While some artists stick to one type of art, on occasion, we find people who work in several forms. Sydney A is such a person.
I first came across her work with ink and color drawings and I can assure you that her talent is impressive. The detail, color and style she displays in her work is something special.
Here are some samples:
As she states it in her own words:
“I’ve been practicing since I was little, and I took some art classes in junior high and high school. After I found out I was allergic to the paints I preferred to use, I switched over to black and white ink, and now I use colored ink as my preferred medium. While I will also do pencil crayon drawings upon request, they aren’t as good as the ink ones and tend to take longer.”
But her skill set doesn’t stop with drawing. She also has a talent for photography and tends to focus her skills on nature and wildlife.
I encourage you to check out her work for yourself.
The other day I was walking around town and thought for a moment, boy there are a lot of WI-FI signals out there. They cross through our skies and weave through one another, all behind the scenes and invisible to the human eyes.
What is we could see them? What might they look like?
As it turns out, a fantastic artist Nickolay Lamm worked with M. Browning Vogel, who has a Ph.D. in Astrobiology and is a former NASA employee. Together, they created a visual representation of what the world might look like if WI-FI was visible.
Check out some of the stunning shots below.
The use of color in creative ventures has long been a method through which artists, writers and various creative types have used as a method of symbolism. And while some color symbolism is fairly obvious and has become a standard in every day society, other uses can be more ambiguous and even unique to a given work.
Here are some examples of what colors may represent in any given artwork.
The absolute basics:
In almost every case, black indicates the concepts of darkness, evil, corruption, death and many rather negative ideas.
Conversely, white is nearly always used to represent purity, light, life and all that is good.
Colors with several (sometimes conflicting) qualities:
We often think of red as the color of love or passion. However, it is also associated with evil or rage.
The old term indicating that someone is “feeling blue” has been associated with depression and sadness. But, blue being the color of water, is also sometimes intended to symbolize life.
Green is commonly the color associated with, nature and natural beauty. However, people are also said to be “green” with envy and sometimes called green when they are inexperienced.
Cowardice and weakness have been connected to yellow. But then again, yellow is also a shade associated with happiness and enlightenment.
When we think of gold, we make think of power and wealth. But at the same time, it can represent greed, a state of hardness or shallow materialism.
A few days back…
I was experimenting with the idea of creating a number of digital photography backdrops in Photoshop. While I plan on selling these customized backdrop files ($5 each or 3 for $10), I had been looking to bring out a specific satin looking effect. Eventually, I was able to do just that. But before finally succeeding, I had to go through quite a bit of trial and error. And while that can be frustrating, it can also be an opportunity, a chance to create what I like to call accidental art.
I decided to share the two pieces I chose to save in this post for your enjoyment.
I hope you like them.
As a photographer, I know that a lot of people are looking for ways to bring out the color in their shots to make their digital photos pop. Here are a few tips along with sample shots.
Making color pop
1. Make use of the saturation effect
– Use your photo editing software’s saturation tools to increase the saturation for more vivid colors. Be careful not to go overboard though.
2. Utilize the dodge/burn tool
– Most likely, your chosen editing software will allow you to either burn (darken) or dodge (lighten) specific areas of your photo. This can really help with bringing out the color in skies and nature scenes as well as washed out clothing or body art.
3. Go with a spot color effect
– Here, you take out the color in a photo and essentially make it black and white with the exception of the area in which you want to showcase a specific color. This takes a little work but is well worth it. My e-book “Making Beauty Photography” has a deluxe edition with links to video tutorial on several of these techniques.
While I hold respect and admiration for just about every type of art out there. I’ve always been blown away, no pun intended, by the artists who work with blown glass. I can’t imagine the level of skill and precision it must take to develop such amazing pieces out of such a frail medium.
Here are a few visual samples: