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2DII : Zine process

Whatsup! I have decided to change my zine concept. You will find out more soon.

For those curious to know what my idea was previously, can click here –> Iris Pokemon Go

 

 

 

Well, doesn’t it look like my zine need lots of help?

After consulting Mimi, she told me that I didn’t have to follow the iris image. Thus I make this decision to change my whole iris concept to reduce the complexity. The core spirit of my zine still remains! Hell yes to exploration!

 

2DII : Infographic presentation

As you scroll through my presentation slide, you will find quirky images that have been photo-manipulated. Beside it, there’s a location marker with specific location signs. My zine concept is similar to pokemon go where it encourages user to explore the place. So, this is kinda of like a puzzle that the users have to solve by going there to find out how it actually look likes. I would manipulate my photos into the appearance of an iris following my mood board. With each photo looking so obscure yet unique, it peaks the audience’s curiosity and encourage them to go see for themselves. Thus, the iris represent the “puzzle” that they have to solve by going there and SEE for themselves the landscapes hidden inside within.

 

 

2DII :Discovering Bishan

Hi! I have been given Bishan for my zine location! Yayy!! Thanks so much! I have been wanting to explore Bishan since i saw the glorious sunset as i pass by on MRT.

 

As its my first time visiting there, i did some research beforehand and some exploration too.

 

Guang Ming Shan Temple

 

 

 

Dog run@ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio park

 

 

Breaktime

 

Playgrounds

 

Scouts

Terracotta buildings

LED KITE

 

 

New building  with zero occupant

 

Interesting finds

Que Sara

 

Fashion Designer

 

I wanted to create my own typography for this job. However i wasn’t confident with creating my own font so i decided to adapt the font i found online and change a bit to fit the typeface i wanted. I choose a script font to go with my handmade design.

 

This is Sweet Sensations font. I feel its too short to be the body of fashion model. Hence i add more length to the straight line of “Y”. Afterwards, i lengthen my initials to make them longer.

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I really like this result but this is a lot of work so i probably won’t do it again.

Japanese haute couture is my source of inspiration. I choose bright red because it’s the colour of Japan, the rising sun. I was quite obsessed with the silver for this job. I once dreamed of myself looking in awe at a gorgeous silver dress towering over me. At that time i was drawing dresses for fun and that dream really motivate me to be serious and work towards this goal of becoming a fashion designer. Little did i know my obsession would create a hell of work for me. Spraying these thin light pencil shavings make a big mess in my toilet. I lay them out after taking a long time sharping the pencil and making sure the shavings are clean without any residue from the lead. When i spray it, they fly around. I have to pick them all up and put them in a container and spray it. After that i have to quickly take them out before they stick to the container and let it dry before a second round of spraying to fully coat them.

 

Sticking them wasn’t easy too. I used a lot of my brain and eyes power to find the perfect piece to match well with my dress design and integrate well with the movement of the letter. I spend a lots of days contemplating which piece should go where so they won’t affect my name’s legibility before sticking them up.

 

Mimi’s comments: 

  • Red does not go well with silver.

She showed silver haute couture and their dress usually match up will a light pastel colour.

  • The font has to be thinner and longer like fashion magazine typeface.
  • There are too many pieces of pencil shavings and it distract away from text.

 

 

 

This is my final piece. An improvisation from Mimi’s suggestions. For this typography, I incorporated the thin side and serif top that can be found in fashion magazines like vogue and bazaar for a classic and chic. I follow the model body proportion make my lower part of the font long like the model’s legs. The other side of font is inspired by the movement of clothes so it is more f lowly and wavy. As I create clothes with my imagination, I make that font in script style and thought the best medium would be to use the remains of my pencil shaving to create my dress. As my inspiration is from haute couture, their clothes always look elaborate and intricate. I focus on creating texture on some parts of the text so it won’t steal the attention from the main focus which is my name.

 

Suggestions from presentation day:

  • Pencil rendering of the text would be better to match the pencil shavings to make it as one whole.
  • The head of the fashion models is redundant.
  • The idea of pencil shavings is good.
  • The blue colour is beautiful and suit well. It look “atas”.

