Business Review: Great Creator of GIF Images - @skyleap!

in business •  11 months ago

Practicing the Golden Rule (you know, "he who has the gold makes the rules” No, wait! Not that one, the other one!! 😊) and supporting good business, I am writing a business review for a great creator of GIF images - our fellow Steemian @skyleap.

Above you see the "finished product" of an image I contracted with her to create for me. I will write more about the details of the design later, in another post.

For now, I would like to honor @skyleap, for her great work.

Background

Being relatively new to our Steem Community, early on it caught my eye some of our fellow Steemians had created custom images to "market" their online profiles. I went back and forth for awhile about whether I wanted to take the time to do something similar.

Deciding to "pull the trigger," where specifically would I go for this type of help? While I could always "google it," I elected to see what I could do inside of our Community. The answer I settled on was found in a Steem post first referenced in my Reputation 40 update. In it, I gave a "shout out" to @kenmelendez, in response to what followed from my reading of his encouraging post, Don't Throw in the Towel. If you read his post, you will see where I was first introduced to @skyleap.

So, I began to follow @skyleap and when the time was right, reached out to her in a comment on one of her posts. She replied by making direct contact on Discord.

The Rest of the Story

One fascinating part of electing to enter the "crypto universe" last summer (see "The Beginning") is the international nature of it. @skyleap is from Japan, more or less half way around the world from where I am.

So, being from a different country and speaking a different language, how was this going to work? On top of that, while I am a pretty good engineer (working as a Business Systems Analyst), I make no pretense of being artistic. So, add how to effectively communicate what I would like to the cultural and language barriers ...

Once she had provided me an outline of what she needed, I supplied what she requested. From that, she provided me a "back of the envelope" conceptual drawing. Frankly, I couldn't really be too sure about it, until I saw something more tangible, but said OK.

[Note: Above, I reference "contract," but it was simply an exchange / understanding via Discord, sealed with a "digital handshake" ... 😊]

So ... How did that go?

Well, from @skyleap's first draft, it was crystal clear she is very talented. But, upon seeing the "big picture," I knew I needed to request some significant changes. I wish that had not been necessary, as she had faithfully recreated what she had originally presented in her conceptual drawing. Sadly, I just "didn't get it," until I could see it more fully / clearly.

I am happy to report this did not present a problem for her. I presented her with better input than I had the first time. She took it all in stride and, again, turned around a significant rework of her original image quickly.

What you see above is the "finished product," from her second pass at it. While technically accomplished as a digital artist, she is also obviously quite good at interpreting what her customers are asking from her.

Closing

I admire talented people, particularly those with talent(s) I don't have. While I was in no hurry (although I don't think I communicated that very clearly ...), it was very impressive to me how quickly @skyleap got this work done. High quality work, "ahead of schedule and under budget!" What's not to like?

If you are interested in something similar, I highly recommend @skyleap to you for consideration. You won't be disappointed!

Do you have businesses who have provided you a great service or product? IMHO, there is no better way to help them than word-of-mouth advertising/recommendations. I would encourage you to write your own business reviews for the benefit of the rest of us. You just never know where that might lead!

Other business reviews, by yours truly:

P.S. In the above mentioned post, @kenmelendez encourages us all to "Keep Posting!" Well, here I am still posting. Just hit the "century mark!" Or should that be the "Benjamin mark?" 😊

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@roleerob I wanted to let you know that your post was featured this week by @headchange in the entry for Week 14 PIF Curation Contest.

Happy 4th! and love the work that you had done.

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Thank you @thedarkhorse! I really appreciate your words of encouragement!! And also for letting me know about this feature. I will go read it now.

All best to you and yours for a great celebration of Independence Day 2018 (hope to finish up a post on this before the day is out ...) 😊 👍

Steemin’ along and on the move ... Posted using Partiko Android

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The family and I are about to head out the door. My steemit day is done until late tonight when I'll post the winners from last weeks contest. Hope you have a great day.

This is a wonderful article and a wonderful message to! And @skyleap's images look great, so you're absolutely right to give him this support. Congrats on crossing the century mark on the post-count :-)

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Thank you sir! 😊 I appreciate the words of encouragement @zyx066. Means a lot, especially coming from you!!

Great post. Way to share the love. You were featured this week in the #payitforward contest by @headchange. Congrats!

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Thank you @energyaddict22. Interesting what gets people's attention "in here," so thankful to the "PIFC team."

"Random Musings From an American Living in Russia"

I imagine there is quite a story behind that. I also work in energy, for a provider of electric service ...

All the best to you!

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Sadly, I just "didn't get it," until I could see it more fully / clearly.

