My “Roxy Apparel Graphics 2012” Project Featured at Coroflot

August 7, 2012 / Illustration, Work / 0 Comments

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably already know that I had a nice little surprise this morning:  I received an e-mail from Coroflot, notifying me that my “Roxy Apparel Graphics 2012” project is featured on their website today.  What a great way to start Tuesday!

I was literally surprised because I actually just posted the Roxy apparel graphics to my online portfolio and Coroflot yesterday.

Thank you so much, Coroflot, for featuring my work!

Oh, by the way, if you’re an artist or designer but are not familiar with Coroflot, make sure to go visit their website.  Coroflot is where designers or artists can create online portfolios for free and also a great website for job seekers.  I highly recommend creating your free online portfolio at Coroflot and upload your work today if you haven’t done so, yet.  Many companies — both small and big — such as Oakley, Vans, and BCBG use Coroflot to find their next new hires.  Also, you may be surprised to see how many people directly contact you through Coroflot to let you know about their company’s new freelance or full-time opportunities.


Easter Cupcakes & What I’ve Been Up To

April 11, 2012 / Personal / 0 Comments

I hope everyone had a fun Easter Sunday with family and loved ones!  It’s been a while since my last blog post and here’s what I’ve been up to lately.

I had a half day at work on Good Friday.  Right when I got home from work, I went straight to a grocery store to buy ingredients for Easter cupcakes.  That night, I spent 5+ hours baking 48 cupcakes.  24 Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting + 24 Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  The next day which was Saturday, I took 28 cupcakes with me to Park Terrace Senior Living in Rancho Santa Margarita where my best friend, Veronica, plays flute every Saturday during church service (Park Terrace has a small chapel inside the building).  As you can see in the photos, Veronica and I were having a lot of fun (probably too much fun, hehe) setting up the table with cupcakes.

Just in case you’re interested, here’s the recipe for Vegan Dark Chocolate Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.  Oh, by the way, the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting was a little too sweet for me, so I tweaked the recipe by adding more cocoa powder.  I also added extra milk since I like my frosting on a more creamy side.

I recently created another online portfolio at Coroflot and finally added a couple of projects to my Behance page.  I created the Behance account years ago but never added anything to it until now.  I’ll continue updating my Coroflot portfolio as I update my portfolio here at Daxis Design.  I plan on adding more stuff to my Behance page as I keep working on personal/self-initiated projects as well.

Nowadays, I’ve been busy working on The Sketchbook Project: Limited Edition.  I need to complete my sketchbook and mail it back to NY by April 30, so I’ll probably stay busy for the next couple of weeks.  🙂


R.pellicer x Daxis Design

February 14, 2012 / Illustration, Process, Work / 0 Comments

I recently worked on another collaboration project with my great friend, R.pellicer.  R.pellicer makes fashionable-yet-functional laptop bags and has collaborated with various artists for its Artist Series Bag line.

R.pellicer Artist Series Bag #7, featuring my hand-drawn illustration, is now available at R.pellicer online store.  Entire illustration is drawn freehand with archival-quality permanent markers.  My very first R.pellicer Artist Series Bag was sold out soon after it was released.  So you should go grab it before it’s gone forever!

Below are photos showing the process of my illustration work.

I first did a light sketching on the bag with a pencil before working with markers.  Drawing directly on the heavy cotton canvas fabric with a maker was a little bit of challenge, especially when I was using the ultra-fine-point marker for the hair, due to the heavily-textured fabric surface.


Once I was completely done with the illustration on the back of R.pellicer bag, I started working on the front pocket illustration. This time, I didn’t do any sketching with a pencil.

Nowadays, you can find R.pellicer products and also meet Rochelle Pellicer, the designer and owner of the brand, at various events in Southern California.  If you like R.pcllier products, make sure that you follow her on Twitter or Facebook to stay updated on their upcoming sales or events.


2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

November 28, 2011 / Personal / 2 Comments

Image from Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series website

It’s already been almost a month since I ran in the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon as a member of Team ASPCA.  I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about my first half marathon experience soon after the race and it’s already the end of November.  My apologies for the delay!

