Logic: Besides the visual arts, I also like math and sciences (though I may not be good at it). I love geometric and mechanical diagrams, blue prints and especially the intricate parts of machineries. These are represent by a drawing of a tank, with its complex design at the wheels. There are also some labelled diagrams of some scientific equipment at the background to frame the tank.
Medium: Pen and marker


Awkwardness: I can be uncomfortable and awkward in certain social situations, especially when meeting a big group of new people. Hence, I thought the multiplication of awkward faces and expressions throughout the square would accurately represent my insecurities, self consciousness and discomfort during these situations.
I had fun drawing all these faces. I could draw the facial features in any way I liked, and most of them turned out looking really peculiar and ‘derpy’!


Me: For the past few years, my friends in school always said I looked like a giraffe – tall, elongated. Hence I used giraffe to symbolize myself. I also applied the cubist technique to represent the logical, technical aspect of me.

Colour scheme: Monotone
I am a person who prefers dull, cool and dark colours, and therefore I used a monotonous colour scheme to represent my avoidance of bright (neon?) colours.

Medium: Pen and marker





Randomness: I often have random, bizarre thoughts and ideas floating around my head.
Reference to Dali Atomicus, a photograph by Salvador Dali. This work consists of both animate and inanimate object flying in mid-air. I added more objects into the composition to further emphasize its randomness, as well as the dynamics, movement and suspense.

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Chaos: My workspace is always messy. This chaos is represented by Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm. The strokes of paint are placed close to one another and multiplied throughout for a messy feel. I also added acrylic paint in a random fashion to create some rough textures.



A Better Me: Joan the Giraffe in paradise. In this square, I’m in my own comfy environment, in a sort of organised chaos. A very bright, unnatural lighting is applied to maintain the bizarre, imaginative feel, and the juxtaposition of objects and the clear blue sky contributes to the surreal effect of the picture.
Colour Scheme: Triadic




Curiosity: Curiosity kills the cat. A closed up fill frame of a cat’s face. To further emphasize my thirst for discovery, I photoshopped a portrait of Albert Einstein, an icon of invention, in the reflection of the cat’s eyes.


Inspiration: My inspiration for my works come from other artists’ works. For this square, I combined the works of three of my favourite surrealists – Salvador Dali’s moustache, Rene Magritte’s man with an apple and MC Escher’s orb.
Philippe Halsman (American, 1906-1979). Yes, but don’t try to uncover my secret (Dali’s Mustache), 1954. Silver gelatin print. © Philippe Halsman Archive

This composition is very balance as the orb is placed in the centre of the square. The colour scheme used is analogous (yellow and green) and the tones are soft and of low saturation.



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An Ideal Me: The background of this image is the album cover of the Imagine Dragons’ Night Vision, which I found very suitable for my composition. The broken pieces of rock act as ascending platforms, suggesting an increase in knowledge and status towards success. An ideal me, would be to be a successful artist who is able to effectively connect with my viewers through my artwork. For example, I find an interactive piece of art or advertisement very engaging and as a viewer, I am able to effectively get the message and at the same time enjoy myself. An ideal version of me would be able to achieve something like that through years of hard work and a significant improvement in abilities.




Spontaneity: Spontaneity is defined as the occurrence of an action or performance as a result of a sudden impulse. To me, spontaneity is a very intense, combustible emotion that is closely associated with passion and drive. Naturally the first colour that came into my mind was red, the colour of fire and blood.
This square is a collage of very bright, vibrant colours. The background was originally a silhouette of a tree, but photoshopped to for harsher lines and shapes.

Workload: In most stages of life, there will always be workload. Be it school assignments, projects, or office work, they will always be a source of stress.

The heavy rocks in this square are representative of these burdens.
Colour Scheme: Analogous (red, blue, purple background). These colours are quite intense on its own and hence when I try to blend them together using watercolour, there is a sense of force and pressure as the colours clash.
Medium: Pen, marker and watercolour

Me in 5 Years: In 5 years’ time, I would like to be a more spontaneous person. Without the stress of the workload that is pulling me down, I would like to have the freedom of exploring different parts of the world. Some of these places include Greece, Maldives, and the Bahamas. For this square I decided to portray myself as a combination of a giraffe and a mermaid (meraffe?), basking in the sunset in the Bahamas.

Medium: Pen and watercolour

Colour Research

Colour is a form of non verbal communication. Our preference of colours changes with our mood, experiences and our surroundings. Colours can also affect us in many ways, both mentally and physically. For example, red has been known to raise one’s blood pressure, while a forest of green soothes one’s eyes.

