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Graphic Designer

Do they follow a 5-step process to become an in-demand designer? Sad to say, there is no secret formula whatsoever. However, when you observe successful designers, you will notice that they have common qualities. These are some of their most common qualities

It is difficult to accept criticisms, and be told to do your work better or in a different way than what you have learned. Often, you resent this and lose your temper. However, they may be right. The Photoshop trick they are suggesting may save you a production time of three hours.

Most successful designers started out as being humble. They absorbed everything, jot down notes and try out new things. They were open to advice and grew since they listened to others. They didn’t have an attitude problem, but were humble and willing to learn.

Can Handle Criticism

Criticism can be tricky. When the work of a designer is being criticized, this should not be taken personally. Designers should not be defensive or make up poor excuses. Instead, they should be open-minded.

Always Inspired

Everybody starts their day with their own rituals. For example, some designers, as soon as they reach the office, search online for sites that are filled with design ideas to get some inspiration. Most talented designers have the same habit. You have to be updated with what is happening in the world of design, and continue to check on the things that are new in the industry, which can be applied to the work. You should look into the present design trends and study where they are headed.

Get out of their Comfort Zone

When you talk to designers who have made it in their profession, you will find out that they never stop learning and exploring new design tips. Though it can be difficult, it would work to their favor to be pushed beyond their limits.

Nowadays, the latest design ideas and tips are right at the tip of your hands. So, all you have to do is make the most of this wide knowledge that is very accessible. Pay attention to other people in the design community

The Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy :: Origin = Turkey :: Period = 18th century :: Collection = Bequest of Edwin Binney, 3rd, Turkish Collection (AC1995.124.8) :: Type = Bookmanuscriptalbum; Calligraphy, Ink and gold on paper with marbleized border, Calligraphy: 8 x 6 in. (20.32 x 15.24 cm)

In order to create a particular letterform, you need to study it by really observing the letters closely. It is most important to find examples of these lettering styles that are created by master calligraphers. Because most people know how to write, you could be mistaken by learning from someone who actually knows little about the skills to write historical hands. It would be like trying to become a professional photographer from someone who only has every used their phone to take photographs! Learning from a master scribe will teach you excellent skills that will create consistently excellent lettering and design.

One of the important characteristics of calligraphy you will learn is that letters have thick and thin parts, which are created by the angle by which you hold your pen with a square cut nib. That’s the part of the pen that comes in various sizes, that you dip into ink or paint. You achieve that by the angle you hold the pen consistently when writing your letters. In copperplate calligraphy, the thick and thin parts of letters are created by placing pressure on the pen nib when writing.

Consistency is the most important characteristic- learning the height, width, slant, serifs, branching and other parts of the letters, and then being able to write them that way every time! That’s where studying, observing and practice comes in. It takes getting used to the pen: holding it at the proper pen angle, how hard you are pressing down (don’t press hard or the ink won’t flow!) and even how much ink you put on the nib. And once you learn about forming letters, then you need to learn about what kind of ink or paint, paper, how to rule paper, proper spacing… on and on.

Don’t get discouraged. It takes time. It’s the same way any professional gets to know their tools- a carpenter using a saw, a plastic surgeon putting in stitches, a great tennis player using their racket! It takes a LOT of hours, and finally years to become a consistent master.

The final part of learning is the ART of calligraphy. It does take some talent to create beautiful letters and documents. Go to the websites of calligraphy guilds such as The Society of Scribes in New York. Check out the work of top calligraphers, like John Stevens Designs, and Eleanor Winters, Joanne Fink and others.

 

Graphic Art

This played out in the advertising jobs given me from several companies and then my own business.
Newspapers and postal drops were my specialty and designing was especially important to getting as much information to the reader’s eye as possibly. This meant clever drawings had to take the place of words.

In more recent years as a writer this skill has paid off when choosing as few words as possible to describe something. Generally, authors waft on trying to paint a picture that their audience will pick up on. The same goes for the Internet.

