Project 3: EGO designs


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When I am alone, especially in bed at night, I have a tendency to overthink about life in general. Be it thinking about work, self-doubt, relationships or the future. Because I am alone, I have no need to put up a front for anyone else and I am bare/transparent to my own feelings and emotions.

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Hence this is depicted in the “ME” through the use of reflective paper and a transparency which I drew of myself to represent transparency and reflectiveness of self. Initially when i came up with this idea. I just wanted to stick the transparency on the reflective paper. But when i put the two together, I found that the reflectiveness of the paper creates a 3 dimensional feel if i elevate the transparency which creates the illusion of “2 MEs”. I thought this was a perfect representation of how torn i feel sometimes when I am alone. Torn between the feeling of being optimistic or pessimistic and self-love or self-doubt.

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The setting I chose were waves to represent “waves of emotions” or the tranquility I feel when I am alone much like the feeling when I am out at sea. The waves were presented with different colors to show the different emotions such as jealousy, sadness, love and happiness.


I played around with the different compositions, printed it on transparency and pasted it on white paper.

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The outcome of the two would be reflective. I actually struggled a bit with the composition of this but i decided to slice up an image of waves and paste it over reflective paper to show the feeling of being torn in the midst of self discovery.


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Often when I travel, I feel greatly inspired and a sense of enlightenment from discovering new places and meeting new places.


Paper collage inspiration: collage by Amy van Luijk
Francisca Pageo’s collages. These could be really interesting thing for me to look at, using my own imagery because I could use this idea to experiment with in making it minimalistic.

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I wanted to try something different and experimented with the use of paper collage. I cut up different patterns, shapes and color from magazines to create texture and shapes. I also made use of paint to further bring emphasis to the idea. Dull colours= uninspired, Bright colours= inspired. I also tried to make it more interesting by sticking cardboard behind to make it “pop-up”.

Final Pieces!

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For this, I chose to use analogous colours such as blue, green and purple to create a serene and comfortable design. I also chose to use cooler tones to portray the idea of how much more introverted or not as expressive I am especially when I am meeting new people.

Me ( with strangers )

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I posterized a picture of myself on photoshop and painted a self portrait using hues of purple, blue and green. I also added a touch of neon paint in my designs to further enhance the colours better. For the background I was inspired by the references below of using unmixed acrylic paint to create splashes of colour.


Yago Hortal

Colorful art

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For the setting I decided to portray a person or “stranger” in a completely different style in contrast to the “me” to show the disparity when meeting a stranger. I also chose to block out his eyes as when you’re meeting a stranger, you know nothing about him or his identity. After putting the pieces though, I felt like maybe the style choice for this design was too much of a contrast and the piece as a whole kind of lose its cohesiveness. But I guess this is a learning point for me to take note of in future projects.

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When meeting a stranger, I would feel hesitant to be myself hence, only a small part of my true self is revealed as seen above. I got inspired by this idea from Shura’s album cover which I thought was quite an interesting idea of incorporating b&w with a real photo.




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This is in contrast with my previous row but with friends. I chose to use warmer analogous colours such as red, orange and yellow as with friends, I feel more comfortable in my own skin.

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A larger part of my true self is revealed when I am with my friends.

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This project has mostly been experimental for me with the use of colours, collage, paint and different mediums which are all a first for me. I think there is definitely a lot to learn from this project and Im excited to apply these techniques learned again in future projects with perhaps some digital painting involved. I have definitely learned and experimented a lot which i feared would cost the style to become inconsistent. I guess it is all part of the learning process and I am glad I took the risk to try things I never thought I would have attempted.

Project 3: EGO Research

The last project of the sem! For this project, we had to come up with a set of ourselves in 4 different settings and their outcome.

MOODBOARD ( 80s Illustration)




  • bold graphic, prints and loud neon colors
  • geometric shapes and motifs
  • “80s scientific aesthetics”
  • “neon-noir”


I chose to use the color scheme of 80s illustrations as I love the use of bold colors and graphics and I wanted to incorporate these elements into my designs.


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Artist Reference
Yoko Honda 
She uses a lot of vibrant neon colours& swirly, zig-zagged & geometric designs. Her beautiful combinations of colors invokes the vibes of the 80s.

This is like 4th through 7th grade vomited all over the place. /// Yoko Honda:  BACK TO SCHOOL - Yoko Honda:  
yoko-honda-3Yoko Honda · Illustration . 80's inspired artwork: Using Adobe Capture, I took some of her designs and created a few possible color palettes.






Project 2: Forrest Gump Process

In project 2, we were tasked to make 4 visual images from movie quotes using symbols, pictograms, engravings, dingbats, vintage woodcut etc.

“Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”

Artist References

Dreamscapes: Matt Wisniewski’s Digital Collages

Art for art’s sake is no new conceit. But Wisniewski has created a particularly successful iteration by overlaying portraits with organic patterns—from flowers to jagged peaks to a Rorschach blot. He came to the combination through experimentation. “It just sort of clicked,” he says. “Natural elements tend to be a little simpler and fit together a bit more obviously with the portraits than urban elements.”


