4D II Project 1 – Alter Ego

Alter ego means a person’s secondary or alternative personality.

In this piece, I harboured the idea of portraying both my public and a more personal persona in an exaggerated manner – happy, simple-minded, indecisive, poor-time management and a whole lot of quirkiness. And also another side of me that many people don’t usually face. It is a side that I would not usually want others to know of and would keep a conscious effort to keep it to myself. Hence, this video starts of with my public persona – light-hearted, happy, poor-time management, slightly eccentric, indecisive, straight-forward and a whole of of quirkiness. It later progresses to a side of me which is less seen and felt by others – sensitive, dejected, abit mysterious. However most of the video would still be more “happy” as that is how I really am and feeling pessimistic is a rarity, though it still happens.

Hence, I decided to put all of that into a very simple “story line” or perhaps a setting of me getting ready to go out. The reason to do that is because I feel that the very easy act of getting prepared to go out can already portray one’s personality clearly such as inferring if one is positive about the day or if one has a sense of urgency etc.

With all that in mind, a character that surfaced in my mind is actually a character from a drama called My Love From Another Star. Her role in this show is a celebrity who is known for being blunt, comedic, rash, simple-minded, quirky and slightly self-centered. Basically a very exaggerated version of myself and someone who reminds me of myself when I watch the show. And also, as a celebrity, she would sometimes feel lonely and that she is alone in this career path thus feeling unmotivated at times which is also something that I can somehow relate too as well.

One challenge is that, with her character in mind, I had to make the conscious effort to best portray myself and not deviate far from my actual personality although the plan is to exaggerate it.

Before choosing this character as my reference, I had a dilemma between quite a few people actually.

  1. Jennifer Lawrence
  2. Emma Stone
  3. Zoe Suen
  4. IU
  5. Cara Delevigne

I once took a very detailed personality test and the results mentioned that I had the same personality type as the first two mentioned above and thinking deep into it, I do feel that I can relate to theirs words in videos and screen tests. However, I was then advised to not refer to public figures and their personas because it may be personas that they have been developing as celebrities and may not be true. Hence, I decided to go for fictional characters instead and the first character that surfaced in my mind is the one that I chose.

As for Zoe Suen, after much thinking I feel that the reason I thought about choosing her is simply because I like her style in her works and videos and sees her as a role model. In terms of personality, I think we still have some sort of difference. Lastly, Cara Delevigne is known for her eccentric personality but then again, models nowadays are taught to be individualistic and Cara of course stood out by being bold and funny and all in the first place which is not what models usually do and this “individualism” that they are taught to have may not actually be genuine.

This piece is basically about how I prepare to go out from waking up to brushing my teeth, being fickle-minded about selection of clothing till the end of waiting for a call. At first, viewers may think that I do actually have a company or a date to out with since the character I am portraying shows that I am somewhat anticipating a date with glee and would probably infer that I’m just someone sociable and fun. But in the video, there are hints that the character in the video does not actually have a company. This is shown with a few clips of a phone without any notification or alarm jingles and is pretty much stationary from the very start, especially the part when I am holding my phone, portraying my anticipation for the phone to ring. The twist of loneliness and dejection of the character is then shown in the end when she faces the music of being alone despite having prepared to go out with a company. Just like how Venetian masks are used to protect one’s identity, it is being put on at the end to signify how I would cover up that side of me which is not usually shown to many.

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Project 3 – Ego: Process

Hello folks! For project 3, since it is pretty personal in my opinion, I wanted to include subjects and things that I like in my recent years. Hence, I jotted down my initial ideas during my long train ride in my ideas notebook. inspirations-and-final_page_02

for the first column, i had the idea of using different parts of my body as a representation of myself. as for the second column, i had the idea of including the things that i came across with in my recent years like going to my favourite sushi bar, reading a boring harry potter book, playing touch rugby or being introduced to cosmetics. the last column would be about results and outcomes from the subjects mentioned in the previous columns. although these were the ideas, i didn’t use all of them eventually and had some changes here and there.


so i get on with work like doing these drawings during the initial stages for this project. as for the reason for the idea of minimal drawing, i’ll mention it later! so after i’m done with the drawings, i scanned them in the computer and basically painted over my drawings and tried to be align to the flat-design/ vector style that i was going to aim for in the first place!

