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.
I don’t know about you but, I really enjoy the skill and artsy that goes into creating a quality pencil sketch. And while I have played around with this art form myself, my creative abilities seem to be focused elsewhere to say the least.
That being the case, I learned of a method that allows me to take any photograph and turn it into something of a pencil sketch. And now, this is the newest service I am offering through Fiverr.com.
Check out the pick of this cute dog below:
I was flipping through the channels this morning when I came across one of the non “Fast and Furious” films that stared the late Paul Walker. It was a 2006 movie entitled “Eight Below” and having remembered it vaguely, I decided to watch the last half an our or so.
Being a dog owner and nature lover, I can tell you that this movie really pulls at the heartstrings. Though sad in some ways, it is also quite inspirational. And in honor of this film and the amazing creature that is the dog, it seemed like the right time to post some beautiful and artistic pierces showcasing these truly amazing creatures. I hope you enjoy them.
I was inspired to write this poem, as well as what I am calling its sister piece entitled “Everyday Beautiful,” which will appear in another post in the not to distant future, based on life-long experiences that have recently come into play once again. Perhaps I’ll include it in my next poetry book. Please enjoy.
More surreal than real
And like a dream
The essence of flawlessness
At least in visual symmetry and form
Like a fresh, unpolluted snowfall
And eyes so mystical
With an enchanting lustrous glow
Sweet flowing lines
From head to toe
Like the many muses
Of Newton and Unwerth
Who is this man to her
But a speck of sand upon a beach?
Perhaps a fleeting thought gone by
But surely nothing more
Far off in the distance
Ever out of reach
Never to be held
Unobtainable is she
Last month, Creative Dreamers started encouraged our readers to vote for your favorite blogs to earn the honor of the first ever “Creative Dreamers Blog Awards.”
Well, our readers have spoken and now it;s time for the results.
Blog Awards by category:
Favorite Photography Blog
Favorite Poetry Blog
Favorite Visual Design or Layout on a Blog
An Evil Nymph’s Blog
Favorite General Arts Blog
Favorite Drawing Blog
Favorite Subculture and Body Art Blog
Scars are Tattoos
Favorite Music or Video Blog
World Music – the Music Journey
Congratulations to all of our winners. Please fell free to brag about your accomplishments after all, our readers already have.
In an age when nearly everybody uses the Internet, and in times when arts programs in schools and all across society are being threatened by financial uncertainty, there are some new options out there to both learn about the arts and correspond with others who enjoy them as well.
And the best part is, such options are often global and can be utilized from the comfort of your own home.
One example is the website Art Safari 101.
Do your artistic interests fall into any of the following categories?:
Music and other performing arts
Video and video editing
Photography and photo editing
If so, this might just be a good fit for you.
When I was a kid…
Like so many other children I had a vivid imagination. And along with that imagination came the desire to draw. Now when we all first start out drawing, most children’s pictures look pretty much the same. Later down the line, we notice some people really have a talent for this artform.
From time to time, I still like to doodle a bit but would never be one that someone could reasonably call good at drawing. Aside from some silly cartoon sketches like the one below, I’ll just stick with by skill set shooting portrait photos and writing poetry books. I’ll leave drawing to the experts.
Which all that being said, there is one thing each of us can to do sort of “cheat” if you will when it comes to drawing. Get yourself a nice photo of what you’d like to draw, go out and buy a pad of tracing paper and trace the heck out of that picture.
You can always start slow with something like the horse below. And after that, move on to a more challenging adventure like the image at the bottom of this post.
Perhaps you or I may not have the natural ability to draw like the masters of the art but we can at least try something close.
A simple tracing effort suitable for beginners.
Something a bit more advanced.