Illustration: Color Theory Series

1. Analogous

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2. Complementary

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3. Triadic

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4. Tetradic

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Here’s some color theory illustration for you. I can’t believe it took me forever to do this! I spent one week experimenting how to color with this new fake-watercolor style, but at the end I was quite pleased with the result.

I also like how it gradually turns from calm on “analogous” to chaotic colors on “tetradic”.

Here’s all of them in one picture. Click to see all the pretty textures in full resolution. Cheers!

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One year of freelancing

Time does fly!

It’s been one year since I packed up and left my office and advertising life for (my own) good! One year later, and look, I’m still alive, physically and mentally well, my bank balance did not suffer from not having a steady source of income, I have loads of free time, and best of all I’ve learned a lot.

Making the decision to freelance has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.  It is not without any problems, though, but I could always use a challenge or two. They keep life interesting.

Anyway, without further ado, I would like to share a few random things I have learned during my year of freelancing.

1. You need dedicated workspace and equipment
I live with my Oma in a fabulous, conveniently located house with double bed, air conditioning, wifi, cable TV, free food and drinks all day, but without space for a desk! I cannot stress this enough, if you’re gonna work at home you gotta have your own space to work, and your own desk, and working in your bed doesn’t count! Ask my bad back!

At first I was okay with working in the coffee table on a floor seat in the living room, or on the dining table, but soon I found myself distracted by everyone else’s activities and noise, not to mention the heat (the living room is non air-conditioned), that I would rather go out, and sit in a cafe to work! Now this creates a new problem, because working 5 days a week in cafes might sound great, but it means I’m spending extra money just to work on a proper desk! Ha!

I don’t have a solution for this yet, other than sucking it up (I try my best), moving out (I don’t really want to), or replace my queen bed with a single bed in order to make space for a desk (I don’t want to either, single bed = forever alone).

Equipment wise, I also can’t stress enough the importance of good internet connection, whether at home or mobile. Also, since you’re on your own resources, try to have reliable work computer that’s not about to explode or one that’s extremely old (I’d rephrase it as “well preserved”) like mine.

IMAG1279Sometimes when I don’t wanna spend a lot, I work in the mall food court, buy a drink and bring my own food. I’m really that pathetic…

2. You need to manage your moneys!
See quote: A penny saved is a penny earned. When you’re freelancing and you get paid, don’t spend it all, save it. That’s obvi. Also, always have some reserve fund. I’m no financial planner but when I quit my job I have about 10x of my monthly salary saved in my bank account for safety measures. This way I can be sure that just in case I’m running into a dry spell, I won’t have debt collectors chasing my ass for not paying bills etc. Being sensible is the key to not falling into poverty!

3. Choose your clients well
Hey, creatives! For the first time in your life, you have the power to choose who your clients are, so choose well! Ideally those are the ones who can communicate and collaborate well with you, appreciates your work, and pays promptly. (Ideally). No matter how desperate your situation are, don’t go into the “beggars can’t be choosers” mentality. If you agreed yourself to a deal you’re not happy with, it will show up in your work.

4. Set time to rest and play
When I was an employee, I always look forward to weekends. Weekends are for rest and play.  Now that I’m freelancing, I often think, hey, I don’t have a 9-5 schedule anymore, I can work ANYTIME I want. So I did, including working on weekends, working late nights after 12AM, working on public holidays. And look where it got me, I got myself sick. At first I thought that freelancers don’t really have holidays, because since I don’t go work in a office, everyday is already like a holiday, and more work delivered means moar money! Well, I have learnt that it’s not the case! No matter what your work arrangements are, your mind and body always need rest, so remember to turn off that computer occasionally and do something fun to recharge.

5. My word is my bond.
You work in an office. You get paid monthly. I get paid when I deliver. Therefore I gotta try my best to deliver, deliver the best stuff, and deliver them ON TIME. It’s that simple! Keep your clients happy by keeping your promises. Happy clients are paying clients. Happy clients means repeat clients, and repeat clients means more money, obvi. 

6. Keep yourself constantly inspired
Easier said than done! Relates directly to advice #5 and best achieved through #4. Artist’s block sucks, so try not to get into one!

That’s it for now. I’ll write some more when I have more ideas. Feel free to include your thoughts in your comments. Now I gotta get back to work… on my 5-year old computer… on my bed. Ha!

My non-work space

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The price for a kost-kostan is monthly rent and freedom.
The price of not paying for a kost-kostan is having no desk space”

Left to right: My reference books, Lumix LX3, card reader, HTC One V, WD portable drive 1.5TB, Macbook, Wacom Graphire 4, pencil case. It’s getting super crowded working on the dining table.

