Saturday, October 26, 2013

Check Out Succikoo!

We have a new Muslimah Boutique online called Succikoo.

I had the honor to create its simple designed Header, Watermark and Animated Badge/Ad..

Thank you to Ayu and partner :)... 
All the Best to both of you and Congratulations!

Header- Featuring the Boutique's Partners

Blinking Badge

Sample of Watermarks on a Photo

Monday, September 30, 2013

Cik Siti is Getting Married

In June, she was engaged... and there was a caricature and a bunting to go with the event which was made by me. You can see it HERE.

This month, the moment has almost arrived for her to experience and embrace the moment when the 'title' Miss will turn into Mrs!

My lovely Cik Siti made a last minute request to have a different Caricature for her Big Day. This time, she wanted the faces to look a bit more 'real'.

So, here it is...

Alongside with that, I have also designed her a couple of buntings and a photo booth backdrop.

Her request: A Sweet Looking bunting with Real Photos.

A Photo Booth backdrop complete with their common field/ interest = Construction!

So...last but not least, Barakallah ya Siti...
Hope everything will go on smoothly as planned for your wedding day, insyaAllah...
May Allah bless you and your family, always.

Thank you for ordering 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Doodles of Late...

Couldn't find big enough wrapping paper for my little nephew's gift, I grabbed a 'kertas minyak' and doodled something he liked on it. For his Mom (yes, they have the same birthday), I quickly made a small gift card using pen and watercolor.

A closer view of above gift card.
Her name starts with 'Wan...' in case you're wondering...

This last minute gift card barely made its way to my sis Anna on her birthday as I was struggling with baby Zain while doodling it. Phew!

Oh yes, once in a while... peace and quite doodle while my baby was taking his morning nap.

Bought a new Daler-Rowney A5 sketch book and hope I'll get the rhythm of making more doodles and drawings in the near future :)


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Love Till Jannah"

Both are looking good in White (...and Red)


Thanks for your order, dear Achik.

Me, Caricature & I

Do you know what's the meaning of Caricature?
Let me go ahead and cut and paste it for you here...

  1. 1.
    a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.
    "a caricature of Jimmy Durante"

  1. 1.
    make or give a comically or grotesquely exaggerated representation of (someone or something).
    "he was caricatured on the cover of TV Guide"
    synonyms:parodysatirizelampoon, make fun of, burlesquemimicMore

    a representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect (found here)

    a. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect. b. The art of creating such representations. (here)

Well, you got it... Right?

If you use 'Google Images' for this particular word, you'll find such an overwhelming sight of Caricatures done by Artists all over the world. I feel so small... tiny, actually- in the midst of them all.

Let's see a few awesome samples from Mr.Google that I found-

The word EXAGGERATION is the KEY, my friend.

Ahhh... it's easier s.p.e.l.l.e.d than done.
And that's what I've been struggling with every time there's a face for me to draw.
I mean, if you see a face with a prominent nose or big mustache or small eyes with ears sticking out, perhaps it's going to be easy to exaggerate.
But what if... there's nothing much to be exaggerated when you see a face? Err...

A face with no story? no character?
Naaah... every faces comes with a story to tell and its own character if one look closely enough.
It's true.
But sometimes, I just can't see it! Huhu.
Yes, for me Caricaturing is still quite a challenge. It's easier to draw a real face with no exaggeration- just follow it as it is (but again, there are other challenges that come along with this... and that's another story).

Let me tell you another "challenge" about Caricaturing.
It's when the person you drew could not accept his/ her FUNNY looking self!
Now, when you ask for a caricature, do you really expect yourself looking 'perfect'-ly good?
I do get..." err..please don't make my eyes too sepet (when for me, it was her eyes that made her who she was!) " / "...make my face look thinner, please.." (when it was her chubby face that defined her character and deserved exaggeration- hihi)/ " Hey, why it doesn't look like me, eh?" (okey...if I heard that, I knew I was in trouble or maybe I exaggerated too much (??)- But this seldom happened!)

