$$$ Ego 4 Sale $$$

I have to say, this last assignment on Ego was probably the most fulfilling assignment this Semester. I was blessed with a great Prof Ina who allowed me to have it my way with this assignment so instead of following the usual 210mm x 210mm squares and equations format, I could design CD covers. & here’s a video I filmed of the whole process of opening these CDs and unfolding the covers. The sound of CDs being opened is quite nice..



As a collector of CDs since young, I just felt that a project about Ego had to be in this format. After all, with the rise of digital music downloads, CD sales have dropped and no one really collects CDs anymore. People are now into the large Vinyl format and less people seem to even know about this (soon-to-be) ancient relic known as the Compact Disc.


I believe in collecting the physical thing cause without it, it just feels like whatever music that I like does not actually exist, like my interest in these things is just a mere passing thing, there’s no show of evidence..and most of all I really treasured the art found in this CD jewel cases.

As a young child who went to Sembawang and Gramophone often, the idea that inside these CDs laid a piece of art that I could unfold really excited me since some of them contained personal messages written by the artist or just extra photographs that are not featured on the front cover. At the same time, I’m not against Vinyl, in fact I collect Vinyl too but only for albums from the 80s and older, while majority of the music that I listen to from 2000s onwards I felt should be collected in the form of CDs since it best represents that era and with my childhood mostly in the CD era, I felt this project should be in CDs rather than Vinyl. This part of Elly Jackson’s interview from the group La Roux sums up the above sentiment.

“I’m still coming to terms with music not being physical. It doesn’t really matter how much I own in my phone or on my iPod or in my computer, I don’t feel like I own it. Even if I’ve bought it, I don’t feel like I own it. It just feels like a list. I don’t like the idea that when I have children, I can’t go, ‘Here’s my record collection’. What am I supposed to do? Go, ‘Here’s my f**king password’? It’s a bit boring, isn’t it? – Elly Jackson from La Roux

With that whole CD explanation out of the way, its time to move on to the individual album art I did for each “square”. As you read on, you will realise there’s a lot of things here that I did not mention during presentation cause I felt saying every single detail out kind of spoils the presentation itself and is just kind of obnoxious to a viewer who just wants to appreciate the work as it is.


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Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.41.13 AMThis album is based on the trait of being fascinated by the strange and the unusual. I initially wanted to base each album on a certain genre of music but due to time constraints I did not manage to follow the concept up for all. However, for this album it was suppose to be like a heavy metal album but somehow it ended up looking more like a pop punk meets metal so not really quite there album. Nevertheless, I was quite satisfied with the result. I have been into sci-fi, horror and all the weird occult stuff since young, borrowing books on aliens, watching all sorts of documentaries on Nat Geo and Discovery Channel and googling all sorts of things I was curious about. Thus, my version of Paradise would be an amalgamation of all these things that fascinate me. I love how messy it looks cause it just makes the whole cover look really intense which exactly the kind of person I am (maybe its a Scorpio thing? haha). As for the inside album art, its a photograph of my collection of things as I grew up with (sci-fi books, horror magazines/ DVDs, weird graphic novels, living dead dolls, science magazines…) which I thought was a nice way for viewers to understand me better. Like I previously mentioned how I like it when artists include extra bits of personal info in their inside covers, I wanted to do something similar here. As for the track list, to be honest, it was not completely random…I actually did some planning with it so there is a reason behind each one. For example, 03 “Conspiracy Theory Evenings”, is somewhat a thing I enjoy doing. On peaceful afternoons/ evenings, I love to watch a conspiracy documentary or a shock documentary of some sort (yes I am that person who googles top 10 disturbing documentaries). 08. “Bizarre Birth Rectangle” is just a parody of New Order’s hit single “Bizarre Love Triangle” so I added in a  “(Feat. New World Order)” to play on their name as well. 09. “Are You Really My Mum” is something that I actually asked my mum when I was quite young. I had been watching some show about how someone’s mum was not actually their mum and the foolish yet inquisitive side of me as a child just had to ask my mum the question. Her reaction was not the most pleasant of course.