First of all, on behalf of ASPCA and all the animals who cannot personally thank you, I want to thank all of you for supporting me throughout the training and sending a donation to my fundraising page.  I had to raise at least $1,000 to run the race and there’s no way I could have done this without you.  Thank you so much for every dollar that you donated.

I reached my fundraising goal in about 30 hours after I (somewhat) actively started fundraising.  By the race day, I had raised $1,965!  You have no idea how overwhelmed I was with gratitude, excitement, and joy.

I trained hard for 16 weeks.  Team ASPCA staff and coaches — we had coaches in San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco — were all very supportive and helpful in every possible way.  With virtual training available 24/7, they made it easy even for people with hectic daily schedules to train for the half marathon.

I had never run such a long distance before and was pretty nervous about the race.  Thankfully, I finished the race with no injuries.  It was definitely not easy but not as hard as I expected to finish the race.

Watching all those runners who dressed up for Halloween and cheerleaders and strangers who were cheering for runners, I had a lot of fun running.  There were also 6 or 8 bands playing throughout the course and Bret Michaels was performing at the event.  If you want to see the photos of runners in Halloween costumes and Bret Michaels performing, click here.

As part of the ASPCA’s involvement in the half-marathon, we distributed $280,000 in grants to Los Angeles-area animal shelters and rescue groups.   Some of the fans who cheered on Team ASPCA from the sidelines (or the nearby Bark Park) were homeless dogs from Bark Avenue Foundation.  Rock star Bret Michaels, an animal lover who was performing at the event, met some of the dogs up for adoption and even named one “Little Bret”.

-Ed Sayres, President and CEO of ASPCA

Before the race, I thought I wouldn’t want to do another race once I was done with the half marathon.  However, I had so much fun on the race day that I’m thinking of doing another race in near future.

Now I’m done with rambling.  Here are the photos I took.

On Saturday morning, October 29, 2011, we had Coaches Breakfast where we got to meet all of the coaches and mingle with other Team ASPCA members.

The youngest Team ASPCA member and runner was an 11-year-old girl.  Surprisingly, I saw a few young kids who ran the race as Team ASPCA members.

The highest amount raised by one person alone was about $7,000.  Isn’t that amazing?

Right next to the room where we had Coaches Breakfast, there were on-site tables where you could buy Team ASPCA exclusive gear and fashionable jewelry by CrushCrush Couture (CrushCrush Couture donates 25% of proceeds to charities such as Team ASPCA).

Next to those tables were cute, adoptable dogs from Bark Avenue Foundation.  You can see only a few dogs in the photos above but there were many more.

Do you see the little guy with shaggy hair?  His name is Todo.  I fell in love with him the moment I laid my eyes on him and almost brought him home with me.

It broke my heart to see so many sweet, adorable dogs who were waiting to find forever homes.  I would bring them all home with me if I could but I’m not in a situation where I can have another dog (sigh).

If you live in or near Los Angeles and are interested in adopting a little friend, make sure that you check out the website of Bark Avenue Foundation.

After Coaches Breakfast, we all had an opportunity to decorate our Team ASPCA race shirts.  All decoration materials were provided by Team ASPCA.

Some people attached photos of their pets and/or foam letters to their shirts.  I kept mine simple.

Subaru — one of ASPCA’s sponsors — even had a car with all runners’ names on it.  See my name in the close-up photo?

Here’s the medal I got when I finished the race.  It’s little hard to see in the photo above but the star is sparkly pink enamel and I love it!

Again, I want to thank you for all the support and donations.  Also, I want to thank Team ASPCA staff and all of the coaches who were there for us every step of the way, from the very beginning of our training to the end of our race.  Both the training and race were great experiences!


I Need Your Help

July 6, 2011 / Personal / 2 Comments

 

Say “hello” to my little sweet boy, Dax!

I adopted Dax from a dog rescue group at Petsmart in 2008. He has everything I can possibly ask for in a dog and I love him dearly. If you really know me, you know Dax is more than just a dog to me. He is a very important part of my life and this led me to make a goal I’ve never made before—running a half marathon and fundraising.

On October 30, 2011 I will be running in the 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon as a member of Team ASPCA, a national fundraising and marathon training program. I am excited to be participating in the inaugural season of Team ASPCA and honored to be raising the awareness and the much needed funding to support the ASPCA‘s programs.

