2D Zine Process/Execution/Experimentation

Cool out it

Upon hearing the details of a new project, I’m always very ambitious about it and thought of a lot of ideas. Hence, I am always stay cool whenever I start a new project.

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For this, I chose blue colour to show the feeling of cool and peace.

I chose a cat from my ego project represent curiosity, like how I am curious to explore even further into a new project. The eyes background, which is also from my ego project represent my eyes looking at various directions, like how i explore new things at the start. I edited the eyes background to have a spread out liquid effect to its border (since liquid/water reminds me of the colour blue) and posterise it to give it a unique texture and overlay both images together.

The font is kept to the side against a white background, hence bringing forward the text, making it stands out.  The word “cool” is also larger to bring the viewers’ attention to it, since it is the most important word in the text. The words are also arranged slightly tilted, like they are floating in water, giving a relax feeling.

Angry at it

After being ambitious about a project, I will always meet difficulties in my project. Therefore, I would get irritated by it and starts to procrastinate.

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For this, I chose colour red since red usually represent anger.

I chose the shoe from my rhyme project, duplicate it and overlay them to have a interesting composition. One of the shoe is enlarge to show the feeling of anger. The shoe prints all over the floor also seems like there’s someone stomping angrily on the ground.

The red colour slope gives the feeling of running down hill, hence unstoppable.

The scratch like mark at the sides are from my line project which is for the word exhausted. Similarly, I used this line work to show that the feeling of tired and it also looks like someone who is angry scratching on the wall.

Similarly, the word ” angry” is also larger compared to other words to bring the viewers’ attention to it.

Get over it

As the project deadline approaches, I will usually hope that the project gets over quickly and anticipate another new project.

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For this, I chose green colour since it reminds me of the green man at the traffic light, and green usually represents the meaning of “go”.

I pasted the Chinese calendars and “Z”s (from my ego project) on the right side of the page. It means that the days go by quickly when I am doing a project. The green colour lines from my line project looks very messy and irregular, hence showing the feeling of getting tired of it and get over it.

Since the images are placed at the right, I placed my text at the left where there is a lot of white spaces. Similarly, the word “get” has large white space around it to catch the viewers’ attention.

Cover page

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For the cover, I chose the drawing of my face from my ego project and my name as the title because the project is about my 2D progress. The image is edited to create an interesting texture to it. I chose that font because it gives a light-hearted feel to it. The colours of the alphabets also represents the 3 stages as mentioned above.

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Continue to next post for my final work~


2D Typographic Portrait Process/Execution/Experimentation

After the research, this post is about the progress in my project.


I am Ada and I am an animator 

I wanted to do a flip book to introduce my name. I designed my name into a building, so that the alphabets in my name will be lowered down like those in construction site. Click on the image below for the GIF image to see a better explanation!!

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After consultation, I removed the building elements since it maybe boring and slow. So, I try to create fun movements with the alphabets to show that I want to be a fun and entertaining animation. Click on the image below for the GIF image to see a better explanation!!

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However, when I print out each page of the flip book, I find that it is too difficult to flip the pages on A5 and the papers runs too fast and its difficult to control.

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With time running out, I rejected this whole idea after all the efforts. ._.

I am Ada and I am a comic lover (THE CHOSEN ONE)

At first I drew out a comic and try to incorporate my name into the comic. However after consultation, it was too visual to be a typography.


So I look at Google for the comic style typography. This is the easiest to create. I use the software Clip Studio Paint and their pre-installed comic elements into my work, such as the shout box, half tone and the blood stain. I arranged my name in Photoshop and export it to CSP.

I chose red on green so that my name would stand up from the complementary colours. I also chose black and white background because most of the comic that are read are from Japan and their comics are usually in black and white. Also, since I like to read action comics, I added blood stains and leading lines to create an action feel to it.




I am Ada and I am pessimistic (THE CHOSEN ONE)

At first I wanted to do a photo collage to form a half filled cup with my name in it. However, it will look too confusing. So I googled pessimistic and I found that clouds and rain are most often associated to pessimistic. So, using my Chinese name Le Tong, I drew my name with clouds and rain as seen in the picture below.


