2D Ego: Final Product in Blue & Gold

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Stag + Doe = A Complete/Balanced Me

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Close-up of the Stag

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Close-up of the Doe

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Fiance ÷ Space = A Present/Independent Me

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Close-up of Fiance

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Fitness X Meditation = A Better Me

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Close-up of Meditation

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Close-up of Poetry Representation Nature – Poetry = A Realistic Me

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Close-up of Nature Representation

2D Ego: Draft 1 of Project!

Foreword

I am mostly undecided on whether I should employ paint to my services, or frame the pencil image with a thick black marker line before glittering out the background.  Either way, I still intend to glitter out the background. It enlightens the image of applebeloved’s ego. Aptly.

I’m thinking of using the “primary” colours that is blue, red and yellow. Yellow, not green. Green because it is my favorite colour of all since I was a child. It would be too . . . exposing of my mind. I like a little . . . dose of delusion in my work.

So here are my images featuring the splendid dining table at home.

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Jason ÷ Space = A Very Sad Me

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Nature – Poetry = A Realistic Me

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Stag + Doe = A Complete Me

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Fitness X Meditation = A Better Me

2D Rhyme: High Contrast Images for Humpty Dumpty

BREAKING DOWN THE RHYME

I have a rough plan for what I intend to do with the nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty“. The rhyme revolves around a tragedy (“Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.“) and subsequently, a loss (“Couldn’t put Humpty together again.“). There is an element of helplessness even with powerful protectors and powerful men such as the King’s men and King’s horses. But that’s mostly a surface-level analysis.

Firstly we have to ask ourselves questions: Why was the most unstable of forms, an egg (although anthropomorphic), sitting on the wall? Why were the King’s horses and King’s men summoned to help this egg creature? What’s a “Humpty Dumpty“? What do these things represent?

In my opinion, I see it in a political light. The “Humpty Dumpty” could supposedly refer to the ignorant, foolish civilian who is prone to making lousy decisions for the state or even himself, and only has himself to blame.

Helplessness? More like purposeful lack of preparation and doing what’s only necessary . . . for oneself. The state, despite understanding the nature of the ignorant civilians, chose not to prepare for the ugly consequences that would happen someday in order to save their own strength at the moment. The act of appearing right after the tragedy has happened is merely for show (even though the King himself does not bother to present himself anyway).

Everyone is fundamentally selfish, and the rhyme acknowledges that. Rather, the moral we can take away from this is that we have to be self-accountable and fend for ourselves instead of relying on others.

WHAT I INTEND TO REPRESENT

I intend to retain the same lessons to take away from the nursery rhyme. There will be a nice blend of medieval imagery (to keep the nostalgia in) and use of a modern context (via iconic references). Here are some of the images I found and edited.

the_mad_high_priest_by_mowinkel-d4lav09 esa20006f6 skull_city Humptydumpty 01 Irreparable 01 Emotion 05 Emotion 03 Humpty 02 Hiroshima Humpty 01 Kingsmen 05 Irreparable 02 kingsmen 03

2D RHYME: A Rough Idea

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Heard we were going to do a project on nursery rhymes, and was immediately reminded of my sister’s art piece for her AP exam. Nursery rhymes often has a diabolical aspect to it despite its moralistic intentions e.g. losing one’s thumb, or breaking one’s neck. Probably sinister in this age, but much more common in the olden days where people were less worrisome, overprotected and more outgoing. So it’s all about the context. Rather than making nursery rhymes look all hauntingly beautiful as the norm, I shall try to make it look somewhat pragmatic by providing the missing logic links (due to the generation gap). That’s not to say i would take away the charm of nursery rhymes – i will enhance it with . . . sardonic humour.

2D: Lines Process Journal (Transferred from Hard-copy)

(Transferred from Hard-copy)

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A rough plan of what the lines should typically look like, and went on to explore from there.

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Trying out on different types of paper with all sorts of tools. No limits!

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Drying the papers and allowing the more inky ones to flow a little .. .

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Work table

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Going organic

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Using a fork and a syringe

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Having experimented with multiple kinds of black inks/paints/dyes, i found that dried up chinese ink creates a shiny finish . . desirable.

2D: Lines Greatest Influence (transferred notes from hard-copy journal)

(Transferred notes from Hard copy Journal)

I found most of my inspiration for this project from one of my favorite contemporary artists, James R.Eads, who was born in 1989, Los Angeles. He had his college education at Skidmore before rising in popularity on social media e.g. Tumblr and Instagram for his (Van Gogh – like) illustrations.

This is his webpage: James R.Eads Illustration

Alternatively, his tumblr: James R.Eads Tumblr

The most distinctive feature of his works is his “reductive” approach in line-making (and thus, images). He does this from a largely black background, and creates the illusion of an image with lighter outlines.

