Stuff I’ve Been Working On Pretty Recently.

Been off for quite awhile. Been having job interviews almost every week with no success šŸ˜¦ But alas! I just keep moving forward and onto the next job. šŸ™‚

So these are some of the things i’ve been busy doing. I’ve had a few clients on the side whilst in the middle of all these interviews, and here are some of the stuff i did for them:

 

An Indie iOS App (Left) And UI for Gist Magazine (Right)

An Indie iOS App (Left) And UI for Gist Magazine (Right)

Banners Made for A&S Beverages.

Banners Made for A&S Beverages.

Posters here include: UST's ECONLIBRIUM Dance Troupe Auditions Poster, A local German Insurance Company Banner, JS Prom Poster, Fire Dances Movie Poster and of course a poster i did for a local music fesitval contest. :)

Posters here include: UST’s ECONLIBRIUM Dance Troupe Auditions Poster, A local German Insurance Company Banner, JS Prom Poster, Fire Dances Movie Poster and of course a poster i did for a local music fesitval contest. šŸ™‚

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Music Monday: Recess by Skillex

Before, in a time far far away, The only music that mattered was from classical giants like Beethoven, Bach and other classical greats who mastered (or was born) to play the piano, violin, etc. Decades and a chunkful of years later, technology has paved way and has opened up door number two in music progression. When people hear of “Dubstep” or “Electronic Dance Music” people usually associate them with Skrillex, Zedd, Avicii (It’s a-vee-chee for those new to EDM, i saved you a possible shame in case you’re planning to go to a rave. haha!) and some others whom you may have heard thru Pandora or Spotify or prolly from that one weird friend with the bass-heavy headphones. Today, for my Music Monday, i’d like to talk about Skrillex’sĀ  “Recess” and how it compares to his previous albums and EP.

First of all, (Intro, please) For those of you who don’t know, Skrillex was a former lead singer(2004) of From First To Last, An American Rock band that’s been making noise even before Sonny Moore(A.K.A. Skrillex) took over the vocals. I actually admire the switch from “rocking and thumping to the moshpits” to just basically “jumping and waiting for that beat to drop” kind of music which are somewhat a little over on the other side of the music train. From here, Skrillex has released a number of albums, including “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites“,”Bangarang” and of course the one that were having a peek at, which is “Recess” Oh, did i also mention that Skrillex also won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic Dance Album for Bangarang back in 2012? šŸ™‚

So about Recess: This album is cool in it’s own way, especially starting off with the awesome song “All Is Fair In Love And Brostep” with help from the Ragga Twins. This track basically has some bad-ass beats and really gives you hopes and expectations that this would be an awesome album. With some renditions from a random scientist that describes (vaguely) How a rocket needs “this much power” The whole song of course does not make sense, But with EDM / Dubstep it’s not really the “what does this song mean” are most listeners after; It’s more of the way it pumps you up and just gives you a surge of energy that you thought you never had.

Another one of my favorite tracks in this album is the self-titled song, “Recess” I listen to this song when i play basketball by myself (#ForeverAlone) And just by immersing myself into the game and the music, i played like i didn’t care. It was awesome. But i guess it would be alot better if i ACTUALLY shot some hoops, but meh, i had fun listening to it and i sweat and that’s always good right?

One of the songs in the album was made into a music video featuring Skrillex’s tours from all over the place with Alvin Risk, otherwise known as Marcio Alvarado. “Try It Out” was a simple dubstep song at first with stable beats. But as it progresses, the beat intensifies, and delivers a much more energetic song that when it started a two minutes and ten seconds ago. The music video altogether was epic, and if you want to watch it, the link to Skrillex and Alvin Risk’s “Try It Out” can be found here.

Also, one of the songs in Recess made it to the Divergent OST. If you guys have seen the movie, the part wherein Tris walks in the bar to meet Tori, The song playing on the background was “Stranger” by (of course) Skrillex. I actually did the *deep breathing* thing in the cinema and said “Whoa! That’s A Skrillex Song!” But of course not loud enough to make me look like a Skrillex fanboy. haha! Anyways, This track for me is sexy. The beats are steady, and the music itself has a slow vibe to it that doesn’t go any faster. But in a sense, i kinda knew how they got this Skrillex song to be played in a Divergent, Dauntless Bar, because the mood was settling, but not in a way that the bar would turn into a sleezy coffee shop.

