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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: Research and Inspiration!

tumblr_inline_mzvlbw0e4k1qjj500“It’s brillant, Brillant, BRILLANT!”
– Yzma, The Emperor’s New Groove

My four chosen quotes:

  1. “And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.” – The Lion King

    Mufasa: Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.

    Young Simba: But, Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?

    Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.

    Synopsis of movie: A young lion prince is born in Africa, thus making his uncle Scar the second in line to the throne. Scar plots with the hyenas to kill King Mufasa and Prince Simba, thus making himself King. The King is killed and Simba is led to believe by Scar that it was his fault, and so flees the kingdom in shame. After years of exile he is persuaded to return home to overthrow the usurper and claim the kingdom as his own thus completing the “Circle of Life”.  -IMDb

  2.  “Mister, I’ll make a man out of you.” – Mulan

    However, my image will be based on the following phrase  (because it is too long so I had to substitute it with the above stated quote. Both quotes are still linked.)

    “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.”

    In the movie, these qualities were state on how it is to be a man.
    Synopsis of movie:
      This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead.  – IMDb

  3. Pull the lever, Kronk!…Wrong Lever!” – The Emperor’s New Groove


    Synopsis of movie: In this animated comedy from the folks at Disney, the vain and cocky Emperor Kuzco is a very busy man. Besides maintaining his “groove”, and firing his suspicious administrator, Yzma; he’s also planning to build a new waterpark just for himself for his birthday. However, this means destroying one of the villages in his kingdom. Meanwhile, Yzma is hatching a plan to get revenge and usurp the throne. But, in a botched assassination courtesy of Yzma’s right-hand man, Kronk, Kuzco is magically transformed into a llama. Now, Kuzco finds himself the property of Pacha, a lowly llama herder whose home is ground zero for the water park. Upon discovering the llama’s true self, Pacha offers to help resolve the Emperor’s problem and regain his throne, only if he promises to move his water park. – IMDb

  4.  “Love is an Open Door” – Frozen

    Synopsis of movie: In the Kingdom of Arendelle, Princess Elsa has the power of freezing and creating ice and snow, and her younger sister Anna loves to play with her. When Elsa accidentally hits Anna on the head with her gift and almost kills her, their parents bring them to trolls that save Anna’s life and make her forget the ability of her sister. Elsa returns to the castle and maintain herself recluse in her room with fear of hurting Anna with her increasing power. Their parents die when their ship sinks in the ocean and three years later, the coronation of Elsa forces her to open the gates of her castle to celebrate with the people. Anna meets Prince Hans in the party and she immediately falls in love with him and decides to marry him. But Elsa does not accept the marriage and loses control of her powers freezing Arendelle. Elsa flees to the mountain and Anna teams up with the peasant Kristoff and his reindeer Sven and with the snowman Olaf to seek out Elsa. They find Elsa in her icy castle and she accidentally hits Anna in the heart; now only true love can save her sister from death. -IMDb

Artists Inspiration

  1. Banksy10-i-am-father d3159435b2cca3047194f43bca541083 banksy

    Though he is a graffiti artist, his stencils works are simple yet narrative and symbolic. Normally his works are very straightforward and you’ll get the meaning right away with one glance. That is something I hope to achieve in my work.
  2. Henn Kimtumblr_o52acvuzlx1unnnneo1_1280 de5c0de82693fb43ca37ae4ecf56d13d bd4f1fdb8231ecba4ffce79d3a870bab

    Her works relies on symbolism to carry out the narrative aspect of the work. She likes to superimpose original parts in her work with another object to give this quirky yet thought-provoking artworks. Sometimes you need to stop to think and ponder about her work though most of her work titles are a dead give away to what the art means, like the first piece “Head in the clouds”.