Zine: Final


Cant believe that a year flew by so fast and this would be the last OSS post that i will be posting on foundation 2D…

Here’s the photo of my very first zine!

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運命なんて瞳閉じれば 過去も今日もその未来も一つ


眠りについたホントの君 放ってあげましょう

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果てない空を見た時 あなたは何を思うだろう?

君の瞳に映る僕 何を想ってるの

だから決意は強き翼 運命なんていらない

いま不死なる夢を羽根に 明日を飛ばないか?

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次の…旅立ちに決意して 生ききる力だと賭けした翼広げ!

I am really happy that my zine turned out to what I hoped it to be! To think that I am able to use my watercolour pieces and combining them into a book, I am really happy that I get to do so! For the text of this book, they were actually lines I found that fit the images. However, after having the lines, I found out that the whole text actually flowed as a book too! It basically has the idea of being lost, but starting a journey to find yourself, having your true self and finally using that determination and fly towards your new future.

Grateful for all the lessons and guidance I had in 2D. I managed to overcome the challenges that i thought i couldn’t, and I had fun throughout the semester!

Zine Process 3


With my layout more or less finalised, I did a test print at home to check my font size and the placement of pictures and text.

Even with my printer, i was very surprised how well the grayscale version of the test print turned out. Now i feel like printing a grayscale version too.

The test print as very useful as i could check if the picture was placed accurately and if the text size was suitable for the page. After reviewing my test prints, i went back to indesign to made the changes.

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Now i am really excited to see how my final zine will turn out. For the final zine, i would have to choose the correct textured paper and will recreate the effect that i wanted

Zine Process 2


After finding the correct text that could fit with my picture, I planned for my zine per brief says with 12 pages.

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original layout

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cover and back page

For my cover, i wanted a cut out of a circle which reveals part of the content on the second page.

I also had text that i thought it would fit very well as the start of my book. I tried putting it in various positions, however, considering the cut out, that was one of the nicer position where i could position my text at. however suddenly, i thought of wanting the words to be seen, as the title for my book. I wanted to be to printed on a tracing paper, this will create a double layer effect for the cover or the book.

I created a mock up to see how it would look like if the circle is cut.

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revealing only part of the picture. Emphases on “time and cycle”

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Effect after having the tracing paper. The words will be right beside the clock needle

However, after consultation with Prof Ina, she gave alot of wonderful ideas and also suggested me to add a few more pages to beef up my zine. We played around with this full page spread and created a few interesting pages to add into my zine

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while i was drawing and painting this, i did have the idea of it being able to work as an whole painting, but also by individual parts of the painting. I am glad that this would be able to be presented in my zine. It also acts adds variation of pages in my zine.

After adding the page of tracing paper, i still have 4 pages that are empty.

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And then,  I realised that there was still a piece of watercolour that I forgot to include in my current zine. I added in the hummingbird drawing. I was very concerned by the empty page before my final page, which had content on. My final page has a feather that had dropped and landed. I decided to make my past page a page where the feathers are floating. I drew and painted another piece and it fits beautifully to my layout.

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Zine: Asg 3


I have decided to use my works from the POV project as my materials for this zine. Even though my paintings were suitable for putting in the zine, i didnt have an proper concept I wanted for my zine.
There are really alot of wonderful materials on pinterest.

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Click here for the link to my board! 

As I was researching, i began to think that it is going to be a zine in japanese. and i especially love the simple and clean, but interesting designs that the japanese books have.

Initially, my plan for the zine was a normal left-to-right arrangement. However, i remembered that i am use to reading japanese magazines and books right-to-left too, so i have decided that my zine will be from right to left, which will suit my japanese theme zine more.



Point of View – Final


Final individual panels


Bird from the point of view of myself is reflection

With a pet parrot at home, i got reminded everytime how birds are a mirror of ourselves.


Feathers from the point of view of Miyazaki is baggage

The idea behind his was from Howl’s Moving Castle by Miyazaki. In the movie, Howl was a birdman with black feathers and his castle forever changing due to the different emotions and the situations people will face. I fused this idea together. In order to portray this, i made sure that all the feathers have their own unique patterns.


Midnight from the point of view of Edgar is change

Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, the raven. There was a sentence mentioning “midnight” and “December”. I interpreted it as midnight being a very special timing, it can be the end, but it is also the start to a new beginning/day. The birds swarm around in cycle, like how a clock would work, however i purposely made a “beginning/end” at the 12o’ clock mark. What is going to happen next? We have no idea.


A mapless journey from the point of view of birds is adventure

Migratory birds can travel freely around the world, without using a map, without getting lost. Using their inner magnet? or their inner instincts. They follow them to their destination. Each resting place might change every time, hence its always an adventure.

Flight from the point of view of birds is resistance

Flight from the point of view of birds is resistance

In order to fly, birds have to fight with air resistance. that’s a scientific view. however, if we rethink, in order to live, we have to fight with any resistance that comes along our way, to become stronger than before

Being alive from the point of view of humming bird is dance

Being alive from the point of view of humming bird is dance

Hummingbird, being the smallest bird that flaps their wings in super high speed. whenever i look at them the are just like they are dancing in the sky. Is this their way of portraying their freedom? but in order to survive, they have to dance forever.

On the wall:


Concept: I wanted the panels to have the flow between the greens and blues, from head to tail.

Point of View Progress work


Honestly, even though i tried the various monoprints I still had zero idea about what or how I should proceed on with my project.

