Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This caricature is meant to be used as the graphic to be printed on T-shirts.
Their initial idea is to have a flat colour, simple lineart.
Realised that what they are looking at is a mascot of Rain, after some discussion and understanding. However, the price they can afford is caricature in marker with theme, not mascot design.
Mascot design involves a lot of sketches, development, refinement, and finally reduce to a few simple strokes.
My clients always think that a few strokes is a lot easier to draw, and hence cheaper.
Yes, it is easier to draw - less lines, but not easy to derive.
Yes, the download speed is about 4 times faster, but the realtime update is still lag.
Damn! Spent more money and still the same problem!
Guess the problem lies with the software on my laptop.
Now, I can't downgrade, unless I am willing to pay them some fee to downgrade.
Sigh..... still to it lor....just my luck!!! Didn't check thoroughly...... too bullish again.....!@#$%
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Second job from this Standard Chartered Bank group, after the above job about 2 years ago..
Pencil sketch. Messy?
Getting clearer in ink.
Best in colour, with facial muscles being shaded in. The different colours of the clothing break the monotonous of the drawing too.
Notice the extra person?
They felt that it is better than the above, in terms of the sculpturing and capturing essence of the caricatures and finishing touches.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saw some vacant shop spaces available there. Nice size for my shop, but just too far and out of the way for my clients to come to place order and collect. Can foresee that they will end up doing so at my place in Ang Mo Kio. Then what's the point of setting up a shop there?
Another reason is that there's another caricature shop there! Surprise? Heard from my friend once. My kids are interested to paint the figurines in the shop, but the artist isn't in.
My Outlook Express (OE) on my 3 computers has been giving me this error message for the past 4 days:-
"An unknown error has occurred. Account: 'firstname.lastname@example.org', Server: 'pop.bizmail.yahoo.com', Protocol: POP3, Port: 110, Secure(SSL):No, Error Number: 0x80004005"
My web hosting company -Yahoo, replied my email, told me that it could have been my modem settings or I have changed my OE settings. I am very sure that it could not be these both reasons, as I didn't do anything to them. This problem persisted even if I used my M1 Broadband to check emails on OE!!!
The problem arose when I was checking email through OE on 22nd Aug morning on my laptop. Around 10:38am, it suddenly gave me this error message above. This was using my laptop, home internet connection at home. When I reached my shop, the OE on my PC gave me the same problem. Then I suspected it could have been the Microsoft automatic updates which has caused this conflict, as I still can access my email through Internet Explorer.
That evening, I used my home PC, which I have not used it for the pass few days. Surely, the automatic updates should not have done its job on it. Ran my OE. Still the same! Went online to check. The common solution is change the inbox.dbx to inbox.old. That is totally discard the old inbox and create a new one. It doesn't solve the problem at all, after a few tries.
No choice. Got to report to Yahoo on the second day, as initially, I thought I can wait for 1 day for it to resolve it automatically, but it didn't. My wishful thinking only.........
They told me about the modem and OE Settings as mentioned above. Requested for my email address and password to pinpoint the cause of this problem and explore possible solutions.
This morning, I received the reply from them - "We have reindexed your mailbox and believe this solution should resolve the issue."
Quickly went to use my OE to check. Hooray!!!! It works fine now, though I still don't know what is "reindex mailbox".
".......As you have noticed, we've experienced some technical difficulties. We have corrected the issue at the server end( Reindexing your mailbox)." !@#$%^ Gave me so much problems! My previous hosting company Network Solutions didn't give me such problem.
Think I should really give it a serious thought of whether to change to Usonyx, at least I can call them direct, not incurring any IDD calls cost. At least, I can solve the problem a lot faster, no need to wait for 1 day for reply, due to time zone difference.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Client's initial idea was to have her eating a lot of junk food.
After some discussion when back in office, they decided to make her a queen, but still using this photo of cheeky expression. I like it too as it is fun to draw, as compared to the normal smiling expression, but there's a risk that they may not recognise her through this caricature. She looks different in this photo given, as they have provided me some photos of her normal smiling expression. Highlighted this issue to them, but they still stick to this expression.
Luckily, no complains from them when they collected the caricature.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
when buyer, supplier and worker work hand in hand. It will be a sunny day. Cliff with greenery.
If they don't work together, it will be a stormy day, whereby the buyer on a rocky cliff, supplier hanging on the cliff, and the struggling worker in the deep red sea.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Need it for next Monday when I am outside.
Took the lowest price plan of 384kbps., $22.42 per month.
Try out first. If too slow, still can upgrade to 1800kps plan. - $38.72 per month.
M1 doesn't allow downgrade.
Anyway, my shop one is using Singnet 256kbps. Still acceptable, though dedicated.
Checked that I can use it when roaming in Kuantan, though need to pay roaming partners there - Celcom.
