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This is the end June 30, 2015

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FIVE

It has been nearly 5 years ago, I left the corporate world to enter a new phase in my life, driven by the desire to explore my creative side, I started a Freelance activity, first by drawing comics, and self-publishing, then by doing website design, and lately diving into Python programming, and doing portrait illustrations… This has been very interesting, very challenging too – there was no better school to know myself than this exercise in self-discovery.

IS THE LIMIT

I’ve learned a lot, I’ve struggled a lot, I’ve enjoyed a lot of things, met good people  ; but I’ve set myself a limit before I started, the limit was 5 years, the goal was to setup a stream of passive incomes that would allow me to continue (or better to thrive) in my Freelance activities, but doing creative works, maintaining a social presence, doing finance and budget, while having ups and downs with the family was really tough (especially in the last months) – doing this all by myself… I pushed as long as I possibly could, but can’t sustain any longer.

BACK TO WORK

That’s the reason I’m back to work, effective immediately, it has been an honour to work with splendid people like Boris, Iddo, Marketa, Tonda, MB, Fafa, Mike, Ron, Khuan, Chinkal, David, Vitek, Karel, Marcela, Al, Lucie, Donna, Marcus, Radka, Zuzana, Jitka, Dana, Brian, Mangakaonline, Troy, Steve (from ispirare), Mark,  Moe, my brother and other people I might have forgotten … thanks for your support, advices, and jobs.

I’m now in very much need of stability and security, Freelance equals Freedom, but also a bit of anarchy, now I’m looking forward to a regular paycheck. I’m not regretting my Freelance time, I’m just turning a page …

Before I started, my feeling was to push my fears away, and start as a Freelance, and that if I would never try to do it, there will be regrets, now I’ve done it, and I’m happy about it… Even though it doesn’t seem to be a viable solution, and so I need to move on …

The last big “thank you” goes to my beloved wife, who was patient and supportive, and who also wants to discover her true calling in life now…

Life is very much a journey, be nice with each other – you never know what the other person in front of you is going through or in similar words : “Don’t Judge People. You never know what kind of battle they are fighting.”

 

Manga Call-Centre Grinder – a commission by ChichiriYuki January 25, 2013

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Manga Call-centre

CM_Call Centre Grinder by *ChichiriYuki on deviantART

This is the resulted commission of a call-centre grinder Page

It’s actually the 4th variations of Episode 001 – This Unpublished episode is the 1st variation, Episode 034 is the 2nd variation, the 3rd variation was my attempt at making it a manga …

For those interested on “How to commission an artist” :

The commission went like that, I sent my request in deviantart to chichiriyuki.deviantart.com/

After checking her commission price list – a Manga page cost 20$

I asked in a note, what I wanted and the artist agreed

Then the payment was made over paypal

And I waited for the result – when finished, the artist post a small resolution page (the one on deviantart) and send a full resolution (4961×6752 pixels) file just for me.

Overall, a really cool experience.

2013 January 4, 2013

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Happy New Year and Best Wishes!

2013 has just started, and I contacted a Manga artist (*chichiriyuki) on deviantart and commissioned a Manga Page of a Call-Centre Grinder (a remake of page 1)

One fact is that I’m currently struggling to “master” Manga Studio – a new software that I purchased a month ago.

Another fact is that after finishing Season 2 of Call-Centre Grinder – I’m pretty much stuck with art-block and can’t even contemplate starting a new page (although I have all Season 3 scripted ready to go)

This page will be the fourth variation of the original page 1 – and I’m very excited about seeing another artist working with the characters I’ve created.

This is my first experience at commissioning an artist – I will tell you how the whole experience went and of course the result page

Otherwise, it’s been 2 years and 6 month that I’ve left my corporate job in a call-centre and started Freelancing (last month was May 2010).

At the end of 2012 a nice soul sent me 20$ through paypal for some artwork I posted long ago on openclipart.org – this made me feel, that somehow there still is hope.

I want 2013 to be focused on what makes me happy – supporting others (by commission or collaborations, donations, etc …), sharing my artworks, writing stories, drawing them, spending time with my family and having fun.

cc-unhappy

Python tricks December 11, 2012

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Just found a neat little trick to convert decimal into hexadecimal and vice-verse – you have to use python (provided with OS X)

the command to obtain a hexadecimal number out of a decimal (e.g : 2550) is as follow :

>>> print “%x” % 2550

9f6

The reverse is :

>>> print int(“9f6”,16)

2550

Hope this will be useful –