Tuesday

The Magnificent Seven Of Freelancing

In my previous post I gave you a list of 20 freelancer’s websites that you can register in. Remember that if the site you are trying to win a project is one of the most popular it will be harder to get the job. That doesn’t mean that you have to bid in places with 10 visitors. If you want to succeed you need to fight with the other freelancers no mater how good they are and how many experience they have. Remember that the original freelances were medieval Italian and French knights, free men who would sell their skills with the lance to any master, whether his cause was good or bad.

Here I want to show you the best of the best of these sites with a little history.

Freelancer


Freelancer.com is a website that provides an online job marketplace for freelance workers from around the world. Formerly known as GetAFreelancer.com, the company was founded in 2004 by Plendo Sweden, headed up by Magnus Tibell of Swedish web solutions company Innovate It. GetAFreelancer.com was bought on the 7th May 2009 by the Australian company Ignition Networks. The buyers changed the name to Freelancer.com in October 2009.

Users of Freelancer.com fall into two main categories: buyers and providers. Buyers are individuals or companies who wish to outsource their work. Users are given the option of creating a free account on Freelancer. This account type requires a 3% fee for posting a project as well as higher fees for winning and getting paid for a project. If a user opts for the gold membership, they will pay just under $20 per month and can post projects for free. Freelancers can enjoy reduced fees while both receive a gold membership icon on their profile and improved reliability on the site.




There are a number of budding marketplaces currently available online that allow freelancers and their clients to find one another. Freelancer offers a few different tools and features to help in the process. Many other sites focus on allowing the client to rate the freelancer. Freelancer, on the other hand, allows both to submit a rating. This helps freelancers spot excellent or potential problem buyers to make a better decision on what jobs they take on. Both parties can benefit from a payment system that works through Freelancer with an optional Paypal payment method alternative.


Freelancer.com has been 100% bootstrapped to date. Startive Capital, a boutique venture capital fund and startup incubator based in Sydney, Australia, provided the financing for the acquisition of Freelancer.com by Ignition.

oDesk

oDesk is a company with a global job marketplace and a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. Based in Redwood City, CA, oDesk was founded in 2003 by Greek entrepreneurs Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis.
oDesk allows employers (“buyers”) to create online workteams coordinated and paid through the company's proprietary software and website. The name is a short version of "no desk" in reference to the company's intent to enable anyone to work anywhere, anytime. Prospective employers can post jobs for free, and freelance workers (“providers”) may create profiles and bid on jobs, also for free. The company puts potential providers through “a rigorous screening.” The company collects 10 percent of the payment. Payments are made through oDesk, which handles many bookkeeping tasks for the transaction. In addition to the marketplace aspect and the payment/bookkeeping services, the company uses collaborative software, “oDesk Team,” that allows employers to see a provider's progress while he or she is billing time. This aspect of the company's business model has drawn criticism.


The company describes itself as a staffing marketplace and management platform. As of Jan. 10, 2009, the company reports that nearly 37,000 of its 170,000 providers are in the United States. The company's site is entirely in English, and all transactions are made in U.S. dollars. The site does not post statistics regarding locations of buyer companies, but a comment posted by an oDesk employee noted that the majority are U.S.-based. In December 2009, the company's self-reported tally of services paid through its site had passed $113 million.



The specific areas of expertise supported by the site include web development and a wide variety of programming/software development skills, graphic design, writing and administrative support. The company provides voluntary skills tests in various disciplines from English aptitude to specific programming skills, and profiles include a feedback mechanism.

The company's Team software, which records a worker's online time and other information in a “Work Diary,” has drawn criticism for being too intrusive. Information recorded in the Work Diary includes keystroke volume (but not keystroke logging), screenshots of a provider's computer taken at roughly 10-minute intervals, and even optional webcam shots of the provider at his or her desk. The software is downloaded by the provider, who voluntarily signs on to log hours. The company also has a posted privacy policy. Nonetheless, this monitoring capability is unusual among outsourcing/freelancing providers, and has generated some outcry from critics who see it as unfairly intrusive. Questions about such a virtual work environment have been raised in articles about oDesk and competing sites. Canada's Globe & Mail newspaper noted that in-house employees may face varying levels of supervision as well, but suggested oDesk's technology smacks of Big Brother, observing that one blogger had likened the site to “eSlavery 2.0.”


