Vertical Banner Composition

Golden Little Boys, 2017.
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Golden Little Boys, 2017.
In display at the lobby of NTU, School of Art Design and Media.
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Banners display in NTU, School of Art, Design and Media.
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Panoramic Media Banner Composition

Golden Little Boys, 2017.
Digital horizontal composition.
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3840 (W) pixels x 480 (H) pixels.
Medium LED
15m by 2m
North Spine Plaza Media Art Nexus
NTU Singapore
16 November 2017

Golden Little Boys, LED, 2017.
Copyrighted & All Rights Reserved by Seng Yi Ling.

Golden Little Boys, LED, 2017.
Copyrighted & All Rights Reserved by Seng Yi Ling.

Application of Pattern Swatches

Wallpaper in a hospital nursery.
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To see more applications, flip through the soft copy version of the swatch book below!

Pattern Swatch Book

Hard copy version of the swatch book.
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The soft copy version of the swatch book can be seen below!

To see the documentation behind each segment for this project, click on the OSS links below!

Y2S1 DV2011 Pattern: Moodboards + Research

Y2S1 DV2011 Pattern: Sketch Development

Y2S1 DV2011 Pattern: Week 8 Banner Progress.

Y2S1 DV2011 Pattern: Banners are up!


Pattern Swatch Book!

I went to fancy paper to select the desired papers for printing with my pattern classmate Jess before printing it at Sunshine Plaza!

Here are some of the prints close up!

The pattern swatch book contains all of the pattern swatch designs!And also the process of how the banner design came about to be!

I did the pattern swatch book by hand sewn saddle stitching

Hard copy version of the swatch book.
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Here is the soft copy version of my swatch book!

Really happy with how it came out to be!! 🙂

I hope you like it too!!

Transforming the banner designs to a horizontal composition was pretty fun as well, as all the while we were working on a vertical canvas instead of a horizontal one.

The horizontal design was to be displayed at the media wall at North Spine, and to my surprise, it turned out really nicely as the colors I chose were neon bright. In addition, I increased the saturation and brightness. When it was on the wall, the designs shone extremely bright!! I am very pleased!

The day has finally arrived!! The banners are up for display in the lobby of ADM. It just so happens that day is our school’s Halloween celebration, hence the theme of supernatural is very apt for the event! 🙂

On the day of printing, my partner Charlotte and I went to the VisCom lab for the printing of the banners assisted by KB!

Printing our banners!

Charlotte and I helping each other cut our banners ! More hands make light work! 🙂

Using the test print to decide the order of the banners in the lobby! How cute, its like a mini exhibition!

Vanessa’s sea banner is next to mine!

My table friends and Miss Ina!

Now, on to the design for the Media Wall and Swatch books!! 🙂

Until next time!

After reviewing the very constructive and helpful feedbacks given by my classmates and Miss Ina, I made several changes!smile

I took the advice to play with opacity and I drew extra motifs: Lotus Petals. I imagined falling petals with he floating babies would be really dreamy.

Hence I placed all my bloomed lotuses at the top, and the petals falling from there. This creates visual direction as well from top to bottom, where all the fallen petals gather at the bottom.

And then I added more existing motifs and varied the background to evoke different mood.

After consulting with Miss Ina, she asked me to try another composition where the babies are buried in lotus petals!

And it was indeed a very different feeling as compared to the floating babies composition, and I added other existing motifs to see what else works best!

I can’t help but think of the film American Beauty upon looking at the babies buried in lotus petals haha!

Furthermore, I added an overlay of the babies behind the existing ones as suggested to create greater depth to the background that works best, preparing them for test print with varying brightness, contrast and saturation!

To be honest, the comments given were really helpful because I was really stuck for a long time and the comments really helped to give me a new direction to approach my banner. THANK YOU. 🙂

Hello all! It has been a while since I have updated this page. So here is my progress so far!smile

I digitalized my motifs which I drew on paper and then used a Wacom tablet to color in my motifs, adding shading and also changed the outlines of the motif.

I drew out a few layouts that I can explore placing my composition as I faced serveral,several issues regarding file size on Adobe Illustrator which delayed my process severely. 🙁 These is just ONE of the explorations for the layout compositions.

Banner Draft 1
I simplified the composition based on last week’s suggestion and tried out the initial design I had in mind. Composition is the same for both here, but I changed up the background gradient color to evoke different feelings.

