Project 1- My line is Emo- Final work

Throughout the process of creating my final work, I have definitely learned a lot on mark making techniques. And this is through experimenting with different materials and techniques. Here is my Final work which based on a concept that is close to my heart,  a Journey of a friendship where there are sweet and bitter moments :

Final work



Using black pastel paper, liquid paper, and white chalk. Fondness is an affection or liking for someone. Curve flow lines that just fits nicely the represent the click that presence in a friendship. ANd the smooth effect from white chalk to show a soothing effect which represents how pleasing to be with a friend your treasure.



Using a hair roller brush and white paper. Surprise is an unexpected or astonishing event/fact. The circular effect represents drops of different surprises that come in a friendship, some can be more surprising which is represented by the thicker lines and less surprising one is represented by the thinner lines.



Using lino pad print and making it into a collage on a newsprint paper. Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being. Using a collage method as to me happiness is a collage of different joyful event and moments where each carved in different ways. Together,  its a collage of happiness.



Using tissue and paint brush. Worry, feeling that cause anxious or troubled about. The will always be a point in a friendship where you are worried for the one precious friend of yours when your loved ones are in danger. This is represented by the circular frame surrounding a single circle which shows the building of worry and that is surrounded by fear. And the fine and thicker lines represent the triggering uneasiness when worrying.



Using white paper and a hairbrush. Sympathy is feeling of pity and sorrow for someone else. Knowing that your loved ones only trust you to share their problems with and needs you to be there for them. Someone they can rely on. A dark point represents the reason that may cause someone to leave a friendship, however, it is covered or overpowered by a larger white space with calmer curves which represent sympathy. A lighter feeling that can overpower the negativity,



Using tracing paper to create a to layer effect, inking the back and the front side of the paper. After going through all the worry and pain, this shows an effect of inner and outer pain. Torment is a severe physical or mental suffering. The thicker and outer splashes of ink show the pain from the outer side, which causes a deeper and growth of more pain in the inner side (mentally and emotionally).


Final work process:

Final work Reflection:

After going through the process of creating my final work, I have definitely learned a lot on mark making techniques. Working on a concept close to my heart, allows me to express it in my works. Even though I am satisfied with my final work, I still think that there’s a lot I can improve on. Seeing my classmate’s work, I am open to different styles and ideas for me to learn from and apply in future projects. Feedbacks from Lecturer and Classmates can also be used to further improve my works. Mostly are positive feedbacks. Here are some notes/feedbacks to take away from, can see my own style throughout the different emotions, there is consistency, However, need to explore more different layouts (e.g. Asymmetrical, symmetrical vertical and horizontal) rather than just doing a central layout, more variety of styles, play with negative space. Therefore, how I can improve further for this project, is to explore more styles and methods rather than just working within my own style.

Foundation 4D- Reading Assignment

Pre-Seminar Task 

Impulse installation-the Streets of Montreal

Impulse is an interactive sound art installation from the collaboration between CS Design and Toronto-based Lateral Office, on the Streets of Montreal. It’s an installation of 30 interactive lighted seesaws. It requires 2 people to be on the seesaw to activate it. Once activated it will begin to produce sound resulting in various musical harmonies when as more seesaws are being activated. This Installation promotes public participation and not only that it gives users an experience they will truly remember. Using seesaw as one of the elements which are a childhood relatable item really brings the attraction for users and also using sound as a product they can produce just by playing a seesaw is an interactive process which users will enjoy.

Garden of Russolo – Yuri Suzuki

Garden russolo is an interactive sound installation by Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki. The installation allows visitors to have a sonic and interactive experience using their own voice. This is how it works, as users speak into the speaker, it would produce back a modified sound using the user’s voice. Different sound box produces different modification of sound. It is an interesting installation which requires users to participate and experience it themselves. An experience where the user feels they have produced something unique when interacting with the installation itself.

Seminar Questions

  1. What is sound? – The direct definition of sound is a vibration that travels through the air or another medium and can be heard when they reach a person’s or animal’s ear. Sound can be something soothing or something dreadful to the ears. It can be produced by anything. It’s a product of two objects come in contact. It requires an effort, force, and an impact to produce sound.
  2. How has it been use in culture and society? – Sound is used as a form of alert, signal or even delivering a message in culture and society. It’s there in our daily life. The sound from our phone notification, a sound that is produced on a lift button to alert us. The sound produced by a traffic light to deliver us an alert, a message that we need to speed up as we cross the traffic. ASound is also used for entertainment or even to fulfil a religion rituals.
  3. What makes it an art? – Its when sound is used for an experience. When it is not only about a purpose. It doesn’t need to have a purpose to be used or produced. It can become art when different sounds are being produced at the same time or the process of producing the sound itself and how the sounds are produced. In what form do the sounds turn out. The exploration of the loudness of the sound and even the length and beat of the sound.
  4. How does advancement in audio technology affect our sense? – Audio technology exposes our sense to something new, something that is not natural. It is something modified which means it alerts the human sense that its something different and unique therefore attracting us to further listen and which then be brought to a different sense.

