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Journal Entry: Sat Nov 19, 2011, 11:49 AM
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Ok so we're rapidly approaching that time of year when it's almost constantly dark and miserable.

You get into work, sit at your desk, turn on the computer and contemplate another day of whatever it is you do as the screen flickers into life.

Then you get that small moment when your desktop comes up, and it's a little perk me up, even if only for a second. You smile as you see your lovely nature-based desktop reminding you of the wonders of nature, and the infinite possibilities it holds.

If this isn't happening then you need to change your wallpaper foo!

You need to head over to www.desktopography.net and download one of the fantastic new 44 nature wallpapers that have just gone up for this year's exhibit. Or get all of them, that's certainly what I did! I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of it this year and you can see my submission in my gallery.

Now as you tighten your grip round your mug of tea, and peel open the wrapper of that chocolate bar in your desk, you know the one you've been saving, think to yourself; life's not all that bad!

Note: results may vary ;)

Happy end to the year people!

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Art Collective to join..

Journal Entry: Mon May 9, 2011, 4:32 PM
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Hi all,

Been struggling to find the motivation to do any work despite having a few ideas recently. I think I might be needing a kick up the backside and maybe one of these art collectives might be the answer I think.

Are there any good ones looking that anyone can recommend?

Thanks

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2010 in Review

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 3, 2011, 3:38 PM
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www.zola-media.com/archives/35…

A good read (maybe)

Have a wicked year!

z

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'A guide to PS AI AE and C4D' tutorial series

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 24, 2010, 5:03 AM
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Hey everyone.

I've started a series of free tutorials on how to pick up the main programs everyone wants to pick up - Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, and Cinema 4D.

You can find these on my Youtube - www.youtube.com/zolaboy [Subscribe please!]

You can download them from my Vimeo - www.vimeo.com/zola

I Shall be tweeting every time I put a video up so follow me! www.twitter.com/zola85

You can of course just log on to my site to see an archive of all the tutorials and everything I'm working on at www.zola-media.com

Hope to see you soon!

z

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My last Halo video: Legacy - is out now!

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 8, 2010, 4:29 PM
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If you've been wondering why I've done no graphics works in the past few months, it's because i was working on this:

www.zola-media.com/

Thanks for your messages and I hope to get back to doing some art soon!

love

z

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Legacy: Make a Wallpaper Competition

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 25, 2010, 4:24 AM
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Hello everyone,

I know I haven't been active recently, and the very good reason is my life is hectic right now, I have been interviewed for a couple jobs in London and indications are that I might have to move down there very soon and all the crazyness that goes with that. The precious spare time I do have is split between watching the sport (Wimbledon + World Cup) and going towards finishing the biggest community video that Halo has ever seen (I think) - See trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDyGe…

Anyway whether you think this is exciting or you don't give a flying monkeys is besides this particular point - What I am here to ask is for submissions for wallpapers based around the theme 'Legacy' - You don't have to base it around Halo, just whatever Legacy means to you and inspires you to create. Here is the breakdown:

:bulletred: Your submission must be 2560x1600 - This way even the super rich kids with 30" monitors can't moan about it
:bulletred: Your submission must be in by July 23rd - It's about a month from now and hopefully I'll be nearing the end by then.

Why should I help you Zola?

:bulletgreen: There will be 10 winners released with the video, and since the last one was watched by millions of people then it's a good way to get your name out there.

:bulletgreen: Moneyz - I will be giving cash over paypal to my 3 favourite entries via Paypal. It will be a decent amount which I haven't settled on yet, if I've started working full time by then it will be very worth your while.

:bulletgreen: Have you been suffering from a lack of inspiration recently? Here's a brief to challenge you and give you a focus then :)

How does one submit an entry for this?

:bulletpink: You can upload it somewhere and note me on this page.
:bulletpink: email it to me: jz@zola-media.com


- On a personal note, I have temporarily put my tutorials and graphics work on the backburner for now, hopefully I can do something for this too and that will be my lot until I get this video done and my life straight, thanks to those who pop in every now and again :la:

I am also working on my folio site which is being built so yeah it's a busy time, but hopefully this will all be cleaned up in the next couple of months

If you use Twitter and Facebook feel free to spread this around, the more entries, the merrier.

Thanks for reading, now open up your favourite tools and get creating :)

God bless,

Z

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Demo Reel Finished (Finally!)

Journal Entry: Tue May 4, 2010, 9:03 AM
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Hey all,

just a quick one, for those of you who don't know, video is my day job - it's what pays my wages. I've just finished a short showreel of my work from the last 6 months or so if you feel inclined to check out what I do outside of deviantart then see below :)

www.zola-media.com/demo-reel

Thanks for viewing

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Case-9 Artpack I + My first Daily Deviation!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 28, 2010, 5:43 AM
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Hello everyone,

Today is exciting as the Case-9 Collective are proud to present Artpack I: The Room - It features a handful of quality pieces from the talent in the Case-9 group.