Thank goodness. No need to use dial-up anymore.
If too expensive, worse comes to worst, still can subscribe Celcom Mobile Broadband. RM$8 per day, unlimited usage, since I am there for a few days usually.
Put in the M1 3G Sim card into my P990i. No fuss. Can surf net. Hooray!!! Next time can surf without shock when receive my phone bill. 5gb is more than enough for me to surf net and check email.. Starhub is charging me about $10 for 1mb, for using the current 3G phone Sim Card to download and upload data. Damn expensive!
在进场前在楼下The Mushroom Pot 长生锅 吃了一锅很不错的野生菌菇火锅，要不是就要开场，肯定将这锅汤喝完！四年前与父母妻子前来观看谭咏麟演唱会，因妻子不爱火锅而错过，老爸也因此而永远错过了。唉......
另一遗憾是我的Nikon D80 不能带进场，原因是太专业了。岂有此理！上一此谭咏麟演唱会，朋友带的D100也可进场。只能大叹倒霉。用手提拍摄的录像过后也被制止! 唉....
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The client gave me the Surf's Up poster to follow, but replace the penguins with them.
Since it is meant as a birthday gift for this lady, I proposed to have the guy holding the birthday cake, while surfing. The pig she's holding is her soft toy. So is the monkey. The dog is her pet.
The client wanted this caricature to be printed on a mouse pad. Unfortunately, the machine is out of order at that time. Thus, didn't get it done in time for her birthday.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Create a portrait of him riding his Suzuki GSX1300R K6 - also known as Hayabusa (he has great passion for riding) and me as the pillion. Through this caricature, I hope to bring out the character in him as a sweet and loving boyfriend."
Feedback from her:-
Thank you for the job well done...
My boyfriend likes the caricature alot. =)
Farewell gift. The draft was given by the client. Background is the chemical plants of their company, and the usual Singapore landmarks like Merlion, Esplanade and OCBC building. That piece of paper he's holding is the company logo.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Used for this baby girl's first birthday party as poster placed at the entrance.
She likes Giraffe, and the 2 swans in Singapore Botanical Garden.
The client requested it the original artwork to be scanned into softcopy and printed on a roll-up banner.
The bag for the roll-up banner.
The aluminium casing.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
She wanted the same concept which I have done for her colleague for the previous job.
If possible, I usually won't draw the same design unless the clients insisted.
At least, I will try to do something different.
This is meant as a farewell gift.
The main guy (in the centre, foreground) is from the Food and Beverage (F&B) department. For him, I have him holding a wine glass, toasting. The other 2 guys next to him also from F&B, holding wine bottle. The guy on extreme right is in charge of banquet - have him dining. . The extreme left one is the lounge manager - so on a sofa.
The second row:-
From the left, first guy is the room service manager, so with a trolley, serving food.
Next to him, the secretary of the main guy, jotting down appointments and notes for him.
Next to secretary, the manager of the Green Restaurant - a plate of salad in her hand.
Next to her, the concierge manager - checking available rooms on a PC.
On extreme right, this guy is in chatge of the Chinese Restaurant. So I have him in Chinese Cheongsam with "DimSum" in his hand.
From the left:- in charge of the dish-washing, if I remember correctly.
Next to him, in charge of Snapper Restaurant. Drawn a fish for him.
The 3 guys behind has left Ritz Carlton, but wanted to join in and present him this farewell gift.
Started inking before constructing/sketching the Ritz Carlton building.
A different process, as I don't want the many construction lines of the building messing up the pencil sketches of the caricatures. Another reason was that I don't like to draw buildings, with so many repetitions in the windows. Tried to leave it to the last stage.
Didn't inking still at this stage, as the faces are inked in. Didn't want to smudge the ink while constructing the lines. (The ink is sticky even when it is dried, till colour marker added in.)
Added in the inked outline of the building after the colouring of the caricatures were done.
Finally done!!! Phew!!! Took me about 2 hours on this building alone, which is equivalent to the time to draw about 3-4 caricatures. But this time, the building turned out a lot better than the previous one, at least it was an improvement!!! Glad!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
"i) Caricature of us as a couple, me in a white wedding gown and my bf in a black suit;
ii) A university of melbourne logo in the background (please write the word "The University of Melbourne" near the logo) (that's our uni); and
iii) A picture of the melbourne tram (tram colour to be yellow and green as per picture and tram sign to say 'Melbourne') in the background (to symbolise Melbourne, the place where we met). I have also enclosed a picture of your caricature of a couple in a beetle. Would like to have something like that with the tram replacing the beetle, is it possible? Do include some colourful confetti flying around as how you did with the beetle picture to add more colour to the picture."
A new caricature theme! Outcome quite good. Added the word "Melbourne" on the tram front, instead of in the background.