Project 3: Ego (Final)

Here are my completed files! Somehow, the colours here are much different compared to how it looks like in the original files.

Project Ego: Final PDF

Let me explain you to more details of my work and my thinking behind it!


First row: 

City dweller + nature lover = drained out

For the city dweller, I wanted to show how I feel like a machine in the city. That is me being “wrung dry” and hung like another piece of asset in the society. For nature lover, I placed my head on top of a tree bark of represent how I feel that we are all born out of earth, and I just feel so at home there. This results in me being drained out, and like tea, me losing my flavour in the hot water.

Second row: 

Tired + Circle of friends = Being myself

My personal favourite! Me being tired and need something to function. Added the lives and points as another touch, as I feel sometimes in life it is like a game. A game to get the highest points possible. Next is my friends, which I placed in a circle to represent coins (geddit? circle of friends haha). And lastly. the famous wave. But I added a twist, which is to insert words representing my story and life into the waves. Also showing that when I am with my friends I can really be myself and talk a lot!

Initially, I wanted to put real personal stories into the waves. But I tried and realised that the font size is too small to read anyway, and it does not look very appealing to have a larger font size.


Are you still with me? We have two more rows left!

Row three: 

Flawed person + Other people’s feelings = trying to be a better person

I feel that this row is more self explanatory. Does not have as much double meaning other than the heart and the air pump, which represents me trying to make my heart bigger!

Row 4: 

Digitally inclined + Foundation drawing = Catching no balls

Me climbing up the ladder to the digital world where I belong, and the nude models in foundation drawing class (read the posters at the back btw) = to me catching no balls. But I decided to go crazy a little and I used tacos instead! I was inspired my the catching sandwich games that I used to play when I was a kid, and always fail to win the game haha

Kind of something like this!

Kind of something like this!




Pixelated but you are able to see the colour and how I added the textures in the end!



Here are how my boards look like beforehand too!

Some of the works which I explored and dumped:

Wanted to put cactuses on my tongue than in the pill but changed my idea hehe

Wanted to put cactuses on my tongue than in the pill but changed my idea hehe

Wanted to use this for the "City dweller" board

Wanted to use this for the “City dweller” board

The first sketch of my self portrait

The first sketch of my self portrait, which I did not quite like 

Sketch of people

Sketch of people

Playing around before i settled with the factory idea

Playing around with the city dweller frame again before I settled with the factory idea


I guess one I thing that I can take away from this project is to explore more methods. I am quite the digital person, so doing physical work is something that is quite foreign to me.

Here are some things I found online that I could have did:

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These are all just the tip of the iceberg, perhaps I can play with lights and different materials as well. Especially since this is ADM and my last few chances to really explore, I am motivated to do and try out new things for my upcoming projects for the next semester!


Still happy with what I produced and looking forward to more improvements!

Onto the holidays!



Project 3: Ego (Process)

Hello! This is one of the last few projects of our semester and I elated to receive it because I can finally touch on purely creating illustration, which I have always wanted to do but don’t got the time to.

We are tasked to create 4 rows of Me + Social setting = imagined outcome.

First steps: Inspirations

Currently, I am really into a particular style. Which is playful, bright, and kind of pop art style. I am also having a phase where I am in love with pink, purple, and blue hues.

Therefore, certain illustrators like Martina Paukova, Rachel Denti and Henn Kim really appeal to me. I also snooped through to give me more ideas to creatively express myself. Here is my Pinterest board of illustrations that really helped me formulate my final product:


I pinned most of the artists work that I said above! I am in love with the colours here! View more at

Loving how the colours are in these pins, and how the artists manage to convey their messages through very quirky and interesting ways.

Rachel Denti

Rachel Denti

I especially like her series in the first row, where the style is very bold and in your face.  Loving how she worked with different shades of purple as well!

Henn Kim works

Henn Kim works

Love the way he expresses in the illustrations! I also enjoyed its simplicity with its black and white colour scheme.

My current favourite - Marina Paukova

My current favourite – Marina Paukova

These are where I got my inspirations for my self portraits, I like the way the body is drawn with its lengthy arms and legs. I combined it with Rachel Denti’s style of facial features and of course referenced it with my own face!

Colour scheme:

Then went on to explore my colour schemes. After trying various combinations, I picked 3 colours came from Martina Paukova’s work. Then, used to generate more. It is a very good site that helps you generate colours easily and is my personal favourite as it is so simple. You can check it out if you want to! This is the colour combination that I confirmed and stuck through for my entire project:


My colours and its codes!

From the beginning, I was already in love with this colour set and stuck with it all the way. Though you can tell in my final piece that I do favour certain colours over the rest, and used some as complimentary colours.

The planning stage


Then I came up with a set of titles for my specific Artboards and drew it out on paper in class:

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After that, I started to illustrate some of it!


This was to represent relaxing in holidays!


Messy home


Personality switches on (when i am with friends)

However, there was a problem. After doing a few more boards (which I did not manage to capture much to my dismay), I realised that my work is quite direct and not as interesting as it could be. As you can see from the images above, I initially plan for holiday = plane, relax = beach, dog = dog. Which was rather plain in my opinion.

On top of it, I was very unsatisfied because it really looks too much like the works of the artists I referenced, and I felt that I had no originality and creativity.

I decided to stop what I was doing and reformulate the boards and titles. I decided to make it more visually funny and have a double meaning. This process took me quite long and I put this project at the back of my mind to marinate and formulate as I completed the other assignments.

My illustration workspace, messy as I was experimenting and throwing/adding ideas into the boards.

Werk werk werk werk werk

Werk werk werk werk werk

But I think all the second guessing and time spent to improve is worth it! Next post is my finalized boards and how I can improve on it!