The company maintains that the increased “transparency” allows a buyer to have confidence in the billing done by a contractor whom the buyer may never have met and who may be half a world away. In an October 2008 interview with website Web Worker Daily, CEO Gary Swart said the work diaries “give buyers unprecedented visibility into work performed,” and that the Team software's “hassle-free tracking guarantees convenient, safe, and accurate billing for all work performed.”

The company has been criticized by buyers for ignoring fraudulent providers and for quickly suspending accounts

Elance

Elance is a company that provides an Internet marketplace for freelancers and freelance agencies to negotiate work contracts with businesses that hire independent professionals and agencies. It also provides online collaboration tools to help companies manage remote teams and results online. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Mountain View, California.



Elance allows businesses to post a project and assess providers bidding on the project by reviewing qualifications, ratings, portfolios and skill test scores. Once a provider is selected, the employer can then manage people and projects. Registered users can submit up to 10 proposals each month for free, with the option of submitting more proposals with paid membership plans. When you quote either an hourly rate or a fixed price to a client, Elance automatically includes a service fee of 8.75%, and after Elance bills the client and receives payment for the work performed, the fee is deducted and the rest is transferred to the worker's account. The company guarantees payment processes for both hour and fixed-price work.
The company also allows freelancers to search the site for potential jobs and read through the requests for proposals and make bids.

The largest categories of work on Elance are Information technology and Marketing. Other categories of work include Web development, programming, creative design, multimedia production, writing, search engine optimization, content translations and research.

Guru

Guru.com is a freelance marketplace. It allows companies to find freelance workers for commissioned work. Founded in 1998 in Pittsburgh as eMoonlighter.com and still headquartered there, it is one of the tech firms to survive the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. eMoonlighter.com was actually a low budget company, running on only $400,000, and yet becoming extremely profitable due to efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Guru Inc. was founded in 1999 in San Francisco as an online clearing house for high tech workers seeking short-term contracts. The company, led by brothers Jon and James Slavet, raised $3M in angel funding and a further $16M in a full venture round led by Greylock Partners and August Capital. In a May 2000 interview, Paul Saffo cited Guru.com as an example of a company using the Internet to provide new kinds of services where individuals negotiated directly with potential employers. In 2002, Guru developed the SmartMatch technology which matches résumés and other information about job applicants to jobs. It also developed a candidate profiling system using techniques from Industrial and organizational psychology to better understand a candidate's suitability for a particular job.



The company was acquired in December 2002 by Unicru, a human resources software company based in Portland, Oregon. Guru's technology and staff remained with Unicru, focused on software to help large employers assess and hire job applicants.

Unicru sold the Guru.com domain name and logo to eMoonlighter.com, and eMoonlighter was renamed Guru.com. Guru.com directly connects businesses and employees in 160 different fields. Some freelancers are dissatisfied with Guru.com's strong bias toward employer. "I make sure that my subscribers know that they are not my customer --- the employer is," said Inder Guglani.

VWorker

vWorker connects businesses and entrepreneurs to experts in hundreds of fields via the internet. vWorker differs from traditional hiring because of additional protections. Employers are guaranteed to receive their money back if they don't get what was promised. And workers are guaranteed payment if they do deliver as promised. These guarantees are made possible with several site features including escrowing, arbitration and the AccuTimecard (software which monitors the worker's desktop and optional webcam).

The "v" in vWorker stands for "virtual", which means "made accessible from afar by technology". A virtual worker is a professional who works remotely, rather than in an office. Prior to April 15th, 2010, the site was called "Rent a Coder".

vWorker allows employers to post projects and jobs on the web site. Workers that are registered with the site then compete for the opportunity to work on them by posting bids. The employer is free to choose the bid they prefer and then escrows the funds with vWorker. When the job is completed, the employer authorizes release of the funds to the worker. If there is a dispute over the funds, vWorker steps in with free arbitration.

