Perhaps, among the hardest to do, is forgiving oneself from errors done. Big or small it may be, our mistakes deserve to be remembered, for it is through them that we learn something valuable and irreplaceable; but we should, eventually, forgive ourselves for committing them, and learn to love ourselves again – a human neither perfect nor can ever be, but still someone precious and worthy of loving.
My God! I don’t even know where to begin. Disney never fails to amaze me, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (live action remake) is definitely on top of my favorites list.
From the start of the film, with the iconic Disney logo across a majestic castle (this time, it’s Prince Adam’s castle) to the most heartfelt ending of the story… G-O-O-S-E-B-U-M-P-S! I’ve been trying hard not to cry with every beginning of each iconic scene in the movie. Trust me, I did try, but I can’t help it! Disney made me relive all the beautiful moments of the film in a whole new light. True, it’s still a musical, but that’s what makes it all the more magical!
Kudos to all the designers who’ve worked so hard to make all elements of the film realistically beautiful. I’ve watched until the very end, to have a glimpse of your names in the credits.
Super-mega-applause to Luke Evans, who played Gaston so well. You’ve really brought Gaston to life!
Dan Stevens, you’ve spent most of the film under furs and horns but you’ve perfectly shown the kind, gentle, caring Beast we all came to love; not to mention the shyness and humor of a man trying to impress the girl he loves.
Belle’s father, Maurice (played by the awesome Kevin Kline), was shown here in a whole new light, and I love him even more. Instead of the weird, clumsy “papa” inventor in the old cartoon, Maurice here is a calm, wise, creative and loving father who would do everything for his family. (Watch out for the backstory of Belle’s family.)
Though they’re supporting actors in the film, I take my hat off to Josh Gad (Olaf), Ewan McGregor (Obi Wan Kenobi), Ian McKellen (Magneto), and Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) for their roles as LeFou, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Mrs. Potts, respectively. It’s very lovely to see you all in this film.
Aaand, of course (drum rolls!), my dearest Hermione-slash-Belle, EMMA WATSON, I LOVE YOU! I know you’ve never sung in public before (well, at least, by my knowledge), but you did it for this movie! Every time you appear on the screen, I can’t help but be awed, because you and Belle are very much alike. It’s like I’m seeing ‘the Emma Watson’ if she’s a French in renaissance times. You are a gift, an inspiration, to all women out there to stand up and be proud of who they are and never let anyone stop them from becoming who they want to be!
I would hate myself to ruin the surprises and magical moments that Disney has in store for you, so I’ll stop here.
Please, please, please watch the movie! Whether you’re a certified Disney baby, who’ve watched the classics way, way back, or you’re one of those who’ve never ever watched a Disney movie (seriously?), YOU HAVE TO GO THE THEATRES to see and feel the MAGIC yourself!
“A feeling of seeping sadness. A long, continuous breath of despair. A never-changing darkness within.”
No person in the world wishes to be unhappy. No one dreams of being locked out of the world, of being succumbed to a heavy darkness that never seems to lift. Everyday is like a time bomb, ticking off the life remaining in you, counting how many more seconds will you be able to resist not to end it all.
Walls seem to close upon you, and yet you cannot fight it, you have no strength nor courage left to stop the looming suffocation. Walls keep you away from others; no one can hear you, and you can hear no one. Walls surround you; breathing seems like a part of a long-forgotten past.
Do you know me enough to understand me? Are you willing to feel my pain to help me? Would you still be there even if I send you away? Have you enough light and peace and music within you to save me? Can you remind me who God is?
You’ve been stuck for so long. Do you not wish to be free?
There is still light. Do you not see? Even in the darkest night, a star can be seen from afar.
Stop! Can you hear it? … A sound, beautiful and sweet, the night breeze brings to you.
You are not alone.
When your eyes fail to see, I will give you mine. When your ears cannot hear, I will give you mine.When your heart knows love no longer, I will give you mine.
Take my hand, and don’t ever let go.
Be at peace now.
I A M H E R E W I T H Y O U , A L W A Y S .
“Let your creativity take flight; let nothing stop you – even Photoshop.“
Before I got serious with the graphic arts “business”, PowerPoint was my best friend in realizing my design ideas. As a matter of fact, I still use it today in planning the layout of my designs, or when I get too lazy messing around with Photoshop.
