Category Archives: Motif Development / Sketches

Motif and Banner Development

Made some new motifs, ditched a few old ones.

Started with three initial colours before deciding to expand my colour palette with gradients! It felt important that the banner would reflect the vibrancy of ghost festivities.

Eliminated some of the old designs from weeks before and narrowed the swatches down to a handful that I’d like to work more with. Am hoping that all scintillation experimentations will be still be effective when printed on something as massive as the banner (fingers crossed).

There was a lot of back and forth, and experimentation when it came to laying out the banner as certain colour combinations just did not work when laid out alongside each other. Many of the initial drafts had too much blue in them that it began to look more like a Japanese-oriented banner. To counter this, reds were used to subdue the blues and many of the elements needed to be reshuffled to maintain some manner of flow throughout the banner.

Latest draft. Probably needs a few more tweaks but its well under way (yay).

Motif Development WIP

From my consult with Gillian, I decided to reconsider and simplify my concept to fit with the visual direction that I want to pursue, while keeping in line with my original intention to execute something a little whacky.

Revised concept

Deconstruct elements and motifs found at hungry ghost festivals and reinterpreting them.

Reference board where all of my sourced images can be found at:

I made a word list of objects/symbols seen at festivals that I’d like to create patterns of (specially entertainment and offerings):

Folded ingots, lotus lanterns, clouds, temples, water, dragons, fire, plastic chairs, oranges, joss papers, food offerings, wayang, getai

With them in mind, I started to sketch some of them on illustrator:

Motifs inspired by a Chinese buddhist temple’s roof and ceiling. Experimentation with the hermann grid; scintillations at intersections.

Scales: played around with various strokes and concentric shapes which gave a rather trippy effect.
Abstract view of folded gold ingots with joss paper.

Am still experimenting with a lot more shapes!