Mangdu Ink – Prelude

Let’s just say I’ve been super busy with my apprenticeship and all my freelance jobs. Life is going well. No, I’m not tattooing just yet. I’ve only gotten as far as the theory stage, that, and getting the hang of running the shop. So it’s basically manning the front desk, cleaning, drawing, and more drawing, and even more basics of drawing, like these 2″x2″ squares of lines, curves and squiggles, all done in tattooing hand position. Sounds weird? Sounds too easy to do? Wait until you try it yourself.

I can’t wait to tell you the progress of my apprenticeship, but let’s save that for a later post…

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Update on life and thoughts

I’m at home, chillin, listening to reggae and finally updating this blog just for the sake of updating. I have one more week of fulltime work ahead of me before I go onto doing something new with my life. (Hint hint)

During the last few months, great things has been happening, and all the signs and omens have been pointing to that certain direction, and I can’t help but feeling so blessed. These are exciting times – so exciting that sometimes I find it hard to stay asleep at night, wondering where life will take me a month – two months, four months, a year from now? I have so much ahead of me, so many things to do, work to catch up, that my head begins to spin. I mean I’m not that young compared to most people just starting in the industry, most of them start in their early 20s. But we’ll see about that once I start.

Oh the insomnia. Those nights when I can’t sleep, I turn to Youtube, cos I don’t have cable and local TV sucks, we all know that. I turn to Youtube and I download TV series. Lately I’ve been watching NBC The Voice and actually I quite enjoyed it, being different than the Idol shows. But there is a glaring similarity between those two: The dramatic backstories. That, they can definitely do without. Nearly every contestant’s got a past to tell. Drug addiction, disease, poverty, death of a loved one… You put that on Indonesian television and the drama portion will increase tenfolds. More crying and other irrelevant emotional stuff than singing. Now I don’t know how ratings work – but I’m tired of watching this all the time, in all of my favorite reality shows, (don’t get me started on the Ink series) and I’m sure most viewers are.

It was then I had a look at my life.

I’m just me. I don’t have a dramatic past. I don’t have cancer or HIV. I’ve never been homeless, in jail, in rehab, or so heartbroken that I couldn’t live. My parents are healthy and they’re still together.

It doesn’t mean that I don’t have a story to tell. (I hate using double negations in a sentence, WTF!) I don’t have drama, and I have as much to tell as you!

It’s sad that people often focus on their past and can’t let go. I mean, the past is there for us to learn, but our time is in the now. We live for the future. Why do I even want to talk about this? I’m about to close another chapter in my life, and this is why I’m getting all sentimental and philosophical and shit, so excuse me for speaking my mind out. I hope that some of it makes some sense.  Night, everyone!

On saving up money

One Tuesday noon…

Boss: *goes around room at 12.30* DOES ANYONE HERE EVER GO OUT TO LUNCH! IT’S LUNCHTIME, GUYS! GET OUT!
Me: I brought my own lunch, boss. I’m saving up for a lens (blame me and my too-honest mouth)
Boss: OOH! What lens?
Me: It’s the 24-70 F/2.8 L boss.

(It’s gonna cost me a ridiculous Rp. 12.000.000-ish, hell to the no! Why did I say that?)

(Was gonna say the cheaper alternative, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 SP XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) but cbf’d to  say the full name without running out of breath)

Boss: Ooh! The zoom lens! Yes yes!
Boss: Tell u what! There are shops that do the 0% installments thing. JPC Kemang, Tokocamzone, have you checked?
Me: Yup, I heard about that, boss. Might ask around later…
Boss: Yes totally! I do that all the time when I was in college!
Me: Yeah… If not, you will probably never buy the lens!
Boss: You buy lens now. Pay in installments. Get side jobs to cover the cost.
Me: LOL! That’s the way, boss!

(BTW it’s very cool that he’s OK with us having side jobs, lol!)

Convergence

There comes a time in life… when you wonder where the road might take you.

My life seems to be going in many directions at this moment. I hope that one day I can find a convergence point, because I bloody know what I want. I’m just not too sure how am I supposed to get there. I have a plan, though it all seems foggy at the moment.

Look at that bloody flyover, it’s 2 parallel roads that seem to merge into one in the distance. Isn’t that a smart analogy or what? Anyway…

My greatest fear is growing old, without achieving anything significant in my life. It’s letting my life pass by… without actually trying to get the life I wanted. It’s compromising my own happiness and self worth for the sake of money or convenience. It’s trying to please others so much that I forget who I actually am, and everything that I stand for.

Anyway! I hate all this serious blogging, let’s go back to posting pictures of sheep and other nonsensical stuff. Glad I got this post out.

Idealist signing off. Carry on, move forward, keep trying until I get there.