Monday, May 05, 2014

May the Fifth Be With You


So this is definitely not about the celebration of Star Wars for fans but I got an interesting story to share. Since this is my ever blog post in 2014, I would expect to write something about me or my works. Not this time.

I just came back from a very, very late dinner in a Mamak restaurant nearby after I finished work in the office and went for few laps in the pool.

An interesting event occur while I was eating my delicious Mee Goreng Mamak. I sat near a table with full of youngsters using this similar bahasa pasar. From the tone, they seems to be a group of 'mat rempit' because the language they use are very inappropriate and utterly vulgar. Since they talk loud, I don't need to ear drop instead was distracted by their stories about 'awek' or the new term for cute girls, 'gegirl'. So they were talking about their admiration over those pretty ladies, an adorable Siamese cat came around their table and saw them feeding the cat. A guy (from the same table) went rushing to 7-Eleven just 2 mins away and came back to feed the cat with a Friskies food pack (perhaps this cost around RM2 or so). Another friend of him said, "Baik lah kau kasi makan kucing", then this guy (let's call him the Friskies guy) replied "Takkan aku nak bagi kucing ni makan tulang ayam ni, lagipun dia tak kerja, bukan ada duit pun". (Translation: "You're too kind to feed the cat", "I don't think it's nice that I feed the cat only with chicken bone. Anyway this cat is jobless and does not have any income")

I was in awe. It was very remarkable and eye-opening.

Immediately I vision this ray of light coming from the sky as if I got knocked in the head. This even change the whole perception of these group of boys. If they were those 'mat rempit' gangs, I have this interesting hypothesis that conclude to:

1. They have a good heart despite their 'criminal-like' activities
2. They mixed with the wrong crowd and only if they were put in a different shoe and influence, they could be a better person
3. The moral support for them exist, perhaps through the affection from family and loved ones
4. They were darn bored. If they were given the opportunity to have a better self-esteem, they could hit a great career ahead
5. They need a good father or brother-figure to guide them to a better path and enrich themselves with better education.

I hope in future to come, God give them a chance and 'rezeki' to make them be a better person in our society. Perhaps it's about time our culture foster young generation to be a better, motivated person that could sustain our culture's reputation in the most positive way.

InsyaAllah.



Friday, October 11, 2013

Young Malaysian Artist Exhibition & Behance + Creative Cloud


I like to invite you to visit my latest digital art masterpiece (the latest digital space painting series) called 'Jupiteraya' that are now currently exhibiting at Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. This is not the first time Galeri Petronas have been the pinnacle to support electronic artists, digital artists, video artists like myself but it's been 3 times.

Quoted by Galeri Petronas: "who engage in a ‘self-referential‘ relationship with new technologies to discover the ‘self’ in making contemporary transformation determined by technological developments - new media". So far, I could only can spot four electronic artists who complement their work according to the theme.




'Antara Callisto & Europa' (Jupiteraya Series), by Muid Latif. 

The Jupiteraya Series

Using combined conventional media from acrylic & poster color on art paper, I orchastrate my work on digital canvas using the latest version of Adobe PhotoshopCC & Illustrator CC.
This took 28 weeks of R&D, production, improvement and revisit of my three works until I meet my satisfaction. Stereoscopic imaging gave the final touch for the viewers to enjoy my work using 3D anaglyph glass. More story of my work will be post on my behance portfolio and newspaper, New Straits Times soon.



To my e-art brothers and sisters, my close friend Syafiq Abdul Samat, Latif, and newfound fellow artists; Andrialis Abdul Rahman and Firdaus Herrow, I'm glad to share this exhibition with all of you. I hope this exhibition will uplift your spirit and encourage to harness your passion in continue the legacy of our father of Malaysian Digital Art, the late Ismail Zain. I may not know close enough about you guys but I am pleased and proud to be a part of your presence. 

Throwback: Knowledge Development Centre (KDC) 2nd Anniversary with Adobe After Effects TECHTALK at Cyberjaya.

