This is the second post I didn’t manage to post/finish that was dated: 14 March, Monday.

I had screenshot my progress along the way, but I didn’t have time to post it up.



I have already decided on my 6 POVs!


POV 1- Beauty from the POV of a mother is a child’s innocence.

POV 2-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is animals

POV 3-Beauty from the POV of Dadaists is ‘Degenerate Art’

POV 4-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is a clean country

POV5-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is Aryans

POV 6- Beauty from the POV of survivors is freedom



Here are some of my in-work-progress shots I took, and I explain some of my thoughts behind it.


POV 1- Beauty from the POV of a mother is a child’s innocence.

I initially wanted to place baby Hitler riding his dog to convey a child’s imagination, so I used the clone stamp tool to extend the rest of the dog’s head to create a body. Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 10.43.04 PM


While it looked pretty believable, I decided to scrap it because I found another picture of a dog that he drew and I felt that drawing would be a better match for the painting and convey the more colourful vibe.


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Testing out with both dogs.

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After deciding on this dog, I used the pattern stamp tool to have the same type of grass as in the drawing. I wanted to have that artificial look to reflect the ideal this point of view has and it helped to make the composition more brighter and colourful, compared to the more natural looking grass which was relatively dull.

I also wanted to incorporate this barbed wire into the compositions a subtle way to foreshadow the concentration camps Hitler would later command to build. However, I decided against it because I wanted the composition to be void of any hidden symbolism and have it straightforward-much like a child’s innocence. Also, I was reminded that this is his mother’s POV, therefore, she would have only a purely loving perspective of her child.


I was also thinking of putting in his mom and have her interact with baby Hitler in the collage. However, I felt that it was there was no real purpose to put her inside other than the fact that he was her mother. She didn’t need to be present in other to depict her POV.



POV 2-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is animals

One of my initial ideas was to use this photo of the non-Aryan people being forced to clean the streets in this manner 🙁 , to have them look like ‘deers feeding on the grass’.


However, after some consideration, I realised that there would be no eye contact between Hitler and the people kneeling on the floor, so I went for another photo.

All these photos really break my heart. But doing this project, I had to somewhat switch off this part of myself and just focus on relaying the message. It’s kind of twisted that I have to turn a blind eye doing this project on Hitler and beauty.




Option 1-with squirrel


Option 2- with dog




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Decided to add in one more person

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I did the same as POV 1- Used the pattern stamp tool to cover the soil from the original image of the people.


I went for Option 2 because his facial expression is more distinct- shows that he’s smiling, and the previous image of Hitler had no correct line of gaze (?) with the people lying/sitting on the floor.

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I also wanted to add in the officials standing by Hitler’s side, smiling- but I thought it would detract the focus between the interaction of him and the people lying on the ground.




POV 3-Beauty from the POV of Dadaists is ‘Degenerate Art’

The process of doing this wasn’t so serious and was more fun to do. I stepped into the shoes of a Dada artists and tried to imagine what art I would have wanted to create to ‘rebel’ against Hitler’s control of art. So, I thought it would be funny to use Hitler’s painting and and photos against him to create a piece of art he would hate.


Hitler in a ridiculous pose (he hated this photo)

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POV 4-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is a clean country

One initial idea I had was to make use of these two photos:

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So, Hitler and his dog would be looking down from the mountain, but at the bottom of the mountain, would be all these people digging. However, I felt that the message wouldn’t be that clear and using a shocking image of a pile of corpses hidden as it is resized to a smaller image would be better. Screen Shot 2016-03-17 at 11.43.55 AM

I spent a long time trying to extend the railing and make it look as seamless as possible, again using the clone stamp tool and the pattern stamp tool.


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Another thing I struggled with was finding high resolution images of Hitler- so that’s one big thing I wish I could have done better- but it’s quite impossible to have really high res images of historical figures. But on the other hand, the graininess lends a gritty quality to the compositions.


POV5-Beauty from the POV of Hitler is Aryans



This was one of the very first compositions I tried which was a huge fail.

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So I layered two paintings over each other.

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I tried to depict the Aryan family in a river of blond hair. I actually kind of liked it. Actually, I’m not sure why I scrapped it. Maybe it was because I wanted higher contrast and the green grass to show.

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I tried to give them a ‘glow’ but also largely failed.

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I tried it with only one painting- notice there are no high mountains. It was too plain. I also had to extend his legs using my favourite tool haha.



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POV 6- Beauty from the POV of survivors is freedom




I loved this happy photo of the concentration camp survivors and wanted to take advantage of their hands raised in victory.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a colourful blue sky to show the start of a new life.


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It wasn’t really a good idea..

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It looked too artificial- as if they were posing in front of a green screen.

So I thought it would be more meaningful and symbolic if I had the open gates of the concentration camp behind them, as if saying they had escaped Hitler’s oppressive rule on them.









I forgot to post this post on my process- it was saved in my drafts unfinished, so I’m posting it now!

Dated: 10 March 2016

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Group consultation notes:

-I wasn’t able to show my Photoshop composition to my classmates because my Photoshop broke down…

-However, I did run by them my concepts- they didn’t have much to say, well because I didn’t show them anything. I tried to describe the room in the womb composition to them, but I think nobody understood what I was talking about so they didn’t answer me when i asked them what they thought about it.

