Project 1 Final and process: ‘My name is’

Gum Buster

“When gum ends up outside of a mouth but not in a trash can, it can become pretty gross and unwanted. That’s when a Gum Buster goes to work.”


For this work I want the focus to be on the gum itself. The stretched gums are extracted from images from google. I then use warp/ distort technique carefully, stretching and expanding the gums to form up my name up, letter by letter following my sketch using photoshop. The tip of the gum vacuum cleaner and the yellow boot was taken images from Google where I then digitalise it using High fidelity in Illustrator. A further effect was then added in Photoshop.

Roller Coaster Tester

A job that can earn you a high pay but risking your life. A Rollercoaster tester is someone who is paid to be the first tester of a ride before it officially opens for the public. For this work, my name is crafted by the rollercoaster track. After drawing out the draft, I use Illustrator to trace out the tracks part by part using the pen tool. Then, I use photoshop to give the track a realistic effect. I then design the rollercoaster seat using Illustrator as the base and Photoshop to give its depth and realistic touch. The other elements in this work, like the details of the platform and tracks, was also done in Illustrator. The Grass was an image taken from google and using high Fidelity in Illustrator to digitalise it and further effect is added in photoshop.



“A surgeon is a physician who performs surgical operations” – Wikipedia

For this work, I wanted to show the point of view of a surgeon dissect a body. Using the small intestine as the main focus to create my name, I took pictures of the human organs from Google and extract out parts of the small intestine. Then I form it up letter by letter. The human skin is then drafter in Illustrator and effect are applied in photoshop to give it texture and tone. I then blood to exaggerate the effect.


Barber is the choice to replace my job as a translator. I draw out my idea and craft out my name from a hair image where I then added bits and pieces of hair onto my name making it more realistic and detailed. Lastly, I applied an effect in Photoshop to give it a wavy texture. I then added the human forehead and shaver that was from images that I searched for where I further manipulate constructing and applying tones and effect on.

For all of the works, I explored Illustrator for drafting out/illustrating parts of the work and using Photoshop to further explore my strength in digital imaging and manipulating an image content.


Peer critic & reflection:

I have received critics on “Roller-Coaster Tester” & “Barber” where both images are a little too flat compared to the other two. And the perspective of the roller coaster tester is not right. In future work, I will pay attention to the perspective of the elements in my work and also the consistency throughout my works.





Project 1- Process


After selecting the TOP Job choices from my list, I Search for images and references related to the jobs. I also design a mood board for each job.


For gum buster I want it to have the real colours of the actual situation that the busters have to see, the colour of the gum, the grey road and a little yellow from the cleaner boots to show its a job of cleaning up gums. And using Gum as the main Element to spell out my name. Below is a draft of my idea.

The draft idea using a font and distorting it.



As for Surgeon, I wanted the mood and colour of the work to be related to the job scope which is dark red and dark situation that represent blood and also a little contrast for the surgical glove. And I wanted to play around with the idea of using organs/body parts itself to spell out my name which is a direct representation of a surgeon job.

How I extract part of organs(Small intestine) to form letters


For roller coaster tester, I wanted it to have the colour of happiness, fun and vibrant as its related to entertainment and fun time. And using the rollercoaster track to form up my name would be my idea.


For Translator, I chose colours that are friendly and cheerful which are blue and yellow. To me, the colours really represent the idea of being a translator. As for the method of work, I wanted to try a different technique which is to play with negative space/gestalt. Forming up my name using different language letters.



When Barber came to mind, all I imagine was a cosy and ‘home’ feels barber shop. Where the walls are either wood or brick. I looked for image references of a barber shop and most of them have about the same environment. The feels and colour I want to go for was something along the warm and earth tone colour.