Feedbacks and suggestions given by my lovely classmates and Miss Ina 🙂

  • Banner looks rather flat because there is no depth and motifs are roughly all of the same size.
  • Very constrained by the banner width hence it looks tight and not spacious.
  • Look on Pinterest for some inspiration for layouts and compositions.
  • Can refrain from being constrained by the width by extending motifs out of the margin. Perhaps umbilical cord and fray outside too?
  • Can play around with opacity, perhaps used in background? Flowers in the BG in low opacity.
  • Play around more with scale, to create depth. Baby big head can be of actual size? Cause now got no dominance.
  • Introduce a new motif to encapsulate the babies? Bring in an element that they can reside with.
  • Connect hard drive to laptop and save it in there, can save your computer from going into coma state.
  • Change up the colours. Maybe change the BG to more than 1 colors. Avoid going for the same colors as the motifs, other wise the motifs wont pop.

Will be doing up more draft layouts based on the feedbacks given and update this page again!! 🙂

Hello! So I did up some sketches and added some more possible motifs, based on the feedbacks given presentation last week!

Afterwards I tried out different forms of illustrating it in digital form, just to see which method works the best. I was looking for feasibility and which method looks best.

Thus, I attempted Image Trace, Vectoring and tracing with Wacom tablet.

Every method has its pros and cons.
-Image trace was a fast method since I already outlined it on paper, but the issue was that some lines are not clean.

-Vectoring gave clean lines and shapes, issue faced was that it was time consuming.

-Using Wacom is very fast, but I am still unfamiliar with the tablet, and little details such as the toes are just rounded up.

Hence, I would prefer working with Vectoring or maybe Image Trace for this project, and then coloring it using Wacom.

So I colored the baby using Wacom tablet over the Vectored outline method and got this as a result.

I discovered that resizing the colored baby on Adobe Illustrator poses a problem, as the colors will usually shift… I wonder how can I deal with that issue hmm…



With the colored baby, I tried doing up a pattern just by rotating, flipping and copying just to see how it’ll look like.

Woo~ it looks like they are doing a mass baby yoga event!
However, I think the lines overall still don’t look very clean and amateurish. I think colors is something I should also pay extra attention to since it may dull the whole composition if not used correctly.

What do you think? 🙂

Very stoked to be able to touch on the topic of the Supernatural for this project because it is something that I have immense fear for, and at the same time I am very intrigued!

Was pretty stuck because the scope is so broad! So I did up a mind-map to see where my interest lie in and hopefully I can narrow down to a more specific topic of the Supernatural I can work with.

It is a wide network of sparse thoughts here and there, but I finally narrowed down to 2 topics I would like to explore on (The orange and yellow cloud outline)!

1. Thailand’s Kuman Thong ( Golden Boy)

Seeing that Children ghosts/spirits are not as common explorations in the Supernatural realm, I set my mind on working with Children Spirits as the theme for this project. As I really do love kids ( in the non-creepy way), it’ll be a fresh new perspective to look at them through the eyes of the dead (still not trying to be creepy ._.).
There is this grey area because it is a mixture of good and bad. In a way which meddling with ghost/spirits to obtain a positive outcome, is something that is quite risky.

Some research on Kuman Thong:
Though not part of mainstream Buddhist practices, Thailand black magic amulets were created by and practiced by monks and lay-people (Layperson, someone who is not an expert in a particular field of study) .
Often times the ascetic, Lersi, who was not actually a monk, but was a master of the spirit world, guides black magic spells and rituals. Spell casting is done by lay-people.

Buddhist monks have also got into the practice here in Thailand. Though, as you know, black magic and witchcraft, Thai voodoo – barang, has nothing at all to do with Theravada Buddhism, Thais have integrated it into their belief system and most cannot distinguish between the two.

It amazes me, seeing how people try to put life into a “Luk Trep” doll, or even try to summon the spirits of the dead, while others takes the life of real babies for superstitious reasons.

2. The Day of The Dead

At the same time, I am rather fazed by the festivity for ‘The Day of The Dead’. A day for the remembrance of the dead often comes off as downcast or rather solemn event. However, the Mexican holiday is filled with festivity and hype; alongside with the beautiful decoration and colors involved.

I am rather torn by the two themes, but at the same time I wonder how can I combine the two themes without being too jarring and contradicting, for which the Kuman Thong has a negative connotation to it due to its association with Black Magic, whereas The Day of The Dead is a jovial holiday marked to remember their loved ones.

Style I’m heading towards

Mainly illustrative because I do enjoy drawing and using pencil to design my sketches is more versatile as I can alter and integrate elements into an object easier.

And I would like to incorporate the elements of design, ‘Symmetry’ into my final work, where there is flow and any direction when the design is flipped, a narrative can still be told.

Source of images