Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Illustration Friday: Voices

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Just thought I'd try out Illustration Friday since I've seen emila doing it for awhile and milkberry just starting out. Very loose sketch, haven't got much time but at least its a start.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Foldees "A Comic Book Christmas" Contest - Rating has begun!

Hi again to everyone visiting my blog,

Foldees.com's second contest's submission period has just concluded recently. I managed to deliver two entries to Foldees and the last one just a day before the extended deadline.


Logo courtesy of foldees.com


This time around the official entries are cut down to 60 instead of 70 as Foldees wanted quality more than quantity. Lucky for me I got both my entries in this time. The theme this time is "A Comic Book Christmas" and contestants are supposed to design Christmas cards with a comic book theme. It can be any style as long as you have your comic elements in it. I incorporated a few different styles, including Japanese manga, American comic style and comic vector illustrations.

I posted two entries, and now I need your help to rate my card designs. I'm not asking for biased ratings, just a little bit of your time to rate my two designs. See, the rating system is a bit different this time, as they don't want it to be a popularity contest. So how do they deal with that? They set up a random card rating system, whereby you will have to rate the cards randomly as they come up. Think of it as a shuffled playlist you get with your music player. You can rate the cards randomly 'til you get to my cards if you want to, but if you rate all of them you get a free card sent to you or anyone else in the world since you get a coupon code. One more thing though, you have to register yourself in Foldees.com to rate. So, please be sporting and rate the cards :D


Here are the two entries I submitted.

1st Entry - Stormy Perceptions


Cover of the card


Inside of the card

Description

The card is a two-page gag. On the front page, you have a kid looking outside the window during a heavy thunderstorm. The power is out, and the flash of lightning outlines a mysterious dark figure. The kid sees this and his imagination runs wild thinking that the figure might be a ghost or a monster. The cover doesn't look like a Christmas card intentionally, as I wanted it to look like just any other comic.


The 2nd part of the comic is inside the card, whereby the "mysterious dark figure" comes in abruptly through the front door and it turns out its just a drenched Santa Claus breaking the silence with his trademark laugh. The kid breaths a sigh of relief (just below the Merry Christmas text). Well, that's basically the rationale for this design. Next..

2nd Entry - The Incredibly Angry Santa


Cover of the card


Inside of the card


Description

This card front cover is a tribute to The Incredible Hulk, in case you haven't noticed. I wanted to get a true American-style comic book cover this time around, so that basically explains why there's a bold title, price and a text box saying "1st Explosive Issue" at the bottom. The illustration is inspired by American comics as well with its bold lines and large areas of filled blacks to portray shadow. Santa is seen as being "incredibly angry" and bursting from his clothes, kinda like the transformation of Bruce Banner to the Hulk.

Now I'll explain the inside of the card. Why is he angry? Well he's not actually angry yet, but if you don't leave the milk and cookies (A Christmas tradition), the cover shows the exaggerated portrayal of an upset Santa Claus :).

This time around, the competition is pretty tight since half of these are international entries but I'm still putting some hope in it. I'm pretty sure there's a difference in quality with my recent entries.


So, please please please, help me and support me, the more the merrier, as I'm trying to win the stuff to get extra funding for my upcoming wedding (again!). I'm not asking anyone to be biased and rate me 5, just rate according to what you think I should get. After all, I'm tired of popularity design contests myself. I want to strive to produce better art and designs. Remember, even if you want to support my design, don't rate the others only 1, just rate the cards accordingly, if not I'd be accused of cheating. Shouldn't take too much of your time. Click the image below for you to go straight to the random card rating engine.


Foldees Rating Flyer



Thanks in advance, guys and gals, and if you have rated my cards and helped me for the last contest, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I appreciate it a lot. Wish me luck for the 2nd time, I need it. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Foldees "A Comic Book Christmas" Card Contest



I know this is a late entry, and I can assure you, I'm not trying to "hide" this contest from the competition (huhuhu), I have just been busy, as you can see I haven't posted anything here. Well, recently I attended the prize-giving event held by Foldees for the "We Are All Geeks" card contest and I received my bounty for 2nd prize. Simultaneously, Foldees launched a new contest with a new theme, "A Comic Book Christmas".