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As for “Deep Love”, the trait covered here is literally Love but in really broad terms. Not just romance but love for things. I believe Fascination and Love are the two main traits that drive me as a person. As I grew up, I discovered that I was not just simply fascinated with all the weird stuff but I really loved them. It was quite hard to accept at first since it meant that I was rotten as hell but I gradually grew to accept this side of me. As a young child who constantly compared herself to other girls in school, for a long time, I felt the need to be THAT girl AKA the IT girl as some would put it. Basically, well-liked, sociable, pretty, popular blablabla kind of girl. This meant that I should be into a certain set of things and stay away from some things, thus I always kept my love for the weird a secret. However, as I grew up I realised I just could not stay that way, if I was already rotten in my core, I cannot possibly force myself to be some clean-cut person. That’s also when I realise that if I want to accept myself, I should hang out with people who would accept me too, rather than force myself to be some social butterfly and be someone else. tldr; went through some self-evaluation and accepted my own rotten self. Oh yeah, I believe my interests are considered rotten not my personality hah. Anyway, for the look, I re-used the nice halftone image I did of this women’s orgasm face, along with the long astronaut exploring while being connected to a tentacle. It represents my curiosity to dive DEEP into the bizarre realm that’s far from reality and the lone astronaut represents me as a loner and introvert who’s so into my own world. I added the plaster since plasters bring up the idea of injuries and there’s just something very human about plasters so I added it in. & call me crazy but when I was young I had this dream of wanting to paste plasters all over someone’s nude body. For the inside cover, I edited this image of a slaughtered chicken to make it look really saturated, gross and most of all raw. Aside from the fact that it added on to the raw visual look I wanted to capture for this album, I felt that for one of love oneself, you need to accept every single thing about yourself even if it was not pleasant and in fact downright gross. If you like eating fresh steamed chicken, you better accept how the slaughtered chicken looked before it ended up on your plate.  (I realised this analogy can be applied to women too..hmm) I placed it such that it conveniently connects with the women’s face and looks slightly ambiguous at the same time. The blue circle was inspired by a certain kind of packaging where neon orange or green circle are pasted on to mean something (I forgot but its definitely an asian thing). The back cover was a photograph of cut papayas I took a few months back which I then edited to make it look really raw and have that “blood and flesh” feel. Once again, I can explain the tracks. “Distorted View Daily” is one of my favourite podcasts that I discovered recently that embraces everything rotten and perverse. If you’re familiar with Reddit, then you’ll probably know that “#morbidreality” and “#gonewild” are actual subreddits. I really like exploring “#morbidreality” during my free time. “Wishing Star Erection” was something I misheard when someone n G6 said something and “My Lesbian Dream 2.0” was also contributed by someone in G6 (I kind of forgot who so if its you, do reply in the comments!)

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So take lots of Fascination and Love for weird rotten stuff and what do you get? A Basement Creep! For this album, I decided to just show what represents a basement creep which is the trash of food from long periods of staying in the basement. I somehow identify with the stereotypical basement creep since I like spending lots of time alone on my own surfing really weird stuff on the net at night…hah pathetic…Anyway, collecting and arranging the trash to make it look as gross as possible was…fun. Since there’s nothing glorious about basement creeps, I decided to model it after a bad 90s advertisement/ cheap Italian restaurant menu/ bad pizza ad complete with a fake number. However, at the same time I’ve learn to accept myself for who I am and be proud of it so the title says “The Lovely Stories of the Basement Creep”. For the back, I wanted to keep up the cheap trashy look so I just took a picture of the Hall 2 toilet and used karaoke translation fonts for the title. Once again, I did plan the titles but I’ll only explain one of them that is 10.”Google Daikichi Amano” who is one of my favourite artists and those who know me will probably understand. I think it fits pretty well with this album so he’s in. I understand that there is a tendency to romanticise one’s self “Ego: Me” so I thought quite hard for this series, trying to be honest with myself as possible. While I would have loved to explore more glorious aspects of me like my inquisitiveness, my strong intuition or my thinking ability, I decided to just get straight to what I feel I really am especially late at night so here you go, I’m a basement creep at heart.

In Your Face

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For the ideal me, I thought of being more direct and bold. I’ve been told by people that I have great ideas but I just did not dare to put them down. Also, I always felt I have been very controlled when it comes to my art for the past few years due to fear of being judged but as you can see recently, I seem to have gotten over that or maybe not completely yet. To capture this boldness, I modelled this album after 80s pop album covers. I’m not sure if it shows but I was most inspired by Duran Duran albums in the 80s so I used the lines in that manner. The selfie was taken when I was pretty high and feeling fun so I felt it should be included. At the same time, I felt it should have a modern touch so I added it in the double hearts emoji which makes it look cheesier too. The explosion at the back also adds to the whole look too. I didn’t realise it till now but with my face doing that action beside it, it seems almost like a slight smile by me created an explosion and I seem to not care at all. For the inside cover, I tried to make it more like a pop album cover, complete with text and pictures of myself and yes, sanitory pad (that’s not mine but it could have been) cause we should be proud of periods and not shy away from it. I also played with the idea of swiping on social media apps and went for “Swipe off” to remind myself to not care too much about some people on social media. I realise I care a little too much about people I barely know so yeah, swipe off! I used a lot of pink here which is not my favourite colour but I always felt pink was a really bold colour and a colour that had a lot of attitude. For the back cover, I took the same selfie, edited it, printed it and paste it on some dirty ground using my favourite tool duct tape! Basically, I just felt that I should continue to stand tall and proud no matter what people treat you as. I mean that selfie almost feels like I literally give no F***s (sorry for the profanity but I felt that the phrase had to be said)

