14 May 2013 @ 02:47 pm

Now this ... is a photoshoot that I like.
Though I still prefer longer hair on anyone.
Current Mood: enthralled
08 April 2013 @ 03:20 pm
On Graphics
Last Friday as I glanced through my f-list on LJ I encountered a mod post at [ profile] inspired20in20. In it the mod was emphasizing to participants to stick to the theme, and that icons for this round shouldn't show clear subjects, and should obscure them in some way. I was so inspired by that post I signed up for the challenge again after 13 rounds! I claimed ... Luhan. Of course. As I was so inspired, I immediately work on my first icons for the batch, and some with clear concept in my mind went great, went okay, but after cropping like 30 pics, I started to get frustrated about it. Because when I see it most of my icons fall on the category of just 'no face', while the point of this whole challenge is to push yourself to create icons beyond your comfort zone, and the concept is supposed to be about obscuring your subject on purpose. I look at my sad batch of icons again at 1 am, alone and frustrated, and they all look purposeless. I need to get on them again and create some complex icons (which is my total weakness). Sketching some ideas atm.

more randomness under the cut )
Current Mood: bored
04 April 2013 @ 07:46 pm
<< New icon!! Luhan is so cute, I can't. I CAN'T.

I've been wanting to make a special Luhan icon that I would want to use, because I've made a bunch but they all are made for landcomm challenges that I don't feel like using. Yesterday when I saw someone is using this this pic of Luhan as their profile pic on tumblr, I was immediately obsessed. But it's black and white and so tiny and I had no clue where it's from. I asked the blog owner (anonymously, go me!) and turns out it's a pic from October last year when they visit Shanghai. This pic is newly appeared on weibo. Sadly the original is so low quality (TДT). But I was really determined to make a decent icon out of that pixelated photos, and I worked on it for hours last night.

Planning to participate in the next round of [ profile] kpop20in20 if I can get Luhan as my claim :3

On other news, yesterday I bought these cute Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella illustration stickers. So cute!

Current Mood: nostalgic
Current Music: Oh! Yeah - Orange Range
21 February 2013 @ 01:49 pm
Finally I decided to create a new comm on DW for my graphics : [community profile] battlerain

I've been contemplating for a while, whether to import my old graphics comm, or to just continue posting there since fandoms are still more active on LJ anyway, or start fresh here. I figured a fresh start would be a better option since my fandoms has changed, and I don't use my LJ anymore other than for commenting at comms. I didn't import my own journal, so I don't see why I should import my graphics comm.

Anyway, I spent some time last night setting up the new comm and I'm pretty satisfied with how it looks. It's simple, clean with small fonts. Yea, I'm too lazy to look for new layout so it's the same layout as my old graphics comm, just with a little tweak on the header. And the first post is so colorful, I love it.
Current Mood: sleepy
13 February 2013 @ 08:37 am
I feel like I haven't been doing anything creative for a while, so I was very happy to find active challenge communities on DW.

Last night, I managed to transform this :
to this :
which is an accomplishment because that cap gave me hell.

For graphics challenge communities, I'm currently participating in [community profile] theaviary which is a lot of fun, [community profile] iconthat, participated once in [community profile] fridayfive, and the magical20in20 challenge in [community profile] caffeinatedmagic was soooo tempting but in the end I didn't enter because of ... reasons.

As for the non-graphics, I signed-up for [community profile] snapshot_bingo which seemed to be so exciting and fun reading about it. Plus, I have a new prosumer camera I bought before Japan that I'm totally in love with. But when I tried to get snapshots for some of the prompts, it's actually not that easy. My life is too boring, I need to explore more.

my bingo card and more )
Current Mood: cold
28 September 2012 @ 12:26 pm
Another new icon! *points at icon*

I just have to have a gif icon of my obsession and I saw these gifs on tumblr in which Eunhyuk was saying "Yeaaah!!" when asked to say a phrase started with the letter Y. (Immediately followed by Yesung's slap on his head, lol). He's very smily and cheerful and cute in that gif so I looked for the video and made this icon! Overall, I'm quite satisfied with the result :)

