Posted November 18th, 2013 by admin
Many great works had been inspired by depression, disappointment, frustration or even pure evil. Some best-selling or famous artworks made by legendary artists were made during a time of struggle, such as a war, famine or national calamity. Art mirrors the reality that it was made in and without the needed inspiration coming in the form of negativity, some artworks might have never seen the light of day.
This is why I do not mind having some stresses while I’m doing work or doing my own art. Struggles may be daily problems, but once you overcome them, you have a sudden burst of endorphins that helps you look back at what you’ve achieved and tell yourself that you’ve actually made it.
This feeling of accomplishment and capability is what helps inspire me to draw work. As life is all about picking yourself up when you get continually pushed downward, art is a form of imitating this kind of beauty that you could only find from something ugly and its transition into something beautiful
So next time you feel like trying to evade stress or are likely already stressed, think of it as a way to inspire you to create your next work. If you are on break from your creative endeavours, a little bit of stress and struggle goes a long way.
Posted October 14th, 2013 by admin
Last month, I was on a roll. I scored dozens of commissions and I was very happy with clients because they gave me what I needed for these works of art I’ve made. I’ve churned out some great material in the course of a few weeks and I’m quite proud of them. However, this month, things were turning ugly even with better offers.
I was running out of ideas. I could not get my composition right. My mind was a total blank. In art, you find yourself asking if it is expressive enough for you, if it is unique enough to stand out from the works of others and if your technique and skill is highly effective. You try to improve yourself constantly by making more material but in the end, you just find yourself where you began.
These are signs that you need a break from making and creating art. It means that it is time to drop the pen, brush, paper and canvas and go outside and live a normal life as a person.
By normal life, this means to socialize, converse with people and do as other people do. It might seem a bit abnormal for you to live a normal person’s life because as an artist you get used to being with a few people who talk intellectual things with you.
However, the only way to spark new ideas is to see what is the mainstream. If you can see what is the current trend of people and culture today, you will notice several details other people would not and these are great ideas for new artworks.
Allow yourself at least half a year to do this break. You might get frustrated in trying to curb your inner creativity, but once you hold it in and flush it out after a long hold, you’ll find yourself splurging with so much ideas you forgot why you had blanks in the first place.
Posted September 23rd, 2013 by admin
After the fiasco of mis sold PPI, banks and financial companies are starting to construct a replacement for the infamous insurance policy that had the UK banking industry lose at least £18 billion in compensation for all the mis sold insurance policies.
The new product retains the PPI policy benefits to cover loan repayments for borrowers unable to work because of any form of health or employment issues. The product will be called as “payment waiver”. A credit union for airline employees will make first use of the products with five yet-to-be-named firms in the next few months.
PPI had the same provisions as the payment waiver, but because of the way it was sold, many consumers are still owed at least £2700 in compensation. For a precise calculation, it would be wise to work with a PPI calculator to help you know your estimate.
The FCA still warns insurers despite the new financial product’s reception that if the products were not designed “in the best interest of consumers”, it would still pose a great risk that is similar to PPI. The FCA is due to investigate two banks with great numbers of rejected PPI claims and reviewing the PPI claims process for further improvements.
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Posted September 15th, 2013 by admin
Remember that time we all had to sit in class and listen to the teacher and then we’re told that we could ask anything that we do not understand, yet we let the opportunity pass and feel a bit lost with the lesson the next day? It’s the same thing with creativity.
People like you, me and anybody else trying to paint or compose artworks, music or anything that expresses them with their own talent often fall for the “expert trap”. The “expert trap” is when you, as a professional creative finds that you are already on a learning “plateau” that you stop asking questions that actually helped improve your work.
It is the level of professionalism that you have that you lose the enthusiasm of the beginner who is still lost and is trying many different things to be comfortable in their chosen industry. When you stop asking questions and go with the formulas you have already created, you lose motivation, improvement and the will to develop new creative ideas.
Asking questions is the first characteristic of the beginner. Having the same enthusiasm comes from asking people questions, especially people whose works intrigue you.
Have a shot at it. You could instantly get inspiration from something challenging or a thought-process you have yet explored.
Posted August 22nd, 2013 by admin
Many people concentrating on perfecting their craft often let their hands do their work while their mind is at rest, allowing all form of control to pass. But sometimes, your mind needs to organise the factors that would circle on your art. Conceptualizing your next artwork could be difficult if you depend on unrestrained talent alone.
1. Keep a Journal
To find inspiration for your next artwork, having a journal complete with all the events of the day could help you find inspiration. For every day, write about what happened to you. Write about anything special or extraordinary that day. Even if it’s a great or lousy day, try to produce a small artwork, such as a character, a detailed figure, anything that could describe what you wrote in a picture.
2. Imagine a Context
Surrealism has always been a great medium for artists, especially those looking for fantasy or otherworldly work. If you’re targeting something that is within or beyond the realistic world, try to imagine a context outside of yours. For example, how would you picture a community on Mars? Keep your context in mind as you go for step 3.
3. Write Your Subjects
When you know the points you need to focus on by writing the subjects or topics of your new work, the easier it would be to work with the details. If your target is a story within a picture, you could have a reference point that helps you check if you are still on the right path in your artwork.
4. Ask for a Fresh Perspective
It does not hurt to ask somebody else about their ideas regarding your artwork. Sometimes, a precise observation of a certain part of your painting or sketch could be greatly helpful. Do not be afraid to ask for a fresh perspective and apply their ideas on your work.