Socially awkward & insecure

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I hope to be less socially awkward and insecure. I know on the outside I don’t seem like it at all, in fact, people have told me that I seem confident surprisingly but I guess cause I hide it well enough. I decided to model this album after Shoegaze album covers like My Bloody Valentine cause its the music I listen to when I feel like I’m breaking up and not really there. The look I wanted to capture for this album was the feeling of not being completely there, ambiguous and almost fading away. While the title says “Nice to mee you”, it doesn’t feel welcoming. I like the combination of this pink and green which makes it looks slightly mysterious at the same time. I did not manage to print the inside back cover but I’ll post it here just to show that for a long time, I struggled with the idea of trying to literally stay within the boundaries yet be myself at the same time. Red and green together just looks really jarring which is pretty much how I feel about this struggle.


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More boldness, less shyness and I hope to achieve I more honest self. I went with the title “Das Me” as I was inspired by the song of the same title by Brooke Candy. It just sounds so different when you say it out loud compared to “That’s me” and the song is just really relevant for the concept of this album. I went for a much more plain look for this album and only added details that were necessary like my birth year and literally “nothing else”. I also added photos of plain things without any filter whatsoever to reinforce that concept. Like how pop album rely on lots of extra graphics and promotional material, this album goes is the very anti-thesis of that. A better me means not relying on anything else to be myself. For the look, I guess I was influenced by old German designs rather than a certain genre. I just like how simple yet strong the design looks, not sure if mine reflects the same feeling though…


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For one part of the Ideal me, since young I wanted to be a cool kid, like really one of those “popz” people…I guess even now…so for this album, I modelled it after an Indie pop album, especially those that feature a solo artist. It’s pretty much what’s cool these days I suppose (unless I’m outdated). However, at the same time, I’m kind of aware of how being that kind of “cool” is kind of ridiculous to me since it’s just being into a certain set of things and portraying a side that’s not really me so yeah, hence the “some cool indie cover”. It’s like imagine if my instagram was replaced with the whole white minimalist layout and only features photos of me facing sideways and clean workspaces instead of my real interests. That kind of scares me..but still I wanted to fit in with the cool kids so this represents that aspect.


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I may be repeating myself here from the first series but I just wanted to emphasise it again, while I wanted to be cool, I wanted to keep my weirdness too. I actually don’t find myself weird but in the context of everyone else, I’m aware why they would think I’m weird. For this album, I was not inspired by any genre but just did it according to instinct. I like how it looks slightly bizarre yet familiar at the same time. I believe that’s how weirdness is, not totally unfamiliar, its that slight familiarity that makes it strange. Anyway, I titled it Fetish cause that’s how the overall look feels like to me based on the glossy legs, crocodile skill texture and plaster which were things that came into my head so I decided to put them together…hmm don’t ask why…

Incomplete Me

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Initially, I thought the ideal me would be a combination of cool and weird but as I thought about it more, I realise I don’t really know what my ideal me would be cause I always felt incomplete as a person and I believe that I’ll probably be that way forever. I always felt a little separate from the rest of humanity and it does worry me quite a lot especially when some things make me feel strongly about…a reminder that I’ll never completely fit in with everyone else. So yeah, an ideal me does not exist in my mind at the moment, rather its this feeling of being incomplete prevents me from seeing one but at the same time could represent an ideal me too. While incomplete does have its negative connotations, it also means I’m in the constant state of changing since I’m never complete, I can constantly add on to myself.I think the inside cover is quite self-explanatory and 3/4 cause once again, I’m incomplete.

