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2D Project #3: Process

Initially I planned to draw and colour using comic markers. And I did halfway, only to realise how tiring and time consuming it was.

So I did the sleeping beauty and Snow White in copic, and the rest are digitally coloured:

Snow White:

“I have quite a potential, but if I find an easier alternative, I’d rather do it that way.”

This was coloured with copic markers

I completed the rest of the panels.

Sleeping beauty:

“I am hardworking, but if given the opportunity, I’d rather not be.”


“I complain a lot, but at family gatherings, I shut up.”

Cinderella was the most morbid strip cause the mouse was forcefully stuffed into her mouth to ‘shut herself up’. Initially I just wanted cinderella to bow her head down and mop the floor quietly— but that was too normal.

3 Little Pigs:

“I always give my best, but if I face hardship, I crumble.”

Coloured on photoshop


From the start, I knew I wanted to have soft, pastel watercolour backgrounds. So I collected these from google.

At first I tried square backgrounds.

But I felt like they were too plain. So I tried circles, which were more messier and playful. Also, the squares looked too constricted and ordered. Didn’t like that.

Thus, circles it is:


2D Project #3: Fairytales

I love love love childhood stories and Disney princess movies so I decided to work on them in this third project. Of course, to make it less boring, my story plots will come end with a twist.

I worked backwards: I listed down my  personalities/reactions and situations first and then thought about the suitable characters. So I came up with these characters:


-Sleeping beauty (cause I like to sleep)

-3 little pigs

-Snow White

Situations I came up with:

-Easier opportunities/short cuts

-under pressure

-family gatherings

-facing hardship/difficulty


2D Project #2: Forrest Gump // Digital Process

At the start I had trouble even solidifying any concrete ideas, so I broke down my quotes and focused on the main words (IN BOLD). Then I brainstormed what would best represent them.

  1. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.

Nothing: Black backdrop, Empty bottle/Jar/Wine glass, empty hands

Fox: Fox head, Fox tail, Fox silhouette

Hundred thousand: literally lots of foxes in the background, water droplets

So I first tried the composition with an Empty Wine glass:

After threshold effect on Photoshop

Added a fox tail:

Completed the background with lots of other foxtails:

Hold on, this doesn’t seem right- it looks like shit let’s just scrap this. Maybe we should try hands.

Added Background and the fox tail:

This time I tried using water droplets

Loved how it turned out, but when I think back about the quote, it doesn’t truly portray it. The quote “to you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes” is meant to be lonely and sad.

So (sadly), I scraped this idea too as the use of hands made it seem like they’re protecting the fox. Next, I tried an empty milk jar, but used the same background:

Again, it doesn’t feel quite right so I played around with composition and came up with a zoomed in one.


OK so then I added in the fox tail:

I liked this concept so I tried a different composition:

Nah, let’s stick to the first one

In the end I stuck to the first one as it seems more lonely and the empty milk jar is placed at the centre of attention, really emphasising the ‘nothingness’.

2. What he now felt was the fear of his own oblivion. It was as though he did not exist.

Fear: Zombies, Scary stuff, Blood, fire

Oblivion: Black backdrop, Cracks

Did not exist: incomplete lines. faded lines, incomplete heart

I first went with a heart being engulfed by fire. It was quite lame and embarrassing but since we need to record our process down, here it is:

A big NO from me

This didn’t really portray the quote well so let’s move on.

I found this top half of a man(sort of)…He looks scary and zombie-ish so I used him:

I combined a cracked background and a fiery smokey one for fun to see how it goes:

After combining them and changing it to Half-tone

Added the Zombie guy in:

Something from the quote was missing- his own oblivion. So I literally made a copy of him and made his copy ‘faded’.

There wasn’t much contrast so I chose a lighter background:

After that I was still wondering whether I could incorporate the heart somehow:

Preferred him literally staring at ‘himself’ as it looked cooler and its a more symbolic approach of staring at your own oblivion.

