Applied illustrations- Process & Ideation

IDEA Introduction

Express Yourself is a mental health/stress management awareness event for tertiary students. An event filled with fun activities, consultation booths, talks given by professional student counsellors and also sharing session from students experiencing stress with school, on how they overcome it. This event is to spread positivity and ensure students know that expressing themselves at the right platform may help them ease their education journey.

Target Audience

Tertiary/ART Students [age 18 – 25]

– Polytechnics & Universities

User Persona:

4 Illustrated Collaterals


– Do nut[not] worry (Nuts flavour)

– Enough to milk[make] you happy (Milk flavour)

– The raisin[reason] to make you smile (Raisin flavour)

– The raisin[reason] not to go nuts[crazy]!(Raisin&Nuts flavour)

– Bitter[Better] make you feel good! (Dark Choco flavour)

Visual inspiration


PROGRESS sketches


Expression Sketches


Assignment 1: Research and Process

Bringing forward the Interview answers here my research process for both Portraits.


  • Eating: Maggie, snacks, fast food
  • Love how food sparks Happiness, a ‘guilty pleasure’, balancing food intake.
  • Riding is a dream came true. Love my cute scooter! 
Supersize Them: Fast Food Illustrations by Mr. Misang

Portrait (Vanessa)

  • Crafting: Resin crafting, Polymer clay, Origami
  • Journalling: travel journalling or bullet journalling
  • Spending time with family(Games/Card Games)
  • Love Japan! Want to visit Japan during Spring.


Japanese Papercut Street. Dotonbori Osaka

Illustration For Designer : Class Activity


Entopic Graphomania

For our first lesson we had an activity called Entopic Graphomania. It was my first time doing it. It really challenges the ‘perfectionist’ side of me wanting my work to be perfect and not defects. However, this activity focuses on the imperfection in a work that can be turned into something perfect! And also input from others could change the outcome of something.

The final outcome of my Entopic Graphomania drawing surprised me when it turned out looking like a BAT.


Draw the shapes!

The first activity we did in class for the second week. Forming shapes based instructions given. It is interesting to see how everyone has a different outcome and understanding of the questions.

15 mins Portrait 

The second activity we did was a 15 mins portrait of a partner in class. It is to really focus on our partner, look them in The Eye and sketch them out based on what we see. I was lucky that I had 2 person drawing my portrait. It was really interesting the different illustrations produced by every single one of my classmates.



Assignment 1 research and ideation

For Assignment 1, I started with an Interview with Vanessa and understanding more about her likings and fear. Here are my questions for her:

  • What sparks happiness in you?(can be more than 1 object/activities/moments)
  • How would you describe yourself in a word? And why.
  • What is your biggest fear/what are you afraid of?

Based on the interview I decide to focus on things that sparks happiness in us.