“Fuck That” is also a nice song. It starts with a simple beat, with a hint of a somewhat transformers-ish kind of transforming sound? Followed by the repetition of the words “Fuck That” and then it goes to a sort of thumping underground beat that gives a decent head dance(yes, it’s the first term that came to my head to describe a slow and steady head bang. Sorry. Haha!)

The tracklist goes on and ends with a rather mellow song called “Fire Away” the song kind of gives a closing finish that isn’t too hyper and too upbeat. Just a nice, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) that you can dance or listen to on a rainy or chill-pill day.

My thoughts on the album? It’s alright. But compared to Bangarang, Recess lacked the hype and boom that Bangarang delivered. This album focuses more on the mellow and chill-pill kind of environment, but with tracks like Recess, Try It Out and Dirty Vibe so as to not stray too far from the booming beats side.

So to wrap this up, I’d give a 70% Recommendation to download this track on iTunes or Google Play Music. But hey! I wanna hear your opinion on his album. Leave a comment or an email to tell me what you think, And also if you have any music that you want me listen to and review with, you know what to do. Peace out!

The Fault In Our Extinction: Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie Review!

Fast Cars, Explosions here and there, Aliens become the hunter and the hunted, Plus the beautiful city of Hong Kong? That’s what Transformers: Age of Extinction was for me. It was just THAT awesome.

I don’t want to say too much on the movie, because i don’t want to give out spoilers. But i would like to tell my view of what i’ve seen. And what i’ve seen with Transformers was incredible. If you haven’t checked out the trailer yet, do click the link here to watch the trailer from Youtube.

First of all i just wanted to give kudos to Mark Wahlberg for doing such an awesome job at this movie. His acting was awesome, It wasn’t too corny, and it was probably a little weird to see him in a nerd-like father living in Texas, but it was somewhat a pretty good job. The cast was also fantastic and of course to top it all off, Stanley Tucci was also amazing. On his first scenes on the movie, i saw some of his portraits on the wall and kind of reminded me about Steve Jobs. And then the movie went along and he kept talking about design, and inventions and how he wanted to make the world a better place and all i could think about was that awesome apple guy who also tried to make this world a better place.

And who can also forget the girls on the movie? Nicola Peltz was no Megan Fox or Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but she definitely proved herself on the role of Mark’s daughter. And also i’m not sure if you all noticed, But we had some pretty hot girls for Stanley’s Assistants. We have Melanie Specht, Victoria Summer and of course Abigail Klein. Oh and did i also mention Resident Evil: Retribution’s Bingbing Li was also here? šŸ™‚

So alot has happened to Transformers: Age of Extinction, and i am satisfied with what i saw. Although the concept of human failure and ignorance is still evident, it’s kinda sticking out since Transformers 3. It’s sort of being (if not always) the only storyline for the Transformers Series. To be honest, i haven’t really payed much attention to Transformers as a kid, and i have vague memories of childhood as sitting down and watching Beat Wars: Transformers, but that’s basically it. So i guess it’s an added factor if you’ve been with Transformers from the very beginning. Also, don’t bother staying up to wait for a secret ending. There wasn’t any. But nonetheless, you didn’t watch it for the secret ending, you watched it because of this:

Ooops. Spoiler Alert. :)

So i’d recommend this movie for all those who want to see a Maserati, Pagani, Lamborgini and of course a yellow Camaro all in one movie, Robot aliens fighting each other and mankind as we know it and just the simple pleasure of watching things explode. Enjoy watching!

What Happened in Toycon 2014 Day 3 (Star Wars Edition)

Yes it's legit fire. LOL Just kidding! Iron Man Mark 1 Yo!

There are a number of reasons why this is a Star Wars edition of the recent TOYCON 2014 in SM Megamall and not a “What Happened in Toycon 2014 Day 3(period)” is the title for this blogpost. One of which is being i was too distracted by that one massive booth filled with Star Wars Merch that the Jedi Force inside me just couldn’t seem to contain itself and it literally just burst out of me (it’s my first CON so spare me the frustrated comments.) that i forgot to take pictures of other happenings on TOYCON 2014, but nonetheless it was an awesome TOYCON, with the help of the cosplayers, gamers and of course, TOYS! šŸ™‚

So basically, (For those of you like me who was born yesterday, or was born from a galaxy far, far away) TOYCON is a TOY CONvention where all Toy, Anime, Photographers and Cosplay enthusiasts come to gather and showcase their toys, buy/sell some stuff they own like comic books, lightsabers and ironman’s right hand (My friend Andrew Subiela actually got one for himself.), Or just talk and share interests with fellow cosplayers and toy enthusiasts alike.