What's it all about, you may ask? Well, you'll have to come up with something that is comic-ish in nature, doesn't matter what kind of comic, as long as people can relate to it, and of course, it has to be related with Christmas.

So, go ahead, storm that brain (lame I know) and submit a winning entry to Chak Foldees as soon as possible, as the contest is ending on 20th October 2008! That's right, don't be late or you might not make it. I can honestly say that the competition is going to be pretty close this time around, since we have a familiar theme, and a lot of people who didn't make it for the last contest.

Click the image above to go straight to the contest details. All the best!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wacom Intuos3 6x8 A5 For Sale - SOLD

I'm selling off my 3-year old Wacom Intuos3 6x8 A5 tablet. It has served me well but I've got another tablet at hand. Purchased it at All IT Hypermart on October 2005 and I still have the receipt with me.

Package includes an Intuos 3 6x8 A5 tablet, Grip Pen, Extra nibs (unused), documentation, CD, and the box.

Selling it for RM900. COD only. No installments.

The Wacom Intuos has been sold to a kind Mr. Mansur. Thank you very much for helping me out.


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Contact me at bemsixtynine at gmail dot com. I'll reply as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Foldees Contest: I won 2nd place!




Remember the greeting cards contest I posted earlier last month? Well, good news for me, as I checked out their blog just a little after noon, I found out that I won 2nd place! My greeting card design, 'Geek & GPS - Thinking of you' managed to appeal to a lot of people on the site, surprisingly. Yes, I am surprised myself, as I never would have thought I'd design something that'll appeal to the masses. The last time I won anything for design or art was ages ago, around 2000-ish. I won 2nd or 3rd in a contest for Halo game on Xbox.

The one that took the 2nd prize ,- Geek & GPS - Thinking of You



The Cover of the card



Inside of the card


All I can say is, this is a good milestone for me, and what better time it is to come just after we enter the month of Ramadhan, alhamdulillah. Thanks to everyone who have rated my card! Congratulations to Emila Yusof and Noelevz for winning the 1st and 3rd in the contest. Its nice to know that all my efforts were worthwhile :).


Monday, August 25, 2008

Portrait of a Brunette

Since I'm in a painting mood this past few weeks, I did a few sketches and artworks. With this one, my intention was to get a cartoon/anime/manga style while the colouring, more to a semi-realistic approach. Juggling with three tools in Painter X, I managed to create something that I'm proud of. The blender tool was a godsend for this one. Seriously, the blender tool can be defined as a sculpt tool, since I literally sculpted her face by "pushing" the colours. As you can see from my original sketch, it doesn't look exactly the same with my final artwork.

Step 1: Sketched the basic structure of the face. In this case, it doesn't look anything like my final result.

Step 2: Painted and sculpted the face. Added shadows as well to add more depth. I plotted the colours I wanted to use on the blank, unused space so that I can eyedrop them anytime I want.

Step 3: I sketched and coloured her hair all on this step. Played with shades of brown and orange to make the hair more natural. Added shadows and highlights blend it in with her face.

Step 4: I tweaked the shadows and highlights of the whole portrait here.

Final Artwork: After a bit more detailing, colouring and saturation tweaking, this is the final result.


Hope everyone understands generally how I do my digital painting. What did I learn from this? Blending is a great tool, you can start of with something and produce something completely different. It's like plasticine, just use your imagination and creative mind.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Drawing Jam - July 2008

Drawing Jam is held monthly at The Drawing Board and this one is for July. There were a couple of reference images but this pose struck my interest. I'm not all that good with full figure drawings, let alone dynamic poses, so I thought hey, why not? Yeah, I'm a bit late, but better late than never eh? Sketch and final work all digitally created with a tablet via Photoshop.

Initial Sketch

Final Result

Friday, August 15, 2008

Macromania!

Armed with a Canon 350D and kit lens, I took some of this shots by reversing the lens which then transforms the camera into a supermacro shooting device.


