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.


Acrylic Portrait Paintings by Martine JohannaStriking Colorful Illustrations by Victor Moatti – Fubiz MediaIf Street Surfing had a soundtrack, what bands would be on it? 3. Tame ImpalaDesign à emporter
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.