Project 3: Ego – Process

I struggled quite a bit with the start because I didn’t really have a clear concept in mind. I researched a few artists but I wasn’t confident in replicating their style, so after a while I just forged ahead and tried to make something nice.


I experimented with Photoshop filters until I found a look that I liked, using the cutout filter. I worked with a spaceman because it was one of the few concepts that I had.


After that, I focused on sketching out some concepts to work on. Each equation was based on a certain emotion as that made it easier for me to work on them.

So starting with the daydream equation, I took a photo of me and applied the Photoshop filter while editing the color to make it blue. Made the laptop with shapes and images. The cloud like galaxy that indicates I’m floating around in my mind was made by masking the galaxy image and tracing a image of a cloud so that the galaxy image would take the same shape as the cloud.


The next equation was based on presence and the emotion was more sad. Relatively simple to make. I found a image of me with my friends and added the filter to replicate the effect from the 1st equation. Then I lasso-ed myself out and added a textbox behind the image. 2016-11-15-3

This equation was based on the feeling on annoyance. I applied the same filter on the image of my head but adjusted it to be orange. I wanted my relatives to look different from the filter so I threshold-ed the images instead for a stark black and white contrast. The Chinese characters were crossed out by a white brush to illustrate me not understanding them.2016-11-15-5

The last equation is based on anger and since it involves the wasting of time, I used an hourglass to signify time. I made the boy inside the hourglass from images I gathered during project 2. The broken glass was done by just rasterising the hourglass and lasso-ing parts of it out. I took an photo of my own face and applied the smart filter while also adding horns that were lasso-ed out from a statue. A red filter was added to enhance the emotion.2016-11-15-6

Project 2 – Forrest Gump Progress

Hey guys!

So my film is The Iron Giant. It’s an animated feature film by Warner Brothers and it came out in 1999. I don’t remember where I first saw it and how many times I saw it (a lot) but I remember crying the first time I saw it (before I became the monotone emotionless person you see today). I liked it at first because it’s about a giant robot. But the more I saw it, the more the message in the film spoke to me. ANYWAY, here’s the designs I thought of so far.

So this one was based off a quote by one of the main characters. He’s talking about a soul and the way he described it made it seem very light and ephemeral which is something I tried to capture.


I tried to expand on the idea of “forever and ever” for the below piece. So now there’s an infinity symbol.soul-2

I wanted to do something more close up and I came up with this version of the quote.inside

This was my totebag design. I felt like the “US” in the quote was really the big important part of it, so I wanted that to be the focus. All the other things inside were meant to illustrate the feeling of being cool.welcome-to-coolsville


So after the consultation and seeing everyone’s work here and there, I realised I don’t fully utilise the space of the frame. I leave a lot of white space. So I’m gonna make it black space and hope it works out.

Project 1: My Line is Emo


ANGER my line is emo 4

This is Exasperation. It’s frayed apart and is a visual representation of how one would feel under intense annoyance.

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This is Irritation. I felt like Irritation starts with one starting point and just grows more and more wild from there. Which is seen in the picture

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This is Vengeance. As a more methodical kind of anger, there is a pattern to this line. It still retains a dark and evil looking vibe.


FEAR my line is emo 17
This is Horror. People tend to hear their own heartbeat during horrific moments and that’s what this line represents.

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This is Dread. To dread something is to anticipate with great fear or apprehension. The line running through the pattern shows this apprehension.

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This is Uneasiness. The patterns in a circle serve as a visual representation of the coiling of guts and a squirmish feeling.


JOY my line is emo 14

This is Thrill. The extreme amount of patterns and the varying contrasts between dark and light give off a lot of energy, giving this line a feeling of thrill.

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This is Optimism. A light happy feeling achieved with what seems to be patterns being blown away by the wind.

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This is Triumph. Like a wave crashing over rocks, this line captures the victorious feeling of overcoming an obstacle.


LOVE my line is emo 11

This is Attraction. The straight lines that bend slightly show how attraction is the beginning of love, like 2 people who have just noticed each other for the first time.

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This is Love. A fast heart beat and a upward feeling that makes you feel lighter, this is what the line is trying to capture.

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This is Sensual. Pleasure in physical and emotional senses is often represented by curves which has been repeated many times in this line.


SADNESS my line is emo 7
This is Guilt. A contrast of blacks and whites, crashing into each other without pattern. This represents the conflict of emotion within oneself when guilt exists.

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This is Melancholy. Grayish slow moving ink across paper is a visual representation of melancholy.

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This is Isolation. The white splotches surrounded by darkness shows how despite being around others, one can still feel very isolated.


SURPRISE my line
This is Revelation. It starts off with dark obscurity, followed by sudden white spots that represent the idea or realization coming to life and growing larger.

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This is Shock. This is a emotion that can shake one’s very soul or world. In this line there is focus on where the shock takes place.

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This is Bewilderment. Sharp lines with a indiscernible pattern meant to confuse the viewer and create a feeling of bewilderment.