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Work Related : Second 30 days in Reckless Life 2.0 as a Freelancer

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First week :

Friday - Monday (1- 4/4) :
  • I went on a long weekend holiday to prepare for Af's birthday, masak2, house-warming, and birthday celebration. Soo, I didn't work.
  • Freepik 03 : I finished up the files extraction after all my 10 designs were validated and approved.
  • Wondrous Jelly : I designed super-quick poster for Aja's product, Cikedut. They tasted super nice, so I agreed to design it for 2 bottles of her Wondrous Jelly - name so fancy for a multiple layers of dadih :p


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Tuesday (5/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 2 is shared publicly on Freepik now. I received task 4 yesterday (0/10)
  • Wondrous Jelly : I edited the design into a poster to be shared on social media because they are currently having an event at KUTPM, Cheras :

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Wednesday (6/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 (2/10)
  • Blog : Bought a new layout from Etsy and customized it. This took half a day, and I am a very proud owner of my newly fresh-look blog :D

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Thursday (7/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 (3/10)
  • Wondrous Jelly : Designed the sticker label version for Aja. It can be very hard to design for Aja, because she can't decide. So I created the colourful one, the black + white ones, and she might want the rounded colourful one instead of rectangular B/W instead =.=  

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Friday (8/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 (5/10) - busy, busy, busy.
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Saturday (9/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 (8/10) - I'm doing almost all illustrations for next months' events. I just learned about Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican celebration on the 5th May. I know that cinq is 5 in French - cinq sounds almost the same as cinco so that must be the 5th and mayo sounds a lot like May. Thus, cinco de mayo probably mean the fifth of May :

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Sunday (10/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 (10/10) - All designs submitted to be reviewed :

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Second week :

Monday (11/4) :


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Tuesday (12/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 4 amended and approved. I received new task for Task 5.
  • Mostly lazying around : surfing and watching videos.

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Wednesday (13/4) :
  • Travelogue : My Tokiyo Trip
  • Siti : Label Packaging - combined from AF's and I make a mockup (3 designs) submitted to the client, which is my ex-colleague. The original white + brown packaging on table images were taken from Google, so that weren't mine seeing that this is just a personal project and I wanted her to know how it might look like on the cookie packages. I just added the mockup stickers and patterns as example :


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Thursday (14/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 5 (2/10)

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Friday (15/4) :
  • Zanubah : Product photography
  • Freepik : Task 5 (4/10). On this day, I learned about perfecting my vector lines using my wacom tablet. I did a lot of boho/tribal elements for the theme in the current Freepik task, so this helped me practice my stroke. I also learn to create my own brushes as well :

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Saturday (16/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 5 (6/10) : For today, I had to do 2 animal + farm elements. So I chose to use the continuation for the previous wild life animals that can be downloaded here, and make the farm animal version. I also illustration the flat version for the farm elements. I enjoyed making these little veggies, especially the radishes and carrot. So cuuuuute :<3 :="" font="">

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Sunday (17/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 5 (10/10) - I managed to submit all the illustrations before the due date. The weirdest task was to illustrate something with the theme : alchemy elements. I kept that for the last one to design. Look at the last one down there, pelik betul. The blue one wasn't in the final colour version, but they already approved all the design :


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Third Week :

Monday - Wednesday (18-20/4)
  • Holiday - mode
  • Zanubah : Photo editing (149 product pictures) - halfway
  • Siti : Label packaging - amendment from the draft. This is Af's design, I only changed the cookie illustration part. Baked with love :

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Thursday (21/4)
  • Zanubah : Photo editing (149 product pictures), submitted. I woke up at 4am to finish this up and wrap up this task once and for all :D 
  • Freepik : Task 5 amendments - all submitted
  • Waty : Wedding label sticker. And because she helped me a lot when I got married, I do this for free :D I found several decent freepik vectors that can be used for wedding theme label, and customized from there. I love the third one here, but Aja seems to like the one I did for #wushaf with the doodle-like illustration =.=' Here's an update : Aja said Waty already designed her label last week because she thought I didn't want to do - miscommunication between both of them. Hapadaaa.

