This project is rather challenging for me. I have always been quite self-depecating about myself so much that even I am clueless as how to define myself. So as to say, I found it a real B I G task to define myself.

As the project wear on, I first started exploring on mediums to use. I decided upon referencing some artists that I personally am fond of. I looked to works done by surrealist artists Salvador Dali and  Rene Magritte, as well as satirical artist, Pawel Kuczynski. 

Salvador Dali

Rene Magritte

Pawel Kuczynski

With that, I decided to base my work upon Surrealism X Parody (of myself).

As I derived with the keywords for my EGO, I found myself in conflict as to whether congregate the works digitally or to go out of my comfort zone and illustrate my artworks by hand.

I first tried to do my illustration digitally. As seen on the left. I felt that it didn’t convey what I was looking for. With that I decided on the latter, and to challenge myself to work with a medium I have never work with before- Watercolour.

However, even as I know that I have a huge task ahead of me, I realised I really have ZERO knowledge about manipulating watercolour. As I began working, I found difficulty even with grasping the amount of water versus watercolour. I went through tutorials and learn different techniques of watercolour, such as flat wash, gradient wash, using table towel to create clouds effect, even sprinkling salt effect.

This brings me to my first works.  As much as I tried to communicate my ideas, and also adding materials in the process, I am still really unhappy with the level of my outcomes.

I also derived a new equation: NOVICE +NEW MEDIUM = TROUBLE

I decided to redo half of the artwork and make the images digitally using DADA and Surrealism.

I looked back at the ideas communicated and tried to emulate similar concept on the digitally-created outcomes.

Images used are:

With that, I come out with my final artworks:


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Dreamer + Night Owl = Heng Tong (Me)

Dreamer: I made use of the watercolour technique of dabbing kitchen towel to paint to emulate the sky. I use the illustration of me juxtapose with bubble stick and finally transparency to emulate bubbles.

Night Owl: I made use of the watercolour technique of sprinkling salt to paint to emulate the night sky. I used acrylic paint to create the added effect of a tree branch. I use feather to emulate the body of an owl, and an illustration of myself rotated to show the head of an owl. Also, I added 2 feathers to my eyebrows.

Heng Tong (Me): A minimalistic view of myself, a student who lacks sleep. Play on the word ‘eye-bag’, with my bag filled with art materials.

Idea – Procrastination = Zen (Better Me)

Idea: I made use of a blank paper for this. I drew an illustration of a brain, and used highlighter to show the idea of lightning sparks.

Procrastination: I made use of the faded wash watercolour technique. I used the transition of orange to red as orange-red is the colour of laziness. I portrayed myself as a sloth wearing my favourite snapback, hanging away from my tasks to do.

Zen (Better Me): I used the watercolour effect to create the sky. I painted the tree with acrylic paint, and the leaves with my fingers. I portrayed myself as a ‘Monk’, meditating in the sky with white feathers to emulate the clouds.

–( the following uses Dada- surrealism)

Courage x Creativity = On Top of the World (Ideal Me)

Courage: I used the colour of orange and pictures of fire. I created the illustration as an eye, with flaming eyes, beside the eye of a lion. A ladder shows the progression of the flaming aura of a human to that of a lion. A flame is used to convey the eyebrow. Finally I used a black background to enhance the colour of orange.

Creativity: This depicts a lady overflowing with ‘creative juice’, portrayed with rainbow. Again, used the black background to enhance the colour used.

On Top of the World (Ideal Me): I used the idea of a chessboard, with me standing on top of the ‘King’. I used green as the background to convey the emotion of ‘envy’ from my current standpoint.

Seeing More + Contention = Wisdom (Me in 5 Years)

Seeing More: I use minimalist use of a skin. I made use of the vector of a leaf to emulate the white of an eye, and the globe as an emulation of the iris.

Contention: I referenced the work of Rene Magritte for this illustration. I wanted to depict the idea of a sky raining smiles. I juxtapose red-winged butterflies as the lips, and teeth to show the idea of ‘ Raining Smiles’.

Wisdom (Me in 5 Years): I use the colours blue and green in this illustration. I depicted a wiseman with waterfall as his beard, and wearing the graduation cap, made up of mountains, school of encyclopaedias and the Owl.

I feel that this project will stand out in my memory for a long time, as the outcome are left to be much desired. To be very honest, I feel that I have not done enough in this project, and am really upset. I had challenged myself to use a new and unfamiliar medium, and I feel that the gamble did not pay off. The illustrations done are really kiddish as a result.

However, positives to take are that I have stepped out of my comfort zone to try something different. I learnt the importance of colour and how difficult it is to use colour. This will make me think harder as to use what colour for my future projects.

Overall, I had fun experimenting with the use of colour.