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During my research for colour schemes, I chanced upon Malika Favre‘s works and I was intrigued by the choice of colours which I thought was super charismatic. There is somehow a “strong” vibe from her work, totally not dainty and soft which was exactly what I wanted to try for this project. Looking more into her work, I love her style of Gestalt and the use of negative space to form the shape of subjects in her illustrations which I thought was super clever but hard to compose at the same time.


Since I was also looking into a more vector-centred and flat illustration, I researched into Hey’s work which is also very simple and minimalistic at the same time.


This is really random. Once, I was on my way back home listening to the music of this particular singer above. I saw the border around the album cover and I really liked how it gave a vintage vibe around the design itself. I immediately thought of using that idea for my works, just somehow, in one of the rows.


For the first row, I wanted to portray my thoughts when I am feeling hungry which is pretty common nowadays. But there’s always a contradictory – the urge to eat whenever I think about raw sashimi in between the rice rolls and the irk of eating them whenever I think of how I always go out of control eating them which could lead to a gain in weight.  Also, I wanted to use the idea of the vintage border which I mentioned earlier so I put it in this particular row! Also, the weighing scale over there is inspired by Hey. So there you have it, the focus on the red lips, representing the urge to eat, my favourite food, and a weighing scale.


As for the second row, I wanted to portray my feelings whenever I get on field. The first illustration is again, another part of my body and I’ve tried using Gestalt this time to create the shape of a hand. The setting would be a rugby field and the last illustration would illustrate the feeling of ecstasy. I used pills to illustrate it since Ecstasy is also a name of a drug and thought it would be interesting to put it that way. A light blue colour is chosen as I wanted to create a bright and vibrant look for this particular row.


Again emphasizing on negative space for illustration, I tried to create shapes of a pug and lipsticks. The pug represents how I perceive myself in the past recent years – not appealing, just like how i see a pug as. The lipsticks represent the world of cosmetics which I was introduced to just this year and that eventually led to vanity which is represented by the women with lipsticks in the last illustration! I thought baby pink would be a cute colour to represent femininity as well.


As for the last row, i wanted to portray a more spiritual side of me. The first illustration means ‘Soul”. A soul shouldn’t only belong to your head, your heart or just some parts of your body but as a whole, which explains the body illustration.  The setting would be inner peace which is always represented by a picture of a buddha. The last illustration would mean zen and is represented by the chinese translation of it to just give an oriental feel. Black is chosen to be the background as it creates a calm feeling in this case.


In order to make it my own, the texts below the illustrations are all hand-written (just like the one above)!


Couldn’t get the actual file to be uploaded due to huge file size so i screenshot it (which explains bluriness) .


There you have it, that’s project Ego by yours truly.



Project 2 – Forrest Gump: Ideas and Process

Hello all. For this project, I have taken some reference from the move, Alice Through The Looking Glass for my quotes. The four quotes are:

“I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”, “Where am I?”, “You cannot escape time.” and “He stuck us all at one literal tea time.”

Since this movie is sort of a twisted version from the original story, I thought that it would be interesting to have a twist to my project as well. Instead to using the vintage and western concept, I have decided to use some Chinese references to my images. It all started when I gathered some inspiration from a professional chinese performance I saw in China once. There is a specific name to it and it is called “變臉”. Basically, it consists of a performer who usually wears a traditional chinese costume and with a swift action of his hand, he is able to change his mask on his face.

To give a clearer picture, here is a video of how it is like.

I thought that the idea of changing his masks is like changing different sides to him, which I thought was pretty relevant to my quote, “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” Hence, this kick started the Chinese concept to my project.

