2D | reflecting ego

” Why did you choose to do 8-bit?
Because I like torturing myself. “

Finally, I’m done with Foundation 2D and the final project – EGO!
The journey was tough, but the final product was better than expected!
From the day I decided to to 8-bit, I knew it was the day I am doomed.

Informing my classmates about my choice of art style was hilarious.
They were all saying that I’m crazy for deciding to choose an art style is of a certain level of difficulty, what more I have never tried it before!
Even when consulting Prof Mimi, she told me that no one has ever done Project Ego in 8-bit art style before!
And that scares me…. If i screw it up, I am screwed.
But, I decided to go with my gut feeling, took a leap of faith and went ahead doing!

It was really tough doing 8-bit, as I had to colour in pixel by pixel, which meant – if I changed my design, it means I have to restart again, which happened.

I couldn’t decide on the layout and elements to put in, and I kept changing it, resulting in tons of time taken away, and I took a really long time finishing it.

But, seeing the final work, No regrets!

This project, is by far my favourite to work on for Foundation 2D!
I got to experiment freely, and play with colours, to bring out certain mood that I am going for or emotions that I want to evote – which is pretty cool.

Compared to the previous assignments, there was less restrictions in this, and it was really stunning to see the whole class’ work being hung out – each and everyone of us had such different and unique styles!!

Instructor’s Feedback

“Harmony of Colours evident
Could keep the fonts neutral.
Sleepyhead me could be improved. Smaller pixels.”
These were comments by Prof Mimi pre-critique!

I do agree that sleepyhead me could have been further improved, by maybe adding more elements in too! Right now, it seemed too plain, just with me sleeping (it’s not like i’m sleeping beauty right HAHA)

After sharing my project, Prof shared that maybe for the square of “Deadlines”, it would have been better if I didn’t cover the whole square just with the board of deadlines – which I have to agree with! Maybe adding a pair of hands, or other stationery/elements would’ve made it better!

Also, the fonts for the text could’ve been more neutral as it seemed too much with all the 8-bits everywhere!

The third row colours did not seem to complement very well either – & I agree. It didn’t look like what I perceived it to be! On my laptop the blue-green colour had more blue tinge, but it wasn’t really shown on the print-out! (Or maybe my spoilt laptop screen was showing me things :()

Prof Mimi also said that it was a steep road I took, from the consultation designs that I showed her, till presentation day, due to the drastic changes hahaha. But i’m glad, it all turned out well!

Peer Review 

Many reviews that I’ve gotten from my classmates are really positive!
Most of the comments are they liking the 8-bit pixel art style that I went for, and the neutral/pastel colour scheme I used!
Thanks friends for liking my 8-bit work! 

Further way of improvements

A way I know that I can work on, is my pixel art!!
As a first-timer, I’ll say that it isn’t that bad, but overall, it looks below average.
Instead of using the same size pixels, I kept switching around, resulting in a square having different sizes of pixels – which is something I should work on!

Next, it was something I realised too late.
While I was finishing up my last square, my friend taught me an easier way of doing 8-bit. But it was too late, as I had most of it done already!

If time allowed, I would’ve re-done everything in that same style, it would’ve saved tons of time and looked less messy!

Also, for colour-wise, I feel that I should’ve done more research into it, especially on the usage of complementary colours. Complementary colours are a real tough play, as one step of going wrong might result in the whole row looking weird and inconsistent – which is what happened to my Equation 3! 

All in all, thank you Foundation 2D, for bringing me on an exploration journey where I got to experiment and know more about my art style and drill my creativity and artistic talent!

Till then,

2D | final ego

I am finally done with all my 4 equations!
8-bit took a painstakingly long time to finish, but I’m pretty impressed with how the results turned out!
I used a pastel/neutral colour palette for my squares.

The title of my Project, is life of an arts student in university, based on online memes.
There are 4 outcomes, What I think, What my parents think, What society thinks, and What actually happens.

Equation 1: Me, from a business background + Learning basic design skills = What I think

For Equation 1, I placed the squares of me, from a business background, presenting a marketing proposal, as I was from a business student back in Poly days. + when I came to NTU ADM, my perception of ADM was that it’s a platform that I learn basic design skills and then, 4 years later, I’ll graduate!
I thought that University Life was actually that easy for an arts student! (But i am obviously very very wrong 🙁 )

For colours wise, I used mostly pastel reds and blues, as NTU’s convocation consists of mainly those colours. Also, red represents passion – and I used it to signify my passion for designing.

