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Category Archives: Art

Dry Brush Painting Technique

The great thing about this painting technique is that it can be used with all three main types of paint (acrylics, watercolours and oils). Of the three main types of paint, acrylics and watercolours are probably the best to use this technique with because they dry quite quickly. Because oils take a lot longer to dry, you have to wait a lot longer for the paint to dry before you can blend or brush over strokes you’ve already made.

This technique is really well suited for watercolour paper, especially paper that’s already got quite a rough texture to it. To get the best out of using this technique, it’s suggested that you use a round brush, not a fine point one. By using a round brush, the paint is being spread round more, whereas with a fine point brush, the paint’s going to be applied in lines, which makes this technique’s effects less noticeable.

Make sure your brush is completely dry and is free from any oils or solvents. Load it up with paint, then blot it several times on to a paper towel. Make sure the support you’re applying the paint to is completely dry. When it comes to applying the paint to the support, you should do so very lightly, as if you’re just skimming over the surface. Keep creating strokes until there’s hardly any paint left on the brush, then it’s time to reload the brush. If you want to add more colour and depth to a stroke, wait until it’s completely dry and then go over it using the same steps you did for the first one. Oils are probably not the best choice for this technique because they take so long to dry; if you want to be able to go over your work, you should use acrylics or watercolours.

Watercolour Painting

Colour change

Part of mastering painting with watercolours is being able to get the exact colour you want. One of the problems with watercolours is that, when watercolour paint dries, it always looks a lot paler and lighter when dry; when it’s wet, on the other hand, it’s usually a lot darker. Bear this in mind when creating your painting, so you get the colours you want. If a layer of paint comes out too light, you can always paint another layer on top of it. Get a spare piece of paper and do a few tests to make sure the colour that comes out is the one you want.

Fast drying time

Watercolour paint can dry very fast. When painting with watercolours, you should be prepared to work quickly. You can apply retarders and other mediums to the paint to slow down its drying time, giving you more time to work with the paint before it starts drying off. If you’re thinking of working with paint that dries quickly, it’s a good idea to do a bit of pre-planning. Once you know how you’re going to approach the painting and have thought about everything you’re going to do you can just go ahead and complete the painting without the fast drying time affecting your work.

Solubility

When you’re painting with watercolours, you should be careful not to touch any areas that you’ve already finished. The reason for this is because watercolour paint remains soluble even once it’s dried. If you’ve finished a section of a painting and your paintbrush, loaded with watercolour paint, comes into contact with the dried area, the paint in the dried area will revert back into paint. However, you can use the paint’s solubility to your advantage: you can touch up a dried area to fix a mistake, remove some paint to make the colour a bit lighter or mix more colour into it.

Beginner 3D Modelers

Don’t Make Haste

While learning this art, it’s not a good idea to make haste. 3D modeling is not as easy as it may sound to you. You need to be patient and you should need to spend plenty of time to learn the tips and tricks.

What you need to do is develop valuable skills bit by bit. These skills will help you down the road. In the start, you don’t have to work on complex projects or you will get frustrated. In the same way, you may not want to overestimate yourself. You should keep walking slowly.

Use Tutorials

You can find lots of 3D modeling tutorials online. You can download manuals, guidelines and videos, which will help you to solve your problems. As a matter of fact, experienced professionals also go for the stuff for assistance when they get stuck.

Modeling Simple Objects

Learning 3D modeling is like learning a language you don’t know the basics of. First of all, you learn the alphabets, diphthongs, short words and then you learn to make short sentences. Learning 3D modeling involves a similar process.

You should start with simple objects, such as spheres, cubes and pyramids. You should keep designing simple stuff until you feel comfortable enough to handle complex jobs.

Printer’s Build Area

When printing, what you need to do is find out the size of the build area of your printer in order to make sure the object you are going to design will fit well. It’s important for you to know the size because this is the only way you can cut a large model into different parts. Aside from this, it will help you avoid visible seams, poor aesthetics and lines.

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. To create animation, each successive drawing in a panel is made to slightly differ from the first one before it to portray the notion of movement.

Learn the Art of Calligraphy

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.

Create Two and Three Compositional Effects In Art

Two and three-dimensional works are much related. For instance, before all three-dimensional works are built and constructed, they are first represented in two-dimensional drawings from various angles and views. This is done to envision how the actual three-dimensional works will look like. Two-dimensional designs give us the platform to analyze and select those aspects of our environment which motivate us to make three-dimensional arts.