That's just the way it is for we non-artists :)

Love this post @roleerob! I found your post as I'm one of the judges for a weekly Pay it Forward Curation Contest where you were featured by @headchange. Feel free to join us next week :)

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Thank you for your comments @lynncoyle1. I appreciate learning I am not the only one ... 😊

Fortunately for me @skyleap didn't seem in the least troubled about it, so it turned out fine.

Thanks also for the invite. I have started twice to figure out how to put the format together, which seems to be the preference of @thedarkhorse. I even had a candidate picked out, but I think time is running out ... My main issue is and always has been the time ...

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Hi I saw the mention in Ginabot. Thanks @lynncoyle.
I wanted to reassure you on the formatting. You are free to do what ever you like with that. The only thing you have to check each week is the guideline for your feature picks.
I have made my own format that I will reuse over and over even changing the thumbnail to use for other type posts.
Don't worry about the thumb nail either. You are free to use your own ( I often use one I made) or you can right click the pay it forward pic to use.
A post just like this one is absolutely fine. That is actually what many use. Mine only looks like that because I enjoy playing in Photoshop. 😊
Also the divider bars and images I have made are there for anyone to use. For more choices @charisma77 offers many beautiful graphics for everyone to use. She is responsible for the #payitforward logo.
P.s It was your review of the digital art that brought me here. It is something I have an interest in and was thrilled to discover a new artist to follow. Hope you won't let format stand in the way of joining the contest.

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Very good @headchange. Thanks for investing the time in the "assist" and the additional pointers. All gratefully accepted! 😊 👍

I will follow up on the reference to the @charisma77 and find out more about what

" ... offers many beautiful graphics for everyone to use ..."

looks like ...

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You are very welcome. Tag me any time.

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You are most welcome! I'm glad @skyleap wasn't troubled by it, because I think it turned out more than fine 😅

@roleerob, lack of time seems to be a common "complaint", here and in real life as well :)

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Thank you. @lynncoyle1

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You are most welcome @skyleap 😅

Nice drawing Rob! @skyleap does a great job indeed :) Great work and keep on posting!

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Wow @kenmelendez! That is an impressive response time!! Not sure how you pulled that off, but only just coming back to my post myself.

I've been in Discord, posting in there, including your Steem Creators group, which is where I thought I would "alert" you this post had been made. I think it is good for everyone to know that you can never be sure what will happen, when you "reach out." 👍 😊

P.S. Perhaps missed the announcement, but has the newest little Melendez entered the big wide world yet?

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No baby as of yet! My wife is now a week overdue so it could be any day now :)

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Yes, well, we have a little experience in this area.

"... a week overdue ..."

Of all of our "quiver full" of children, only one was early and one was on time. The rest were "late" ... According to who?

We found peace in knowing a "due" date is just the "educated guess" of the doctor. Way too many factors they don't control or know ... The Lord knows the true "due" date.

We never had any problems ...

All the best to you @kenmelendez!

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wow! I appreciate the great business review you wrote!
resteem

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Happy to do it. Both the right thing to do and well deserved!

Keep up the good work @skyleap!

I think that came out great! What a nice thing to do making the review post.
I think you are absolutely right about reaching out. One thing leads to another and you just never know what may come of it.

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Thank you for that @headchange. Kind words. And agreed, one thing leads to another. If we all contribute our small part, no telling what the future might hold!

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found your post from the Pay It Forward Contest. really cool to get someone on steemit to do work for you. think that @thedarkhorse used someone to make the new banner and logo for PIFC.

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Thank you for your comments @bjgeese. Sadly, only just getting to it. But have followed up on your profile a bit and made a more extensive comment to you on your plagiarism post. As time permits, I will endeavor to contribute some to @thedarkhorse's PIFC initiative ...

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As you know @headchange featured you for this week's #PayItForward contest @pifc.

The advice is dead on. Keep at it. Keep posting!! Persistence, dedication and consistency is everything.

It's awesome that you were able to get someone to do some artwork for you. The beauty of artwork, is all perspective. It attracts the eye and that's what it's supposed to do.

Please do consider joining us for future contests to bring light people just like yourself that need more visibility.

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Thank you for your comments @tryskele. Especially, the words of encouragement!

As time permits, I will endeavor to contribute some to @thedarkhorse's PIFC initiative ... Certainly a worthy cause!

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found your post through @headchange post in teh pay it forward contest this week and your eview is very clear to understand, will check your recommended steemians if I need something like this in teh future, wish you to continued success

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Thank you for your comments @dipoabasch. And encouragement. I appreciate it! Yes, please consider supporting other Steemians in their business ventures, by writing a review for them.

As time permits, I will endeavor to contribute some to @thedarkhorse's PIFC initiative ... Certainly a worthy cause!

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Whoaaa.. That's would be good to see your featured bloggers later, I am so exciting to read others perspective about everything on Steemit, but sometimes it's just to hard to read through all the tags, somebody featuring someone else is very helpful to broad range of community.

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