-Joy did give me some food for thought- she suggested I do the whole project about Hitler and beauty??!!  (She says its so that I have its better for my art direction- so i would know what style to use and all that )It sounds like an interesting idea.. but I’m not sure.


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As of right now, I’m deciding between two concepts:

  1. Ironic/twisted situations
  • POV of rabbit VS POV of child
  • POV of son VS POV of mother (murderer)
  • POV of Hitler VS POV of mother

2. Hitler??

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  1. Beauty from the POV of Hitler is blue eyes, fair skin, blond hair:
    • I started on the composition for the POV from Hitler again, although I’m still not really sure what I’m doing- I’m just playing around in Photoshop.
    • My idea behind this is that I want to make use of the adjectives (blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin), and incorporate it into the view Hitler looks out of. So, to him it’s like the ideal landscape, playing on the term ‘Lebensraum’ (living space for Hitler and his Aryans).
    • I wanted to make it seem that he was looking out into the open and even then all he sees is the beautiful- which is fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes.
    • I tried using a nose (to depict fair skin) and blond hair to ‘blend’ into his painting, but there is not much contrast because everything is already relatively beige/brown and it doesn’t look interesting visually.
    • Conversely, I was thinking of putting a blue eye as the sun, but I felt that it would look too jarring and out of place since the long hair and fair skin almost camouflages into the painting.

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2. Beauty from the POV of a mother is the baby in her:2. I was also thinking, for the accompanying POV from Hitler’s mother, it might be interesting to have this painting he did of a house, tinted red in Photoshop for 2 reasons:

a) To mimic the inside of a uterus (I had this idea from the article about Canary Island spa shown below.

b) To foreshadow the bloodshed he will cause when he grows up to become a murderer.

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My topic for Project 2’s ‘Point-of-Views’ is on ‘Beauty’. But what is even weirder is that my concept revolves around ‘Beauty’ and Hitler– what does Hitler find beautiful? Or what do the people around him find beautiful as well?

The topic of Hitler came about when I was exploring POVs for ‘Happiness’ and I came up with a POV: “Happiness from the POV of Hitler is: blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin”. Everything kind of led towards Hitler after that, mainly because for IGCSEs I studied about Germany and Hitler for a year or half a year? (Not 2 years, sorry everyone, my mistake!) I can’t really remember  how long but it felt like it was a really long time. What really pushed me to head to this concept was during a group consultation when Joy suggested that I just focus all my POVs on Hitler. I was a bit taken aback, but I did it and here’s how it went:



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It was rather challenging to come up with solutions to Hitler’s POV of beauty, not because there was a lack of knowledge of what he liked/ preferred, but rather, doing everything from Hitler’s POV would have been rather dull and superficial.

So, although my overarching concept was based on Hitler and beauty, I decided to widen my scope and introduce POVs of others, but at the same time still being very relevant to Hitler. I found that doing this added more depth to my project and execution as the juxtaposing POVs on beauty helped me emphasise certain elements more.

*Sorry for the quality of the images, OSS doesn’t allow me to upload high res images 🙁


The format that I chose to present:


The right column (2,4,5) : Hitler’s POVs

The left column represents (1,3,6) : Other’s POVs

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In this composition, I wanted it to really reflect a child’s innocence, so I chose not to use any symbolism or hidden imagery in it.

I was actually thinking of putting in barbed wires in the background to foreshadow concentration camps, but I decided against it and just leave it simple. Because to think of it, if I was really to trying depict a mother’s POV, she would find this simple, everyday situation beautiful and she would find not fault in this picture.

Therefore, what you see here is what you get,: a baby Hitler is sitting with his dog on the grass in peace. One thing I wanted to point out is that I decided to use the grass from the painting of the dog and cover it over the original grass was because the drawing Hitler drew of the dog had a bright, colourful palette and I wanted to use that bright colour, to have an element that is reminiscent of children’s drawing.

Hitler’s art used:


Handout photo of a painting entitled 'Outskirts of a town with bridge and figures', dated 1909, by Adolf Hitler, which is to be auctioned today - along with 12 other works - at Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire. It is expected to fetch £600 to £800. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 23, 2009. The collection will form part of a historical documents, autographs and ephemera sale by specialist auctioneer Mullock's at Ludlow Racecourse in Shropshire. See PA story SALE Hitler. Photo credit should read: Mullock's Auctioneers/PA Wire


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As I was doing more research on Nazi policies and what Hitler liked/disliked, I learned something extremely interesting. The Nazis had strict policies on animal rights, and those who mistreated their pets could be jailed for 2 years. I also found out that Hitler was a vegetarian. All this seemed very ironic and twisted to me. But it seems that the Nazis also discriminated a portion of animals- pets belonging to Jews and other non-Aryan races had to be euthanised. I wanted tot translate this irony, this twisted perception of mercy in this POV.

Therefore, in this composition I wanted to depict a hypothetical situation: What if Hitler treated the Jews the same way as he treated animals? You could easily find photos of Hitler smiling and lovingly (can I use this word for this man?) at dogs or deers as he fed them.