Employers don't pay any fees to list their jobs and vWorker doesn't make any money unless the project is successful. If it is, vWorker charges 6.5%-9% on pay-for-time (hourly) projects and 7.5%-15% on pay-for-deliverables (fixed price) projects. vWorker does not charge any subscription fees to workers.



vWorker guarantees are what make it unique from traditional hiring:
  • Employer Guarantees
    • Triple-point money-back guarantee: The work will be to-contract, on-time and on-budget or the employer gets their money back.
    • Honest billing money-back guarantee: The worker will bill time accurately to the minute and only bill time for the project, or the employer gets their money back.
  • Worker Guarantees
    • Pay-for-deliverables payment guarantee: If the worker meets the triple-point guarantee (to-contract, on-time and on-budget) they will be paid.
    • Pay-for-time payment guarantee: If the worker bills their time accurate and only bills time for the project, they will be paid.
These guarantees also differentiate vworker from industry competitors.

·  In 2001, vWorker was founded in Tampa, Florida by Ian Ippolito. At that time, it was called Rent A Coder and focused mainly on programmers. It was the first online marketplace to protect all site users with escrowing and arbitration (which was both mandatory and at no extra charge).
·  In July 2001 it moved from an open bidding system to a closed bidding system.
·  In late 2007, the site was awarded the INC 5000 award for fastest growing private companies in the United States. (Subsequent awards were also received in 2008,  2009 and 2010.)
·  By early 2010 it had reached 150,000+ employers and 350,000+ workers. The site formally introduced two money-back guarantees for employers (Triple-point money-back guarantee, and Honest billing money-back guarantee), and the two payment guarantees for workers.
·  On April 15, 2010, it expanded to a hundred new work categories and changed its name to vWorker to reflect the wider site audience.
·  On May 26, 2011, vWorker announced the new Tech Sherpa program: it's hired version of the traditional "technical cofounder"

PeoplePerHour

PeoplePerHour is a freelance website where you can go to post jobs online and also find some work in your spare time. If you have projects that you want completed then you simply need to create an account on the website, then post your projects and wait for the proposals to roll in. Bidding on projects to get some extra money is also very easy, you also need an account and then you can search for a variety of different types of jobs including programming and copywriting.

PeoplePerHour was founded by Xenios Thrasyvoulou and Simos Kitiris in 2007, the pair both graduated from Cambridge University. It is becoming increasingly popular as it fills a unique niche of the market, dealing in pounds rather than dollars and also targeting part time workers.

There are a large number of various freelance websites on the internet, however PeoplePerHour targets a unique area, firstly instead of dealing in dollars people are free to bid and earn money in pounds. It also targets people working freelance part time rather than competing sites that try to attract full time workers.



While PeoplePerHour doesn’t look as sophisticated as some of the competitors, that’s actually a good thing. Many freelance websites have become bloated and taken on too many complicated features. Using PeoplePerHour is really easy, and you won’t have any problems whether you are posting or applying to jobs. The site is split into two parts, one area for freelancers and one for employers. The only annoying thing about PeoplePerHour is that it is supported by adverts; although these aren’t obtrusive, many of the competing freelance websites do not have any adverts.

All accounts can be registered for free; buyers have an option of either posting projects for free or paying for a priority listing. There are a number of benefits of using priority listings, including that your projects gets added immediately, and also includes the contact details of all the providers so that it’s easy to get in touch. Priority listings cost £20. Buyers don’t have to pay anything to register either; they do have to pay a commission to peopleperhour on the invoiced projects. The website also has a number of adverts throughout it, which does get a little bit annoying for a freelance website.

99designs gives business owners and professionals a way to complete design projects within their budget and without any risk. The user posts a project to the 99designs website. The user selects the amount they are willing to pay. The higher the amount, the more designs they will receive. The project will begin to receive proposed designs from the user community. These include any kind of design project, from logos and websites to stationary, brochures, t-shirts, icons, WordPress themes, banner ads and business cards. 99 Designs boasts some admirable stats, with around 94 design submissions per project, over 1,000 open projects, more than 72,000 projects to date, over $310,000 worth of projects current on offer and nearly $100,000 in designer payouts in the previous month.

99designs was founded by Mark Harbottle. Harbottle is also the chairman and co-founder of Site Point. The website has also been backed by a handful of investors, including Harbottle, Matt Mickiewicz, Leni Mayo Andrew Walsh who is the former CEO of HitWise and current non-executive director of MelbourneIT. In April 2011, 99designs raised $35 million from Accel Partners and other angel investors.