Eye

Fly

Artificial Flower

SonyEricsson K750i

Red Ant

Dell Inspiron 6400

LED Lit Mouse

 
Coral



Beetle

 
Beetle

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Foldees.com "We Are All Geeks" Greeting Card Contest

Hi to all my loyal readers (not much I suppose, but I need all the support I can get),

Recently, I just posted my submissions for Foldees.com greeting card contest. What is Foldees, you may ask? Well, its a Malaysian greeting card portal that plans to be THE greeting card portal where you can post your designs, or purchase designs and print them out on your own personal printer. A pretty cool idea, since you choose what kind of paper you want to print it on. Personalised cards, anyone?


Logo courtesy of foldees.com


Anyway, on to my side of the story. The greeting card contest had just finished receiving their entries (all 73 of them) at the end of July. The theme is "We are all geeks" and contestants are supposed to design any type of card, be it a "Happy Birthday" card or "Missing You" card, with the exception that it has to be related to geeks or geekdom.

I posted two entries, and now I need your help to rate my card designs. I'm not asking for biased ratings, just a little bit of your time to rate my two designs. See, the rating system is a bit different this time, as they don't want it to be a popularity contest. So how do they deal with that? They set up a random card rating system, whereby you will have to rate the cards randomly as they come up. Think of it as a shuffled playlist you get with your music player. You can rate the cards randomly 'til you get to my cards if you want to, but if you rate all of them you get a free card sent to you. One more thing, you have to register yourself in Foldees.com so that you input your address (or not).

Without further adieu, I'll post my entries I submitted. Just a note - the otak3pagi.blogspot.com is NOT included in the design, its just my sig for this blog.

1st Entry - Geek & GPS - Thinking of You


Cover of the card


Inside of the card

Description
The card is a Thinking of You card, you have a guy talking about how he's a geek, and he thinks about you, but seeing that he is a geek, he's display of being thoughtful comes out in the form of his GPS-enabled PDA. Innocently, he wants to put plot you in his PDA so that he can track you. Thoughtful, yet a bit stalkerish, but that's just technology creeping up to you.

2nd Entry - Noodles for the Geek

Cover of the card


Inside of the card

A birthday card this time. I can relate to this card as I am a gadget freak myself, and being a geek who wants to get every gadget that comes out every few weeks, it takes a toll on your financial situation. So, what do you sacrifice? Your right to eat good food. Instant noodles are usually quite cheap and great to kill your hunger pangs. By buying gadgets, you have no choice but to buy instant noodles. Well, that's the general gist of it, so I hope you get what I'm trying to say. Anyway, the card is supposed to build anxiety and hope on the card reader, as he or she is expected to get something special, only to be served with yet another instant noodle in a cup, with just a birthday candle for to label it as "special".

Alright, those are my entries. I'm sorry about the quality of the 2nd entry as that was a very very very last minute entry but I just had to include that. Heck, i posted that at 11.59PM while on Wi-Fi in PD. I know its not an excuse and I'm guilty as charged as a procrastinator. At the very least, I got to submit it. I'll probably redo the card sometime in the future.

So, please please please, help me and support me, the more the merrier, as I'm trying to win the stuff to get extra funding for my upcoming wedding. Again, I'm not asking anyone to be biased and rate me 5, just rate according to what you think I should get. After all, I'm tired of popularity design contests myself. I want to strive to produce better art and designs. Click the image below for you to go straight to the random card rating engine.




Thanks in advance, guys and gals, and if you have rated my cards, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I appreciate it a lot. Wish me luck, I need it. :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Panda in Bamboo Heaven - A recomposition

My fiancee wants to order a custom rubber stamp from http://mangosteenskin.blogspot.com seeing that she creates freakishly detailed stamps, and she's keen of using my old artwork, "Action Panda"


However, the original flash design was too rough and sketchy, and she wanted more emphasis on the eyes and the omission of the gun.

I recomposed the original artwork to have a bamboo stack as the wall, and changing the gun to bamboo leaves. Same pose generally, but now its a different composition.