Hitler especially loved dogs and had several drawing of them. I thought it would be interesting to have him with his dog in each composition he is in, and to further highlight my hypothetical situation, this was the only composition where Hitler is without his dog- to emphasise that the Jewish people lying on the ground are meant to replace the animal- not in a disrespectful way- but to show the irony that Hitler would only look at them, smiling, (I photoshopped the squirrel he was feeding out of the photo) if they were simply animals and not human beings who happened to be Jews.

As for the choice of background, I used this desolate drawing he made, just to mimic where the scenery of where he would usually be when feeding animals/ walking with his dog.



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This piece was slightly more fun and carefree to do, as I embraced the spirit of Dadaism.

When the Nazis came to power, they controlled everything- from radio and television broadcasts, music, book and art. I read about how Hitler hated modernism and all forms of it- he preferred the traditional methods of painting- art portraying the supreme race, power, landscape etc. Surrealism, Dadaism and all other forms of Modern Art was banned. The Nazis even had an exhibition titled “Degenerate Art or something” where they ridiculed these artists, put graffitti and hung their art askew, and encouraged the public to see how ‘crazy’ these artists were. The fact that they went to the extent to hold an exhibition for ‘Degenerate Art’ showed how extreme they were.

Hence, this composition is meant to show the POV of a Dadaist and I tried to imagine how a Dada artist might react to the Nazi’s extreme actions. Using Hitler’s photos and his own drawings/paintings in this piece would magnify the act of ‘rebellion’ and add humour to it- almost like Hitler spitting in their face, but they deflect his spit back his on face. There’s no concrete reason why I arranged the composition the way I did, but I suppose I somewhat consciously wanted to have the arms pet the dog aka Hitler. My main aim was to ridicule Hitler as much as possible- so the photo I took was actually one his photographer was commanded to discard but he didn’t. Hitler hated that photo, well because he looked ridiculous.

*It’s also a bit ironic- how he him being depicted as a dog ‘degrades him’ from Hitler’s POV, whereas the non-Aryan people being depicted as dogs is supposed to ‘increase their status’ from Hitler’s POV.



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Going back to the point in POV 2 where I mentioned that there were many photos of Hitler walking with his dog in the mountains, looking at the picture in its original context, I imagined Hitler to be enjoying the view with his dog from above. So I wanted to change that scenario and depict him imagining a different view. Visual pleasure is derived from beauty, so getting into his twisted murderous mind, I would think that to him, a beautiful view is a ‘clean’ country- one with no impure races.

I kept this composition relatively simple like POV 2 to relay his POV. I wanted it to make it seem like he is showing his dog ‘a beautiful sight’- the mountains- but with a pile of dead bodies at the bottom. Therefore, he is enjoying the view of his dream of a ‘clean country’.


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Hitler had always wanted Lebensraum, living space for him and his Aryans to live.

I wanted to show Hitler looking out to his larger-than-life ideal Aryan family just casually sitting amongst the mountains majestically as if they own the land. I played with the scale and made the family larger because I wanted to make it seem like Hitler is visualising his dreams, and it’s literally larger than life. Hence, the background and the family are all in colour, while Hitler and his dog are in reality looking out to his ideals.

For the background, I merged two of his paintings together to get the colours and the mountains. I increased the saturation of the painting to match the colours of the Aryan family and make it seamless.



Hitler’s art used:

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Nazi propaganda poster used:

(I just realised this was the only art I used that wasn’t Hitler’s! Oops.)




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This last composition was a bit tricky to do, and I struggled in knowing how to depict ‘freedom’ without being cliched. The freedom of the survivors= Hitler’s death. I  was considering something along the lines of having the prisoners stand on Hitler’s dead body, or a collage of Hitler’s ‘dismembered’ body parts? It was all too vulgar and direct. I think last minute pressure really pushed me to think and I decided to depict the survivor’s freedom through the shattering of Hitler’s dream/ideals. Like how hunters pose with the kill after they shoot, I wanted to mimic that same celebratory mood with the prisoners holding pieces of Hitler’s paintings in their hands.

Another thing that was important was the background. Many of the photos had the ‘non-Aryans’ behind the gates, so having the people in front of the gates was a more subtle way to depict them having escaped from the nightmare, and the absence of Hitler is the main giveaway that he has died.



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I didn’t really talk about my reference artists in my presentation, so I wanted to use this opportunity to show how I have managed to bring in my research into my actual works.


Eugenia Loli

If you look at my compositions, you can see I was certainly inspired by the surrealism of her collages.Although my main focus wasn’t surrealism as I intended it to be, the creativity and imagination she showed in her collages pushed me to think more creatively and experiment with pictures. It’s not that easy to create collages, and you would need an eye for it and a lot of practise to reach the level Loli has. It was definitely enjoyable doing it although it took a lot of trial and error.




I was inspired by Blick to juxtapose black and white with colour to bring emphasis and meaning. In addition to giving a striking contrast, it allowed my compositions to have another layer of meaning. In each composition, Hitler is depicted in black and white, or rather, each I used black and white to represent reality- something that has passed. Conversely, the colours represents an ideal/ vision and sets a background to a hypothetical or perhaps impossible situation.


