EGO Documentation 3/Final

My Final works + presentation

For my final 12 composition, I decided to do 6 ‘traditional’ art and 6 digital art so as to take the best of both world ( traditional work takes LOTS of time and need high focus so as not to make mistake and digital work require me to spend more money due to printing, therefore for practical reasons, I would only need to print 6 of them and thus saving quite some money.)

I want to surprise the class and also build up their anticipation by leading them through each equation which gives them a surprise at the end of each equation while having my 11 picture serve as build up to the last one – Me in 5 years (my keystone of the project)

but to do this, I faced a few problem

1 – the moment I hang my work up, it will be exposed

“I can use some Decoy to cover it”

2 – it must be something that is not suspicious so no one will think that there is anything underneath before i tear the Decoy.

“I need to print/draw additional artwork so as to show that “I did some work there so don’t suspect me!!””

3 – The Decoy must not drop down before I tear and must not pull my art work down when I tear it.

“Using double side tape + powder to reduce the stickiness – not too much, not too little…….. kind of hard… i’ll try”

and… TADAAAA!!




Towards the end of presentation. Before my FINAL SHOWDOWNNNNNN


My presentation VIDEO

Correction to what I said at 0:34.. what I meant was that I used photoshop to draw all my digital drawings but not photoshop for photo editing/collage for this project , sorry to be misleading.



Close up of my work

Drawing + water colour, Final


“I wanted the gold axe… But I am scared” – Zi Feng

Hong sheng is my mascot for honesty, because he looks fierce and suit this idea well, consequence of lying? look at thatttttt~~~

don’t, just don’t. Its all for own good!

Triatic colour, face centralize and at the third to direct attention to the face, then to the axe due to the shininess.

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“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control the way you think about all the events. You always have a choice. You can choose to face them with a positive mental attitude.” – Roy Bennett

Miaranne – the always smiling girl – atleast in my impression? yeah,

Being optimistic is better than being rich, this is why she is above the gold.

Analogous color, centralized with leading lines surrounding her face, straight forward.

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“A picture speaks a thousand words, a joker speaks more.” – Zi Feng

Zhou yang,

Roughly centralized, triangular composition, no background to deliver the clearest and fastest impact when I tear the decoy off.

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

Ibrahim is very adventurous I think, and i am glad i chose him because his project is all about adventure!!! lucky me.

Triatic colour scheme, rule of third and cartoony way of drawing to deliver the whimsical feel.

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“I am doing at my own pace.” – Isaac Chu

Isaac, drawing himself half way, due to procrastination, well.. he is doing it at his own pace.

Split complimentary, centralize, off balance colour which shift the weight to the left to instill insecurity and imbalance in procrastination (the word, not Isaac)

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Dream Chaser

“Dont wait for things to happen. Make them happen.” – Roy Bennett

Jeremy, the Mauritian. Hunting lion in Africa.. Mauritius is beside Africa and hence this joke(not insult, definitely not) which we talked about it during narrative class, well…. the hunt lion part is by me to follow his joke and yaaaaaaaaaaa… it happens.

analogous colour scheme,  diagonal to make it dynamic, facing down slope instead of up slope to increase the implied speed.

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Digital works, final.

More Knowledge

“You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm Yourself!” – Russell T. Davies

Madeline is the representation of knowledge, studying in a library which associated with more knowledge,

poly-chromatic colour scheme as background to show that knowledge is vast and there are many subjects which one could learn, knowing only some (books on the table are only teal and pink) which majority of those are which we do not know (colourful books in the background)

Almost rule of third, one on Madeline’s face and another on the books on the table. Relatively warm tone for more human touch as knowledge by itself feels cold unless human touch is added.

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More Kindness

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

Munn is very kind as she is in the Cat Management Network and I seen her working for the benefit of cats (getting approval from the office to stick posters in school which educate people about feeding the cats in school)

centralized and triangular composition, leading lines and symmetrical background to bring focus on Munn’s face.

cats are now well rendered because the main focus in the picture is Munn feeding the cats, not the cat itself.

also in this composition, using of warm colour as kindness is always warm.