The Minimalist

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As the series progresses, my designs become more and more minimalistic and there is a reason behind this. This leads up to my fear of mine in 5 years. I’m not entirely against minimalist designs but it being the trend does kind of affect me, especially when you consider that my style is pretty much the very opposite. I based this on the super minimal album cover designs that are currently trending at the moment. It represents the need of having to force myself to change and do things according to what society wants to see at the moment, which is personally undesirable but practical and as much as it is important to “stay true to art”, taking in practical considerations is really unavoidable as we grow up. What I mean by practical considerations would be monetary gains and career stability which most artists or students in art school might consider ridiculous and against the very nature of an artist. However, I’m sorry to say I have to disagree, as much as I’m into the weird and wild, I’m still quite a realist at heart so I still consider these things important to me not just in 5 years but even now I’m thinking about how to achieve them. The best case scenario would be a nice compromise between my own artistic vision and career stability but I still do fear that it might not happen and I might have to sacrifice 90% of it for the sake of career stability…

Rush of Youth

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Another of my fears would be that my creativity and artistic vision is just a passing phase, a result only possible due to the adrenaline from being young and wild, thus “Rush of Youth”. Pardon the awkward phrasing cause I can’t really think of a more eloquent way to put it other than the Chinese phrase 致青春. To represent the idea of being drained of creativity and imagination, I literally took a photo of a drain and match the fonts to it to give the feeling of being sucked away. Once again, its very minimalistic due to the same reasons as explained in the previous album. Interesting to note, Prof Ina mentioned to me how one of her students who had potential to be an animator ended up being a policeman…just goes to show how the fear is real…


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The need to change and fit in combined with the rush of youth eventually boils down to emptiness and that is exactly what I fear in 5 years to come. I based this last album cover on a cleaning signboard and it isn’t entirely random since I have indeed worked as a food court cleaner in the past so its quite personal. When I was 16, I worked as a cleaner in a food court due to family reasons. By cleaner, I really mean the cleaner who clears the dishes and wipes the tables. I could have done other jobs but I decided to help my grandpa since he needed manpower and I thought it would be an interesting experience. It definitely was not the most pleasant experience working with people much older than you and hearing them talk about their life stories all day. However, it did make me realise I do want to work hard and not end up doing such a job in the future. I do not look down on these people who do such a job since its still hard earned money but they all believe in better opportunities out there so that’s what I’m aiming for. I did a parody of the cleaning signboard and instead of “Cleaning In Progress”, I went with “Living In Progress” and an empty triangle. I fear that in 5 years my priorities would drastically change such that all I care is about living and nothing else. My life would just become very empty and I as a person would also become empty inside, drained of everything I was before and eventually lose myself. Basically, I would return to a state of tabula rasa and become an empty vessel…as thought the me inside never really existed and that is one of my greatest fears.

So yeah, thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy post…


“Pirated CD sale” hah

Artist Reference and inspiration

Heavily relied on Pinterest to organise my references for each series since I plan to have a different style for each one in relation to the meaning of each square (album cover). Yes, I plan to have my squares be the CD album covers and actually put them in CDs complete with inside and the back printed…so yes extra work indeed…will elaborate on why the CD concept in later posts.

My first Pinterest

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My first Pinterest

Rough plans on template




Ego: Me


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For the first series about “Me”, the ‘equation’ goes as follows (the equation thing seems kind of silly when you think about it)

Fascination with the Bizarre + Love for the unusual = Basement Creep

The equation can be further simplified into traits which are “Fascination” and “Love”, two main things that drive me and I just heavily identify with the stereotypical Basement Creep so why not. I mean fascination and love when taken to the extreme kind of sums up a Basement Creep.


I initially wanted to have all my squares to be in the style of Japanese Angura Posters (underground avant-garde theatre posters from 1960-70s) such as those by Tadanori Yokoo and Shuji Teriyama and 80s pop album covers (I find the design elements really strong during that era for album covers).

However, as I started to explore and play around with images, I found it hard to stick to one style strictly so I decided to have a different style for each one. For “Fascination with the bizarre”, I wanted to try the style of heavy metal albums mashed up with all the weird horror, erotic, sci-fi stuff that I was fascinated by. Heavy metal is quite broad so yeah I was thinking of combining a few looks like the horror of Misfits with the bizarreness of Scorpions.

However, my tendency to make things as messy as possible got the better of me until I lost sight of how it was suppose to be like a heavy metal album cover so it did not end up as dark as it was suppose to be and lacked certain elements and frames that were intrinsic to the “heavy metal” style. It ended up looking like some pop punk cover on drugs with just a slight tinge of “heavy metal”…so much for trying…

I tried a few effects such as with texture and without texture overlaid. To ensure the elments blended well together instead of looking too photoshopped, I felt that texture was necessary to make sure they all seem like they were all the same plane. However, took much texture tended to darken the entire image and make the font look dull so I had to play with the order of the texture and font and the opacity of the texture as well. Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 11.27.01 AM

The images inside range from a snake, Egypt’s pyramids, tentacles, Easter Island statues, valley, women’s face in pain, legs, water spash emoji which takes on a different meaning given the context when placed near legs if you get what I mean hmmm…There’s quite a lot going on so I was pretty unsure if the colours work but Prof Ina assured me and said it did so I hope its ok. It seems well to me hmm..