Molly Jey

Although I planned on incorporating some of my own illustrations/ paper cut but didn’t manage to do it, I was inspired by Molly Jey’s work in that she creates depth by layering. It might be just a small thing, but I wanted to create this small pop-out effect with hitler’s photos to create some distance between him and his ideals/visions, therefore I used the drop shadow effect in Photoshop. Having the shadows make it seem like Hitler is an actor against a backdrop.






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From the class:

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From Joy:

(Again, I can’t remember what exactly Joy said, but this was the impression I received)

  • She liked that I went through the presentation from the beginning to the end in logical order I guess, haha. My presentations are usually all over the place, so perhaps I relayed my thoughts/process/concept in a more organised manner.
  • She also liked how, in the last composition, in reference to Hitler’s death, there was no need for Hitler to be physically there. Rather, the survivors were holding onto fragments of his painting was used as a symbol.
  • She liked that my concept was a refreshing take on Beauty.


Thanks everyone! (:


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  • Concept: I’m glad that I finally really took Joy’s advice for once (I always try to follow her advice, but I somehow stray away from it and do my own thing), because or else I would have gone a different route with the ‘Ironic/Twisted situations’, and in hindsight, the emphasis would have been placed on the twist in narrative rather than exploring/depicting POVs creatively.


  • Reference artists: I’m also extremely happy that I managed to actually use inspiration from all my reference artists, and that you can actually see how I was inspired by each of them. I’m not saying it’s necessarily good/bad to have your work be reminiscent of another artist’s, but channelling their style and methods can sometimes push you even further creatively than just relying on your own sense of style/design/method.


  • Presentation: I was less nervous for this presentation, mainly because I was prepared. I felt that I somewhat relayed my points clearly and logically, and that it wasn’t so scattered. However, my presentation skills still have a long way to go and my next aim is to have a printed script and up my presentation game.


Overall, I feel very positive about this project, however, I could definitely improve my execution, trying to find high res images for the collages, having better process sketches and work and of course, my presentation skills (!). This was definitely a step out of my comfort zone in terms of concept and execution, as I’m still not very comfortable with using Photoshop. I’m really glad I did this project!

Also, thank you Joy for always pushing me to go out of my comfort zone!

















I did some proper brainstorming this time, and explored 4 topics :

  • A tree
  • Courage
  • Ugly
  • Beauty

Thinking of point of views is not as easy as you think. It requires creativity to really think outside the box rather than just state obvious point of views. Some topics really stumped me- for instance the subject of a tree. Somehow it was really difficult to think of interesting perspectives. I really liked Jie Lin’s take on the topic of ghosts- specifically one line ” A book from the point of view of a tree is a ghost”. I have to applaud her for that one, it’s witty and creative.


Please click on the images for a better view.

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It was by the time I got to beauty that I realised the POV came more naturally to me than the others. I came up with a few ideas which I showed to Joy.




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  • Joy felt that was most potential in the topic of ‘Beauty’ (maybe because I had more POVS for that?). I asked her about choosing ‘Beauty’ VS ‘Ugly’, and she recommended that I did ‘ Beauty’ instead, with the reasoning that it’s harder to agree that something is ugly. I couldn’t really digest what she was saying haha, but that was what I took away from it. She suggested that I could instead imply ugly in beauty.


  • I told her that I was a bit stuck in choosing the 6 POVS to move forward and she gave me an different perspective. She pointed out that my POVs varied from ‘Process’ to ‘Completion’. For instance, “Beauty from the POV of a mother is a baby growing inside of her” VS “Beauty from the POV of Hitler is blue eyes, blond hair and fair skin.” She also suggested that I explore the various scales and the extent of beauty- how some is less beautiful than the other- and how to represent that.


  • Last of all, she asked me how I wanted to execute my solutions. I told her that I was thinking of doing some illustrations because I wanted to move away from merely doing paper cutting. I still want to do collage, since I haven’t done that before, but I’d like to try incorporating collage with some of my illustrations. I’m not very confident at drawing things, but I’ll just attempt it anyways.


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  1. Choose 6 POVs
  2. Solidify concept
  3. Research on reference artists for illustrations. Re-consider style
  4. Prepare sketches for group consultation next week so classmates can actually see and provide feedback


2D ‘Typographic Portrait’ Final


I’d like to make sure this post has everything I needed to say about this project, so I apologise if I am repeating myself in some parts.

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Due to my time constraint, I had to slightly change my concept. I realise that I was creating problems for myself by fixating on unnecessary issues. I turned what was supposed to be a simple concept on my flawed attributes to something entirely complicated, almost missing out the main star itself- typography.

My initial concept was to show how I reconcile having the same attribute at two different stages of life- between adult and child, and how it can have different connotations at different ages. I feel that it had merit and potential but I had made it too complicated so I scratched that and went back to the basics.


Therefore, my first project focuses on my flaws. Last semester we did a project on ‘Self’, where we mainly focused on our positive attributes. So, this time I thought it would be interesting to explore my flaws because they too, are part of my identity.

When I listed these 4 attributes (conformist, curious, demanding and open), I noticed some of them had a relationship with one another. On analysing them closely, I realised some of them contradicted one another and this was because they have a cause and effect relationship.

This was how I arranged the compositions:

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The first set: ‘Conformist’ and ‘Demanding’ have a somewhat contradicting relationship, at least to me.