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Save the world

” To get through the hardest journey we need to take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” – Chinese proverb

Anam as Amazing Anam, the nick name from our class

Triangular composition paired with the rule of third direct all to the face and the world is placed in the background to both save the WORLD and to counterbalance the visual weight as the majority of visual weight is towards the left. yellow is a representation of light and hope therefore it is the majority colour in this picture.

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Making friends

“Friends come in all shape and sizes.” – Zi Feng

Me in how to train your dragon, substitute me for hiccup and the fish into apple to represent simpler things

Analogous colour of yellow orange and red, having the misty effect in the background as inspired by the “Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci to create depth and making it more fantasy like.

two set of leading lines, one on the ground which direct to toothless the dragon in the picture and another implied lines created by the visual site of toothless and me towards the apple which represent the willingness to give to make friends. it doesnt have to be a great gift, a simple, basic apple will be good enough as it is the thoughts that count. again, warm tone as making friend supposed to be a warm process.

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Having fun

“If you are not having fun, You’re doing something wrong.” – Groucho Marx

Me riding a turtle and having fun on an unorthodox adventure.

triatic colour scheme of red blue and yellow along with thick outline to create a cartoony, light hearted picture which is happy and fun.

I am happy in the picture, saw something amazing and pointed to it, leading the turtle to look at it which represented that I hope I could share my happiness with others and wanted those around me to see the happiness that I saw.

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Me in 5 years

“I want to be the same me in 5 years.” – Zi Feng

The whole class is arranged in a repetitive method which the repeated pattern are all different, this create a picture which one could spend sometime on it, carefully looking at it and also to search for themselves in the picture. everybody is smiling in happiness because I hoped that everyone will be happy in 5 years time, as for me, I want to be the same me.

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At the end of this project/module, I learnt that there are many things we could have done with the same project. Interpretation is all that matters and I discarded my progress and started all over again in all projects of 2D, sometime it is essential not to have too much attachment to our own work and progress in order to get some improvements. Also, I learnt that in art, the language will be the same… like for history of art, it is not only ‘history’ of art, I applied so many things I learnt in the history lesson in 2D and I also applied what i learnt in 4D and FD into my 2D projects, when I think about it, its kind of fun to link all of them up and use the theory altogether to create a “simple composition”!!!

EGO Documentation 2

New direction for this project, I need to re think all my ideas again.

Starting from how to depict my ideas using my classmate, i gave myself direction to choose from, maybe i can choose from generic ideas like for example metaphoric, a heart of gold i could use someone and lots of gold? brave as lion with someone and an lion in it?

Thinking about this, there is an inside joke between Jeremy and me, because he is a Mauritian which is beside Africa, I would disturb him by telling him to go hunt lion in Africa.. maybe i could use this idea.

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A list of ways to do my work in.. i could do one medium for each box, making 12 medium in total, maybe?

or i could choose 2 mediums and do a 6 – 6 so that it would have a general theme to it hence clearer message since it is the classmate in the picture i want to emphasis, not my art.

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brainstorming of ideas i could use for my final, those boxed out is what i chose and V1 and V2 meant version 1 and version 2 which i think it would be a better idea.2015-11-03 21.18.212015-11-03 21.18.25

In conclusion, my 4 equation are –

Honesty + Optimistic = Humorous (me)

Hong sheng in “the honest woodsman” + Marianne in her cheerful smile = Zhouyang as himself (will be funny as it is)

Adventurous – Procrastinating = Dream chaser (better me)

Ibrahim in Adventure Time – Isaac doing things halfway = Jeremy chasing lion with a spear in Africa

More knowledge x More kindness = Save the world (ideal me)

Madeline studying x Munn feeding cat = Amazing Anam

Making friends + Having fun = Happy me (me in 5 years)

Me trying to make weird friends + Me doing abnormal fun things = whole class smiling cheerfully.


Heres my half done drawings with watercolour.

Honesty (supposed to be HongSheng, but not alike..)



Oprimistic (Miaranne)



Humorous (ZhouYang)

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Adventurous (Ibrahim)



Procrastination (Isaac)



Dream chaser (Jeremy)



My half done digital paintings

More Kindness (Madeline)


More Kindness (Munn)



Save the world (Amazing Anam)

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Making Friends (me with toothless)

making friends1

Having Fun (me)

having fun1

Me in 5 years (everyone)

andddddd~~~ time stalk my classmate facebook and search for their smilessss!!!!

this is the result of stalking!!!



spent many hours to find suitable picture reference and around 3 hours to have the lineart of these sketches, each sketch is done on a 200mm by 200mm file to preserve as much detail as possible of the faces and formed this..