As for the inside cover (and this is where the extra not required for the assignment but I’m still doing it cause I want to part comes in), I started out playing with some nice legs I found. I really like the collage of body parts in this book called Fotoshock (will add in image when I get back to hall) so I tried to do something similar. I duplicated it and arranged it symmetrically to create the impression of some other being.

legs first try

The initial design was to make it look as human as possible and include some fleshy tones to make it look really raw. However, it ended up looking quite plain with just the plaster and legs so I felt the need to add more elements. (Oh yeah, Mountain Tampon doesn’t mean anything, it was just random words I ask Nat to give me…some dada going on)

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I looked through my book on old movie posters and came across one with this interesting palette of blue and a pink that looked quite bizarre.


I referred to this book for colour schemes.

I decided to try it out on the legs and added in the crocodile skin texture since the idea of female legs and rough crocodile skin suddenly came into my mind. I wanted to add lightbulbs too but decided enough was enough. I guess for the layout I was inspired by recent designs on Japanese magazine covers but really I usually just go with instinct so I’m not exactly sure what I come up with.

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and here’s the front cover that will be folded and inserted into the CD! I gathered all my weird books, DVDs, Dolls and stuff, took a pic and edited it with some glitch.

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As for “Love for the unusual”, I looked back at my previous Rhymes assignment and decided to work with one of my favourite halftone images.


Here’s my rough journal plan once again…

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The Front cover that will be folded. I wanted to work with images that conveyed a really raw feel so I found this slaughtered chicken and edited it to make it look really saturated and intense. I deliberately tried to connect the body of the chicken with the points where the female’s head ends in the front cover to connect them…not sure if it works.

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As for the inside, I wanted to include an alternate version of the front cover. These two are some of the possible ideas.

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As for the back cover, I used this image of cut papayas I took a few months back. I edited it to look really saturated to convey the raw feel and make it seem almost like blood and flesh. Anyway, the back cover will not follow the square format since its another extra thing I will be printing to add on to the CD concept (the things I do to myself sigh)

Next up, what does Fascination and Love lead to?? Me as a Basement creep and we all know what basement creeps are usually seen as so I went to collect some trash (mainly food and tissues), dump it all in a bin, took a shot and edited it to make it look as raw as possible.



Original image before editing, chose this after a few attempts.

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I tried to make it look like bad pizza advertisement or some menu from a cheap Italian restaurant.

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*googles bad advertisement design*

Ego: A Better Me 
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Direct (True to self) – Need to conform (blend in) = Raw Self  

For the album on being True to self, I plan to based it on some 80s pop album cover since they had really bold designs and at the same time most of them had a collage effect. I also like listening to 80s pop whenever I felt high and it just gave me a lot of confidence to be myself.

I started out with this strange selfie of mine (I’m still quite disturbed as to why I did that but oh well it looks fun enough for an 80s pop cover), then I cut it out and added in the basic elements. To ensure everything blended well with each other, I used some slight motion blur and added noise so that the elements seem as if they were all of similar resolution. The rest is just experimenting with the exposure, order of layers so see which fit best, with and without the green frame. I added in the hearts emoji for added cheesiness and to contrast with the straight edges and lines.

For the album on the need to conform and social insecurities, I wanted to create one that contrasts with the “true to self” album, which means to be very reserved rather than bold and much more organised. I was thinking of Shoegaze albums as that’s what I tend to listen to when I feel down and not completely there.

I started out with this selfie and to show how awkward I was, I decided to crop out half my face and use one of my monoprints from the first assignment. I like how this monoprint had this gradient effect which gives this uncertain feeling as well. The main challenge with this composition was how to blend the roman pillar in with the rest of the images. I played with the cyan, magenta, yellow levels to achieve the chromatic effect and used motion blur to create the blurry effect which goes with the idea of not being entirely there. The roman pillar represents order and is placed in this very strange composition to show my incompatibility with order yet desire to be part of it at the same time.

