Foundation 2D: Project 3 Ego RESEARCH (21 Oct 2016)

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS… I forgot to upload my research on Ego.. :0 Here it is uploaded in Y1Sem2, present Yi Ling is trying to salvage the past Yi ling’s mistake.

Before we dive into Project 3: Ego, let me do some research~

Project Brief

In 4 rows of 3 squares, create a self portrait based on four different settings.

For each of the 4 rows, use the first column to represent yourself and the second column to represent a setting and third column to represent an imagined outcome. For instance, you (first column) at a family gathering (second column) equals to being the subject of scrutiny by relatives (third column).

Apply your understanding of colors and color theory to visually represent the multifacted nature of your personality. You may choose to do this digitally or by hand (or mix-media). There are a total of 12 image compositions.

Consider how colors can be used to suggest or evoke the feelings in the various representations as well as the cultural context of the various settings.


There are no limits to medium, technique or style. However the colors will have to be selected to represent one or few of the color harmonies:

  1. Monochrome Harmony
  2. Analogous Harmony
  3. Analogous Harmony Warm and Cool
  4. Complementary Hues
  5. Split Complementary


Color has 3 attributes:

  1. Hue
  2. Saturation
  3. Value

If the surface or light does not have these three essential qualities, then it is not a color.


  • The definition of Hue is varies for different experts. However, based on my research, Hue is basically a color. Hue are the colors on the outer rim of a subtractive color wheel.
Additive VS Subtractive Color Wheel

Additive V.S. Subtractive Color Wheel

  • Saturation is the purity or intensity of a color. Value and Saturation are not attached concepts – color can change its saturartion, but leave its value unchanged.
  • Value is the difference between light and dark. By adding more white to a certain color (lets say Red), the hue (Red) is still the same, but of different value.

Harmony in visual design means all parts of the visual image relate to and complement each other. Harmony pulls the pieces of a visual image together.

Monochrome Harmony

Monochrome Harmony are a value-based compositions that contain only one hue. There are no hue relationships in a monochrome harmony, only saturation and value relationships.

Parrot painting in Payne's grey by Joe Volkel

Parrot painting in Payne’s grey by Joe Volkel

Analogous Harmony

Analogous harmonies contain more than one hue, but all of the hues in this kind of harmony are adjacent on a color wheel. The adjacent colors on the color wheel are very easy to the eyes and peaceful to look at.


Artwork that demonstrates Analogous Harmony

Artwork that demonstrates Analogous Harmony

Analogous Harmony Warm and Cool


Artwork that exhibits Warm and Cool Analogous Harmony.

Artwork that exhibits Warm and Cool Analogous Harmony.

Complementary Hues

Complementary hues are complementary colors that are opposite each other in a color wheel.


Artwork that exhibits Complementary Artworks.

Artwork that exhibits Complementary Artworks.

Split Complementary

The split-complementary color scheme is a variation of the complementary color scheme. In addition to the base color, it uses the two colors adjacent to its complement. This color scheme has the same strong visual contrast as the complementary color scheme, but has less tension.


Artwork that exhibits Split Complementary Colors : Red, Turquoise and Green

Artwork that exhibits Split Complementary Colors : Red, Turquoise and Green

In addition to Split Complementary, there is also…

tumblr_m8cl7cwx3j1rrx82mTriadic color scheme uses colors that are evenly spaced around the color wheel.


Teiradic/ Rectangle colour scheme


Square color scheme




As of now, I am rather intrigued by the use of relative positions of the hues in the color wheel. Initially I thought that the color wheel was a mere collection of colors. But now I know that there is more than meets the eyes, and the relationships between the opposite, adjacent and uses the two colors adjacent to its complement color; could result in different meanings, and emotions that are evoked in an artwork. I am very interested in the exploration of Split Complementary Colors as it seemed modern and has a hint of pop-art to it as I search for relevant artworks that exhibits Split Complementary Colors.


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