While Thanksgiving is in a few days time, Christmas is what I have been busy planning and working on for the past 3 weeks which resulted in the break from blogging. The veteran online designers will give a rule of thumb that one should start designing for Christmas like starting from September so you can just imagine the mad rush that I had to try and make it for the holiday period! And it is still ongoing till at least early December. After which, I will have to move on to the next big holiday – Valentines day!
Zazzle has numerous new interesting products this year. Here are my designs on some of them!
Candy Tin that comes with choices of different Jelly Beans Flavours or Mint – Snowman Candy Tin
Soft jersey Cotton Scarf – Gingerbread Man Scarf
Colourful Kids Watch where one can mix and match the straps – Reindeer with Scarf Kids Watch
Wrapping Paper for your presents – Cute Christmas Favourites Wrapping Paper
Other new products include wallets, lamps, flip flops, lunch box ornaments and even leggings! As a designer mainly for kids, the options are really exciting for me and kept me busy busy!
In addition, I have been exploring a new art digital skill which is gradient colouring to give more depth to my doodles. Examples as follows:
Cute Santa Claus Christmas Cookies Labels
Cute Christmas Toy Soldier Postcard
Thank You, My Guardian Angel Greeting Card
What do you think of this new technique? Hopefully, the doodles put a smile on the recipient’s face this Christmas.
After a three week hiatus since the last post, I am back with a new comic strip! And with lots of Rusty to make up for it. How narcissistic can I be? Haha!
There are so many Marvel and superhero movies out there lately and I reckon I have watched most of them, the recent one being Thor: The Dark World. Growing up, I am a huge fan of the superhero cartoons and it is amazing how technology brings my childhood fantasies vividly into life.
Now of all the superheroes, my favourite superhero series is the X-men. The reason why X-men stands out for me is because the underlying theme talks about how the X-men and other people with special powers copes with being hated, despised and treated as outcasts just because they are different. And despite all the negativity towards them, the X-men find the heart to save the world. It may be a cartoon, but it provided me with lots of positive materials as a child and through my teenage years for serious topics on bullying, terrorism and the minority groups. My admiration for X-men also translated to hours of doodling of the X-men characters like Wolverine, Jean Grey, Storm that helped to build up my doodling skills. It also sparked my imagination to come up with my own characters and their own little back story.
Now there are many characters in the Marvel universe and I have many favourites. But the current superpower that I really, really, really like to have is Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man’s self duplication! He can duplicate perfect copies of himself, each with an independent mind of his own. While Multiple Man may not be as famous a character to have a movie by himself but his power is just so handy for the real world! I mean it is awesome to look youthful forever with Wolverine’s regenerative power but his claws are probably going to get me arrested at the airport for illegal possession of weapons.
We are bound by the limitations of time each day. With self duplication, I can create a duplicate to work and explore on my long list of different interests. Then at the end of the day, we just need to merge back to one and I would gain all the memories, knowledge and skills acquired by each of them. Okay, I may come from the angle of personal gains which is a big no no for people with superpowers but I wasn’t aiming to be a superhero. Of course, then I thought of the possibility that since the duplicates are going to have independent minds of their own, they probably are not going to listen to me and end up exploring their own interests like how it happened in the comic strip. And I may land up having to pay for all the expenses for the duplicates. That kind of burst my bubble! No wonder “With great power comes great responsibility”.
Now what’s THE SUPERPOWER that you will like to have? And why?
It’s time for Halloween again! Hope the doodle made you smile! For last year’s comic strip on Halloween, click here!
My family and friends don’t dress up for Halloween or celebrate the occasion so I don’t either. But I thought it will be kind of fun for a bunch of kids to dress up as minions and run from house to house going trick or treat! What a wacky sight that will be!
What is your Halloween costume this year? Perhaps you can consider dressing up as a giant cupcake!
Alright, it ain’t exactly “THE BEST” quotes about life in the world but any quote with cake got to be good right? Especially when things are not going the way that we intended, it is good to take a little break and have a little pick me up to get away from the downward spiral and negative thinking. And after which, go back and set things in order. But not too much cake though, lest too much sugar and stuff which will then lead to a different set of problems.
Now make a guess on what’s my favourite cake?
It’s cheesecake and chocolate cake! Having a craving for them right now!
So what’s your favourite cake?
Rusty Singing in the Bathroom with Rubber Ducky
Not to worry, I wasn’t going to show any naughty bits for a shower picture! Everything has been tactically hidden.
I drew the above picture a few months ago (you can tell from the old drawing style) but as always, I got distracted along the way till I finally remembered about it and published the squidoo page which it is meant for – “Top cover songs from my favourite youtube singers“.
Music is a huge part in my life. I took classical piano lessons for several years, learned guitar for 2 years (unfortunately I am not good with either of that because I hate to practise the same song till it is polished) and now while I am doodling full time, I find myself listening to more music than ever as it helps me to concentrate and inspires me. I reckon I listen to music about 6 hours a day now!
Secretly, I love to sing too! And I would sing in the bathroom all the time and belt the songs at the top of my voice during my “rebellious teenage years” because the bathroom has the best acoustics in the house. Alright, I no longer belt the sounds now (except at a karaoke room) because I realised that our walls are actually paper thin, and the neighbours and my family didn’t enjoy my free performance as much as I do. My dad would even ask me to shut up when I attempted to sing some rock songs. Granted that a rubber ducky voice for a rock song may not be the best blend but it is a worthwhile experiment. Oh well.
I never sing thinking that I will ever be a pop idol because my voice forbids me. Although I do think they may need my unique singing voice for cartoon characters. *winks and waves at the production team for minions*
To me singing is simply such a fun and therapeutic activity notwithstanding whether one is good at it. When I am happy, I can hum a dance tune, snap my fingers and do a happy dance. When I am angry, I can roar out out some rock songs (note to self: to muffle the noise with a towel or pillow) to let out all the negative energy. When I am depressed, I can choose an emotional song to express what I am going through with the song’s lyrics which I may not do as well with words. If it is up to me, all offices and work places should have mandatory singing breaks at least twice a day for employees’ well being and happiness.
So start singing today! If you need some song ideas or free music, you can drop by my page - ”Top cover songs from my favourite youtube singers“.
And on that note (pun intended), I am off for karaoke.