As for the album about the raw honest self, I intend to go for a punk album inspired look since punk was about the bare necessities and being able to create music based on knowing a few chords and without the glitz and glamour of 70s glam rock or even 80s pop. Punk bands have a very raw sound and direct lyrics that just get to you immediately so i thought it would be fitting this album. Took inspiration from some of my favourite bands like The Dead Kennedys, The Adicts…

I edited this photo of myself, printed it out, used staple bullets and duct tape to evoke the stereotypical punk look…but then again punk can be shown in many ways so I decided to opt for some other look instead of the conventional one.


I used the same picture but decided to not rely on pink but just the placement of fonts. I was partially inspired by German magazine designs so I went with standard Helvetica and deliberately put the Das me out of frame in a really awkward position. I also made it as simple as possible and added “nothing else”. and that was  my interpretation of a somewhat punk look.

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Ego: An Ideal Me

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Cool x Weird = Cool Freak

For the cool album, I looked at indie pop album covers since they were what’s trending at the moment.

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For the ideal me, I initially wanted to do a combination of cool and weird but as I thought about it further I realised it would be quite impossible to truly create such a combination since one would definitely overpower the other and the whole thing may just look quite pretentious. I mean I actually thought of doing a weird album disguised as a pop album but that idea has been done before quite a few times such that it now sounds quite pretentious?? (The 1975’s Love Me is one recent example) I decided to just portray that feeling of being incomplete instead.

I started out with that same selfie (I feel really uncomfortable taking any more for this project so yeah same one), halftone the image and played with the hues, tore it apart, put it back together again using duct tape in a messy fashion before editing the whole thing on photoshop again. I deliberately made the word incomplete out of frame cause incomplete (LOL okay) and pinched the eye to foreshadow the melting in the following series.

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For the inside cover, the melting is now more full blown and I played with the contrast between the complete circle and my melting face to show how I’ll never fit in the “circle” which I see as complete and the complete human being. I went with 3/4 cause of the division of squares and adding in a fraction makes it all look quite mathematical and almost mechanic and cold as I see myself melt away slowly.

Ego: Me in 5 Years

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Everything that I am – Rush of Youth = Emptiness (blank slate)

more like fear of what I might become in 5 years…

However, when I re-looked at the other squares I realised that doing an album based on everything that I am will probably end up looking like a repeat of the first series so I changed it to

Minimalist + Rush of youth = Emptiness (blank slate)

For the minimalist, I did a rather sarcastic take on it since I was not very fond of the style. I understand it has its own beauty but when the style becomes ubiquitous such that it loses its original shine…it starts to become kind of irritating and even ridiculous..


This is the original image of some bushes/trees/ferns I captured on some foggy mountain…seems like something suitable for a minimalist indie album cover so…

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Strange enough, photos like these get lots of likes on Instagram yet if you think about it…it’s just bushes or trees…seriously…and think about how much effort went into making this design…I honestly don’t mind revealing that I put in little effort for this square since its part of the overall concept so even such designs are still important.

For Rush of Youth, I had the idea of wanting to show something being drained away or sucked away yet at the same time keep a very minimalist design to show the gradual loss of style as I progress (fear in 5 years). I started with this photograph I took of a sink in the 2D monoprint room.


As for the design, I wanted to try added lines in a circular motion after looking at the effect it created in the Peeping Tom poster. I also thought of going for the circular motion effect as seen in Saul Bass’s famous Vertigo poster and one of Hannah Hoch’s collage where the text goes in a circular motion along with the character to reinforce the falling effect. The lines of building contrast nicely with the circular motion and add to the effect of vertigo so i wanted to try something similar.

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As for the inside, I was inspired by Faye Wong’s song so I added in the words 致青春 and used the pinch tool to drag it out and make it look like its melting away.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 1.18.50 PMFor the back cover, I played with the motion blur took again to convey the effect of rush while the sudden blue line strikes the words youth out to create a jarring effect, a harsh reminder of youth being erased.


For the last one as I reach the final state of emptiness in 5 years as I fear, I based it on the design of the standard cleaning signboards.

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I thought of adjusting the hues at first but decided not to in the end, since the idea here was to have as little artistic touch and creativity as possible so I just ripped the design and made it my own. The process showing just how drained of creativity I fear I might become. Moreover, I felt the usage of the cleaning board design should relate directly back to the cleaning board due to my cleaner past rather than to manipulating it “artistically” and having too much focus on its design. Basically, the subject matters more than the design for this last piece.