Was given the opportunity to represent Behance once again as the Malaysia ambassador to promote and showcase what Behance is all about to KRU Academy students and AEMY participants. Thanks to the awesome and cool inspiring guru, Hussin Khan for the invitation.

This time I talk about how creative professionals can empower themselves by showcasing their works through Behance.net portfolio. With Creative Cloud, Adobe users can now synchronize and upload their work directly from http://creative.adobe.com or upload their work-in-progress via Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. 





Photos are courtesy of Adobe After Effects Malaysia & MDeC. Thank you for those who attended.



Stay creative, keep on shining and stay awesome.

- Muid Latif


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

H.J.S



'Halus Jiwa Seniman' is probably the most alluring word to define H.J.S in Malay language but the fact that H.J.S mentioned above is the initial of my mentor and a person who's very close to me. Even though by location we are far separated, yet through the Internet, his ideology and teaching indirectly had harness my passion and talent. Hasnul Jamal Saidon. That's what H.J.S. stands for. metaphorically speaking, H.J.S translated through him are Humility, Jovial and Substantial.

Back in 2007, I was working on a very exciting national project Angkasawan Programme - Interactive Wayfinder (Interactive Kiosk) for MOSTI and National Science Centre. Due to this, I began to open up my curiosity about astronomy. Recently, I've been more engaged and indulging myself with digital space painting. I would read Astronomy books and Science magazines like a science geek, exploring about our outer space, quantum physics, dark matter, the universe as a whole and glazing the night sky while driving or swimming at the pool, wishing if I could ever see any shooting star (yeah right lah).

One thing for sure what I would relate Hasnul is that he is an exoplanet. In my own term to be precise, a truly remarkable Malaysian Exo-Artist. Why? For an e-artist, Hasnul had empowered a lot of people to be outstanding in their own way. His work evolved in multi-level and disciplinary, not forgetting his ability to sing while playing his guitar. I notice great artist have amazing art of spoken words. I thought it was even peaceful to watch him performed. Even if I was never his direct discipline, his wisdom and values have transpire through me, just like how I was inspired by our father of Digital Art, the late Ismail Zain. So those who's been or currently his student, you guys are so lucky and privilege to have someone like him.




Hasnul and me at USM, Mid-March 2013

When I gave 'Wacana Minda' talk in USM Penang on March this year, I felt so overwhelmed that my idol had given most sincere, frank, humble opening remark. I could still remember clearly how well and precisely he describes me as Malaysian third generation of Digital Artist, but when he mentioned I am the modern day Ismail Zain, I still felt unworthy to be at par with such title because Ismail Zain is a guru and he had done so much in the Malaysian art history, when I could even barely sustain myself outstandingly. I don't know, perhaps I still felt it's a long journey ahead and want to continue to seek and improve my knowledge. Anyhow, a recognition coming from Hasnul that day, in front of amazing cheerful of students, professors and academicians who attended my talk was indeed overwhelming and beautiful. I was blessed. It's was like a gift.

Throwback

It was in circa 1997 that I had discovered e-art movement in Malaysia while browsing the Internet, and from there on I begin to flourish my passion in digital art.  Ergo, it makes me established as one of the most proactive local digital artist in Malaysia who had break record to even perform live with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to create digital artworks in 20 minutes in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. I still feel overwhelmed to find out not just 5-8 thesis or paperworks in university thesis archive that the students had 'studied' about my works and me. It was more than I could ever imagine. The joy and humbleness just came down to comfort me.

Of course I can't be too vain about it but please, do not ever get me wrong. It's not bragging but acknowledging my own talent that I should be proud as I change the stereotype perception of how people see digital art. In fact, it was his legacy that I was carrying throughout my works. I am so grateful to God for giving me such talent to witness how I imperfectly evolve from being bullied at my school, harass or abuse by certain individual both mentally and emotionally by calling me stupid and ugly, monkey, big nose guy, faggot, useless and every form of negativity. I bring forth a cheerful attitude and decide NOT to be a victim of my past and be someone who could accept his own imperfection, harness and empower others through great values without taking arrogance into account. I always 'decline' any awards that I received in the past (I recall I don't put it in my current resume at all) because to me, it jeopardize my sense of humility because the more I 'win' something, I am open to be drift away from my good morale value and always fight myself not to misuse my achievements and talent to demoralize others. God, forbid me from being 'prima donna', a snob 'diva' just I because have tons of achievement. No, no no... I want to be a normal creative guy next door, to live a normal and most modest life as much as possible.

