Deviant Art

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Feb 142011

Deviant Art has different meanings depending on who you talk to.  It is believed that the term became well known and may have originated out of the DeviantArt community.  DeviantArt was first launched in 2000 as an online community that came together to bring attention to various art forms produced by its users.  The DeviantArt website provides a means for a wide variety of artist to showcase and discuss their work.  There one can find much more than just a traditional photobucket type website.  There is a comprehensive category structure, including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, film making, and application skins as well as journals, polls, groups and portfolios.  The DeviantArt website is truly diverse and a pleasure to simply brows.

DeviantArt is one aspect of deviant art, but the term has also come to be associated by many with digital art, fantasy art, and photography that has some sort of darker or disturbing emotional aspect to it.  A quick search on google using the words “deviant art” for images will better communicate this that words.

Jun 052010

Drawing is a form of visual expression and is one of the major forms within the visual arts.  The term “drawing” is used very broadly; all sorts of art that involves directly making marks on a surface can fit into this portfolio.    Drawing is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper.

Drawing is the single most accessible form of art available.  Drawing not only provides the basis for other creative activities – like painting, sculpture and printmaking, but it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics.  Drawing and other observational art projects such as collages and collections encourage an eye for detail and the ability to differentiate or find similarities that might be overlooked by someone who is not trying to create an artistic rendering.  Drawing stimulates the brain to grow in the areas that learn how to observe.  Drawing uses the right side of your brain. Verbal communication uses the left side of your brain. Unnecessary conversation during the drawing process has proven to disrupt the natural flow of visual information from the eye through the brain to the hand. When you are drawing well, you are “zoned out” from the world around you.  Drawing is the best “starter” art for young children and it is also something that can be enjoyed and perfected as the child matures.

Drawing tools

A  drawing board  (also  drawing table ,  drafting table  or  architect’s table ) is, in its antique form, a kind of multipurpose desk  which can be used for any kind of drawing, writing or impromptu sketching on a large sheet of paper or for reading a large format  book  or other over-sized document or for  drafting  precise technical illustrations.  Most drawing media are either dry (e.g.  graphite ,  charcoal ,  pastels ,  Conté ,  silverpoint ), or use a fluid solvent or carrier (marker, pen and ink).  A popular drawing medium during the Renaissance consisted of a stylus of gold, silver, or other metal that was dragged across a prepared ground of lead white, bone and water.

Drawing methods

There are many methods of drawing here is a drawing video that touches on some of them.

Figure drawing is drawing people as they appear.  Figure drawing is arguably the most difficult subject an artist commonly encounters, and entire courses are dedicated to the subject.  Figure drawing instruction is an element of most fine art and illustration programs.  A life drawing is a work that has been drawn from an observation of a live model.  Contour Drawing is a simple line drawing that follows the visible edges of a shape.  Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing.  Blind contour drawing means drawing the outline of the subject without looking at the paper.  Gesture Drawing is a form of expressive mark-making that emphasizes a quick, energetic and tactile approach to creating drawings of objects or people.

Drawing has been a popular and fundamental means of public expression throughout human history. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas.  Pick up your pencil and express yourself today!

My Grandma Draws

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Oct 262009

The other day I was over at my Grandmother’s house.  Her Medicare supplemental insurance had gone up over the years and she had been shopping for a new Texas Medicare supplement online.  She is very computer savvy.  She found a really good deal on a new Medigap plan and bought a new drawing tablet for her PC with the savings.  The tablet was one of those made by Bamboo and was sweet! Grandma showed me some of what she had learned.  I was sold.  Like most teenagers I really love the technology and seeing how it is influencing the digital art world was cool.  My grandma has been drawing and painting for years.  Been pretty neat to see her take her skill and watch her apply them to photoshop types of drawing software.  Who would of thought that Texas Medicare supplemental insurance would lead to learning how to draw on a computer.


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Flickr is Fun

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Mar 202008

The Flickr website was a revolution in photo storage, sharing and organization, making photo management an easy and natural process.  Flickr is now a photo-sharing community enabling users to upload, tag and comment on their photos and other users photos.  Flickr gives each photo a serial number and users are able to organize their photos into “sets”, or groups of photos that fall under the same heading.  Flickr began as a simple photo-sharing feature for a gaming project and has since then blossomed into one of the premiere photo-sharing sites on the web.  Yahoo purchased Flickr for $35 million in March of 2005.

