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I started to take an interest in photomanipulation because I love seeing something impossible come alive. I've had a taste for fantasy since I was young, reading books, then writing my own stories when my mind started becoming a universe of impossibilities — so photomanipulation naturally became a great source of freedom and fun. Recently, getting a tablet has allowed me to start exploring on digital painting too. The feeling of accomplishment just by creating something is amazing.
I may be a hobbyist, but I'm open to commercial/non-commercial projects on a case-by-case basis. My aim is to have fun, not feel pressurised, when making art. Feel free to send a message if you wish to!
“Whenever someone creates something with all of their heart, then that creation is given a soul.” —The Cat Returns
I'm using a pseudonym because... well, just because.
Favorite moviesSpirited Away, How to Train your Dragon 2, Tangled, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Cinderella (2015), etc.Favorite bands / musical artistsThe Piano Guys, Westlife, IU, BoA, DBSK, JJ Lin Jun Jie, Joe Hisaishi, Eric Chou, etc.Favorite booksHarry Potter, How to Fall in Love, A Heart Revealed, The Winner's Curse, Mistborn, etc.Favorite writersBrandon Sanderson, Julia Quinn, Jaimie AdmansTools of the TradePhotoshop CC, Wacom Intuos Pro
I used to be able to feel the optimism that yes, human beings are going in the right direction. There's been so much historical evidence where humans are able to survive through very tough obstacles by thinking up of solutions. Right now, I find that very hard to believe. That said, I'm not so skeptical to think that no one is trying their best to counter this problem. Inventions are constantly coming out into the world. What most of us know best is the existence of solar panels and wind turbines. There have been governments and companies who are very obviously moving towards a greener approach. For example, banana leaves are now being used in supermarkets over at Thailand and Bali instead of plastic packaging. Why is this so important? About 12 million barrels of oil are already used to manufacture the 30 million plastic bags that Americans use every year. For there to be crude oil, one needs to drill deep underground for it. Trees will have to be cut, and water will be unavoidably polluted in the process. The indigenous people living in the Amazon rainforest are already feeling the brunt of it. By lowering the demand for plastic, this can help to reduce the area of deforestation. Trees, as we all know, help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the air, ultimately helping to soften the impact of global warming.
But the inventions... things like solar panels, bamboo toothbrushes... all these things are not easily available to the common people. And it's obvious that renewable energy is so much more expensive than what is usually used that it deters governments, companies and individuals from using them. Change is not coming in fast enough at all.
I have been signing a number of petitions these past years to help save the oceans, save the forests, even donating to help green movements. Seeing the statistics, knowing how many people around the world want to help make a difference, really kept me in a positive state of mind. So reading those two articles up there really made my dreamworld come crashing down. The bad guys were having the upper hand after all this time.
You may ask, "Hey, Elaine, it's all good that you've finally come out of your little dreamland, but isn't there already proof that trees won't help save the Earth anymore? Why still care?"
My answer is simple: the Earth, no matter what, is still our home. It is also home to so many animals, both on the land and in the sea. This planet doesn't only belong to us. Future generations will continue to inhabit this planet even when we are long gone. It is disheartening to see news of creature after creature making it to the 'extinct' or 'endangered' list because of our selfishness, whether through poaching (e.g. the rhinos), deforestation (e.g. the orangutans), pollution or climate change. Of course there is still a need to care, even if the future looks rather bleak. I mean, it's not hard to admit it. Realising it is better than denying the existence of it. Seriously. (I'm looking at you, Trump.)
But other than saving the oceans and the Amazon rainforest, what else can we do with $$$? Use it to plant trees! Why not? One Tree Planted makes it all possible. For someone like me who's living in a country that doesn't make planting trees easy (and cheap), this site really gives me the chance to take another step forward to help save the Earth. One Tree Planted helps support campaigns from around the world, and that's what makes it even more amazing. Regions include North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. What's more, every dollar plants a tree!
4ocean helps to clear a pound of trash found in the ocean for every bracelet purchased. Their bracelets are made using recycled materials.
Have a green life
Every little effort helps. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. How about having some potted plants of your own, if your living space allows it?
*In terms of recycling, find out how your country processes the items. Don't put your effort to waste. For example, in Singapore, it is only if the recyclable item is completely clean that it can be recycled.