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Why use a guillotine, Photoshop’s quicker?

Everyone has to start somewhere, so in this particular post I’m going to focus on a relatively straightforward exercise within Photoshop. This will involve lopping off the head of one person from a specific scanned image and then moving it over to another and plonking it down on someone I’ll pluck at random. Yes you too will have the power of a God! I’m sure you’ll already have seen what I’m talking about courtesy of badly Photoshopped film posters, or humorous composites that help pad out newspaper websites. This could prove useful if you want to create a collage effect out of several scanned images.

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Some Thoughts that May Assist You With Your Short Films

If you are a short film maker in London, and are doing research for ideas for your next short, it is necessary that you consider the important things such as tools, lighting, site, scene, sound, and theme. You should also, give some serious thought to timing. It may be easy for a lot of people to get it right, yet there are quite a good number of people who seems to give no consideration to the actual length of their ’short’.

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Crossing the Digital Divide

It is important as an artist to master some hard skills that will make your creative skills function in the market place. I am not suggesting that every painter, illustrator, and sculptor go into graphic design. It is useful, however, to be able to do basic design so that you don’t miss small bits of paid work that will help you get by as you work to establish yourself as an artist. This tutorial will give you the basics of how to create the art work for roller banners and explain some of the key terms that you need to understand.

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Beginner Sketching Tips

Beginner Sketching Tips

Creative expression is essential to a person’s well-being. Sketching is one form of creative expression that can be done inexpensively, without special equipment or training. A pencil and paper, and you’re ready to sketch. Here are some tips for beginners.

Be sure to draw in a well-lighted place. Sunlight is ideal, but artificial light is fine as long as you can see clearly. Position yourself so that your sketching hand is not blocking the light on your paper; you want to be able to see what you are drawing in full light, not the shadow from your hand.

Draw in simple lines and shapes. Break down your subject into basic geometrical shapes, like squares, triangles, and circles. A human body, for example, can be broken down into an oval for the head, a rectangle or triangle for the torso, and long thin rectangles for arms and legs. You can smooth out lines and curves later, but your essential foundation figure is there.

Drawing outlines can help you get used to the shapes of objects, so focus on outlines before adding shading and other details. Draw from an actual object or subject, since you will be able to draw what you see.

Always keep in mind that sketching is not a complicated process, like doing something like DNA Testing, it is simple but requires commitment.

Don’t get frustrated if your sketch doesn’t look exactly like what you are drawing – practice makes perfect. Keep doing it and sooner rather than later you will be good at it.

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State or Private

State or Private

How do you know which is the right college for you? Have you ever considered a small private liberal arts school? When you have chosen a particular field to go into, then you must also to decide on the type of school you want to attend. Whether you want to be a lawyer, doctor, or want to work for London Plumbers you can choose a Liberal arts college. There are both advantages and disadvantages about these schools.

Here are some advantages:

· The student is the main focus of a Liberal arts school. In state run colleges and universities the faculty spends most of the time on graduate students and research however at a liberal arts school they spend more time on undergraduate students.

· The class size in a liberal arts school will be very much smaller.

· In a larger school the students may have more trouble getting the classes they desire or need in order to graduate.

· Liberal arts colleges tend to be more competitive and have students that value their education in a high degree.

Here are the disadvantages:

· The cost of going to a Liberal arts school can be expensive. A state university in the US may cost around $14,000 but private schools can cost well over $30,000.

· Students attending liberal arts schools will often take on thousands of dollars in students loans. This is quite a load to carry when you first get out of school

· There is a sense of community that you share with the whole campus. This can lead to drama and lots of gossip whereas state universities tend to be large and most students don’t know each other.

· There can be a lack of diversity in Liberal arts colleges because the minorities are unable to attend these types of schools in large numbers.

Whatever type of college or university you choose, always try to verify the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a particular school.

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How to be Original

How to be Original

There are many theories about creativity, many think that it can be learned, others think that it is something born in us that is progressively killed by an educational establishment that strives for conformity and obedience. Part of being a great artist is being disobedient and idiosyncratic. Two good examples at either side of the spectrum are Caroline Shotton and Damien Hirst. Vincent Van Moo by Shotton uses a similar set of creative skills to Hirst’s The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living which is his famous shark in formaldehyde. Both of these works meld the artist’s unfettered imagination with their physical ability to create either a two dimensional or three dimensional work.The question for this art college is how to nurture this creative quality in the student. The first step is to learn to stop censoring your impulses. Ideas flit through the human brain in milliseconds. You need to learn to generate and harness these ideas. This is commonly referred to as either brain storming or day dreaming. If you watched the last episode of the apprentice, you would have seen some great examples, both positive and negative. The contestants made lists of ideas as they popped into their heads, the rules of course, is that there is no such thing as a bad idea. To practice this type of imaginative play, it is a good idea to do free writing, painting, or drawing everyday. This is a timed activity in which the only rule is that you keep your hands moving. It is the best way to get started nurturing your creative impulses.