 


 

3D Installation Artist

 

When i think of the exhibitions that i visited, there would be white display stand, glass casing and nylon strings to suspend the sculptures.  I researched more on exhibitions piece and this piece really catch my eyes. This artwork is done by Jeongmoon Choi.

 

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It remind me of my first 3D assignment; string art project. When i think back of my first 3D assignment, i also thought of my first 2D ” the dot that went for a walk” assignment. Why not combine both together? Hence i came up with the idea of using nylon string and paint my name on the strings to create an illusion that my name is floating in the mid air.

 

 

 

 

I created an exhibition space for my name with a box and sewed on it. I used bold sans serif to show my confidence in 3D and took a photo in front view as a draft to show Mimi.

 

Mimi’s comment:

  • Play with lighting and take more photos to make the my name look more 3D.

 

That’s exactly what i did.

 

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Viewing from the top angle create depth because of the shadow contrast, making my name look 3D yet miniature. Hence i decided to go with this because i really like the shadow cast of the box emphasizing my letter “Y” and the nylon strings looked really obvious. The colour i painted is reddish orange to convey my energetic and playful mindset for 3D. However when i painted it on, it layered up and become thicker and turned into red. This isn’t what i wanted. I worried that people would think i got killed and hanged up.

 

 

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My final piece. Tadass~~ The red changed into blue looked much better and pleasing on eyes. I used shades of blue to achieve hierarchy so my name will be read properly with the “Y” being emphasized in darker shade against light background.

 

 


 

 

Photographer

 

For this job, I created the look of street photography with a layer of camera framing at the people who form my name with the movement of their body. I was lucky to find humans to form my name so clearly. I choose people doing parkour to represent me because they reflect my personality when taking photo; casual, playful and experimental. The landscape i took is Singapore famous Rocher Block that has been demolished. The vivid colours of the building attract my eyes and the negative space in the middle is perfect for my name to stand out.

 

Before Editing

 

Images taken from google

 

 

 

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As my background is colourful, i changed the clothes’ colour into complimentary colour to make my name pop out from the buildings. My name together form an analogous warm (purple, red, reddish orange) to show my passion for photography; always burning red. The contrast of bright world through the POV of camera against the dull real world show my feelings for photography. Looking through the small rectangular frame make my life more entertaining.  I spend a lot of time dodge and burn to make my name blend into the image to make it look realistic as if i shoot them. I once contemplated should i add more things like aperture, iso to make it more obvious. However i feel that the bright overlay and the viewfinder should be enough to communicate the idea of photographer.

Suggestions from presentation day:

  • Make the viewfinder more obvious
  • Add aperture, iso and more clues to let people know its camera

After the feedbacks, i realised this is afterall visual communication. Its important to let people know in one glance that this is a photographer job.

 

 


 

Astronaut

 

As astronaut is my wildest dream as a child.  I want to portray it in the eyes of a kid that create his imaginary world of outer space with paper, except i will create this look digitally. Eika Ojala’s style of work is my source of inspiration for this. I was very inspired by the realistic paper cut style and want to challenge myself to achieve this.

 

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I really like japanese style of kiddish cute illustration of using cute emoji faces and short figure with big head. I research on it a lot before recreate this world. Every single objects in my world is thought out carefully. It was actually pretty difficult. I struggled a lot in choosing the right colour to match and creating my own version of object to suit the style I wanted. For a few objects, I did several reiteration to get the look I wanted.

 

Drafts

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I noticed in Eika Ojala’s work, he used depth to create layers. I achieved it by adding shadow to every object, using different shades of clouds to create forth ground and background and the rocket protruding out from the paper. Texture is added to the object as well to create more paper-like touch to it.

 

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I used both illustrator and Photoshop to create this. Its actually my first time using illustrator. I struggled a lot with the different interface between PS and illustrator. This whole process took me two weeks to finally achieve my image. Looking at this make myself becoming a zombie all worth it. I am so proud of myself that i almost cried. The typeface i created was sans serif and made it broad to resemble the space in the sky.

 

Suggestions from presentation day:

  • The space between the speed lines should be uniform.
  • It’s better to round the ends of the speed lines.

 

Improvement

 

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It does look much better. Thanks for the suggestions, Benjamin!