How Sweet

Hey everyone! This post will summarize very briefly what we’ve been doing for the entire semester, and display the final works for the banner as well as the media wall.


     “It was now three mornings since they had left their father’s house. They began to walk again, but they always came deeper into the forest, and if help did not come soon, they must die of hunger and weariness. When it was mid-day, they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough, which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. And when its song was over, it spread its wings and flew away before them, and they followed it until they reached a little house, on the roof of which it alighted. And when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes, but that the windows were of clear sugar.”

 – Hansel & Gretel, 1812, Brothers Grimm




How Sweet, 2017, Mixed Media, 3560mm x 420mm

Test for brightness & saturation: Left – original Middle – +15% brightness, +15% saturation Right – +30% brightness, +30% saturation
Printed Out


How Sweet, 2017, Animation, 3860 x 480 pixels


More process!

Here’s a quick update with my process for the Pattern banner before we do the printing!

I decided to draw an oven as a motif as well, and my intention is to put is at the bottom of the banner as a statement piece, almost like a full stop to the story, or like to mark the end of a sentence. In this case, it is to symbolise the end of Hansel and Gretel when the children pushed the witch into the oven.

Above is the scanned drawn and watercoloured oven that I’ve done, before I changed into into a PNG on Photoshop. I wanted the fire to look like it was still burning and in action, to create a more dramatic and ongoing look. I also did not want a conventional looking oven, and sought to create a more whimsical version, so I added the extra details like the swirly legs, funnels, pipes and chutes.

Below are the versions of the banner that I was experimenting with, after incorporating the oven inside. A pity, because I realised the banner is too narrow to place the whole oven in, and to get it to the size I like, which was to be large enough to focus on, so I had to cut out the details at the side, as the main focus was the bricks, metal grills and fire. I also tried layering the bricks on photoshop to make it longer, but that did not look as good (can be seen below).

  1. Above is banner 1, the very start of when I placed the oven in. I shifted the falling motifs and colour splashes up and rearranged it a bit in order to fit everything in and keep everything within the banner. I also placed it such that the blue part at the bottom would appear like it was either being sucked into the oven or being blown out of the oven from the funnel, depending on what the viewer thinks.

2. My second try was to place the black part using the paint bucket and gradient tool above, to create a more dynamic background, and also add a bit of mystery and sinister vibe to the banner.

3. This is the last one, banner 3, which I like the most. I swapped the black and white parts, and I prefer this one because I think it suits the whole banner best, and is kept in lieu with the falling down effect. It also brings the viewer to see the black at the oven, which is the demise of evil in Hansel and Gretel, and allows the top to retain a more innocent, pure look. I also wanted to put smoke wisps in the background, but after scanning them and trying a few, I thought it looked slightly messy and was to strong, so I decided to leave it as such.

Thank you! (: