Friday, April 11, 2008

DMP, ADAA & More updates!

Calling Malaysian to submit their photos, illustration, digital art, animation, flash games and others to Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2008!

We only have 21 entries so far from Malaysia, rather disappointed to know that Malaysia truly have a lot of talent. Come on guys! time to get 'creatictify' (creative+electrify)!

Credits: Thank You!

Gift from Adobe Design Achievement Award

I'm taking this opportunity to express gratitude the most wonderful person who had introduce me to the ADAA committee members, Carole Guevin for your support and appreciation for my masterwork, Digital Malaya Project. You had continuously supported us when no other local portal would do. And because of you, I am able to meet the wonderful and modest Claire Erwin, and to be given a full Adobe Creative Suite CS3 Premium for our (DMP) support to your ADAA prestigious event.

Anyway, DMP will be hosting another great event for next month, so I will release the official news soon, after everything falls in the right place.

Flickr Malaysia 2nd Anniversary

With the latest hoo haah about the Flickr Video new function, I consider it to be beneficial for people like me to also include more organized and compiled photography into multimedia format, rather to squander space and pages to cover a lot of photos.

This video was taken by Matt Marzuki and additional photo by Ripi, both of them are members of KL FLickr group, better known as KLickr. Enjoy my spontaneous freestyle movement.

Personal Updates: The e-Bay experience

I was introduced to ebay by my friend, Yunus back in 2005. But this year, I've gotten real serious about it. This is because things that you can never envision to possess it, can be possible, of course if you have the 'magic card' with you or most definite, the em-oh-enn-eee-why!

I was given the opportunity to fulfill my full-time hobby, which is Transformers collecting. Transformers had been a big influence in my creative life. I still remember back in 2003 when P.Angelina from In-Tech, TheStar did a 2 page spread about my work and Digital Malaya, I mentioned about my early days of creating paper robots from straw boards and manila cards. It was fun.

Presskit of Muid Latif (2003) - TheStar
An article about me, by P.Angelina, 'A Passion for Art', IN-TECH, TheStar.

Now, spending time more than four hours just sitting in front of your monitor just to stay for something is very abnormal for me. Believe me, you won’t be able to control yourself when someone had outbid you for an item you certainly want to purchase. That's why you end up until the last minute of the auction / bidding till you get your possession! Winning the bid had definitely put you in a priceless victory. Mr. Pong, a guy who sold his Transformers Overlord (which is actually 22 years old manufactured from 1987) to me didn't realized how much this item means to me.

Let me explain:

I used to remember back when I had my primary school days, I used to walk with my sister (Aniq) after school, in fact I’d even 'ponteng' (skip classes) just to head down to Warta, Selayang (Wallmart), climbed up to the 3rd floor just to drool myself and fantasizing the Transformers action figures. I know that time, one Transformers cost RM49.90 and seriously, back in the 80's, I don't have much alternative to save up my money since I like to spend on buying those bloody 'Ding Dang', 'Tora' and mystery toys and trade cards wrapped inside a box printed with Gaban or Mask Rider photos. Those days huh..

Video: My Transformers Collection

But today, it feels good just to find myself to be able to collect these item again, even if it cost me RM300-1,000 ringgit just to get an action figure from friends or from ebay. But I don't do this all the time, I know my limits. It only comes when I needed to, and if I found interesting vintage Transformers available on

I love watching the Transformers Masterforce series. They are simply the finest! That's why I plan on getting all (if possible) the PowerMaster, Headmaster & Targetmaster series, besides the G1 combiners like Devastator, Computron, Menasor, Predaking, Superion, Defensor, Bruticus, Abominus, Piranacon & Monstructor. I only have the original vintage GI Constructicon, Bonecrusher, and Blast Off of Bruticus, which I got it from my friend Jaesern). I got the Metroplex, from the Base series. However Tomy-Takara will be releasing the Encore version of Metroplex somewhere this September. I already pre-ordered Encore G1 Omega Supreme from Area51 Toys at OneUtama last month which expect to be release in June. Now, it looks like I have to clear another one of my shelves because I will be expecting another five (5) transformers to be in my room anytime soon. :P. A great hobby, and did I tell you, a good investment too? :-) Believe me, I do ‘Transformers Spring Cleaning’ very frequent.

New Artworks & Commercial Work:

It's pleasant to know that one of my creative direction for WCIT campaign are now available (seen) in newspapers and billboards including a large banner in front of our MSC Malaysia headquarters building. Thanks to the company who had helped us and continue to support this campaign. Anyway, regarding my more personal works, there are few more illustrations about to finish. I just love to draw funky illustration of ladies.

Self Portrait (April)
Photography > Fine Art > Self-Portrait, Muid Latif

Spending myself getting f*%$up with drained down emotional night after work,I decide to splash myself with white acrylic and get into action.

Si Suria Jentayu
Artwork > Illustration > 'What do you want me to do?', Muid Latif

Few more to come! ;-) getting creatively productive but also my efficiency is slowing down due to my insomnia. My biological clock is so messed up!

Another thank you to Jay Lim & Vivian Toh for putting such great event for my previous post, Get Moooving Movable Art exhibition. My work got featured in March KLue & SPACE, Vol. 1 magazine. I also found out a nice photo of me dancing during that night was also featured in this month KLue (April) with cover shot by my dear friend Erna Dayanti and Syahrin Aziz.

