Point of view stage 5: Adding in the illustrations

Ok, so here’s how the process sounds like. First, I took plenty of photos (as shown in the previous post). Then, I chose the ideal ones, edited and cropped them to the ideal frame and size. Following that I drew the little characters on paper, scanned them and then refined the lines and colour digitally.

The following series are photos to show the evolution of each composition~

1. Books from the Point of View of a bookshelf are residents.


Refining the lines and adjusting the colours:


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documenting the progress
covering the titles, adding an extra shelf
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shelf stuff
correcting perspective, adding in more windows
correcting perspective, adding in more windows
adding in the shadows
adding in the shadows

2. A Book from the Point of View of a toddler (little Morrid) is a world of fantasy.


more doodles
more doodles

Refining the lines and adjusting the colours:

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documenting the progress


adding the shadows

3. A book from the Point of View of a student is a nightmare.


Refining the lines…

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documenting the process

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adding in the shadows
adding in the shadows

4. A Book from the Point of View of a bookworm is an escape.




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documenting the progress



5. Books from the Point of View of a mother are dust collectors.




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documentng the progress



6. A Book from the Point of View of a tree is an offspring.




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documenting the progress




Point of view stage 4: Photo-taking process

Other explorations.

I tried using another method to put the illustration onto the photo — draw directly on the photo digitally. And here are the outcome:

A book in the POV of a bookworm is solace

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After trying this out, I decided to choose the previous style and method because I feel that drawing it out traditionally and then scanning it allows me more freedom to design the character whereas if I draw digitally, it is difficult to control the strokes (well…at least I haven’t mastered it yet ><).

Photo taking process~


A book in the POV of a child is world of fantasy.

A book in the POV of a bookworm is escape.

For the fantasy and escape scene, I wanted to show abundance in the amount of books and yet also leave some space for the ‘imagination’ to take place, hence I piled up the books and played with the angles of the different shots.

A book in the POV of a student is nightmare.

For the nightmare scene, I wanted to portray how overpowering the textbooks are compared to student morrid, so I decided to scatter all the books on the stairs and make it look as though the books are way bigger compared to student morrid. I tried to take the photos from a lower angle and gave them different filters as well.

The other idea was the portray the textbooks as a mountain that student morrid is trying to conquer. However I felt that the compositions of these photos are very similar to the other photos that I took and it would be very mundane if all the photos are just photos of piles of different books. Hence, I decided not to choose these shots for the final.




Point of view stage 3: Experimenting


Chanced upon this story about books. I find it quite interesting and it actually inspired me to come up with my final 6 ideas for this project. 😀

My final idea for this project is to use 6 sequential composition to tell a story. The end product will be a story book.

Here are the 6 ideas:

  • Books from the Point of View of a bookshelf are residents.
  • A Book from the Point of View of a toddler is a world of fantasy.
  • Books from the Point of View of a student are trash/nightmares.
  • A Book from the Point of View of a bookworm is solace/escape.
  • Books from the Point of View of a mother are dust collectors.
  • A Book from the Point of View of a tree is reincarnation.

With these ideas in mind, I went to take more photos. To be honest the photos are mostly taken randomly and  based on instinct.


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My progress so far…

Besides taking more photos, I also tried to draw the first composition. This is the first time I try using Wacom tablet to draw in photoshop. It took a day for me to get more used to using the tablet and at some point of time I got impatient and decided to scan my hand-drawn illustrations and then edit from there. *sigh*

I spent 2 days on the first composition and I have to say…photoshop is really tough man…* sigh* what’s more to come? ><

  • Books from the Point of View of a bookshelf are residents.
adding the houses




Point of view stage 2: Artist research and my first step

I apologize in advance for this long post because I tend to collate everything together first and review them over and over again before uploading them. So...here it goes? 
Idea 1.

If I am to work on the book cover idea, there are 5 things I would have to think about:

  • The title
  • The font of the title
  • The slogan
  • The settings in the photo
  • The composition

The following are some reference book cover ideas which might help me for this project.

Book cover design ideas:

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Photography manipulation artist research

Giuseppe Colarusso:

Switzerland-born Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso has a strange fetish for making everyday objects totally unusable. The reason why I like his photos is because they are all very mind-blowing and out of the box.

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Somehow in each photo, there is a puzzle to solve…



I feel that it would be quite interesting if I try to the combine the idea of transformation with the idea of books…so for example in a composition I could try to add or change some element to a book (for eg. wings).

Idea 2.

Photography illustration artist research

Besides photography manipulation, I also thought of exploring photography illustration.

Johan Thörnqvist:

In my opinion, Johan Thörnqvist work is just….wow fantastic!!!! I’m really in love with his art work. Okay…just take a few minutes to scroll through and be thrown away by his impressive art pieces guys~











The illustration artist, Johan Thörnqvist enhances ordinary photographs by doodling little characters and buildings on them. By doing so, he turns each and every single pieces of photo into a completely different world using his imagination.

I think that photography illustration is actually an interesting technique and I would like to try it because by doing so I can create a balance between the real world and the imaginary world. Also, by doing so, I can actually solve my dilemma on whether I want to do something new which is digital photography or stick to illustration. 🙂

My progress so far:

For the previous project, I immediately had an idea about what is the overall concept I wanted to work on, which is Pandora box. However right now the biggest problem for me is actually the overall theme. So far I have decided on the idea I wanted to explore – which is the book but I have decided on a medium which I am not very familiar with this time.

Actually, I have started exploring a bit on it. I started by taking some photos and right now I’m still thinking about how I want to include the illustration inside (stay tuned for ‘Point of View stage 3)

These are some photos I took:







Working on the ideas:

  • Books from the POV of a bookshelf are residents
  • Book from the POV of a bookworm is an escape.

I kind of have a rough overall concept in mind – I want to create a story out of the 6 compositions. However, I don’t feel that the concept is solid enough yet. Any ideas?