What’s that? You thought PowerPoint is only used for slide presentations? Well, you’re not alone, my friend. I, too, once had the same views 🙂
The simplicity of the software’s commands enable beginners, like myself, to transfer sudden Brain Blasts! into actual art projects. So, whether you are an artist or not, you can still make magic happen just by visiting le olde PPT.
Ready to create your own digital artwork? Good! Here are some basic art tinkering methods, guidelines, steps (or whatever) in making your designs in PowerPoint:
- First things first. You have to have a clear idea of what you’re going to do…or not.
Have you ever heard the CLAYGO Policy? Yup, that’s “Clean As You Go”. Well, in the art realm, we have our own version – CRAYGO. That’s Create As You Go. Sometimes, being struck by lightning isn’t enough to actually visualize what you want with your final output. So the best thing to do is try out different fonts, background, shapes, and colors with your design, until you are satisfied with what you are seeing.
2. Format the size and design of your work area.
On the Design ribbon (ahem, still using MS Office 2010 here), click on the Page Setup button. Choose one of the preset sizes on the dropdown menu, or set your desired width and height length. It’s important to choose a bigger size for your work area so that you won’t have pixelation problems when you save it into one of the photo formats. You may also choose between Portrait or Landscape orientation.
The background of your artwork depends upon your idea, of course. You may change the design of the slide through the Format Background command, which can be accessed on the pop-up menu when you right-click on the slide (there at the bottom of the menu, got that? Good). Experiment with the different kinds of color, texture or pattern available, or insert an image to fill the background. If you choose to have an image for the background, however, I strongly advise that you just copy & paste the image unto the slide instead of using the format background command to avoid distorting the image.
Oh, and one more thing! It’s best to choose the Blank Layout for your work area so that you can create from point zero and be able to see your artwork coming together. The command button may be found on the Home ribbon, Slides group.
3. Now here’s the fun part. Choose your WordArt!
To get your message across the viewers, you need to have a proper font design. On the Insert ribbon, Text group, you’ll find the WordArt button. You may opt to select one of the available presets there, or also start from point zero. If you chose the latter, then click one of the simplest WordArt designs, type the text, and then go crazy with changing the font type, color and size.
Under the Format ribbon, you may even select a border for your WordArt, change its shape, the thickness, color and style of the outline. Shape and Text Effects are also available if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous with your design.
Tip: Don’t go overboard with the fonts. A maximum of three (3) font type is enough for your artwork.
4. Twist and turn, left to right, insert and delete, copy and paste.
The beauty of creating your design on PowerPoint is that you can easily edit your mistakes or add more flair unto it without the fear of losing your original crazy idea. If you have several designs or layout in mind for your artwork, it’s best if you can copy your current work into several slides, then do your editing works on the copies. This way, you can compare your designs and choose the best one out of them without even publishing all your previous design ideas.
5. And lastly…yes, it’s the last one ‘coz I’m afraid I might bore you out 🙂 Save and publish your artwork.
When you’ve finally created your masterpiece, save the PowerPoint presentation in the normal way. This will be your back-up in case you still want to edit your design.
THEN, go to File, click Save As, type in the Filename of your artwork, and under the Save as type dropdown menu, choose one of the photo formats available (e.g. JPEG, PNG), and click Save. A menu shall pop-up prompting you to choose between exporting Every Slide or Current Slide Only. If you want to publish all or several of your designs, click on the first one; if you’ll only publish the active slide then choose the latter.
Tadah! Now you have published your designs without even needing to go through complex tutorials on Photoshop!
I have here several of my amateur designs, all done using PowerPoint. Feel free to look into them, and give your comments on the designs and on this post. If you have questions, I’ll be happy to assist you! Just leave a reply below. I just hope you learned something from this, no matter how small 🙂
“To read and to write: beautiful things I’ll never give up on.”
I haven’t got to writing a new post yet as I am still exploring WordPress. But I can truly say that this is one of my best decisions yet.