The relationship or similarities between two and three-dimensional forms are easily recognized in the identification, selection, and examination of visual information derived from the environment, the exploration and the use of tools and materials in producing artifacts as well as the feeling that arouses in us when we see the finished artwork.

A problem needs to be identified that would require the production of a three-dimensional art form. For example, there is the need of a leather clutch bag to house some items used by an artist. Several observations of both natural and manmade objects found in the environment are made to accrue ideas for the designing of the clutch bag. Through the various stages of idea development of the natural or manmade object selected, several designs are obtained through additions and subtractions of the parts of the original design. Recall maintaining the original concept or main parts of the original design while going through the various stages in idea development. The appropriate design that demonstrates the artist’s ingenuity or creativity and best addresses the problem identified are selected.

The final sketch of the design is drawn in a two-dimensional form showing various views of the design. This paves the way for the building of the actual clutch bag with the appropriate tools and materials thus leather in a solid three-dimensional form.

There are series of activities that are involved in both two and three-dimensional compositions. These are:

1. Visual investigation: This refers to the exploration of the visual world through keen and critical observation of nature with the eye. These explorations of the eye are put on paper in the form of drawing whether in two or three-dimensional composition.

2. Learning of skills: Skills in production processes are essential in both two and three-dimensional compositions. For instance, a skill in layout designing is required in all compositions be it two or three dimensions.

3. Problem-solving: Both two and three-dimensional compositions are made with the view of addressing or solving an identified problem. Finished works of art are produced as a result in arresting those problems.

Tempera Painting

Tempera paintings appear to have originated in classical times. There are references to this sort of painting throughout Latin, Greek and ancient Egyptian literature. Numerous important works of art were said to have been made using this medium, so it appears that was quite popular with artists of the time. Some examples of tempera painting from antiquity do survive, such as the ‘Severan Tondo,’ which is a portrait of Septimus Severus, the Roman emperor. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, tempera gradually overtook encaustic as the main painting medium. Encaustic painting is the technique of adding heated beeswax to coloured pigments. Tempera painting became wildly popular throughout Europe and Asia and was favoured by many top artists. However, with the advent of oil painting in the 16th century, tempera painting gradually became less popular, though it is still favoured by some and enjoys revivals from time to time.

One of the main properties of tempera paint is that it’s not a flexible painting medium. What this means is that it needs to be applied to solid surfaces; wood panels were commonly used, for example. If it is applied to a softer surface, such as a canvas, it will end up cracking. This paint medium dries very quickly and the colours stay the same over time. Tempera paint can’t be applied in really thick layers, so it can’t produce the same richness of colour that oil paints can. Artists have to work with tempera paint quite quickly as once it’s been prepared, it can’t be stored and has to be used up.

Dusting Paintings

To safely and effectively dust a painting, you should use an artist’s brush with natural hair. The bristles should be soft and, most importantly, completely clean. Never use dust cloths because the threads can be caught by raised bits of paint. Avoid using stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters because these can quite easily scratch the painted surface. You should never dust a painting with anything that’s moist, otherwise you run the risk of the paint becoming discoloured or even falling off the canvas. Finally, ensure that anything with chemicals on it never comes into contact with the painting. If you’ve been using an old cloth to dust a painting, for example, that old cloth may very well have polish on it, which can cause paint to fall away from the painting.

To dust your painting, make sure your painting is propped up and have it leaning forward a bit. By having the painting at a forward angle, the dust is going to fall away from the painting on to the floor. Get your brush and go over the painting slowly, lightly and gently. Either work horizontally or vertically. Once you’ve gone over the painting once, go over it again just to be sure you’ve got all the dust off. If you’re dusting the painting’s frame, you should go about it the same way. With the frame, you don’t have to just use a brush; instead you can use a soft cloth or something similar. It’s very important that you don’t apply water or any chemicals to the frame.

Clipping Path

Before going into step by step detail, you must get familiar with terms like ‘pen tool’, ‘anchor points’, ‘handles’, ‘curves’, ‘cones’, ‘selection tool’ etc. The ‘pen tool’ is the key tool for applying the clipping path. Indeed, it requires expert hands to give you the best result. Photoshop experts are efficient in using the pen tool, especially when it comes to navigate the ‘handles’ to curve the ‘anchor points’. All the magic hides in the combination of ‘handle’ and ‘anchor points’ navigation. Let’s have a quick look at the process-

What our experts basically do is simply assess the image our client intends to extract. It needs professional eyes to count the number of curves needed for each image. An anchor point basically works as the starting point or one end of a line, and the second anchor point is placed in another suitable direction. The handle is used to navigate the anchor points to make the curves bigger, smaller, less or more curved. In this way, the desired image is extracted from original image and/or the background is removed as per client’s need. The extracted portion may be placed further against another background.