99designs keeps users in control of their budgets while helping them find talented, creative individuals to complete their projects. The contest system also helps users know exactly what they are getting from the start. The user can post a contest and will receive their money back if they do not see a design they like among the entries. 99designs also stands out by focusing on more than virtual products, with options for t-shirt designs, print, business card, stationary and brochure designs.

The 99designs website invites users with a lightly colored background and a combination of blue and orange hues. The homepage features a one minute video explaining how the site works while two columns of links provide users with a list of available design categories. The bottom of the page further entices users with current website stats as well as a list of publications that have featured 99 Designs.

Much like similar websites, the cost of 99designs depends on the type of project the user is interested in. Each category has a minimum, although the user can go higher if they like. For example, logo designs begin at around $300, WordPress themes at around $500, buttons and icons at around $200, stationary starts at about $200 and t-shirt designs around $150. Twitter backgrounds come in as the cheapest, starting as low as around $100.

Monday

Freelance Sites Are Your Office

I am a freelancer and I am working from my home. While other people have ordinary office, headquarters or other work places I perceive the freelance sites for my office. Every morning when I log in to some of them I am “going to work”. Or actually I am going to a job interview. If I perform well the employer will hire me. To work as a freelancer you should be able to attend on a lots of job interview every day.

If you are a beginner it is a good idea to register in most of the sites. But don’t stop here. You have to bid on projects that employer post in there. Trust me, it will take a lot of your time, but if you are insistent and persistent it's worth. I still remember how I win my first project and how I get my first job. These are two different stories and I will write about them but some other times.

When you gain experience and create connections probably you are not going to be able to keep an eye on every site you have a registration. But you don’t have to. Customers will begin to look for you and if you are really good…well you will see it yourself. As one smart guy said “Work for your portfolio now so it can work for you in the future”

Let me present you a list of some of the best freelance sites. The market is always changing so if you are using some other good sites you can share them with me.
  1. freelancer.com 
  2. elance.com
  3. odesk.com 
  4. guru.com
  5. 99designs.com
  6. ifreelance.com
  7. mycroburst.com
  8. vworker.com
  9. scriptlance.com 
  10. getacoder.com 
  11. freelanceauction.com
  12. freelancers.net
  13. project4hire.com
  14. peopleperhour.com 
  15. noagenciesplease.com
  16. freelancerbay.com
  17. freelanceseek.com
  18. superlancers.com
  19. designcrowd.com
  20. governmentbids.com 

Tuesday

Freelancer?! What is this animal?


A freelancer or freelance worker is somebody who is self-employed and is not committed to a particular employer long term. The main difference is that a freelancer has many clients rather than one steady employer. Freelancers are people who specialize in many different fields. This is a web and graphic design blog, so I am going to write about this part.

The term was first used by Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832) to describe a "medieval mercenary warrior" or "free-lance" (indicating that the lance is not sworn to any lord's services, not that the lance is available free of charge). Do you feel like a warior when you are trying to win a project?

There are also many advantages for a freelancer. A person who is self employed can usually choose their own work schedule. Income may be greater than when working for an employer (but sometimes we can stay bored in front of the computer until a project for us appear). A freelancer is his own boss and has the freedom to work independently, from the comfort of home. Freelancers also have the opportunity to pick and choose which jobs are of interest.

There are many websites that offer to connect clients with a freelancer. These services often have many freelancers who bid on particular projects that clients post. Other services simply post projects and allow freelancers to submit a resume and samples of previous work

One of the most popular freelance job is graphic design. It is becoming more of a necessity in modern business.  Whether your specialty is web based design or business design, graphic designers are able to break out on their own. A really good graphic designer has unlimited income potential.

As one freelancer to another, I wish you the best of luck with your freelancing career.

Sunday

Business Card Design


As a freelancer I work (as all other people in the world) for money. Of course I love my job and the time when I have inspiration is a peaceful moment of my day. You have to remember that money are not everything.

Recently a close friend of mine asked me to make him Business Card. I agreed and created the design for free. What else are friends for?



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Friday

The Unsuccessful Designs



If someone told you that he has only successful designs and projects would you believe him? I will not believe.

