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Light Travels – A Poem

 

Did you know
That the light
Travels across the plains
And across the seas?
Did you know
That the beams
Touch the heart of you
And the mind of me?

The rays that flow through all
No matter the blocks
The darkness can’t hold them
Let this be the truth
A connection to all
Beyond space and time
Meant for all creatures
Refined and uncouth

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At some time or another during their career, quite a few artists may encounter a situation in which they may end up involved in legal battles. It may be an issue of copyright or contract disputes or really any sort of thing that can occur regarding your work or a buyer.

Basically, it’s beneficial to prepare for any problems that may come around by doing some research into such things and possibly even looking for an experienced lawyer.

Dana Miller, one such lawyer, is offering a course designed to help artists learn some of the basics. The trianing is called “Empowered IP” and you can read the details of this intellectual property course on the official website. The class is scheduled to have the first session on May 2 and will be available online.

It’s always nice to know the most you possibly can about how to protect your creative works.

As the majority of us would concur, there are many forms of art. Some are traditional and others are not. Some are looked at with respect, others with a bit of disdaine. And on occasion, some have both fans and critics on both side. That is surely the case with street art.

Personally, I like it and think that fans as well as those who dismiss right away do might benefit from giving it a shot. That’s where publications like A. Tarantino’s “Seattle Street Art” (volumes 1 though 3) come in.

The photography and stories behind these books, available in both paperback and e-book, is really something to admire.

You can find out more at the official seattlesreetart.com.

 

 

People can spend years learning their craft of photography, painting, drawing…but tend to confront an unexpected struggle when they first begin to work with portraits and models. It’s not the lighting, location, or other material they have that is the problem but rather figuring out how to pose subjects.

In fact, I know people with years of experience who still have a hard time working through poses. So, I had someone tell me about this series of books and figured it could benefit many creative individuals.

The “Poses for Artists” collection by author/artist Justin Matrin has four different volumes that cover everything from couples to fighting positions.

As the writer puts it – “I’m passionate about putting out unique references so artists can get inspired about figure drawing and their art. So, I put out free poses here and sell books at a discount to keep my work going and provide a pose library for others.”

The books come book print and electronic copies as paperbacks, Kindle and PDF Ebooks.

At times it is tempting to think that only “correctly” exposed images are the way to go when taking quality shots. However, as with any art at all, there are occasions when it is ok to bend the rules or even completely break them.

Some may have heard of the use of overexposure to reduce wrinkles and skin imperfection but there are several applications for having a picture underexposed as well. One of the biggest is that is can help increase the detail and color. These are a few samples out of the camera and edited.

Basically any story ever written has some essential parts. Among such parts is conflict. Basically, there always has to be a problem of some sort and a resolution, either positive or negative, to that problem.

There are seven main formats that a writer can typically use to fit the need. These are:

Person vs. Fate/God

Example – Slaughterhouse Five

Person vs. Self

Example – A Separate Peace

Person vs. Person

Example – Les Misérables

Person vs. Society

Example – To Kill a Mockingbird

Person vs. Nature

Example – Moby Dick

Person vs. Supernatural

Example – The Odyssey 

Person vs. Technology

Example – The Terminator

 

It was a little more than a year back when I found Simbi via a post on a friend’s Facebook profile. After taking a few minutes to poke around the site, I was hooked. Now, “what is Simbi?” you might ask. Well, the most basic way to explain it would be a social network and community that is focused on the growing interest in a barter economy.

Sure, you can find all sorts of people looking for and offering a service or product related to almost any need whatsoever. But, since this is an arts-related blog, I have to say there are plenty of things on here sure to pull in the artists among us.

First, you can easily trade Simbi (the currency of the site) or do a even swap for anything from drawings to clothing. This is great from people who don’t have a lot of cash but could benefit from the work of someone like a cartoonist or logo designer.

Second, it’s a great opportunity for networking. There are groups on the platform in which people can discuss items related to their interests. I belong to a few including “Writer’s Club” and “Design Hub.” If there is not a group that fits what you want, you can start one.

Third, it can be a great testing ground to find out how people will respond to services you might be considering putting out there as a freelance gig.

Basically, Simbi is pretty awesome. Check it out for yourself and I bet you’ll agree.

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