• Art,  Visual Graphic Arts

    Secrets of Beautiful Sketching

    The Tools of the Trade

    Drawing requires a lot of tools such as different kinds of pencils and different textured papers. Sketching is a free-form art where you only need very light strokes so it is always best to use hard lead pencils like an HB or 2H pencil. If you use mechanical pencils then a narrow lead point (0.7) is going to be your best friend.

    Mastering the Art of Sketching

    When you sketch you have to remember that this is completely free-form. Keep your hand from resting on the paper. You can try these four common ways to hold a pencil during your sketch sessions:

    • Basic tripod grip
    • Underhand tripod grip
    • Overhand tripod grip
    • Extended tripod grip

    There are also different strokes to sketching and these are used to add a little bit of detail. They are generally used for quick portrait sketches and can be used to do shadows or add depth to a simple outline.
    Some basic strokes are:

    • Long lines
    • Medium lines
    • Short
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    Digital Graffiti Wall

    What exactly is a digital graffiti wall and how does it work? Digital graffiti wall is an interactive tool for creating digital graffiti on a large screen, using digital spray paint cans. These are specially adapted to emit IR (infrared) light when the cap is pressed – instead of regular paint. As it moves across the screen, the light is tracked by a computer vision system to recreate the “sprayed” images onto the wall using a projector.

    Just like with the traditional graffiti, your art will appear on the wall wherever the can is prayed. You can choose between a wide palette of paint colors. There are also different spray patterns, such as animated stars or swirls, paint effects, and custom stencils available. They will make your creations look like authentic graffiti art. You can also have your guests stand in front of a screen projector in order to have their picture taken, and then projected onto the digital graffiti wall – where they can “artistically” enhance the photograph.

    Interface graphics and backgrounds are fully customizable: you

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    Types of Creating Cartoon Drawings

    Gag cartoons

    ‘Gag’ literally means a ‘joke’. Gag cartoons are usually single-paneled cartoon that is used to create fun about people in general. They create humor by the use of overstatements. They are used as a means of entertainment. Sometimes, they are used to highlight and poke fun at the faults or mistakes of humans. The cartoons may be accompanied by a single-sentence caption which may be the spoken words of a character.

    Comic strip cartoons

    This type of cartoon appears as regular features with known or established characters in newspapers. They are portrayed in series to illustrate or tell a story. Each strip includes a series of panels with the words of characters encased in a balloon. They are published together in one or two pages.

    Animated cartoons (Animation)

    This is a short, computer drawn cartoons made to appear as if it is hand drawn. They are made in series to create the illusion of movement and action. They are used for cinematography and are produced on audio-video screens.

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    About Impasto

    Other types of paint can be used with the impasto technique: you’ll find that acrylics lend themselves quite well to this technique, though not as well as oils. If you want to use watercolours for this technique, you’ll have to add some sort of thickening agent to them to make them suitable for impasto. Most impasto paintings are done with oils – even if you’re painting with oils, you can still add mediums to the paint to make it even thicker. As for brushes, you should use any brush that’s capable of holding a lot of paint. Similarly if you’re using a knife, use one that can easily hold lots of paint.

    The impasto technique is quite easy to master. Simply load your brush or knife with much more paint than you’d normally need and apply it thickly to the canvas. Instead of spreading it out, you want to leave it in a lump of sorts – the whole idea of this technique is to have raised bits of paint. Use palette knives to help fashion the paint into the shape you want. Don’t worry about leaving marks from brushes or knives – again with impasto, you

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    Fantasy Artwork

    Fantasy Artwork is a fairly new concept, although it has now been accepted into mainstream artwork. You can just imagine someone sitting there in class, doodling away, trying to get rid of that haunting image that plagues him. Gradually this young person was drawing beautiful colour images that he draped upon his wall in pride, some of the fantasy pictures he was creating no doubt disturbed their parents, although it really did provide a release, a way to really express inner thoughts, whether it is feelings of ‘death’ or maybe even great power. Fantasy Artwork quickly spread across the globe at this point, mainly in poster form.