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It is kind of hard to rearrange everything to make it organised having me in the middle with 22 people in our class, so I added Shirley to make it 23 and I could make it into 22 + 1 = 11+1+11 and therefore arrange it nicely.

Next post will be my final works.

to be continue….

EGO Documentation 1

Ego Project, 4 Equation about Me, Improved me, Ideal me and Me in 5 years

the first thing i thought of for this project is to have my target audience to resonate with what I want to express,

and it is OK for others to not feel what i want to express or even totally don’t understand my work because that is not important, my priority will be my target audience.


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I divided myself into category so that i can pick and match any two to form any equation,

Example 1 – Humorous + Forgiving = Friendly

Example 2 – Pride – arrogant = confident

Example 3 – Unpredictable x opportunistic = bright future

i think this it a good way to start my project as it gives me lots of possibility while still being me.



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The better me, Ideal me and me in 5 years are all made up from the pieces in the “ME” equation.




Since this is a project about colour, i will start by linking a word that I want to use to a colour scheme for the feel that the colour has.

colour scheme

Arrogant/Confident in illustrator.

my initial idea was to vector the shapes and cut out different colour of paper to make it into pop up graphic.

like confidence and arrogance will be using the same picture, having confidence stacked up(additional/convex)  while arrogant being cut away(left over)(subtraction/concave)

because i think confidence and arrogance is basically very similar but one is positive and one is negative.


After showing Shirley my work, she mentioned why use human when there ate more interesting way to depict confidence/arrogance and hence i redo it into a lion

lion are proud.

Confident process


Learn more skills

for this while equation, I wanted to use game as i think that many classmates could resonate with my work as we play some game of some sort during our life,

i also wanted to use pixel art as it seems promising due to the rich colour scheme and not a main stream medium so I wanted to try something different.

this is not a screen shot from the famous online game Maple Story.

it is a template from maple story and edited it. any maple player will know it is impossible to get this  skills in the game(heavily edited).

the stolen skills = skill I will learn

the Equipped skills = skills i learnt.


below are some pixel art i got from the web and intend to use it to construct my composition.

34x34icons180709362213DS - Fire Emblem Awakening - Skill IconsDS - RPG Tsukuru DS RPG Maker DS - Skill Icons

I wanted to use pixel art as a set of composition because i think it is really different and it works since my idea is More skills + kindness which both could be represent in pixel art.


For this, i want to make my own avatar in the game to represent me doing some kind things

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This is just for fun.


Honesty and Humorous

2015-11-03 21.18.47for the honesty, i decided to use a childhood story of mine to depict honesty, but with a twist.

the story is the honesty woodman, as of wikipedia

“The woodcutter who accidentally dropped his axe into a river and, because this was his only means of livelihood, sat down and wept. Taking pity on him, the god Hermes (also known as Mercury) dived into the water and returned with a golden axe. “Was this what you had lost?”, Hermes asked, but the woodcutter said it was not, and returned the same answer when a silver axe was brought to the surface. Only when his own tool is produced does he claim it. Impressed by his honesty, the god allows him to keep all three.”

but in my version, i decided to use the chinese god of fortune, holding axe in both hand and looking fierce while wearing what the god of fortune is not usually seen wearing while using a muscular arm used with the axe to create a gangster feel, like this, no one will dare to lie to him is what i want to show.


For Humorous, instead of showing some funny scene which stands for humorous,


SOOOOOOOOO.. I decided to draw Zhouyang from our class because he is naturally funny even if he did not try to be funny.

the picture of zhouyang will be one of the highlight in all my 12 composition i think, and because of this, I am inspired to scrap my current progress for a more meaningful project,

I will draw my classmates to represent some quality as it will have the most impact to the class, making them to resonate with my work,




And thus, I scraped all my work up to this point except for the 2 sketch above and rework everything for the greater good.

to be continued………

Understanding Color – Youtube video

~I only summarized what was mentioned in the video and do not own anything here~

~All images here are screenshots of the video~



  • Don’t overdo it – lots of bright saturated color looks incredibly fake and leave no time for the eye to rest, hence irritating when view for sometime.



