final project

after debating… i realize i probably should do a project that will be related to thesis only because i don’t want to run into the issue of failing to meet goals due to time.

my thesis is a game that uses the theme of evolution. i want to create patterns that grow, starting as a single point to become a line, a triangle, quadrilateral… etc.

here is an image of how it looks for context:

What is the content you’re designing?
i am designing patterns that will be used as background images for a game.

What is the intended form of your project?
- digital game background
- physical prints

What are your constraints?
- maximum 3 colors
- repetitive and tileable pattern

almost final ink batches

same lungwort, different pH.

random and morris louis

using morris louis’s work as my reference.

and being [a little] braver with color.


round shapes were used for the character to directly contrast itself to the predators.

round shapes also lend themselves to more neotenous look- therefore giving it a “cute” appearance.


print test

fermenting tree lungwort & assets

lungwort will produce a rust color pigment.

– 24 hrs later –

shown are samples of the same lichen fermented in two different solutions.

left: in dmso (dimethyl sulfoxide)- which is a by product of paper making
right: in ammonia

the pigments are very diluted but there is a visible difference between the two solutions in that they produce complementary colors. the pigment being extracted in the ammonia solution is the favorable one.

one thing asked from the fungus class about the pigment process is the use of ammonia because it seems out of place in my preference for natural materials. an alternative would be urine- which is quite a common alternative.

i am very curious as to how the pigment will turn out but will need to overcome a small hurdle.


some character design progress:

playing with moths, faces, symmetry…

moth studies

drawing details to help with simplification.

printing code – midterm

brian s chung’s dynamic logo.

based on the chinese characters used for his middle name.

fungus – final presentation

thesis/fungus – pigment progess

- using a rubber block for testing
- vegetable glycerin was used as a vehicle for ink
- the ink was rich but it wasn’t enough- something that’s been a concern of mine since the beginning
- ammonia and water evaporate. ink was let to sit out over the course of a 36 hours.
- final result was a much richer ink that has some sort of viscosity (mild success).