Posted August 2nd, 2013 by admin
Hands are probably the biggest challenge for any portrait or character-specialising graphic artist. Hands are expressive; next to the eyes, hands will express the body language and mood of your character. Here are a few things to remember when sketching hands.
1. Stick Figures
Many beginning artists underestimate the power of stick figures. These basic shapes, if done correctly, will show the natural flow of your character’s hand. Invest time in drawing stick hands. Pretend that they are the skeletons of your character’s hand. To know more about the natural look and character of hand and wrist bones, check this.
2. Fleshing it Out
Drawing the hand itself is quite difficult. You’ll need a millimetre-wide gap between the fingers to make them look natural. It is advisable that you use the stick figure joints and draw ovals on them; this helps make things, such as fleshing out the natural contours of the fingers, effectively.
3. Differences Between Hands
Always remember, male and female hands are different from each other. Female hands are more slender than males, while male hands look masculine. It is also advised that you consider making the hands slender, wider or bigger depending on your character’s build. For example, a woman with a bodybuilder’s physique will have bigger and more masculine hands than a delicate female.
Posted July 2nd, 2013 by admin
Like musicians, artists also have to improve their skills and speed painting is one of the best ways to exercise creative reflexes, actual strokes and skills in artistic expression and coping with the speed of commissions. Speed painting is seen by some painters as senseless just because the end result is something made in a hurry, but I don’t see it that way. Somehow, the truest reflection of one’s soul is when one is in a rush with adrenaline.
For example, you might set your timer to finish an illustration completely within 30 minutes. Of course, the end result, especially if you’re new to speed painting, is something that is very distasteful and very undesirable. But over time, when you get the hang of it, your skills improve with the speed and eventually you become better at illustrating within a very small time.
Speed painting is not just for those with good creative apparatuses; even those who just have their sketchbooks or canvases can join the fray. I always set limitations for myself. For example, if I’m drawing at a canvas, the “speed” factor of my painting also depends on the size of my canvas.
Try it out. Speed painting is actually fun as it is very beneficial for many painters and illustrators out there.
Posted May 30th, 2013 by admin
I’m not just a painter, but I also do art commissions online. As a graphic designer and editor of my pieces, I can relate to computer problems. Sure, any computer can be useful in developing and editing pieces, but the slowdowns and performance can affect the final output. Recently, I’ve purchased a good new machine, one that will inspire me to do better work and will serve as my entertainment machine (AKA I love playing computer games).
I’ve bought a new Nvidia geforce card with at least more than 520MB of memory. I love the cards performance in all honesty. I love trying to cultivate my abilities in creating and developing 3D characters and only with a good video card could I do that. It’s also non-overheating too.
I also prefer having at least 8GB RAM in my system. The more resources, the faster I can interchange between my Adobe editor and my actual scanner. I need my computer to perform multiple tasks all at once.
My processor is a new Intel i5 Quad Core, which is actually useful especially if I’m loading multiple plug-ins or actually editing multiple works.
My terminal is complete with a large flat-screen TV turned into a computer monitor. This is definitely something I prefer because I want to see the smallest details of my creations before I finally publish them.
Feel free to use these specifications if you’re building a new computer. Also, here are some tips to make great computer builds for graphic designers.
Posted May 14th, 2013 by admin
When I paint, I can’t have any ideas if I cannot hear anything at all. Painting is a process that involves imagination and expression for me, and I want to hear some music when I paint. I usually put on some classical pieces or even classic progressive rock pieces for most of my projects. If you don’t know what to listen to when you paint, here are a few things I could prescribe.
1. Start with Something Basic
You could have rock as your background music, but sometimes, the sounds you hear get all cluttered up because of its high energy. I recommend you start with something basic. A good movie score piece, for example, is a great start. Avoid cluttering your mind; remember, you’re painting and you need space to think.
2. What Intrigues You
Sometimes, movie scores, classical pieces, even simple acoustic songs, can touch your heartstrings and give you a certain inspiration. The music you listen to also affects the expression you invest in your paintings or artworks. When not painting, put on a playlist and find a song that you feel is quite intriguing.
3. Ambient Noises
If you’re used to living and painting in a city setting, you could use ambient noises to fuel your imagination. Close your eyes and listen to the ambient noise outside before you start painting. Paint the objects you see in your mind depending on where their sources are. These ambient noises can inspire your mood to paint and add surrealism or a touch of your personality in a realistic-setting painting.
Posted March 22nd, 2013 by admin
As a visual arts and graphic design professional, I know a thing or two about painting composition. Although painting uses a different medium and quality of expression, almost ever visual art piece makes use of the following guidelines.
1. Focal Point
In a composition, a focal point is the first painting area that attracts the viewer’s eye. The focal point is usually based on the rule of thirds, intersection spots and other elements in the painting. Usually, the use of symmetry and repetition is a technique used by some painters to make the focal point subtle, yet present significantly in the painting.
A painting has different hue values, light, dark and mid-tone. Checking the value of different areas is important for a strong composition. For a good expression of your visual artistry, you will want to vary the values of these areas. Change their values in different areas and see how they contribute to your painting’s overall balance.
The arrangement of objects in the painting is important as well as their spacing. Be sure to make use of odd numbered sets of elements in your painting. While balance could be achieved with even numbers, an odd number of elements in a painting contribute more taste.
5. Colours and Unity
As a painter, you know and understand the value of different colour temperatures; it is important to know how to use these colours in balance or dominance. A painting should also appear unified, as though no object is out of place in the painting. To evaluate a painting’s unity properly, take a day’s break from your painting and look at your composition again; you’ll easily find the errors glaring at you.