You can check out the Gallery for this Artpack here: case-9.deviantart.com/gallery/…
And the group itself here: case-9.deviantart.com/

We hope you enjoy the artpack, please leave comments and add the group to your Deviant watch to keep track of some of the freshest new talent on Deviantart :)

On another note if you want to join we are looking for a small number of people to join the group to contribute their works and be part of future artpacks. If you think you have what it takes drop us a note and the members will check out your Gallery!

Lastly, I got a DD yesterday for Scarlet which was very exciting, thanks to Brgtt for featuring! You can see it here if you haven't seen it: zola85.deviantart.com/art/Scar…

Stay cool everyone, Spring is here!

Or at least it will be!

Soon..

I hope..

hmm..


Well at least the clocks have gone forward that's a start :D

Love, Z

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February Update. [Video, work, new Business etc]

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 23, 2010, 4:27 PM
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Hello everyone,

Just a quick update to let you know what's going on in my life as I probably won't be posting any new work for a while :(

1. I have a big video project, involving 3D Motion Graphics which is taking up all my days at the moment as my ambition is currently outmatching my graphics card and expertise - So it is advancing slowly and surely, I am in brand new territory there so I am learning as I go but the experience will stand me in good stead and it should look sweet on my showreel :)

2. Currently trying to start up a venture with friends, currently a little sketchy but hoping that will clear up and we can get things rolling i the weeks to come, that will be interesting for many reasons :)

3. I am working hard on a Halo 3 video called 'Legacy' which is a Frag vid of the best plays from around the world if you're into that kind of thing.

4. Working hard on making a proper CV to incorporate my recent work, and hopefully a short demo reel of my video work from the last year.

So you can probably see why I don't have time for Graphic Projects just now, I'll make it up to you I promise! I am nearing 10,000 views, I will thank you in advance as I won't be making an article for that.

Case-9 ArtPack I out Next week, look out for that :)

Love to all

Z

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Getting More Views for your Works!

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 8, 2010, 7:51 AM
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I was just browsing away and came across the get more views group which is a surefire way to get more views and exposure for yourself check it out:

www.getwatchers.com/?refby=688…

Basically the more you browse through other people's works, the more views you will be guaranteed to get :)

I definitely recommend checking it out!

In other news, The Case-9 Artpack should be out this week, I've done my piece, although we're not expecting more than a handful as there aren't many of us yet it should be interstig, I'll blog about that later this week!

Take care all :)

z

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Behance!

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 7, 2009, 5:57 PM
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Just a quick note you can now find me on behance as well:

www.behance.net/zola85

Stay cool :peace:

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My First PS/AI Video Tutorial

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 3, 2009, 4:56 PM


Quick update -

I have added my first video tutorial on my site www.zola-media.com

It covers some basic but cool techniques in PS and AI, was just a test really to get the feel of making them, using my new mic and screen cap programs for the first time but make sure you check it out and comment :)

thanks =]

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New Site, New Projects

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 24, 2009, 4:00 AM


For those of you who didn't know my new site is up! www.zola-media.com

There are gonna be lots of cool things happening on there so drop in and check it out.

z

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New Site Coming Soon...

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 16, 2009, 11:01 AM


Hey all,

I've been back from holiday for a month now working hard on getting my big projects off the ground.

The main one of these was updating my site, and making it more interactive, up to date, and fun for people visiting it. It will have lots of new features to keep you coming back, amongst which should be tutorials which is very exciting.

Anyway I do have a couple other major things in the pipeline you'll  have to wait to see what those are :)

z

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Holidays are here, I am not.

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 29, 2009, 4:25 PM


I won't be active till August as I'm going on holiday to France / Spain.

Have a good summer everyone :)

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Holidays, new website, and other such things.

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 17, 2009, 3:47 AM


So it's probably about time I did one of these, so much is going on right now, I have my holidays coming up in 2 weeks which is very exciting. I'll be flying down to France to see my relatives, then will be driving down to Spain to our summer haunt. I will hopefully have lots of awesome photos that I'll be taking this summer, I'll be sure to put the best ones up on Deviant of course :)

I fly off on July 1st and get back on July 25th so don't expect any activity between those dates :D

On other news I know I've been promising to redo my site for a while now, but there have been complications, mainly the coding part which is being delayed by the summer exams for one of our team so that will be put on hold till when I get back, expect the new site very early in August, with lots of cool features that should have you coming back rather than just being a portfolio of my work I'm hoping to open it up with new videos, tutorials and other good stuff so stay tuned, it will be worth the wait :)

Lastly I have a big halo related announcement to make when I get back, so stay tuned for that ;)

Enjoy your summer everyone, and please spread the word about my page :)

Love,

Zola

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