2D | Ego Final

*swims over* the final lap is hereeeee! Presenting, my final pieces. *cue dramatic music* 

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The Egg’s Dream

Colour Harmony: Monochromatic & Analogous Harmony
This piece is a neutral colour palette which consists of mostly browns, beige and grey, with a tinge of bright colours like yellow and white which is to make the sunny side up stand out among the rest. Browns and beige gives a sense of interest and anticipation, and youth. 

Potato’s Next Top Fry

Colour Harmony: Monochromatic & Analogous Harmony, Complementary Hues
This is a neutral colour palette with a bit more fun! Even though neutral colours like brown, grey, beige are used, a pop of bright yellow was added to give an element of fun as it’s a cheeky narrative of a Potato’s journey to become a smokin’ hot Fry. 

Anyway guys, please notice the mini poster I did for the Potato. DID U GET IT.

Taco’s Fillings

Colour Harmony: Split Complementary Hues
With bright colours being used, this piece has FUN written all over it. I wanted the taco to look as yummy as possible, therefore I used a really bright green, for healthy veggie, a nice yellow as the lovely taco body to stimulate your appetite and a tinge of red to make it more appetizing.  This narrative is about a happy-go-lucky yet clumsy Taco who accidentally lost it’s fillings (feelings), get it. 

The Yellow Sprinkle

Colour Harmony: Complementary Hues
Pastel bright colours were used to give a cheeky, fresh and fun look. Personally, ice cream is a happy food to me, and yellow is the universal happy colour. A blue hue is to give a certain calmness and to balance the overall composition as yellow is the most prominent in this illustration. 


Among all the 2D projects, I LOVE this the most as I can finally get back in touch with my colours! I enjoyed the entire process of Project Ego as there are so much that I can do and I had fun brainstorming ideas that are maybe… abit too cheeky and weird for that matter. 

My focus for this Ego project was really – to PUN and FUN as much as I can hahaha. I really wanted to do something fun and cheeky, nothing too serious as I guess this is one of the only chances I get to do what I really want. Or in that case, designing without any worries. And finally get the chance to do illustrations that I always wanted to do but never really got a chance (well more like lazy to do). 

As my illustration style is more on the minimal and fun side, the choice of colours used is really important as colours that are too dull might make the entire composition look dead and boring. I didn’t even realise it myself that I’ve used a neutral palette for most of my compositions as it’s easier for me to make the main character of the composition stand out by using a complementary colour. 

The difficulty that I faced in this project is that I kept thinking if my illustration is too simple? Is it lacking stuff? It’s really hard for me to kick the habit of “less is more” and the minimalist soul in me is struggling really hard. Even though I’ve studied 3 years of Visual Communication back in Polytechnic, I didn’t do much illustrations back then. This is the first time, I’m seriously sitting down, brainstorming and vectoring every single detail out. I thought I was going to be real fast doing this project, but boy was I wrong! The amount of options, I can do to present my composition is ENDLESS. How I decided to designed the elements in the composition is craaaaaaaaay as I’m really indecisive. 

All in all, I’m actually quite happy with my results and thoroughly enjoyed this entire process for Project Ego. I guess that’s all I wanna taco ’bout. AHA sorry gotta sign off with a pun

2D | “Forrest Gump” Final

Hey guys!

After experimenting with different styles and arrangement, and with my upmost best on trying to not making the image look too “clean”, here are my final four compositions.


As the quote says – “We’re all mad here”, it reminded me about a cult, trapped in a small compact area which makes me feel claustrophobic, unpleasant and distressed. My main focus was – how do I make the viewers feel uncomfortable while looking at my artwork?

The girl with the “glowing” cat eyes is the perfect fit as she seems to be looking right at you and straight into your soul. In order to amplify the feeling of uneasiness, I duplicated the girls to mimic a cult and placed them close to one another to give a claustrophobic feeling. With the similarity of the girls, it gives an illusion of a group, as if they belong together. They all looks as though they are in a trance because the girls are looking at the same direction. By placing them behind one another, it gives depth and it seems as though they are “queueing”, waiting to get you – this is hoping to make the viewer feel anxious and overwhelmed. The hand at the front causes them to look trapped in the artwork, it also implies “connection”, as if they are trying to connect to the outside world. To enhance the hypnotising feeling, I placed an optical illusion image as the backdrop hoping to be able to entrance the viewers into the artwork.