Here's the final result. Hope its ok to be put on the stamp. I'm pretty excited to see my own design applied as a rubber stamp.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

GSTK Logo

I'm a big video gamer, and I play my Xbox360 quite a lot. One of my favourite games is Call of Duty 4 : Modern Warfare (COD4). I play the game almost every night with other Malaysians via Xbox Live, Microsoft's Xbox360-only gaming network. I laugh like hysterical hyena playing with the other funny folks, and this logo came out because of our recent trend.



In COD4, you can use the phletora of guns to kill or you can use the knife, which is no easy feat, since you're suppose to go up close and personal. If you get killed by a knife, its considered to be a humiliation to all of us in the community. One of my buddies (Shuvit a.k.a Yunus) coined the term "sapu taik" which means "smearing shit" in english. Why smear shit? Well, he says that the humiliation is so big that its like smearing shit on the (victim's) face. The phrase "sapu taik" catches on among the community and I decided to make a dedicated logo for my sapu taik adventures. Here's the signature (sig) I did for forum posts.



Its nothing much, but my plan was to put it as a signature as a joke and/or to annoy.


Dark Grin on Graffiti




This one's for Emila. Grin is Emila's cute green character, so I had this idea of making an opposite of Grin, and so Dark Grin is born... on Graffiti.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Self Caricature on Graffiti





Well, that's what I thought. One of my first attempt in getting that caricature look. The funny thing is, its based on a photo of me, but after I completed this, the end result makes me like I'm a black (african-american for the politically correct) guy. Still, I enjoyed this. Starting to get a hang of the application.

Sleeping Cat on Graffiti





Sleeping Cat using Graffiti application from Facebook. Kudos to Emila Yusof for demonstrating the embed function on her website. Will post more of these, not particularly polished but it gets my engine running.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Batman - Why So Serious - Speedpaint

Being recently bitten by The Dark Knight bug after viewing what seems to be the greatest Batman (or superhero) movie ever made, I've decided to draw this quick Batman and Joker hybrid. Heath Ledger's rendition of Joker was so outstanding, I think he stood out even more than Batman. That's why I had the idea of mixing them up, and the end result unintentionally looks like a poster by the Joker to mock Batman. Anyway, this was painted in Photoshop in less than an hour. Oh, and if you haven't watched The Dark Knight, watch it!


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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Art for Soul


Dedicated to my dear Soul. Happy Valentine's Day baby!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Maxis contest entries for Soul

Firstly, I wanna say, happy new year to all the folks who come visit my blog here. Quite a long time since I've last updated, but oh well here goes.

Maxis is currently running a contest with the theme "My Life, My Maxis". What you're supposed to do is draw something creative to portray how Maxis affects your life. Since I knew the outcome yesterday, I'll just spill it out. I don't have a Maxis number, so I entered the contest for Soul, and registered it under her number. I got in a few entries but none of them made it into the 13 final spots. Anyway, Soul likes it so that's all that matters. Of course, I asked her opinion first on how does Maxis affect her life, so I ran along with her ideas and added mine.

Mind you, I didn't particularly like the drawing interface, since you can seriously destroy your artwork with the eraser tool because of its random behaviour. On to my entries:




my Friend, my Maxis, could have probably gone for "my Buddy" instead, but I like how I portrayed this. That somewhat looks like Soul hoho. My personal favourite.




my Phone, my Maxis - Based on my K750i, and I wanted to portray Maxis as the central point of navigation for everything related with telephone communications.



my Dreams, my Maxis - simple one this time, just to show how Maxis affects Soul's life even while on bed (??).



my Games, my Maxis - a tribute to the first video game, Pong. After all, I was thinking about mobile video games.


my Network, my Maxis - complicated nodes that are connected to each other, to show Maxis' expanded coverage, or it can be shown to show how Maxis is connected, anytime, anywhere.



my Information, my Maxis - Search engine ripoff this time, to show how Internet is always on with Maxis



my Music, my Maxis - speaker box with the Maxis logo incorporated in it, just to show that you can get music content via Maxis.


All in all, I'm quite disappointed to not see any of them as the finalists, but then again, I'm not that lucky with contests, as previously written on my other blog. I had fun entering this contest though so that's good enough. 'Til the next update.

The contest is still accepting votes for the current finalists, you can view them here.
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