One of the risks to work as a freelancer is that there can always appear a better designer than you or even worse, but with a better idea (sometimes this is the same). Most of the people that hire freelancers want them to do a mockup design before assigning the project to anyone. You should take that as a job interview. They will hire you if you perform well. To work as a freelancer you should be able to attend on a lots of job interview every day.

Everybody have a design that he likes and think is perfect, but have been rejected. Let me show you some of mine.

This project was for brochure design of a  Real Estate agency. I wanted to win this project very much, but at the end I didn't make it. I like the design that I have created and I do not regret for the time spent on doing it.



Next one was for a SEO company that wanted colored and attractive banner design. I was thinking that I did this, but ultimately I wasn't. 



This project was for header design for TextMyQpon.com. They tell me what they want and send me some samples of the headers they like and I started working on it. I came up with the idea of the store in right and the waves in the menu. I made really a lot of  changes of the design, but unfortunately they were not accepted. Finally I left without anything from my work, but the site has acquired the perfect idea. Sometimes it is nice to do good deeds.




I do not regret for these designs or for the time I spend doing them, because this is my job and this is what I love to do!


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Wednesday

KarmicX Currency Project

Have you ever dreamed to have your own printing press for money at your home? Yes,yes... me too. I restricted myself just to the design. Let me show you the http://astromood.com/ money that I have created. KarmicX Currency also known as Kx or KarmicX are taken points earned on the site.

The paper design.









And one of the coins.








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Monday

Raja Birbal and emperor Akbar Illustrations

Lets stay on the same wave with the stories of Raja Birbal and emperor Akbar. Raja Birbal (1528–1586) was the Grand Vizier of the Mughal court in the administration of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He was one of his most trusted members along with being a part of Akbar's inner council of nine advisors, known as the navaratna, a Sanskrit word meaning nine jewels. Birbal was the only person other than Akbar who was a Din-i-Ilahi believer. He is considered one of the world's most intelligent and clever administrator during the medieval period.
Birbal's duties in Akbar's court were mostly military and administrative, but he was also a very close friend of the emperor, who appreciated Birbal for his wit and wisdom, often involving humorous exchanges. These and other stories have become part of a rich tradition of folklore and legend.

This was very funny and interesting project for me. I illustrate 41 stories of this wise Indian men.

Here are few of the stories:


Birbal arrived late for a function and the emperor was displeased.

"My child was crying and I had to placate him," explained the courtier.


"Does it take so long to calm down a child?" asked the emperor. "It appears you know nothing about child rearing. Now you pretend to be a child and I shall act as your father and I will show you how you should have dealt with your child. Go on. Ask me for whatever he asked of you."


"I want a cow," said Birbal.


Akbar ordered a cow to be
brought to the palace.

"I want its
milk. I want its milk," said Birbal, imitating the voice of a small child.

"Milk the cow and give to him," said Akbar to his servants.


The cow was milked and the milk was offered to Birbal. He drank a little and then handed the bowl back to Akbar.


"Now put the rest of it back into the cow, put it back, put in back, put it back..." wailed Birbal.


The emperor was flabbergasted and quietly left the room.


Another one: 

Since Birbal always outwitted Akbar, Akbar thought of a plan to make Birbal look like a fool. He gave one egg to each of his ministers before Birbal reached the court one morning. 

So when Birbal arrived, the king narrated a dream he had had the previous night saying that he would be able to judge the honesty of his ministers if they were able to bring back an egg from the royal garden pond. 

So, Akbar asked all his courtiers to go to the pond, one at a time and return with an egg. So, one by one, all his ministers went to the pond and returned with the egg which he had previously given them. 

Then it was Birbal's turn. He jumped into the pond and could find no eggs. He finally realized that the King was trying to play a trick on him. So he entered the court crowing like a cock. 

The Emperor asked him to stop making that irritating noise and then asked him for the egg. 

Birbal smiled and replied that only hens lay eggs, and as he was a cock, he could not produce an egg. 

Everyone laughed loudly and the King realized that Birbal could never be easily fooled 


And one more:

King Akbar was very fond of Birbal. This made a certain courtier very jealous. Now this courtier always wanted to be chief minister, but this was not possible as Birbal filled that position. 


