I can make food appear from thin air! These are MAGICIAN FOODS

I wanted this piece to be fun and have a cute doodling style to it. Hence the rounded font and hand-drawn elements.

The composition of the letters are also tilted and floating, giving it a jumpy and fun feel, like how a action-packed magician show would feel like.


FOOD: represented by the usage of a meat (fish), vegetable (cabbage) and a pastry (gingerbread)


Dat fish tho

It was very painful doing the line art for the cabbage.. It was my first time using a tablet so it really took some getting used to even just getting the above sketched out.

Especially the painting. It just looked so weird.

I wanted it to look cartoonish, not realistic. (It didn’t turn out looking very realistic either…)


MAGICIAN: wizard hats worn by the foods

I actually started this with the idea of doing food esper.

Initial sketches for the magical element in magician/esper

After consultation, we agreed that (2) had too many elements and it’s quite messy.

After going through hours of trying to make the cabbage line art looks smooth and neat, I decided that I shouldn’t torture myself that way and tried using AI for the first time. (why didn’t I do that earlier…)

O mighty illustrator


BACKGROUND: A night sky background was what I had in mind, flying in the sky = magical? Shirley suggested a stage background and I thought that it’ll work better so I went on with that in the end.



Sloppy sewing skills + sloppy materials = sloppy art

The composition is made as such as you’re looking down on the floor, at the banana peels. The stitches were meant to look untidy, giving the impression that it’s sloppy, no effort made.

RUBBISH: Initially, my idea of rubbish were plastic bottles. I wanted to use different types and sizes of plastic bottles to illustrate the idea of rubbish. After consultation, I change to use banana peels instead as using so many different plastic bottles seemed to be too messy.

Googling my time away for some peels

Funfact: My banana tips were original in brown due to the images i found above. I realise it should actually be green…..


SEAMSTRESS: Dark brown stitches sewed. Very sloppy looking, which was what I was trying to portray with this job!


BACKGROUND: I couldn’t find a hi res concrete alleyway ground to my liking. Then I found this cracked ground and thought that it was suitable. Kind of give of the poverty vibes so have to resort to selling whatever you could find A.K.A. banana peels art



Masters of the wild trapped by $$ hunters like me

This is my surname is Chinese. Thought that it’ll be cool if I were to include my Chinese name in 1 of the compositions! I choose a calligraphy style of type because it gave off a traditional feel, and dragons are myths from the past!


Initial sketch



Scales brushes

I went to google some reptile brushes to use for the dragon skin. After some experimenting and adding in of blood…

After twerking with the colour…


POACHER: The chains are holding back the dragon, I also played with perspective of the chains, giving the impression that the dragon is being constrained from all directions.



BACKGROUND: I had a lot of problems trying to find a suitable background. The background needs to be bright enough for the type to pop up. I didn’t want to change the colour of the scale texture used for the type because I felt that black scales gives off a stronger impression of a majestic dragon. (which also highlights the danger of this job!) However… I was looking for a background that will make the composition seem mysterious.

It really was a dilemma as to what background to use, and whether I should compromise on the colour of the scales or the background…

Backgrounds I had in mind

I choose this background of a ruin-like place with the scenes of the nature at the back because the nature is where the dragons should belong, all free to be flying wherever they want to. Instead, these majestic creatures are trapped by poachers (ME!!!)… 🙁



The moon needs maintenance too!!

The vector of the moon and pipes are first done illustrator, and transfer over to photoshop for bevel and the editing of the background image. This is using what I’ve learnt from the food magician composition.

I made the type seemed very rigid and rectangular, because thats the way people would perceive of machines!






MOON: I have no idea why, but the colour I was intended to use at first was yellow for the moon.

That might have to do with how animations and the media tend to associate yellow with the moon. Luckily I went to search for some moon references and change the colour to a whitish-grey.


MECHANIC: Again, AI’s here to save da day :’) All pipes vectorised in courtesy of O’ mighty AI. Due to my poor planning, the pipes are actually intended to be in the shades of the moon. However, due to the change from yellow to whitish-grey, I had to rethink the colours for the pipes! I thought that blueish-grey would be a nice combination, not very striking and feels complimentary with the colours of the moon.


BACKGROUND: I wanted to use a vector of a night sky. But changed to a real image as I wanted the 4 jobs to feel like a series (since all are already using real images)





I really went out of my comfort zone and tried many new things for this project. I’ve learnt how to use AI, using a tablet and drawing/painting digitally for the first time and even combining techniques from both Photoshop and AI into 1 composition.

This project was really one that required lots of research and perseverance. It was really hard for me to to not give up and push through into translating what I had in mind to the compositions.

I’ve also learnt to not be so fixated and be more opened to different method in creating my work. (Eg: not just wanting to using a single program, use whatever that can do the job the fastest and most efficient!)

Not giving up was also very important, I tend to be very impatient when I can’t transform what I’m thinking onto what I intend to portray. The process is as important as fine-tuning and refining from failing would definitely slowly shape into the final work.


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SUBTRACT + PACK: Triangular piece protruding could be slotted into the hole of the next module, forming a pack

TAPERED: Triangular made to be t


SUBTRACT + PACK: A pack could be formed when the triangle piece at one side of the module is slotted into the triangular “mouth” (AKA hole) at the other side of another module

TAPERED: Both the protruding piece and the “mouth” were tapered



SUBTRACT: The “mouth” was formed by taking away part of the model away. A rectangular hole also dug out.

PACK: Rectangular button could be slotted into the to hole at the side of another module

TAPERED: The top and bottom of the “mouth” were designed to be tapered as it extends out



Mr shark is a improvement of model 3.

Improvements made:

  • Decrease overall size of model
  • Flat base made in consideration of mould/ice tray making
  • Button and hole carefully measured and made so modules could be slotted together perfectly








Sanding and polishing the initial model is very important. My initial model wasn’t very smooth and that affected all the models made with the latex mould… I had to polished and touch up on them before they could be used for the silicon mould.



I T ‘ S  S T O R Y T I M E  !


Members: Celine, Joey, Naomi, Nokwan


Our work involves each participant to contribute their sentence to form a story. With a time limit of 30seconds, they are required to scan through what was already written and then, add in their own. There’s a set of requirements (limitations) imposed however:

  • A character must disappear
  • A plot twist must be included

We further drive the difficulty up by placing 3 ballot lotteries for 3 people.


…The process is as important as the outcome, forming relationally aware peer enactments. – (Marc Garrett, 2014)


Compared to traditional art making by single artist, our work was based on contributions made by the participants. The process in which the story was made is as important as when the story was completed. Our work doesn’t just look at the completed piece of artwork at the ending, it was also about the experience and process the participants went through.

Real time interaction and reaction is something very unique in open-source practices. Seeing how their own contribution reflected in real time on the artwork encourages active contribution. The final artwork produced would also be very unpredictable and therefore be interesting.


Similarities/Differences from examples shown


  • Human Clock: Contributions (pictures/sentences) to the final piece of artwork are made at the point of time.
  • “Cut”: Contributions are made on the spot. A sense of uncertainty in introduced in the audiences as they might not be the first ones to want to contribute a specific area to cut or a certain sentence to the artwork.


  • Human Clock/The Sheep Market/Crowd-sourced Dating: The audience are not in a controlled environment. The audience are not obliged to contribute to the project. For crowd-sourced dating, the responses given by the audience can be very opened in a sense that it could be anything.



DIWO (Do-It-With-Others): Artistic Co-Creation as a Decentralized Method of Peer Empowerment in Today’s Multitude. Marc Garrett. February 2014.