Category: My Work

Final assignment

For my diptych final assignment, I was looking for organic shapes that I could experiment with, some of my options were underwater scenery, human emotions ( eg: wrinkles/laughter ; organic lines that I can be creative with ) and lastly, forest/mountain scenery.

I wanted a focal point to anchor both artworks down so I decided to look for animals/other objects that were asymmetrical to achieve a more dynamic rather than static look.

After much consideration, I decided to settle for a rabbit that is in this pose (as seen in the sketch below ) as I felt that the silhouette of the rabbit provides subtle curves that fit into the forest scenery that I envisioned best.

For this final assignment, I wanted to challenge myself in creating depth by using the medium that I’m most uncomfortable with and new to, that is ink.

Below is a rough sketch of how I want the final piece to look like.

I was experimenting with :

-creating two different artworks

-how can I create depth and volume using different kinds of line work?

– not use pencil / charcoal but still achieve the wide range of tonality it gives through ink?

– As I was using reference pictures for this final piece, the light source had to be reconstructed.

-Uniting both artworks when it is placed together. How do I want it to feel? 

Artwork when viewed separately:

Artwork 1

Artwork 2

Final artwork placed together 🙂

Brush and Ink Assignment

For the pen and ink assignment, I was experimenting on how different brush stokes has the ability to create texture. However, the challenge for me was when I wanted to create depth. The use of black ink with brush is very different from using pencil as pencil gives you control over how dark and light you want the tonality of greys to be  and with ink- its the same unless you mix it with water.

Hence, I realized that if I want to create any scenery that requires depth using black ink, I had to start with painting the background first, kind of like painting in watercolor.

Below is a practice that I did during my free time -experimenting on  how to use ink to create more depth. 

Final Submission and reflection

I have learned a lot throughout this whole semester in this class and it’s the class that I enjoyed the most because I had the freedom to create whatever style of design I wanted! I find it helpful that we get to design / create whatever we wished without any restrictions! The part that I find most helpful is to find out my target audience and focus on getting my message across through graphics and the mood of my illustrations! This module was overall a very enjoyable experience!

Direction for the Final Project and rough sketches

Although I was quite certain with the  main theme of my final project, that is… yes, Christmas again! I wasn’t quite sure of what kind of style i wanted it to be.  Should it be catered for kids for a kid’s Christmas party? A tropical Christmas? or a celebration for the office? Hence i went to further  research on the kind of mood that I wanted to create. 

Idea 1

I wanted to show how people in different countries across asia celebrate Christmas. Without snow, reindeer, snowman etc….  I thought that it would be unique and interesting to see how although there are different people across the world with different cultures, they still celebrate the same day in their own ways.

Idea 2

This idea is somewhat similar to the previous idea but with a more humorous approach to it.  This is how people in tropical countries celebrate Christmas-by the beach. I thought that it would be fun to give a twist to the usual Christmas scene by bringing Christmas to the beach! Cause why not? 🙂

Idea 3

Using the  usual elements of Christmas but maybe experiment with different styles??? (refer to previous mood board)


Final choice:  Idea 3

I figured that if I were to choose the first two ideas, it would be hard to make it look as clean and elegant as i would like my theme to look. So I chose idea 3 at last!

Rough Sketches & Ideation

Picture to be mirrored on the other side.

Things to take into consideration :

-Spacing between objects

-Objects not overpowering the deer and typography

-Should typography be placed slanted or straight?

Create a continuous  landscape view  for the  birds in the gift tag

Packaging for coffee cups and cup sleeve



Week 8 ( Progress)

After getting feedback on how the sculpture had lost a sense of  “wholeness”  and became more modular and repetitive, lacking the sense of continuity and inter-connectivity, we had to think of ways to make the sculpture repetitive and connected  but not too literal (as of what we did for the previous sculpture). Hence, we decided to explore more on per module of the spinal structure and from there create different sizes and volumes of it  to make it look more visually dynamic.

This sculpture allows the user to sit at both sides according to their preference. The variety in height not only help to suggest more visual interest but gives the audience different choices of seating according to their liking.



Progress (week 7)

Inspiration from Henry Moore
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After doing a bit of readings on Henry Moore and his sculptures, there was a surprising fact that most of his sculptures were also inspired by skulls and bones!

Bones are the inside structure that nature uses for both lightness and strength…so in bones you can find the principles which can be very important in sculpture

Henry Moore

Hence, after observing some of his sculptural works, we found it interesting of how he uses positive and negative spaces to create a visually interesting sculpture and how the whole sculpture is connected to each other as a whole. Prior to that, we came out with an idea to create an interesting space that allows the user to use it however they wish to. (eg: sitting, laying down, etc.)

Exploration of possible forms 

One of our biggest challenge was to experiment creating interesting forms but at the same try to remain its essence of looking like a spine.



Process to creating my self potrait

Process of illustrating my self portrait  

A list of words that describe me/Things that I adore

-rice and eggs

-matcha latte

-soulful music




-nature (flower and greens)


-bandana and high bun

-french fries



I chose to take a picture of my neutral looking face to show no emotion because I wanted the viewer to have their own interpretation and perception of what the whole portrait is trying to convey. So the first step that I did was to take pictures and finally chose an of angle that I can better work with and illustrate my face.

The main concept that I was trying to go for is to portray me as an” observant” person, always being aware of my surroundings. The first sketch above was me wearing many glasses, arranging them  from my chin to the back of my head to suggest that I have “many eyes”or “always on the look”.  The second sketch is me peeping through a glass window. And the flowers and leaves growing and creeping out gives an idea of wanting to be free or to “come out”. Composition wise, I feel that this is much stronger than the others as the tip of the hair balances out the chin and an earring at the ear gives character to the whole picture. It also shows movement and allows the reader’s eyes to flow through the portrait.

Although I do like the previous sketch and the message behind it. I still find that it still loses some edge and character to it. So rather than just having a garden over my head. I tried to incorporate some of the elements that best describe myself. I find it more visually intriguing and it allows the viewer to want to find out what is exactly IN the hair. However, I find the composition and arrangement was very still and gives off a feeling of solitude and I didn’t want that so I decided to use the composition of the previous sketch because it shows more dynamism .

These two are just sketches of the same concept. One trying to come out of a paper box and another trying to peek over the fence.

The last idea was to incorporate fireworks and hair curlers but I chose the previous idea at last because it had more narrative and visual interest.

Composition of final self portrait

At first I was just playing around with the composition. Trying to figure out how to better portray depth and combine all the objects together without making it look too messy and at the same time remain its elegance.


At this point, i wanted the french fries to mimic a crown. However the keyboard behind although added depth doesn’t look as cohesive as I wanted it to be with the self portrait.

Problems : Struggling to make objects look clear after placing a layer on top of it even after opacity is reduced.

Although this may seem clearer but it fails to use the glass window to give off the message because the objects (flowers) looks as if they are on top of the glass rather than behind it.