So of course i took some pictures, and i guess just by the pictures themselves, you’ll know why this is TOYCON 2014: Star Wars Edition. haha! (Photos taken by HTC One X and edited on VSCO Cam App):

When i got home i realized i didn't manage to take a picture with Gypsy Danger. Dammit.

One of the memorable Kaiju in Pacific Rim. :)

I'm sorry. I just had to.

T'was really awesome seeing all these gamers playing DC Universe. Such wow.

I've always wanted this on my room. Maybe someday, If i can actually manage to get a room for myself. Haha

When Annakin looked a little like Lord Voldemort. Whoa.

It's Simple. We Kill The Jedi.

A Close Up of the Fetts.

Looks like another Clone War, no? 'cept Bobba Fett isn't alive...So....

And last but not least? UNO Magazine also happened to be in TOYCON 2014, with their June Cover Girl, Roxee B or A.K.A. Roxanne Barcelo. You guys may remember her as the host of Art Angel way back in 2010? Yes. My friends had to chant “A-aart A-aangel, A-aart A-aangel” just so i can get a five-second flashback of her beauty. Alas time has been good to Ms. Roxee B, not only in physical appearances but on her musical career as well, As she is going to release a new CD soon! So watch out for that. šŸ™‚ Oh! And i also managed to get a picture which basically completes my TOYCON 2014 experience, Props to Mr. Andrew Subiela of course šŸ™‚

Isn't she just lovely? :)

Isn’t she just lovely? šŸ™‚

Nothing like a little Kate Upton to get rid of Designer’s Block.

Disclaimer: Kate Upton’s picture is not mine. Got it from GQ Magazine. šŸ™‚

 

It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, every Designer (whatever kind of designer you are) you’ll come across something called “Designer’s Block” wherein nothing just seems to look artful. No matter what kind of cozy, air-conditioned room you may go, how many cups of coffee you take, and how many genres / artists you switch to (from Boyce Avenue to Bach or Beethoven to Eminem) Nothing just seems to boil and conspire into your brain.

But alas! What i did to vanquish the boredom that slowly seeps and infects my brain? Mostly just browse through sites like Abduzeedo or Deviantart and try to look at other people’s works. Tumblr also works! And then just browse and browse until something looks do-able (that’s what she said *wink) and you’ve got yourself a one way ticket out of the City of Designer’s Block!

Now i’m not saying that this can apply to everybody, There are a thousand ways to do it. But i think the most common one, that seems to make sense is to step out of the box. For example like think of something ordinary, and keep asking questions as to how to make it extra-ordinary or bizarre or epic. Your pic! Just get out of that friggin box! šŸ™‚

Oh and yes! Here’s what i did to rid myself of writer’s block:

 

KateUpton

Another Happy Customer!

Been having alot of luck lately. This is actually my second freelance work for the week! Normally i just get like once every two weeks which is very lame, But i guess my luck is stirring šŸ™‚

So this one if for a Wine / Alcoholic Expert website. They mostly specialize in fine wines and drinks and the such. And they were planning an event for father’s day, that needed to be advertised properly. šŸ™‚ So! I had two banners made, and also had a promotional banner done for an app they were launching pretty soon. šŸ™‚ Honestly speaking i really didn’t like the outcome of the second banner, Maybe because i’ve been to too much minimalistic work. But as long as they’re happy, right? Haha

 

A&S Banner and Flyer

A Strike of Insomnia and A Happy Client!

Today (Rather Yesterday) I had a terrible insomnia. It was about 8:30AM today and i was still up. For some strange reason, I think the culprit behind it is Mountain Dew + Coffee + Gummy Bears. Yes. Gummy Bears. I know.

But in the midst of this wreck, I had a client in oDesk who needed a logo re-designed. It wasn’t much though, I mean there was already an existing logo, so we just had to revamp it and make it better. So i was extremely motivated, I told myself that i’m not sleeping until i give this guy what he needs. Haha so i guess that also somehow affected my sleep (Though i still blame the friggin gummy bears) But yeah without further adue, This is the end result of his logo:

 

PJPostWhat’s good about this is the client was very responsive. So immediately if he wanted to change something i was there. And thank Goodness, i got every alteration right, which of course was good. It’s actually been awhile since i made a client this happy, And it just gives me motivation to work harder, and to find more clients. šŸ™‚ If you are in need of any Graphic or Logo designs for basically anything, You can check my oDesk profile here, or you can always contact be here on my blog šŸ™‚