Citra Seni ASWARA Bersama Hasnul

Hasnul at Aswara

Today, I managed to clear my busy schedules and meeting to attend Hasnul's talk. I felt like a 10 year old boy visiting a science centre during his talk because I felt a free spirit reborn over and over and it makes me so inspired to continue to progress myself in arts.

One thing that I learn from him is about family values. Like photosynthesis, I felt the crucial need for anyone to work together harmoniously. To collaborate with each other, leave our hierarchy or indifferences aside, and focus on one thing - to revitalize our lives with great moral values without forgetting our roots of life.

So thank you Hasnul, thank you Mak and Abah (Mum and dad), my family, best friends and everyone who have been so patient to believe in my talent, encourage my passion and see my imperfection as a form of evolution.

Outro

I'm taking this opportunity to provide every of my readers a special gift, my free ebook called 'Mekarnya Cinta Kata-kata dan Puisi' (Blossoming Love for Words and Poetry). I hope this humble book will let you understand the struggle I've been through as a digital artist and a 'creative economist'.




To light and peace,
Muid Latif





Monday, February 18, 2013

Creative People To Watch in Malaysia for 2013 via Behance Network



Ladies and gentlemen, Behance Malaysia Ambassador present; 'Creative People to Watch in Malaysia for 2013 on Behance Network'.


The list provided here are randomly discovered through 'most viewed', 'most featured', 'most appreciated','most recent' or simply randomly discovered by clicks from Behance Malaysia Ambassador, Muid Latif. The numbers does not reflect ranking but a matter of reference, in case anyone ask which one is yours, instead of bullet point. Thanks!



