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

design #1imagination1

design #2imagination2

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


Initial Designsmartian2



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.

Design #1madness3

Design #2

madness4Design #3


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.