 

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This is my final product. As you can see, I have adopted his approach in making a number of my lines, usually in emotions that have a dark or intense personality e.g. anxious, exhausted. But there’s more to it than the approach of making the lines.

There is the element of “expansion” in his lines, an effect that creates both space and void. He does so by playing around with the size of his lines, the amount of white and black in each region and the direction of his lines. Although most of his work is done digitally, I am inspired to try them out via monoprinting and the more traditional/fundamental methods.

 

 

 

2D Final Cuts (03): New Textured-Paper Pieces!

After a number of experiments (using new techniques) on many different types of paper (rice, calligraphy, newsprint, drawing, printing, glossy), I found the best techniques for each type of paper and made my “textured” pieces. The medium used was Chinese Ink. When dried, the ink becomes slightly glossy.

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Fine grain Drawing Paper, Bottle Caps & Fingerprints.

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Calligraphy Paper, Homemade miniature Paintball Gun.

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Rice Paper, Pinkies & Spray Bottle.

MUJI Newsprint, Flick the Paintbrush & Spray Bottle.

MUJI Newsprint, Flick the Paintbrush & Spray Bottle.

Regular Copier Paper, Paintbrush & Pen (hand-drawn).

Letter-writing Paper, Paintbrush & Pen (hand-drawn).

Newsprint, Dabbing with Toliet Paper

Newsprint, Dabbing with Toliet Paper.

 

 

 

2D Final Cuts (02): Emotional Inspiration for Lines Creation

Anxious: U.N Owen was Her

Embarrassed: Salut d’Amour Op.12, Edward Elgar

Bizarre: Turkish March (Music Box), Mozart

Exhausted: Warette, Rima

Fragile: I Love You, Woodkid

Systematic: Where Are Ü Now, Skrillrex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber

Lyrical: Guilty, Al Bowlly

Turbulent: Carnivore, Giselle

Nonsensical: Luna, Bombay Bicycle Club

Psychotic: Waltz No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich

Ambiguous: Chopin Style Arrangement – Howl’s Moving Castle OST

Distracted: Fantasie Impromptu Op. 66, Chopin

Sensual: Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky

Sloven: Breezeblocks, Alt-J (∆)

Spontaneous: – (literally spontaneous) –

Aggressive: Smells like Teen Spirit, Nirvana

Awkward: Itsuka wa Romansu

Indecisive: Chou Wasabi, Julien Dore feat. Mickey Green

2D Final Cuts (01): Personal History in Line Creation

Although I never had an official arts education, I have always been passionately curious about exploring the realm of visual-to-mind stimulation. Some of my works (done solely on my phone with my finger since I’m a poorly-equipped artist for now) are shown below. These were made in my free time during the June – July period, and submitted as part of my portfolio to La Salle and ADM. I was granted admission to both schools.

 

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I like to make huge contrasts by playing with the size of the imprints, with a relatively smooth, gradual transition rather than erratically placed marks. Some are lighter and some, noticeably darker. I like my lines bold and expressive when creating darker moods, e.g. Bizarre, Anxious, Psychotics, Aggressive . . . Perhaps it reflects on how I express my darker emotions; Powerful, invasive & overwhelming.                                                                                    -01: Mad man in Red 

 

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01: Turbulent

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01: Systematic

 

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I may have used a black background and worked from there in this piece, but in traditional practice, it would be employing the reductive approach of creating the patterns I desire.  It creates a passive setting for a more distant emotion e.g. distracted, exhausted, lyrical.                                                                                                                                                             -02: Highway to the Unknown

 

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02: Distracted

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Packing lots of lines in different directions and textures (created by contrasting sizes in dots) in one frame may create a busy atmosphere, which is perfect for moods that veer towards moods that are more complicated with multiple implications e.g. indecisive, nonsensical, ambiguous.                                                                                                                                                                            -03: Childhood Lovers 

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03: Indecisive

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By varying the sizes of the imprints to give an illusion of one being in the foreground or background, we establish a multi-planar space. Some shapes are more obvious than others, and this helps create focus in an image. Thus, it is much like the feeling of making a spontaneous decision in spite of the many choices available to us.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    -04: Illusion of the Give or Take 

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04: Spontaneous

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By drawing clear borders and directions, we create movement which are similar to moods that are more dynamic and easy to identify e.g. embarrassed, awkward, aggressive.                                                                                                                                                                                      -05: Lasso-ing Dreams 

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05: Embarrassed

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05: Awkward

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Layering one picture over another like a collage is almost like a build-up of emotions and experiences e.g. exhausted, psychotic. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and tiring to hold it within, leading to a lapse in control e.g. sloven.                                                       -06: The Castle of Dreams 

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06: Sloven

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06: Exhausted