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For my final 2D project, I am supposed to dig deep into the abyss of my soul and materialize certain aspects of my personality into visual, metaphorical characters/objects that reflect how I am like in different situations. It could be how I portray myself to others (outward portrayal), or how I think I am like towards others (inward portrayal). By combining the character/object chosen and different social situations, I can combine the two to imagine an outcome.
AH HAAA but there’s a catch, because in this project, COLOUR is IMPORTANT. In this project, we are only allowed to use the following colour palette (Just for easier illustration purposes, I shall use red to demonstrate the differences!)
(same colour but different saturation level)
2) Analogous (including colours on the side of the original colour in the colour wheel)
Analogous color schemes often mimic the color schemes found in our natural environment and can create a calm and relaxed feel when applied in design.
3) Complementary (colours on the opposite end of the colour wheel)
Opposing colors on the color wheel are dramatically different and because of this they will create a high impact jolt when paired together. Complementary colors are frequently used to draw attention and emphasis to a particular space within a design and can be quite effective when used in small doses.
Using a split complementary color scheme as opposed to a complementary color scheme is less risky as the result of the three colors together is less harsh and not as loud as a complementary color scheme.
5) Triadic (draw a triangle on the colour wheel get the colours)
The three colors used in this scheme tend to sit well together and can be quite lively and harmonious.
The reason for using colour palettes is that we are able to create colour harmony, which looks more aesthetically pleasing. Including different colours in the colour wheel can evoke different emotions that enhance the message of our chosen imagery.
Based on my findings, I came up with some visuals to depict my EGO in the format of
_(insert symbol of self)_ + _(situation)_ = _(outcome)_
Situation #1 (Draft 1):
-My struggle with the standard style of academics (especially in Junior College).
Trait: Free-spirited (trapped)
Thing: Cuckoo clock
-When asking around for what animal would represent me, my friends said a bird/butterfly. Some of my friends also said that I was free-spirited (You learn new things about yourself when you actually bother to ask other people what they think of you HAHA), so I thought something with wings would work since it represented flying away from your responsibilities to obtain freedom. I thought that a cuckoo bird was really apt since cuckoo birds are always trapped inside the clock and released at a fixed time every day. Sounds like SCHOOL?? 8’D So I’m a cuckoo bird that wants to be released but still restrained.
-I used a monochromatic brown palette for this picture since it represents dullness and the mundanity of school life. The bird, however is a light yellow-ish shade since I wanted to represent myself in my ideal element as a jovial, optimistic person.
Social situation: School
Setting: Car on the road
-To me, school is a pretty mechanical system that keeps pushing students higher up the educational ladder. I used a car to represent school since cars are automobiles that are supposed to help us, drivers are usually very focused on moving forward.
-I used a monochromatic red colour palette since red is a very energetic colour and implies action. it could also imply danger.
Free spirit + School = Tortured soul
Cuckoo bird + Car = Cuckoo bird getting dragged along the ground
-For me, the higher up the educational ladder I climbed (with the exception of university), the more I struggled to keep up and the more unhappy I felt. With every bad grade I got for my exams, it really made me feel like I was getting increasingly abraded. It was tough being myself again; looking back at my social media posts and reflecting on my attitude towards my family, it made me realise that I really wasn’t myself at all, as if I’d gone dysfunctional and completely lost myself under the unrelenting stress of school, and I felt like everyone around me was oblivious to how much help I needed. I’m representing this with a cuckoo bird tied to the car and getting dragged along the road to destruction. (not depressing at all)
For the colour palette, I simply combined the two monochromatic colour palettes together to form an analagous red-yellow colour palette.
Medium of execution: Digital painting
1st row (Draft 1)
Situation #1 (Draft 2):
I decided to make the outcome less negative so I decided to portray me being empowered in school instead of being crippled by it!
Here are some inspirations!
So here I have a new outcome! Instead of being dragged along by school until I’m broken (which, by the way, was quite true to a large extent in JC), I am now empowered by what I have learned and now I have the conviction to aim for higher results!! I guess this now represents the present. The past me was really depressed– ok I shall stop ranting here.
