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Sitting my the living room with the television on, I’ve noticed some commercials for the Microsoft Surface lately showcasing a man who uses the system to draw police sketches in an effort to help to catch the bad guys. Anyway, this got me thinking.

ADVANCED FOR USE FOR MONDAY, JULY 21, 2014 AND THEREAFTER Dallas Police Detective Dan Town stands in front of some of his composites he has drawn recently to help solve crimes in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Dallas Police Department Headquarters. The craft of sitting down with a witness to a crime, listening to the witness' description of the culprit, and producing an accurate sketch that can help lead to an arrest is a dying one. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, David Woo)

Dallas Police Detective Dan Town stands in front of some of his composites.

Sure, as artistic people we like to think our work contributes to the world in some way or another. And, in general, I do believe it does. That being said, some artists specifically work in concrete ways to promote the greater good of the world and I commend them.

Do you yourself do this or know anyone who does?

Cosplay

This one is pretty open as that it can cross a wide variety of things. It may include favorite personalities from movies, video games or books and comics but it’s fun and can help your shots stand out.

Here’s an example I did with a young lady based on the character of Sheldon Copper from the “Big Bang Theory’ series.

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Geisha

These ladies are both beautiful and mysterious so to capture their essence is a challenge in art and sophistication.

This is an example of a shot I did with a stunning young lady based on this timeless theme.

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Silhouette

These are both challenging and simplistic. Getting the settings right and the lighting takes some work but you don’t need to worry about any retouching.

This example is one I shot in a window years back.

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Contrast

The tough nerd, the punk business-woman…those are just a few examples of how you can use completely different things to come together to make really cool photos.

This one from a while back mixed business with urban blight.

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Water

Last but not least, anything to do with flowing water can help to build a stunning photograph.

Here’s one I did with a wonder alt model right in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Lies (A Poem)

This world can be a crazy place

These are surely trying times. As such, I put my thoughts and feelings into this poem. It’s a bit abstract but not nearly as much as some of my work and may very well cause some individuals to be a bit turned off or even angered. But, how each person reacts is up to he or she and aren’t two the the major reasons for the creation of any art the ability to make people feel and the ability to make them think?

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Well, here goes:

Lies

Being put out into the sky
Lies, lies, lies
And beamed back into boxes
That infect our ears and eyes

They put them to the page
Either with keyboard or pen ink
Hoping they will steal
Your ability to think

Now they have largely succeeded
This goal they have achieved
Young and old alike
Both so willingly deceived

A slavery freely chosen
They are promised material things
Either ignorant or uncaring
The “poor” living as kings

And when the truth comes out
They decry it as hate
Somehow still content
With their own decaying fate

Guest post by Skully

Sometimes, we get so caught up in our own careers and checking out our favorite well known artists, that we leave the newcomers behind in a cloud of smoke. Some of these newbies have amazing things to offer, but because their work doesn’t get much attention they are ignored. There was a point and time where social media and networking was an amazing thing for all artists, but the ability to establish a name for yourself is proving to be increasingly difficult.

It seems that once some people get to a certain online status they become too busy to associate themselves with anyone who isn’t “in their league”. To an extent it is understandable. I mean, they worked hard to get themselves known and they feel they have bigger things to focus on than helping the new guy get noticed. But if everyone had that mindset, no one would be successful in growing their brand or business.

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Why It’s Important?

Have you ever heard of the phrase “stop making stupid people famous”? It might not be my place to say who deserves fame and who doesn’t, but sometimes I think less focus needs to be put on people who are only known for their selfies and more focus put on people who are traveling around their small town, taking every opportunity that they can to get their art out there. When you show support for talent that isn’t necessarily well known, you are shaping the future of the creative community. You could also consider it helping a small business or brand grow to be successful! I bet you didn’t think you made that much of an impact, did you?

How To Help

When you come across a new artist, give them a fair evaluation. Do they have talent, or at least potential? Are they accepting of constructive criticism and enjoy learning how to make their art better? If so, help them out! Post about their work on your blog, make a video giving them a shout out on your YouTube channel, or even give their page a “like” or a share! I assure you, they will be extremely grateful and the little time it took to show them some support could help pave the way to their success!

Skully is an actress, model entertainer and blogger with an interest in writing about lifestyle topics. You can find her online at the blog Skully In Space.

A long-time friend and amazing all around artist is working on opening a Ravenwood Collective. This is a female owned tattoo shop and art space in the Pittsburgh area.

For details, you can check out the Facebook page or support this through an IndieGoGo fundraising effort.

 

There are several projects we at Creative Dreamers are involved with and would like to ask you as our readers to check out.

Foreign Tourist Image Bank

A repository for 100% free to use images for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

All images are categorized into albums for easy searching.

Anyone can use images and people are encouraged to submit some of their own.

Image Aides Academy

With an ever more digital world, and the need and desire for instruction to go along with it, this site goes beyond simply offering video tutorials at an affordable rate but to provide something more in-depth and interactive. Seeking both students and instructors.

Life Is Your Canvas Blog

A fun, entertaining and informative blog that accepts advertising too. based on the Tumblr platform we take content submission for everything form A-Z so long as it has something to do with begin creative.

Toxic Dolls Alt Modeling Website

A new and improved alt, and traditional, modeling and photography community with social features and more. Born out of a site called Twisted Angels founded in 2009.

 

To put it frankly – harsh shadows in photos suck. But, sometimes when the sun is strong or the lighting inside is hard to work around, there are a few things you can do to combat the horrid shadow.

My e-book Pesky Shadows, Pretty Shadows can be of some help but here’s one little tip that can make a huge difference and doesn’t take any technical skill or special tools.

Potion the subject as far away from any walls as you can. The more distance between the person or object and a wall, the less strong the shadow that shows up on it will be. Give it a try like the shots below. It’s easy and work too.

Harsh Shadow:

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Softer Shadow:

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