Principle of Designs

Unity/Harmony: Repetition of the girl is being used to give a claustrophobic feeling. Perspective is used by placing the girls behind one another to show depth.
Similarity/Contrast: The duplication of the girls make it seem as though they are a group, which I hope to show it as a cult. The foreground and background elements vary in textures, thus giving a contrasting effect.
Balance: Symmetry makes the entire composition looks organised which gives off a hypnotising feeling.



The human world is a mess. Society has created an image that we all must be. Be it your sexual orientation, your body shape, your looks or even your clothes. We all must be what society views as “normal”. If you’re not, it seems like you’re shunned from society. Why is society so afraid of a little difference? It seems as though the society is trying to mold every human being into its own little puppets; tying the strings to your arms and legs, and surgically removing your personality until you’re a mindless and opinion-less puppet. As if trying to create a human artificially.

The society controls us all, and we begin to lose our own identity. We’re like a marionette display, waiting to be controlled and manipulated puppeteer.

Principle of Designs

Unity/Harmony: Repetition is used to give a robotic stagnant vibe, as they are all the same. Perspective to show depth which gives a feeling of a “broad” sea, as though they are many more like them.
Similarity: The duplication make it seems as though they are all the same, which leads back to how society causes us to lose our identity and mold us into their desired beings.
Scale/Proportion: Scale of the girl is used to give an illusion of depth, as if you are there witnessing the scene.


Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all? It was said by the Queen, who wants to be the fairest lady on the planet, and from that, vanity, obsession, beauty standards rises up the surface.

Our constant obsession with our appearance is affecting everyone. How much does your self-worth and self-confidence depend on your physical appearance? Do you only feel good about yourself when you feel pretty? Why do we care so much about our appearance? It is because other people opinions and judgement matters. We feel better about ourselves when we look better because we feel like others perceive us better. We want others to accept us and we think the only way they will do so is if they think we adhere to standards of beauty in society.

I tried to exaggerate how serious the beauty standards in our society is by morphing the woman’s face into a skull, to show that although they may look pretty on the outside, but they are dying in the inside. However, they still have to keep up with the facade in order to be perceive as “pretty”. The flowers around her is to represent the beauty standards of the society, and how they are overwhelming her.

Principle of Designs

Hierarchy: The woman is more dominant in the composition due to it’s scale, followed by the flowers.
Balance: Elements are arranged in a circular form which gives an invisible line of sight.
Similarity/Contrast: Even though the flowers in the image are placed at different positions, it still made them seem like a whole due to their similarity.



Beauty is a funny thing. The vast majority of us spend a lot of time focused on the external appearance – arguably, with the goal of looking more “beautiful.” But what does it really mean to be beautiful? Where can it be found? I can assure you, it isn’t hidden in the words of any beauty, numbers or shape. Beauty is what lies within you. Real, natural, strong and powerful beauty comes from within. It blossoms like a rose in spring and an alluring, captivating spirit cannot be contained.

The heart belongs to the girl who in the gramophone and I wanted to exaggerate the term “found within” by putting the girl into the gramophone, as if searching deep down for something. She may have went through many ups and downs and may be kinda broken on the outside, but she is trying to find her own beauty, deep inside her. Flowers which are used to represent her beauty are flowing out and she may have found her “beauty” one point or another. Everyone will be able to find theirs one day,

As the saying goes – “Do not judge the book by it’s cover”. One may look all broken and torn up on the outside, but deep inside, holds something special and beautiful waiting to be unleashed.

Principle of Designs

Balance: This composition is asymmetrical, yet it still looks balanced due to the scale of the gramophone which contains the flowers and the heart. Hence, providing an invisible radical line of sight due to the arrangement of elements. It starts from the girl, down to the gramophone and to the heart.
Similarity/Contrast: The type of lines used on the girl is different from the flowers, gramophone and the heart. The variation of lines gives a contrasting effect and allows the girl to stand out. 


Honestly, the favourite part of this project is the silkscreening! I really loveeeee it though it was quite tedious. The most important thing that I’ve taken away from this project is, to be more decisive. Even though only four compositions is needed for the submission, there are ENDLESS interpretations. However, I am glad I managed to come up with the compositions that I’m satisfied with. 