    However, the internet and computers in general have really taken fantasy pictures to the next level. Some of the most common fantasy images are based around books, after all, when you read a book, your mind conjures up images about the world, and therefore every picture will be different. With a number of ‘fandoms’ out there, it finally gave people the creative outlet in order to express the images that haunted them, they knew somebody would understand the sort of images they were creating.

    Many of the brilliant creators

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    Painting by Daylight

    The new enthusiasm for recording ‘impressions’ of a scene and an emphasis on using colour from a scientific perception – as a property of light – combined to enshrine the idea of daylight as best for all painters. I’m one painter firmly in opposition to that idea.

    • In the first place, surely there can be no single ‘Right Way’ of making art. In every time and place art was produced according to one over-arching style, an authoritarian system ruled the society and its artists.

    We see the evidence in the stylistic uniformity of art produced by Stone Age Australians, the art of ancient Egypt and in the prohibitions on depicting human figures in Jewish and Islamic art. In modern times, only ‘Social Realism’ gained official approval in Soviet Russia and Mao’s China and still in North Korea.

    • Other arguments against painting outdoors involve the hazards of unpredictable weather.
    1. Rain. Just a light shower may ruin a watercolour but oil paintings are vulnerable too. Although works in oil on canvas are extremely durable, as evidenced by the 500-year-old paintings in art museums around the world, moisture on a canvas in progress can lead to a
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    Using Art To Make A Difference

    This method of approaching life would benefit you in number of ways depending on the means you have chosen to communicate through. You can be able to express what you feel easily through visual format whereby you express what you have inside through pictures. Every weight you fee inside would easily be relieved because it is possible.

    One amazing thing about this method of visual art is that it is possible for anyone to use it. Your life will be improved and stress will head out through the door of your life. Through this method, what you cannot put down in words would be seen in the pictures you create and your emotions will be released easily.

    The audio method uses music to create that peaceful environment that the artist wants. Inner peace would be achieved after the exterior peace has prevailed. If there is something that you want to tell the people about yourself or someone else; you can pass it through a well written and sang song. Music moves souls and the message will be driven home effectively.

    Dance therapy is another form of art healing that would relieve you off those stressful

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    Poster Design

    According to some research, people don’t generally look at a poster for more than 1 minute and you will be lucky if they even actually stop to read therefore, in order to attract more attention than a two second brief stare, you will need to make your poster visually captivating and reduce your message right down to it’s basic form. People simply won’t have time or patience to read anything longer that 1 line.

    It is also important that your poster reflects the company image you want to be perceived as. For example, if the poster is for your business you will want it to look professional and have an air of high-end quality about it, if the poster is to advertise a charity you might want it to be printed on recycled paper.

    Your poster needs to.. (in no particular order)

    1. Convey your message without going into too much detail.
    2. Have a clear, clean and crisp design. Clutter on a poster is bad practice.
    3. Not use jargon. Always keep your language simple.
    4. Be alluring and attractive.
    5. Be able to be read from at least 3 metres away.


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    Create Event Stage Design

    This goes without saying that it calls for ample efforts on the part of the event managers to arrange everything that is needed to achieve perfection with the event. Here are some tips that will help you create the maximum impact on the audience.

    • Ensure the Audio Is Loud and Clear – Quality sound is of utmost significance in case of any event. It helps to convey the right messages to the audience. This helps to enhance the overall optimistic audience experience. Ensure that there is an effective sound distribution across the venue. It is essential to place at least one speaker in every corner of the room. 4 speakers are required for a 200 capacity event.
    • Use Appropriate Lighting – Lighting must be properly placed for every individual who will be standing on the stage at various heights. Though it may seem surprising but stage lighting is often the most underestimated and forgotten thing. But it plays a pivotal role not only during the event but also for the videography and the photos. You should use the console to control the lighting of the entire room. You also should not go for just one profile
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    Face Painting Products

    With so much choice, how do you go about choosing the best and most suitable products? It is important that you do not buy paints that are not suitable for face or body painting. This is due to the fact that they are not suitable to be used on the face, especially a child’s face, so make sure that you buy face paints that are designed especially for the job. Of course, these are likely to cost more, however, given the alternative, which is the possibility of injury being caused by substandard paints; it is well worth shelling out that little bit extra.