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You are Going to Thank me for This

You are Going to Thank me for This

More important than legal paternity testing for the working artist is having a home that speaks to the quality of your creativity and your ’eye’. This can be particularly difficult when you are both poor and a live or conceptual artist. If you are not classically trained, interior design can be a total nightmare, yet people will judge the quality of your work, if your home is not cool enough. So here is the tip of the day: make your own furniture. Making shelves and tables out of recycled materials is ecological, affordable and incredibly cool. All you need to get started is some old cardboard boxes, newspaper, and wheat paste. If you have some wire and masking tape it would be helpful, but not at all necessary. You can find a basic wheat paste recipe anywhere on the internet, or you can buy pva, or wood glue if you want to use it at key point for extra strength. Start by building a basic bookshelf by wiring two boxes one of top of the other. If you want to be all professional about paper maiche what you want to do is lay down one sheet of newspaper, cover it with wheat paste, put another layer of newspaper on top, cover with paste, then a third layer. Rip this sandwich into strips an apply to the wired together boxes with a bit of additional paste. You can build up sculptural elements using wadded up newspaper taped on and then covered with the wet newspaper. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly before painting.

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Art in advertising

Art in advertising

OK, working in advertising probably wasn’t what you had in mind when you first though of becoming an artist. No doubt you had dreams of openings in fancy galleries, while the rich and beautiful sipped champagne and praised your genius. You probably had your first exhibition at Tate Modern all planned out - and had already mentally spent the hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of pounds that your work would command at auction. Not that it’s about the money, obviously…
Unfortunately, that’s only the reality for a very small number of those who dream of becoming an artist; same as only a few writers can win the Booker or a few actors pick up that golden statue. If you want to make money from being an artist, then you have to be a bit more practical. And working in advertising is one way to be artistically creative, while still picking up a pay cheque at the end of the week. Who cares if you have to come up with a billboard advertising cars for sale in Lebanon or feminine hygiene products? Everyone has to start somewhere, and graphic design is as good a place as any.
Besides, the right ad campaign might bring you that fame and fortune. Think of some of the most iconic images of the last 100 years. Are they in art galleries or are they on the shelves of supermarkets? We can have the discussion about whether the answer to that question signifies the cultural death of the UK; for now focus on the positives. What if could be you who creates that next world-famous, memorable brand or image?

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Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency

One of the most important things for any emerging or mid career artist is to be as self sufficient as possible. If you are reading this before going to art college, it means that you need to learn about marketing, promotion, desk top publishing, graphic design, lighting, building, and carpentry.
As a working artist you could be doing anything from producing your own exhibitions to designing DVD packaging and you need to be prepared. One of the most important things you can do is become adept at the major desktop publishing and photo editing programs. Designing postcards, flyers, and posters is a lot different than any type of fine art that you may be doing. You need to be proficient at all aspects of computer aided design, and you need to think more about how your audience is going to read and interpret your message.
Two of the best resources to get started with are gimp and scribus. These two programs are freeware that is available to run on ubuntu, a linux based operating system. The cold hard truth is that once you are out of school, your access to free computers and software can be drastically reduced. Setting up a linux operating system on your computer is the only practical solution. Once you have done this you will have access to innumerable free high quality programs that will solve every problem that you can imagine.
Everything that you are able to do for yourself is one less thing that you are going to have to pay for and this can make the difference between a sustainable art career and a job at Tesco.

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The art of limited edition sculpture

The art of limited edition sculpture

I am not sure of the reason why, but it is a common human trait to want to collect. Some people go overboard and might be defined as hoarders, but for the majority, collecting one or two different types of items is just a lot of fun. Others that might be called serious collectors, collect to satisfy some sort of inner need. How else can you explain a grown man with a million baseball cards?

One of the things that people collect is limited edition sculptures. With this hobby or fascination, there are endless areas to specialize in. Some collect Hummel Figurines which can be worth thousands of dollars. Others are in to pewter or bronze sculptures. They may collect a specific theme or they may be more general.

The limited edition label indicates that only a certain amount of a particular sculpture was made and that no more of the same kind will ever be made. If you are lucky enough to have a very rare piece that was made by a well known artist, your limited edition sculpture can actually be a good investment.

If you are willing to hold on to your collection, over the years, certain limited edition statues can appreciate nicely. Some may say they are not in it for money, bu because they love what they are collecting. That may be true, but eventually, most of those precious, limited edition sculptures are either sold or put up for auction on Ebay.

When you buy a limited edition sculpture, don’t buy it as an investment. Buy it because you like it. Limited edition sculptures can add to the decor of any room in the house.

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