While I enjoy working with photography, graphic design and literature, there are some artistic ventures that I stay away from other than for the purposes of silly fun. One of those is drawing.
That being the case, I have a real appreciation for anyone who has a true talent in this skill. That’s why when I recently learned about the work of Heather Crawford, I was so impressed that I got a commissioned piece done and will likely request more as gifts and for home decor projects.
Please take a moment to check out her work on both her Facebook Page and official site. You’ll be glad you did.
As a Pittsburgh photographer, I can also really appreciate the amazing local artists that reside in our community. Some are rather notable while others may be a bit obscure but many are very talented. Here are a few of my own personal favorites. All images come from each artists respective website or Facebook Page.
For any of you artists out there…
if you work with visual art forms like I do, you probably understand that one of the biggest factors in trying to make an income out of your work is the cost of the materials and supplies involved in developing your final product.
Many of us are on a budget and in a lot of cases it might be difficult to afford putting something together for a prospective art buyer. But there is a solution for the financially impaired, that’s is if you’re willing to make a few sacrifices.
While this only applies to those whose work can be sold as prints, it’s still a great concept. I’m sure there are other sources out there but the one I’ll use for example here is the website Deviantart.
Basically, the way this site works (and probably others as well) is that you upload photos to your account and list them as being available for sale. How it differs from many of the other sites is that instead of you printing, packaging and shipping your work, the site takes care of everything. The catch – you only get about 20% of the sale price.
It’s an interesting option that you can weigh the pros and cons of for yourself.
Over the last decade or so…
I’ve been lucky enough to encounter and meet some of the local, Pittsburgh-based musical artists that have helped to keep the long tradition of fine musicians from the region alive and well. And in this post, I’d like to take a a moment to introduce you to the work of these outstanding talents.
Now, if you’re from the “Burgh, or have spent some extensive time in the city, you might already know about these artists. If not, in my opinion, you’re in for a real treat.
I’ve known this talented rap/hip-hop/pop-rock artist since he was about 6 years old. His music is entertaining and energetic and will really get you pumped up.
This young man has a music degree from a local university and has been working with some of the biggest names in the local music scene. I believe he’s released 4 or 5 albums to date.
I AM JEDI
I met the lead singer a few years back while while she was delving into modeling a bit. I was one of her first model photographers. She and her metal band are awesome lyricists and musicians. And unlike a lot of metal bands, the lead singer can go in and out of traditional vocals and “screamo” singing with ease.
This band is comprised of several middle-aged guys and a hot young front woman. Together, they make for a great combo. I’ve only come across them recently as that the aforementioned lead singer is the girlfriend of one of my old neighbors.
THE AWFUL WAFFLES
Like I Am Jedi, this band’s front lady came to me first while experimenting with modeling for goth pics. She also has a degree in music with a focus on education. These guys seem to have a heck of a lot of fun doing what they do.
I first met this guy at a local artist market. He just randomly began playing for a crowd. At that time, I think he was about 16 but far beyond his years in vocal abilities and especially in the way her could handle his guitar.
Yes, graffiti can be ugly…
And no doubt there are times when it is legitimate to call it vandalism. But under the right circumstances, it can be quite beautiful and artistic.
Many who dabble in graffiti are indeed art students or hold jobs related to the arts such as careers in graphic design.
Here are a few examples of some amazing work for your viewing pleasure:
While the word “tattoo” may not be the first thing you think of when discussing the topic of art, there is no doubt in my mind that a quality tattoo artist is truly that – an artist.
The detail an precision required to created a piece that will be forever imprinted on the canvas of a human body is surely an amazing, creative talent all to itself.
In fact, many tattooists have been educated in art schools and have engaged in other creative ventures like painting and traditional drawing.
Below you will se few examples of some fantastic artwork created by just a few of the countless geniuses that work in the industry.
Flower and Butterfly