One day Akbar praised Birbal in front of the courtier. This made the courtier very angry and he said that the king praised Birbal unjustly and if Birbal could answer three of his questions, he would accept the fact that Birbal was intelligent. Akbar always wanting to test Birbals wit readily agreed.  


The three questions were
1. How many stars are there in the sky
2. Where is the centre of the Earth and
3. How many men and how many women are there in the world. 


Immediately Akbar asked Birbal the three questions and informed him that if he could not answer them, he would have to resign as chief minister


To answer the first question, Birbal brought a hairy sheep and said. There are as many stars in the sky as there is hair on the sheep's body. My friend the courtier is welcome to count them if he likes. 


To answer the second question, Birbal drew a couple of lines on the floor and bore an iron rod in it and said this is the centre of the Earth, the courtier may measure it himself if he has any doubts. 


In answer to the third question, Birbal said Counting the exact number of men and women in the world would be a problem as there are some specimens like our courtier friend here who cannot easily be classified as either. 
Therefore if all people like him are killed, then and only then can one count the exact number. 


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Sunday

Panchatantra Tales Illustrations

It was a really huge project for me so here is one more story.

Three fish lived in a pond. Their names were Anagatavidhata, Pratyutpannamati and Yadbhavishya. Some fishermen passing by the pond wondered, “Hey, we have never seen this pond. It seems to be full of fish. It is now evening. Let us come at dawn tomorrow and bag as many fish as we can.”

Hearing the fisherman, Anagatavidhata (the one who foresees a danger in time) called a meeting of all the fish and told them, “Haven't you heard what the fishermen were saying? We must move out of this pond tonight itself. As the wise men have said weak men should flee when a strong man invades or seek refuge in a fort. There is no alternative.”





“The fisherman will come tomorrow. I think we should not be here for even a moment more,” said Anagatavidhata.

“That's true. I endorse your suggestion,” said Pratyutpannamati. “Let's go elsewhere. Those who are afraid of foreign lands and those who are bound to their soil will die in their own country. He who can prosper anywhere does not die in his own land clinging to sentiment.”

Loudly laughing, Yadbhavishya said, “Your plans are not good. Why should we leave this pond, ancient home of our forefathers, because the fishermen have evil intentions. If it is destined, we cannot escape death even if we go elsewhere. Everything is in the hands of God. You cannot dispose what he proposes. Without his blessings people will die even if they have protection. With his blessings nobody can kill them even if they do not have protection.




Unable to convince him, the other two fish left the pond. Coming the next day, the fishermen took a big catch of fish in the pond. Yadbhavishya was one among them.


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Panchatantra Tales Illustrations

Have you read Panchatantra? I wasn't untill my client assigned me to illustrate all stories in it. If you are wondering what Panchatantra is -  Panchatantra is an ancient Indian inter-related collection of animal fables in verse and prose, in a frame story format. The original Sanskrit work, which some scholars believe was composed in the 3rd century BCE, is attributed to Vishnu Sharma. However, it is based on older oral traditions, including "animal fables that are as old as we are able to imagine", including the Buddhist Jataka Tales. It is "certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India", and these stories are among the most widely known in the world.

Here is one of the stories:

In the city of Vardhaman, there lived a wealthy merchant named Dantila. He held a great reception for his wedding attended by the king, the queen, their ministers and all the rich and influential persons in the city. Present at the reception was Gorambha, a lowly sweeper in the royal household. When Dantila saw him occupying a seat reserved for the nobles of the king, he ordered his servants to throw him out of his house.

Thus insulted, Gorambha thought to himself, “I am a poor man and so cannot give a fitting reply to such a wealthy person as Dantila. I must some how see that the king stops his favours to him.” Then he hit upon a plan to take revenge on Dantila.


One early morning when the king was still in sleep, Gorambha pretending to sweep the king's bedroom began loudly murmuring, “Oh, how arrogant is Dantila! He has the cheek to lock the queen in his embrace.” Hearing this, the king demanded to know whether what Gorambh was murmuring is true. Did Dantila embrace the queen?

“Oh, your majesty, I don't remember nor do I know what I was saying because I was drowsy having spent the entire night in gambling,” the sweeper told the king.