Project 1 – Emo – Process

For the first 2 weeks after the brief was given, I started on exploration and ideation for my final work. Where I tried different techniques and methods.

Week 2:

In week 2, we were given our first lesson on mark making, where we brought a few mark making tools for us to explore the various techniques. Below are my exploration process and some of the outcomes of the different mark making tools I use.

Lino card
 Hair brush roller
Shaker bottle filter
rubber bands



Week 3:

In week 3, I did some self-exploration for mark making. Trying out different textured and material of paper and technique of inking. I also challenge myself to use fire as one of the mark making tools. However, I find that it wasn’t suitable for me as I find it hard to direct. Below are the outcomes of my further exploration of emotions and how it visually looks to me-

crumpled and textured paper is used for further exploration.
Burning technique


Foundation 4D: Project 2, Image and text

The food item I have received is an Ayam Brand can of Sardines in tomato sauce. Here’s a picture of it that I took.

After researching on the product itself, I can already list out some words that are associated with the product. Here are some of the words:

  • Sardine
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  • Tomato

The Sardine comes in a tomato sauce. What’s best to show tomato sauce other than a tomato? maybe Tomato puns?

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  • Wild Catch Sardine

Ayam brand sardine product uses wild catch sardines. Here’s a literal image of wild catch fishes.

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  • Calcium

It’s stated on product site that the sardine contains 2 times more calcium than milk. Calcium can be represented by milk.

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  • Iron, Magnesium & Zinc

Iron, Magnesium, and Zinc can all the find in the product. However, this images below shows literal metals (cannot be eaten) it can represent the nutrients in the product well.

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  • No Msg, No Preservative
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  • Ready to eat

When it comes to sudden hunger, we will need a fast and ready to eat food. Hungry visual can help support the main product.

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Here are some of the Sardine ads out there:

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Project 1B: Paradox

Inspired by how Singaporeans love food, I use myself to represent it in this work of mine. Using visual paradox, framing and juxtaposing, this work shows the story of ‘giant me’ discovering a hot steaming pool of floating salted egg Pau. And just trying to reach out for it despite being separated by the buildings and trees. That shows how far Singaporeans would actually travel to fulfill their craving for food!

The process taken are, taking different shots of photographs: Building at Bishan, salted egg pau, trees, my own picture and my hand. After pictures are selected, they are then cropped and collage into an image using photoshop.


Project 1a: Strange Encounter

The strange world I woke up to is a Trash pit where I was then approached by 3 Creatures that looks very familiar but there was something wrong with them. My idea is to create characters that are related to our daily lives, something that is common for us. I decided to explore my creativity and pick 3 familiar junk items and bring them to life! The first one we have ‘The screamin can’, it is crushed cola can with a measuring tape tongue sticking out as he screams! Second, we have ‘Smoochie banana’ that can be explained by the huge lips he has. Smoochie banana is a rotten banana with fence teeth and bottle cap eye. Lastly, ‘ Funky brushy’ an old, worn out brush with buttons eye and carrot arm. As you can see all 3 creatures has only one foot which makes it hard and slow for them travel around the trash pit.

Some of the process taken are, finding of images, cropping and photoshop them into a collage creatures and lastly adding an effect to ensure consistent visual feels.

Reading Assignment: Roland Barthes Rhetoric of the Image

What are some of the key questions Barthes aims to investigate in the article?

Barthes aims to investigate the meaning of an image. How the message reaches the viewer, does it really shows in terms literal or symbolic? Are there actually codes in an image and how does meaning gets into the image.

What are some of the key terms/ concepts introduced and discussed?

Linguistic message: a first message, its support are the caption which is marginal, and the labels, these being inserted into the natural disposition the scene.

Iconic message: A certain informational matter that we need to further read and understand that it assembles in a common space number of identifiable objects, not merely shapes and colors. Real objects.

Lexicon: A portion of the symbolic plane (of language) which corresponds to a body of practices and techniques.

Polysemous: They imply, underlying their signifiers, a ‘floating chain’ of signified, the reader able to choose some and ignore the others. It poses a question of meaning and this question always comes through as a dysfunction.

Do you agree or disagree with his argument and point of view?

I do agree with his point as an image is not just for aesthetic purposes, it has a message/ meaning to tell. And it has to really reach the viewer the way it’s supposed to tell.

Provide a brief analysis (200 words) on an advertisement of your choice by using the terms/ concepts proposed by Barthes and discuss the role of text and its relationship with the image in the advertisement. Please include an image the advertisement in your post.

Global Warming PSA Project-Ferdi Rizkiyanto

This is a global warming awareness poster by Ferdi Rizkiyanto for a Global Warming PSA Project. The linguistic message shown is “We are running out of time…Act now before it’s too late”. Its role is to support and further pushes out the meaning of the iconic message that already explains the meaning of the image itself. For example, the hourglass, clearly it represents ‘running out of time’ and as we can see the top half of the hourglass shows a melting Antarctic dripping water into the other half of the hourglass which the city we live in, filling it up. This shows the effect of global warming on us which is rising of sea water level. Therefore, the text is in a small and thin font as it’s not really needed to shout out the message of the image.