  1. www.behance.net/flyingmouse*
  2. www.behance.net/fukarinka*
  3. www.behance.net/kazulivingstone*
  4. www.behance.net/christopherwong
  5. www.behance.net/Suffianr*
  6. www.behance.net/wayneymh*
  7. www.behance.net/cosmius*
  8. www.behance.net/faridzulkarnain*
  9. www.behance.net/issuesix*
  10. www.behance.net/ewanyap*
  11. www.behance.net/mighty2boo*
  12. www.behance.net/111eye
  13. www.behance.net/alvinseah*
  14. www.behance.net/theJING*
  15. www.behance.net/athomecreative*
  16. www.behance.net/christan
  17. www.behance.net/ashly-t
  18. www.behance.net/Synapse_Art
  19. www.behance.net/floydgrey*
  20. www.behance.net/tangyauhoong
  21. www.behance.net/TanZiHao*
  22. www.behance.net/zamnayan
  23. www.behance.net/trixinc*
  24. www.behance.net/joeyfaizal
  25. www.behance.net/yeechong*
  26. www.behance.net/meilinnc*
  27. www.behance.net/adrianyap
  28. www.behance.net/izam*
  29. www.behance.net/wan_ermizie
  30. www.behance.net/cyanparade*
  31. www.behance.net/JorGSai
  32. www.behance.net/SyafiqAzharulAsmi
  33. www.behance.net/johnbean
  34. www.behance.net/miimoleong*
  35. www.behance.net/nostraightlines
  36. www.behance.net/tiongchupoh
  37. www.behance.net/massivemayhem
  38. www.behance.net/dannyburhanudin
  39. www.behance.net/Alepakurzi
  40. www.behance.net/maryam_azimi
  41. www.behance.net/parse906
  42. www.behance.net/pkokartz
  43. www.behance.net/shaqyl
  44. www.behance.net/zeen
  45. www.behance.net/ashrafomar
  46. www.behance.net/mohammadyazid*
  47. www.behance.net/lamkinweng
  48. www.behance.net/chingkian
  49. www.behance.net/nimbus*
  50. www.behance.net/chenheng
  51. www.behance.net/BeachMusic
  52. www.behance.net/alyahalim
  53. www.behance.net/chuxx
  54. www.behance.net/pitfalls*
  55. www.behance.net/fauzanmalek*
  56. www.behance.net/cloakwork*
  57. www.behance.net/halimrahim*
  58. www.behance.net/fairuz
  59. www.behance.net/Bananasplitz*
  60. www.behance.net/fadhilkamarudin
  61. www.behance.net/ck_koh*
  62. www.behance.net/BramLeech*
  63. www.behance.net/DrivLoo*
  64. www.behance.net/vennsoh*
  65. www.behance.net/prakashdaniel
  66. www.behance.net/missosixnine*
  67. www.behance.net/blackodc*
  68. www.behance.net/RubyLim
  69. www.behance.net/ugendran*
  70. www.behance.net/adiarfanmikhail
  71. www.behance.net/arez
  72. www.behance.net/nadiajasmine*
  73. www.behance.net/isadhoraomar
  74. www.behance.net/EmirEzwan*
  75. www.behance.net/unitedjerks
  76. www.behance.net/khairul
  77. www.behance.net/libradesignidiot
  78. www.behance.net/rajaazim
  79. www.behance.net/hafidzmusa
  80. www.behance.net/alipower
  81. www.behance.net/brokenfuse*
  82. www.behance.net/dopebydesign*
  83. www.behance.net/chanyeevon*
  84. www.behance.net/zouqimanipulasi
  85. www.behance.net/ud33n
  86. www.behance.net/najmiaze027
  87. www.behance.net/kenji_tam
  88. www.behance.net/michellelee
  89. www.behance.net/veloveshieffa
  90. www.behance.net/gkshin
  91. www.behance.net/thereplicatech
  92. www.behance.net/zulfadly
  93. www.behance.net/3ahia
  94. www.behance.net/meeneastwood
  95. www.behance.net/nazrulizwan
  96. www.behance.net/danielideris
  97. www.behance.net/alvinpck
  98. www.behance.net/zoule
  99. www.behance.net/kaism*
  100. www.behance.net/nadiart
  101. www.behance.net/parasit
  102. www.behance.net/fazrulreza
  103. www.behance.net/abbasjj
  104. www.behance.net/nasrulhakim
  105. www.behance.net/drewz
  106. www.behance.net/haslina
  107. www.behance.net/absoluteleeme
  108. www.behance.net/iskandaribrahim*
  109. www.behance.net/ikhwanismail*
  110. www.behance.net/fzli*
  111. www.behance.net/faye_lim
  112. www.behance.net/muhammaduzair
  113. www.behance.net/mrmaman
  114. www.behance.net/chongching
  115. www.behance.net/chonggiinsong
  116. www.behance.net/zulamranhilmi*
  117. www.behance.net/sizziedaud
  118. www.behance.net/AriffAris*
  119. www.behance.net/fizahrahim*
  120. www.behance.net/jeffersonism*
  121. www.behance.net/azzadism*
  122. www.behance.net/nvrmnd
  123. www.behance.net/keatleong*
  124. www.behance.net/hoongyeoh
  125. www.behance.net/hyrulanuar
  126. www.behance.net/koyoox*
  127. www.behance.net/VinceLow*
  128. www.behance.net/awangpurba
  129. . Want to be featured? register & upload your awesome works here today!


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The Behance portfolio feature compiled by Muid Latif, a renowned New Media Artist, Behance Official Ambassador™ of Malaysia, Official Adobe Influencer™ (Malaysia), Lead Project of Creative Commons Malaysia and Certified 'N.O.S.S 2012 & 2013 Creative Industry Expert' by MSC Malaysia


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Note: The portfolio orders that are featured in this blog are randomly discovered and it's on-going. If you're not on Behance, it's time to do so by registering your free Behance portfolio today! Talk to me via twitter if you like to have your Behance portfolio featured as I'd be happy to promote. Thanks!

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