2D Project 2 – Forrest Gump (Final)

This post marks the end of project 2. Project 2 has shown me a whole new way of looking at designs and taught me that there’s so much more to a composition than just exciting visuals.I had a lot of fun exploring into the different design principles and applying it in my work, creating my 4 compositions.


Composition 1

Quote: “what a man can do to another man”-Fury

 My original sketch  for this composition did not have clear focus. Also there was no direction in which I was placing certain images,symbols,etc. After the consultation,I researched on the different design principles like     proportion and pattern and came up with the composition on the left,I placed the skull in the middle which draws focus to it.  However the background was still a bit too dark and the deities could not be seen.

I reduced the threshold and lightened the pattern in the background to allow the gods to stand out more.Further increasing the scale of the skull so that it has more prominence in the design itself.Also aligned the background to form a triangle and ensure that the lines are posting towards the middle.With a few other minor changes, design 1 is complete!



Composition 2


This composition is based off the same quote as the previous one. Using the golden ration i placed some found images accordingly.however, My first sketch did not have enough details to bring across the idea of Amos Yee fleeing Singapore. Also the  lion and the hand were similar in size and were drawing equal amount of attention.There was also no clear direction at which the birds were headed.

                                                           To improve i photoshopped the lions ad onto a suit symbolising a member of the parliament and placed the birds such that they’re flying into the mouth on the right.I decided to use the american flag to give more information about the quote and i also enjoyed how it fit into the golden ratio template.Unfortunately,I had to convert my design into portrait..Resulting in composition 2.

Composition 3

Quote:”Chances of survival are dwindling!”-How to train a dragon

There were not many issues with my design besides having to convert it to landscape. And so, I just left it as it is.

Composition 4

Quote: ” Don’t worry! Your daddy is here! He’s got cash and credit cards”  – Spirited away

I forgot to take a picture of my initial sketch for this composition. Basically I had a woman face with a heart shaped orange slice over her eyes to represent Melania’s love for Donald trump. After consultation,Ms Joy suggested putting money in her hair to give more idea that I’m referring to her as a sugar baby.To add to this idea, I replaced her mouth with a pacifier.Then I replaced the faces on the american money with Donald’s as well as on the credit cards framing her face.I let the money framing her face be much larger in scale with a pyramid formation so as to not miss out donalds face on the dollar bills.

Feedback and challenges faced

Ms Joy pointed out the cropping issue in my first and second composition and also how I should include more visuals and details for my Melania trump composition.As the woman in the composition could’ve been anyone else.I think it could’ve been clearer if maybe I used her face and try to make the design less cluttered around her face in general. Despite being a tedious process,Silkscreening was a very fun.Seeing the design being printed on the tote bag gave me a sense of accomplishment. However,due to the intricacies of my design the print did not transfer over onto the tote bag as well as i would’ve liked. I tried multiple times,sacrificing the original tote bag ,but i didn’t want to scrape the silk too much in fear of ripping my silkscreen.

Thanks for reading my post, Goodbye!:)

3D:Gaia’s Ikebana(Final)

Final model

The season i drew was ‘winter’ and was tasked to theme my project in that manner.Since Ikebana is part of the Japanese culture, i decided to delve deeper into the types of foods consumed during winter in japan.I came across ‘Oden’, which is basically a one pot winter dish consisting of several ingredients like radish and fishcakes stewed in a light broth.I kept the colour scheme to white,black and silver to match the snow,trees and cold weather.Also during winter its pretty empty in a sense where the leaves have fallen off trees and white snow covers the environment,and went for a minimalistic approach.For the cone I wanted to incorporate the radish but because of the angle of the cone,it is unable to support its own weight.I used wire and shaped it to form a cone in order to to suspend tiny cubes of radish .I used a Fishball as my sphere and pierced a wooden skewer through it.Similar to how oden is served with skewers.Lastly,I painted the branch black to stick with the colour scheme.


Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement,being practiced for more than 600 years.It is a disciplined art form in which living branches, leaves, grasses, and blossoms are arranged to bring nature and humanity together.What distinguishes ikebana from other approaches such as “flower arrangement” is its asymmetrical form and the use of empty space as an essential feature of the composition. A sense of harmony among the materials, the container, and the setting is also crucial.The color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines work together creating a beautiful arrangement. Ikebana has a recorded history; it is backed up by articulate theories; and it is concerned with creativity. In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects.The Japanese love nature and try to incorporate it into their everyday lives e.g. taxi drivers hang a little vase with a flower or two at the edge of the windshield.Thus, creating a link between the indoors and the outdoors.The spiritual aspect of ikebana is very important. One becomes quiet when one practices ikebana. It helps you to live “in the moment” and to appreciate things in nature that previously had seemed insignificant.It also acts as inspiration which help individuals identify with beauty in all art forms.There are a few styles of ikebana arrangement,namely,rikka,shoku,nageire and moribana.


   1st model




2nd model

I decided to choose this sketch model for my final project as it display precarious balance which is more dynamic and exciting.






4D project 2-the subverted object

For this project we were tasked to subvert an object.I drew the word “lamp”,So I had to find a way to change the meaning of the object itself by either juxtaposing it with another item or bring the lamp into a new environment.Since the lamp was fixed in the garden area of my home I decided to show how the lamp loses its function depending on the timing of the day.

TASK 1: Physical attributes and function

In these two pictures you can compare how the lamp loses its function during the day.It is turned off as it is the environment is well lit compared to the picture taken at night.The shadows in the background help emphasise the function of the lamp which is to provide light.The pictures are also symmetrical which makes it more stable and aesthetically pleasing.The shape, form and material of the lamp can also be seen due to the close up shots

The lamp is used to light the flowers in  garden area when it gets dark.I wanted to show that by capturing the amount of light on the flower itself. The background is dark and slightly blur which draws the viewers attention to the flower.The lamp is still visible in the background but has little presence.

TASK 2: Connotation

I decided to pair my lamp with a wooden figurine. The lamp is a source of light and light symbolises “life”, and proceeded to work about this idea.It is as if the figure is trying to hang on to his “life” so the lamp acts as support for the wooden figure.The shadows add a dramatic effect and the canted angle makes the pictures slightly more dynamic.Also taking the last picture from a high range made the subject look small and helpless.

TASK 3: Text

I wanted to clarify the context,which is seeing the lamp as “life”.Thus,I chose “cherish the light of life” which acts as an anchorage.

Overall,there is room for improvement.I could consider reducing the size of the figurine as its quite large compared to the lamp.Also I could work on including more types of shots, extreme closeups and wide shots to give my work some variety.