Ego in different settings (FINAL PROJECT)


Finally we’re done with our final project for 2D Foundation!

For this final project, we were required to come up with images (made from any medium) and turn it into an equation.

The equation is:

Me + Setting = different me

I’ve decided to make use of the skills I have learnt and decided to use digital painting as a choice of my medium. I was contemplating between realism and cartoon for my panels. I have listed down the pros and cons for each type of digital painting and after looking through the points taken down, doing a cartoon-styled drawing was more convenient and time saving for me. The images below are the 2 different kinds of digital drawings I did during my days in Singapore Polytechnic Digital Animation.


Cartoon Character Design

Realistic Drawing

I’ve no specific artist reference when it comes to drawing of my characters. Most of them are of my own imagination and art style. To start of the project, I came up with a few possible equations and showed it to Mimi. She approved of my ideas and gave me tips on how I can enhance and make the ideas better. Changes were made and then carried out.

I started out with the sketching of the designs.

Then proceeded to shading and filling in the details

Colour added

My way of drawing digital images always begins from gray scale. I sketch out the outline before adding in the details. The pros of using gray scale first instead of adding in the colour straightaway is that I can change the colours easily without ruining the original image. An overlay of colour were added in and can be changed to fit to our preferences easily.

Now I will proceed to explaining the different colour used for each panel.

Initially, I tried using triad as my main colour harmony but realised that I was pretty much limited as the adobe kuler was fixed to 3 equal parts and the group of colour chose are repeated. I then changed to complimentary and was quite pleased with the colour group as there are more group variety I’ve decided to use complimentary colours for one row and split them up amongst the 3 panels and focused on monochromatic.

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This is chatty me. As most of my friends know, I’m quite talkative and open. But if I am on a date, I am usually quite timid and quiet. I get very shy as I always try to make a good impression of myself to my dates. But if we’ve already passed the awkward and shy stage, I will unleash my makcik mouth and talk non-stop. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a boyfriend.

I’ve used yellow to represent my confidence and boost of happiness in the first panel. Purple represents luxury and high-end which shows the dating place. And pink was used to represent love/shyness.

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Turning 21 years old, I’m already considered a full fledged adult. However, since I am also the youngest in my family, I can still be seen as a baby in my family member’s eyes. Quite restricted to doing things but being pampered like there’s no tomorrow. Heh.

Green represents the refreshness of me turning 21. Brown/orange was used to show the warmth and protection of my family members. Blue was used to represent the baby-ness in me.

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I can sometimes be awkward to begin with. I may be an extrovert but I do have my introvert moments too. To be honest, it can be quite a pain to attend a wedding. Not because of the food or whatso but because of the never-seen-before relatives who kept asking personal questions over and over again. Umm, do I know you?

Turquoise is a mixture of green and blue. Blue was used to represent the coldness in me when I attend weddings. Green was used to represent me being enervated. I was drained from talking to people I’ve rarely/never met before. Purple was used to represent weddings as most Malay weddings can be quite posh and atas. Green was used to represent the colour of the turtle. It shows the awkwardness in me too.


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Who doesn’t love food? I love eating to be honest. Days when I’m carefree with no work or commitments, I will always be committing myself to food. Due to this, I’ve gained about a good 2-3kg of fats. However, it’s a horrible thing to do especially when I’m competing in an upcoming competition. I have to be between the range of 53-54kg in order to compete for my weight class. In the end, I make myself suffer as I always have to go on a strict diet and limit myself to food which makes me happy. All this for a competition. Why.

The colour red was used in the first image as it enhances the appetite. This represents the food surrounding me and how much I love to eat. I drew myself to be a little fatter too. Yellow was used in the second panel as it shows stress and anxiety. That is the exact feeling that I feel before entering the arena. Green was used to show the disgust of me having to each vegetables and fruits everyday to keep myself in weight.



I’ve enjoyed myself while doing this project as I can finally put my skills to full use. However, the choosing of colours can be quite tricky as I’ve used different monotonous colour for each panel and it doesn’t look like a whole image equation. Each row looks like they’re more towards individualism compared to a group on its own.  Mimi pointed out that the colours used can be too jarring and don’t really compliment each other well. That’s one of the things that I could improve on. Maybe I could use split complimentary colours instead.