  • Guide viewers by using bright saturated color sparingly  a line of bright red along the back guide the direction of camels



  • Use it to tell a story – animated flim used alot of bright saturated color for a sense of animation



  • Affects mood – brightness and saturation  = happy, dull and desaturated = sadness



  • Draws attention to something – highly saturated point is used for viewer to anchor




Color Harmony


  • only one colour
  • Best for single subject
  • atmospheric




  • easy on the eye
  • peaceful, comfortable mood
  • seen alot in nature




  • best for cartoon/ surreal
  • hard to pull off




  • very popular
  • naturally pleasing on eye
  • use one color predominantly – the weaker colour



Split complementary

  • More creative freedom
  • Feels lively/ joyous



Tetratic (Double Complementary)

  • best used for foreground/background – a set at foreground/ a set at background
  • hard to pull off
  • never 25% for each



Color Research

Black – HEX:#000000 RGB:0, 0, 0 CMYK 0, 0, 0, 100

Sophistication, glamour, security, emotional safety, efficiency, substance

Oppression, coldness, menace, heaviness.


White –  HEX:#FFFFFF RGB: 255, 255, 255 CMYK 0, 0, 0, 0

Hygiene, sterility, clarity, purity, cleanness, simplicity, sophistication, efficiency

Sterility, coldness, barriers, unfriendliness, elitism


Red – HEX:#FF0000 RGB: 255, 0, 0 CMYK: 0, 100 , 100, 0

Physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival

Defiance, aggression, visual impact, strain


Blue – HEX:#0000FF RGB: 0, 0, 225 CMYK 100, 100, 0, 0

Intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty

Coldness, aloofness, lack of emotion, unfriendliness


Green – HEX:#00FF00 RGB:0, 255, 0 CMYK: 100, 0, 100, 0

Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness

Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.


Yellow – HEX:#FFFF00 RGB:255, 255, 0 CMYK: 0, 0, 100, 0

Optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extraversion, emotional strength, friendliness

Irrationality, fear, emotional fragility, depression, anxiety, suicide


Cyan – HEX:#00FFFF RGB 0, 255, 255 CMYK 100, 0, 0, 0

nature and the natural world, tranquility, good luck, health, and jealousy.fertility

Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.


Magenta – HEX:#FF00FF RGB:255, 0, 255 CMYK:0, 100, 0, 0

harmony and emotional balance, passion, transformation, uplifting, cheerfulness, happiness, contentment

depression and despair, arrogance and bossiness, anxious and intolerant


Pink – HEX:#FF0066 RGB:255, 0, 102 CMYK: 0, 100, 60, 0

Physical tranquillity, nurture, warmth, femininity, love, sexuality

Inhibition, emotional claustrophobia, emasculation, physical weakness.


Orange – HEX:#FF9900 RGB:255, 153, 0 CMYK:0, 40, 100, 0 

Physical comfort, food, warmth, security, sensuality, passion, abundance, fun
Deprivation, frustration, frivolity, immaturity

Gray – HEX:#808080 RGB:128, 128, 128 CMYK: 52, 43, 43, 8

Psychological neutrality

Lack of confidence, dampness, depression, hibernation, lack of energy.


Teal –  HEX:#008080 RGB:0, 128, 128 CMYK: 86, 31, 49, 8

emotional balance and stability, alleviating feelings of loneliness, cool, calm and collected

secrecy and confusion, lacking communication skills, being unreliable and deceptive


Lime – HEX:#BFFF00 RGB:191, 255, 0 CMYK: 30, 0, 100, 0

Harmony, balance, refreshment, universal love, rest, restoration, reassurance, environmental awareness

Boredom, stagnation, blandness, enervation.


Maroon – HEX:#800000 RGB:128, 0, 0 CMYK: 29, 100, 100, 38

Seriousness, warmth, Nature, earthiness, reliability, support.

Lack of humour, heaviness, lack of sophistication.


Violet – HEX:#8000FF RGB:127, 15, 255, CMYK: 50, 94, 0, 0

Spiritual awareness, containment, vision, luxury, authenticity, truth, quality

Introversion, decadence, suppression, inferiority