After consultation, Shirley commented that the typography has too many visual elements too. She suggested to use raindrops to form my name. Thus, I came out with the drawing below.


I chose spirals for my clouds as it gave off a sad and gloomy feeling to it.

So I edited this drawing in Photoshop. I added gradient to my raindrops and clouds to give further gloominess into the work. I also chose dirty dark green so the the overall look will be sad. I added shadows at the back of my raindrops so that they would pop out from the green.


I am Ada and I am a volcanologist

One of my favorite subjects since secondary school is Geography, especially Physical Geography which is to study about the Earth, so I chose volcanologist, someone who study about volcano.

At first I wanted to do a 3D volcano with papers, glue and plastics. However, since I am not that good in craft work I changed my idea to use sponges to create the texture of volcano in my name.


I used different shades of acrylic brown for the volcano and red for the lava. After consultation, I changed the arrangement of the alphabets so that they are linked more closely together.



Sadly, after several attempts at home, I felt that the alphabets did not pop out and the whole work looked very messy. Hence, I rejected the idea. ._.



I am Ada and I am happy

I wanted to try to mix English alphabets with Chinese characters. The above picture shows some of the attempts. However I rejected the idea since it will contradict with my pessimistic work and my pessimistic idea is more developed.



I am Ada and I am a slow runner (THE CHOSEN ONE)

I drew out all the alphabets that seems to be running. I wanted to arrange those alphabets found in my name to be at the back of the race, while the rest of the letters will be at the back. However after consultation, the comments were there were too many letters in the typography.

So I googled to find turtle are often associated to slow. Hence I try to use my name to form a turtle shape as seen in the picture below.


However, it is difficult to see my name, hence I used turtle texture instead.

I googled for suitable turtle texture and I found this.


Hence, I drew out my name with the above patterns. I also I added other elements such as the timing for my run. The details for this work will be written in my final post.



I am Ada and I am a chocolate consultant (THE CHOSEN ONE)

One of the best jobs in the world according to Google. I drew my name into chocolate like form. At first, I wanted to arrange my name into a chocolate box. After consultation, I decided to just place my chocolate name on white chocolate so my name will pop out and contrast with the background.

I use Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint for digital painting and editing of my work. I tired to make those chocolate look as realistic as possible.

I also tried to remove bits and parts of the chocolate in the letter A and D. According to the Gestalt closure theory, one would close up the gap to identify the alphabets.


Click on my next post for the final work in my project.

2D Project 3: Ego


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Some of the sketches that I did for the progress of the project.

My initial ideas were mainly using human characters to represent me. However, after consultation, I felt that I need find other objects/things to represent me.

Most of the ideas still remain the same except for some which I changed the subject representing me from a human character to animals.

At first, I wanted to do digital illustrations. However, due to the lack of time and experience, I found out that I may not achieve what I want by the deadline. The drawing below is a digital illustration which I did halfway for my first equation.

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Hence, I changed my medium to mainly watercolors and color pencils instead.


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This represents the introvert side of me and sometime I like to be alone in my room. The character representing me is placed at the 1/3 of the drawing and tiles on the floor form perspective lines toward my character. The character is covered in cloth to show that I’m trying to escape from the outside world. While the social world outside is represented by the bright yellow window, a contrasting color to the dark blue room. The room is dark blue and black in color to show the loneliness and sadness in me. Despite the bright yellow color trying to shine through the room, the room still remain dark, showing how I’m unaffected and away from the world outside. There are eyes on the wall represents those views from the outside.


This represents my addiction to the internet. I tend to face my phone or laptop for a long time. I wanted to draw a face of me looking at the internet. The focus of the drawing would be the spectacles which has the reflection of the computer screen, hence the colors on it. I used plastic cover and black papers to create the spectacles, and I used markers to smudge the inks over the plastic cover.


