This is my last post…

I’m closing this blog off with this post. I’ve decided to leave it this way bc I want artsythingy to be left as my e-portfolio.


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The chosen song: Weezer’s Island In The Sun.



The song’s about self-discovery and living the moment. In this picture, the scenery outside exhibits a representation of her happiness whereas the emptiness she feels inside is represented by the dark and empty room. Seeing the ethereal view, she has the desire to seek an escape from her demons. However, as she floats into the air nearing the window, she grasps the curtain as her demons forcefully pull her back into a vortex of misery. In addition, the sun replaced by a slice of orange is a figment of her imagination to contentment.


PROPS: Slice of orange, curtains and the fluffy dress.



I started with capturing jump shots of Melissa (my model) to replicate the action of a person levitating in the air. It was seemingly difficult to capture shots because the little things did not make it work like “the hair is not floating enough,” “your legs aren’t high enough”, and I can go on and on. Here, the studio lighting was off. My camera settings weren’t right. So I decided to try again the following week.



This time, it was a whole lot better. Instead of a soft light, I used a spot light, shining through the curtains. A ladder and a PVC pipe were used to hold the curtain up high.


PHOTOSHOP: It was my first attempt at this software and it took me approximately 12 hours of getting accustomed to. The hardest part of using it is getting frustrated with the tools because some didn’t work for the weirdest reasons like “A layer is absent” but everything was there, yaddi yadda. However, I had fun as I was able to learn about the technicalities of Photoshop; manipulating the perspectives, adding shadows to make it more realistic, erasing the background and such. Still need time to get used to it.


“This is my last post for photography and it’s been quite a ride. I had the chance to learn a lot about the camera’s setting and I didn’t realise how easy it was as time progressed. Also, it boosted my confidence to take pictures in public and I managed to see things from a different perspective. My interest does not stop here so I’ll be taking more photos. Hopefully, better than I am right now.”


TEAM_MEMBERS: Liberty, Melissa, Husna and I (first slot).

We are given the task to replicate two different examples of studio lighting and this is by far my favourite practice so far.





Aperture: f/5.3

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

A soft light was placed on the side of the model so the other side of her face would be darker. We have to position it several times to get the lighting right.





Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 320

The model had to face off-centre and the light was position at the same direction as her face. This was relatively close enough as the shadows under the neck are nearly the same. It’s just that the strength of the lighting needs to have little adjustments.


Before you read any further, I apologise that there aren’t any pictures because we used to school camera.



The class and I experimented on studio lighting, using examples of Jennifer’s and mine. We have two different lightings; Jennifer’s requires an equal distribution of lighting so she had to use the flash whereas for myself, I needed to create a sunset vibe through a window so we utilised the spot light and the soft light.

We started off with mine but without any lighting. We can conclude that the ceiling lights did not do us any justice and it was horrendous. We also tempered with the white balance to meet with the lighting in the room.

  • Increase the WB if the light is too cold.
  • Decrease the WB if the light is too warm.

(or is it the other way round? Hmm…)

We moved on to the soft light which was placed at an angle of 45 degrees from Melissa’s (our model of the day) standing point. The lighting on her face was subtle and the shadows did not appear harsh. However, it was not powerful enough to give a sunset effect. So we moved on to the spot light and goodness, it was hot. The light and shadows were evidently harsh and it was perfect for my final outcome.

I was curious about how the turnout would be if we used both spot and soft lights at once. Initially, you’ll need to ensure which light is to be made dominant. It also depends on the direction of the light source so the result is slightly vague. I wish I can show you the photos we took so you can clearly see the difference.



Didn’t have class but I needed to do some brainstorming on props and proper planning. My idea was also approved so it was good to go.



We had include our ideas into a rough sketch to show how we want our final photo to appear.



I was thinking of creating a contrast between her (+ her surrounding) and the view within the cracked mirror; B&W and colour. She’s staring at the broken mirror, wishing to put them back together to have a clearer view of what she wishes to see; the surreal scenery which represents her happiness.




It’s the same story, only that it is interpreted from a different perspective. Her surrounding is pretty empty and dark, representing her emptiness. This time she is floating in the air, seeking for an escape.


These were the only 2 sketches that I was interested in and I didn’t have any creative juices flowing. However, I really like the second sketch and hopefully, all goes well in the works of Photoshop.



Wow, writing that hurt the heart.