Your donation will help the ASPCA continue to provide local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pets and pet parents, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. The ASPCA is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight to end animal cruelty, homelessness, and neglect.

Please visit my fundraising page and support me by making a donation.  Please help me make a positive impact in the lives of animals living in my community!

I need to raise at least $1,000 to run in the half marathon. Every dollar counts and even the smallest donations will be greatly appreciated. If you are not in a situation where you can support me financially, I understand. I would really appreciate it if you could at least share this blog post or my fundraising page with other people who may be able to help.

I’ve been training every week for the half marathon and am looking forward to cross the finish line!

As this is my first time fundraising and participating in a half marathon, I need all the support I can possibly get from family, friends, and everyone else.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and helping me support an organization that does so much for animals!


Bye Bye, GoDaddy

May 5, 2011 / Blogging/ Web / 0 Comments

GoDaddy has been my domain name registrar and web hosting service provider since September 2010.  I had been happy with GoDaddy until I first read about the disturbing video posted by its CEO, Bob Parsons, from David Airey’s blog.  I didn’t get to watch the original video but I believe this is the closest to what it was about.

Was Bob Parsons really just trying to help the villagers in Zimbabwe by killing the “problem elephant”?  I could be wrong but…to me, he just sounded like a man who shot and brutally killed an elephant possibly for his personal enjoyment.  He was obviously wrong when he said, “killing the elephant was justified because there are too many of them in Zimbabwe”.

Whatever his actual intentions were, I know this for a fact—Bob Parsons didn’t have to kill the “problem elephant” and he could have found a different way of helping the villagers.  After all, he is a millionaire—or billionaire—who can afford to feed everyone in the village for days, weeks, probably even for months if he really wanted to!

Elephants are the most traumatized animals in Zimbabwe. They are being shot even in supposedly safe areas. Elephants travel in family units, and when one of their loved ones are shot and killed, the rest of the family remembers and they are traumatized and they will attack. They are very intelligent animals with phenomenal memories. When they see humans now, they remember.

-Johnny Rodrigues in Zimbabwe

On April 9, 2011, I transferred my domain name to NameCheap.  NameCheap offered a nice discount to people who transferred their domain from GoDaddy.  They announced that they would donate $1 for every transfer to Save The Elephants.  After five full days of the promotion, they had already raised over $20,000 and even donated another $10,000 as a big thank-you to all of their supporters and new customers.  You can read more about this on their blog.

My website is now hosted by ICDSoft now.  Thanks to David Airey, I received 25% off (no longer available) of what was already a great deal.

 


How to Restore a Deleted FeedBurner Feed URL

March 21, 2011 / Tutorials / 34 Comments

Update May 18, 2011: Antonea Nabors from VelvetAnt recently posted on her blog about what you need to do (link no longer available) if “you deleted your Google account and lost access to FeedBurner”.

Soon after I created my very first self-hosted blog, I was playing with Google FeedBurner feed setting and accidentally deleted my feed URL.  Luckily, I found a way to restore it after hours of trial and error.  It’s actually very simple and easy to restore a deleted feed URL.  Here’s what you need to do….

Note: This method works if you deleted your feed only.  If you deleted your Google account along with your feed, then this method wouldn’t work for you.

1. Go to FeedBurner and log in.  Once you log in and see the main page like shown in the screenshot above, type your website/blog address.  I typed my old blog address—mydaxis.com—as an example.  Click “Next”.

2. You will probably get an error message like this.  Delete the “Feed URL” that’s shown in the error message.  In the Feed URL box, type your website address and add /?feed=rss2 at the end of your website address.

3. Since I’m using mydaxis.com as an example, I would type mydaxis.com/?feed=rss2.  Then click “Next”.

4. Now you should see a “welcome” message like this and your feed URL should be all restored!  If typing /?feed=rss2 after your website address didn’t work, try typing /?feed=rss instead.

Unfortunately, if you had subscribers, I’m not sure if your subscribers would be restored as well.  When I accidentally deleted mine, I had just created my blog and didn’t have subscribers.

If you were able to get your subscribers back when you restored your feed URL, please let me know by leaving a comment here.  I would love to know how this method works for blogs with subscribers!