in DV2002-ILLUSTRATION FR DESIGNERS (TUT), Final Project, Process, Research

Inanimate Portraits ~ Process + Final


Questions for Dion

  1. What is a significant memory/representation of yourself? Broken inside and out
    1. Breaking the tip of her pinky from getting kicked from dance at 1am outside a supermarket 
    2. Last year she got a turf toe last year on her left big toe and the same thing happened this year at the same dance event
    3. when i broke my pinky and didnt yet know it was broken, i said “it better be broken because if its only a sprain i feel so stupid/like a pussy bc iT HURTS” then I felt mega british convert bc i did everything with my pinky hyperextended illustrating, drinking from my mug, showering
    4. all that bullying made me grow up really fast mentally, bc it was either i turn into a bitch or turn wise lol and at times i really hated being so ‘wise’ because it’s either to hate than to understand and forgive
  2. Describe habits of yourself
    1. Another thing is that I’m the type to do something i like repeatedly for literal months and then get sick of it. like listening to a song is the basic one, then in periods of my life i’ll eat literally everyday a bowl of oatmeal with water, honey, peanut butter, banana, chia seeds, bits of chocolate or granola. everyday.!!
  3. Do you have a favourite childhood toy/chow chow that you still have now and what does it mean to you/memories you have that ties to it
    1. my real one was a tiny pillow but actually i liked the pillow case and its texture but one day the case was gone and i didnt like the pillow anymore
    2. this green one my mom bought 2 of it for the sofa and i just took it as my own
    3. its a moose but for several months of years i saw it upside down, i thought it was a bee with a weird thing 
      1. It smells like home and it’s not meant to smell good, once you bring it to hall/exchange it doesn’t smell like home anymore 

Questions for myself

  1. What is a significant memory/representation of yourself? 
    1. Kerinci trip; it just really made me love travelling and wanting to see more of the world because I was in so much pain climbing the stupid mountain but it was so worth it in the end
    2. I felt so small in this huge world and found peace in escaping cities. The trip made me grow the appreciation and longings to travel and to live for experiences
  2. Describe habits of yourself
    1. ill listen to a song on repeat within a week till im sick of it and once I was obsessed with overnight oats(oat milk specifically) with bananas and i was once obsessed with running at night because sweating it out before bed was enjoyable 
    2. i always brush my teeth in the shower
  3. Insecurities of myself
    1. that i really dislike being in front of the camera


I decided that I would take the abstract route for this project. Creating a composition each for Dion and I that take on abstract forms of objects extracted from our interview exchange.

the nature of each of our composition reflects our personality in the sense that I am relatively more reserved in sharing in comparison to dion.

  • my compositions comprises of a few smaller parts that metaphorically symbolises “windows” to my personality
  • whereas dion’s composition is more open and active



Visuals of my inanimate portrait:

  • vertical blocked shapes – to represent city landscape (having grown up in hong kong, the city landscape is something I miss often)
  • mountain and nature forms in the bottom – my love for travelling and nature
  • hand outlines in the middle – to express that i really dislike being in front of the camera “dont take a photo of me!”


Visuals of dion’s portrait:

  • a bowl in the bottom – to represent her daily oat bowl
  • pinky forms – to represent her broken finger
  • many circular forms – to represent her struggles she had with her weight and “yo-yo” dieting over the years of growing
  • fluid forms – to represent her passion for freestyle dancing