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Bored@werk – my private pencil fun!

04/16/2010

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crooked just like me…

During the slow season of the industry I’m working in, how do I keep my creativity boosting up? Instead of FBing, I’ve found an excellent way to kill time – back to the classic, I don’t need an iPhone or T1, and just grab anything within my reach. An agenda, a note book, a sketch pad, and even backsides of used copy paper. A blue Color-Erase pencil, a regular pencil, and an eraser are more than enough.

Missed my nephew, Dadi, very much…

This one is quite challenging… Used  lots of  eraser

4PM afternoon. Starved for some fruit tarts…

In conclusion, a drawing a day, you will to be better at it.

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Is production artist bottom of the totem pole?

03/17/2010

pantone chips

As I browse through Matthew T. Grants’ blog post about production artist vs. graphic designer in “Notes on Design“, I feel sad about production artists are being undervalued while their duties are still extremely critical to any design firms and print shops.

As being a production artist/prepress operator for 6+ years, my job is to turn designers creativity into reality. This occupation seems very important to creative business, but it has always been underrated and is always be looked at as inferior to graphic designers. In asia, we even call this type of work as “skilled art labor.” Sounds sad, huh.

Back in school years as an art student, professor could not stress enough on getting a few years of production experience before seeking real creative work. It’s true about being realist first, then pursue your dreams later, however, once you get stuck for years, you may be facing a dilemma of either staying in the senior position doing prepress or starting from scratch as entry level artist in creative field.

I would use myself as an example. I enjoy creative challenges and problem solving, but my mandated job duty is complete opposite – there are only right or wrong answers. You don’t get to be creative, you are not allow to share ideas, and you don’t get to judge wether is good or bad design. I’m tired of being an factory worker on an assembly line.

I don’t see my career path towards that direction. I’ve been seriously thinking about leaving production to creative design (not limited to graphic, though.) While seeking new opportunities, I inevitably face some problems like lack of agency experience, lack of work created for real clients, and so on. Although I’ve done some freelancing (mostly typesetting and page impositions) in the past and a strong enough portfolio (as least I think so!), I’m just not certain about what career level I should apply to.

Back to basic

03/15/2010

I still very passionate about drawing and painting no less then in the past.
Why haven’t I produced anything new after college years?
Now I’m a working adult and have a family to feed. I’ve got to face with the reality.
I spent a lot of time worrying about not having a good networking skill, and ways to promote myself as an artist. As well as debating about either my art should speak to the audiences or just to keep it  for myself.
While browsing thru my old paintings and drawings, all I had was just a plenty of disappointment.
It’s time to go back to the basic –
The most genuine passion,
The most original creativity.

Back to basic

03/15/2010

I still very passionate about drawing and painting no less then in the past.
Why haven’t I produced anything new after college years?
Now I’m a working adult and have a family to feed. I’ve got to face with the reality.
I spent a lot of time worrying about not having a good networking skill, and ways to promote myself as an artist. As well as debating about either my art should speak to the audiences or just to keep it  for myself.
While browsing thru my old paintings and drawings, all I had was just a plenty of disappointment.
It’s time to go back to the basic –
The most genuine passion,
The most original creativity.

The ultimate interview outfit

09/30/2009

The Ultimate Interview Outfit

It is fun when things go extreme. I did a drawing of an interview outfit to impress hiring managers or to scare them away. I love it because it is quite surreal.

A professional, clean, and sharp haircut.

The Shadow Birkin bag by Hermès

It is subtle and elegant compare to the regular version so that it won’t outshine my portfolio, and the size is just perfect for the package.

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A pair of Christian Louboutin heels.

I love its classic look. Perhaps expensive shoes are supposed to be comfortable wearing?

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Jennifer dress by Britt Lintner.
The cutting is perfect for my body, narrow and elongated.

jennifer

I always dream of  working in a high-rise building, wearing designer suit, and stylish colleagues. Sadly, in the reality, I’m working in a factory where cute sandals and one-piece dresses are brutally banned. In stead, my pairs of Dickies and Converse are my typical weekly 9 to 5 look. O.K. Maybe it’s time to look for new employment opportunities in the glamourous world where I just imagined.

Even though I am equipped with a completed design portfolio, a well-tailored résumé, and relevant references, but there is still one more step to the success – interview. To be honest, my job interview wardrobe, I’d rather put it this way, is disastrous. I took some bad advises about job interview attire from job seeking websites and some friends whose job hunting journeys seemed no luck. Something like, “blacks and whites are safe”, “being extremely conservative”, and so on. I mystically believed that conservative looking white shirt and a pair of black trouser will impress the hiring manager. Not true. Who would want to hire a restaurant server (no offense) to be a part of their creative team?

I had a job interview with Urban Decay cosmetic years ago for a part-time graphic designer position. I was confident about my portfolio and professional experience, but when I see what  those “young and happy girls” wear to work, I had a bad feeling that I won’t get the job. What I was wearing was, same old, white shirt, black trousers, and black ballet flat (I couldn’t walk with heels!) I was so embarrassed that I looked no better then their janitor. In contrast to my humble but hilarious outfit, those girls looked like they were going to a cocktail party or prom!

So, what should I wear anyway?

There is a great blog post about what to wear to fashion job interviews (it should as well apply to any creative positions) by 39thandbroadway.

Click here to read the original post!

Just-do-it-on-a-napkin

09/28/2009
Ideas are cheap; good implementation is expensive.

Ideas are cheap; good implementation is expensive.

We often come out with new ideas of a sudden but weren’t able to record them right away, maybe because writing instrument or note books were not reachable at the moment.  Stop making that a lame excuse for the laziness! Just write it on anywhere, even just on a piece of napkin. You will be grateful coz you at least took one action instead of just doing nothing!

Is meeting people easy?

09/09/2009
people

people © 2009 illustrated by Polly C. Lin.

“If you have been rejected many times in your life, then one more rejection isn’t going to make much difference. If you’re rejected, don’t automatically assume it’s your fault. The other person may have several reasons for not doing what you are asking her to do: none of it may have anything to do with you. Perhaps the person is busy or not feeling well or genuinely not interested in spending time with you. Rejections are part of everyday life. Don’t let them bother you. Keep reaching out to others. When you begin to receive positive responses then you are on the right track. It’s all a matter of numbers. Count the positive responses and forget about the rejections.”

Words from Radiohead’s documentary “Meeting People Is Easy” always drags me into the thought: Just because I care. I care too much about how people think about me. I’ve lost lots of opportunities to learn. To learn from mistakes. I’m not a perfectionist. I do believe that flaws make this world cuter, but I’m still trying very hard to avoid mistakes as much as I can. WHY? Because I’m afraid of friends avoiding me because I ‘m not smart enough, boyfriend leaving me because I’m not pretty enough, parents feeling disappointed at me because I’m not successful enough. In fact, I’m not that smart, not all that good-looking, and not successful (yet), but I still got to live with it. I pushed away potentials which will make me become somebody one day. Being perfect is easy. Just simply staying at home doing nothing. What mistakes can you make?