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This color palette is where I referenced my colours from! They belong to the analogous harmony.

Equation 2: Me, still a child to my parents + Receiving pocket money = What my parents think

For Equation 2, I started with a young character of me, portrayed as still a kid in my parent’s eyes. With receiving pocket money from my parents, it leads to the last square of What my parents think – of me using the money they gave to go drinking and clubbing.

Colour-wise, I used monochromatic blue palette!


This is my reference palette! The reason I chose blue, is because the good emotions it evotes are love, which in this case, my parents love for me. But, it also evotes negative emotions, like fear – which can also be interpreted here, due to my parent’s fear of me wasting money and playing around, instead of concentrating on my studies.

Equation 3: Artsy fartsy me + Doing well in an arts course = What society thinks

For Equation 3, I defined myself as artsy fartsy – someone whose very artistic, + doing well in an arts course (ADM), being first and having GPA (exaggerating a little too much) = What society thinks, that I’ll be living on the streets, being a spray painter.

For the last square, the reason for putting a spray painter for What Society thinks, is because of the societal norm. There are still people whom are not very accepting of the arts industry, and whenever I say i’m from an arts course, their first reply, was “What future do you have?”
It always seem that arts have no future!!! Also, an inside joke between my friends and I when we went to Melbourne, they jokingly asked me if that’s my future job when we passed by Hosier Lane witnessing many artist spray painting. Thus, I decided to use spray painting artists as a meme of having no future for an arts student.

For the colours, I used Complementary harmony.
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This is the colour palette that I referenced from. The reason of having orange, was due to the emotion related to it – ignorance. I feel that many people in the society are still ignorant to what art students actually does, and what holds in the future of art students!

Equation 4: 

The final equation, is what actually happens in the life of an ADM student.
Being a sleepyhead me, I require tons of sleep everyday! (I can literally sleep the whole day away if I have no alarms hahaha)
But with overloading deadlines to meet and the tons of assignments to do, it leads to what actually happens – the reality 🙁
The reality is me, at 530AM, still trying to multitask between rushing assignments and studying for quiz, and trying to survive on coffee.
Meanwhile, I am thinking of sleep, and food (cuz it’s an unearthly hour and it’s hard to get food!!!) Also, I am missing my social life and the time spent with my friends!

For the colours, I used Warm Analogous Harmony, but based mainly on browns.


This is the colour palette I referenced from!
I chose warm colours, as it gives me a feeling of reality, which links to my equation!

And that’s it for the last project of Foundation 2D!
Stay tuned to my next post on the post-review reflection!

Till then,

2D | ego as big as my eyebags II

After so many long posts, let’s start off with my work process~
*Disclaimer: I started using colours that aren’t pastel yet, as I wanted to have a solid bold colour to see if the overall outlook matches, before making them pastel!*

Before I started doing it digitally, I conceptualized on a little notebook I had!
(Sorry for the really messy sketch)

I started out working on
Equation 1: Me, from a business background + Learning basic design skills = What I think

I placed me, wearing a business formal, with a red background. However, I felt that this square was too plain, and it might be better if I added more elements.

The next square, I used a scene whereby a teacher is having a class on “How to Draw Digitally”, something I expected to have during my journey in ADM.
Finally, the last square, it’s me, graduation in 4 years time (2021), in NTU!

The reason that I used these colours is because Red represents Passion, and design/drawing is my passion, which is why I ended up in ADM despite having done business in Poly!

Another reason – was because, NTU graduation ceremonies, has tons of reds and blues! I kept the colours for the last square to be aligned to the norm of NTU. Here’s a photo of the recent Convocation 2017!

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But for the last square, I wanted to place purple as the ground colour, as Red + Blue = Purple. However, I felt that it doesn’t complement each other. I’ll work on it and hopefully come up with a better colour scheme!

For Equation 2:
Me, still a child to my parents + Receiving pocket money = What my parents think

Firstly, I started with the first 2 squares only.

For square 1, It’s me as a child, with two pigtails, and a soft toy!
Square 2, it’s a mid-aged male and female, which is my parents, and they are both giving me cash (money), to fund my schooling and allowance!
To me, the colour scheme seems pretty off, and don’t suit the theme of me still being a kid to my parents.
*Note to self: Gotta work more on it!!*

For Equation 3:
Artsy fartsy me + Doing well in an arts course = What society thinks

I did the last square of “What society thinks”, before doing the rest!