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Friday (22/4) :
  • Freepik : Task 06 (02/10)
  • Sticker : I printed, cut  and packaged whole batch of stickers, new ones and old ones to restock my inventory. While watching several series of Breaking Bad and latest Grey's Anatomy. I got a booth to open in 2 weeks time :D
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Saturday (23/4) :
  • Freepik : Amendment Task 05 - hopefully final weyy.
  • Travelogue : My Tokiyo Trip illustration. Colouring mode - to be tested for more options. I still like the monochromatic look, but maybe not so for customers?
  • Sticker : Continued yesterday's work. Getting ready for the event ! All newly printed sticker batch are ready :D Productive !
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Fourth Week :

Monday (25/4) :
  • Azreenchan : Planning for new artworks to be printed on postcards and stickers. I still haven't decided, I didn't like all the outcomes :(
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Tuesday (26/4) :
  • I woke up around 2am, I can't sleep because of a stomachache, so I doodled something for my new namecard and several fan-art sketches that I wanted to do for my new stickers :
  • Azreenchan : My own namecards, finally ! I created 2 options for this one : one for booth/event purposes without no. phone number, another one for professional laa sikit, with phone number even though I won't really pick up the phone pun kan :

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Wednesday (27/4) :
  • Freepik 6 : (05/10)
  • Azreenchan : I created the Sleepyheads greeting card with envelopes and sent it to be printed. I can't wait to see the outcome :F
  • Azreenchan : I also custom-made all my brown packaging for the event. That means I divided big brown paperbag into 2 smaller bags, cut, glued and stamped with my sleepyhead emblems while watching Breaking Bad season 4. I have trouble sleeping lately, thus, working late at night doing hand-made items.

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Thursday (28/4) :
  • Freepik 6 : (8.5/10) Today was all about freepik illustrations that I've been procrastinating. This time I got a lot of 'love' theme task : Love card, Love Couple, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Wrath =.= It is so hard to do variation of almost same things. But this is 2 of my favorite chibis in the task that will be shared soon :


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Fridayay (29/4) :
  • Freepik 6 : I freakin' finished all illustrations before today ended ! That means I succeeded in reaching 50 illustrations for this month's invoice - that's not including the extra $$ for more than 1k downloads. I am happy and super satisfied. Going to take this weekend off until the labour day ! :D
  • Freepik 7 : I just received the latest task but I'm not going to deal with it until next month :p
  • I received our namecards ! The Taqbin guy arrived at last and passed me these cards : 

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Saturday (30/4) :
  • Rest mode.
  • Research + Brainstorm : Raya Packaging 
  • My card has just arrived ! :

Little Things 220 : Nice Surprise + Tokyo Guide 2


The next Tokiyo hunter after Kiwa was Ellianis. 
She went to Tokiyo early in April and borrowed the Tokiyo Guide during that time before sending it to the next hunter : Fatin - scheduled to go early in May :)

She bought these little omiyage for me from Japan as a token of appreciation  
She also shared some nice photos through email. It is beautiful spring season and flowers are blooming everywhere. I am so-oh jealous, everything looked so nice and sweet.

She gave me a sweet pink sakura sticker + handkerchief. I excitedly showed it to Ma and she asked me why people keep giving me nice cute stuffs? =.=' I don't knowww, sometimes people are just so nice and they have beautiful hearts. Kan.
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Look at the colours ! So sweet and painfully beautiful, I asked Ma why can't she try softer colours for her stuffs like the Japanese do?

The handkerchief even have some little embroidered flowers in the corner there, look at that beautiful thing  



Note :
The Tokiyo Guide book by Hello Sandwich will be available next June, if you are planning on visiting little cafes and independent crafts arts +  craft shops, you can borrow the book for you guidance. Just email me : azreen_31@hotmail.com

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Here is my current made in Japan handkerchiefs, I love it too much to use it :


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Tasya just came back from Tokiyo too. I pesan to her to buy for me Af's favorite caffè latte while we visited Japan. But I just checked online from Japanese food products halal/haram lists here and they just updated their list and confirmed that these Mt. Rainier drinks contain emulsifier based from the famous animal, pigpog. Hmph, too bad we consumed a lot of these drinks in the previous trip - I checked before and there was nothing suspicious :o


Work Related : #Wushaf by CelebrateTv



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This was a project collaboration with CelebrateTv.

