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Ego: All in one!

Initially, I had wanted to do string art for my project. I wanted to try a much more hands-on, craft-kind of art.  So why not try doing string art, since I have a bunch of strings left from the string sculpture project in 3d! These were a few of the artist I was inspired from.

Rachel Furlough:

Her  works were once of the first I seen when I google ‘string art’. I like how she play around with the space -leaving the main object blank while the strings are used to bring the image out.

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Alan Dindo:

I love the intricate designs in his work. However, I think It would be really time-consuming to carry out something similar to this especially since we are tackling with other projects as well. So I might have stuck with a much more simpler design like Rachel’s work.

Anatomical string art! Alan Dindo: Brain:

Process (trying it out):

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Apologies if I didn’t take much picture of it. I was kind of frustrated with the results because it took too long just to achieve something simple looking as that. I might have underestimated the amount of work out into string art! The problems I encounter was that the strings kept being loosen and falling apart. Smaller details or part of the image were a pain to do. I had did the eye but it fall apart later on.

So from here, I decided that string art was not working out for me. I have decided to try using digital instead, because of time-constrain. However, I still wanted to incorporate the design of it on my work. Hence I tried looking up at geometrical works because they have that certain style I’m looking for and I could get inspirations from.

Animal + Minimalism = Animalism by Stephanie Cahyadi:

Animals + Minimalism = Animalism by Stephanie Cahyadi:

365 days of of devise:

Day 154: Geometric elephant * he comes alive in the shadows:

Josh Bryan:

While at first glance these stunning black and white portraits look like they were created in Illustrator, you'd be surprised to find out they're actually pen drawings. 20-year-old England-based artist Josh Bryan has a set called Triangulations where he's taken some well-known celebrities - like Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Helen Bonham Carter, and Johnny Knoxville - and created their likeness in abstract, geometric form. Hundreds of tiny triangles make up each face.:
This would be a really cool tattoo. Love geometric tattoos and love the portrait turned into a geo tat.:



The colours for this project, I’ve decided to use them on in regards of the meaning of each colour. Like what does it portray -blue means melancholy and purple was nostalgia.
Because different colours evoke different emotions. (brief explanation of colours and emotions.

I used a program called to get the scheme I had. (Link was provided by Lydia, thanks!)

Types of colour chosen or found insteresting:


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Reason why I choose a fox to represent myself was because due to the reference of the trilogy book His Dark Materials. (A.k.a the famous movie, the golden compass) This is where “Dæmons are the external physical manifestation of a person’s ‘inner-self’ that takes the form of an animal.”
A fox is like my inner self, they are seen as sly, dangerous creatures which are easily misunderstood as they are simply shy, peaceful and can be very curious.  More details about it can be seen in this link here!

How I did my work was Me (emotions) + Setting = Outcome
In order:

  • Melancholy + Overwhelmed = Broken
  • Contentment + Attentive to friends  = Spreading Happiness
  • Nostalgia + Alone with my thoughts = Reflection
  • Agitated + Being stressed = Determination

First Ego:


I used the colour blue because upon research, blue was a colour primarily chosen to represent sadness. Animals can’t really show their feelings, so in a sense, I played around with the colour, in a way changing the entire image to show just how colour plays a huge part in changing the mood of an image.



Sometimes feelings pent up overtime and there’s a breaking point to it. Here I tried to show the limit of it with a shattering glass.



I tried to portray myself (the fox) looking at a broken mirror with the iconic teardrop shape. This is the point of the result of after being overwhelmed, I tend to end up ‘broken’. Everyone will experience in a point of their life where they feel helpless and all they could do at the moment is to wallow. But eventually, life will go on and that moment will pass! Just like how my second ego is a more positive one.


Second Ego:



A happy looking fox is a fox being cozily asleep. I used the colours green and yellow as they are welcoming colours. Green symbolizes growth while yellow is a friendly, warmth colour. A combination of both colours is a way for me to show lightheartedness.


Attentive to friends

I realize there are lots of talkers nowadays and little listeners. I am one who rather listen than talk. Sometimes, my friends just need someone who will listen to their problems and I’m willing to do so. It’s a way to help them have a outlet to let themselves out and get a form of relief -despite big or small.


Spreading Happiness

The result of this is making others around me have a brighter day. In the end, I would love to see smiles on my friends face, a reason why I don’t mind joking about. Why would one rather be gloomy all the time when you can be happy, even for just a moment? Life is too short to be full of remorse.

Third Ego:



Purple was a colour that represents nostalgia. There is a limitation yet once again working with animals as it is hard to show feelings. This is why I did a fox looking off into the distance while using the colour purple to set the mood. Because once again, the colour theory of where colours affects the overall emotion/mood of the image.


Alone with my thoughts

I admit that the result of this image threw me off for a moment by how creepy it looks. But in a sense, it portrays what I want to say. I may come off as a bubbly person but I do tend to get lost in my own thoughts when I’m alone. Reason why the eyes are not shown here is because eyes are the windows to one soul.



In the end, what has happened has happened. The only thing I can do is reflect on it, move on and try to be a better person. My image shows a reflection of me shown as a fox because that is who I am still in the end. What happened won’t change me for who I am. I can only be true to myself.

Fourth Ego:



Anger in an animals can be shown thrown their defensive reaction. Some snarl and bare their fangs. Red is also a colour that shows anger and aggressive movements. For the first and second images, I started using much more jagged edges in the background while giving the a much darker red to imply movements, or at least a sensation of it. When you’re angry, it’s feels like shards of broken glass prickling.