    Of course, once you have bought the paints, you will also need to buy other items such as brushes and sponges in order to apply the paint. These will also need to be supplies that are designed especially for the task of face painting, as sponges and brushes can also cause allergic reactions if they have not been designed with that in mind.

    Painting supplies is easy. A quick search of the internet is all you need to do in order to find a plethora of different companies that are in a position

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    Typography Best Practices

    Emojis = Pictures + Character (Jennifer Daniel, Google Emoji)
    Emojis are images that may translate into different meanings across different devices. Jennifer gave an example about how the “dumpling” emoji looks different across different chat platforms -every culture has a dumpling!
    I found an interesting tension in this statement -emojis should have a consistent user experience (across platforms), yet still be personalized to their users.

    Ubiquitous type is can cause user confusion (Mr. Keedy)
    Mr. Keedy created Keedy Sans, a popular font in the 90’s. The font was considered “uncool” 10 years later and used everywhere. Keedy sans is used on teenage girl makeup packaging, as well as winebars. This could create a bad user experience for people because of lack of branding. Last year, Mr. Keedy refreshed his font -to create greater customization and allow Keedy fans to layer the font for interesting visual effects.

    Braille is a form of typography (Ellen Lupton, Cooper Hewitt)
    Ellen talked about how blind individuals read Braille in a unique way -holding it across their body. She also demonstrated a blind person’s experience watching music videos by showing the accessibility voiceover.

    Brand holds content together with design (Gale

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    William Morris

    His prolific talent was awe-inspiring and staggeringly prodigious, covering all aspects of Art and Craft from Stained Glass, Embroidery, Painting, Writing, Poetry, Tapestries and Textiles, Ecclesiastical Decoration, through to Printing and was probably the greatest and most influential of the artists and designers of the 20th Century.

    Reviving many ancient crafts, tapestry weaving amongst them, was an opportunity to do this. Such was his enthusiasm he built a high-warp loom in his bedroom and taught himself to weave from an 18th century French craft manual, visiting French weavers and the ailing Aubusson factory.

    With friends such as Edward Burne-Jones, John Henry Dearle, Ford Maddox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti they formed Morris & Co. An important part of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement and Arts & Crafts movements in which he played an influential part. Their influence was spread far and wide from architecture to gardens.

    They designed tapestries based on medieval styles and techniques and became a commercial success reviving the ancient craft. He is perhaps best known for his magnificent ‘Tree of Life’ tapestry.

    Marianne Stokes, the distinguished artist and a member of the Royal Academy was part of the Morris & Co elite

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    Artwork Of Joan Miro

    Joan Miro was born on the 20th of April 1893 in Palma, Majorca, Spain. He was born to a family of Goldsmiths and cabinet makers. He began to have interest in drawing at the age of 7 when he enrolled at the Carrer del Regomir 13. In 1907 he then enrolled at the La Llotja fine arts academy. His father was greatly dismayed at his decision because he wanted his son to pursue the family’s business. When Joan had his art exhibit in 1918, his works were greatly ridiculed by the public. Even so, he went on doing his work and moved to Paris in 1920. He was greatly inspired by the Cubist and Surrealist from abroad that he wanted to share his works in the art community in France.

    During the early periods of his career, his works can be compared to that of Van Gogh and Cezanne. His artworks during this time depict different trends such as the brilliant colors used in Fauvism, usage of shapes found in the Cubism artistic style, influence from Catalan art, and the Roman Frescos from churches. Experts often dubbed this period as the Catalan Fauvust Periond, in reference to