The wallpaper-ish background color matches Eunhyuk's face color scheme perfectly, I didn't have to edit anything and it was already under 40 KB :)

On other news!!! I GOT A NEW JOB! And it seems very promising in terms of compensation and work environment so I am very very excited to start. It doesn't start until November though. And until then!! I have to suffer through this endless amount of work in my current office.
Current Mood: satisfied
24 September 2012 @ 08:37 am

My iconning skill is rusty I spent so much time working on the 5th one (-____-).
But I love them all \o/ Fresh green and fresh faces! So much Kyu, too!
Current Mood: chipper
11 September 2012 @ 10:37 pm

I know Eunhyuk, thanks. I needed that (T_______T)
Current Mood: failed
07 September 2012 @ 11:39 am

Join [community profile] thefandomzoo!

A landcomm on Dreamwidth celebrating all fandoms through graphic, writing, and game challenges. The Fandom Zoo is open to television, film, comics, books, and games. Our three teams are The Badass Bears, The Drama Llamas, and The Party Penguins.

Current Mood: weird
01 September 2012 @ 09:34 pm
I was so determined to finish this project so I can move on to working on more important things (like my translation). So today, all I did was trying to finish it, making covers, coding the posts, contemplating where to post, checking my spelling and broken files, etc. Finally it is done, and now I'm so tired.

I think it is super cute, I still think my Andrej mood theme was the best I've ever made, but I'm going to use this new one anyway! I paid for a month DW account so I can create custom mood theme. I know SJ is no longer that popular on LJ because nowadays everyone seems to be on tumblr, but I'm sure someone out there will appreciate it.

ps. mood themes are taking forever to make! I don't understand how kohler could make like 1 in just three days.
Current Mood: indescribable
07 July 2012 @ 12:39 am
This is a picspam for "Bad Romance" challenge at [community profile] thefandomzoo. On this challenge we have to make art or fics on crack ships, crossover, non-con and rare or unlikely pairings. It's one tough challenge! I went with Robert Sheehan (who played Nathan from Misfits) and Paul Boche (male model), for no apparent reason. I just think that this is a very unlikely pairing since they are from different origins and work for different industries. (Though yeah, Robert is 24 and is 183 cm tall, Paul Boche is in his early twenties and is 185 cm tall, I totally could go behind this ship :p)

Anyways, picspam is below :

picspam under the cut! )
Current Mood: amused
08 June 2012 @ 11:47 pm
first challenge entry for [community profile] thefandomzoo

Part 1 : Androgynous Male Model Andrej Pejic )

Part 2 : RPF Pairing Adam Lambert/Tommy Joe Ratliff )

Current Mood: hungry
04 June 2012 @ 06:35 pm
So I shouldn't be writing this but here I am.

Like what I wrote on my last entry, I made my first tumblr graphics in a long time yesterday. I must say despite the fact that I haven't done any graphics for a while, my computer broke down, and I only had a couple hours to finish the entry, I am pretty satisfied and proud with the result. Granted, it could be better given a couple more days, but that was a luxury that I didn't have. I hope next time/challenge I can do better. Here it isss :

It kinda looks like painting/anything-thing, it meant to be a little distorted, grainy and not too ... shiny and smooth.

and on andrej )
Current Mood: uncomfortable
24 May 2012 @ 09:00 am
I've never attempted to apply to elite icon/graphics communities because I know I would get rejected and I don't respond nicely to rejection. I know my skills wasn't there yet, so I wouldn't bother trying until I'm ready.

With all the bad things that happened this week, I'm in desperate need of something to obsess with so yesterday I said 'fuck it' and just went ahead and applied for an elite community I've been wanting to join for so long, [ profile] roughandtumblr. I didn't even think that much about the sample graphics I provided, I think, well, if I got rejected then I will practice more and apply again when I'm improved.