Being stressed

A stressful situation for me is like being at gun point. Similar to how a hunter aims before shooting. There’s this tension between the hunter and the animal, a.k.a the fox within that few seconds which I think portray well the feeling of being stressed.



I do strive to be the one who make it out alive. Hence the last image of where the fox has bitten off the hunter’s hand. It symbolizes the determination to succeed and make it through the stressful situation.

Overall look (apology for bad camera quality):



Movie quotes – The final designs!

Most of my explanation for each piece can be found in my research post. Each piece has their own style (Asian, Western, Aztec etc.) because I based it on the setting of each movie.


Mufasa said this particular quote to Simba to explain how everything in life was connected in a circle. How they the rulers of the kingdom, were respected as such. And in return, they show the same respect back to the animals they rule upon, from the smallest ant to the biggest elephant.  He also states how there was a balance in everything -when Simba questions that they ate very animals that respect them. : “when we die, our body becomes the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.”


This quote was said by Shang to Ping (Mulan) when he was training every one in the army to be a man.  While he was training them, there was a particular phrase everyone was singing (because most of the time, Disney movies involve musicals) on how to be a men: “We must be swift as the coursing river. With all the force of a great typhoon. With all the strength of a raging fire. Mysterious as the dark side of the moon.” These were the qualities needed to be a man. Taking this phrase, this is how I interpret of how Shang wants a Man to be like.


This was one of my all time favorite, comedic, underrated Disney movies.  A Disney movie that does not have musicals! Here, I incorporated the characteristics of the characters into animals; The sly and cunning Yzma as a scheming-looking lizard and the dense and happy-go-lucky Kronk as a clueless-looking monkey. The quote was said from Yzma to her assistant, Kronk when they were about to enter their secret lab -to find a way to get rid of the Emperor. Apparently, Kronk pulls the wrong lever (this is an iconic scene which later was shown subsequently in their TV series) and Yzma falls down a trap, where there is a crocodile that lurks at the bottom. (She doesn’t die though!)

This quote was sang (because Disney movies and musicals) by both Anna and Hans.  An open door is like a symbol of opportunity and for this quote, it was suppose to signify love at first sight. But during the movie, it was revealed that Hans doesn’t feel the same way and was in fact playing along the whole time, a scheme to get close to the princesses so he can take over their kingdom. The main focus I was aiming for was the interaction between the man and the woman. The placement of the hearts above the woman also symbolizes how deeply infatuated Anna felt towards Hans.


My Line is Emo – All in one

The entire project had been an emotional roller coaster ride, mainly involving the emotions frustration, angst, exhaustion and relief! Haha!

I’ve decided to document and compile everything into one post, so bear with me if it seems lengthy! But I guess it shows the process much easier in one post!

Mark Making:

We had to bring our own mark making tools for class. Initially, I had no idea what I should bring, so I decided to make some of my own! As class progressed, I realized that literally ANYTHING can be used as a mark making tool.

Mark Making Tools

We also learned how to use a paint on roller and how to achieve a nice, full black print. We got to experiment and explore with different techniques using paint and chinese ink.


Exploration of paint using a Roller


This is only the beginning

We may have gone a bit too wild and started trying out endlessly possibilities achieving some form of mark making. But in the end, we made some really cool results!


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Example of  a good Mark Making work


We also had the opportunity to do mono-printing! I have never done mono-printing before and have always wonder how they’re done, so this was an eye opener for me. We have to lino-cutting which is done by cutting the surface of a Lino, spreading paint evenly onto it and then run through a print machine.

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The amount of paint and pressure used can affect the outcome of the print

We got a hands on experience of trying the lino-printing, and these were what I produced!

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The main result were paint-covered hands.

Overall, who knew mark making could be fun? But we all know, that that’s just the beginning. Now all we have to do was link our mark marking and emotions together.

Memory Drawing:

For this, we had to tap into our subconscious to do automatic drawings. A simple way to do so is Memory Drawing. In Memory drawing, we have to think of whichever emotions we want to portray. For example , for a Happiness, we need to think of something that makes us happy or a moment in or life where we felt a strong feeling of happiness. And by doing so, we let our hands do the automatic drawings.







Process Work:

How I started was that I did experimental works first. Mainly exploration of techniques and mark marking to see what I can achieve. After which, I might look at a particular print and see what kind of emotions it elicits or reminds me of. I would make notes in my journal about it so I would not forget what I have thought of.

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Experimental works

The next step for me was to categorize the prints I have done and other future-prints I might do into the main emotions; happiness, love, sadness, fear, anger, surprise. This allows me to view my ideas in a much easier sense and I can easily refer back to it for inspirations. I also in down my thoughts on how I feel about each emotions. I also tried exploring other forms of mediums and tools such as glue and strings.

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Categorized emotions + Further exploration

Last was to do various prints of them and then use the cropping tool method to see what kind of results I would get. I would do at least 5 strips for each of my chosen emotion and pick the best out from them to be used in my final project.


Example: Sentimentality

Final Project: My Line is Emo

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List of chosen emotions from Top to Bottom:

Tenderness Rage
Sentimentality Annoyance
Wacky Frustration
Psychotic Alienation
Excitement Surprise
Fear Melancholy
Anxiety Woe
Distress Misery
Conflicted Exhausted