Here is my take on these attributes:

  • Conformist= following rules, being conventional.
  • Demanding= exerting your authority on others and making sure other people follow your rules.

I figured out that I was demanding because I’m such a conformist that I expect others to follow the rules that I follow as well.

The second set, ‘Open’ and ‘Curious’ doesn’t really have a contradiction, but rather, a clearer relationship.

I figured out that I was ‘curious’ because I’m so open with my thoughts and feelings that I somehow think that others are as open as I am- and it turns out that they aren’t, so in reality, I’m actually nosy.

Each attribute has either an element of ‘taking in’ and ‘giving out’, as seen clearly annotated above. I thought it was important to highlight these two ‘categories’ because I feel like I’m sort of a machine- when I take input, I inevitably have output.


Going along with the same 2 categories, for ‘Taking in’ I used computer fonts sourced from the internet to reflect different sources. For ‘Giving out’, the typography are all entirely handmade and using my handwriting to reflect the information I ‘give out’.


Choice of colour

  • ‘Taking in’ and ‘Giving out’

I wanted to allude to the two categories I talked about above with the use of colour.

‘Taking in’ means receiving information from different sources = more than 2 colours used

‘Giving out’ has only one source, which is me= only 2 colours used (I initially wanted to use one colour, but I needed to have contrast, so I decided on two instead)

  • Color palette- why bright colors?

To be honest, when I was editing these I was having a bad headache from looking at all the bright saturated colours ( I had to increase the saturation on the computer or else it would be too muted).

Initially I chose all these bold, bright colours to mimic the childish attribute but when I changed my concept I decide to keep it as I felt that it would perfectly reflect my distaste for my flaws. The colours I paired together for each composition are no way pleasing to look at- they are jarring and have high contrast. Overall, I didn’t want to make this project aesthetically pleasing because I wanted to show how uncomfortable I was with my flaws through the colour scheme. If I were to use the same colours, but with pastel hues or muted tones, the project would be entirely different and wouldn’t have the same impact.





Hello my name is Widad and I am a

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I was inspired by this work I found on Pinterest. I can’t seem to find out who the artist it though 🙁 The element of the letters being camouflaged intrigued me.


When you first see this piece from afar, all you see is CE. I chose to use CE because the CE marking is a mandatory conformity marking for products sold in the European Union. I thought this would be a perfect symbol for showing conformity. All the products that comply to the certain set of rules and regulations can display the symbol on their products.

I feel that conformists are the same to a certain extent. We’d like to think we are all individuals and unique, but we unconsciously or consciously follow society’s rules and in that sense lose our identities. I’m a conformist because I stick to the status quo and don’t question rules- I don’t like to stand out for the wrong reasons, I don’t rebel. That is why I hid/camouflaged my name because being a conformist, I lose a part of my identity.



Upon close inspection, you can actually see my name popping out. As I was doing this, I was thinking to myself that this would be so much easier if I were to do it digitally. But I feel that it feels so much more special when it is handmade.


Conformists usually go for the mainstream choice, so I googled what a font that was overused and popular with designers. I found out that Helvetica was a popular choice and decided to go with that font. As for the positioning of the letters, I went with equally spaced kernings, equal cap height to give an overall harmonious looking word to show how complying with the rules gives order and balance.



I chose to use red, yellow and blue to show that even if the mainstream were to do the most ridiculous things (as ridiculous as this colour scheme) and it was normalised, you’d probably find me doing the same thing.

Jacob made an observation that if my intention was to hide my name, the use of red works because it detracts attention from the middle- and I thought that was very interesting and true even though I chose red as an intuitive thing.



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I was struggling with how to represent this attribute using typography. In the end, I wanted to show someone pressuring others, and the affects of being demanding on other people. I cut each word free-hand with scissors and a blade, and then crumpled each of them to show create a wear and tear look (the implications of being demanded to do things).



I wanted to create the impression of someone exerting force, so I used the letter ‘W’ repeatedly at the sides to create something that resembles a ‘speech bubble’ to suggest shrillness and something loud.


To stick the letters, I used double sided foam tape and if you look closely you can see that in ‘Widad’ each letter pops up more as you go from left to right, and D’ almost flies off the page- as if the intonation changes and the intensity of a demanding shrill voice increases.

Then in ‘Darke’, the letters eventually becomes flatter until the ‘K’ becomes indistinguishable as it is crunched into a ball and the ‘E’ explodes all over the paper. Here, I wanted to show how high force pressure will eventually tear something down.






Someone suggested that I cramped in more letters to create the impression of being overbearing. I thought this was a very good suggestion because now that I look at it, the negative spaces in the speech bubble look a bit too empty.


To show contrast in the first set,

‘Conformist’: ‘Widad’ is camouflaged, very 2D and inconspicuous.

‘Demanding’: ‘Widad Darke’ is in big, bold 3D words and high contrast.



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I was inspired by this photo I found on Pinterest. Again, I have no idea who the artist is because the tiny words are in a different language.



For this attribute, I consider it as a flaw because I reveal more than I should. This was presented like this first to the class:


I wanted to show how when people see me all they see is this contained person. Then, when I start talking, everything ‘springs’ and spills out so easily. Hence, the ‘pop out’ effect.

I wanted to use ‘Loud Typography’ to infer to the ‘volume’ that I have- that I’m very expressive, letting people know my inner thoughts even if they don’t ask for it.