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Color Theory Exercise

Playing around with pale colors, will try to de-saturate them further next time since I want to go for this pale de-saturated contrasted against bright colors kind of look. and er, testing out compositions..wanted to make the words Thai but ah…have yet to download Thai fonts…

Mary Had a Little “Lamb”? Rhymes (journal)

Above: compositions that didn’t make the cut


And for those wondering, yep, that’s the image that I used to create the strange lamb leg/male phallic look alike. Those cute little lambs have no idea what they’ve created by posing that way…

and the technique I used to create my halftone images using bitmap can be found in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgXvxTIGwlQ

Music that I listened to while doing this assignment:

This is not all but just some of the selected that helped me while I was doing. Obviously, not all helped…I just added in Hurt’s “Lights” cause their new album is out!! but then again maybe I could have been inspired by some of the scenes in the music video…

Mary Had a Little “Lamb”? Rhymes (final thoughts)

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My art is trashy and so am I

I honestly was afraid someone would judge my work as simply “shock without substance” aka Damien Hirst detractors (not that I think Hirst’s work is great and all but you get my point). The reason for why I chose to work with such risque subject matter was that I was just really interested in it and had been wanting to try applying it to a work for quite some time. This assignment gave me the opportunity to do so I just went with it. It wasn’t just about dumping porn and gore since I really thought about the composition and considered the meaning of the images in relation to the chosen rhyme. Personally, I was quite sick of doing things subtly,the whole minimalist trend going on and all the pretension with false social justice preaching(especially on Instagram…getting real personal now hah) so I just wanted to go all out and be direct about the things I was interested in even if it is not widely accepted. I love the excessive and trashy low art so I didn’t even try to present mine neatly all prim and proper. Instead, decided to place my images above the random trash bin I found in a corner for presentation. There was a certain sense of thrill whenever the rest threw their scraps into the that trash bin while we were preparing for presentation. While I feel like I could have made my compositions and images a whole lot messier and trashier, I am still quite satisfied with the end product and glad that some of you liked it too:)

I mean like…thanks for bearing with me during my presentation…

P.S. Yes, for those who don’t know, I did enter the trash bin in that photo…

Mary Had a Little “Lamb”? Rhymes (research)


I did this poster during the first lesson based on what came to me straight away when I read the rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb straight away. I loved trashy art and exploitation movie posters so I decided to use those ideas and look for this assignment.

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Professor Ina also told me to refer to Hannah Hoch since my composition reminded her of Hoch’s work. Strange enough or maybe not, Hoch’s work looks very familiar…I’m pretty sure I’ve seen it somewhere before during my regular internet surfing journeys for the weird…

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Untitled Collage (1930)



While I really liked Hoch’s work, I wanted to go for something a lot more graphic and messier. While Hoch’s work is handmade, Hoch’s work had a strong “photoshopped” feel that was not very in line with the requirements for the assignment so I had to think of how I could incorporate her style but still have that “hand-printed” look. Thus, I referred to exploitation movie posters which were very messy and had a strong “hand-printed” (not sure if this is the correct term but its the idea of it have a traditionally printed look) look. Exploitation ones in particular since their main was to shock and be the extreme of everything wrong so the posters were naturally very graphic and in-your-face. Correct me if I’m wrong cause I’m not the most well versed person when it comes to movie posters and such but whatever I reference is honest and true from heart.

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These were not the exact references I referred to since I referred to whatever I remembered from all the posters I looked at in the past and what stood out to me. I tend to reference gritty horror ones since they are a lot more graphic and I like that. The posters managed to make photographs have a “painted”/”inked”/”hand-printed” feel and I like how direct they are about their subject matter that it just pops right at you. I was also keeping in mind my love for erotic-grotesque artist Suehiro Maruo’s works.



The above is pretty much sums up my influences and research for the look of my compositions as for the idea…I would say it just came to me and I just gradually built on it based on whatever that came into my mind…maybe due to being into a lot of these things. I do have a quite a few books (some academic) on erotic matter such as the era of Weimar Berlin, Japanese ero-guro artists, a french book on shock collage…I like surfing the deepest recesses of the internet when I’m alone at night…hmm… Whether or not that says something about me…hmmm…okay that’s enough.

Mary Had a Little “Lamb” Rhymes (final)



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Mary had a little Lamb

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His fleece was white as snow

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“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

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But still it lingered near

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“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know?”