Web pages and articles have about six seconds of viewing time to catch their audience before the page is clicked over. Unless there is a catchy title or a word that grabs their interest they are gone, and they rarely return.

While the viewing audience of this latest media format amounts to many millions or more there is no guarantee that a web page will be seen. Instead of word many will be drawn in by a great image. Over time a logo or comedy picture will instantly connect if they know that there is a benefit to be had by sticking around.

Logo’s are great draw cards and teaching people to respond to them is best done through the graphics rather than words. That is because many are not fast readers and some can barely read at all. But everyone responds to a picture.

If, on the other hand, one is appealing to a more intellectually aware audience it is the words rather than the image they respond to. It’s important to know, therefore, who your audience will be and how to best present your material so the balance is right. That is where graphic art, writing, and drawing skills all come into play.

The Art Capital

The art has been changing from the old times and nowadays the painting has been done on canvas, cloth, and paper. As the time passes by, the painting began turning into a piece of merriment and extraordinary occasions. Gradually the painting of India crossed the conventional limits and began achieving authorities of workmanship, both at the national and the global level.

The ladies from this district have been rehearsing society expressions since the 1800’s. The moms have been passing their insight and lessons to their little ones & showing them the aesthetic examples and colors minimal known to the outside world.

The Making

Madhubani paintings are created from natural colors such as ocher, charcoal soot, flowers, turmeric, sandalwood, apple and banyan tree leaves and paste of powdered rice. Painting is finished with the help of twigs, fingers, and brushes.

Themes of the Painting

The portrayed are designed in geometrical forms. The mostly drawn themes belonged to nature such as sun, moon, holy plants tulsi, flowering plants, birds and animals for filling the gaps in between the images. Along with Hindu deities such as Shiva, Rama, Krishna, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati During some important and auspicious events like marriages, childbirth and festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Durga Pooja, Surya Pooja etc.

3 different styles of Madhubani painting

The art form of Madhubani is divided into three famous styles according to their caste system

1. Brahman: Being highest in the caste the Brahmins ladies were allowed to designs and color their painting using the bright hues. Making the religious portrait of god and goddesses. Due to their easy access to all holy text, it got much easier for them to make religious and mythological motifs.

2. Kayastha: The Kayasthas are on the second in the caste system after Brahmans. As we all know Kayastha are believed to be great warriors and braves. They got the style of painting and showcasing fertility. Animals and flowering plants including holy animals, birds, and plants such as lotus, parrot, peacock, fish and tortoise.

3. Dusadh: The third and lower caste in the hierarchy of caste system. The Dusadh people were not allowed to use any sort of religious motifs in their paintings. Their style of painting is otherwise called Tattoo or Godhana painting. Regular themes of vegetation can be found in their specialty. With time as the social acknowledgment broadened, they have now begun painting themes of divine god and goddesses. And nowadays their utilisation of dynamic hues is very like the Brahmin style of painting.

Advancement

All around known as the ladies’ craft, today the innovative world sees a sexual orientation, move where men are seen adding their imaginative touch to this conventional artistic expression. In current circumstances, form masters are back-pedalling to the rich material legacy of this workmanship and resuscitating this craftsmanship by outlining Madhubani sarees, dupattas, and the Indo-western dresses.

At various fashion weeks, fashioners have exhibited shading filled gathering of Madhubani outlines. From sarees, salwar kameez, long skirts, and palazzo jeans are wonderfully planned in Madhubani workmanship.

Expectedly, this craftsmanship was done to beautify and add hues to homes. In any case, with evolving times, it is currently even done on high-quality paper-mâché items and divider works of art.

