Project Three: Ego (Process)

Concept and Idea:

When I first read through the assignment brief, I knew at once I wanted to incorporate something about myself that was very intimate and close to home, and something that would capture the essence of what I was like as a person. I did not want the project to be something that people knew about me on surface level.

Initially, I thought about using very abstract patterns and designs to express the different characteristics of each square, but I wanted to try something new that I had never done before, and therefore, went for a more whimsical, cartoon-like style. I wanted to portray something that showcased my personality, so I dug deeper and thought about what I was like as a person, and came up with three adjectives – child-like, optimistic and playful. I wanted to use these elements in demonstrating the general feel and mood of the project in entirety.

I have also never attempted a cartoon illustrated approach for any drawings before, and was looking forward to trying it out for this assignment.

Eventually, I decided to go with characterising myself as a ‘pau’, because it has been my nickname given to me by my friends since I was young. The nickname stuck throughout the years, as my face shape has been round since I was a child, and has not changed since then.

Because my family also has the same face shape, I drew them into ‘paus’ as well, because I knew I wanted to depict them inside the assignment, as they are an essential and substantial part of my life that has resulted in the person I am today.

Use of Watercolour:

I toyed with the idea of creating the squares digitally, but ultimately decided against it as I wanted to apply watercolour pencils to the project. I chose watercolour pencils as a medium, because I have always found that they have a unique ability to provide movement and show emotions through the murky, blurred texture and various tones used. I also wanted to challenge myself to hand draw each composition, and follow on through the entire assignment using the same theme, style and medium to show continuity and tell a story.

Below are some examples of the style I wanted my watercolour penciled drawings to turn out like:






I began by cutting out the 20x20cm squares, and then drew out my designs in pencil. Afterwards I traced them out using proper drawing pens in 0.8, 0.5 and 0.1 thickness to give it more texture and variety.

Finally, I ended by using watercolour pencils to give it colour.

Meaning of each design:


Home (1) + Family (2) = Me (3)

Eating while doing work (4) – Unhealthy snacks (5) = A better me (6)

Freedom (7) x Better time management (8) = An ideal me (9)

Growth (10) + Opening a bakery (11) = Me in 5 years (12)


Home – Nurture. The place I have been brought up in has had an effect on the person I am presently. I believe the environment I’ve been growing up in has greatly impacted my life.

I used yellow in the background to show a happy and positive childhood, one that I remember with good vibes. The use of green and blue also shows youth and a sense of rejuvenation and calm.


Family – Nature. I think the people who I have spent most time with, and my parents who have birthed me have given me the experience I need to discover who I am, the things I like and dislike, or am good or bad at, etc. A lot of my characteristics comes from the genes I carry as well.

I wanted the brown background to bring forth a sense of security and solidness, the same feeling I get when I am home and with my family.


Me – The middle child ‘pau’. The one who is in the middle of both my sisters. I kept the bow on the head consistent in order to show continuity as well.

The background is green and blue because green shows my positive traits, such as being optimistic, while blue shows my negative ones, for example, where some people have an impression that I am cold and aloof at times.


Eating while doing work – a bad habit that I want to stop, as it results in weight gain.

The purple background is used because purple is shown to stimulate imagination and creativity, two factors that I require when doing work. I also made extra effort in darkening the shadows with grey and black to show an ominous, bad vibe.


Unhealthy snacks – I coloured my various favourite snacks very vividly so they would pop out more at the human eye, sort of in an ‘eat me’ kind of manner. The background is black and grey to show the seriousness and sombre nature of the overeating problem.


A Better me – One who is more confident and slimmer. A healthier version of who I was previously. The orange is used because orange is a colour that is focused widely on physical aspects, and in this situation, losing weight is a physical feat.


Freedom – I wanted to depict diving off a cliff with a parachute, because that is something I have always wanted to experience once in my life, whether is parachuting, bungee jumping or skydiving.

I used a lighter shade of blue to represent the lightheartedness and fulfilling nature of this action.


Better time management – I feel if I had better time management, it would greatly contribute to me being a more controlled and mature version of myself. To be able to manage my time well would mean I have the capacity to do many other things I have always wanted to achieve.

Dark purple is used very dominantly to show gloominess, irritability and frustration, the feeling I get when I realise I am not handling my time properly.


An ideal me – I would love to be able to travel the world when I have the adequate freedom and ability to manage my time. I used spots of yellow in the sky background to show enthusiasm and energy, the emotions I get when I am travelling.


Growth – I wanted to show myself growing out of my childhood home, a representation of developing outside of my comfort zone and as a person. I aim to be a more balanced, level-headed person in the future. I used a mixture of green and yellow to match the first composition, and the emotions of nature.


Opening a bakery – It has been my dream to be able to be the owner of a bakery, as I love baking, and currently do it as a hobby at home. I used brown to show stability and reliability, traits I want to gradually attain even more when I grow up. The many vibrant colours like green and blue are meant to show that I retrain the fresh, calm, optimistic features from my youth.


