Que Sera Sera – Process

So starting out on this project, the first thing I did was to map out a mindmap of the jobs I wanted to do in my sketchbook and from there, I decided to focus on jobs that I wanted to do as a kid and from there I started my initial research.


Initially, I could not really visualize how I was going to do it, although I did decide to do illustration, I was not sure how I can do it. So I started my initial research and found these artists. Print

Louise Fili – She had really beautiful illustrations and typography. I thought this could be one way I can approach the project. It has a slightly retro vibe to it too.


Vesa S – what drew me in for this illustrator is the use of the humans to form words and I thought that could be another possibility and the use of colours is bright and pleasing to the eye.


Jessica Hische – I love her illustrations of the book covers and found that it could be possible inspiration.

I also researched on some of the jobs that I had written down and went on to look at possible visuals that could give me inspiration.Research

Moving on from there, I decided to narrow down my list to the main 4 I will be working on :

  1. Kindergarten teacher
  2. Detective
  3. Explorer
  4. Astronaut

I started doing some initial sketches just to get some ideas out, but found out that they weren’t concrete enough and they were not strong.



A suggestion that came up during consultation that week by Ms Joy, was to try and focus on my message and tone for this project, which will help steer it in a clearer direction. I found that really helpful. I decided that the tone for this project is for it to portray this childlikeness and naivety that a kid has when thinking of these jobs. And my message is to get us back in touch with that innocence and a sense of nostalgia (hopefully through this, helping us to think through how we look at things as adults now).

I continued working on my sketchesscan

For the explorer , I decided to go with a journal entry but a child’s journal entry. As a kid, maybe something as simple as picking up leaves and keeping it in our diaries, is something we think an explorer will do.

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For astronaut , I thought of using a gentlemen’s kit as reference and instead making it into an astronaut’s kit for kids. Because as a kid, being an astronaut means going into space with a rocket and that is cool



These were my main inspiration coming up with the composition.


For the kindergarten teacher , I decided to go with the idea of a flashcards and as a kid, my idea of being a kindergarten teacher is just teaching ABC’s.

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As for my detective composition, I had a hard time thinking of a composition and all I could think of at this point was “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar”, a game I used to play as a kid. But my ideas were not concrete enough. In the end, I decided to go with a detective board game.

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I started working out the more concrete ideas digitally and I will go through them job by job, to make it less messy.


Kindergarten teacher 

I decided that for this composition, it will have a frame and when printed out, it will probably be cut curved at the edges.


I decided to have the smaller words that spell out GLOJIRA be illustrated and have them drawn from words that start with the letter G.

G – Giraffe, L – Guitar, O – Grapes, J – Gecko, I – Gold, R – Ghost, A – Guppy

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The big letter ‘G’ will be in the shape of GOJIRA AKA GODZILLAscreen-shot-2017-01-25-at-12-56-49-am screen-shot-2017-01-25-at-12-57-02-am glojira

However, after consultations and test printing, I realized that this colour came out too dark and the colours were not as cohesive with the other compositions as I hoped. Hence, I explored other possible colour schemes. I went with the last colour scheme in the end.



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Decided to add in the words and splatters to make it look more messy and more like a kids journal with the drawing. However, like my kindergarten teacher composition, it was too dark when printed and so I had to make the necessary adjustments. Another thing I had to change was the colour of the leaves, to make it more cohesive with my compositions



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This was the colour scheme I had initially but I decided to explore more colours. astronaut

Decided to stick with the last colour scheme.


I was actually working on a composition for this and decided to change it after consulting with Ms Joy. She pointed out that my compositions all have kind of a main element and with this, there were too many things going on. (This is uncompleted) And it also looks more like pirate/ explorer because the element of detective is not really evident. detective

Since my concept for the detective is using a board game, during the group discussion, some of my classmates suggested adding a magnifying glass into it to make it more obvious and that gave me an idea.screen-shot-2017-02-08-at-8-19-43-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-08-at-8-20-46-pm


I decided to make the letter G like an island, a location on the board game where you have to solve the mystery.

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Decided to add in the dice, to balance out the composition and also make it more obvious that it is a board game.

Colour Scheme

retro poster

In the end, I decided to follow a slightly more retro colour scheme~

So that is basically the process/progress of my project 1:))

Some challenges faced and how I overcame them:

  1. The initial stage of thinking about how this whole project will look, I was a little unsure. But I think that’s the whole point of ideation and researching, trial and error. Alot of times I learn when I try it out or start doing something
  2. Printing – CMYK VS RGB!!!!! My test prints came out so dark and a little different from what I see on my laptop because they were all RGB! LESSON LEARNT
  3. Colour – I struggled with making the project look cohesive at first because I wasn’t referring to any particular colour scheme and I wasn’t looking at the compositions at a whole. But once I did that and researched more, it definitely helped.

To sum it up, I think this project was really fun to explore and it was exciting thinking and reliving the my childhood and the jobs I wanted to do as a kid. The process was an enriching one especially with the group consultations (something that is really new to me) and it was really helpful and encouraging:)

Yey:) Look at my next post for the finalized compositions


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