I was thinking of incorporating mountainous landscapes to symbolise the act of “doing things no one can imagine”. Mountains can be used to symbolise obstacles faced and challenges of being different in a society that ostraciszes individuality. Much like the character in the movie, Alan Turing was scritinized for being gay during an unenlightened british establishment. Mountains are also a symbolism of imagination and how high imagination can take you if you let it run free.

Initial designs 



However, I wasn’t that happy with how the designs turned out so I came up with new ones that i felt represented the quote better visually.

Revised Designs

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I used an Armillary Sphere to represent the head of the guy and constellations at the base of his feet.

Armillary Sphere

It was used as a navigation tool used for determining the position of the Sun and stars by sailors for navigating. They were models of what scientists thought the heavens looked like and how they were suppose to have moved.

SYMBOLISM: the armillary sphere, an invention that revolutionized the study of earth, time and space. Much like Alan Turing’s invention that was an early model for our computers today.


SYMBOLISM: representing the wealth of imagination

In the end, I decided to go with design #2 as I felt like composition looked better as a whole compared to design #1.




“Hell yeah im a botanist! Fear my botany powers!”– Mark Watney, The Martian

Inspiration from movie posters


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The designs didn’t work out that well in the end and I felt like the first one was too basic and the second was too messy.

Other references…..





Revised Designs

Design #1


Design #2


Design #3


The idea of the quote was that Mark Watney was able to colonise Mars to grow crops for survival and I got the inspiration for the 3rd design from the photo reference of the spaghetti and meatballs. I thought it was pretty apt by having gardening tools protruding out of the moon to show the humour evoked in his statement.

Final Design



“Madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” – The Dark Knight

Artist References

Shigeo Fukuda 



I wanted to depict the idea of madness of like walking on a tightrope, holding on to ” a line of sanity”, with the weight of gravity pulling you down. And multiple fingers or hands pushing or grabbing you down.

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Design #2

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Experimented with the use of labyrinths.

Design #4


In the end, I went with the fourth design as I felt like the composition worked better compared to the rest.


“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

Harvey Dent Inspiration


Design #1



Design #2


Design #3


I actually liked the second design better but I changed up the tentacles as I was afraid that the finer details would not be able to show up as well on silkscreen. And I think the contrast created looks better anyway.


FAIL #1 🙁






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Project 2: “Forrest Gump” Quotes

For our second project “Forrest Gump” , we were required to look for 4 quotes and create 4 images based on these quotes. Here are the quotes that I’ve chosen.

“Sometimes it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Joan Clarke, The Imitation Game 


Based on the real-life story of Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), who is credited with cracking the German Enigma code, The Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time undertaken by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of the Second World War.Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war and saved thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.


“Hell yeah im a botanist! Fear my botany powers!”– Mark Watney, The Martian


When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

“Madness is like gravity, all it takes is a little push.” – The Joker, The Dark Knight


Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman’s struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to “confront everything he believes” and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes.

Final: My Line is Emo


Last Friday we had our final conclusion to our first 2D project: My Line is Emo. This project was definitely not an easy one especially when i encountered blocks in the creative process but through much perseverance and encouragement, I finally managed to pull through. I could say that I am pretty proud of the final outcome though some improvements could be made. For instance, some of the final pieces did not not reflect the idea behind the emotions as well as I thought.

Here are some shots taken from pages in my visual journal and I will briefly explain some of my favourite pieces.















Inspired by one of my reference artists, Hannah Quinlivan on her visit to Singapore, she spoke about how her visit to Singapore River inspired her. The historic sites and people in the area was what inspired her to create the sculpture entitled “Displacement”as well as paintings “Strands of Thought”, “Shades of Consciousness” and “After the Slipstream” . This made me think about my trip to the Himalayas and the emotions and experiences i felt during this trip.Hence I took a topographic map of the area and simplified it into contour lines in my work. I also chose to do it on black and white paper to symbolise the positive and negative emotions I felt throughout my trip.



Awkward pieces of paper fitted together.




whimsical flowy lines that resembles smoke.



A continuation of awkward, confident has lines that are fitted perfectly together .



Excitement has dynamic strokes full of energy




Overlying lines that resembles that of suffocation or the feeling of being tied down and restricted.



Project 1: My Line is Emo

For the past 4 weeks we have been experimenting with mark making using tools such as toothpicks, strings, springs and even plants! Each mark brings about a certain emotion or feeling through the curves and lines created.




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We also had the opportunity to try lino cutting for the first time and this was my first attempt at it! It was really fun creating the textures and satisfying to see the end product. This project has been really fun so far ( despite the tight deadlines coming up) and i hope to experiment more with paint as well as other mediums to see what marks I can come up with.