HOLY cow! Gone are one week of the hols… my relatives who were here for the week just went back today and the house now seemed a little quiet.. Sigh. I’ve been busy for the whole week, took my relatives around Kuching and to a beach resort in Lundu. It is always fun spending time with relatives and we treasure the time together the most.
My last trip back to West Malaysia was in the last holidays in Decemeber 2004 and we get to get together like, once in a year so, everytime its like, every year-end we go back for a month and then we part and continue with daily life until the year-end hols again and so on. During the last trip, I managed to drag them all into using MSN Messenger. So now we’re pretty much ‘a click away’ but still, nothing is better than meeting in real life, I’m sure everyone agrees with that right?
Ahh, so during the hols, I managed to squeeze some computer time into my schedule. That is, I’ve completed a vector of Master Yoda from Star Wars.
I’m not some die-hard fan of the Star Wars saga, nor do I understand much of the twisted storyline (mind you, I’m not some ignorant moviegoer, I know the whole storyline of the Matrix trilogy better than anyone in my class :p) but I was inspired to make a wall to join the pack of Star Wars walls already floating around Neowin’s Completed Cursors, Icons & Wallpapers forum, and its gonna be different, its gonna be a vector instead of some framed screenshot from the movie with some text added to it. So I decided to vectorize everyone’s favourite little green friend, Yoda.
I knew this is going to be a big challenge because its going to be my first ever vector of an organic lifeform eg people, animals, yoda’s. I thought, this is the hols, and I have lots of time and patience to spare, so I’ll give it a try.
The moment I started, I regretted I even started. It was soo hard! I admit I have no talent at organic stuff, only man-made items or at least scenery but no people, or animals. At times, I felt like giving up. At these times, I would always close Photoshop and get outside, take a stroll, make myself a drink. When I’m back having a good mood, work goes on. This way, things get finished, but downside is, the vector took some time to complete. Then again, no hurry. 😀
Done it was after a week of 3–4 hours a day of Photoshoppin. 100% vectored in Adobe Photoshop CS2. Purely drawn without any filter or cheat methods. Once, my aunt walked in the computer room and saw me workin on this green creature. She could tell that I was sort of re-drawing the whole thing, She asked, why not I use some filter to make my life easier instead of re-drawing it again. I thought about it for some time. Not that I havent thought of cheating before but sometimes I think, all my effort is done for self satisfaction. I could always use a paint filter on some picture and get an instant ‘vector’ but i dont. Everytime I complete a vector, I feel some kind of satisfaction that you drew it by hand, tone by tone. And i tell you, it feels good. That said, I guarantee that NONE of all my vector works are cheated, none.
So here it is, the completed vector:
Last week, I was chosen for a free one-week trial of deviantART subscription. It is now coming to an end but I had enjoyed much of its features and i still dont plan to subscribe mainly because I dont earn my own money yet :\ I had also become an Official Beta Tester on dA (only available for subscribers) and im liking the beta ‘Pasties’ feature which allows you to place a Pastie on your website or blog of your recent/most popular/favourited deviations. Check it out in my Portfolio page!