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind these requests.
In fact, because of this particular challenge, you may find my caricatures following more of a 'safe' path. I don't exaggerate that much. I would love to do it but I hate myself for being quite afraid to offend people with exaggerations, sometimes.

I guess, you cannot take yourself too seriously if you want a caricature of yourself.
And as a Caricaturist, I have to loosen up too.

Recently, I've got an order to make a Group Caricature by looking at just one picture reference. This Caricature will be a Corporate Gift for a soon-to-be-retired Board member.  Below is the first attempt :-


But when one of the Bosses saw this, he gave quite a few comments and asked me to redo. His staff later gave me a few more picture references of each people to be drawn.
Two days later, I came up with this... and they're all VERY happy :).


If you refer to the original meaning of Caricature, you can see no comical effect in the above picture except for the fact that they look funny with big heads and small bodies. Well, that will long as they're happy with the result.

Basically, caricature is supposed to be FUN to look at.
Take it as another way to appreciate yourself with all those God's given features.

You know, I began learning and doing Caricatures since 1990s- just for fun during College years. I didn't know much about it and only looked at Lat's cartoons as my references back then.

File:Lat cartoon on coconut water.jpg

I mean, you can't beat Lat's confident strokes and simple lines to produce those faces!

And over the years, my love to draw faces make me draw more and more real portraits and caricatures... Inevitably, I've developed my own style of drawing with rooms to improve from time to time.

Since I offered my caricature service online, I've had many happy (and repeat) customers. I never thought this was possible because I know there are many better (and cheaper-perhaps) caricaturists out there. But I treat my caricatures like I make other 'serious' paintings. My hubby once said I've wasted my time and energy to produce such artwork for a small amount of money... because for the same size of fine art painting, I could make a lot more. Well, I can't argue more about that but... as long as time permits, I'll take orders and make my clients smile when they look at themselves :).

Most importantly, I hope you enjoy my Caricatures as much as I enjoy making them.

Thank you for supporting my Art.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Little Adventurer

I worry a lot nowadays.
Especially when he experienced the joy of walking...
...which to my eyes, it's more like jaywalking.

And then, he started climbing. 
I could see the sparkle in his eyes when he managed to climb something.
Or he would make a face like..., "See? This is nothing."

My own little Adventurer,
you may give me a heart attack or two...
but it doesn't matter,
for I'll always take care of you.


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Auspicious August_Calendar_Freebie

Click, Download & Enjoy!

Just for personal enjoyment.
A simple one.

Have a Blessed upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
I know many people are making preparations for the Holy Day.
If you're going back to your hometown and village, be safe...
So, take care.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Ending and The Beginning...

Ramadhan is ending.
How time flies.

As life moves on, some of us are looking forward for a new beginning...
Such as these two love birds...

A4 Sized Couple Caricature, Pen and Color Pencil

A5 Sized Couple Caricature, Pen and Color Pencil

6' x 2' Wedding Bunting Design

Thanks for your order, dear Is.
I wish All the Best for you :)

For all my Muslim blog visitors, let's enjoy the rest of the Holy Month and pray that we'll be chosen to experience the Night of Power... Lailatul Qadr.

Allah says in the Qur'an in Surah Al-Qadr:
"We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power. And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the spirit by God's permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn." (97:1-5) 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

So Ramadhan Has Arrived...

Thanks to Him we are still around to enjoy it for another year, InsyaAllah.

Prior to the Holy month, I have designed an exclusive Aildilfitri Card and Money Packet for a local company. So, I'd like to share it here.

And just a couple of days before, I tried to doodle something for my Ramadhan wish ...
Somehow, my Boy has decided to put his marks too on the sketch.
So, here's our 1st joint effort in producing it :)

Ergh! It's quite a mess, huh?

Alhamdulillah, Zain has started to walk at 14++months.

You know what that means right?
It means I need a lot more energy to keep up with his pace and cheekiness!
I guess this is an added challenge I have this Ramadhan.
Plus I still breastfeed him...
I must remember to drink lots of water at night!