3. In that moment his whole disgust for mankind rose up again within him and completely soured his triumph.

Disgust: puking mouth, cracks

Mankind: Chess pieces, Tie

Triumph: Light bulb, Light

I imagine ‘mankind’ to be attacking the light bulb, circling it:


Combined the two:

The background seems too plain to I tried adding cracks:

The chess pieces look like they are projecting away from the bulb, so I decided to collect individual chess symbols and arrange them myself. I also added in a tie to create a more interesting visual variety.

I figured using a broken light bulb will be better to project the ‘completely soured his triumph’ part.


After thresholding and a few arrangements:

4. For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words.

Close their eyes: Mask, Hand over eye, Eyes closed

Greatness: Crown, King, Trophy

Beauty: Rose, flowers

Melodies or Deceiving words: Alphabets, Crooked lines, distorted musical symbols

First googled and searched for masks I can use. Here are a few:

In the end I chose this mask:

The idea of using a gas mask instead of theatre or drama masks gives the idea that the ‘greatness, horrors, beauty, melodies and deceiving words’ are toxic and the character is forced to mask himself.

It’s more of a life and death situation, and not a choice, which is exactly how I want to project the quote.

I arranged the alphabets, flowers and crown in a way that there is a strong circular directional force, all going in toward the character.

The composition looked weird as the elements are very different and looked separated.

I thought it would look better with lines

I had a better idea, where I used distorted musical lines to ‘join’ the elements together:





2D Project #2: Forrest Gump // QUOTEZzz

SO we had to choose 4 movie quotes and play with B&W compositions. I had a lot of quotes to choose from but I tried my best cut it down to  4:

1.  “To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.” -The Little Prince

2. “What he now felt was the fear of his own oblivion. It was as though he did not exist.” -Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

3. “In that moment his whole disgust for mankind rose up again within him and completely soured his triumph.” –Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

4. “For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words.” –Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

^I really really really love this movie, thus, 3 quotes from it.

Project #1 4D: FINAL (suffering is over)


The state of undergoing immense pain, distress or hardship.

If I were to visualise ‘suffering’ in my head, I’d picture sharp thin tangents intersecting and cutting through one other. Maybe there’d be splatters of blood too.

To get those ‘splatters’ in the middle of the strip, I used soap. From my experimenting, soap makes great dry brush texture.

The splatters also act as a ‘connecting’ medium that connects the two ends of the strip, so that the two masses of ink are not seen as separate.

To get the sharp tangents/lines, I use a pointed palette knife. I got some tears along the process.

Clumsy me accidentally ripped the right end of the paper off but I guess the effect pushed the definition of suffering even more HAHA.

So here are the close ups:


Accumulated desire for someone or something.

Longing is a feeling that builds up over time, and with each passing day it grows stronger. Like flower petals, they grow and bud, only to be dispersed and face eternal disappointment in the end.  I used dried baby breaths to create this.

Often used at weddings, Baby breaths symbolize everlasting love, pureness, and innocence. Ironically, I will be using it to portray marks of sadness and yearning.

I used the bunch of petals to create wispy lines.

As I approach the end of the strip, I apply more pressure so that the marks gradually get visually ‘heavier’.

To create the ‘spots’, I shake the bouquet vigorously and allow small splatters of ink to drop.




Strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant.

It’s a strong repulsive emotion but one gets used to it- over time it just disappears or fades.  I used glue to get this effect.

Scooped glue onto paper and mixed ink with a palette knife.


Used the palette knife to even out the glue and create a ‘fade’ at the end. The glue dries glossy so the end product looks wet and ew undecided (yay, disgusting!)




Viewing things in a positive or calm light.

Circles, round and enclosed, are comforting and suggest completeness. I cut up aluminium foil into different sizes of circles and pasted them on white paper. I chose aluminium due to its sheen and I like the fact that the aluminium reflects light off. It’s just really calming to stare at.

