Amusia (commonly known as “tone deafness”) is a musical disorder that impairs the music perception of 4% of the population. Individuals with severe cases amusia describe music as grating, noisy and unpleasant. An amusia patient even went as far as reporting that music is akin to the banging of pots and pans.

The artwork encapsulates this unique condition by turning classical musical instruments into metal band members. The once melodious and pleasant genre of music is now turned into something that is now the opposite. The grotesque style of the banner represents the distortion of music that these individuals experience.

Final banner:


Final reflection:

Through this module, I was able to expand on my current skillsets for illustration. It has reinforced the importance of sketching out the designs beforehand, so as to be able to play around with it freely, before bringing it over to illustrator. I believe I also found a particular style that I really enjoy, and hope to develop further especially during the holidays. Overall, it was a every rewarding process as we were all able to see our sketches develop from pencil sketches, to an actual banner!

Pattern, art, archi: Finalised motifs + process

Hello! Here is the process for my motifs, and the finalised look for it! My motifs is about making classical musical instruments into “rock band members”. A take on Amusia, where affected individuals hear normal music as something that is noisy, flat and grating.

First step was to create very rough sketches of a variety classical instruments

Next was to start on creating tighter sketches of the chosen instruments which I think have potential. Using the scanner app, took photos of the sketches and moved it into illustrator

Here is an example of how it looks like in illustrator. I separated the hand drawn sketches and illustration into different layers to make it easier to tweak. The pen and selection too were used to redraw the sketches. There are changes that I made within illustrator as it is easier to do so there

The next few images are the finalised motifs!

Oops there is a typo here, it is a saxophone and xylophone

Here are some other illustrations that will help to bring out the concept of “metal band”. I am thinking of adding more elements like guns, roses, textures and other patterns to support the main motifs above