This panel was to portray me being an artist on the streets, selling my art commissions for a living. However, after a consultation process with Prof Mimi, I do agree that the colours I used were too dull, and the artworks looks like stamps instead. Thus, I suggested – why not use spray painting instead? It’s considered a kind of leisure street art!

Lastly, for Equation 4:
Sleepyhead me + Deadlines = What actually happens

I only managed to come up with the sleepyhead me before the consultation, hahaha.

I really really like this as it looks like my face 24/7 HAHA.
But overall, I feel that this won’t suit the style of the 8-bit art I am going for, so I will be changing it!

Till then,

2D | coloured ego

When I started researching on colours, I first went ahead to search on the meaning of colours.


Certain colours convey certain emotions and I wanted to use the colour to convey certain emotions for certain equations.

For example, for Blue, the negative emotions it has relates to fear/worry, and can also relate positively to love. For Red, it relates to passion, and so forth.

Next, I went to pick the colours I wanted to incorporate into my equations. I started using Adobe Color, a color wheel software that aids you in picking colours!

There are a variety of color rule options, such as complementary, triad, monochrome, analogous, etc, basically all the colour harmonies we can experiment with for Project Ego! However, as I wanted to have a more neutral and pastel color palette, I realised that Adobe Color wasn’t a good platform to use, as they are more of bright, bold colours.

Next, I went online to search on pastel colour palettes, and chanced upon this site , Colour Palettes, which shares tons of colour palettes for references for home decor and anything under the sun! I started browsing through, and decided to use the color palettes I found there as the color palettes for my equations!
Below are the colour palettes I selected!



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Till then,

2D | pixelated ego

Before starting on my 8bit work, I researched on Pixel Art.
Pixel Art, is a digital art created via softwares where images are edited on pixel level. 8-bit works are usually done for video game consoles.
The term was first published in 1982, and some types of cross-stitching are very similar to pixel art.
Even Hama beads looks like it!


8-bit is a style used before technology advanced, when all we had was just low resolution digital. So, why not we go back in time and have some 8-bit artworks for Ego?

Although it is uncommon to be using pixel 8-bit style for art illustration nowadays, there is also a tinge of fun factor and aesthetic to having it in 8-bit as compared!

Here’s an example done by Blake Reynolds, of him showing the different styles of illustrated art.


Isn’t the Yoshi pixelated cute?!

The colours used for original 8-bit styles are simple basic colours. Most arcade games in the past used 8-bit style, like Pac-man and Space Invaders, games I’m sure everyone knows!


Till now, some game interface designers still adapt the style, and improvised it! Games like Minecraft is a prominent example, and also Crossy Road – a mobile phone game which I used to be really crazy about!


Moving on from video games, I’ll be talking about artists that does 8-bit/pixel art.

The first pixel art artist I will be referencing is Ivan Dixon.
He is a Melbourne-based animator, pixel artist, illustrator and game maker. Having co-directed and produced pieces for The Simpsons, Fallout 4, Cartoon Network, etc, he also co-runs an animation studio, Rubber House.
Check out his works here!

Winnie the Pooh.


Look at all these cute pixel animation! I love how having it pixelated there is an essence of quirkiness in there.
And imagine the hard work they put in for the animation though! Each and every pixel has to change, wow. JUST WOW.

Another artist I found is Michael B Myers Jr. A freelance artist from USA that does pixel art, character designs and also illustration. Check out his website here!


His pixel art style is minimalist – simple and nice! The usage of colours he used ain’t like the old day video games colours, that are bold and bright. Instead, he used neutral and muted colours. Seeing his works makes me super motivated to try out my own pixel art too!


Another of his work, he created an animated character out of pixels! How cool is that?! Adding on, he used different tonal values of blue to form the character, what great colour play of monochromatic colours!

When deciding the colours to use, I choose to use more muted, neutral and some pastel colours, as opposed to the original bold bright colours of old day 8-bit. Reason being, I want to have reference of old days pixel art, but also wanting to keep up with the trend – showing that despite moving on forward, previous art styles will not be left behind! Also, pastel colours is the hype of the younger generation now!

Stay tuned to my next post on my research on colours!

Till then,