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Are You Looking For A Gift For An Artist?

If you have a friend or family member who is an artist and are looking for the perfect present for them this Christmas and holiday season, you might be having a tough time. After all, it can be hard buying for creative-minded individuals. But, I have found something that may just be exactly what you need.

If the artist you know uses people as subjects or is planning to try to start to do this, some sort of posing resource can be ideal. That’s where the books (available in both print and electronic formats) at Posemuse will do the job and more. With everything from sitting positions to poses for fight scenes, the site has a complete series of guides that can help in nearly any scenario.

 

Posing – From a Model’s Perspective

If you read this blog often, you have surely come across several of my posts talking about the importance of posing your model as a photographer or artist. But, perhaps it is also important to factor in the value of posing skills and technique from the model’s perspective.

While any artist or photographer can benefit from a posing guide, models can benefit just as much from such publications. This is especially true when it comes to either a new model or a model working with a new artist.

A great series of guides is the one by author Justin R Matrin on the website www.posemuse.com. You can get his work on Amazon also.

While the works tend to focus on drawing, they can easily be applied to any type of art and I suggest you check them out if you are on either side of the camera or canvas.

My First Children’s Book

If you are a fan of this blog you probably know that writing has always been my first creative love and as such I have published a few books and e-books. Until now, all of these publications came in the form of poetic works, how-to guides or photography. Well, having worked in childcare for more than a decade, and now having an amazing and inquisitive niece, I’ve decided to do something I’ve been pondering for a while, write my first children’s book.

It wasn’t easy but the text is completed and the illustrations by the talented M.K. Hughes are in the works. The title is “Hugs and Lightning Bugs” and it should be available in the near future. I’ll keep you updated.

Quality Dictation App for Avid Writers

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.

 

 

Do You Use a Pen/Pseudo Name?

Even though their real identity might be, it is no secret that over the years many writers across many genres have made use of a “pen name” now sometimes called a “pseudo name” in their work.

One of the most famous is Mark Twain whose real name was Samuel Clemens. More recently, many authors have written under several names for any number of purposes.

As a writer, I’ve even written under one.

While the reasons people do it varies, the notion of writing in such a way is very popular. For the writers out there reading this post, have you ever written under a pen name or considered doing so? Comments and opinions welcome.

 

Street Art Photography Book Showcases The Emerald City

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.

 

 

Excellent Tools for Artists to Pose Models

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.

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