REFLECTIONS: From the start to end, it was a ride worth taking. This is the first 2d project which I am not very proud of. I blame this on the fact that I had a creative block for the longest time for this project, resulting in ideas that seem rather dry. Not going to lie, this was one of my most disappointing projects yet.

NONETHELESS, I will use this opportunity to really work on both my strengths and weaknesses. I would need to figure out how to work around the mental breakdowns I too often have. I would also have to practice and put more time into learning illustrator on my own.

More technically speaking, this project allowed me to really see how important balance and boundless typography can be. It is not just a set of letters made up of vectors. It can be a setting, a play on images or a space even. This project allowed me to see the alphabets we see everyday in a different light as they can be manipulated into every way possible like other pieces of art.

Till the next Que Sera.


For my first and most daunting project out of the four typographic layouts, I first got inspired by the Print as shown below. Especially the letter V. This became the base of my first print as well as my first illustrator experiment.

With regards to the layout and style of the letter V as shown, I researched more into other flat lay art works. Then I encountered one of the many artworks by Malika Favre. It is the first time I attempt to do an Artwork without any borderlines.
"June" Illustration for the Gifted 2012 calendar | Illustrator: Malika Favre | Get it here - <a href="http://www.gftd.co" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">www.gftd.co</a>Malika Favre - On The Draw - Handsome Frank Illustration Agency:
I wanted to work with my nickname as opposed to my initials: VAL

I then came up with this three items to represent my name:

  1. V – Hull of the Ship.
  2. A – Top down view of a Mountain.
  3. L – L-shaped Boat deck.

For the letter V, I tried to recreate the shape of the hull in the first example. Even adding additional shapes to hint at shadows. This proved to be quite frustrating as I did not know how to group the shapes well enough as I could not manipulate them separately as and when I wanted them.

For the Mountain to represent A, I found it difficult to envision the folds and crevasses of the mountains from a top-down perspective, what more in a flat 2 dimensional plane.
 :  <- This example I found on Pinterest proved to be too realistic, therefore I used the following example instead.
ringo55: efg’s brain. (via kippi0404):

This encouraged me to create the mountain with patches on one side and having three shades of different colors to make it SEEM like a mountain!

As for the letter L, I was heavily influenced by the first Malika Favre example as shown above (the red deck). With that, I added a little beach chair to accompany the hat and towel on the boat!


For this, I wanted to stay true to the nature of the botanic paintings so I painted my plants by hand.

Artichoke with section - great color combination to use for a room! http://www.newmexico.org/listing/?lid=22737:
After trying out both mushrooms and leaves and flowers, I realized Foliage (ferns, branches etc.) are more natural looking when I manipulate the typography into my name VAL. Therefore, I incorporated different types of foliage and small notes to bring in a more documentation feel.

THIRDLY, I created my own NEON SIGN!

At first, I wanted to use glow sticks however I figured that they would not last, and they are unbendable.

THEN I ENCOUNTERED A WIRE CALLED EL WIRE. I then looked up on how do i go about pinning it to a white board.

My fave thing is that it looks as cool during the day, as it does lit up at night! Step and supplies after the break, and stay tuned for the more advanced Neon Light Bulb with a concrete base (complete with a DIY Kit)!   Source>:

I personally tried to wire the el wire onto ANOTHER wire, however, it was too bouncy and I could not attach it to a board therefore i tried this alternative method!

One of the coolest DIY tutorial's around: create a neon sign with EL Wire:


Image result for vintage college typo
For this typo set, I superimposed the rugby ball ^ onto my name, VAL in the Vintage Typo College font you normally use for rugby sports gear etc.
I then went ahead to take a photo of the SINGAPORE NATIONAL STADIUM WHERE I LONG TO PLAY MY GAME and edited it to be a richer colour as compared to this overexposed picture as seen in the final picture.

Meta Final project //

[This little story is based on Charmaine’s world – the one with the apps. However, I’m not using any of her characters]

App opened, world out. It’s one of his favorite life philosophies and probably also a name of an app he’s come across before. How problematic is it to be this young and live connected ever so slightly to everything? Lost in a haze of the interwebs and mild concern for his sanity, he startles when Sophie’s hands slammed onto the coffee table.

He looks up and there she is. Tentative, wary, remorseful, determined, and half a dozen other emotions all at once. It takes his breath away. She’s beautiful. Always so beautiful.

‘Luke, why all the screenshots. You’ve been spamming my main feed for days.’ He waits for more words but they don’t come. She remains standing still in front of him, silent and guarded.

Please let her be here to fix this. Please.

‘Ugh, let me look sort out your settings. if not you’d be sending weird snaps and stories to me all day and I won’t be able to send out my daily drawings on my app. Come on, wrist. Please?’

Who knew Artie’s Magic Pencil as a child’s first app could create such a gem. A gem that had so much ingenuity in her she did not even know as it was always confined to that wrist.

Damn that wrist.

And those eyes.

And worn down fingertips that Luke always likened to the topographic prominence of Great Pond Mountain in Maine, USA.

She drops into the empty seat beside him and offers him a shy smile and his heart stutters. He hasn’t smiled himself in weeks, let alone seen hers, and he swears the entire coffee shop can probably hear his health app beaming with irregular heart rate notifications.

‘Luke… what is this.’ She whispers under her breath. ‘Have you been trying to override the main system? The ones will know and you’d be —’

‘I know I know, they’re watching all the time. But I’ve hidden the security vulnerabilities encoded in one of the built-in apps that the ones trust oh-so-dearly as well as some of the screenshots I’ve been spamming you with.’

‘You’ve had the BarefootWorldAtlas as your first app and now you think you can hide from the higher ups? Luke, what exactly are you trying to do with this?’

Luke then goes on trying to explain to Sophie about how he wants her to see what’s beyond her wrist. What the app has shown him, it has not only helped him get exposed to everything around the world, virtual or not. It has made him want to go beyond the codes and icons. What he has been doing all this while was to perhaps find a loophole in the system, to get past the one’s watch and let the both of them really get to know themselves, each other and the grounds of which they live off of.

“I tried everything and I just couldn’t. I’m not good with codes and I never have been. But you still deserve the freedom beyond that thing we have on us. And I just…here’s the evidence of all of my attempts. I know, maybe I’m just foolish to believe we can get out there and go beyond.. this. Look I’m sorry for bringing you into my little hope and dreams for something more. But right now I’m more sorry than a simple apology is capable of communicating.”

“Not good with codes? That sounded pretty good to me, encoder.” He nods his head in acceptance and the cloud of tension hovering above their heads bursts into raindrops of relief and hope. She’s already forgiven him and they both know it.

“You were saying you created a landscape vector for me,” he reminds her with a grin. Grudge holding has never been her style and the fact that she’s finally here with him, with his heart on his sleeve, means the world to her and more.

“About that…you should maybe probably actually not seen all of that. It’s really bad. I wanted you to have them on the principles of Art and Design, but it’s all pretty terrible.”

He opens dropbox and opens up a bright orange folder and laughs in agreement, amusement coloring his voice. “Is this a layout? I don’t even think you got the arrangement of layers right.”

She smacks his hand lightly with his empty coffee cup and laughs with him, thankfulness shining in her wet, brown eyes.

He reaches for her hand the same moment she extends it and then everything else fades leaving just them: safe behind the shield of his enduring forgiveness and radical empathy.