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An Example of Kickstarter’s Applications for Artists

One of the challenging things about being an artist is finding a way to fund your projects. While some don’t have to do this, the vast majority will have to at some time or another.

Among the fairly new and often most successful methods is crowdfunding. And of one the more artist-friendly options is Kickstarter.

A case in point here is a talented artist I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. That person is Justin Martin who recently launched a campaign for his latest posing guide Poses For Artists Vol. 5 which is the new collection for the series that you can see at

So, if you are either looking for a great posing book, or a method to get your own work seen, you might want to think about doing some crowdfunding.

Book Review: ‘Poses for Artists Volume 1’—Dynamic and Sitting Poses

If you stop and think about it, the majority of book reviews focus on works of fiction and non-fiction, that are primarily text, with few or no visual elements. This one is an exception to that rule in that the book Pose Muse collection of titles, specifically Poses for Artists Vol.1 Dynamic and Sitting Poses by Justin Martin, is a guide to posing subjects for art enthusiasts.

The book is filled with 110 pages of poses, primarily geared toward those who work with pencil drawings, but its content can easily be adapted to other artwork. As the publication’s title states, the emphasis is on a couple of very different types of posing. Sitting poses, as a concept, are pretty simplistic. Naturally, they focus on the subjects being in a seated position. Dynamic poses may be a bit more of a term that is less familiar to novice artists, or those just getting into the arts. The term refers to a body position associated with movement. For example, it may deal with someone that looks to be in the activity of running or jumping.

Instead of simply showing poses in their completed form, the author provided his samples in the format of drawings, with lines and shapes that make up the structure of the final work, and can help those who need it to become more familiar with the underlying elements of drawing the human body. In that regard, it’s kind of like those learn to draw, type books that help readers with animals and dinosaurs. Perhaps you remember those as a child.

He uses vibrant samples, that avoid the boredom that can sometimes come with black and white drawing and posing guides. The use of such tones can also help to foster an interest in the arts in the first place.

As I stated, this guide does seem to be focused on drawing. However, there is no doubt that it can be applied to other artistic efforts. For example, as a photographer, I can see this as a valuable reference piece when it comes to posing a client for anything from basic portrait work to model photography, in order to build upon the current poses that you use or add some ideas for future sessions. Naturally, that can be adapted to have the same benefits for anyone who works with painting. The shapes and lines in the book can surely work as the basic outline that a painter uses to start the process of a new piece of artwork.

One of the best parts about this book is that it has value, not only for people across different types of art using different mediums to create their work, but also has something that can be of value to artists of all different skill levels. And as such, it can also work for a variety of ages. While I might not recommend it for really young children, I’d say anything from high school on would be appropriate.

All in all, this book, in either it’s digital or print format, is well worth the investment for anyone who is interested in learning to draw or pose their subject. And, if you are looking for more poses, the author also has volumes that go into how to work with poses for standing, fighting and working with couples among other things.

The author indicates that one of his primary goals is to get people to WANT to draw. The content he provides goes a long way in doing that.

The publication, available online at PoseMuse and through, is provided in both a traditional print format, and as an e-book for those who prefer their publications in digital format.

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 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.


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