Friday, September 13, 2013

A different direction

Things have been crazy and not at the same time!

Freelance is going pretty well and I am still grateful as ever for all of these opportunities. I realize that there is a big chance I will not have those jobs for long. Which reminds me a need to do a few hand written thank you cards.
Other than that, I suddenly had a inkling to paint in photoshop again. This time, I'm pushing myself in a completely different direction. I do this for myself and no one else. I've been able to separate art for work and art for pleasure and well...I'd like save my photoshop painting/sketching for pleasure so I can do whatever the hell I want!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I AM A LIAR! and graphic dump :)

OK! So I lied. I got too lazy to move to wordpress. I'll just keep posting here.

It's been a CRAZY year (almost a year since my last post!). I'll just give you the main highlights:
  • Worked as a salesperson, walking around Home Depots. Exploded me out of my shell and boosted my confidence levels by a million points. I talked to, on average, 70 people per day. Got nice comments and got told to "fuck off" a couple of times by grumpy customers. I learned great life lessons and grew mentally! Even though I lasted 3 weeks (because I wanted to work in art again), I will never, ever forget that experience.
  • Worked as a freelance motion graphics artist at a skin care company that allowed me to try out different hats! Customer service, crm software, analytics, adwords, marketing campaign, social media marketing etc. Fun people to work with and more learning involved! 
  • Got to travel to Istanbul for a month for a freelance project! It was an amazing, amazing experience and I got to meet so many talented, rowdy and intelligent people from all over the world. I'm still counting my lucky stars :]
Now that I'm settled back down for a bit, I've decided to really start working on my graphic design skills. Collabing with other graphic designers through all my different jobs was so inspiring that I just wanted to give it a go!

These have been made with either Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects or C4D or all! Check em out:

Friday, May 11, 2012

Just a Heads up!

I will be moving to Wordpress + a few changes!
I'll keep you posted! :D

For now, be entertained by this gif.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Masks, Keyframes and Animation Aren't Scary in After Effects part 1

This was designed by Henry Deleon

I'm going to start focusing a little bit more on motion graphics practice and take you along with me so we can learn together!

I've always had this fear of masks in After Effects and I didn't know why. Just the thought of having to manipulate a bunch of those yellow outlines and knowing the difference between add, subtract, invert etc. got my hands all sweaty.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Chrome Dokuro + PSD file

Hi M,
If you are still following this blog, this one's for you!
Whew! Been a while since I've used my tablet!
I didn't watch any of the episodes of Reborn! but from the pics I've seen, this Chrome bitch loves her staff! I would too. I love long pointy things :D

Monday, April 2, 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

The Simple Business Lesson I Learned from The Hunger Games *spoilers*

Do you ever have that one problem where you volunteer to fight 23 other people to the death in a gladiator type game that guarantees only one, sole survivor?
And did you ever feel that you would never be able to get sponsors to like you to increase your chances of living?

I can see you nodding your head in agreement. Happens all the time!

Well, here's how Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games, along with her business partner Peeta Mellark, mentor Haymitch Abernathy, and stylist Cinna have found the way to overcome this everyday situation.

The problem that Katniss and Peetah face (hold the PeeNiss jokes), in fact all of the "tributes" face, is that they have to find a way to survive the game. The best way, as Haymitch tells them, is to get sponsors to remember them, fall in love with them, root for them, etc. so that they can be sent some life-saving items during the game.

This is the time to show them everything. Make sure they remember you.
So how do they do it?
Through some pretty damn intense Marketing and Branding.

Now, I'm not saying that you should go out and do this for yourself, but here's a short list of their marketing strategies:
  • Set themselves on fire
  • Shoot a metal/steel arrow at the sponsors
  • Katniss wears a fire dress that brands her The Girl on Fire
  • Slipped each other some tongue to create a love story
  • Threatened to eat some death berries so they could die together, Romeo and Juliet style
So you want us to what?

Pretty hardcore, huh?
So what kind of marketing have you done to get your business some sponsors (aka clients)?
I know I've got a long way to go...