Also Known as Chazz
Age 30 (born in the year of Tiger)
Previous Blogs cheonsaa.net, dorkistic-chazzie, fai@toxicblush
Designing since 2005
Software used MSPaint, GIMP, Adobe Photoshop, Photoimpact, Photoscape, PS Touch, PicsArt
Blogging my Life
I blogged since 2002, when I first received a computer, and I used Bravenet as my blogging platform. Since that I have been writing my online journal through different platforms, and experimenting a lot in designing and blogging skills. At first, I blog to improve my English, and to add with that, I realised that I blog to keep my memory recorded. We tend to forget things a lot, so by having a blog, we can once in a while sit down and read through all the journey we have been before. Blogging is also my way to interact with people around the world. I read inspiring blogs by amazing bloggers like Kya, Rae, Nancy, Georgie, Tara and many more, and no matter how many times I change my blog, those are the blogs that I will keep on visiting.
I started designing in 2002 when my dad brought me a computer to share with my siblings but then I am the one who spent most of the time using it. All of us loves the old "Paintbrush" software (back when the computer is using the DOS command) and that's how we started doing graphics using the computer. Offline, I am the least creative one in the family. My other siblings are really good in drawing portraits and I can't even draw the stick man properly =.=
However, thanks to the graphic-editing softwares found in the computer, I explored this little knowledge and I really enjoy doing it. Even until now, I will unconsciously click the PS icon on the taskbar even though I am not doing any photoshop that day. It has been a habit. My favourite editing software apart from Photoshop is GIMP, and I also use Photoscape, Photofiltre and MSPaint.
Favourite PS Style
My photoshop style? I love blending, but most importantly, I prefer simplicity. Less pictures, but more emphasize on the filters and decorations. I depends a lot on textures and brushes. My recent addiction is colorization although only 30% of my graphics have successfully been colorized. I believe that I am fairly competent in making layout, wallpapers and banners, where the canvas is big and I can add in anything that I like, compared to icons because the area is too small.
Other than online shop, I also received request offline. I've designed professional website for school, clubs, designing t-shirts as well as company's business card. It is such a proud moment to see my artworks coming to life, especially the t-shirt. My recent design was a logo for our hockey team, and it was used on their letterhead, certificates, tshirt, and event stickers.
Many people will think that I am working as graphic designer in real life. Too good to be true, I am now a high school teacher. This is my fifth year, and I hope I can be a good teacher who works hard to bring my students towards their goals and dreams. I'll be teaching English and therefore I have to work hard in improving my English XD
Every since my parents sent me to a music twenty years ago, I've been dreaming of performing on stage. In fact, as I grew up, I've done quite a few performances, solo and group. The best moments was when I was appointed as the maestro of my university's cultural orchestra team. That's the best moment ever, something that I never thought I would do. It is awesome to share your passion with other people, isn't it? I'd love to be a full-time musician, working behind the scene for the upcoming chart-topping idols ^^
As you can see, I enjoy music very much and even though you can see lots of K-pop, my all-time favourite group is McFly and Busted. They inspire me a lot towards who I am today, and K-pop and C-pop inspire me to be a good musician.
I am also a bibliophile. I enjoy reading English novels (including teen novels too XD) and I spent lots of money building my collections. I love fiction, and to have good music, good book and a cup of coffee is something that I can call the happiest day of my life. Those are the three things that can make me happy ^^
I always see people around me as my biggest inspirations. Meeting new people from all over the country makes me realize how small I am in this world. In designing, most of my designs are inspired by the requesters. Upon receiving a request, I will take a while to visit the requester's site, trying to get an idea of the personality of the blog's owner, and I will use what I see and what I experience in their blog to design their new layout. I don't want people to think of me when they visit the bloggers, but rather, for the visitors to think that the layout represents the blogger's personality in the world wide web.
I am lucky that I get so many chances to meet my idols. I've met several Korean Idols and I can say that they are my inspirations too. To watch them on TV and on the Net is actually different than meeting them in person. Groups like U-Kiss and ZE:A who make you feel like meeting an old friend because of their friendliness, and rookies like A-Prince and K-Much who make you feel goosebumps because of their strong stage presence even though not many people know them, and superwomen like 2NE1 whom you respect for their passion on stage which you can feel when they are performing.
Not to forget, meeting the legend, Backstreet Boys was like a dream come true, especially when it was a press conference, where we get to talk to them up close, and feel their legendary aura which possessed us since we were young. And of course, our very own local talents like Soo Wincci, Nicholas Teo, Henley Hii, FS (Fuying & Sam) and many more. I am honoured to meet them, and even get up close and personal with them through backstage meetings, and press conferences. Talking to them, you feel closer, as they are born and raised in Malaysia - totally "made in Malaysia" material who worked so hard to become internationally renowned idols. They became my biggest inspirations to love whatever I am doing right now and never feel regret about it.