2D project 3: Ego (Final)

 Colours and what they mean

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RED. Physical
Positive: love, passion, desire, sexuality,Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, ‘fight or flight’, stimulation, masculinity, excitement.
Negative: Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain.

Red is a powerful colour. It has the property of appearing to be nearer than it is and therefore it grabs our attention first. Its effect is physical; it stimulates us and raises the pulse. It is stimulating and lively, very friendly. At the same time, Too much red causes loss of temper, agitation, anger, and overbearing, demanding, and oppressive behaviors. To get out of control emotions under control add green, the opposite of red. To get rid of exhaustion, add more red.

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BLUE. Intellectual.
Positive: Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm.
Negative: Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness.

Blue is soothing; You see blue on a lot of websites because,it is the colour of trust. Blue is the colour of calm and serenity, and as such inspires security and a feeling of safety. However not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic,it affects us mentally, rather than the physical reaction we have to red. Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom,imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Darker blues tend to be more sombre, heightening the security aspects, which makes them an excellent choice for professionalism and lighter, soft blues will calm the mind and aid concentration.Too much blue can create feelings of melancholy, negativity, sadness, self-righteousness, and self-centeredness. It can be perceived as cold, unemotional and unfriendly.

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YELLOW. Emotional
Positive: Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness, creativity.
Negative: Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide.

The yellow wavelength is relatively long and essentially stimulating. In this case the stimulus is emotional, therefore yellow is the strongest colour, psychologically. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. Too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety.. A dull or dingy yellow may represent caution, sickness, and jealousy.

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GREEN. Balance
Positive: Harmony, balance, growth,refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness, equilibrium, peace.
Negative: Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.

The color green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Being in the centre of the spectrum, it is the colour of balance – a more important concept than many people realise. When the world about us contains plenty of green, this indicates the presence of water, and little danger of famine, so we are reassured by green, on a primitive level. Green is soothing, relaxing, and youthful. Green is a color that helps alleviate anxiety, depression, and nervousness. dark green represents greed, ambition, and wealth, while yellow-green stands for sickness, jealousy, and cowardice, and olive green represents the traditional color of peace. Negatively, it can indicate stagnation and, incorrectly used, will be perceived as being too bland.

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VIOLET. Spiritual
Positive: Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality, royalty, nobility, creativity .                                                       Negative: Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority.

It takes awareness to a higher level of thought, even into the realms of spiritual values. It is highly introvertive and encourages deep contemplation, or meditation. It has associations with royalty and usually communicates the finest possible quality. Light purple or lavender is a feminine, graceful, elegant color that has long been associated with refined, wealthy women.  Dark purple hues evoke feelings of gloom, sadness, and frustration. Bright purple hues suggest riches and royalty. Excessive use of purple can bring about too much introspection and the wrong tone of it communicates something cheap and nasty, faster than any other colour.

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Positive: Physical comfort, food, warmth, security,playful,energetic passion,sensual, abundance, fun.
Negative: Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity.

Since it is a combination of red and yellow, orange is stimulating and reaction to it s a mixture of the energy associated with red and the happiness associated with yellow.Dark orange may represent deceit and distrust, while red-orange relates to passion, pleasure, desire, aggression, domination, and action, and a golden orange often stands for prestige, wisdom, illumination, wealth, and quality. A light orange or peach color tend to be more friendly and soothing.Studies show that the orange color can create physical effects such as increased hunger and heightened sense of activity. It is a ‘fun’ colour. Negatively, it might focus on the exact opposite – deprivation. This is particularly likely when warm orange is used with black. Equally, too much orange suggests frivolity and a lack of serious intellectual values.

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Positive: Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality, survival of the species.
Negative: Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.

Being a tint of red, pink also affects us physically, but it soothes, rather than stimulates.Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. However,too much pink is physically draining and can be somewhat emasculating.

With this Information I proceeded to conceptualise and choose the colours for my compositions.Keeping in mind to use different colour harmonies to bring out the emotions I am trying to convey.My approach was to use humans for the “me” column , Body parts to represent the settings and animals to symbolise the outcome. The colour harmonies I chose to employ for this project would be :Triadic, Analogous ,Monochrome and split complementary.I also chose to keep each composition monochromatic as well , In order to be able to include more details and increase my speed as I was using watercolours.

For each of the compositions, I found a reference picture and added my own spin to them. For example for my hand composition, I was inspired by this picture..so on and so forth.



Ms joy stated i should have been more clear with my final row,which is the split complementary row.I should lean my colours more towards blue green instead of the blue that i used in order for it to be more split complementary in nature.With that said, She also commented that my eagle was more clear and she could see the effort put into building the layers of the water colour.

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!:)

2D Project 1- My line is emo (final)

From left to right: Surprise,Anger,Happiness

From left to right: Fear,Sadness,Love

For this post I will start with the challenges I faced using the linoleum method. Originally I planned to use solely this method for project 1, as it was very interesting to me. However the issue was the slight degree of uncertainty when it came to the results of the print itself. When I think of certain emotions an image already comes to my mind and it is quite clear what I’m looking for. Even arranging the items I placed on the linoleum a couple of times did not guarantee that it would produce the type of line with the right tone or pattern,etc.Therefore I opted for the more traditional mark making strategies like using brushes,brayers, cups and anything around the 2D studio that could make the desired shapes.

Each strip is my take on that particular emotions itself as I wanted to see what I was capable of coming up with so I did not stick to a particular theme. I also felt that it was a more raw form of self expression.I will discuss more of the process some later on in this post.