I remember they called me late in the afternoon, explaining about the video project for Walimatulurus Shahrol Shiro + Anna Danisha. They asked whether I was free during that time and if we could meet and discuss more if I was interested. 

I just received the news about the second round of Freepik test that I needed to submit in 5 days time so I was a bit worried. I wanted the Freepik job and I thought the #wushaf project was also interesting as well. Talked with Af about it and decided that I should go for the meeting that week at their office to know more about it.

They asked me to come up with several test illustrations in 3 days. I didn't really know what they have in mind, and my strokes are quite limited to only the things that I'm used to *especially seeing that they are planning on the production in 10 days time. I was worried sick, I really wanted the job, and Freepik's exam was important too. So I didn't have enough sleep for several days, I woke up really early in the morning around 4-5am and slept way pass the time that I should, I didn't go out for my run, my period didn't came out and all. I was really stressed out. 

Here's what I came out with :


Originally, I thought that what they wanted was a clean-hand-drawn stroke illustrations that I always use. So this is what I sent to them for a test timeline :



I printed all out and we set for another meeting to discuss on what they really want and need from what I can offer. They said they really like the clean turquoise-white colour combo, so they opted for that and they also really like the rough sketch-like illustration like the one I did in the test montage page. I personally didn't like that one because it looked a bit too sketchy for me, and that was even my last option in the draft. But they asked if I could produce something like that for all the illustrations and they will decide on it later. 


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I sent more of these to them and they liked it. So they confirmed with the sketchy-vector style illustration :o I usually use this for sketches only and I'm a bit visually OCD with the whole unfinished look. But, what client think matters. Ha. They extended the production timeline to 3 weeks and gave me more time to churn it the storyline that they passed me. I had 10 more days to complete all illustrations needed.  


They gave me a detailed storyline so I can read the story and a rough storyboard scene-by-scene so I can refer to it. I've never work with a production company and the exposure was a good learning experience for me.

I illustrated scene by scene based on provided storyboard so all the sizes will be consistent and not awkwardly obvious from the other. The thickness and size of each illustration are importante !

Afterwards, illustrations were saved ready to be printed on A4 paper, so clients can easily print it out. I did everything in vectors, any changes can be made easily if needed. Stroke lines are far heavier than outlined strokes so, I need to save in different file completely for all the confirmed illustrations. Example of later to be printed pages :


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Right after I finished all the illustrations for the scenes, I passed it to them and they did all the awesome work. By that time, I was too busy with Freepik task and didn't want to spoil my possibly long-time relationship with Freepik so I had to focus fully on it. I never joined in for the making of the animation and recording. Here I picked up some photos from CelebrateTv production team :

A photo posted by Fauzee Nasir (@fauzeenasir) on



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A video posted by Fauzee Nasir (@fauzeenasir) on

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Finally several weeks later, it is scheduled to be on air : 23rd April, 30 April and 7 May at 9.00pm on Astro Ria. We don't have Astro at home, so we missed the first episode - my family and Af's family watched from their homes anyway and that was good enough. 

This is the sneak peek shared in their facebook :


I am quite happy because I manage to tell my family what I do now for living. It is hard to explain to people what I actually do when they found out that I'm currently working from home in front of the computer all the time kan. So, this helps a lot :) *My uncles and aunties especially.

Personal strawberries on the top thanks to CelebrateTv team  : 
Shahrul, En. Fauzee, Kak Nazura, Paan, Abg. Azrai, En. Faiz, and everyone in Manggis/CelebrateTV production team.  


  

Work Related : All things printed


I'm planning on joining my 23rd event, celebrating the 6th year in this small independent business. It isn't that far off from where I started, but I definitely learned a thing or two about doing things that I like for fun and making a small income out of it :)

244 orders / 348 sales from Etsy and 22 booths all around later, here I am 

I was doing a stock checking of what's left in my sticker library. I need to reprint some of the sold-out stickers and cut more finished stickers from my stock. 


