Project 3: Ego (Research)

Episode 1

For this last assignment for 2D, we were required to come up with 4 x 3 panels to describe ourselves. This is similar to the previous assignment, except this time we need to come up with 12 instead of 4 compositions. Besides that, this time round we will have to play with elements of colours and its different combinations.


Before starting, I need to think of the various personalities, characteristics or things that describes me.


Because I am not really confident with doing illustration or using traditional methods I decided to approach collage style for this assignment. One style i really like is the vintage surreal collage style.

  • Karen Lynch

Karen lynch uses vintage pictures and piece them up together creating a vibrant surrealist collage which I really like. Her collages style mainly focuses on creating imaginative settings by layering different images together.

  • Eugenia Loli

Similar to Karen Lynch, Eugenia Loli also does Surreal Collages. Her collages really wows me because they are so creative. She is able to find the correct moments to piece with the correct settings creating a really fun and amazing compositions.

  • Julia Geiser

Another surreal collage artist is Julia Geiser where most of her collage involves a person. She creates a surrealist composition by slicing and dividing the body parts and adding different images to it. Although it looks creepy, but I think this is an interesting style to show the me portion.


Playing with different colour combinations can help to make your composition stand out and make them pleasing to look at. Below are some examples on the different ways we can play with the colours.

Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue and extended using its shades, tones and tints.


Colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel are considered complementary.


Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.

Split Complmentary

The split-complementary color scheme is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement.



A triadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.

Reference from:

Foundation 4D: Assignment 1 (Research)

One reference Artists that I looked up was Rinko Kawauchi. Rinko Kawauchi is a japanese photographer which photos placed emphasis of the use of natural lighting and colours while keeping it simple.

For this photo, it is just a simple photo of a person smoking a cigarette. However, the use of the natural blue lighting and the use of the red/orange heat from the cigarette produces the cool and warm contrast effect. Since the blue/cool colour takes up the majority of the picture, the contrasting red/warm colour instantly draws our attention. Why I like this picture is because it is very simple, strong and straight to the point.

This other image also make use of the natural lighting while keeping it simple. The natural lighting presents a very soft complexion of the old lady’s skin while highlighting the wrinkle on her cheeks. It brings out a very strong idea of gentleness of the old lady. The light blue background also place a very calming environment. Overall the picture draws out the tenderness of being old.

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Overall, I really like Rinko Kawauchi’s work because it is simple. The pictures she takes seem so effortless and so calm without making it too complicated turning simple boring objects into interesting and intriguing objects. What I can learn from her work is probably her use of natural lighting and colours to bring out strong emotions and ideas. All these are my opinions and everyone can have different interpretations…:)


Foundation 3D (2D analysis)

Coconut Water is good for Health

One interesting 3D object I brought to share with the class was a Coconut Water bottle.

The first thing that caught my eyes was it unique shape, which is different than the typical packet drinks we find. Instead of being flat and rectangular, the edges are rounded thus making it different and provides a better grip.

Next is the colour of the bottle as it draws the most attention because of the bright colours on the bottle. The 2 main colours on the bottle are white and bright green. The colour Green is the colour of life, it brings out the idea of nature, energy and freshness. Hence it compliments to the benefits and properties of coconut water which is a source of hydration and provides essential nutrients. Besides, green also supports the idea of the product being all natural, Non-GMO. The white colour helps to reinforce the colour green making it more eye-catching.

The object is not entirely symmetrical. The object is symmetrical when viewed from the front and back but asymmetrical when viewed from certain angles from the side, top and bottom. It is asymmetrical from the top and the side because of the placement of the bottle cap which is placed closer to the front of the bottle. By placing the bottle cap slightly out of placed instead of the middle makes it even more 3 dimensionally appealing.

The proportion of the height of the bottle cap is approximately 1/7 to that of the bottle. In comparison with the size of bottle, the cap is relative small while the bottle is large. The pairing of contrasting volume of the cap and the bottle also makes the bottle looks more visually interesting. Besides, smaller cap also makes it easier for people to drink the coconut water.

That should be it, I hope!! 🙂 Drink more coconut water, its good for your health.