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Final Project – Research

For this final project we are partnering with one friend, and we are supposed to create an artwork based on our partner.

My partner is Joan Kuah, and I did not know her very well at first. Maybe this is a good thing for this final project as I get to know a lot about her, other than her outside personality and she the fact that she likes Japanese culture. Which in the end make me decide that I would like this project to portray my impressions about her and also about her liking.

First of all, let’s talk about what she likes. She likes watching anime, reading manga, and eating Japanese food. Her favourite Japanese dishes are sushi and cute bentos. Her favourite colour is pink, white and black. She also likes animals, particularly dogs and puppies. The reason why she is so into Japanese culture is because of its vibrancy and futuristic modern culture.

My impression about her is that she is very kind and always cheerful. There is this positive aura when you are around her, which makes her a very likeable and friendly person. She also talks a lot about her boyfriend, she borrows stuff from her boyfriend, even her grandma also cooks for her boyfriend. This fact makes me she her as a very loyal and honest person, which actually can be symbolised in a puppy.

This gives me and idea to draw a puppy looking at a cute bento box to represent both my impression of her and also what she likes. In order to build the concept stronger, I did some research on how to draw and paint realistic looking (using watercolour) of food and dogs. I did research using Pinterest, some ideas that I took from Pinterest are:

Lobster Roll sushi painting by Mike Geno


Original Sushi Painting – “Response Denomination” by HeartVisionsStudio on Etsy


At first I would like to draw using watercolour, however after consulting with Keith, I decided to draw it anime style, with flat colours and outline the design with drawing pen to make it look anime alike. This is because anime style is more relevant to the whole Japanese idea. I decided to use acrylic paint to ensure the flatness of the colours. Which makes me look for anime related art such as:

Bento – Illustration from: creampotatosoup.tumblr.com


Bento drawing from: rocketorca.tumblr.com


Bento ~ hamsin illustration


About the dog, I decided to draw pug, as it is cute and I find it challenging to draw pug because of its folded skin and big eyes. Other than that, Joan is a chinese and pug is actually originated from China, that’s why this dog can be used to represent her. Some pug that become my inspiration:





As Joan has a very cheerful personality, I decided to use more bright colours and soft pastel colours to illustrate her personality.

More pins about my research can be found at: pinterest.com/dheamariesta/final-project/

Check out my this project development process on my next post!

Colour Mixing: Assignment 4

In this lesson, we learnt on how to mix and combine colours to create another colour or another shades. Basically, the theory is this:

There are 3 basic colours: red, blue and yellow. They are also called primary colours as seen in the triangle in the middle of the colour wheel below.


When you mix a primary with another primary, you will get secondary colours. Red + yellow = orange, yellow + blue = green, blue + red = purple. Secondary colours are complementary to primary colours opposite of it in the colour chart. So green is complementary to red, orange to blue, and purple to yellow. When you mix complementary colours, it will create a weird colour. However, if you use them side by side, it will help to distinguish one object to the other. Just like Christmas when they use red and green or NUS for making its logo orange and blue in colour.

Other than primary and secondary colours, we also have tertiary colours in which primary colours are mixed at different percentage. For example, more yellow mixed with a dot of blue, will results in yellowish-green, a lighter shade of green.

Colours are also categorised in two shades: warm and cool. Colours that give out reddish/yellowish shades are warm colours while colours that give out blueish/purplish shades are cool colours.

For the lesson, we practice mixing colours by painting still life. Here’s the photo of the object that we paint.



The result:



Some details:




Assignment 2 – Principle of Designs in Painting

In our second session, we learnt about the Principle of Designs. There are a few concepts that artists usually use in painting, however we focused on 4 principles: Balance, Emphasis, Movement and Rhythm. 

This is a group project, and within a group of 4 people, we paint based on topics that we get and make A3 size thumbnails of painting to form a storyline with each thumbnail representing one principle. Our group got the topic of duck and plastic bottle.

First of all, we create a draft of how the storyline in thumbnails and we call it Plastic Bottle and Duck Adventure:

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The Balance Principle is the distribution of the visual weight of objects, colours, texture, and space. Elements on canvas should be balanced to make a design feel stable. In our case, we decided to make the design feel stable using soft-edged triangular shapes to make the sand dunes of the beach and the waves. Soft pastel colours were also used and blue colour was used for both the sky and the ocean to create a sense of balance in the painting. As such, we decided to paint the first scenario as such:

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It’s a peaceful day by the beach

Emphasis is the part of the design that catches the viewer’s attention. Usually the artist will make one area stand out by contrasting it with other areas. Our group decided to make the main object (bottle) stand out among bags of trash my painting the bottle bigger than the rest and colour in differently, so that audience’s eyes will be attracted to the bottle first then the rest of the canvas.

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But wait, take a closer look, there are lots of trash on the beach!

Movement is the path the viewer’s eye takes through the work of art, often to focal areas. Such movement can be directed along lines, edges, shape and color within the work of art. Our group decided to lead viewer’s eye towards the duck in the middle by using wave lines and the bottle pointing towards the duck itself. As a result, viewer’s eyes will always be led by these lines and end up looking at the duck in the middle.

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There is a duck swimming in the sea. Duck is attracted by plastic bottles

Rhythm is created when one or more elements of design are used repeatedly to create a feeling of organized movement. Rhythm creates a mood like music or dancing. For this fourth design principle that we used, we create rhythm by using shapes such as triangles, squares and circles in  different sizes and colours. Tears were drawn in different sizes of the same shape to create the rhythmic feeling.

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Oh no! The poor duck swallowed a bottle and ended up struggling and crying