Love him to bits.

Sometimes, I still can't believe Allah lends this Boy to me.

I love Ramadhan and all it brings.
Hope you'll enjoy it too.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Doodled on Pink TShirts

I don't normally take orders for doodling on T Shirts.
Especially now that my working time is limited to the wee hours (when my little one is sleeping), I take extra time to finish some jobs.

But this sweet client of mine has persuaded that I may take the time I needed. No rush at all.
So I agreed to do it.

There were only 13 Pink T Shirts, I only used Black Fabric Pen and the Design was quite simple.
But because I haven't been doodling on fabric for a long time, it was a bit difficult to handle.

So I'm glad that after almost more than 2 months, I finally finished the job.
Heheee... (so long, eh...?)

My original proposal...


Have a nice weekend!

Please visit Ayujamal's post to read more about it!
Thanks Ayu dear.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Caricature in A Bunting

Recently I drew a sweet Couple Caricature :).

I had the chance to offer them my service in designing a piece of Bunting for their upcoming Engagement event.

Wishing you all the best, dear cik Siti :).
Thank you for your order.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Gift for Alam Flora CEO!

Really had fun with this one :).
I do hope the recipient will like it.
Thanks for the order, Ella!


Received a pic from Ella on D' Day...

Tuan Hj Mohd Zain
Alam Flora Sdn Bhd

Hehehe... Look at how delighted he was :D.

Ella told me, he said this is the first time in 10 years of service (Alam Flora) that he has ever received such a gift!

Well, I'm glad that my client is happy and her client is happy too.
Win-win situation, right? :).

Joyful June_ Freebie Calendar

Click, Save and Enjoy!

I know it has been a while, oh blog...
But you know I'm around... ;)

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Memorable May_Calendar Freebie

5th May, 2013.
Have a great & safe VOTING day, Malaysians :).

And to my beloved little sis, Sue... HaPpY BiRtHday!!!
What a memorable event for all Malaysians, your birthday is.
Let's pray everything will be fine and hope for the BEST!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lazy Monday...

Well, it's OK to be lazy when you're a baby spider.

Did I tell you about the cake I made for Zain on his 1st Birthday? 
Truth be told, I was super proud of it... 
and the fact that it was the first cake I've ever done in my life...
made it extra special even though ermmm.. I didn't really 'bake' it ;P.

Wanna see how the cake looked like?

Now, the first tier consisted of fresh fruits and the second tier was a steamed banana raisin cake!
I got the recipe from here after surveying quite a number of steamed cake recipes on the net.
It tasted really good and Zain finished it in one go!

Making the cake was an exciting experience for me.
I'm looking forward for many more memorable experiences with Zain in my life :).

Have a sweet Monday...even if you feel a bit lazy, ok?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Homemade Flash Cards (No.1-10)

With 2 black pens, a set of pencil colors, a few A4 papers and a lamination machine... (plus a few good quiet nights), I managed to finish the Flash Cards I've been meaning to create for baby Zain since he entered 10 months old.
Now he only has 9 days to go before turning 1 year old! Hmmm...

By now, I think he recognized quite a few things already but he could not articulate anything much just yet.
I'm still waiting for the magical moment when he could call me "Ummi". Owhh.. 
At the moment, I just have to be settled with a loud "Aaaa!", when he's calling for me. Otherwise, just a loud "Waaaaaargh!" (crying his heart out).

When I (excitedly) showed these Flash Cards to Zain, he was quite interested to see all the colors and fun cartoons on them. So, I take it that the Flash Cards did catch his attention. Good Boy! hehe..

But a few seconds after that, he wanted to come down from the bed. 

So, I put him and the Flash Cards down on the floor then.


With one Card ended up under his butt... and him trying to fold another a while later, I'm not sure if this boy will be able to learn his numbers that soon.

It's OK son, take your time...

You can be a genius at other things in life, perhaps? Heh.

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