Illustration For Designer: Applied Illustration (Research – 4) Constructing Final

How I constructed my final design:)

So after having all the stamp I tried out using different paper and I realised by stamping on different paper the effect that the stamp gave out would be very different due to the absorbent of the paper towards the ink.

I tried using my own note book which have a much rougher grain size paper and the I really love the effect it gave out!!:) I show it to Ms Lisa she also really love the effect too!!:)

After stamping I scan the image in so I could do out my packaging in illustrator:

Some of the graphic created using illustrator. I have really alot of trouble when thinking about the placement of the clouds, no matter where I placed it there is always seems like a weirdness to the composition feedback I got from Ms Lisa was that it would be really nice if I could also carved and stamp out the clouds so that the the whole composition would look more “whole” and that it would tied the main design with the background images. Which I thought “AHHHHHH THATS WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY” 







Illustration For Designer: Applied Illustration (Research – 3) Moodboard

While researching for style I want to try I create a few mooodboard base on the different style I categories them 

Style in Color:

Style in Minimal Color:

Illustration Style:

THEN I COME ACROSS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I fall in love with the packaging style on the left the stamp effect and simplicity color attracted me:) On the right I really love how the designer work with the colors and the illustration. I am not really sure that the color would work with the stamp effect on the left as it might make the whole composition a little too messy. 

After consulting Ms Lisa, she say that it would be really nice if I could cut out the design and create the stamp effect than to create the effect using photoshop or illustrator:) 

I went to do some research on artist who created illustration with stamp effect:)

Some nice artist:






An interesting stamp design:):):) 

I love the flexibility! These are only available in Japan I think, but I bet with a little ingenuity you could carve/mould your own.

Next post for my creation of my design:):)

Illustration For Designer: Applied Illustration (Research – 2) Target Audience

For this project in order to find the correct illustration and well as to set my direction, I have created and list out a few user persona that I thought would be appropriate for my illustrations:


Also while discussing my topic with Ms Lisa, I told her that I am worry how do I simplify all the complicated pattern and design on the usual traditional chinese design for my illustration. And she suggested that I could take a look at this artist:

Sanna Annukka

I personally really love her use of geometric shapes to create the illustration, it reminded me of the illustrator tutorial that Ms Lisa taught us in class of using geometric lines and shape to create the animal patterns. I also love how she play with colours, personally I am afraid to use such striking color as I could not really find a way to balance out, but from her I could learn the way I could place my colour to neutralized it to that one does not over power one, and how colors that are opposite could blend well together.   

Do check out my next post for my moodboard and style I would like to try:)

Illustration For Designer: Applied Illustration (Research – 1) Ideas & Research


For our new assignment 3, our brief would be  to choose a happy occasion or sad event and create a series of illustration based on that event.
Brainstorming on what event I should go with, Since I wanted to try some traditional chinese event. I immediately thought about the upcoming happy occasion that is happening in my family! and that would be my uncle’s upcoming wedding! YAYY!!!
Pretty quickly I decided to go with the event of “Betrothal Gift Ceremony” “过大礼” “guo da li”
Betrothal Gift Ceremony is a event that is performed by almost all the chinese dialect in Singapore as a compulsory custom whereby the groom would bring a set of “Gift” to the bride house for her, her parents and relatives. In return, the bride family would also prepare a set of “Gift” for the groom to bring back. 

Even though my uncle is hokkien (one of the chinese dialect group) but as a teochew myself I would really like to create a set of illustration that best reflect my traditional culture (as different dialect prepare different gifts). Based on my mother, in teochew culture the groom would have quite a number of items which part of it includes: (see the list on the right)

Since there are so many items that the teochew groom would have to prepare, I thought that it would really be fun to play around with the possibilities of these traditional items. After looking through the list, I have selected some unique items that differentiate the gifts from a teochew groom to groom from other dialects (see green words)

So some of the items I choose would be; 

Pig trotters Canned ( Gift for mother-in-law )

Charcoal ( Symbolize a good life after marriage for the bride )

Teochew Traditional Wedding Cakes ( Also call “五色糖 five color candy” Cakes given to the couple relatives.)

Four Piece Gold Jewelry ( Gift for the bride from the groom parents, to be worn on the wedding day)

Looking through at all these interesting items I decided that it would be fun to see what kind of new illustration style I could bring into these traditional gift, but at the same time I find it challenging because having to retain that unique traditional style without being too modern. as well as how I simplify the traditional pattern on the gifts boxes without making it too similar to the old pattern just without the “red”

Please take a look at my next post on my target audience and artist reference:):)