It’s done in an ‘accordion style’ so that it somehow ‘unravels’ to allude to how when I start talking I can’t filter out the information.



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When it is fully stretched out, it reveals this:


For this paper cutting, it was a pretty tedious process. First, I wrote out my full name on a stencil using highlighter to achieve a thicker line than using a pen. Then I cut out the words, place it on the red colour paper, traced it, then cut it out again.

I used my full name to represent how when I talk, I let people know too much about me. Using my full name is like ‘exposing’ my whole self through speech. I also chose to cram the words together  and have some of them be disjointed (WAFA/WIDDARK/E) until it somewhat becomes unreadable to mimic how I speak- mumbling, rambling and sometimes confusing to others.

I wanted to apply ‘Loud Typography to this composition’ as it is often used to sensationalised articles in newspapers magazines, to show how my life was basically an open magazine, but I don’t think I achieved that effect.



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This is how it’s presented. I wanted to spark people’s curiosity.


For this composition, I created a hole being torn out in the middle of the paper to suggest how being nosy and prying into other people’s private matters can be intrusive and by doing so it’s a bit savage.

I really wanted to highlight the seriousness and the effect of  being intrusive- it can have detrimental effects, hence I tore the paper rather than cut a clean hole in the middle.


Once exposed, it reveals a collection of the different fonts and sizes of the letters in my name- to show the secrets of different people that I keep. For the most part, my name is barely obvious all you see is letters. It shows how these letters which are part of my name can also be fragments of other people’s names, like how I know only bits of their lives.



Again when you compare the second set,

‘Open’- big letters covering the whole composition as I blab too much

‘Curious’- a small section because the secrets I ‘gain’ are only a few.




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For this projects, all of my compositions were strongly conceptually driven, which I feel were largely inspired by Stefan Sagmeister and Logan Mc Lain.

Visually, colour wise, I was inspired by Adam France and his bold use of colours.

I’ve done a post on Logan Mc Lain and Adam France, but I wanted to show the works of Stefan Sagmeister that inspired me to create conceptually driven work. I’m really drawn to works of art that are not to blatantly direct yet not too overt but makes you think.

He makes his intern cut into his body to show that design is painful.

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This has to be my favourite.


Although my medium does not carry the message, I hope that my form does.


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There are many many areas I feel I can improve on. Here are a few of my thoughts:

-Open: Joy suggested that I put Widad at the bottom of the piece so that when I compress the pop up there is a sense if balance: “Hello my name is Widad and I’m open”, then everything spills out.

-Demanding: Adding more words into the speech bubble to make it more overbearing

-Presentation: Someone mentioned that it was a pity that my presentation didn’t seem finished and I agree that it could have been done a lot better..

Overall, I really feel like I did push my comfort zone to create compositions which are definitely definitely not my style or aesthetic. I have never done such conceptually driven works before, and though it was stressful, I thoroughly enjoyed it,





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I know this is waaaay overdue, but its like this because of two reasons.

a) I actually did research on Dadaism, Hannah Hoch and David Carson, but halfway decided that I wasn’t really feeling it and scrapped it, looking for other inspiration. I scrolled through hundreds of photos and felt like none of them resonated with me, so therefore thought b)it would be better for me to have my concept in place first then finding inspiration.

I thought I’d just post an extract that I felt was somewhat significant from the research that I abandoned…

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I’m not so sure now whether deciding to consolidate my reference artists after my concept was a good call, because I’m still having what is equivalent to writer’s block in terms of my concept.

I think I made a huge mistake… 🙁

I appreciate now that having reference artists is actually helping me with my concept.Honestly, I thought that looking at others works would actually somehow hinder my process conceptualising because I was afraid I might end up being too similar and losing my own originality. If I’m not wrong, I guess in art, sometimes you can be inspired by other artists and appreciate their work. It is okay to take inspiration from them (and crediting them!) to put into your art.

So I thought it’s about time I do proper research on my reference artists and do some reading and just do something and hopefully get inspired instead of worrying too much and not doing anything besides thinking my brains out.

Artist #1

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Logan Mc Lain goes by the name ‘Slogan’ and describes himself as “An Irish textile artist working with digital embroidery and type.”

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I first stumbled on one of his projects – “The Worst Word”. Intrigued to know what the worst word was, I discovered that he has conducted something of a ‘survey’, asking people what the worst word was. It was humorous, witty and I loved the typography he designed for each word- giving each person their own ‘art’ for what they feel is the worst word.

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He then proceeds to tell an amusing story about how he discovers the worst word.


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You should go and read more of the post and see more of the artwork he created for this project. It’s quite amazing!

‘like’= an overused word= having a disposable nature= mounting ‘like’ on a take-away coffee cup lid

The way he alludes to the disposable nature of the word through something that very often becomes trash is extremely impressive.


Another one of his projects, ‘Memory Encoded Patterns’ explores the theme of human and computer memory by recording aspects of his Grandmother’s decline into Alzheimer’s through memory encoded patterns.




