like this quote as much as the others.

Quote 2 Study) 


I went for a more map-looking feel for this quote, feeling more rather than thinking. Hence it might explain the arcs, wavy looking curves in this design since I was trying to capture the quickness of the wind. I tried to base it off a little more towards a tarot-card design, since there’s a tarot card that is genuinely called the Sun. I love the fact that tarot cards manage to bring out the appeal in the antique style as well.

The Sun: a literal representation (mimicking tarot style)

The Sky: The clouds and water (about how skies are blue due to the refraction of colour from the sea)
Wind: Wind vane supporting all the characters and the old man blowing the gust of wind (akin to a children storybook)

Thoughts: I felt that the design simply wasn’t representative of what I wanted; being something simple and to the point. It was a good exploration of different methods to present the meanings though.

Quote 3 Study) [selected this]

I adored the force behind the rocket and how well it represented the quote then. The rocket also clearly remained an area of focus, with the compass being above as though there was a map, yet not restricted to its confines.
The simple design of the wings also brought out the details more. I had initially planned to use :

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Yet, when I combined them together, it was overtly messy and it took the focus away from the rocket (which represented the main character as a horse, wild and free).

The background came from this:
freevector-antique-clouds-drawingI colour-halftoned the picture, as thought to as as a technique to emphasise the picture. Cleaned up the border edges and made it less intense (dark) round the sides as well.

INITIALLY, I wanted to create a more emblem-looking design since I was more into the illustrative aspect of the quote:
racing_1My professor suggested me to look into more abstract, less literal designs; which served as my yardstick through creating the other three designs.

Thoughts: I love the quote the most of the three, and generally focused on on bringing out the freedom and strength from the quote itself.

Quote 4 Study)


It was important to represent unity within the quote, as it was what I had thought would be the most appropriate, single word to describe the entire quote. I chose to add the heart in, since it is the crux the message for the quote. I adored the aesthetics of the final result, thought it seemed a little too cluttered for me, and that the details might get lost during the transfer to the silkscreen.

Plants at the bottom: (Fruiting) They are bunched together and gnarled together like a close-bunch of family members. I like how vines and the veins intertwine each other naturally as well.


The tap/ hose at the top was to represent the impending release/ gush of emotions for the family; largely towards feelings of elation.

Lastly, the most important aspect was the flower language behind the flower in the centre (the most crucial spot): Rose. Roses, in flower language; represents the meaning of unity. It stemmed from the heart, hence the feeling of unity comes from deep within.


Overall thoughts:
The search for appropriate pictures to match the rendering style and feel of the picture is a little taxing, since they need to be complimenting in order to look harmonious as a whole. The general gestalt of the composition have to be placed into consideration consistently as well. Infact, I collected so much more possible antique/ vintage styled art than I ever needed. It is truly an interesting project though nevertheless.



After selecting the designs, we had to print it out on transparency. Layering it with two prints make the piece darker (better see through on the silkscreen).

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Silkscreen itself.

20161007_172532After applying the emulsion, we exposed the transparency through harsh light from a machine within the Red room.

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Had quite a bit of fun inside running in and out, say cheese everyone!

20161007_175017 20161007_175030Then, it was the test-prints. The feeling of printing on newsprint and on the actual tote bag was vastly different though (due to the rough texture)

img-20161014-wa0024Add Ink at the top, then swoosh.

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Then, peel it off slowly.



First Attempt: Too Dark!


Finally, on the second attempt. Satisfied!

Thoughts: Really interesting project, never quite did anything like it before. I know more about the silkscreen printing now; perhaps I will fiddle with it in the near future with personal projects if there’s time during the holidays. It is definitely fun and insightful!