Discover has this whole collection of wonderful pieces from bloggers all over the world, and it is very inspiring to read works of other people. This night I’ve read We gather our past in clutter by gipsika. I am an avid reader, and it’s just amazing to read something written so beautifully that it got me teary. Definitely going to follow on these bloggers’ footsteps!
Sharing with you my By The Pier photo collection. I hope you like it! 🙂
“One of the most fascinating things about life is that you don’t know where you’ll be tomorrow.
There are endless possibilities…”
Like the possibility you’re reading my very first blog post? Yes, something like that 🙂
Hi! I’m Sheena, or you may call me Rose, whichever you prefer I’m cool with that. Have you passed your test for Apparition yet? No? You better hang on to my broomstick, then. Let’s fly!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I believe in magic. I see it everyday from the beautiful sunrise beyond the east; I smell it from the delicious aroma coming from our neighbors’ kitchen; I hear it from the laughter of children playing with their friends; and I feel it by the wind that makes me want to soar into the starry night sky. Magic.
Life is full of this fairy dust feels. You don’t have to find it, and you won’t even need a Hogwarts acceptance letter, mind. You just need to open your eyes, your senses, your whole being to the world. That magic is within you.
To see the ordinary as something much more than the ordinary is a gift everyone has. You may stumble upon it, once, twice, thrice in your life, perhaps even threatened by the gift, as it distorts things you knew to be normal. Like all gifts, you may choose to accept it or remain oblivious. Believe me when I say I have been ignoring that magic inside me for the past 22 years – the magic of design creativity.
My favorite place in the whole world, except perhaps my bedroom, is a bookstore. Books! Oh, shelves upon shelves of the most wonderful assortment of displays! Thousands of letters & words vying for attention printed on the most colorful paper covers! Little have I known then that my love for these lively hues & variety of typefaces would play the biggest game-changing role in my life. For the past years of my, ahem, young life, I was an ordinary girl who studied hard to make her parents proud. Merits and recognition for academic excellence are no strangers to me, because those are the things that make memorizing facts, solving logical problems, and crunching numbers extraordinary. To cut the long story short, I graduated college with an Accountancy degree, got my CPA license, started on my first job, quit after 4 months on my first job, got hired on my second job, resigned after almost 1 year & 8 months of tenure. The next thing I knew, I was proclaiming, “I want to be a graphic designer”.
Now I’m not saying that you should quit your job right now and pursue your passion (if those two aren’t aligned, like mine). Life and career decisions require in-depth reflection and listening to sound advices, after all. These are definitely not petty matters to mess around with since it will greatly affect you. It just so happens that I was very unhappy with the way things were going at work, then this realization came to me (or in a manner of speaking, God spoke to me). It literally came like the distant view opened up to reveal the heavens and a choir of angels sung “Alleluia” in the background. How could I ignore that!
I knew then and there that creating works of art to inspire people has been a long-subdued dream; it was there in my deepest subconsciousness waiting to be set free. I want to be like those artists who made the wonderful book covers that delighted me since I was a kid. I want to color the world with gladness and warmth; to let people feel that tomorrow always bring a new beginning and endless possibilities – limitless.
Life decisions are never easy, especially this one. My parents were definitely hard-pressed on the matter of having a successful career. They were afraid “I’ve lost my mind”. Well, I probably did, haha, but I assured them that I can be a successful graphic designer. “It’ll not be easy”, I told them; but this time I really am happy. It’s like I’ve finally saw the world in its full color.
My journey towards that dream is just beginning to unravel. There are many more things to learn about this world I have recently known, and so much to discover. I’m unsure of what will happen tomorrow, but I now openly welcome the endless possibilities that lie ahead. No longer afraid; ready to take on a life beyond the ordinary.
Do you want to see the world in full colors, too? Well, for one thing, you really don’t have to quit your job. Just be honest with yourself. Do good things you thought you can never do. Unleash the magic within – LUMOS MAXIMA!
Thank you for reading my very first blog post! Do you feel inspired with what you have read? Or have encountered maybe even just a fleeting short intake of breath, a teeny tiny spark of magic within? Let me know what you think! Leave a reply for your comments & suggestions. Stay tuned for more posts of my journey as an aspiring graphic designer, diving deep into techniques I’ve learned or wonderful things in life that inspired me to grow.