Gimme your money

General / 27 July 2019

I have been going through some tutorials on matte painting techniques and the thing that I have noticed is that when it is marked @for beginners@, it includes a whole load of programs that are financially available only for the studios, like Nuke or Maya.

Even if I know that cracked versions are available, I still don't want to populate my computer with this crappy cracked software, because then it leads to not having the desired render engine or render freezing or some notifications popping out on you out from the blue. It is just bad. 

So all the tutorials for beginners should be done with alternative software, let us say, Blender, Krita (ok, Photoshop is not expensive so can be)  and Natron instead of Nuke. Or BM Fusion. This is how you can teach the basics to beginners without putting the crappy cracked software onto your computer. The techniques and principles of work are quite universal and can easily be done in many different programs. 

What is your favorite fruit?

General / 21 July 2019

Mine is a pomegranate. I have been associating myself with it and using as my personal symbol for a while. I love it because it is so round and has a crown of spikes, because of its deep scarlet color, because of its endless seeds. opening a pomegranate is like discovering a treasure with ruby gems. 

Studying poly art

General / 20 July 2019

This is such great fun! 

I am enjoying every single bit of it. 

Contemplative mood

General / 16 July 2019



General / 16 July 2019

Oh my, how do I LOVE these moments... 

Come to Boteko...

General / 15 July 2019

We have giant shrimps :D

Light leaks

General / 12 July 2019

Me and Sidarta we have been to a shady bar, one of these places that work almost 24/7, with horrible service, a barmaid permanently pissed off and some whorish looking ladies on the bar, whose only accomplishment in life is to smoke where it is forbidden.
But this bar has the most amazing and cinematic light conditions. The interior was just ready to be filmed right there on the spot.

Naming conventions

General / 15 June 2019

How to avoid having "final.psd", "final final.psd", "final final ver2.psd"?
Simply name them by the date created for the project to take "project_14_06_19.psd" look. Such a simple thing, but this is a revelation for many.

Business notes

General / 11 June 2019

Charging by the hour punishes me for being good and efficient.

- I want to pay you by the hour. How many hours did it take you to design this?

- My entire life. If I am 32 now, then let's calculate and multiply. 32 by 365 by 24 is 280 320 hours. 

Most business people value time. So if they can get their logo done in 5 minutes rather than wait for 4 months, they better do it. If I do a logo for you in 5 minutes, should you pay me less? You should pay me more because I have just saved you a lot of time.

Maybe you want to save some money, but in the end, you get what you pay for. 

Ask "what is your printing budget? Where all does the logo go? What happens if it goes wrong?" 

Clients go for the least risky options.

Know their yearly revenue and the estimates of what will be the revenue rise after you have done your fantastic illustrative and graphic design job for them. You can also consult on what area to concentrate. 


General / 26 April 2019