Alone + Internet may sound like bad things for most people, however it is a oasis to me. In the background, I used brown to represent the desert. While my character is seated on a patch of grass and flowers to represent the oasis. I chose red and green because red means energy and green would contrast against the brown background. The house that my character is sitting under is in fact a Chinese word, 宅 (zhai). 宅 means house in Chinese. In modern meaning, it often use to describe people that love to stay at home. My character is holding a phone, hence relating back to my addiction to internet. There are also books in the house, showing my interests in reading books. However, I’m only interested in reading Chinese novels, thus I used a Chinese word instead to represent me in this drawing.



This picture shows that I have a lot of dreams. The “dream cloud” is done using cotton wool to create a fluffy texture of the cloud. There are many images on the cloud, each representing my different dreams. There is a picture of a shelves of books to show my dreams to publish my own book. A camera to show my hope to improve my photography skill. A performing theater and my instrument to show that I hope to perform solo in a concert. Dresses to show my desire to slim down so that I can fit into dresses that I like. Lastly, drawing materials to represents my desire to improve my drawing skills. The dream cloud extended out of the box hence showing that my dreams does not stop there and that I have even greater dreams.


Despite having dreams, I am very lazy. I drew a sloth to represent my laziness. A sloth tends to sleep a lot and so do I. I used cut out calendar dates and arranged them to show a movement of how the days just flew passed me without noticing. Due to my laziness, I’m unable to attain my dreams. “Z”s just represent the time I have wasted from sleeping.


Without my laziness, I will be able achieve my dream. I dream a sloth holding a camera and a pen to show that it is diligently practicing its photography skill and drawing to be a better photographer or illustrator. There are rays coming out from the sloth’s back. I chose yellow and red as they signify something happiness, achievements and successes. I used nail paint to paint the rays to give it a shiny effect and glitters.



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The lion represents the current me. My friends in secondary school called me “lion” due to the hair I had. Lion may sounds majestic, however, I felt that lion is an animal that people would be afraid of and do not dare to approach. This is also how I felt about myself. Hence, the drawing of the lion is grey to show the unhappiness and the lion is confine within such a small box to represent its lack of interactions.



The cat represents something that I wish to strive for, which is being more sociable. I felt that most people are cats lovers and would be approach cats. Hence, I drew a cat breaking out of the box, which is the box that previously confine the lion above. The color still remain grey as this is only a dream and it still not yet achieved.


A lion x friendly cat = friendly lion. This will be an ideal me. I will still be a lion since it is what representing me. However, I will be a more approachable person. Since it is a ideal me, I added yellow to represents happiness, thus there is a transition from the grey to yellow.



This drawing represents the journey to earn money. Since I hope to further study/ work in Japan 5 years later, I would need to earn some money first. The money is represents as a treasure box filled with golden coins. On the other hand, the background is dull blue in color to represents the tough journey that I need to go through in order to get the money. Hence, there are sharp rocks and a creature drawn at the back.


Beside money, I would need to study too. I drew repeated characters which are arranged in a manner as shown in the picture to represents that I always need to study to improve myself in order to attain my dream. I felt that studying is important and one should not stop studying/gain of knowledge. In order to travel in Japan, I would need to learn the Japanese language, hence there are small Japanese characters written on some of the books. The color scheme for this drawing is blue and black as study maybe boring and tiring, hence I used dull and cool color.


This is what I hope I will be in 5 years. I hope to further study/work in Japan since I love the Japanese culture in general. The drawing is just some architectures and things that represent Japan.  The left side of the drawing represents the ancient Japanese architecture, and the right side of the drawing represents the modern Japan. The whole drawing is in bright orange as I felt orange is the color of success and even brighter future. However, the character representing me is in green color so as to simply differentiate me in the drawing since green is almost a complementary color of orange. My character is also placed at the 1/3 of the drawing to attract attention.

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Overall, I would say that I enjoyed doing Project 3 since I’m able to draw for all of my equations and I simply enjoy drawing.

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