At first, I used black paper as I thought black would really bring out contrast and accentuate the shine of the foil. However, I find that black paper makes the work quite depressing so I switched to white.

Using an ‘open composition’ where some circles are cropped out of the frame. This creates a more fun and interesting composition.

Adding more circles to complete.

Close up:



Unexpected and uncontrollable feeling, sudden without warning.

Nothing beats SURPRISE(!!!) like random splats of white against a black backdrop.  The splatters extend out of the frame, without boundary or control. Compared to the other works, this technique was left to chance (I had to re-do the splats a lot of times because they didn’t turn out nice). I used string dipped in white ink to create this.

I used two bundles of string- one long and one short.

Short bundle of string

Short strings don’t really create a SPLAT effect, but more of a elaborate pattern. So, for the most part of the work, I used the long strings.

All I really did was a lot of flinging, so there’s nothing much to explain….So let the pictures do the talking-


The final product^




Growing anxiety, aggravated over time.

I picture nervousness like countless tiny organisms building up and attacking your gut. Sometimes they combine and grow into big blotches of monsters and gnaw you from the inside.


I used string and ink to create this work. I did not fling the string like I did for ‘Surprise’.

Using less ink at the start, then more ink as I work along the strip to ‘build up’:






Project #1: Everyday materials


The sponge was the first material I used. The rough part of the sponge made more sketchy, thin and broken lines. They look a bit like dry brush effect. 

Blotching the sponge on newsprint

The effect I got was more haphazard. Next, I tried the smoother side of the sponge. More of a bold, strong stroke as this side of the sponge was able to absorb more ink.

Strong diagonal bold stroke, as if there is upward movement

I also tried soaking the sponge into the container of ink, and then squeezing the sponge over the paper. This time, I diluted the ink with a little water.

The result was just black drips of ink. Nothing spectacular. I tried to make something more positive(?) and clean cut. I diluted the ink too.

I didn’t like the idea of it being faded so I used saturated ink next.

I prefer it saturated as it comes out bolder and more eye-catching.

Next, palette knife.

I used the sharp edges of the palette knife first and scraped it roughly onto the newsprint. Occasionally there were some tears on the newsprint but I liked the concept of the little tears. Again, the thin sketchy lines along with the tears gave a haphazard effect.

After which, I used the flatter side of the palette knife. A thick, bold straight line was created.

Next I dipped a piece of kook crunch into ink. It has a rough surface and it can’t absorb ink very well so I had trouble even creating ink marks on the newsprint.

So I let the koko crunch soak in the ink for a few minutes and tried again.

The ink came off richer and looked like a crayon effect. The kook crunch became way too soggy to even hold later on so I threw it away.

So I guess these ‘materials’ are more personal to me compared to the above daily items. I see the marks as ‘self-portraits’ as they’re products/results of my bodily parts. But whatever it is, I had fun!!!

The first thing I did was to play with hair. It was quite tricky as I only collected so little strands(mistake no.1), and it didn’t really leave any prominent marks. So I really dipped the whole bunch of hair into the tub of ink, to the point that there was too much ink to even create intricate ‘hair’ marks(mistake no. 2):

Too little strands 🙁
Too much ink, so the marks were just big awkward blobs of ink
Much regrets

Thus I don’t think hair would be of much use to me. I didn’t really fancy the bog blobs, so I moved on to use my hands.

I dipped my palms and fingers into ink and wiped the excess onto tissue. I wouldn’t want dark obvious hand prints.

I first smudged my finger tips, as if I’m ‘wiping’ off the ink and cleaning my hands
I moved my hands from left to right whilst wiping
As I continued wiping, the ink became more faded and became wispy

I like the wispy and faded effect created so I might consider having this element in my final work.

String timeeeee!!

Next, I dipped string into the container of ink. I flung the string onto the paper to leave everything to chance(lol). Surprisingly the effect came out pretty cool, having some overlaps and even creating weird organic marks.