The most difficult part of this project is trying to not make the composition symmetrical, neat and CLEAN. Being too minimal has always been my issue since I started studying design as it always make my work look too balance, boring and not dynamic. I’m not really a fan of adding background to my graphics and therefore I found that adding textures to my composition was a challenge. However, I guess I’ve found a new love on asymmetrical designs and gritty background textures, (I love the threshold effect). 

Shirley mostly commented on my work saying it’s too clean, and minimal, which makes it look flat and less dynamic. Now I understand what she meant. And I will definitely try to practice making my work look less symmetrical (ok maybe offset a little?), and have more textures. 

This marks the end of Project 2: Forrest Gump. It was fun. 

2D | “My Line is Emo” Final

Hey guys,

Here’s my submission pieces for my 18 emotions! To find out how I managed to achieve this pieces, click here .



love ; /lʌv/
(n.) the most spectacular,indescribable, deep euphoric feeling for someone

To me, love is something that I can’t really decipher. Love… has different stages, it can be passionate at times, gentle, or even unpredictable. Among all the emotions I felt while thinking about Love, the gentleness and calming feeling stood out the most and it reminded me the depth of the deep blue sea. Love is not just the surface, it slowly seeps deep inside you. Love is not simple, it’s a complex emotion as it brings you onto a journey where there are many turns and twists which often may lead to an unexpected outcome. You can’t really control Love, it controls you.

In order to capture the gentleness of Love, I decided to make use of flowy curves to show the softness and that resembles a ribbon.

I chose tracing paper as my medium as its has a soft touch due to the opacity of the paper and I feel that it really expresses the softness & gentleness I felt. My initial idea was to do a slight 3D pop up for this piece but I came across difficulties in trying to stick the paper upright as it’s really thin and flimsy. Hence, I tried a new Scanography method which turned out really cool! Basically, I made my artwork in a rectangular box and simply placed it upright onto the open scanner. I fell in LOVE with the method after I saw the outcome. The light from the scanner gave slight shadows to the tracing paper, which then shows the “depth” I wanted as Love is not just touch the surface, it slowly seeps into you.


sensual ; /sɛnsjʊəl,-ʃʊəl/
(adj.) arousing gratification of the senses and physical, especially sexual, pleasure

It’s something mysterious, gentle, soft like silk and can be fierce at times. It reminds me of soft, smoky, undefined curvy lines that has different thickness to show the gradual increase of sexual tension or pleasure. It reminded me of the wind, which touches you slightly at different intensities.

I used a slice of onion and tried creating “waves”, the ink on the onion did not fully transfer onto the paper which I felt gave a mysterious flowy look to this piece, I’m quite happy with the effect as it managed to achieve the smoky look I wanted.  This was quite difficult to make because I had to exert and lose control as some parts so that is looks natural and not forced.


lust ; /lʌst/
(n.) an emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body

“From lust to losing your mind”. Lust is a fierce, thirsty, hungry, wild and passionate emotion, that is sometimes uncontrollable but can be gentle at times. Lust makes your mind goes into turmoil, you can’t think as though you’re consumed with hunger.

I simply painted this by solely focusing on the feeling passion as that I how I define Lust. I’m quite happy with the outcome as I feel that this rectangular piece of paper contains so much intensity and passion that is so desperate to get out and it’s “eating me from the inside. “

I used harsh brush strokes to show the desire and intensity a person is feeling. It’s messy to show a state when your mind goes into turmoil as you’re so consumed with lust. There are different intensities in lust, it passionate yet gentle at times, hence I tried to show a gradual change in intensities by using a gradient.


ecstasy ; /’ɛkstəsi/
(n.) an intense or overwhelming feeling of great happiness or joyful excitement, an emotional or frenzy/trance-like state

Ecstasy suggests an intensification of emotion so powerful as to produce a trance like dissociation from all but the single overpowering feeling. It reminds me of pop art and psychedelic patterns. 

For me, my happy shapes is more towards rounded than angular. Hence, I experimented with rubber bands by using mono-print and it turned out quite unexpected! The amount of pressure applied caused different outcomes of the white space. Ecstasy to me is something messy and fuzzy due to the trance-like state, but there are repeated patterns, it’s like seeing doubles. I feel that the print managed to achieve a fuzzy & repeated look to depict a Ecstasy and circles make me happy!


hope ; /həʊp/
(n.) a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen

Hope is waiting for something to happen, a miracle.  Hope makes me think of a window – an escape, a contrast with the rest of the space, finding something that is unexpected or impossible, like a needle in a haystack. No matter what situation you’re in, there will always be a solution or a way out.

