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:

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

Sunday, March 25, 2012


As some of you can see, I've imported posts from a different blog that I have been keeping up parallel with this art blog.
The other blog was going to document my journey into forming my own business. However, I realized that I can only multitask so much. Having two blogger blogs plus two tumblr blogs plus facebook plus twitter was just getting to be too much for me and I ended up neglecting them!

So in accordance with my new lifestyle of simplifying things, I have combined my art, business, and personal life together all in one blog. This way, you can get to know me better and I can get to know you better!

Stay tuned for more changes soon! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Read this book if you want a good kick in the ass and the brain.

I've read a LOT of books the past few days, but Seth Godin's Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? has completely inspired and really encouraged me to push myself further. It's so good that even after I finished reading it, I decided to purchase it for $10 for the Kindle just so I could keep it for future reference.

Now the book isn't about just business/self employers, it's also for the employees who dont mind keeping their job at their favorite company. It's about really pushing yourself to be the artist you truly are and bringing creative ideas to the table. We're taught that by following the rules and listening to whoever is in charge without question we will be rewarded with a gold star or a paycheck. However, the ones with the good ideas, the ones who question the way things are done and offer a better solution, the creative ones are the ones who will have the upper hand.

You can be a good employee who only does the minimum of what is asked of you and grumble if you are assigned to do something you aren't paid for. Or you can be the awesome employee, amp up the your creative side and eventually, if the job really does suck, you'll have these other opportunities because others notice how excellent you are.

I'm actually guilty of this. At one of my previous jobs, my boss told me to take the initiative. I didn't really understand why because they were my boss and I was their employee so shouldn't they be telling me everything that I needed to do? Plus, I didn't want to take any hits at work because it wasn't on my agenda. I wanted to make everyone happy. Now, obviously I see that I made my boss's job a little bit harder because I forced them to micro-manage me along with all the other work they had to do; I could easily be replaced by someone else. Live and learn.

Everyone was born to be an artist. And not artist in the traditional sense. Making people laugh can be an art. Your ability to talk to and calm down an angry person is an art. Connecting people with each other is an art. Just being able to hold a conversation with someone you just met is an art. Programming is an art. You get the point.

BUT this is not to say that all artists are really artists. A painter who just follows the technique but doesn't provide emotional content is just another cog in the painting machine who can easily be replaced. As a true artist your work, your gift, whatever it may be should somehow evoke a change in whoever is on the receiving end.

I wouldn't exactly call this a business book, though I found it in that section. It's more of a motivational or self-improvement book. Seth says the reason we're afraid to do certain things is because of our "lizard-brain" telling us the bad things that could go wrong.
"The lizard brain is the reason you're afraid, the reason you don't ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance."

This book completely challenges the old aspects of business. I know that there are quite a few people who will be offended by what Seth has to write about. But it just resonates with me!

Here's one last quote for you:
"Do you remember the old American Dream?...
Keep your head down
Follow instructions
Show up on time
Work hard
Suck it up will be rewarded. As we've seen, that dream is over.

The new American Dream, though, the one that markets around the world are embracing as fast as they can is this:
Be remarkable
Be generous
Create art
Make judgement calls
Connect people and ideas

...and we have no choice but to reward you."

So I've really decided to just get over myself, ignore my lizard brain and finally start "shipping" my idea for business.
Stay tuned for my finalized mission statement, business idea, and another book review.