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Drawing caricatures

I’ve always admired people who can draw well

It is such as skill in that it is artistic, creative and involves serious attention to detail and patience. At a recent celebration in my area, local caricature and portrait artist Sam Thong spent several hours creating drawings for patrons of the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. In addition to having mine done, one of the other subjects was my father, and I shot some video of the process just for you.

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Undiscovered Andy Warhol art found after 30 years

As both an art fan…

and a resident of the great city of Pittsburgh, I was extremely excited to find out that previously unknown art by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh Born and raised) was found on floppy disks from the 1980s.

These computer generated pieces were generated in 1985 using an Amiga computer and unlocked by students at the city’s Carnegie Mellon University.

Check out some samples here:

Andy Warhol computer art

Andy Warhol digital art

Andy Warhol lost art

 

Beautiful views of interactive light show

My hometown of Pittsburgh has seen a lot of first…

and now for the second time in less than a year, this city has been the first in the nation to feature a new an innovative work of art.

The Market Square area of Downtown Pittsburgh has been the setting for a temporary installment of an interactive exhibit designed by two men from the United Kingdom, The creators are KMA visual media artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler.

Here’s how it works. Every night at dusk through 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 a.m. on weekends, a projection unit with thermal heat detection comes on, plays music and produces a stunning light show based on the movement of the people in Market Square at the time. The piece will be in Pittsburgh until March 16.

Check out a few video samples below:

Things start off slowly at dusk.

After a few minutes, the show moves into full swing.

The show in full swing.

Light and sky imagery shot with mobile phone

When I make plans to shoot artistic photos of skies, landscapes and architecture, I get out my professional-grade DSLR. However, there are times when a beautiful shot presents itself and you just don’t have the big gun handy. So, you can either miss the shot or make do with what you have. And what many of us have these days are mobile phones with workable cameras.

Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share that feature some amazing skies, a very cool rainbow and some stylish lights inside one of Pittsburgh’s largest entertainment venues. I hope you like them.

pastel sky

sun going down

purple sky

bright sun

Point State Park rainbow

colored lights

blue light

Pittsburgh bids the Giant Rubber Ducky farewell

The Giant Rubber Ducky drew the attention and affection of tens, or perhaps even hundreds, of thousands of fans during the art piece’s 24-day stay in the city of Pittsburgh.

Here are some photos I took one beautiful evening during his stay.

I hope you enjoy them.

Rubber ducky in Pittsburgh1

Rubber ducky on the river1

Rubber ducky by stadium1

Rubber ducky at The Point1

Hello from the rubber ducky1

Rubber ducky says hello to Pittsburgh1

Fictional Interview with the Giant Duck in Pittsburgh

What’s up duck?

The 40 foot tall colossal rubber duck currently floating in the rivers of Pittsburgh has taken the city and even the country by storm. After all, it’s the first time this art price has been in the United States. So, I got to thinking. Maybe it would be fun if someone could get the duck’s perspective on the whole experience. That being the case, I decided to use my own personal journalistic background along with my artsy side to create the first ever fictional interview with the world’s largest duck.

Duck!

Photo by Heather McClain

Me: Hello Ducky, thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

Ducky: My pleasure.

Me:  What do you think about our city of Pittsburgh?

Ducky: I love it here, this place is quacktastic.

Me:  How about the reaction you’ve gotten from the locals?

Ducky: It quacks me up to see how much buzz there is about me.

Me: Did you know anything about Pittsburgh before making your way here?

Duck: I did some research and learned a lot from WQED and Rick Sebak duck-umentaries.

Me:  Have you seen the local news coverage?

Ducky: A little but I mostly tune in for the feather forecast.

Me: Have you taken in any of the local culture?

Ducky: Sure, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do here. And the food is great! Of course, I’m still partial to simple old cheese and quackers.

Me: Thanks for your time and have a wonderful rest of your visit here in the steel city.

Ducky: Quack to ya later.

Graphic design project without all the special tools

When it comes to working with the graphic arts…

there are generally a few specific tools of the trade. Some that come to mind include Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design and those sort of programs and utilities. However, whether it be an issue of cost or just that we do not have access to a given program on the device we are working with, sometimes we have to use other applications to get the job done.

This was the case when a friend of mine asked if I could come up with an appealing and informative bifold for a major event she is involved with in the Pittsburgh area.

Using an MS Word template, a modified photo and some additional information she had provided, I came up with one that she has raved about many, many times. Here’s a snapshot of the front and back cover:

bifold

 

The lesson here is that while we would all love to have every tool possible available to us as providers of creative graphic services, if we really try, we can do a lot without them if necessary.

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