I’ve chosen the design aligned to the quote mentioned above for the totebag. It was really interesting as to how we coated our silk screens and imprint our designs on it such that we can print it on bags or on paper.

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Trying it out on paper first! photo-15-10-16-2-10-37-pm Attempts 1 and 2.

The other quote from the movie like  “He stuck us all at one literal tea time.” reminds me of someone who has a dictator-like quality to him and someone who has the authority to order peasants around and whatnot. Hence, aligned to the Chinese concept again, I thought of using images of emperors or kings, just basically individuals who had power during the olden days in China. Other images used would be anything related to royalty or being majestic.

The third quote would be “Where am I?”. This quote to me is a representation of entering into the dimension one is not sure of. In the original movie of Alice in the Wonderland or any renditions of it, there will this very iconic scene of a long table with a very generous amount of food, sweets, and desserts. I can’t really find a picture of it but I found an imitation of it in an MV of  a song called “Twenty-three” by IU. This MV also follows the concept of Alice in the Wonderland as well.


Source from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Gtm4-Ax2U.

I feel that there is something fantasy-like when it comes this, like entering into a magical world with food that you’re not sure where they’re from but they all seem very appealing at the same time. Hence I decided to use this concept to the quote. Just that I added a twist to it by separating it into 2 styles – Chinese and European to add a little puzzlement and confusion in the design itself. Since that is what the quote is all about.

I have another design to the same quote of “Where am I?” This time I wanted to add a mythical creature to my designs since this quote is, as I mentioned, very fantasy-like to me. Hence, aligned to the chinese concept yet again, I used the picture of a dragon. This was also inspired by Studio Ghibli film of “Spirited Away” as they have the characters of dragons as well.

Source from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/462322717974213615/

The last quote will be “You cannot escape time.” When I read this quote it feels like there’s a very monster-like characteristic to the subject of time. Like a monster that catches you and you’ll be engulfed by it. I decided to design this with an antique clock as the subject, giving a mysterious vibe to it accompanied by the entrance gates of a temple as I felt that it gives a very authoritative and majestic quality to the clock itself.

So there you go! My ideas to the designs themselves.

Project 2: Play with me

Hello all! As seen from my work, the genre is Supernatural but with a slight twist of it not being scary. I thought of having my pictures from the perspective of a spirit at home. Hence, many angles are how I imagine a view of a ghost would be like – stealthy, from high angles, close-ups (since ghosts are aware that humans are not able to see them and it’s alright going up close(?) and a great angle for portraying emotions by the eyes) and probably some blurred photos as they might be moving fast as well. Also, many photos consist of vignette effect since they are the first-hand view of the ghost, sort of like the view you see from the viewfinder.

While thinking about the 90 photos, I had an idea of making the photos grainy and with a slight green tint to make it look a tad eerie. I took reference from this photo which is a scene from Lethal Weapon 2.

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Recently, I’ve watched a short film by Royston Tan called Popiah. Although the concept of the film is nothing scary or supernatural related, I was really inspired by the cinematic sound effects that are very distinct especially the one in the opening scene – characters shredding the skin of fruits and whatnot or the clanking of porcelain plates. Since we had the advantage of adding sound effects and music, I added raw and probably sounds that we hear everyday at home to add realism to the photos. Also, I really liked the dark tonal effect in the film in general which I thought would be quite appropriate for my photos as well. Not sure if I’m right but there’s a slight vignette effect to some of the scenes. If you’re curious about Royston Tan’s film, I’ve put the video below for reference.

The main concept of my photos is the expression of loneliness portrayed by the spirit as it is unable to be seen. Hence, the 3 main occurrences in the photos are results of the spirit dropping hints to the human of its existence. Its intentions are not evil and harmful. However, as humans, we all fear of things that we do not understand of. The main character expresses fear in the photos which can be seen in several close-up photos of her eyes. The photos end off with the existence of spirit being ignored. The toys in some photos are meant as non-sequitur to portray a sense of eerie as well.

Here is my video! Pardon the quality as it became like that after I converted it to suit the format that Youtube accepts!