Today I woke up to an invitation to the community! YAY! One mod said no and two mods said yes. I got praised for my range of style and composition by a graphics maker whom I adore! I know I still need to brush up my skills, and I'm grateful that they gave me the opportunity to learn while participating in the community!

on the sad news )

RL has been taking over most of my time. I miss Tommy, I miss Andrej, I miss RPDR, so I definitely will get back to my fandoms soon!
Current Mood: cheerful
12 May 2012 @ 07:08 pm
I haven't been feeling inspired in doing any graphics. Or anything at all, maybe. I wanted to do the 100 things challenge, I do. In fact, I am writing my 5th entry since forever. I'm trying, but apparently my short attention span can not handle it. I need something new, I need a fresh obsession, but sadly there's nothing I encountered that I feel like I can dedicate myself to in terms of graphics making. I need new excitement, new distraction.

elaborated thoughts behind the cut )

Speaking of, [ profile] anon_icon was new and they have flash challenges as one of their activity and they did Andrej, OMG. The results were awesome, sadly it was not revealed who made which one so we can't credit if we want to use any of them :/

I do think the icon community especially the elites need to icon him more!
Current Mood: frustrated
19 April 2012 @ 08:24 am
Everything in my life seemed to be in the wrong place the last couple of weeks.

whine whine whine )

Another thing that bothers me since last week is the fact that Phi Phi is in the top 3 and possibly will win it all. This week's ep is just a rewind and I don't like rewinds ... it's fun and funny but we need the finale ep, GDI!

All that plus the fact that I am not inspired at all to work on any graphics. So as much as I hate to do it, I'm dropping out of inspired20in20. It's really hard. And while sick and got nothing to do, I get bored as hale pretty easily.

I haven't been feeling like blogging or commenting at comms a lot until today when I saw Carolina posted that she's going to participate in this '100 Things Blogging Challenge'. OMG something I find interesting and exciting that I want to take part in, finally!

Basically, you commit to blog 100 times on a topic that you choose yourself.

I really want to do these two things :
100 crafty things that I make/did myself
100 interesting and inspiring people

... though I doubt I have a hundred on the last one, hmm. But yay! Excited!
Current Location: office
Current Mood: bored
03 April 2012 @ 10:14 pm
How I feel about Andrej lately )

Tommy, on the other hand, is doing a little US tour with Adam to promote Adam's new album & single at radio stations accross the country. Which results in, lots of new pics and videos of him surfacing every day. It's a really good feeling to see him smiling and being cute in general.

Right around the beginning of the month, [ profile] inspired20in20 is doing another round and had a sign-up post up. I took my time to contemplate whether to do this or not, usually I let the inspiration post 'talk' to me before I decide to join. But this time, all the memories I have about the comm is a fun, awesome, positive ones so I have no hesitation to sign up even before the inspiration post was up. And I decided to sign up with Tommy :) I can not wait to make Tommy icons again with the techniques I learned the past couple of months. My last Tommy icon post was in October last year for [ profile] tjr_challenges, and I've grown a lot since then.

read more under the cut )

In addition to Tommy icons, I'm also planning to make a small Andrej batch and some of Sharon, too! All my obsessions in one place, so it's totally going to be an exciting post :D
Current Mood: excited
13 March 2012 @ 03:37 pm
Looking back at my graphics life, I don't really remember how I got here. I do remember making stupid banners for my blog, designing a layout for my multiply page and doing manips of celebs. I vaguely remember editing pics for my blog entries but honestly, I don't know what I do before icons, it was such an eye opening experience.

I didn't really 'get' icon posts back then. I thought if people want icons, they can make it themselves, no big deal. I know I would make my own icons. At that time I was not in any particular fandom and was obscure to what purpose does a community on LJ serve.

full story behind the cut )
Current Mood: lazy
Current Location: office
12 March 2012 @ 09:49 am
It's Monday again!!

cue long intro )

I managed to make the post before I went out with my mom yesterday :

Complete batch (+ other icons) is here @ [ profile] milledlavender

I have to say, I'm very proud of this batch. I experimented different things and I think I've figured out a lot about texture use and even icon making in general! I made my first ever blocking icon (a style I avoid the most), I transformed ugly pixelated screencaps into a decent icon, I managed to make the batch interesting with different crop, style, technique and text use. Granted, there are several icons I wasn't satisfied about, but overall, I think I've accomplished plenty.

Moving on to the second topic of this entry, I had to say goodbye to my laptop.

full story under another cut )
Current Mood: sentimental