To Mimi;

Thank you for being such a great lecturer and adviser during the duration of our 2D Foundation module! 😀

Project 1: My Line is Emo (FINAL OUTCOME)


Presentation is finally over. Honestly, I was very nervous about my presentation but I just had to get it over and done with. I will be explaining the emotions for each strip. What it means, why do I see it like that and what medium I’ve used.

My Project 1 mark-making was based on a semi-true story about my life. Well, love life basically. A disclaimer before I start, I won’t tell you which part is true and which part is false. Heh. Okay, moving on.

First strip: Sadness

As you look at the mark-making on the first strip, it shows a splatter of diluted ink which focus mostly on the left hand side with a few intense blobs. This represents the sadness I feel when I’m lonely. Which explains the diluted ink. The ink is sprayed using a spraying bottle onto a drawing block which is pure white in colour. This shows that I am a happy person. People have always seen me as someone who’s very cheerful and forever laughing. But they don’t see the splatters of paint (like I’ve been shot by a paint gun) I get on myself whenever I walk past happy couples. I felt sadness as I’ve been in and out of relationships and it’s been a long time since I last felt real love.

Second strip: Love

The second strips shows wavy, curly lines. This was the part when I met someone on my social media. I’ve never met him before but I’ve seen the way he texts and communicates. His sweet words and rhythm are that of the lines shown in the second strips. They were smooth, sweet and they swept me off my feet like how when you watch cartoons and they smell something delicious, smell lines appear and they’ll float towards the source of smell. I fell for his sweet talks and melody.

Oh, what have I gotten myself into?

Third strip: Joy

The third strip represents joy. I used a black paper with white paint on it. The black paper represents me, my inner self. After being alone and surrounded by couples almost everywhere, I felt gloomy inside. I wasn’t truly happy then. I wanted someone to guide me, to love me and take care of me. That is where the 2 ray of lights come in. The ray of light on the right represents him. Where as the smaller one on the left represents me. It’s like he lightens up my life. Quote One Direction “Baby you light up my world like nobody else”. I was truly happy then as someone has finally loved me…

Or so I thought.

Fourth strip: Frustration

The fourth strip, again is done on black paper. Different from the previous black strip, this strip represents anger. It represents frustration. I found out that the guy I was dating was, simple to say, a flirt. I also found out that he has been commenting on girls’ photographs on instagram with sweet words and also heart-eyed emojis or heart shapes. And he thought I was stupid. I’ve been questioning him over and over again about his actions. Which is represented by the white circles and blobs. I kept asking him the same questions over and over again. Which can also be represented by the repetition in shapes. But it all fell on death ear. He ignored me and tried to change the topic whenever I tried to settle things out with him. It’s like all my words fell into a black hole.

I had enough.

Fifth strip: Surprise

The fifth strip was done on newsprint paper. The marks on the strip was done using rubber bands. I dipped the rubber bands in diluted ink, pulled hard and released it against the paper. This shows a painful kind of surprise. I was surprised as to why I was still with him despite the continuous act of cheating he has done. The different orientation of the marks shows the different kind of cheating he does every week, every day. I used a rubber band as it shows pain. Imagine if someone shoots a rubber band at you. You’ll have a sense of surprise but at the same time, your arm hurts when the rubber band comes in contact with you.

Sixth strip: Fear

Now this is the final strip. Where everything comes to an end and I broke my connections with him. I finally had the guts to leave him. What’s the point of being with someone when all you received from them was pain? But at the same time, I was afraid. I was suppose to be used to these kind of things. Being left and cheated on (this wasn’t the first time that someone has cheated on me). Just as I thought I was suppose to get used to it, it stretches on and leaves a mark, never fading. Everytime someone cheated on me, it leaves a permanent mark that stays with me forever. Which will slowly fade to an all-black.

And that concludes my presentation for my Project 1: My Line is Emo.

Some of the feedbacks given by Mimi was that I had to use tools which has meanings in my story. So that it’ll give more impact. As for the mark-making wise, she said that my work has improved from the previous consultation. It’s just that I need to bring out the emotions more into the mark-making process so that it doesn’t seem to minimalistic or simple.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.