Saturday, January 31, 2009

Life Sentence

This photo is of one of the "party chimps" at Auckland zoo. Said chimp is very old and despite the photo, he seems reasonably happy. The chimp was surrounded by adoring children and appeared to be enjoying the attention. Happily, he is the last of a generation and the "new" chimps are much more "wild".

Today's Gratitude Item: My massive pile of filing only took about 20 minutes to "disappear". Embarrassingly there was about six months worth of "stuff" waiting to be filed. I'm usually more organised than this. Thing is, small bits of personal filing take almost as long as larger bits - that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Tangled Chain

The "chain" design in the background worked out well :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a loan computer at school. I've been without a laptop all week and its been pretty horrible (its hard to prepare electronic resources when denied the 'electronics' to do so). Was finally able to use a loan machine today - the snafu was not the fault of our IT guys. It was not my fault either. "Middle Men" can be rather inconvenient - especially when they are not efficient.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Coloured Zebra

Every so often a design appears which does not need clipart. This was one of those times. The pattern reminds me of Zebra skin which has been coloured.

Today's Gratitude Item: More unexpected design work. Posters this time from a different client. For someone who designs as a hobby, this is pretty exciting. I think I'm too cheap because when I quoted a price, the client immediately said "yes" - didn't even take a second to think about it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Homespun Gold

Pattern reminds me of crude fabric, perhaps something that one could use to make a bag / sack.

Today's Gratitude Item: Not having to get up at an insane hour tomorrow for an early morning meeting at school tomorrow. A slight "sleep in" is better than no sleep in at all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two Monkeys

With a flaming flower background.

Today's Gratitude Item: The This great website / database allowed me to find the lyrics and other information about most of the dances in our repertoire. Said lyrics have now been put onto the ipod. Knowing the meaning of the songs we are dancing to does add depth to the session. It makes it easier to remember song names as well.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Lizard's Lair

This critter is actually a tuatara. Whilst these NZ natives are very rare, they do live a long time. One recently featured in the news (must be a slow news cycle).

Today's Gratitude Item: I got the last 320 gig hard drive that the store had - on special. Price was NZ$149.00 rather than NZ$249. Thus my vital files have now been backed up and I'm very happy.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


These two are enjoying my spectacular fractal display :)

Today's Gratitude Item: Figuring out how to back up files onto a DVD. This means being able to store several gigs worth on one "CD", rather than 700 MB's (which just does not cut it when one has a large number of image files to back up). Also seeing an external hard drive at a really great price.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Golden Emu

The fractal is not quite egg shaped, but its close enough.

Today's Gratitude Item: A pain-free WOF (its a car thing). It was very quick and there were no problems with my lovely little car. So its all good.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Paradise Pod

Emu's aren't exactly birds of paradise, but in my world even the ordinary can become exotic.

Today's Gratitude Item: My dad took some brilliant reference photos of Rangitoto for me. I needed them to make a graphic for a client's webpage and he was in the area.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Shell in Sand

Made from scratch. The softness of the image combined with the reasonably strong colours "works".

Today's Gratitude Item: The banner I designed for a client was OK'd by the printer, which means that I get paid for it - this is extremely exciting as its my first ever commercial "graphic design" job. I'm hoping more of that kind of work comes my way.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Breaking the sound barrier does not actually look like this, but its reasonably close. Dedicated to my colleagues who teach Physics.

Today's Gratitude Item: My local library waiving the usual $1.00 reserve fee on a book that I ordered. They have this promotion where you can order / reserve books for free as long as they are picked up before the 1st of March. To top it off, the book that I got, "Wow!" (Adobe Illustrator CS2) is extremely good. I'm learning a lot from it. There's a version of book out for later versions of Illustrator, but this is the one the library had.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Heart Sea Spiral

Hope you "dig" this image :)

Today's Gratitude Item: A great scrabble word! Said word got me 164 points in one go. Managed to place the word so that it intersected with another word on a triple word score, with the 'Q' on a double letter score. The word "mazedly" became "amazedly" and the word I made was "quota" with the "a" of quota falling on that magical triple word score. This is probably a record for me.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Eating Emu

As in the Emu is eating something, rather than being eaten!

Today's Gratitude Item: Having a bit more time before school goes back. Why is it that holidays are always too short?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Stork at Sunrise

Its amazing what a bit of imagination and a visit to the zoo can do.

Today's Gratitude Item: Lets just say yesterday it was $1.00, today it was $2.00 - this is the reason enjoy walking outside so much! Only downside was that towards the end of my walk it started to rain (it was surprisingly cold rain for summer).