Situation #1 (Final Draft):
Yay! So now I have my final results done traditionally with watercolour markers (Shinhan Twin Touch, not Copics because I’m poor like that), and black marker pen for outlines (OUTLINES SAVE WATERCOLOUR WORKS!!!).
[Traditional; Shinhan Twintouch watercolour markers]
The cuckoo bird is still desperate to break free (made it have a complementary colour harmony which was fitting since blue also represents freedom), I added papers with really bad grades flying around the school car (not bus), and now I am a MECHA BIRD THAT WANTS TO BE MORE POSITIVE 😀
Situation #2 (Draft 1):
-Me dealing with anyone visiting my house.
– Normally, I don’t like to put myself out there and be the centre of attraction. Speaking with confidence to strangers for a short while is okay, but if it drags on for too long, my mental energy gets drained thinking about what topics to bring up because I’m awkward and overly-conscious like that. And when it does, I like to stay in solitude to gather my thoughts and brace myself for meeting the next fellow human. I thought a tortoise was perfect for this trait since tortoises can retreat into the safety of their hard, protective shells. It would be pretty boring just having a tortoise so I made myself into a windup tortoise instead after drawing some inspiration from Toy Story’s Woody which as a pull string, which represents having a limited time of extroversion before feeling really down and keeping to myself again.
-I coloured the tortoise green with a pink background to depict my amiable personality (or at least I hope I am).
Social situation: Home visits from strangers
Setting: Ominous figure walking into a dark room
-I utilised the complementary colours of blue/purple with yellow to show a contrast in lighting. Anyone who invades my humble abode appear like towering dark figures to me. They threaten my bubble of privacy and I will use all means to defend it. 😀
Introversion + Home visits from strangers = Isolating myself from everyone else
Tortoise + Ominous figure = Tortoise retreating into shell and cowering away
-Here I used sort of an analogous and complementary colour scheme. The pink from the turtle is completely gone because I’ve run out of fuel to socialise and seeking refuge in my shell while the anonymous tall figure towers over me and daunts me.
Situation #2 (Draft 2):
After receiving feedback from the first round of consultations, I got the idea of using rabbits to represent strangers (because according to the hare and tortoise folklore, they’re supposed to be enemies, also, rabbits are often representative of hyperactivity and face-paced action because of how much they can jump about).
Situation #2 (Final Draft):
I never thought I would actually do it, but I PICKED UP ILLUSTRATOR WHOOPDEEDOO!!! It seemed like such a daunting task. I remember how shocked I was at the amount of potential it had after watching a Youtube tutorial video. Everything you put in Illustrator looks so legitimate!! But I’m so glad I did because now I have one more tool to carry around 😀 (but it does take quite a long time since every single shape has to be manually inserted and the number of layers drives me nuts.)
So I made my tortoise (without the pullstring thing because it kind of seemed redundant), have rabbits peer through the door instead of an anonymous stranger, and have me (as a tortoise) project a carrot, instead of a bat, to draw the rabbits’ attention elsewhere so that I am free to relax in solitary.
Situation #3 (Draft 1):
-Me dealing with anyone visiting my house.
- The moon is often seen as a feminine, nurturing, all-seeing symbol. All of which I am usually not (because I am one big giant kid), unless I am surrounded by kids around me. (Monochrome harmony)
Social situation: Taking care of kids
-Crayons remind me of children because that one time I worked at a kindergarten, they literally did colouring with crayons for so much of their time there. Crayons are one of the first drawing tools that we are exposed to as children as well, so it usually suggests childhood. (Crayons are made of wax, so I thought maybe they would burn. What an odd idea 8’D)
Nurturing + Taking care of kids = Educating and enlightening them
Moon + Lit crayons = Crayons being lit up like candles
For some reason, there are lots of children in my life. My younger baby brother, and the kids that I met when I taught in the kindergarten. I only feel grown-up when I’m around them and feel like a responsible adult. The crayons being lit represents me enlightening them and showing the way.
