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xmas 2015
Season’s Greetings everyone!!!!!!!!
I do realise I have been severely behind on updating. There are so many completed and upcoming projects that I really want to share with you guys! But editing pictures, videos and just thinking of content to write for a full proper post just takes up a hell lot of time which I haven’t seem to be able to find yet.  So here’s a small collage of some of this year’s work, some commissioned and some personal projects. May 2016 be much more awesome!
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“As a child, I’d hide my papers under my homework and draw when mummy wasn’t watching”
My late mother was a very strict person. She was a lecturer. She made me believe till this day that any parent who is an educator is the strictest sort of parents ever! She’d make us (me and my siblings) do our homework after lunch from 2-5pm, then let us have a break and dinner, and at night, she’d send us for tuition, if not, it’s 8-10pm at the study table to revise all our school lessons. We had fixed TV time on weekends and some weekday nights. I totally thank her for my academic success and many other disciplinary traits she drilled into us kids that made me the person I am today. 
In art, she did get me into art class during my kindergarten years. She also sent me for lots of coloring and drawing contests in town. It’s through these contests I believe, that developed most of my skills as I’d learn from better participants and try out new things for each new contest’s theme. But before all that, it really all began just from the love of filling up empty spaces: all my text books were doodled, all my papers were scribbled on, the pages I wrote in in my friends’ autograph books were the messiest with silly quotes written in all the pen colors I could find, plus random drawings that don’t go with everything else on the page (not pretty at all); and of course, the tons of practice from doodling under homework instead of concentrating on them. I have to admit, I still carry that habit till this day. Even at my work desk, I’ll be randomly inspired, and doodle all over my notebooks and rough paper on the table. heh… These habits don’t die. 
So when people ask me when did I learn to do these artsy stuff? I’d say, all my life.
Admit it: there is just something awesome about not working when everyone else is!
Holidays are just more fun when it is specially there for you. Or maybe it’s just because you planned that particular occasion for yourself and it’s not just there just because… 
I don’t know, but Malaysia has a ton of long weekends this year, and I still feel dead exhausted. Long weekends and Public Holidays are just more time for hustling to make a bit more dough. (In case any of you haven’t realised by now, our Ringgit is tiny and our salaries can barely afford us a house / car / stuff that grown-ups intend to own.)

Anyways, have a couple of big personal projects coming up! Pumping in what little resources I have left to make them happen! Excited! Hope this short break I’m taking next week will help rejuvenate me and keep me hyped and inspired! Stay tuned!

Picture: Sun, Sand, Sea Holiday!
Tool: Adobe Illustrator
Style: Cubism?!??

Here’s some eye candy for ya’ll. Referred to a random hot guy on instagram. Thought it’ll be nice for the summer and motivate some of you to get that beach body! Done with color pencils on an A4 paper. 

And this is a not so hot self portrait of how I’ve been feeling for the past week. It’s been extremely hot in Borneo, plus I’m PMSing, resulting in a tired, ugly-feeling, super uninspired and not-so artsy Daphy. Painted with Sketchbook Galaxy on my Samsung Note3 smartphone.
Let’s hope things will get better next month as my birthday is coming soon! 😀
Hope you are all doing better than I!

Because tomorrow is Monday
The weekends just pass too fast. Wish I had more time to play with my new gadget! Just got the new Macbook Pro yesterday. Had so much fun with it! Above picture is a quick conceptual light study. Hope I can produce at least a sketch like this everyday now…  Till the next time, good night! 🙂

“Thanks for trying to understand”
As we’ve all heard before, men and women think and feel in rather different ways. Was feeling quite emotional and being rather difficult for the past couple of weeks, but the boyfriend was being great, by being patient and understanding.. 
Actually, I’m still not quite sure whether he tried to understand or whether he was just letting me be. But I’m actually super glad most men aren’t as sensitive as women, because, that would be when all hell really breaks loose. haha.
The piece was completed on my Samsung Note 3 with Sketchbook for Galaxy, but I refined it in Photoshop later. Inspired how I can’t think straight when I feel too much and how he can never figure it out!
Anthony and Mei Kuan. #theammoments
I’m at THAT AGE. Where my Facebook feed is filled with weddings, pregnancies and babies. Here’s one of the weddings I was somewhat involved in in January.

Here’s a cartoon illustration I did for a friend from high school. They needed something to fill up the space under the “you’re invited” text. So I proposed the above cartoon.

This was actually the initial proposal that I did on my Samsung Note 3. I thought something more Chinese would suit all the red.
Pasted the illustration on with Sketchbook for Galaxy on my phone.
But they obviously went for the western outfit to suit their Parisian themed wedding.
And this is the monogram I helped them illustrate.
Which they later made into a seal to seal up the wedding invitation envelope
The other side of the envelope incase you’re curious.
On the wedding reception night 🙂 Cute of them to out the cartoon on the screen.
Deco and pink background done by Weddings by Event Horizon, their event planner.
They even printed a huge board for pictures 😀 That’s meee
And that’s me, my man and the adorable couple.
I’ve never been one for words. There’s too much to express that it’ll take a very long time to say all that I am thinking and feeling. I am really bad at this.  Even typing this short introductory paragraph took up time and frustrated me. 
I really admire Lang Leav. Being able to put so much thoughts and feelings into just a few beautiful lines is really useful.  
Anyway,  in attempts to describe this picture, I shall try my best:
We’ve all been here. Re-painting our damaged hearts, trying to keep it red with hope.  Pushing day by day,  carrying on, growing stronger,  becoming numb… Whether you’re sick of waking up to your torturing 9-5 job,  or dealing with your 13th breakup, just know that you’re not alone. And that there really is no point in taking things too seriously, because no one will ever understand the complexity of another’s emotions. So, keep calm and carry on. 
(Yes,  easy to say,  hard to do,  hence the painting, but really,  it’s not that bad)