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Deep Blue Peacock

This is an Apo spiral that came out quite well. The intense blue is a result of quite a bit of "playing" in Paint Shop Pro.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding $1.00 on our morning walk. Its been too long since we have found a decent amount of "small" change.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Gold Peace

This one reminds me of the veins of a gold / brown leaf. Took a while to make "from scratch".

Today's Gratitude Item: I designed an advertising banner for a client and they like it - enough that they have asked if I'd be interested in designing more banners for them in the future. This is very exciting for me.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fall Chores

Raking up leaves is my least favourite chore. Probably because its so futile. No sooner has one "raked" than more leaves fall and the mess is as bad as it was before.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being left alone to do "my thing". Company is good, but being left alone when one has stuff to do is wonderful.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rings of Fire - Flower Edition

Its amazing what a rake and a touch of determination can achieve.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally getting started on a project that has been haunting me since the start of the vacation. I've needed to create this image but its one of those "intensive" jobs that is quite daunting. Finally have the basic design created so whilst it will take time, the rest of the process is rather straight forward.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hair Cascade

It looks like this hair cut is taking place in a cave somewhere - is it must me or is that plain weird?

Today's Gratitude Item: Seeing my dad really happy today. The reason was quite small, the smile on his face was not. I have not seen my dad so happy for too long - I think he's taking the current financial crisis personally.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Still Mowing

This one reminds me of a saying I read somewhere: We pray for rain to make grass grow and then alas we have to mow!

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to read / understand the graffiti in the image below (spotted over at Zeev's Photostream).

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sizzling Summer

Dedicated to all those BBQ lover out there. Especially if you usually call a BBQ a "braai".

Today's Gratitude Item: The Christmas decorations have been taken down in my local shopping center. The center looks a lot cleaner and less cluttered and this is a sure sign that things will get back to normal soon.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mowing the Lawn

Throw in a cool fractal and even the most tedious of chores becomes a joy.

Today's Gratitude Item: Four out of the ten texture photos I submitted were accepted on Shutterstock. My acceptance rate for fractals / illustrations is *much* higher (rejections for those are rare) but my photos are invariably rejected for various reasons, so actually getting something "through" is quite exciting. Lets hope they sell.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Floral Rhino

Rhino is the result of a recent trip to the zoo. He turned out well.

Today's Gratitude Item: A keywording service that I discovered over in the Shutterstock Forums. This nifty little page is rather helpful when trying to keyword images - even if it occasionally "chokes".

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Glass Forest

Is it just me or does this forest look like its made from green glass?

Today's Gratitude Item: That my dad is happy with the calendar that I created for him. This was the second attempt and unlike the first attempt, the background was not too dark. The calendar in question can be downloaded at the preceding link. Its great for New Zealanders as it shows the school terms, our public holidays and the major Jewish festivals too. It can be printed out as A4 or A3. The ironic clipart was not lost on him (he's put it on his wall at work).

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Even though he is forced to wait, this passenger does not mind too much because he likes the fractal background :)

Bonus Question: How do we know this person is waiting to catch a plane?

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting positive feedback about a website that I designed and maintain. So often in life, its the little things that can make a day go from "OK" to "great". When the "office lady" takes the time to pass on positive feedback it is always appreciated.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Imprisoned Flamingo

Inspired by a trip to the zoo. The animals are not kept behind actual bars anymore - which is a good thing.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my local CAB still had some of the "postcards" that I designed for them a while back. Grabbed two for the portfolio that I'm building to showcase my published work. So far the file is rather thin, but we all have to start somewhere.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Globe Flamingo

This bird is getting ready to fly off into the sunset.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having more than enough white wool to finish "Project Blanket". It looked a bit dicey for a bit, then mom's hidden stash of wool was uncovered. And you all thought my life was boring!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Fuzzy Stars

If you star at this one long enough, it seems almost three dimensional.

Today's Gratitude Item: A friend offered to share some of his Apo secrets! Friends like that are hard to find.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lively Lemur

Dedicated to all those "Madagascar" fans out there. I thought the original movie was kind of cheesy, but kids seem to like it.

Today's Gratitude Item: A "grate" shopping experience. Literally. Found a special grater for nuts, chocolate and cheese shredding that was on sale at half price. This will save me from risking my fingers when grating nuts (long story). Needless to say, this kitchen gadget is already being used and enjoyed.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Modern Star of David

I was trying to recreate a triquetra but it did not work out that way. Never mind.

Today's Gratitude Item: Safety pins! Sometimes small things can be extremely useful.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Cock Spiral

This spiral looks like it is made out of feathers! That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Today's Gratitude Item: Seeing an Illustrators book being recommended on a forum and then being able to locate the book at my local library. Cost? $1.00 to order said book and a bit of patience to wait for it to be returned by the person currently borrowing it. This is the ultimate of "try before you buy".