Flickr has been adopted by many web users as their primary photo storage site, especially members of the blogging community.  There is a built-in photo editor in Flickr called Picnik that makes it easy to touch up uploaded images.  Flickr also includes Schedulr which is a Windows desktop application that automatically schedules new picture and video uploads to Flickr based on day and time.  To limit risks Flickr has built in a number of safety features. Members are required to flag their content as “safe,” “moderate,” or “restricted,” depending on what the photo or video is about.

Flickr allows users to add meaningful metadata and comments to photos as well as the ability to assign Creative Common licensing an emerging methodology for describing intellectual property rights.  Users can also change their choice of license it at  any  time, without any logs of the prior copyright status of the image.

A top source for images on Pinterest is Flickr.  Pinterest and Flickr have agreed to ensure that Flickr photos would receive proper attribution.  This means that the popular scrap-booking site retains links that drive valuable traffic back to Flickr user’s streams.  This means that Flickr is an effective tool to increase traffic and your ranking in all search engines.  Flickr can also be “extended” to Facebook accounts to increase the reach and subsequent results of any social marketing strategy as well.

iPad works with Flickr through an iPad application called Flickr Studio.  Flickr Studio provides a collection of sophisticated photo browsing and metadata editing tools.  Flickr Studio offers users a variety of ways to viewing to include sets and collections, grid and list views, a nicely detailed map view, plus a unique “justified grid” view that presents photos in a collage-style with proper aspect ratios preserved.  Flickr Studio also provides support for multiple Flickr accounts, a public browsing mode, and three different levels of access to their Flickr account: read-only, read-write, and read-write-delete access.  Flickr Studio is a great fit for users who plan to explore and manage their Flickr photo library on an iPad with a comprehensive set of features.

Flickr may have been overtaken by Facebook in sheer number of photos shared, but the dominant social network can’t match Flickr’s presentation, tools, and specifically photo-oriented community features.  Flickr and its more than 200 million photos will surely provide a fun new image source for your content, especially with unique submitters like the Smithsonian Institution and the White House.

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Jun 272013

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Dec 242009



Nail art is a creative activity that involves adding decorations or drawing pictures or designs on fingernails.  There are many cute and creative types of nail art that can add a touch of glamor to a simple manicure or pedicure.  Creating your own custom nail art designs is easy to do and can be mastered with a little patience and practice.  Nail art is not limited to bright and brazen colors so get creative the nail is your blank canvas.

Thinking of nail art often makes one think of French nails.  French nail art designs are one of the classic styles in nail paintings that remain popular even when the fashion world is flooded with new trends each year.  Japanese Nail Art is also very popular and some say it is a more inspiring and exciting form of nail art.   The nail art scene in Japan is massive with magazines, accessories and entire expos devoted to blinged out nails.

Nail art tools are important.  A high quality precision brush makes nail art fast and easy.  Nail art pens also make great additions and combine well with other nail art supplies.  Whether nail art is a hobby, or is how you make your living, nail art pens are simply a tool you cannot live without.  Nail art pens are specialized tools used to add decorations to finger or toe nails.  Like nail polish, Nail art pens come in every color you could possibly imagine.  Nail art pens are also very easy to use, and any nail artist no matter how inexperienced can learn to perfect nail art very quickly with these great beauty tools.  Other ways to demonstrate your nail art creativity is to use gems, foils, striping effects, gold leafing, and freehand techniques.  Traditionally nail art was done with just the use of nail paints and glosses, but now designers are thinking out of the box and using everything imaginable to include nail stickers.

Nail art is fun.  Nail art isn’t about perfection; it’s about being creative and having fun with your nails.  When it comes to nail art, the possibilities are limitless.  You can bet that nail art is increasing in popularity due to the buzz that is being created on various social media platforms such as Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and others.

Below are some different examples of nail art that were found around on the internet to get your creative juices flowing.  Have fun! Continue reading »