Category: Research

Ego: Artist References


An artist duo. One line minimalism,deconstruction.

These 2 artists are known for their minimalist distinctive single line drawing. They deconstructs a complex imagery into two-dimensional minimalist art. I really liked how they could create such an impactful illustration in a form of minimalism. Their works inspires me alot but drawing a single line without stopping might be too difficult for me to achieve.


An illustrator and makes collages of herself.

Her illustrations reflects much about herself and her interests. It is a combination of collages of real images and her own doodly illustrations.  Most of her works, she used varieties of colors without a fixed color scheme. I really liked her style as it looks quirky and fun!

he’s an illustrator in UK. Most of his works have a fixed color scheme, such as complementary color scheme or analogous color scheme, etc.
Some of his works are taken at a unique perspective (such as the previous 2 images), which I personally think that is the focus point and makes it more interesting. I really liked a view from a high perspective as it is different.
He used analogous color scheme, shades of pink, purple and a hint of orange. I intended to use this color scheme too, but of different intensity and tone.
A Paris-based illustrator. And his most popular award wining series is what captures my attention and inspires me alot too! The series, Neighbours, in which he illustrates the various characters he spots while watching nosily from the window of his Paris apartment. Subjects include a bewildered-looking window cleaner, a raucous-looking house party – a collection which makes me feel like as if I am in London, part of this busy happening street with much activities.
His choice of colors are amazing. I’m intrigued at how the overall composition and the whole series looks like. There is a constant theme throughout and the use of colors also creates a focus for a certain part of the illustrations. This color scheme is complementary harmony which consists of different shades/ tones of blue and orange.
Some of his works also includes outline of the drawings, which doesn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is a style that he created and makes it cartoon-ish.

Exploring colours

Color is one of the most basic tools to communicate thoughts, feelings, and emotions. So, I’ll be exploring more about colours and colour theory.

Color wheel describes the relationships between colors. It shows primary, secondary, complementary and intermediate colors. 

The colour wheel is a basic but completely essential tool for combining colours.

Primary colours – red, yellow and blue02a

Secondary colours – mixing the primary colours02b

Warm coloursred, orange, yellow (vibrant and energetic)

Cool coloursgreen, blue and violet  (calm and tranquility)

Colour has three properties: hue, value and intensity (saturation)



And three basic colour concepts: tints, shades and tones

Now, moving on to the colour harmonies

 Complementary colors opposite each other on the color wheelImage credit: [TwoTales](


Analogous – colours lie next to each other on the colour wheelImage credit: [TwoTales](


Triad – colours are those that are evenly spaced out around the colour wheel

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Split-Complementary a base colour, then uses the two adjacent colours as its complement. Image credit: [TwoTales](


Last but not least, CMYK & RGB. 

CMYK is subtractive – add more colours it eventually turns black.

(cyan, magenta, yellow and black) For printing.

RGB is a additive, projected light color system.

(red, green, blue) For web design.




Images used

Moreno, C. (2017). A brief, animated lesson on color theory. Retrieved from

Cowan, K. (2017). Essential Colour Guide for Designers: Understanding Colour Theory. Retrieved from


Artist reference: Dan Hillier

Dan Hillier is well known for his black line engraving and steam-punk style in his art work. He likes to combine elements of the Victorian era and his fascination for animals in his work. His work is characterized by depictions of fantastical human/animal hybrids, spliced together with late-1800s imagery. Hillier’s beautiful, classically rooted images find their power in their unsettling effect, as they seamlessly blur distinctions normally implied by reality.

When I look through his works, I can see that he was trying to produce images that provoke humour, wonder and surreal.  He likes to sift through source material from old books and illustrations, which can be seen by those 1800s imagery. Nearly all of his work comprises totemic or iconographical combinations of human, animal, plant and mineral forms.

 He even uses the Gestalt theory of Pragnanz, using two eagle eyes to form an image of a human face. I really hoped to use the Gestalt principle in my upcoming designs, though it will be definitely difficult- to make a good one.

He bends many different elements into a cohesive whole that becomes an expression of his imagination. It is simply an enjoyable way to make pictures- which what I felt during this whole journey of printmaking assignment and editing of pictures/collages.


Movie Quotes

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

By the Joker- The Dark Knight

From a korean drama called “Flower Boys Next Door”

Harry Potter- “My master has given me a sock. Master has presented Dobby with clothes. Dobby is free!”

from Beauty and the Beast

from Inception movie by Leonardo dicaprio

Bad Teacher (2011)