So far, it sounds simple and easy. Indeed it’s easy for proficient clipping path experts. However, not all the images are just cut and done. There are some images that need keen attention and enough time to be extracted. Based on difficulty level, there are six types of clipping path services applicable.

Ranging from Basic Service to Super Complex Service, clipping path complexity varies due to shape, hole, curve, corner, transparency, shadow etc. The more complex the picture is, the more time and labor it takes to get the job done.

Basic or Easy Clipping

It depends on the image and clients wish whether it requires a simple or more complex. Generally. If there is no whole and less curve required, then it is considered a basic one. Round, square, or any other basic shapes are easy to extract with less time and minimum effort. Therefore, within a short period of time, a large volume of work can be completed. Basic clipping path always costs minimum which any client can comfortably afford.

Simple service

Basic shapes with fewer holes are considered for simple. It’s just needs a bit more time and effort to extract the desired portion. It’s not too far from the basic one.

Medium Service

As we already have understood that gradual increase of corners and curves will rise up the clipping path difficulty level, naturally medium clipping path requires more number of corners and curves along with fewer holes (embedded transparency). For instance, if you need to extract an image of bracelet which contains few holes and curves, it comes under medium clipping path service.

Complex Service

Images which have complex designs including curves, holes, and closed paths etc. increase difficulty level as they require more time and effort. For example an image of a group of people or a player in front of a tennis court needs complex clipping path to extract or change the background.

Multiple Service

Images that need improvisation of color, size, shape, and rotation along with the shapes and curves come under multiple clipping path. This service is considered really difficult and should be given keen attention and enough time to get the appropriate result. Since the service is difficult, along with clipping path it also involves color correction masking.

Super Complex Service

Net, fence, gate, zigzag wire, multiple holes, flying transparent cloth or hair, printed cloth, array of cloths, or collection of jewellery need highly expert hands and professional eyes to get a perfect output. It is considered super complex because it exceeds all other clipping path service in terms of time and effort. It’s easy to guess that this complex work will cost more than other services. Still, clients don’t need to worry much as there are many affordable clipping path service providers who are ready to take it down at a quick pace with minimum price.

Who Needs Clipping Path Service?

The appeal homemade cakes have is definitely worth mentioning, but what about the local baker shop in your neighborhood? Ever wondered why does it even exist when anyone can bake their own dessert watching a YouTube tutorial or reading a cookbook? The answer is simple. Not everyone has the time or expertise to make the dessert taste or look professional. That’s where the need of a baker shop arise. Similarly, in terms of image manipulation, graphics companies are experts in handling your images to give it the best professional look possible.

In this era of marketing, anyone who runs a business will need photo editing service at some point of their life. This Photoshop technique has made the life of advertisers easier. Following are some general clipping path service clients who need the service 365 days in a year.

Magazines

Primarily fashion magazines, but any other magazines with lots of photos and graphics always need graphic design service for numerous purpose. Magazines often merge two or more photos together on their cover page, or inside the magazine which needs clipping path service to make it happen. Also, their logo and images often need to juxtapose together which is impossible without this technique. In one word, clipping path works as the ‘makeover specialist’ for magazines when it comes image manipulation.

Advertising Agencies

Without this service, advertising agencies can’t run their business for a single hour. Not bragging it, but clipping path service makes an advertising company complete.

Handmade Canvas Paintings

For most of us canvas paintings are expensive affairs. But, how would it be to have those affordable home made canvas paintings that you can buy online? Yes, it does make sense doesn’t it? Top quality modern art and abstract art forms on canvas at affordable prices may seem a little surreal. But indeed they are not! They come with an affordable price tag that might even surprise you pleasantly.

If you are an ardent lover of art and paintings and wish to have a couple of handmade canvas paintings for your drawing room then you should start looking for them on the web. Yes, you heard it right! You do not need to go to an art collector or an art gallery. Only a few clicks on your mouse will take you on a journey to the places where art meets technology and let you choose from an exciting and enchanting collection of modern day art forms.

Buying a canvas on the web is an easy and exciting prospect. You can view hundreds of handmade paintings on a single search. You get all kinds of information that you need to know about a particular painting. You can use the zoom in and zoom out to view the paintings up close and personal.