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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.

“Want to stand out? Quit lying around!” – Paper Shirt
Don’t limit yourself.
Laziness does that!
3rd picture! This is what I have to say about my photography: Things NEVER turn out the way I planned. Never! I have an idea, I do it, the outcome is different from the initial imagined image. This is so strange. Not saying it’s bad, but, it’s just a strange feeling. Just like how I always imagine things I want to draw first, that never turns out the same as I thought they would! Except realistic drawings/portraits of course… I think I actually prefer being surprised! :p

“I want to be a carrot.” – Tack 

Don’t limit yourself.

Excited to show you guys the first part of a new experimental photo series! #dontlimityourself

Doing this piece made me think: I’ve always wondered what my “art style” is. It’s pretty obvious that I do a jumble of everything from mural painting to graphic design as seen here on Artsy Daphy. And everytime I think I finally realized what it is,  I start doing something completely different.  Perhaps I’m like the blu-tack in the picture, just a soft flexible piece of something that wants to become everything. Might not be perfect in any (yet),  but happy to be able to attempt to be anything I want! Happy being the Jack or even just a Pawn of all trades. 
Tell me if you can summarise my style. (It’s ok,  I can take constructive criticism, just say it politely. >.<)

Last year I designed the Borneo Savages T-Shirt for The Gym Box, Kuching. It was great fun to design this metalic Borneo Tribal Mask that was based on the Sarawak’s Tree of Life pattern.

I’m also extremely proud that my Mixed Martial Art trainers from Canada, Lenny the Show Stealer, and Jeremy DiChiara wore the shirt at their fights and had some amazing wins. I miss training with them, hope to see one of their fights one day!
Here’s me in my shirt 😀

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! 🙂