Me in 5 years – A ‘pau’ and cupcake mix, to show that I am very involved and dedicated to my work and the development of my bakery, which is why I have evolved into half a cupcake as well (something that I personally like baking).

I want to be well integrated with work, but still be true to who I am and remember the child-like innocence children, myself included, possess.

Final Works:





Colour Harmony – Research

What is Color Harmony?

When two or more colours make sense being placed together, embodying the balance or unity of colours. When colours are in harmony, it is typically pleasing to the human eye. Designers use the colour wheel to create harmonies, which makes the wheel a basic element a necessity to be familiar with. Only when designers are familiar with the colour wheel, they can focus on creating aesthetically appealing colour combinations that explore the relationships between various colours.

What are the 6 main types of Colour Harmonies?

Direct Harmony

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The most basic harmony, pointing opposite to the key colour on the wheel. This ‘opposite’ color is referred to as the complementary color and is also known as ‘complementary harmony’. Almost all colour harmonies, except analogous, are variations of direct harmony.

The high contrast of complementary colours creates a vibrant look especially when used at full saturation but can be glaring if not applied properly. This is the most common color scheme and is easy to find in all sorts of designs. An example would be Christmas colours – red and green show direct harmony.

A single, intense complementary colour is useful to create a standing out effect. However, two saturated complementary colours used together could compete for attention.

Split Complementary


Split complementary colours are ones that takes the two colours directly on either side of the complementary colour. It gives a nicer range of colours while not moving too far from the basic harmony that can be found between the key and complementary colours.

It has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, but less tension.  The split complimentary color scheme is a safe choice for most designs.

Triadic Harmony


Also known as ‘Triadics’ or ‘Triads’, this refers to the color two spaces to either side of the key colour’s complement. It is basically the use of three equally distanced colours on the colour wheel. This incorporates many different colours, and therefore is used best in soft touches, rather than strong, full ones, as too much of each colour can turn the design messy and overpowering.

The colors should be carefully balanced by allowing one colour to be dominating and the other two used to support it.

Analogous Harmony

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This colour harmony refers to colours that are directly on the left and right of the key colour. They usually match up quite well and create a serene and comfortable design. This color harmony can be pleasing to the eye, as it is aesthetically appealing, but it can also come across as monotonous due to the lack of colour contrast.

Use this colour harmony if your design is focused on similar colours.

Tetradic Harmony


Tetradic Harmony is similar to Triadic Harmony, except that there are four points, all equally distanced on the color wheel. When done subtly, it is a design simply using two sets of complementary colors, and provides a visually attractive range of colours.

This harmony is good when you have numerous elements that all need to stand out on their own, as each colour receives equal attention. One example would be movie posters with different characters that are equally important.

Monochromatic Harmony


Monochromatic harmony is a range of colours that are all evolved from the same colour – for example, a range of light to dark orange colours, like burnt orange, terracotta, ginger, paprika, tangerine, pumpkin and caramel.

This is good for designs that feature a single colour to portray a mood, but want to play things up by using different colours within the same one.

Colour Research – Project 3


1) Red

Passionate, Aggressive, Important.

A dominating colour, that adds gravity and heightened awareness – quite literally, as the colour increases blood circulation, breathing rates, and metabolism. Red can take on a variety of meaning, associated with both love and war, but the unifying factor in all meanings is a sense of importance.

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2) Blue

Serene, Trustworthy, Inviting

Blue is the colour of calm and serenity, and as such inspires security and a feeling of safety. Blue is also incredibly versatile; its vibrancy has more drastic effects than other colours. Light blue is the colour of water and the sky, so it generally has a refreshing and free feeling. Darker blues tend to be more sombre.



3) Yellow

Happy, Friendly, Warning

Yellow is a strange colour: it is often associated with happiness, but also activates the anxiety center of the brain. Like red and orange, it’s able to stimulate and vitalize. Bright yellow may have potential negative connotations. Lighter shades play on the happiness aspects while darker shades, including gold, add more weight and give a sense of antiquity.




4) Green

Natural, Stable, Prosperous

Green mostly represents the environment and outdoors, making it the clear choice to suggest nature and an organic quality. As the bridge between stimulating warm colours (red, orange, yellow) and calming cool colours (blue, purple), it is the most balanced of colours, lending it an air of stability.



5) Purple

Luxurious, Mysterious, Romantic

Long associated with royalty, purple creates an air of luxury, even decadence. Using a purple dominantly is a quick way to create a sense of elegance or high-end appeal. Lighter shades of purple bring to mind spring and romance, especially lavender. Darker shades of purple add more mystery, and can even symbolize creativity. Darkening the shade will also turn the romantic elements more sensual.


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6) Orange

Playful, Energetic, Cheap

Sharing red’s energizing aspects, but to a safer degree, orange is a good way to add excitement to a site without severity. It is generally playful, and some claim it creates haste and plays on impulse. It can even signify health, suggesting vitality and vibrance.


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