To a passing bystander who has no context, we might just see red and blue patterns. But the amazing thing is that the colours hold great significance. He explains:

“These stitched paper-based works exploit binary code through their colour coding. Red is one, blue is zero. Each one is treated with a different pattern but all are based on the exact same grid. When converted from binary code into ASCII they reveal six simple phrases that capture aspects of the last few years of my nan’s life in the nursing home. Each phrase is encoded in exactly 224 bits.

“Room No. 4, TLC Nursing Home”
A reference to the room that my grandmother occupied in the nursing home in Citywest, Dublin.

“Liz and Trisha are here now”
Something the staff would say to my nanny. My mother and aunt befriended some of the staff at the home.”

If I were to look at the patterns and not know the meaning behind it, I’d just probably think someone just cross stitched blue and red patterns. But knowing what it means- the coding behind it- makes me emphatic of what the experiences he had having a grandma with Alzheimer. It’s almost like I’m being given a glimpse into his life knowing this ‘secret’ message.



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His art has to be one of the most unique type of work that I’ve seen. I didn’t know this type of art existed.

I’ve seen some amazing, beautiful artwork purely having aesthetic value. However, his work really blows me away because of how cleverly his form carries the meaning in such a unique manner. His work reminds me of Stefan Sagmeister’s, however, each of these artists have their niche, and I feel that I can relate better to Slogan because Sagmeister’s photography is rather daunting for me.

His style is unique (have I mentioned that already?), humorous, witty and I really admire how the meaning in injected in his art. I would really like to bring this sort of style to my own compositions in the project. How can I relay my message in a more meaningful way? I personally feel that alluding and using symbolism gives an artwork more depth and really encouraged viewers to appreciate and think deeper than the surface.

What can I takeaway from his work?I love how, in a way, he creates his own ‘languages’ through his artwork and the unconventional way he does all of it. I’d hope to bring that same kind of style he has in some way in my project. I have also elaborated on how one of his works really inspired me for my concept.


All pictures taken from: http://loganmclain.com/



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A project of his that I was especially drawn to is his ‘Paper Protest’.


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He describes the concept of ‘Paper Protest’ below:

“The works all use the fragile, thin and colourful qualities of the paper to express something more powerful, aggressive and outspoken. ”




As you can see, he cleverly makes use of juxtaposition to produce these amazing colourful art. I think this really goes to show that in art, you don’t need to really go all deep and philosophical and all that. Sometimes it’s just simple things- like contrasting two qualities can produce something extraordinary.


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What can I take away from his work? The reason why I’m really drawn to his work is simply because of the use of colours. I also feel that my love for all things colourful is part of my identity so I wanted to include this element. Also, we often associate bright colours with children so I might juxtapose it with more modern, clean looking typography associated with a ‘more adult’ style- but we’ll talk about that later. I really enjoyed his ‘Paper Protest’- it opens me up to the idea of not always having to juxtapose mediums. You can juxtapose a medium and a message, and it can work wonderfully.

Adam France serves as a great inspiration for my work visually. His art is playful, quirky, colourful and cheerful, reminiscent of a happy childhood I had.It’s also such a coincidence that Adam France uses a lot of gifs in his website, so I can really learn a lot from his work.

His use of colours have really inspired my visual journal- so you see a lot of red,blue, green and yellow written in colour pencil!






Just yesterday, late afternoon, I had my lightbulb moment that I had been waiting and waiting for. I knew what I wanted my concept to be, but I just didn’t know how to execute it. This also helps me really consolidate and give an overarching concept that I wanted and needed.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I was struggling with how to depict the transition or duality each of my attribute seemed to have in relation to my child and adult self. Doing my research on Logan Mc Lain, I stumbled upon one of his projects, ‘Animated Embroidery’. Now, usually I have zero interest in things being animated and the word ’embroidery’ didn’t excite me so much. At first glance, the cover picture itself wasn’t all that intriguing to me.



But obviously I just clicked on it and I didn’t expect after reading the post that the whole process would turn out to be something really fascinating.



It’s crazy how all of each stitched cube can come together to create an animated cube. It’s a bit like stop-motion, really.


So I figured using gifs would be a really interesting way to show the transition between being a child to an adult. I know that my skills are very limited so I can’t actually make my work animated, but I was inspired by how he printed out each cube to show the process that created the gif. He didn’t show the gif in the exhibition, but the fact that it can be animated in digital form is simply amazing!






So I thought that instead or having separate images, I could overlay all of them into one composition.


You can read more about his process here: http://loganmclain.com/animated-embroidery/

I know that my project can’t possibly reach the level of Slogan, but I will attempt at trying to maybe a 2 second gif or even less, given my time constraint.

Now the challenge I face now is how I actually do it.

I figured there are two ways I can go about executing my concept in this gif format and real life format.


Option A: 

To draw each ‘pattern’/image/snapshot on separate pieces of paper, scan them in and overlay them in photoshop

Pros: Saves time. Brings in a digital as well as handmade element.

Cons: Photoshopping them might take a lot of time since I’m still rather unfamiliar with it. Scanned resolutions might also not look too nice


Option B

To just overlay/overlap each image in real life and create separate pieces for the gif.

Pros: More handmade feel. You can touch the textures and see it in ‘real’ life.

Cons: Time consuming


I think I need an Option C…..








Hello! I haven’t updated for sometime now. Let’s get straight into it!

