2D Final: Zines!

This is my first time making a Zine but I love it! I will make more in the future, and grow towards a more complicated design. I used ‘Pages’ as I did not have Adobe Indesign! Nonetheless, I took the challenge of doing the best I can within my limitations.

I focused mostly on interpreting my content on the type of paper used as well as the information I wanted to communicate. Designs were all done on the phone, including the digitalizing of my handwriting!

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My work may be simple but I think the personal touch and information I used on every single page makes me feel that this zine is ‘rich’, to me. I think it will be meaningful to Jason, too. However, a third party p.o.v might find this difficult to digest for feeling a lack of involvement. That being said, I am very happy I made this to add to my collection. This was mostly a private work rather than one to be exhibited.

I clipped the page corners to be rounded, apart from the careful selection of the 4 paper types. I like the soft, flimsy but colour-carrying types of paper, so I was careful to choose something that can hold at least acrylic paint/ sharpie ink without seeping through. Yes, I wasted paper to make sure of that.

I paid a lot of attention to the fonts used. I like my work to have a classic yet electrifying look, as if I was a youthful 70-year old. Thus, I incorporated a couple of ‘techno’ fonts that I like to use in my ink typography too.

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Cover Page, Back Cover

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Page 2, Page 7

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Page 6, Page 3

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Page 4, Page 5

2D Final: Zines! Research

Technical Objectives:

  1. Can be cheaply mass-produced, thus efficient. (Economical, Practical!)
  2. Within the limitations of just a home printer and a designing tool, produce something that is attractive enough to be sold. (Efficient, I found my favorite way of doing personal projects!)                                                                                    

Designer Objectives:

  1. “Stand-Alone” Type of Design (Inspired by Azmi the perfect) = No need for gimmicks, just a pure, traditional zine.
  2. Explore one’s original brand of style & be consistent!                                                                                                            Me Dad





3.  Give a personal touch. Most of my projects are too impersonal and very tedious, I think.


  1. Informative – Interesting
  2. Comics – Worth paying $$ for 

3. Semi-collage/scrapbook – Visual Relief


4. Pattern party – (Inspired by Seniors’ Zines!) Classy, Sets the Mood


2D: Point of View (final)


The virtuous but very hungry protagonist chances upon a fifty pence piece which he used on much-needed sugar, fatefully securing his malnourished family a lifetime of food and drink. 











Money to the POV of Charlie Bucket is Opportunity.

  1. Charlie Bucket, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

A victim of great social injustice, the meek protagonist struggles to accept himself and his position in society. Though a mysterious sponsorship alleviates him out of his condition, Pip remains troubled; by the divide between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’.












Money to the POV of Pip is an Identity-Shaper.

2. Philip Pirrip, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1861)


Known for his extreme philosophical fervour, the eccentric land-owner contemplates on how best could he use his land. He is torn between rational pursuit and working in the name of God, but soon discovers the beauty in being ‘simple’.

Money to the POV of Levin is a Sin.

3. Constantine Dmitrich Levin, Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1877)



Shipwrecked on a deserted island, the protagonist is forced to be satisfied with only fulfilling his basic needs. Overtime, his initial want of money diminishes with his decreasing concern for societal validation ; he becomes enlightened about the meaning of life.

Money in the POV of Robinson Crusoe is Trash.

4. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719)


12-year old Dolly is muse to 37-year old Humbert-Humbert, who blames his fixation with young girls on childhood trauma. She plots an escape with the allowance he rewards her, and is seen asking him for a huge sum of money (which he actually does comply) to raise another man’s child, years after her escape.

Money in the POV of Lolita is a Means of Escape.

5. Dolores Haze, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955) 


Scarred by his first love’s flight to an Old Money heir, the obsessed and impulsive protagonist dabbles in shady business for quick but dirty cash, in hopes of buying his girl back.





Money in the POV of Gatsby is Love.

6. Jay Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925)



To make these images, I used 3 phone apps: pixlr, a drawing app (which is deliberately not-updated so it’s no longer the same one on the market) and a regular math-image-plotting app. I drew the images with my index finger, put the text on with pixel, and finally designed the perspectives with the math app.

In constructing the imageries, I paid close attention to the details of the characters’ outfits, pupils, positions, gestures, features . . . all of which reflects the basic stereotypes everyone has of certain types of people. I add in shadows to create value of space and position, which places the protagonist in a certain perspective I want the viewer to see him or her in. I also added highlights to enhance the visual appeal of the image.

The geometry depicts the complex emotions of the protagonists. The quotes are feeling-specific too, of the entire plot of the book. The portrayal of money is to show the viewer exactly how much we are talking about, and the treatment of the money via the extra hand’s gesture.

The third-party hand adds a kind of tension that extracts the viewer from the protagonist’s eyes and also remind us that money is transferred from 1 person to another, not created. Everyone has a point-of-view on money.

Lum Renee: Introduction to “Point of View”!

This is my presentation slides for today, which covers my brainstorming process, my filtered 18 and final 6, as well as my reference artists for this project. I have referred to both internet sources and books for inspiration.

I am planning to do carefree illustrations for the 6 fictional characters I have narrowed down to, using traditional mediums and will decide afterwards if I ought to digitalise them. As for the individual explanations of each 18 chosen lines, I will be uploading them as a quick video with narration. This is to ensure I do not bore you out with laborious explanations for each line I’ve came up with, since the final 6 is the most important ones anyway. All the same, I do not mind being asked questions about each line. Stay tuned!