Colour Theory

Colour Harmony




Learning about colour harmony from the Colour Wheel is essential for us to explore the usage of different colours. Exploring and learning about colour harmonies will be a great help for my research in all projects.

We are tasked to come out with 4 illustrations to explain 4 different colour harmonies in digital format.



Complementary uses colours across from each other on a colour wheel.

I played with the illustration of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Logo, thus using Red as the colour of the Logo, and subsequently Green as the background.





Split-Complementary compromises of the use of one base colour, and then two colours adjacent to the complementary colour of the base. I chose Blue-Green as my base colour and thus derived with Red and Orange.

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Triadic compromises of colours even spaced out on the colour wheel. I started off with Red-Orange and derived with Yellow-Green and Blue-Purple.

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Analogous uses colours adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. I base my colour on Blue-Violet and derived with Violet and Blue.


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Nursery Rhymes: Three Blind Mice


Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice! Three blind mice!
See how they run! See how they run!
They all ran after the farmer’s wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
As three blind mice?


I began my research process on the Origin of the nursery rhyme. Even when reading the rhyme as it is, there is a sense of darkness and gore. The Origin justifies this idea.

The nursery rhyme dates back to the story of a trio of Protestant bishops plotting against the Queen Mary “Bloody Mary” Tudor, ultimately fails and were subsequently blazed by the order of the Queen.

Thus, the overall theme is Dark/ Disturbing/ Gory/ Sinister/ Creepy.


My inspiration is based on the Da-Da Movement photo collages.

4 Final Selected Artwork


Three Blind Mice! Three Blind Mice!

Three blind mice! Three blind mice! 

The artwork is a minimalistic interpretation on how we as human beings perceive mice as. It depicts the three blind mice scampering away. I used the idea of mice looking very similar to each other, from the eyes of a human being. Thus I added the same head to all three mice. I made use of the infamous character of Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter series as he is the epitome of the Mouse character.


1-01See how they run! See how they run!

The artwork compromises of 3 different individuals running. The idea follows the first artwork of imposing a different head to the body. This time round, the idea is reversed as the mouse head is added to the human body. Also, each individual, a small kid/ an athlete/ a gentleman , is holding onto a walking stick. The walking sticks are reinterpretated into a candy stick for the kid, a javelin for the athlete and a Japanese toothpick for the gentleman. The ‘X’ letter depicts blindness of the characters. Lastly I played with the shape of an eye forming the border of the artwork, to signify the running individuals reflected in the retina of an eye.


4-01-01 They all ran after the farmer’s wife,

This artwork is based on the origin of the Nursery Rhyme, and I perceived the three blind mice as courageously facing the farmer’s wife, who is not phased by their confrontation. For this artwork, I played with the use of juxtaposing animal head (Cat) on a human body; and human head on an animal’s body (Mouse). The three blind mice are seen leaping towards the farmer’s wife. I made use of the moustache of a man as a whisker of a mouse and a tail. The Farmer’s wife is purring and breathing fire out of her mouth, having a haughty expression. I also inverted the background colour and play with the negative film effect.


3-final-01-01Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.

For this artwork, I played with the dark, sadistic notion with gory effects. I made the background off-centre to give more dynamism to the artwork. Again, the idea of juxtaposing from the previous artwork, is inverted. The blind mice are seen having their tails cut out, with blood spilling all over. The farmer’s wife is in a Cat’s body and leaping out with a knife that is dripping blood.


I began my process by sourcing for magazines for cut-outs, but I wasn’t able to really get inspired by the diversity of the majority images. I moved on to Photography books and also made use of images from the internet and movie screen caps.


Initial Artworks

“Three blind mice! Three blind mice! See how they run! See how they run!”

“They all ran after the farmer’s wife, who cut off their tails with a carving knife.”


Three blind mice! Three blind mice!

See how they run! See how they run!


They all ran after the farmer’s wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.



I personally love the Nursery Rhyme theme for this assignment. I have always been intrigued by Surrealism and Dadaism, therefore I was pretty happy working on this project.

Initially I wanted to base all my illustrations on purely magazine prints, but the images gathered was not strong enough, which in a sense killed off a lot of working time.

Overall I do feel that my final images do not really convey my intention and ideas as much as I would have liked. However, I am really pleased with the ideation behind each artwork and I am still happy with the final outcome.





Plants. Roots. Leaves. Stalks. Barks. Seeds. Fruits.

I am inspired by Chinese artist, Cai Guo Qiang. The use of an unconventional medium in Gunpowder, greatly affects the final outcome of any artwork. Result is in an outcome that is totally unexpected and at the same time natural.

My chosen medium is the use of Flora and Fauna, as I too want to attempt to work with something that is natural, and in turn surprising.

The idea of translating lines and dots into emotion using flora and fauna.


Thats a wrap.