For “love” I straightaway thought of one love,which refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or colour. The idea of positivity and diversity came into mind.So i decided to use circle`which a soft shape to me, due to the lack of sharp corners,and also because it is an infinite shape.I used different sizes of bottle caps,back of a Chinese paintbrush and cups to portray the idea of diversity.Then i thought of using different tones of Chinese ink and linoleum ink to further add to this idea.At first the circles were only the outlines then i considered adding some filled circles too.Intensifying the tones of strip at each end and leaving it lighter in the middle also gave a sense of the circles moving together.

Anger is a strong negative emotion.I think of violence, But I felt that the violence I want to portray would be even more emphasised when its compared with something calm. I used Chinese ink and diluted it to create a soft grey colour and used a big paintbrush to create two broad strokes.I chose two strokes because its even as opposed to a single stroke and broad uniform strokes to evoke the feeling of calmness/satisfaction.I did not go too broad as I liked how the white negative space brought out the intensity of the dark linoleum ink i laid over top.I used a large dry paintbrush and dipped it directly into the linoleum ink to gather enough paint and used quick,uncontrolled motions to create a harsh, short,thick lines to mimic the state of mind when one is angry.At first the lines i made over top the wash of colour at the back were too thick which masked the lighter tone under it and the ink was too diluted so it did not stand out as much compared to the lighter tone and negative space.

Sadness to me feels like emptiness which also quite an intense feeling,so i decided to make the final strip mostly black to evoke the feeling of “darkness”When i think empty, i think of echoes too.I wanted to reflect that in the strip by using a brayer and dipping it in a mixture of Chinese ink and linoleum ink, rolling it downwards on paper.It created this repeating pattern similar to an echo,and the intensity of the ink decreases as it rolls downwards just as the sound of the echo gets more faint further away.The gradient effect and the distorted wavy lines added to the texture and thus the sense of uneasiness.

Panic,disorientation,tension, uneasiness are some words I associate with fear. Since it is a negative emotion, i once again decided to use extremely black opaque ink.I left the background white as i felt that the negative spaces would contrast well and bring out the intensity of the black ink.Lines suggest rigidity and stiffness which shows tension.I used a combination of thick,thin,short and long lines going in every direction to express the disorientation.To achieve this i used a metal ruler and dipped it into the linoleum ink and slammed the ruler onto the paper several times in different directions.I also used the ruler as a pivot and slid the ruler,with a sudden motion to spread the partially dried ink.This created very fine trailing lines which give the look of movement,mimicking the fidgety gestures of a panicking person.

For surprise,the idea of birthday surprise comes into mind-a buildup and some form of impact/release.A pleasant experience of course.I opted for circles(soft/pleasant) and sized them from small to big to create a form of buildup.I also made sure the inner  circles were more uniform to  in contrast to the outer most circle(largest) which disperses out to show impact Also with the circles being so uniform i would expect the outer ring to be too.I also diluted the ink to create different tones to keep the inner circle light, trying to builds its colour up the rings progress outwards.I repeated the pattern to create multiple focal points which creates “distraction” to accentuate the slight degree of confusion when it comes to surprises.Similar to love, i made marks using cups,bottle caps and paintbrushes.

I had a bit of trouble trying to express joy,so I thought along the lines of what makes me happy/relaxed.Immediately I thought of classical music and I wanted to mirror that into the strip.I gathered twigs of similar sizes to illustrate the different notes and tied them together using string to make my own mark making tool.Next i dipped the twigs into diluted Chinese ink  and created long waves to represent the soft sweeping sounds of the music as opposed to straight lines which seem bit tense.The twigs picked up different amounts of ink so some lines were slightly more intense as compared to the others,however they flowed together nicely which feels harmonious to me.

The idea you suggested for surprise was to play with the shapes,Since you pointed out i tend to create patterns for my other strips.I tried thinking along these lines and felt what i came with was very flat in terms of tone.I dipped cups into ink and forcefully to create circlular marks and the bottom of the chinese ink bottle to create rectangular shapes.I realised that the ink i was using was too thick so it was not splattering that much,so i tested out inks at different dilution levels.From here i thought i could base the idea of surprise using different tones of ink. The rings splattered too messily which was too distracting, so i wanted to concentrate on keeping most of the rings very clean and uniform.I created a pattern with the circles to have a few focal points instead, as i wanted to show more of a person being “Startled” .Originally the circles were spaced randomly,hence,there was a lack of focus.I thought creating a few focal points would give the appropriate degree of the idea of distraction.

I used a brayer to make marks for sadness.The results for this were pretty unpredictable depending on how you use the brayer.Fortunately, it was pretty quick,so i could keep repeating the method until i got a strip that i liked.After a few attempts I realised i liked the result on the extreme left as i thought it encapsulated the idea of sadness.I started zooming in on the formal qualities and thinking why i saw it that way.I have already explained it earlier on in this post , but i decided to increase the intensity of the ink to portray the negativity a little more.

Same goes for Joy.I repeated the print over and over with the mark making tool i made at different wavelengths,or how much they overlapped which determines how the linesintertwined.The slightly more intertwined lines looked more harmonious to me as they flow very nicely together and fills up the negative space a little more making the contrast between the background and the ink itself not too stark. The idea of  different sized,soft,wavy lines it is i wanted it to look soothing so i avoided sudden harsh peaks.I also wanted a mixture of dark and light tones as the entire idea of different types of lines and tones blending together very smoothly made me happy.