I cut out a square in the middle of the paper to depict a “window” in the middle of nothingness, to show hope. I decided to leave the background white as I wanted the sole focus to be on the window, the white space also gives a “blank canvas” to the viewers as I did not want to control the situation, I wanted them to immerse themselves into this piece and visualise their own situation on it.


enthrallment ; /ĕn-thrôl′/
(n.) to captivate or charm someone and hold one’s attention.

Enthrallment is to capture and hold one’s attention; to fascinate. Enthrallment makes me think graceful, soft and curvy lines that resembles a ballet dancer or a ribbon dance.

I decided to use the Scanography method again as I felt that the effect it gaves was a blurry, undefined look. I used a strip of tracing paper and made a curve which resembles a flow of a ribbon while it scanned. The reason why I didn’t use a ribbon is because it’s opaque and it wouldn’t be able to achieve a soft look in the midst of scanning.


eagerness ; /ˈi:gənəs/
(n.) enthusiasm to do or to have something; keenness

Eagerness is a characteristic of being excited and prepared to do something. I thought about how I react when I’m eager and excited to do something, and I would start pacing around and wouldn’t keep still!

I experimented with this toy car and I simply rolled the car in different directions around to show the eagerness of a person. There are both curve and straight lines as I wanted to show the “pacing around”, and there are abrupt curves as well to show a sudden change in direction to show the enthusiasm of a person when he/she is excited.


timid ; /ˈtɪmɪd/
(adj.) showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened

Timid is being overly cautious or fearful. Those who are timid often worry that things will go wrong: it reminds me of thin lines that are soft, not define, faded, and there’s indecisiveness in the movement.

I get timid, lack confidence when I’m at a unfamiliar place or doing/using things that I’m not familiar with. Therefore, I decided to use a string instead of a brush to paint the line. The reason of using a string is because I do not have a control over it and hence preventing myself to draw a straight, define line. The string moves by itself and the only control I had was the direction, it also does not fully transfer the ink on the paper which gives an undefined, faded line.



surprise ; /səˈprʌɪz/
(n.) an unexpected or astonishing event, fact, etc

Surprise is a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment. Surprise is more can be neutral/moderate, pleasant, unpleasant, positive, or negative. But to me, surprise is more of a positive feeling.

I wanted the element of surprise in this piece, therefore I decided to use a pop up method. I strategically placed this as the last piece on my board to give a “closure” of the project. The lines in this piece is the two pop up pieces on the side of the banner, it gives a direction of line and directs towards the banner.


disgust ; /ˈdɪsˈɡʌst/
(n.) a feeling of revulsion or strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive.

Disgust is something either makes me feel unpleasant and uneasy. Disgust reminds me of uneven shapes, clusters and trypophobia.

I decided to experiment with the bubble art technique as I felt that the remains of the bubbles gave a mouldy look to the paper. I tried to form clusters of the circles as to mimic trypophobia. It’s my first time doing the bubble art technique and it was really cool! I was so afraid that I might accidentally drink the soap water while blowing the bubbles…

sadness ; /sadnəs/
(n.) the condition or quality of being sad

Sadness is an emotional pain associated with feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow. Sadness reminds me of darkness, a growing darkness – aura around you. It grows and grows… till you fall deep into the darkness.

I used a wet sponge to create this artwork. To me, I when I get sad, I will keep brooding on it and hence my negative energy grows. I tried to show the growing of the negative energy by moving the sponge in a circular motion.  There’s a gradual change in the gradient to support the growing look. The reason of doing this gradient, is to mimic a growing movement int he paper.


frustration ; /frʌˈstreɪʃn/
(n.) the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something

Frustration is a feeling of annoyance that occurs when something doesn’t go as you expect, which may lead to anger. The greater the obstruction, the greater frustration is likely to be. Frustration reminds me of cracks and thin lines that breaks when someone gets more annoyed and angry.

Black acrylic is painted first, putty is then applied. I decided to use putty as I will be able to carve out the cracks using a penknife to show frustration and anger. A layer of putty – which represents our “facade” that we give the society, which will eventually crack when we’re angry or frustrated. 


torment ; /ˈtɔːmɛnt/
(n.) to afflict physical or mental suffering, to worry or annoy excessively

Torment to me is a repetitive action or motion that annoys, disturbs, irritates someone which causes an extreme mental and emotional distress. It reminds me of claustrophobic, repeated patterns and stagnant motion which will make the person feel trap. Personally, I get emotional stress when I’m in a crowded place.