Situation #3 (Draft 1):
Situation #3 (Draft 2):
Situation #3 (Final Draft):
During consultation, I got the idea of how the tide changes as the moon waxes and wanes. I thought that was really fitting for the fishing theme, so I included it in my first square. In my second square I did a illustration of a crayon in illustrator, made a pattern out of it, and placed the pattern upon the background of green grass, The crayon is red to represent how energetic children are, and the green pasture represents how lively, pure and down to earth they are as well. In my final square, I adopted the dramatic fishing composition and also tried out a new brush to paint the sea and the fish in FireAlpaca. (analagous)
Situation #4 (Draft 1):
Trait: Calm demeanor but insecure
-Many of my friends tell me that I am ‘chill’, but on the inside, I really am constantly on the verge of having a meltdown because I overthink about everything way too much. (it’s all internal)
Social situation: Being accompanied by my group of close friends
Setting: Dandelion field
Dandelions represent childhood, and the way they disperse their seeds are like how childhood friends eventually grow up along different life paths and grow apart from each other. But in my case, I have a close group of primary school friends who, even though have grown up to take on immensely different challenges, still stick close together like glue.
Calm and insecure + Accompanied by close friends = Being empowered by my friends
Bubble + Dandelion field = Bubble burst by dandelion
-Around this group of friends, I can really let out my insecurities and be comfortable around myself.
4th row (Draft 1):
Situation #4 (Draft 2):
So I scraped the previous idea entirely because it was way too cliche and predictable. (it was nice but way too subpar HAHA)
I kind of took the liberty to work backwards but I thought it actually works because I can have a rough concept of the outcome much earlier.
Instead, I thought up a new outcome first!!
This is an actual photo of me during my secondary school prom. I borrowed the horse mask from my classmate. It was irresistable.
I thought of how the idiom ‘dark horse’ is used to represent someone who unexpectedly changes from underdog to the master of a game/competition. So to contrast this, I planned to put 2 white horses on the side of a table and have the 3 horses play a game of Uno. Because that’s probably the only competitive game I’m good at.
Situation #4 (Final Draft):
The first photo is me spouting out some trippy looking spirals out with an analogous colour scheme around the green/purple sideo of the colour wheel to represent nervousness and abhorrence towards competition. In the background you can see the typical game controller symbols to suggest gaming as a form of competitive activity.
In the second square, I digitally painted a game of Uno going on (it was so hard to find reference images that had the exact angle that I wanted). Uno represents something that I’m relatively better at and am willing to lay out my skills for all to see 😀
In the last square, I made a photo collage of the planned composition above. (Never thought I would get to use my prom photo like this but totally worth it). In the background, I used a luminous neon purple triangular hypnotic pattern to represent how ecstatic I am. Purple is also a royal colour and I have a crown on my head, so it suggests how big of a deal I assume myself to be when I get ever so slightly good at something. 😀
I’m actually really thankful that we got to do this project because
- We literally have not touched colour at all in drawing class and we are finally free to use colour in this activity.
- This project introduced different colour harmonies to me; I am now much more aware of different colour harmonies intentionally at play when I look at posters and advertisements in public.
- I managed to pick up Illustrator!!! A little time consuming, but the vector style makes everything look so professional.
4. I would say one of the biggest difficulties I faced aside from the technical part of using Illustrator was figuring out me. I get existential and identity crisis from time to time and through this project (all the feedback from friends, online quizzes and tarot cards), I managed to figure out at least 4 different characteristics of myself. This project was really therapeutic and I would highly recommend it to the next batch of students. 😀
5. Through this project, I was also better able to exercise the use of visual language to get my point across. The regular consultations also really helped me to bring my ideas to further heights (and weird places as well) that I would never have thought of on my own. Sometimes, you need others to know who you are. 😀 Through identifying symbols/representations of my different facades and egos, I learned how to put them into a context and build a narrative within that new context that somehow parallels with the message I am trying to convey about my personality. All in all, it was a very enlightening experience. *shines*
For our second project for Foundation 4D I: Story about a Thing, we are supposed to choose… well, a THING as a theme and create a visual narrative surrounding it using sequential images. In class, we also learned about narrative structure and story-telling techniques using images such as scene-to-scene and action-to-action closure to fill in the blood in the gutter.