Presskit of Muid Latif (2008) - KLue
Photos taken by After4Motion (Jay & Vivian)

I managed to hang out with KLickr friends again on 16th of April in conjunction of donut's day. I had such a great time with my friends and managed to do a sketch of them.

Flickr Mini Meetup @ Teh Tarik Place, 16th April
The gengs with donuts and horny conversations :P hehe

I'm giving a talk on Creative Commons organized by Syahrin Aziz this Saturday, 26th of April along with Zainal Abdul Halim & Barzuki from Reuters at KLIUC, Bangi. Something from my end to give more awareness to my crowd about protecting your copyright and your work. More info at Syahrin's Blog.

Heart Broken & Gaining Friendship

Have your heart ever been broken? I have. But when I touch on this topic, it doesn't necessarily have to be love and relationship. Broken heart can also be frustrated for something you, yourself wanted to do so much, but never have the courage to do so, or to find out about someone who’s in trouble and we are not there to offer them a help. On 13th of April, I went to see my old friend, I****m and hang out at his apartment. Before I met him, I went to see Afik (Rafiq), right after a boring typical freelance call by this very awful company which once my friend, Perez,
Alvin Seah, Fariz Hanapiah had laised with before as a freelancer. Now most of the Motion / Animation scene here in Malaysia are fully aware of local companies who abuse and taking advantage of freelancers, and believe me, I will be exposing exclusive stories in an article for the upcoming DMP revamp talking about freelance, Intellectual Property, Getting yourself into business and so on.

So, back to ‘old friend story’, I went to hang out at his place and he told me how tough his life is because he and his partner have to struggle to sell their artworks and pitch for projects and even bake cupcakes and cookies just to survive. My visit was worth inspiring and had a slap on my face about reality.

He's a dialog of our conversation:

Old Friend: Muid, mana nak dapat pc murah? Aku tengok kat Low Yatt banyak tapi mahal.
Me: Ic, ada jugak komputer second hand jual.
Old Friend: Dah, tapi still mahal. Minggu lepas aku gi survey, ada komputer second hand harga around RM600 lebih. Aku rasa tu dah cukup. At least untuk siapkan kerja design aku sebab komputer yang aku pakai ni slow sangat.
Me: (I just stared at his computer). Bagus jugak kalau ko boleh dapat harga komputer second hand harga RM600.
Old Friend: Aku baru lepas buat projek design untuk kerajaan, tak banyak, buat brochure design. Esok dapat duit tu, so esok nak pegi beli la komputer tu.
Me: Ic.
Old Friend: Muid, company ko kalau ada projek-projek printing, pass pass la kat kitaorang. kitaorang boleh buat macam-macam, (and explaination goes on and on).
Me: Insya'Allah, boleh. Aku cuba carikan dari company-company luar. Ko tak buat web kan?
Old Friend: Tak, kalau setakat design tu boleh la kot (what he meant was mock), dan yang 'next - back' button tu ko boleh la buatkan.
Me: Oh.. ok.
Old Friend: Aku tengah prepare artwork utk art exhibition. Harap work aku boleh jual. Nanti ko datang ya.
Me: Insya'Allah, ko inform aku awal-awal, sure aku drop by.

We had more conversation and he had also showed me his artworks. His stroke is more of a 'Pollock'. His partner's artwork is much nicer, but both of their artwork can't be afford by me because I remember that next cheque (check), I will need to help a friend to finish his study project, so I didn't promise him that I want to buy his work. But he was so eager of selling his artwork to me. That night, I got so messed up, again, not because of him, but I'm analyzing my own self.

People around me touch me. Their life, their story somehow made me realized how thankful I am. I'm also glad that my dad taught me to donate to Surau / Mosque every time I drop by to pray. Help people in need. By any means, not just donation, but advices, motivation, support. I know there are things you can't avoid, but I know some thing can be fulfill by doing good deeds in this world. I know that I make things equal.

I felt frustrated with a part of me because I can do so much more. I managed to help people a lot, I see people grow towards their success very little from my motivation and support. And I grow for a better path because of their motivation and people around me who believe in me, who still understand what I stand and fight for. I learn from these few months about myself and I had tone down my ego and my stubborn in order to make myself a better person. It's not an easy step for me, but at least I feel proud. Some people might not change, some will be arrogant and ignorant, believe to hurt people and mute around things that are important to most of them.

There are few who I'm close to, had turn back on me with such hostility (not hospitality). Some will continuously threaten me and disturb my life, friends, family and career because they are evil by born and will never stop until the person fell down and torn apart.
Tapi takpa, Tuhan tu Maha Esa, Maha Kaya, Apa yang diaorang buat kat Muid dan keluarga Muid, insya'Allah, takkan kemanalah mereka.

I will never give up to achieve my dreams. What I’ve learned, the next time around, I will analyst a person first before I start giving my courtesy and friendship. There are people out there who just want to be with you because they want to enter your circle of professional network of friends, and some who just want to take advantage by your reputation for personal gain. I would rather friends with people who understand the value of life, value of courtesy and respect, and work hard to earn their own dreams and achievement without depending on privileges or your rich-but-discriminated-and-spoiled family background.
At least I don't fake my life, I don't have to fake about what I do or who I am, I'm embracing it and living it for real.Thank you God for giving me the chance to see beyond possibility.



1 opinions :

Icing said...

Hey ya.. same goes to you.. thanks.. =)