Artists from photographers to painters to those who draw and craft sculptures often share one thing in common. They use models to develop their pieces. And while simply creating works based on a model is technically simple, in reality, that is not always the case. In fact, many artists run the risk of missing one of the simplest yet most essential parts of the process – having the model posed in a proper and artistic position.
In a prior article, I mentioned the PoseMuse series of books by author Justin R Matrin. I felt that the essential information provided was something I should reiterate.
You can visit the author’s site directly at www.posemuse.com or check out the different formats you can order on Amazon.
While geared toward drawing, the poses can work for pretty much any type of artist activity.
As many of the people who follow this blog know, I have a background in writing and it has always been my first creative love. That being said, I have taken the chance to work with an outlet called Vocal Media and will be posting some longer pieces there.
I would appreciate it if you take the time to stop by their website and read my work once in a while.
Here’s a link to my articles so far – https://photography.media/authors/jason-a
While overcast skies may not inspire
Or be your cup of tea
Nature has mysterious ways
Of showcasing her beauty
For when the clouds float by
We appreciate the clear days more
And always have a unique canvas
Never seen before
And when the morning dawns
Or the sun settles into sleep
The pastel creations before our eyes
Are artworks truly deep
While some artists stick to one type of art, on occasion, we find people who work in several forms. Sydney A is such a person.
I first came across her work with ink and color drawings and I can assure you that her talent is impressive. The detail, color and style she displays in her work is something special.
Here are some samples:
As she states it in her own words:
“I’ve been practicing since I was little, and I took some art classes in junior high and high school. After I found out I was allergic to the paints I preferred to use, I switched over to black and white ink, and now I use colored ink as my preferred medium. While I will also do pencil crayon drawings upon request, they aren’t as good as the ink ones and tend to take longer.”
But her skill set doesn’t stop with drawing. She also has a talent for photography and tends to focus her skills on nature and wildlife.
I encourage you to check out her work for yourself.
While writing has long been a passion of mine, there are times when due to any number of circumstances, I may not be able to sit down at my keyboard and type.
For some writers, it can be a matter of carpal tunnel syndrome, for others, too much staring at a screen and for still more writers, it can be that inspiration strikes at an inopportune moment. This type of thing is why dication apps can be so handy for us.
As an Android user, I recently tried out an app from the Google Play Store and think it might be helpful for others in this field. I’d urge you to check out Speechnotes and see if it is beneficial to you.
In our 24 hour news cycle, it can be hard for journalists and editors to come up with new material. Some outlets even continue to focus on the same old information for hours on end because they can’t come up with something new. As someone who was educated as a journalist, I tend to wonder if there are moments in which the field has lost its ability to differentiate between what is and what is not newsworthy. And for those of you who are not journalists, this might be a beneficial lesson of sorts.
While times change and the norms in a craft adjust, I was taught and still understand newsworthiness to have to fit into one of more of these categories.
Something going on today will likely be more newsworthy than anything that happened a month, year or decade ago.
Of course the more something can hold meaning for us, the more valid it is for articles and reports.
An article about a new store opening in Des Moines, Iowa isn’t going to be as newsworthy for people in Flagstaff, Arizona as a new store opening in their own area.
If an average person gets a speeding ticket, nobody really cares. But, if a high-profile actor does, that might be a different situation.
People like to hear and read about things that might be uplifting and something they can relate to a bit.
Some entire publications (tabloids) focus almost only on this one.
Like any good story, conflict can be a key part of any reportage.
I’d be willing to guess that when you think of the color gray, it brings up ideas of groom, boredom and other rather negative concepts. But, if you stop and thing about the color itself for a moment, you might be surprised and intrigued.
Let’s break it down from a creative perspective.
What is gray in its essence? It is a basic combination of two colors, white and black. Sure, everybody knows that. But, did you ever ponder what happens when you combine those two?
White = The presence of all colors in one.
Black = The absence of all color.
In combining these two, gray has the unusual quality of being both all colors and no colors at once!
What do you think of that?