I’ve had a few setbacks these past weeks- falling sick twice threw me off course for my progress so I’m starting to really hustle for the upcoming week.

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I have decided to focus on my flaws:

  1. Nosy (Curious)
  2. Conformist (Obedient)
  3. Open (Big mouth)
  4. Demanding (I need to get what I want/ stubborn)

Since I will be turning 20 this year, it sort of marks a ‘milestone’ for me. My age can no longer be under the teenager category- my age is officially an ‘adult age’. I thought it would be interesting to explore the two polarities of immature and mature, and to portray my struggle as I transition into an adult, trying to reconcile two extremes.

I came up with this concept when I was researching my reference artists and realised that the art I was drawn to was sort of childish, colourful, playful and bright. I know everyone says that there’s an inner child in every adult but I feel like this topic looks at it in a different angle.


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In my first consultation with Joy, as I told her about a few of my ideas that I had, for one concept she pointed out that the attributes that I chose seemed to be categorised into collecting stuff vs projecting (directing) control. There was the theme of additive and subtractive.

For my second concept she also pointed out that I was exposing and recognising polarities (opposites) and she suggested that I explore the reconciliation between both. I completely agree with her in that finding the balance AND showing it visually would be more challenging and stronger of a concept rather than just exposing polarities.

Another thing she prompted me to think about was the use of light. I don’t remember in what context she was talking about but she commented something about one of my attributes which was very intriguing. That attribute was me being too revealing abut my personal life- almost like I’m an author of my biography. Joy suggested two opposites: the author of the diary (dark) VS the author of achievements (light). This really got me thinking- how do I project myself? How do others view me VS how I view myself?


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Generally, I definitely want to be hands-on as I feel like this method is most true to my self.

I’ve made some sketches and experimented just a bit with a few mediums as seen in the pictures below. Im still trying to figure out some conceptual stuff to make it solid.







*I realised I forgot to put up these photos and had to add them back today….





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In our group consultations, I voiced my concerns on how I would reconcile the two polarities between adult and child. Shanelle suggested that I use ‘Lenticular painting’ which enables you to see the two sides.



I thought it was a really good idea, but this itself poses a lot of challenges as I haven’t decided whether I want to create actual typography. I’m still considering this!

Another interesting thing that was brought up was when Ying Li noticed that I spelled out ‘W’ as doubleyou. Joy then added on and brought me to light on the existence of ‘ambigrams’. They are words that you can read in more than one direction. It’s sort of like an optical illusion, but in a word format haha. I thought that was pretty cool and could really help bring in more depth to my concept/compositions.

I also gathered other ideas as others were discussing their work:

  • The concept of background and foreground. How can you push that to bring meaning?
  • How culturally relevant are the attributes? In a certain culture, this attribute may be viewed positively whereas in another, it may be considered as a flaw.
  • Using symbolism to relay your message- I really loved Shanelle’s intricate drawings. It had a lot of meaning to it and was really well executed.

Overall, the group consultations were extremely interesting, and I gained valuable insight on how other approached their projects and saw how people worked differently.

Therefore I am inspired to jump on the bandwagon and pump out the most of what I can offer before the presentation:

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The time I have left is pretty short, but I feel like this added pressure will only help me become more productive.

I feel like I spent a lot of time on this project worrying and worrying about how I would execute it, and I concentrated on the wrong things.


I’ve calculated that I have only 5 days left (which is less than a week!!)

I’ve written out my action plan:


  1. Experiment more with the different handmade typography
  2. Record in visual journal.


  1. Still experimenting
  2. Record in visual journal
  3. Post progress on OSS!
  4. Decide the visual layout of each composition (sketches, which part if my name to use)
  5. Confirm on the format
  6. Begin the first composition


  1. Finish the first composition. Begin on the other three.


  1. Finish all 4 compositions!!!!!!


  1. Buy frames from Ikea-
  2. Prepare presentation notes
  3. Practise presentation
  4. Final touchups
  5. Maybe post on OSS?

My first project for the second semester didn’t really go off on a good start, but I’m determined to persevere and do my best!





2D: “Typographic Portrait” Process Part 2


Whilst researching on reference artists, I came across David Carson’s TED talk on “Design and Discovery” that he gave in 2009. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFpANOqSdi8)

The whole talk was around 25 minutes, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. He was extremely funny and insightful.

One thing I wanted to share from his talk was when he talked about the power of emotion in design. I feel like he explained this in a really simple and concise way when he showed two pictures of ‘warnings’ spray painted onto two doors.

Here’s an extract of his transcript:

“I’m a big believer in the emotion of design, and the message that’s sent before somebody begins to read, before they get the rest of the information; what is the emotional response they get to the product, to the story, to the painting — whatever it is. That area of design interests me the most, and I think this for me is a real clear, very simplified version of what I’m talking about.These are a couple of garage doors painted identical, situated next to each other. So, here’s the first door.

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After watching just this part, I was taken aback by how the same message simply written in a different way could have such a discrepancy in affecting the viewer. I realised that there emotion is truly powerful in design- I just need to know how to express it. I’m am hoping (and will be consciously trying my best) to evoke this kind of emotion in all my work so that I can effectively relay my message and more importantly, make an impact on the viewer. But it will be a challenge to channel my emotions into my designs and choosing the best way to express myself.