The primary colours are red, blue & yellow.
The secondary colours are green, orange & purple. (Combination of primary colours)

Warm and cool colors

The colour wheel or colour circle can also be divided into two portions – warm & cool colours.
Warm – red, orange, yellow (yellow being the warmest)
Cool – green, blue, purple (blue being the coolest)

Colour meaning


Red – The colour of fire and blood, often associated with energy, anger, war, danger, strength power, determination, passion and drive.
Red is a very emotionally and physically intense colour. It is accented, stimulating people to make quick decisions (hence frequently used in advertisements, promotions), raises one’s blood pressure and respiration rate.

Orange – A combination of the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. This tropical colour is the colour of happiness, joy, enthusiasm, fascination, creativity, attraction and success. It a very warm and hot colour, however, it is not as aggressive as red.

Yellow – Colour of sunshine and happiness. Associated with joy, positive energy and intellect.
As the warmest colour in the spectrum, it has a warming effect, stimulating comfort, cheerfulness and mental activity. Yellow is no doubt an attention getter, and hence most commonly used on cabs and in highlighters. It is also a childish colour often used in children’s toys and not in classy, high end products.

Green – The colour of nature and the most restful colour for the human eye. It is often used to symbolize growth, nurture, freshness and fertility. It also suggests stability, ambition, and peace.
As the complimentary of red, green represents safety and healing power. It can be seen on many medicine labels, fresh organic products, as well as to indicate a positive growth in the economy.

Blue – Coolest colour, the colour of the skies and the seas. Symbolizes truth, wisdom, loyalty, confidence, faith and the clarity of mind. Blue has a cooling effect on the body and mind, giving one a sense of tranquility. It is also a masculine colour that is associated with stability, depth and expertise and hence is highly accepted by males.

Purple – A combination of blue and red. This artificial colour represents royalty, pride, power, nobility, luxury. Purple and sometimes used to symbolize wisdom, extravagance, creativity and magic. It is an eye-catching colour that has proven to attract the attention of most children and hence is often used in the advertising of children’s toys, especially dolls.

White – Represents purity, innocence, goodness and cleanliness. As opposed to black, it usually has a slightly more positive connotation. Often associated with angels, heaven and light.  White is often used in the medical industry to represent sterility and cleanliness and in modern high technology devices to represent innovation and simplicity.

Black – Black symbolizes power, elegance, evil, mystery, strength and authority. It gives a sense of perception and depth. However, it can also be used to block out details of the background or surroundings to make the subject matter and its colours stand out. In art, black is also often used to create high contrast and distinction between objects.

The colour wheel is also the commonly used tool for colour mixing and combination of colours. Traditionally, there are a number of colour combinations that are considerably more pleasing to look at. These were obtained through the application of colour schemes – complimentary, analogous and triadic, split-complimentary, rectangle (tetradic) and square.

Complementary colour scheme:

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Colours that are opposite each other in the colour wheel. For example: red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow.
The high contrast of the opposite colours produces and very vibrant look, and could be jarring to the eyes if used in large amount and in high saturation.
Such a colour scheme can be challenging to strike a balance in colours, but is very effective in creating a focus and making one of the objects stand out from its background.

Analogous colour scheme:

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Colours that are next to each other in the colour wheel. For example: Red and orange and yellow, green and blue and purple.
This colour scheme is often found in nature as the colours match very well and are soothing, pleasing to the eye. The three colours support each other and create a serene, comfortable design. However, this colour scheme cannot be used to create high contrast.


Triadic colour scheme:
triadColours form a triangle in the colour wheel. For example: orange and green and purple, red and yellow and blue.
Triadic colour schemes are vibrant and create a good contrast. When carefully balanced, the colours can be harmonized successfully, producing an attention catching work that is at the same time pleasing to the eye. triadic scheme





Split-complimentary colour scheme:
A variation of the complimentary colour scheme. In addition to the base colour, it uses the two colours adjacent to the complement. split-complementary scheme
This colour scheme has the same strong visual effect as the complimentary colour scheme, but has less tension and is less jarring. Similarly, a good balance of the three colours is required for an effective composition.
Rectangle (tetradic) colour scheme:
Uses four colours that form a rectangle in the colour wheel; consists of two pairs of complimentary colours. A rich colour scheme that allows plenty of room for variation. One can play around with all four colours, warm and cool. rectangle scheme

Square colour scheme:

This colour scheme is similar to the rectangle, but with all four colours equally spread out in the colour wheel. Similarly, this allows plenty of variations and possibilities in the arrangement of warm and cool colours. The square colour scheme works best if one colour is made dominant. square scheme