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Postcards are selling super slow on Etsy and I'm too latzy to do a proper photo shooting for some of the art prints, so i'm still keeping them all :


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I'm still cutting up stickers every now and then, especially when I have the latest series of Grey's Anatomy to watch. Or I can do with Breaking Bad - I'm currently watching the season 2. I still have several hundreds of this sleepyhead stickers that are still raw and need a good cutting :


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Here I'm using the left over envelopes from the postcards that I ordered. I don't think I'm going to be using the envelope so I'm using it for other things like a nice small packaging for our ESKP car sticker. So 1 envelope can be divided into 2 little packaging and we printed the small sticker to put it on the packaging as well. It looks decent enough for a hand-made packaging, so I'm going to stick with it for now :


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I printed the camera sets in mini edition. 
I kinda like them all, so chibi <3 p="">

By this time I finished all my uncut stickers stocks. I no longer have any stuffs to cut. I finished 2 seasons of Breaking Bad and I need more new stuffs to make before the events :



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Little Stories 220 : What I Talk About When I Talk About Cancelled Trip


On Flight :

Among all the plans and preparations that I did before this trip, I make 3 big mistakes :
  • I didn't print up the itinerary ahead
  • I arrived at the airport late
  • I didn't freakin' self check-in earlier (not from home, not even from mobile)
What was I thinking? I bought the ticket 6 months ago, so imagine how I'm feeling right now. I feel like my face was going to explode with waterfall of tears when the guy at the Airasia service center said that there's nothing that they could do, except to book the next flight for another RM 900. I bought the return ticket to Cambodia for only RM 200 on promotion so it would be crazy to buy another ticket for RM 900 kan? =.= I called Ma right-away, saying that we missed the flight and so they had to make a u-turn to pick us back.

The night before, I slept for only 2 hours - pushing myself to finish up the Freepik task before going and I've prepared for everything except for the most important thing - flight ticket/boarding pass/self check-in. Everything I planned and spent time and effort on, goes back to this moment when I replaying the scenes this early morning over-and-over again thinking of other possibilities and when in the bitter reality : I can't do anything at all to make it right. 

We missed the flight.

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On Airbnb :

Right after I got the confirmation about our cancelled trip, I contacted our Airbnb host, Mr. Ajil. I told him about the news and explained everything. We wanted to cancel the booking and try to get the refund back. His refund policy stated 'flexible', that they should be notified 24 hours before the booking date and we already missed the first day. So Mr. Ajil told me that booking cancellation can be confirmed via Airbnb cancellation. I called the Airbnb center and notified the customer service about this. 

He then cancelled my booking, and I got the remaining 3 days payment back and another 24USD extra travel credit from Airbnb for being their new customer *I don't know where that came from, this is not even my first booking. But I'm thanking them with strawberries on the top for being super helpful and generous about this T^T

If you want to try Airbnb and want to receive your RM 137 off from your first booking, you can use my referral code here.

And call Airbnb call center every now and then, they might give you travel credit for being randomly awesome.

But I'm still grumpy :(

Work Related : Freepik 04


Officially over 7,600 downloads ! Yeay !
This time around, I got to do themes related to family day (May 15th), mother's day (May 8th), labour day (May 1st), one of Mexican's event : Cinco de Mayo that will be celebrated in May 5th and also little succulents vector. All the events that will be happening in May - I just noticed this when I checked on the date =.='

Anyhow, I'm working on current task before going to Cambodia next month. I hope to finish it by this weekend :F Forgot to mention, all Freepik vectors are free license (with attribution) - that means you need to credit Freepik/or the stated designer and link it back to the page where you downloaded :) 

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Lovely Floral Family Day

Free vector by Freepik :

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Lovely Happy Family Day

Free vector by Freepik :

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Labour day Background

Free vector by Freepik :

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Happy Labour day Background

Free vector by Freepik :

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Cinco de Mayo

Free vector by Freepik :

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Cinco de Mayo

Free vector by Freepik :

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Floral Mother's Day

Free vector by Freepik :

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Hand-drawn Mother's Day

Free vector by Freepik :

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Cactus Flowerpot

Free vector by Freepik :

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Plants & Cactuses

Free vector by Freepik :

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