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“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”

Okay, I’m gonna be direct about this but there really isn’t some deep religious meaning to my work…its just in your face plain sex, BDSM and satanic goats.  Pure trashy art, my friend~

I started this project with the idea that the rhyme “Mary Had A Little Lamb” was actually really ambiguous and started working around the way certain verses sound when spoken without any context. I also brought in my love for trashy things, “poor taste” such as using the aesthetic of exploitation movie posters. Mary and the little lamb seem to be associated with a certain form of innocence so I wanted to reverse that as well. The way I went about it was to imagine if the rhyme was read to a blind person and what could the blind person have imagined. Thus, I interpreted the rhyme as Mary and her “little” lamb having a really close relationship…really close…maybe a bit too close. I was also interested in the topic of beastality so I saw Mary and the lamb as sexual partners. The idea of lamb also brought into mind the dynamics of the dominanating and the submissive so I decided to include BDSM images as well. The little lamb of hers could be a sort of slave, a submissive toy to play with, thus “everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go”. Yet, I was also interested in the topic of the lamb/ goat as a satanic symbol so for some of the compositions, I reversed the dynamics and have a satanic goat represented by the goat mask instead. The goat mask also adds on to BDSM look. In contrast, I added the visual of the Virgin Mary overlooking a figure in bondage to add on to the idea. I also played with the visual of the lamb’s backside with its tail that resembles a male phallic and incorporated elements of psychedelic art too. Keep up with the use of double meaning to images, I added a flower in the centre of the lamb legs which also happens to resemble a beautiful vagina. Further down, I worked on the theme of ambiguity and censorship as I felt that Mary had a little lamb could have been a censored version of Mary and her lamb’s deep relationship instead portraying a nice innocent image of a girl and her lamb. The last image pretty much sums it all: laugh in the face of censor ship, forget about subtlety, just show it all.

Torn paper can be meaningful too…starring Jean Arp

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(I compiled my research in the documents above, this applies to the rest of my posts as well.)

Jean Arp’s technique of tearing paper really interested me! I mean I usually tear paper out of stress and when I don’t want the paper anymore but to think tearing paper could be used as an artistic technique??? wow, I just had to try this!


Yves Klein made an impact on me

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Peng Ma Abstract Ink Painting

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As mentioned in my previous post, one of the artists I was inspired by is Peng Ma, a Chinese artist. I was at the ADM Library one week ago and I chanced upon this book. I found the paintings inside to be very relevant to our assignment and I was amazed at how he managed to incorporate abstract elements into traditional Chinese Ink Painting.

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I like the energy found in his brushwork and how he has an interesting mix of wet and dry techniques. The variation in ink tone creates a lot of depth and a nice contrast in his work which I hope to achieve in my lines as well.

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I also found it interesting how he used circles as a way to symbolise vitality and life. With these elements in mind, I attempted my own Peng Ma inspired works.


I tried doing a circular pattern repeatedly and made them really concentrated while varying the sizes to see what I could create. I did this by removing ink from the lino using varying sizes of paintbrushes. I like how using the big paintbrush, the contrast is really high and it creates a rhythmic effect while the effect created by the smaller paintbrush looks messier and feels more aggressive/ anxious.


Since I liked the effect of the larger paintbrush, I experimented with an even larger paintbrush and I think I managed to get a look thats closer to some of Peng Ma’s works. I like how the brushstrokes look more obvious here and almost glossy.


Using quick energetic brush strokes, I also tried to recreate the impression of violent waves.I did this by using a sponge which gave a dapping effect at the end that looked like water splashes.


I also tried switching to tracing paper which is closer to the paper used in traditional Chinese Ink drawings. The paper absorbed the ink in a different way from normal printing paper, allowing the brush strokes to be seen more clearly. I also mixed glue and acrylic paint for this piece and was satisfied with the effect as it allowed the paint to be more translucent in some parts and created tiny bubbles in some of the strokes, giving the paint strokes some texture. In the piece above, I tried for quick fast strokes in random directions while overlapping them, creating some sense of depth and energetic feel.


Additionally, I also tried using a larger brush and less brush strokes, creating large  expressive strokes. I really liked this effect a lot as it really showed the energy in the well defined brush strokes. The combination of glue and acrylic also helped the paint to concentrate at particular ends of each stroke, giving a sense of depth to each brush stroke.


I also tried using both mediums together to recreate the combination of wet-on-wet technique and dry-on-wet. I like how the texture of watercolour looks much flatter compared to acrylic-glue paint, creating a nice contrasts between the black strokes.
I also tried experimenting by varying the amount of glue in the paint. For the above piece, I mixed in more glue such that the paint became more translucent and tended to clump more at the ends creating a 3D effect for each brush stroke. I tried this on water colour paper instead and this gave the strokes even more texture. It created a fading out effect at the end of each brush stroke.