Not satisfied with his reply the king thought that it was possible that the sweeper had seen Dantila, who had equal access to the royal household as Gorambha, embracing the queen. He remembered wise men saying that men were likely to talk in their sleep about what they did, saw and desired in the day. Women were chaste because men were not within reach or they were afraid of prying servants. Convinced that Dantila had indeed embraced the queen, the king barred Dantila from entering the royal household.


The merchant began grieving his fate though he had not done any harm to the king or his relatives even in his dreams. One day as Dantila was trying to enter the king's palace he was barred by the king's men. Seeing this Gorambha told them, “You fools, you are barring the great Dantila who has won the king's favours. He is powerful. If you stop him, you will meet with the same fate as I did at the hands of Dantila one day.”

The merchant thought that it would do him good to make Gorambha happy and win his confidence. One evening he invited the sweeper for tea and presented him with expensive clothes and told him, “Friend, I had never meant to insult you. You had occupied a seat I had set apart for the learned. Kindly pardon me.”


Pleased, the sweeper promised to win the king's favour for Dantila again. The next day, Gorambha repeated the same drama of pretending to talk irrelevantly, raving that the king was eating cucumber in the rest room. “What nonsense are you talking? Did you ever see me doing such things?” the king demanded to know. “No, your majesty. I do not know nor do I remember what I was saying because I was drowsy having spent the entire night in gambling,” the sweeper said.

The king then realized that if what the sweeper had said about him was not true what he had said about Dantila also could not be true. A person like Dantila could not have done what Gorambha had told him. The king also found that without Dantila the affairs of the state had suffered and civic administration had come to a standstill. The king immediately summoned the merchant to his palace and restored to him all the authority he had enjoyed before he fell out of king's favour.


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Saturday

New Jersey Mortgage Services Ads

My first encounter with www.craigslist.com was for my client, the owner of  New Jersey Mortgage Services, Tom Altieri. I created 18 image ads which he posted on his craiglist account page. Working for people with such big business is a big responsibility, that's why I am very satisfied that I fulfill my job the way he can remain happy with my designs.











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Friday

Person learns during his lifetime

This is a tale from my country.

Once upon a time there was an old man. He was wise old man and he knew a lot of things, but often liked to say that one should learn.

In a chilly winter evening, the door knocked. He opened and was very surprised when he saw standing on the threshold a little girl. It asked the old man to give her some charcoal to light a fire at home.

- Well, my girl, I will give you, but in what will you put them? You got a court?


The girl leaned over, took the ashes and put on it two red coals. She thanked the old man and left.


The old man
thought a moment and said, "Well, simple job, but I do not think of it. Watch it! And I learned something from this little girl. Person learns during his lifetime. "

Why I am telling you this? Do you want to check some of my published tutorials?

Make a sunset

Make a rainbow

Underlined animated text

From photo to sketch

Twisted Ends

Change Cloths Color

Add a Shadow

Glass effect

 

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Banner Design

This project was for Banner, Favicon and Logo design. The great wondering was for the banner design. I collected and retouched the images, but when I started to create it I just stuck. I tried few ideas that came to my head, but I did not like the final results. I decided to quit working for the day and try on the next morning. I went into the bathroom to take a shower but I did not stop thinking about the design and how to fit it to the website design. And then it came up! When I returned from the bathroom I tried the idea and it obtained perfect. You can see it too.






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Thursday

Website Design

I just love cartoons! I love cartoon movies, images, comics books...just everything. I think that they look really nice. Maybe that's why in lots of my designs I use cartoon characters or parts. When a client hired me to make him 6 different designs of his site I was really exalted. I made them and he was very satisfied with the designs.

 





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MMA & Muay Thai Banner Design

One day I was talking with a friend of mine about the MMA fights and 1-2 days after that this guy hired me for 2 banner designs. When I understood what he wanted I said to myself "This is strange and kind of funny". Have you felt it too?



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The Emoticons

I started with the AstroMood.com banner so there is no way to miss the other things that I create for this site. I am talking about the main future of it - the emoticons. These little fellows were with me one though summer (they were not guilty of this). I really enjoyed creating them and was waiting to see how it will look each one of them. I create around 650 of them. Let me present you the main characters:

Sun


Moon




Cloud



Star



Apple



Strawberry



Lemon



Potato



Carrot



Bannana

Sunflower




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