ASSIGNMENT 1 – Research



For this assignment, we are to portray 6 different emotions using photoshop or digital paint. To understand digital imaging better, I decided to explore different artists’ works that are done using digital imaging or something similar.


Jaya Suberg

Jaya Suberg, expressive mixed media figurative works

One of my favourite artists whom I found on Instagram, most of her works uses digital and mix-media. Her works are both mysterious and beautiful, and emotional. Though her works are not exactly entirely digital imaging, but they are inspiring and it will be great to use some of the techniques she uses digitally.–jaya-vanitas.jpg


Fajar P Domingo

Fajar P. Domingo Digital Collages

Another artist I really adore, whom I found on Instagram as well. I love his use of clean cut cropping and the dream-like surrealistic work he creates. He frequently uses nature in his works; from hills and mountains, to flowers and blue skies.


Maggie Taylor

I found her while searching for digital imaging artists, and I absolutely fell in love with her works. They are really vintage and dreamlike, and they almost look like paintings to me.  She uses old photographs, and objects that she found, and even dead animals for her works.


Igor Morski

A Graphic designer, illustrator and set designer. His works frequently contain hidden meanings, revealing the darker side of our modern society, such as divorce and parenthood, as well as social media and global warming.


Initially when we receive this assignment, I didn’t have much inspirations, so I started out by making a simple “map” on the 6 different emotions:

Erwin told us to have a certain theme to combine the images together, and some of my ideas are:

  • Using the theme “Memory”
  • Creating a fictional character and depict him/her expressing the different emotions
  • Expressing the emotions using portraits

In the end, I decided to create a fantasy setting:  animal-headed humans living in the 19th century. 

And below are some of my research on the 19th century:



  • the light bulb
  • steam engine and locomotive
  • the telephone
  • photographs
  • braille printing
  • sewing machine
  • antiseptics
  • anaesthesia
  • microphone
  • tin can
  • morse code
  • bicycle


  • Civil war
  • Revolutions of 1848
  • The Great Famine in Ireland
  • Fall of Napoleon
  • Death of Abraham Lincoln


  • Charles dickens – Oliver Twist
  • Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice
  • Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Grey
  • Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
  • Bram Stoker – Dracula
  • Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Victor Hugo – Le Misérables






followed by Impressionism 


This photo of the artwork was taken in the Singapore National Gallery.

This photo of the artwork was taken in the Singapore National Gallery.

This photo of the artwork was taken in the Singapore National Gallery.

* Yes I went to the exhibition. It was mind-blowing.*

and Post-impressionism.



  • Beethoven

  • Tchaikovsky

  • Frederic Chopin

  • Franz Schubert



Attire for cyclists:


Those during the Great Famine!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620_330/image.jpg


Painting of the Revolutions of 1848

Low Tea

Tea and plum-cake on the lawn for three nicely dressed Victorian ladies Date: 1886

Chloroform mask

M0009625 Illustration showing use of inhaler
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
Illustration showing use of inhaler
On chloroform and other anaesthetics.
John Snow
Published: 1858
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Penny Farthing:

News / Magazines

The magazine which published the ‘Oliver Twist’ serial


An advert in a newspaper

1890s UK United Kingdom Tea Company Magazine Advert


An illustration from the Oliver Twist novel

And here are some links to look at:



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