Foreign Scholars investment in promoting Madhubani Painting

The foreign scholars have played a significant role in advancing the artistic painting globally likewise was gigantic. The very first person to visit Mithila and promote the art was a French journalist and author Yves Vequad, in the mid-1970s. His exploration created a book and a film, The Ladies Painters of Mithila. He was soon trailed by the German anthropologist and folklorist Erika Moser. Moser and Raymond Lee Owens, an American who set up the Master Craftsmen Association of Mithila in 1977.

Painting landscapes

These three choices offer the artist a variety of visual and texture techniques to duplicate a landscape onto canvas. The acrylic paint itself will create interesting textures from watery see-through mists to thick oil textures.

Landscape locations

  • A popular method of capturing the outdoors is to take photos during different times of the day or use photos from your travel adventures. This is more time-saving than sitting outdoors for long periods of time or venturing out on different days hoping to capture the right light effect.
  • Set up your easel at the beach, your favorite lake site, a mountain site, or a neighborhood park.
  • Sit by a home window which presents beautiful scenery from the lawn or flower beds.
  • Browse a variety of magazines and other print material or videos, film, DVDs, and online travel or landscaping viewing for landscape pictures and ideas.
  • Meditate; then draw and paint a landscape picture from your memory bank.

Painting Tools

Acrylic painting techniques for painting landscapes is an adventure onto itself. The painting tools and your brush stroke style will create many variables. Use different types of brushes, palette knives, towels, fingers, paper towels, sponges, and other notions which capture your imagination. If using a brush does not capture the likeness of a particular plant, rock, or flower then experiment with other suggested tools. These paints are very versatile allowing you to match your artistic style of traditional through experimental.

Painting Techniques

Artists need to practice different types of techniques with a variety of tools to understand how to create desired real life effects on a flat surface.

Thin your tint to a watery consistency and apply to canvas. It is important to use textured paper designed for water coloring. Have a sheet of a paper towel handy to wipe and stop bleeds as needed.

Acrylic paints can be directly applied to the selected surface or canvas. The versatility of this paint will allow you to use all three methods to create the desired illusions. Acrylics open a world of choices for texture. Have fun with it.

Pencil Sketching

Sketching ahead will allow you to make corrections and see the final product in the penciled form. If you are using a graphite pencil, use light strokes. The acrylic paint may not cover your pencil marks.

Some artists like to sketch with colored pencils to discourage unwanted visible markings under a thin layer of paint. Sketching before or after applying a layer of background paint will be a personal choice.

Paint Sketching

Painting without sketching is freedom to be challenged by errors and happy accidents. You will be placed into the unknown. Your colored creation will take many twists and turns as your landscape painting is born on canvas.

Use a soft broad brush to make a series of horizontal, vertical, or interweave strokes. Use a smaller brush or tool substitute tinted with paint to sketch trees, waterfall, shrubbery, road, fencing, and other landscape features as guidelines. Upon completion of sketching, return to fill in details to finalize the landscape.

These paints are easy to apply, no allergy irritants, no toxic fumes, and very affordable. A person can paint on any type of surface.

Floral Paintings

Floral paintings becoming coveted products for art collectors globally, smart replications and reproductions of some of the most valued floral art forms are making their presence felt in art stores online. Art lovers have a fancy for floral art for two significant reasons, their beauty and meaning. Different flowers tend to have different kinds of symbolic messages attached to them; therefore some flowers tend to be more popular and wanted than others. Across history, artists had been inspired by the prettiest flowers and found them to be the perfect objects for their paintings.

Did you know that some of the earliest known paintings depicted flowers and plants? Here, we have assembled some floral paintings, sculpture home décor that are being purchased by art enthusiasts globally.

‘Roses and Sunflowers’

A masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh, this 1886 creation is currently hosted at ‘Kunsthalle Mannheim’, a much famed museum showcasing modern and contemporary paintings. Like most paintings and art forms by Vincent van Gogh, this one was also created with oil upon canvas. An art store online selling floral painting reproductions would surely have this on its cards.