My first task was to select a thing (as if it wasn’t the hardest task ever; sometimes the simplest briefs are the hardest). I decided to use something wacky and bizarre because solemn stories aren’t really my thing.
So, I chose a wig.
Yes, a wig.
My initial story plan was inspired by this game that I found on Kongregate.com a long time ago, The Visitor by James Ziebarth. It follows the storyline of this alien worm-looking creature that starts off really small, but goes around people’s houses devouring larger and larger prey until it grows to maximum size. The plan was a horror genre and I wanted to make my wig consume people, but I felt that the horror genre is a tad bit grotesque to do and doesn’t really have an interesting storyline to it, so I decided to change it to a comedic story instead.
Instead of having a completely evil wig that murders people, I decided to change it into a yandere wig. ‘Yandere’ is a character archetype in a lot of Japanese animated films that are often girls that are so obsessed with a boy that they would kill for them, or just carry out violent acts in general that also endangers the lives of everyone around them.
Popular examples of ‘yandere’ girls:
Yes, I wanted to make my wig an obsessive protagonist.
So here is my rough storyline using the monomyth structure:
A CEO of a company who starts off with a head full of luscious thick hair starts to bald for unknown reasons (presumably stress or old age), and since maintaining his image and his dignity is really important to him, he thinks of the immediate solution of getting a toupee (as inspired by the Principal in Captain Underpants). He hesitates for a bit when he thinks that it might fall off and his colleagues would laugh at him, but he decides that his image is much more important so he goes to get the toupee anyway.
Little does he know, the toupee has a mind of its own and develops a liking for its owner. They spend time together as the protagonist goes about his days concealing his bald spot with his newly bought toupee.
One fine day, he sees an advertisement on the television for a hair growth cream and has an epiphany. He purchases the cream and successfully manages to grow back a full head of hair, much to the obsessed toupee’s dismay.
The now desperate toupee decides to take superglue and put it on …itself (?? shall not assume gender here) and awaits its master’s arrival.
When the protagonist puts the sticky toupee onto his head, he is appalled to find out that he can’t take it out again. Left with no other choice, he decides to shave off all his hair. The ending twist is that he buys another toupee which has a life of its own. And so the cycle continues.
Now I know what you’re thinking after you’ve just read this.
Good, that’s the intended effect.
Now it was obviously a terribly hard task to find a bald man to act for me so I decided to substitute the human protagonist to a squash instead. I was inspired by PotterPuppetPal’s Neville Longbottom (below):
I supposed this would create a much more comical effect since the story itself is pretty silly.
Below was my rough plan for the sequence of my images:
1- Potato going to work, show status at work
has full head of hair (gelled backwards) (end of a day at work)
2-Potato puts down bag at home and goes to toilet
3- Toilet: Potato discovers that its hair is falling out (more and more hair on the floor/clogged in sink)
4- Potato’s distress over hair (bald spot)
5- Potato thinks of solution (toupee)
6- Consider: Colleagues laughing at toupee dropping off (Captain Underpants)
7- Potato says no
8- Potato goes to the toupee store to get a toupee
9- Potato goes to work with new head of toupee (show life of its own with oogly eyes with heart)
Show laptop time
10- toupee time with owner (afternoon)
11- toupee time with owner (night)
12- toupee time with owner (morning)
13- potato watching TV
14- TV shows hair cream
15- potato is amazed (bright light at the front)
16- show hair cream beside potato as he does stuff to his bald head
17- next day at work with full head of hair
18- sad and angry toupee at home
19- toupee goes to get super glue and puts it on himself
20- potato goes to work with toupee the next day
21- in bathroom he can’t get it out
22-another attempt to get it out
23- gives up
24- shaves off
25- returns to work with new toupee
26- toupee thumbs up
Storyboard plan (arrangement not confirmed yet)
- Rule of thirds
- Leading lines
- Strong diagonals
- Point of view
- Depth of field
- Strong foreground
- Fill frame
- Active space
My attempt for class activity:
|| Strong diagonals, active space ||
Project 1 research:
If I suddenly disappeared while doing my everyday chores, what would the world look like without me in that instant?