I liked some of the ideas and the image of the edited monoprints but it still looks incomplete and there was a missing piece that i have no idea how to fill it in.

However as I was looking back on my initial ideas on wanting to cover the different parts of the birds and just so happened that i came across this absolutely wonderful image on google.


This picture is so aesthetically pleasing that it sparked me into knowing what direction i want for this project. Boldly scrapping my monoprint idea, i knew that i wanted watercolour. However, I didn’t want to make it a loose watercolourpiece, i wantedmore defination. So I decided to try a style of watercolour painting/ illustration method that i never tried before.

Overall plan for my boards:

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  1. Wing/ Feathers

Style test that decides all of my panels!

It was the first one that i started with and i forgot to take pictures right after the sketch

I specially made sure that each of the feathers are inked with different patterns, just like on a real bird, which fit perfectly of what i was trying to convey about the different baggage.


2. The cycle of time

i was very much influenced by this image of yosuzume


This was really a fun piece for me to do! Its a very different style and composition that i would usually do. This is a first for me! I really love how it worked out.


By this stage, I loved the green and blue backgrounds and I knew that i wanted to make it a series as such.

I made the close ups/certain parts of the birds spotting a green background while the far away birds to have the blue background.

3. Flight/adventure

I was always mesmerised by how birds fly in a huge flock and they never seem to get lost

4. Wings!

5. Head= which represents a portrait/reflection.

Just like the monoprinted bird head, I realised that it somehow feels like a self portraiture.

I wanted to add this in, to have a beginning for my set.

Having fun adding colours to my supposingly dark bird ww

6. At last finally!

Humming bird and dance in the sky

Digital Manipulation with the monoprints


after scanning the monoprints that I made in class, i scanned and adjusted them in photoshop

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made the accidental mask more prominent in this print

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mirror image/reflection

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usable background texture?

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i purposely made the crow seem to come out through the darkness

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crow head// hiding under a veil

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masked crow with wings stretched?

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POV on Edgar Allan Poe


Prof Ina suggested that i may want to take a look at Edgar Allan Poe’s poem on Raven. And here is a wonderful site i have found that summarized and deciphered his poem.

Click ME <-link to the poem

There are a few parts where i found it interesting:

Symbols: The raven ->usage of a non-reasoning creature.

->ill omen

The bust of Pallas – goddess of wisdom->raven is smart -> spoke from wisdom

“midnight” & “December” -> symbolise end of something, anticipation of something new, a change to happen

Deciding to do on crows, I have researched on various visuals that were created related to birds

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And also to start of the project, i have tried to use monoprint to create some impressions of the birds.

Ideas generating for POV


POV in my own words:

choose something I like and express them in 18 different pov

how can this topic become when it is viewed from different ways or by different people.

1object/situation? ->18 variations

Final choose 6


Topic 1: Bird

Topic 1: Bird

I also had the ideas of looking from various superstitions, and here are some that i found interesting regarding birds.


  • The first person one meets and the first words heard are significant as to what the fortunes would be for the entire year. It is a lucky sign to see or hear songbirds or red-colored birds or swallows
  • Hearing a crow cawing between 3 and 7 am means the hearer will receive gifts; hearing a crow caw between 7 and 11am means rain and wind; and between 11am and 1pm means quarrels.


  • It’s not good if a bird enters through your window.


  • Hearing a crow cawing between 3 and 7 am means the hearer will receive gifts; hearing a crow caw between 7 and 11am means rain and wind; and between 11am and 1pm means quarrels.


Bird poop=rich

In Russia, there is a belief that if a bird defecates on you, your car or your property it’s a sign good luck and may bring you riches. The more birds involved, the richer you’ll be! So next time a bird poops on you, just count it all joy.

Somewhere in the world

It’s believed that the amount of crows in a murder has the ability to predict your fortune as exemplified by the popular phrase: “One’s bad / Two’s luck / Three’s health / Four’s wealth / Five’s sickness / Six is death.” More than six however seems to be up to the person whose counting.


However, as much as they looked interesting, i have not found a way to execute them in the point of views. Concerns is that thet might seem too literal.


TP: Final presentation




I thought the reflections from the water fit well with my nature theme

Final close up:



My Name is…. And i can found if you look close enough

Branches// Finding me I can hide and may be hidden among the crowds at times. My heart may be hidden to. But if you look close enough, you will definitely find me in there, somewhere

Fishes in water// I feel like i am like fishes out of water, not fitting into the environment that i am in. However, at the same time, i want to portray how deep my thoughts/I can be just like the deep layered water

My name is … And i think deep but free

Fishes in water// I feel like i am like fishes out of water, not fitting into the environment that i am in. However, at the same time, i want to portray how deep my thoughts/I can be just like the deep layered water. And also, the only way you feel like u can fly is through swimming in the water

p.s. notice the special shiny backgrounds i used for these 2 pieces!

Roaring waves// This represent my emotions, if am happy i definitely wont be hiding it. It would be hitting you in strong waves

My name is… And i respond with strong emotions

Roaring waves// This represent my emotions, if am happy i definitely wont be hiding it. It would be hitting you in strong waves


My name is… And i conquer new heights

Mountains// For me to overcoming even greater heights. Having new challengers and continuing no matter how cold or how unfavourable the conditions are ahead of me


on the wall

on the wall

This is my first time doing papercuts and I definitely learnt a new skill! The time needed to plan each composition and to carve every single piece too longer than i way expected, but i am enjoying this outcome! I am glad that i put in this effort to create these works