2D Project 2: Forrest Gump (Final Project & Research)

Below are the links to Process Part 1 and Part 2:

2D Project 2: Forrest Gump (Process Pt. 1)

2D Project 2: Forrest Gump (Process Pt. 2)

Final 4 designs

Design 1
Design 2
Design 3
Design 4



Presentation layout



For this project, I looked towards surrealism as it is a style in art that feature the element of surprise and unexpected juxtapositions.

African Sonata – Vladimir Kush
Redwood Cutting – Vladimir Kush

I also aimed to use anthropomorphism for this project as it is an easy way to make things look more interesting and visually engaging.


The first artist I researched on was Eugenia Loli, courtesy of Joy, I like how she merges different elements of different ‘styles’ but is still able to make them work and come together as a whole.



Joy had initially given me the idea of replacing the power plant chimneys with cigarettes, which I thought was pretty cool, I went on to research on anti-smoking posters and other similar posters, they subvert the meaning of the object in focus and lets the viewer think about the meaning of the object in its new ‘environment’.


2D Project 2: Forrest Gump (Process Pt. 2)

The following two weeks were spent improving the first two designs, making the tote bag, and working on two new quotes.


In this post, I’ll be covering:

  • Comments for first two designs from 1st group consultation.
  • Practising silkscreening & Tote bag creation
  • Ideation for 3rd and 4th designs, comments from 2nd group consultation.

Comments for first two designs

“Mankind was born on Earth … it was never meant to die here.” – Interstellar (2014)

For this design, it was mentioned that the soldiers needed to have more contrast to make them pop out more, the field of garbage on the other hand had to have lesser contrast as they were too distracting. The direction of the smoke also had to be flipped to better direct the viewer’s eye.

Design 1 – Before
Design 1 – After


“T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt.” – Jurassic Park (1993)

For this design, it is a little unclear that the girl being pushed away is lusting for the man, one suggestion is to replace her with a ‘world’ of women or a plate of women, the latter with reference to food from ‘be fed’. The size of the rose could be bigger so that the audience can focus on the rose and move their attention down southeast.

Design 2 – Before
Design 2 – After


Practising silkscreening & Tote bag creation

Printing onto paper
Test print of ‘version 1’ on paper


After practising, we went on to print our final designs during recess week.

Illegal photography in the dark room
Applying ink onto silk screen

Printing on tote bag


Final Product

Didn’t turn out as great as I envisioned (looks a little dark) but I was happy with it, the reduced details of the field of trash worked well; the trash bags look like trash bags, I was afraid it would look like blobs of ink.

Tote Bag

Ideation and comments of 3rd and 4th designs

The week before the deadline, I worked on my final two designs.

“If you are good at something never do it for free” – The Dark Knight (2008)

For this quote, I referenced the story of the Golden Goose, instead of giving its golden eggs for free to the little boy in the story (I think there was a little boy), I made the goose demand payment for it, in this case, to a man. I deviated from ‘money’ for this quote and used fish instead as the form of payment.  I used a chef instead of a business man as it fitted the theme better.


Draft 1
Final design


“You are no longer black, or brown, or yellow, or red! You are now green! You are light green! Or dark green!”- Jarhead (2005)

As the quote is talking about soldiers and their camouflage, I went on to use the classic example of camouflaging, chameleons. Comments from the consultation were that the chameleon could stand out more, the plants are interrupting the silhouette, one suggestion is that the chameleon could be holding up the plants. As the snake is not the main focal point, it can be smaller.

Draft 1
Final design

2D Project 2: Forrest Gump (Process Pt. 1)

For this project, we were tasked to pick four movie quotes and create visual narratives that expresses each quote.

The following are the initial quotes I have chosen:

  • “Mankind was born on Earth … it was never meant to die here.” – Interstellar (2014)
  • “T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt.” – Jurassic Park (1993)
  • “They like to get the landmarks.” – Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
  • “Good lord, what is it about women with little hats?” – The Imitation Game (2014)

“Mankind was born on Earth … it was never meant to die here.” – Interstellar (2014)

I wanted to go for a somewhat apocalyptic scene, showing dangerous scenarios such as a nuclear power plant explosion and war planes dropping bombs, the crop field was inspired from the movie, which was set in a farm where the crops were infected with blight, threatening mankind’s survival. The planet represents the supposed future home of mankind.

The first draft was too plain and too ‘on the nose’.

Draft 1

I did a few more drafts, with the addition of the silhouette of a man,  his ‘praying pose’ representing the impending death of mankind and him seeking redemption.

Draft 2

The starry night sky implies that mankind will one day move to another planet.

Draft 3

Using the silhouette as the canvas.

Draft 4

Joy had suggested to change some of the objects to interpretations instead, for example, a burning cigarette could represent the chimneys of power plants, both contributing to air pollution. The following are interpretations I have included:

  • Chimneys of the power plant replaced by cigarettes, both contribute to air pollution.
  • War planes dropping trash bags, similar to bombs, both destroy the land in their own way.
  • Soldiers wielding axes, which kill trees like how guns kill people.

However, I had to work on the composition as there was no focal point, and the triangle formed in the middle seemed very awkward.

Draft 5

An improvement on the composition, however, I felt that I could add something more to the sky.

Draft 6.1

When I added the clouds, it seemed that they could merge with the smoke coming out from the chimneys!

Draft 6.2

With the ‘ clouds’ added, I tweaked the composition, applying the rule of thirds (which I wondered why I didn’t use in the first place).

Draft 6.3

Below is the final composition for this quote.

Draft 6.4 – Final Draft

Halftone applied, this will be the image I will be using for my tote bag.

Final image with halftone for silk screening


“T-Rex doesn’t want to be fed. He wants to hunt.” – Jurassic Park (1993)

For my first draft, I applied anthropomorphism to T-Rex, he is rejecting the food in front of him, implying that he doesn’t want to be fed and wants to hunt for his own food. Joy mentioned it was too straightforward, and I should try not to use any of the elements in the quote, for example, I could change T-Rex to something else.

Draft 1

For my second draft, I was inspired by the saying of “Enjoying the thrill of the chase”, which Joy gave me for an example. I have depicted a man (T-rex), wooing (wants to hunt) a girl, but the girl is rejecting him (but he is likes when they play hard to get, i.e he doesn’t want to be fed).

Draft 2

For the third draft, I felt that the “he doesn’t want to be fed” part was not clear enough, hence, I made him pushing another woman away who appears to be pleading for his approval, i.e. he doesn’t want free ‘meals’ coming his way.

Draft 3

“They like to get the landmarks.” – Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like in the movie and what this quote represents, I portrayed aliens destroying some of the world’s iconic landmarks.

Draft 1

Another way of interpreting this quote will be showing tourists ‘targeting’ landmarks for selfies.

Draft 2

However, I might be scrapping this quote as I am not too pleased with the results.

“Good lord, what is it about women with little hats?” – The Imitation Game (2014)

Honestly, I was focusing on the first two quotes and just put together something for the third and fourth quotes. I will be working on another two quotes in the following weeks, but first, let me take a sel-

Poorly-done draft