I created this artwork with an idea of a cluster to show torment. The big dot in the center is me, and I used the end of a paintbrush and started dotting the paper which represents the people. Hence, this artwork shows that I’m being crowded by a lot of people which makes me feel claustrophobic and it’s a torment to me.


agitation ; /adʒɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
(n.) a feeling of aggravation or restlessness brought on by provocation or a medical condition

Agitation is the act of stirring things up, a mental state of extreme disturbance. There’s a thin line between anger and annoyance, which is agitation. When I’m agitated, it feels like tons of needles are poking in my mind and a screeching voice is on an never ending loop at the back of my head. It reminds me of inconsistent, messy, sharp looking shapes, angular lines and high frequency.

I used harsh brush strokes, and different pressures to show the messy state I feel when I’m agitated. There’s a depth in the lines to show a never-ending cycle of annoyance I feel when I get agitated. The lines are sharp, inconsistent and has different thickness to depict needles.


grief ; /ˈgrēf/
(n.) intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death or loss

Grief is a heavy, oppressive sadness. We associate it most often with mourning a loved one’s death, but it can follow any kind of loss. It reminds me of heavy-weight lines or an image that slowly loses it’s shape and fades away.

I used a paint roller and applied different pressure to show a gradient / change in feelings. Grief, at the beginning, you are so drowned in sorrows that as time passes by, you’re so deep into the sadness, grief that you start to lose yourself.

fear ; /fɪə/
(n.) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc

Fear includes anxiety and can be very emotionally painful. Fear is an anxious concern, to be afraid of something or someone, to expect and worry. The gradual growing of fear can be expressed by the thickness, gradient of lines. 

I decided to use black thread to depict fear as the needles makes me think of the prickly anxiety I felt when I’m scared.  The direction of the thread is coming out from the center which resulted in a gradient to show a gradual grow of fear and anxiety.

unease ; /ʌnˈiːz/
(n.) an uneasy state of mind usually over the possibility of an anticipated misfortune or trouble

Unease is feeling anxious, discomfort, apprehensive and lacking a sense of security. Being uneasy is when I’m in a situation without a clear destination. 

Method: By adapting the watercolour technique, I applied droplets of water on the paper first and added blobs of black paint. This does not give me any control on which direction I wanted it to go and as someone who needs to make sure everything is in order, I felt so uneasy and uncomfortable… So I just waited and see how the paint spreads ( which is quite therapeutic). The outcome also showed indecisiveness in the flow as the paint has no definite direction.

panic ; /ˈpanɪk/
(n.) sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour

A sudden overwhelming fear, outbreak, that produces hysterical or irrational behaviour and makes someone unable to act or think normally. Panic, is when my mind is in a mess. It reminds me of messy wild lines that are inconsistent.

I thought of the quote – “The calm before the storm”, before doing this project and I felt that it’s really relatable. Before I panic, everything is so zen and in place but when I realize I forgot to do something or bring an item, I started panicking… like mad. Well I am practically a very panicky person.

I used a painting knife to create this artwork. For the beginning, a drew a straight line using the knife to show the “calm” before the storm, and onwards, I used harsh strokes to depict the panicky moments which becomes heavier in the end – which is the storm.


I had a lot of fun doing this project as the last time I was given a chance to experiment with so many new mediums ( I LOVE MONOPRINT ), was in Polytechnic Year 1.

I feel that this project has a lot of try and error and sometimes the outcome of the experiment is not what I expected or envisioned to be. However, that is when I realise to embrace the unexpectedness and surprise element as I started to see the emotion in the pieces of art. I feel that for this project, you really need to lose control and be bold.

As a person who is quite “minimal” in terms of work, is it quite tough for me to do disorganise and messy lines as my outcome always ended up as neat or structural. This project made me try out lots of things that are out of my comfort zone, which solely means letting things get out of my control and just DO IT.

All in all, this project taught me to be daring, lost control and just experiment with whatever you can find, including an onion. I will definitely apply the techniques that I’ve learnt from this project in the future (eg. scanograhy and monoprinting!!!)

PS: I can’t wait to do the silk-screen printing as I’ve never gotten a chance to do it back in poly!!! But I know it’s gonna be a tough journey.