‘Bouquet

If you have already invested in the best modern art for sale online and would like to opt for something flowery for a change, then this Jan Brueghel the Elder painting is what you should go for without any further ado. Painted in 1599, the epic creation is one of the oldest floral paintings known to mankind. It portrays many beautiful flowers and serves to be a wonderful example of conventional floral art

‘Vase of Flowers’

This coveted painting, like many others belonging to the same era, depicts religious symbolism to the hilt. These symbolic messages go back in times and may not have their desired relevance in the contemporary world; nevertheless, the painting in which they are presented is notching favors everywhere.

Art Online

Most people tend to purchase artworks directly by visiting the artist or any legalised agents. This is because they will have a perfect view of the art before deciding to purchase it. However; this process can be quite tiresome because a person needs to move around looking at different arts.

As we all know, the business world is shifting its gears to digital. This is one reason why different business sectors are establishing online platforms to carry on their various businesses. Here are some reasons why you should purchase your original arts online:

  1. Convenient- Through the establishment of online platforms, a person doesn’t have to visit art galleries or auctioneers stalls to purchase his/her desire. Through online portals, a person can gain access to the selected art, have a perfect view of the original art and purchase it while at your comfort zone.
  2.  Accessible anytime- All online portals can be easily accessed anytime, whether day or night. Online shopping has not opening and closing period. It is operational anytime of the day.
  3. Cost effective- Online shopping saves a person the expenses of travelling to different gallery stores to check out various galleries, purchase and transport the galleries purchased to their respective destination. Through online portals, a person can select his desired art gallery from his/her comfort zone, pay for it and have them delivered to his/her doorstep.
  4. There are many things a person needs to keep in mind before purchasing any original art online. They include:
  5. Background- It is important to do a background check on the original art dealer. This criterion helps you confirm you are dealing with a genuine agency. As we all know, there are many fake online agencies which are after customers’ money.Alternatively; a person can ask around for the best agencies worth checking out.
  6. Types of art- There are different types of arts. These arts are designed using various equipment. This criterion will help you narrow your search in search for a perfect agency to transact with.
  7. Mode of payment- Different online platforms has a different mode of payment. A person should always go for an art dealer who has the most convenient mode of payment.
  8. Services- Art dealers offer a different form of services ranging from discounts to home delivery. A person should, therefore, check out such services and select the agency with services that favour you

Oil Painting Mediums With Some Basic Tips

The purpose of adding these substances to your oil paints is to change the behavior of the paint during application and affecting results after the painting dries. Behavior refers to how the paint comes off the brush and glides on the surface, how it covers either the surface or succeeding layers, and just how it feels as you apply it.

Brands of paint act differently and mediums help you control the paint the way you want it to act as you use it. Some paint brands—and here I am only referring to the artist grade paints rather than the student grades—are stiffer right out of the tube. Student grades have less pigment and more fillers like extra oil and just do not perform well. If you use those paints that are stiffer out of the tube, but want more versatility in how they handle, or behave, you’ll need a medium. Other artist grade paints are what I call fluffier and go on more smoothly right out of the tube. If you want brush strokes apparent in your final painting, a stiffer paint works better. Adding a refined linseed oil in tiny amounts until it feels right to you will encourage the paint to level out and show less strokes. Less linseed oil and more strokes will show. If you prefer an impasto technique (think Van Gogh), Gamblin Alkyd Gel thickens paint nicely. A

Glazing mediums allow you to apply thin layers of paint and build color and luminosity by having the viewer’s eye mix the colors rather than mixing the paint on the palette or canvas. Using a medium like Liquin by Winsor & Newton speeds drying time while thinning the paint allowing layers to be built without waiting a few days for each layer to dry before you apply the next layer. There are also glazing mediums available like A traditional medium used for decades by many painters is refined linseed oil, a touch of solvent (typically mineral spirits), and a touch of stand oil, and a touch of Japan or Cobalt Drier These ingredients are mixed in a balance to achieve your desired results, like faster drying time, more gloss, etc. Stand oil is just a thicker linseed oil that can reduce brush strokes and increase gloss. A

There are a number of mediums and I recommend you try several until you find what works best for your style of painting. Along with those mentioned above are safflower oil, poppy seed oil, and walnut oil.

