Curiosity Killed The Cat And The Rest

What really happened

Google+ is an amazing platform – though I’m still a number 1 Twitter user but G+ comes in second. One of the most powerful feature of G+ is the hashtag view. Much like Twitter, searching a hashtag will open a stream of public posts by users in and outside your circle. Best part is, it streams it live. You can play and pause this stream as you read through them to catch up.

Since Curiosity landed on Mars (see my previous posts here and here for photos), there has been a number of images and memes about the rover, some funny, some cheeky, others are just darn lame. A lot of them though were based on “curiosity killed the cat”. The following are a collection of images I found while going through #Curiosity on Google+.

[Collection after the break]

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Third Year Coming To An End

This is a teaser poster for SEEDS I created for their upcoming production. It’s that time of the year again for SEEDS where we spend our afternoons and evenings on trying to perfect our performing arts. The time for the SEEDS3 students (or seedlings) to graduate is nearing and I’m sure this year we’ll encounter new problems but hopefully we’ll be able to tackle the ones from the past.

This year, SEEDS will be performing Willy Wonka on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2011. That’s four weeks left of rehearsing and preparing for the play. This year though, with Alya in our life, I’m spending most of my time doing the paperwork, less hands on with the musical. But, JuLeZz and I have left SEEDS in the hands of two trusted coaches to be the producer and the director.

For now, that is all I can say. More news soon. You can follow SEEDS on Twitter @seedsbrunei, on our Facebook Page (seeds brunei) or the website which you can find here or the link above.

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

It’s amazing what you can do with digital photos these days. Take the above image for example – in the original photo, the lighting was bad, annoying shadows because of the sun was everywhere. But open it in photoshop, let your creativity run wild and you might just end up with something you like. And I did.

See my Flickr for more photos.

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

LIGHTROOM THEN PHOTOSHOP. Retouching photos is starting to get longer now for me the more anal and detail I get with each photo. If only I can find the time to do more.

Anyway, this is a dedication to my two cousins and my brother (though his birthday isn’t until August but thought I’d surprise him with a very advance birthday celebration since he was there too). Happy birthday guys!

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

I’VE BEEN IN A FANTASY ART MOOD as you can see in the above image. Originally, I was planning to create something different – something more modern. Going through my photo collection, I saw this photo I took last year of JuLeZz’s sister during a Hari Raya photoshoot session. Tweak here, tweak there – and what did I end up with? Another fantasy art.

A lot of brushes and brush techniques went into the above piece – mostly dodging, burning and erasing certain parts to create the desired effect, something different than my usual style. I ended up loving the result and so I shared it (see facebook fan page).

One thing that annoys me at the moment though, my images seems to look a bit dark and sharp when I upload it on Picasa. Best that you go ahead to facebook to see how I intended the image to look like.

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

I’VE BEEN TRYING HARD to keep practising my photoshop skills and get back to where I was before – back when I used to just design something from scratch – everything 100% photoshop. These days, I even need to go online and get some inspiration before I could even begin a piece. The results? I always end up with not 100% happy with the product but not entirely despised at the results as well. The most important part though is that I do see that I have been improving.

The above photomanipulation is my latest work on a photo I took of my fellow SEEDS members. The photo was originally taken on a flyover (after I parked safely on the side of course) and is a combination of a few stock photos I’ve collected the past few years. I apologize though that I can’t remember who the photos were from (I really should keep a record of it).

The tiny planet was created by myself with a meadow stock photo after which I also added that single tree on it, also a stock photo. The little rainbow however was made by myself on photoshop itself. Easy job. This piece took me about an hour and a half to create – adjusting the lighting took most of my time.

PS: I miss working with the Oliver! casts and crew. Even though I’ve got a lot of work, it feels like I’ve got a lot of free time compared to the amount of time I dedicated on directing Oliver!.

Facebook post here

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

THIS DECEMBER HOLIDAY IS GOING BY SO QUICKLY. I can’t believe there’s only a week left of it. That said, there’s only a few days of 2009 left! Are you guys ready for 2010?

With the coming new year, I thought I’d design some kind of glamourous wallpaper for my computer and the result is as seen above. The colours and effects (smokey and noise) are designed around the original photo (see ‘Playing With Silhouette‘). There were a lot of noise in the photo, due to the lens I was using then, and I thought it would be nice to have the rest of the wallpaper flow. This one’s called “The Glamourous Exclusives”.

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

I HAVEN’T GOT A LOT OF TIME to explain right now but the image above explains it all. Come and join us! Good deal, really low prices!

Apologies for the dark image above but I had so little time trying to create it but in the end, I thought, the most important part is the message. Yes, that’s tomorrow! So come!

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

UNCHARTED 2 took me away from the world the whole of last week. It is a damn good game. No other games can be compared to it for now. If game developers are looking for the right formula to develop a game that goes perfectly with its story, this is it. From here on, stories in games should follow what Naughty Dog has done. There is no more excuse.

On the other hand, the above image was designed based on a portrait photo I took of a friend during one BruGamers members photoshoot. I didn’t have this in mind when I took the photo but after I transferred it to the computer, the idea just took over. I call it “The Game Thief“.

Anonymous-Dz : Microsoft-Dz

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDILFITRI to you and your family dear family members, friends and readers. From JuLeZz and I, we wish you a safe and enjoyable celebration.

And a special thank you to my dear Shutter Speech readers, without your support I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you so much.

PS: The card above was designed by manipulating two pictures together taken during malam raya.

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