I continued this fun process of constant flinging and picking till I was satisfied with the effect:



Splattered effect
Allowing drops of ink to drip from the string
Cool random patterns made

I started dragging the string around. It was quite therapeutic. Do watch this therapeutic process!:

I also tried making repetitive patterns with the string. They turned out like flowers and I LOVE IT!!! I’m probably going to implement this element in one of my final emotions.

I then tried pressing the string on a black painted Lino pad using a roller.

I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone. I tainted the roller with black paint too, so that both sides of the paper had marks. This is the top:

This is the bottom:

I personally like the bottom one more cause it’s interesting with the intersecting lines and varied textures.


So then I tried making marks with soap. I first dipped a small part into the ink, then dragged the bar of soap across the paper. I find that the soap makes great dry brush texture:

Dry-brush texture

After a few strokes and messing up the paper, I find parts of the soap starting to dissolve into the ink. This made the ink on paper develop a chalky effect. The paper also smelled nice.

Chalky effect

If I press hard enough, bits of the soap will come off and dry with the ink. This creates a kind of bumpy texture.

Finally, I dipped the whole bar into the container of ink. This resulted in wider and bolder dry brush strokes.

More defined and bolder strokes

I combined the different techniques above. I tried to make haphazard marks to suit a negative emotion. Feel free to watch the short clip below(click the link) of me having fun with the soap!


Next, glue.

I first squeezed glue onto a palette and slowly added the ink. I used a palette knife to mix both and apply on paper, but I realised this process was too slow for me. So I just squeezed glue straight onto the newsprint.

Using a palette knife to spread
Added more ink to darken

The ink became super shiny and made abstract ‘marble’ patterns. The palette knife didn’t give me the thick, blotchy effect that I expected so I used my hands.

The more glue I added, the more faded and translucent the ink.

Next, I took some dry flowers. I dipped the flowers into ink and dotted it onto the newsprint. Tiny cute organic spots are made!

Next, I dragged the dried bouquet across the paper. They appear very tangled and give a strong sense of direction.

I dipped the bouquet in ink again and rattled it over the newsprint, so that the ink will drip and fling off. The spots created are smaller and random, as compared to the manual, careful dotting. I prefer this effect more.

Next I tried making marks on aluminium foil.

Using dried flowers to create splatters
Creating tears along the foil
Pasting foil onto black paper to see contrast
Ink dries shiny on foil

That’s all for now!sealed







Project #1: Artist reference + Emotions

“Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns, and textures we create ​in a piece of art. It applies to any art material on any surface, not only paint on canvas or pencil on paper.”

-by Marion Boddy-Evans, July 05, 2017


  • Yves Klein, 1960, anthropometry performance

    Smearing paint using the female body. Some of the paint marks evidently produce the female figure, while some are just long smears of paint. I admire how Klein has pushed the boundaries of the human body, where the models’ bodies were dipped in paint, pushed, dragged and rolled around. Here, the human body is no longer just a container for survival, but also a medium to create art.

  • Mona Hatoum, 1998, Untitled(Wheelchair)

I admire this work especially as the work revolves around irony. Two contrasting entities- A wheelchair and knives- are put together to become a unified body. The wheelchair signifies the idea of aid and life, while the knives connote the notion of death and violence. Taking this idea, I wish to make marks with items that have contrasting ideals with Ink. For example, soap and sponges, where they are regarded as cleaning mediums and tools. Ironically, in this project, they are used to make messy marks with black ink.

TA-DAAAH So here are the 6 emotions I would like to choose:

The state of undergoing immense pain, distress or hardship
Accumulated desire for someone or something
Strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant. It's a strong repulsive emotion but one gets used to it- over time it just disappears/fades.
Viewing things in a positive/calm light
Unexpected and uncontrollable, sudden without warning
Growing anxiety, like countless little organisms accumulated over time