Zine stage 3: Drawing & Process

After researching and drafting, I then move on to draw out the products on an a3 size blue paper. To me, drawing big allows more space for details. Click on the images below for a more detailed view.

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Although the stapler is one of the first few designs I drew, I did not include it in the final art piece as the product itself does not fit the idea of transport device and excitement. Furthermore, the concept I wanted to bring across was not distinct enough in this product. I was really sad to give up on this drawing…. ūüôĀ

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After drawing and scanning in the drawings, I went on to edit the drawings digitally and add in the typography. I wanted the overall design to look like a clean and professional blueprint and hence  I chose to use 2 types of simple font: Myriad Pro and SquareFont. The SquareFont helps to give the blueprint a technical look.












Fun fact! The names of the owners are all in latin!

Here’s a translation:

Mepte means myself

After designing how the blueprint looks like, I went on to create the write-up for the 3 products. This, to me, is the most challenging but fun part, because I had to make it sound funny but at the same time, professional. I did some research as well, on how to write a professional product description and learnt that I should think about the client’s benefits as I write. Hence, with some help from google and my friends, I came up with these 3 write-ups. XD

Feel free to click on the images to have a clearer view!

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Zine stage 2: Z. Drafts & References

I started on this project by brainstorming and drawing out the draft some sample products on isometric papers before transferring them onto the blue paper:

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After deciding on what the overall idea of the zine will be, I went on to further research and develop on the blueprint designs. I downloaded more references and studied on the layout of a blueprint. Here are some references:

blueprint title block reference
blueprint title block reference






Here are some discovery after my research:

  • The white-on-blue photographic print are commonly drawings used to design buildings and vehicles
  • A blueprint used to consist of white lines on a blue background. A more recent process uses blue lines on a white background.
  • The title block on a blueprint contains the drawing¬†number, the name of the part or assembly that the¬†blueprint represents, and all information required to¬†identify the part or assembly.
  • The title block also includes the name and address
  • of the organization preparing¬†the drawing, the scale, drafting record, authentication¬†and the date.

I referenced some of the title block that I ‘ve found and created my own ridiculous¬†title block:






Zine stage 1: Initial ideas and research~

Idea 1.

Focusing on the art direction

I’ve always wanted to make an art piece similar to the style of JIMI…Similar to my ego project in sem 1, I want to try out watercolour-ing again because I really like the watercolour effects~


However, although I really really really wanted to try his illustration style, I kind of have second thought about whether this approach is appropriate and feasible.

The risk I would have to take if I follow idea 1:

  • It’s my second time trying out watercolour-ing and I might not have enough time to make it look like how I want it to look like.
  • To be honest, I felt that my Ego project was not very well done because I decided to try out this new style last minute.
  • I feel that I may not be good enough in watercolour-ing ¬†to portray the idea that I want to portray.
  • I haven’t really thought of the concept if I want to go along with this style of art.

I was in a dilemma and I dwelled on this idea for a pretty long period. I also tried out the watercolour-ing style during the long weekend:

The more we hold, the more we lose…

Idea 2

Focusing on the concept

The second idea focuses more on the concept and was actually inspired by my previous project research about this artist who did the photo manipulation of the different everyday products to make it look useless.

Giuseppe Colarusso

My idea was actually to draw the detailed ¬†‘useless’ ¬†products on blueprint papers and make a blueprint book. While I was researching about this artist, I find the concept of making everyday objects less useful just by changing¬†some components of them very interesting and it allows me to explore many different objects and perspectives. It also allows me to think out of the box.

Here are some of the ideas I’ve thought of:



The blueprint formats: