Saturday, January 31, 2009

Right now, I just wake up at Tar's place. Man, the fatigue is killing me. A whole night of football-watching (Arsenal drew an undeservingly goalless with West Ham) coupled with Wii table tennis, tennis, and other arm-twisting games is enough to paralyse my right arm and partially, my left arm (for using the nunchuk). My right hand is still shaking even as I am typing this. Wii is just sick and it kills. I swear that was the last time I ever play it (yes, I swore on that the last time I last played).

I was reading this magazine that Gan has, it's called A Day. It's a Thai magazine. Some sort of lifestyle, with many graphics. Ok, I wasn't reading it, because it's all in Thai. But it took me 30 minutes to browse it. The graphic works inside are really creative. I'll scan some of it and post it here if I have the chance. For now, I need to rest. I was supposed to help my friend Giovanni to move his things to his new place this morning. But me, as always being me, woke up late. Damn...

These are some pictures which I altered using Photoshop. They are pictures of me and my friends who I travelled with to Laos.
I will write about this trip in my next post....maybe. Right now, I got to go to my friend, Tar's place to play Nintendo W!! and catch some football matches. Come on, you Gunners! Beat the hell out of them Hammer Heads Lads, West Ham.

Screw It

What can I say about this one here? What do you know, Screw It. Hahaha.

Well, this is a sketch that I attempted to trace using Illustrator. What a great tool for tracing. Illustrator is vector-based which makes it really flexible to alter lineworks. Anyway, this is a sketch of John Lennon, one of the members from the 60s band The Beatles. This guy wrote some of the greatest songs and the lyrics are just as inspiring. One of my favourite is "Imagine", which has been covered by so many artists that, I feel, no matter whoever sings the song, it just sounds right and makes the artist more loveable. There's a Beatles' song called Within You, Without You from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Lyrics are great. I'm not sure if Lennon wrote this song together with Paul McCartney.

I have this album, which I borrowed from my good friend, Axon (not yet to returned him I think). It's called Make Some Noise - Save Darfur (The Songs of John Lennon). Various artists are featured in this album. Avril Lavigne and Jack Johnson did covers for the song Imagine. Avril's voice just sounds sweet as ever and Jack Johnson makes it sound so hauntingly mellow and the acoustic is just addictive. There are other tracks which sound equally great too, like Aerosmith singing the reggae version of Give Peace A Chance, R.E.M.'s #9 Dream, Youssou N'Dour's Jealous Guy (this one is wicked, the guy's accent really has an impact here) and many more.

Below is the lyrics for the song Imagine. I feel the lyric really applies to this chaos-ridden planet Earth that we, human beings live in, be it past or present, it just makes sense, chronologically.

John Lennon And The Plastic Ono Band

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

Check out this song at

Here's a birthday card I made last year for my boss, Joel Burega. It's just a simple looking card. I scanned a brown document paper and used Photoshop and some brush effects that I downloaded. The texts were my own scribbles that I scanned.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I've been listening to this song Run by Snow Patrol. What a great song! A trademark Snow Patrol song that might sound similar to Chasing Cars but this one sounds a little more mellow. Anyways, check out the video at :

The acoustic version that they performed at Radio 1's Live Lounge sounds pretty decent too.

Snow Patrol are a British alternative band formed in 1994. One of their mainstream successes are "Chasing Cars" and "You're All I Have" from their 2006 album "Eyes Open". The earlier album released in 2003 is "Final Straw" which features the track "Run".

A couple of months ago, about late October, I did a poster / pamphlet for a Halloween party for my friends. I used Photoshop and some special brush effects that were downloaded.