Boy, do I have to say a lot about this one…


A little bit about me. Before enrolling myself into Foundation in Design last year, I completed 2 years worth of A-Levels as a Science student. Back in secondary school, I couldn’t make up my mind so I ended up at different streams every year (both Art and Science). Although I was in the Art stream, I did not have much insight on the subject itself so an art background was absent.

I did not know what I was getting myself into because I was overly ambitious to protect the Earth and I swore to myself that I would get well-known for my notable work. That I would make a difference. Unfortunately, I lost my sense of direction in the world of science and most importantly, myself.

Of course, I needed to re-evaluate my life choices and mind you, it took me ages to spark a progression. It finally hit me that art is my utmost passion, whether it is in the form of painting or composing. A lot of thinking and staring into space brought me to where I am today.

During the course of FID, I exposed myself to the many different forms of art expression through 2D and 3D-Design, Spatial Design, Printmaking, Fundamental Drawing, Creative Thinking Skills and Contextual Studies. However, I didn’t think that that was enough because it was all in the books. I was extremely lucky to meet incredible artists as they are more experienced with life and I was able to learn how to express after encountering a series of life events. I still have a long way to go, by the way.

What did I learn? I learned to let go of my ego and listen to my heart. I learned that life should not be filled with regrets because there’s no way of turning them around. I learned that you need to live through shit to get to your rightful place.


What did I find?

Serenity. And I certainly do not regret anything.




Hi, Mr Charles. Since this is my last post, I just want to give a massive, massive, massive thanks for everything. After writing this post, my head’s so blank from being too overwhelmed so I can’t process much. It has only made me reminisce the good and bad times throughout FID, from Orientation Day. Amazing how time flies so quickly without us noticing it. As if it was only yesterday when you introduced us to Mr Black and honestly, I was scared of him for a while. Turns out that he’s a pretty chill dude. Sir, I don’t think I can shut down my CTX brain because everywhere I go and everything I look at, I seek for a deeper meaning. Jeez. HAHAHAHA! Anyway, really, thank you so much. All the best for your phD (that’s what you’re doing, right?) and God bless.


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I don’t know whether it’s often that students would consider a prank video on lecturers as their final assignment but if it isn’t, I’m glad we took it to a different approach because everyone obviously does not want to do things similarly as well as lecturers watching the same thing all over and over and over (yeah, you get it) again.

Designing Moments was totally a risky stepping stone to getting out of our comfort zones because we do not publicly prank (and embarrass ourselves) on a daily basis. I guess you can say that our creative thinking skills drove itself to a whole new level. Other than that, we start to see things in a contextual way. As in we have the tendency to seek deeper meanings behind a situation or even the little things we do.

Anyway, the purpose of the video is to see how design lecturers are able to deal with unexpected situations and we tested them by observing their reactions. A majority of them manifested different responses; more of what the bleep reactions. However, Miss Mary, who is an English lecturer, did not show a reaction that we hoped for. She did find us cute though and that’s enough for me.

Before this whole thing, it made me wonder what runs through their minds and after interviewing them with a series of questions, they have opened a new door for me. I started to view things from a different perspective and it allowed me to react in an unusual manner, contrasting from the norms.

In the end, we asked if they would wear the flower mask to close off the interview and all of our design lecturers agreed to their part. Someone mentioned that “all artists/designers are crazy” and I must admit, they are. But in a cool way.

Now, this video enabled us to design moments without conventional mediums. Instead, we are the medium.

To close this off, it is encouraged for artists to find other ways to create art. Isn’t it time for us to design a new art movement?




Preparing the props in the drawing studio was crucial because Mr Ernesto would randomly appear at any ungodly minute. So we had Felicia and Wenny to spy on him in his office while we hang our flower masks everywhere, and I mean everywhere. We also set our cameras at blind spots.

Dude, Chloe. Don’t. Guys, just wait for the video.

Okay, sorry. I am not supposed to tell you even 20% of it but I can tell you that his reaction was priceless. However, I have to give it to Felicia and Wenny for stalling him outside the studio.

“Sir, sir, sir. Are you hungry?”

“Sir, sir,sir. Stomach pain.”

Goodness, Wenny. As if it’s not obvious. Also, big thanks to the juniors’ endless tolerance of us barging into their class everyday.


These are questions for our lecturers regarding our final project:

  1. What do you understand by the term “unexpected”?
  2. Why is being unexpected so important (artistically/generally)?
  3. Have you ever experienced a student actually doing something unexpected?
  4. Would you be willing to do the unexpected?