The world are an artist’s

Let’s take a look at some of the greatest artistic cities in the world, and why you absolutely have to visit them.

1. New York City, USA
New York City boasts a wide variety of artistic forms, from fine art to the performing arts. NYC is also home to more fine art schools, performing arts companies, art dealers and creative museums and businesses than any other city in the US.

Manhattan is an artistic adventure like no other. Home to world-famous institutions, such as the Guggenheim Museum, an incredible work of art in itself, along with a variety of other hot spots.

Immerse yourself in the local street art and contemporary galleries of Bushwick in Brooklyn. Queens is an unmissable attraction hosting the Queens Museum and the incredible Socrates Sculpture Garden.

2. Paris, France
Another art lover’s paradise has got to be Paris, France! Home to over 1,000 galleries, the city is filled with iconic art. The most notable is The Louvre which houses the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo de Vinci. There is also an array of contemporary galleries to impress an artist. These include veterans such as Galerie Daniel Templon, to the newer Modus Art Gallery and La Maison Rouge. The Belleville neighborhood is also a must-visit destination for vibrant street art. The City of Light is jam-packed with art around every corner.

3. São Paulo, Brazil
The art capital of Latin America, São Paulo may not be as acclaimed as New York City or Paris, but the Brazilian megalopolis is overflowing with artistic attractions. Home to the second largest biennial, the venerable São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo is a must for your bucket list. The Museu de Arte Moderna showcases both modern and contemporary Brazilian art, as well sculpture gardens with 30 incredible works. If local, emerging talent is what you’re after, then galleries like Choque Cultural are where you need to be.

4. Berlin, Germany
One of the most varied art scenes in the world, Berlin is home to some of the longest-standing institutions. These include the Alte Nationalgalerie and Gemäldegalerie which showcase classic pieces from the 13th to 19th centuries. Modern 20th-century art collections can be found in the more-recently established Neue Nationalgalerie.

If alternative art is more your style, then Friedrichshain is the place to go for spaces like East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall that now displays the work of more than 100 international artists

Animatronics

Animatronics refers to making and using robotic devices to imitate a living being. The creatures could be humans, animals (like dinosaurs and sharks), plant life or even mythical creatures. Animatronics brings lifelike characteristics to the inanimate objects so that they can walk, talk and do other activities in a natural way. The movements could be mechanized or controlled by computers.

Animatronics is largely used in films (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park, etc), television and advertizing. This differs from computer animation as the simulated creatures are actually physically present and moving in front of the camera. The characters in various amusement parks also wow visitors with the aid of animatronics.

Making the creatures

Animatronics uses puppets, models and other figures which are then animated to emulate lifelike movements. The character first takes shape as a sketch on paper and scale models are created for approval.

Once approved, an internal supporting frame is carefully built using steel or even wood at times. Once the desired shape is achieved, electronic and mechanical components are attached around the framework.

The figure is finally covered with body shells that give it the shape and look of a real creature. Flexible skin is attached to the exterior of the figure that completes the lifelike appearance.

The body mold is reinforced using plaster bandages to form a shell mold. Once cured, it is carefully demolded and will have captured the minute details which will be replicated in the skin cast. An alginate mold should be used quickly as it tends to shrink. The silicone or latex is poured into the mold and allowed to cure. Once fully cured, the thin skin cast can be easily demolded as alginate does not stick to anything.

The animatronics figure gets the final finishing touches in the form of eyes, teeth, hair, feathers and other such realistic characteristics. The requisite color pigments may be added to the skin during casting itself. Else, special silicone/latex paints are used to color the figure as required