What a peculiar (and slightly depressing) question to ponder about.
In this project, there were two main things to be taken care of:
I decided that it was a wiser choice to start thinking about content first.
Content: What objects tell others about myself?
Recalling what we learned about semiotics in the first lesson, I decided to first scope some life themes and then do some research on symbolism and allegory for them.
The life themes that I found included:
–Family, friends, community, knowledge, nature, growth, time. solitude, and recreation.
Below are some symbolism/allegories that I have found for these themes:
Family- Tree (life, origin, family, nature)
Workload, responsibilities- bag pack
Knowledge – books, glasses
Time – clock, calendar, road (passage of time)
Growth/Youth- Tree, playground
I decided to mix these symbolic subjects up with subject matter that was both important and personal to me and below is the list of ideas that I came up with:
Music – piano, earpieces
My past (specifically band)
Every day things – lrt gantry
Knowledge – book at lib/ glasses
Love for nature – botanical gardens, community garden
Time – clock/calendar/road
My love for solitude/privacy/self-reflection – diary, room (yes, with the cluttered floor and everything), mirror
Creation – my 3D hw/tablet/sketchbook/bunch of drawings/art tools
Growth – Tree (family, origins),
Community, youth – playground
Losing my identity as I go through life (WTF SO DEEP b0SS)
No longer there physically
Clouds – transience
Those were cool and all, but they didn’t tell a story.
Why my pictures didn’t make the cut:
- There was too much background such that the background of the photos became my subject.
- There was too little subject matter. I only had a single subject for most of the photos.
It wasn’t until I consulted XM for help and after receiving my 2D Project 2 that I had an epiphany of what I could add into my photograph.
The advice I received about telling a story and juxtaposition. Focusing on the photo of me disappearing while making a cover, I could tell a more elaborate narrative about myself.
New narrative (this is really personal??):
(has to link back to the whole disappearing thing and what I left behind)
Ever since I was in primary school, I discovered anime (Japanese animated series) which really helped me to tide over a difficult period in my life (and has largely guided me on the path that I am on today). With each new series I watched, I enjoyed printing out the lyrics of the openings and endings of the new series and singing along to them. This hobby of mine developed even further when I discovered the vocaloid subculture in secondary school (yes, it’s all pretty complicated) whereby tons of creators from all around the globe could use these voice programmes to make their own songs, so you could imagine how massively huge my song collection got. I had begun learning how to make covers on my own of these songs using SUPER basic software and hardware such as Audacity and a simple Logitech microphone. I really enjoyed this hobby of mine but I never really had the audacity (oh no, unintended pun) to step out of my comfort zone and actually do singing (although I had band background). I’d watch my classmates go on school talent competitions in awe and admiration (even now).
SoOOOoO that was a pretty long but very personal story for me (even my parents don’t know 8’D). So I wanted to take a photo which conveyed a scene of me silently wanting to pursue this hobby further but always simply continuing to karaoke to myself, with myself in my bedroom, and never stepping outside of my comfort zone. When I disappear in the middle of my (almost daily) karaoke sessions, I leave behind all of these emotions behind as well.
My aim is to juxtapose the razzle-dazzle of singing on stage and the contentment of singing in my bedroom.
Instead of using the condenser mic in the previous photo I took, I decided to use a dynamic mic (that my family happens to have for some reason) because it is more commonly used by singers on stage, compared to condenser mics which are used in studios for recording, which implies a sense of isolation from everyone when singing. Also, it was a more easily identifiable symbol of the act of singing.
This is paired with red bed-sheets (to simulate the red curtains of a stage) and colourful lights so it could value-add to the whole flashy theatricality of singing on stage. I am also including a black jacket (which I presumably threw “on-stage” before I disappeared) because my favourite rock singer always wears a jacket/hoodie.
Pertaining to the contentment of singing with contentment in the comfort of my own bedroom, I am including my bed (of course), stuff toys as an imaginary audience, anime posters stuck on the wall to indicate my preferred music genre.
With these subject matter, I will be attempting to take shots using the various techniques of composition that I have learned.
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