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Line & Contour

The placement of strong lines is one of the most important skills one can learn as an artist. Grounding your subject in space and place them accurately within your design. Composition is very important.

Structural Drawing

Training your eye to see perspective more accurately working with geometric shapes.

The Plumb Line

The plumb-lines help us to place our landmarks and proportions, of the figure or landscape we are looking at, into its correct placement on our paper.

Value

Becoming more comfortable with various materials, will help you gain more control over the value ranges in your drawings. Practicing drawing a range of values using charcoal, ink and more will aid you in capturing shadows, highlights and transitional areas.

Form

Form is one of the most challenging elements to capture accurately in drawing. Blocking in forms of all shapes, analyzing light and shadow defining each item.

Working on a Toned Ground

Explore new value-building skills with toned ground. Tone papers or just adding tone to your white paper before drawing. Play with values from lightest lights and darkest darks creating a range of value with tone.

Color Media

Exploring the use of color in your drawings adding subtle color to your work with different mediums by blending, shading and working with value colored pencils, watercolor-based media and more.

 

Mothers Are a Special Gift by Faye Diane Kilday

Mom

Mothers are a special gift sent
from God above,
They bless us with their nurturing,
And fill us with their love.

They pick us up when we are down,
And when we’re sad they know,
They’re always there to lend a hand,
And guide us as we go.

And mothers are like special jewels
that can’t be bought or sold…
A mother’s love’s more precious
than the rarest gem or gold.

Yes, mothers are a special gift sent
from God above,
And we’ll be blessed forever with
their never ending love!

Creative Projects

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Questions or statements you might ask yourself before starting a creative project. Whether it be an art project or a writing one.

(1) How to get your creative juices flowing

(2) Seeing where your imagination takes you

(3) How to work on an idea

(4) Interpretation of a subject

(5) Variations you can create

(6) A unique personal expression from your creative subconscious

(7) Spontaneity

(8) Keeping it simple

(9) Creating new solutions

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language”

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I read this passage from The Daily Heller.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” includes the following warnings:

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use the passive where you can use the active.
  5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
  6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.

The same holds true for design writing. But since design and politics are finding themselves more closely linked than ever before, it is worth reading Orwell’s manifesto as a matter of course.

 

2017

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May the year be full of peace and joy!

Joyous Season

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Christmas is the time of year of hope and joy.
Young and old are smiling from ear to ear.
Trying to stay awake to get a glimpse of his jolly round face.
Morning comes and the gifts are under the tree, we realize he arrived.
How did we miss him again this year?
Like that night long ago, the Star of Bethlehem revealed the birth of the child.
Not all believe, but like that child we never seen we hope for the best.
Right now, the earth needs peace, hope and joy!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

5 KEY ELEMENTS TO CREATE ANIMATION

 

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1) Story: The story is as important as the illustrations. Make the illustrations a part of your story.
2) Environment: Aesthetics the principles of beauty and artistic taste.
3) Movement: can happens in many ways. The first way movement can happen in stop-motion form or in a very fluid way.
4) Audio: Different forms of sound effects to create a compelling story.
5) Quality: Animation needs to be flawless product. All loose ends need to be tied up.

Writing Tips

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1. When writing have a specific technique. Make it be deliberate.
2. Stay focus on what is important.
3. Give yourself deadlines.
4. You need feedback and constructive criticism from other writers.

My Round Robin Painting

My round robin results “St. Nicholas Cathedral ” located in Prague painting. (Painted in an one hour and a half) Other three artist Aida Birritteri ,  Ballance, and  Rose EACH HAD 15 MINUTES )

Pen/Ink and watercolor study rendered in Prague.

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The Night Before the Christmas Party!

Jacob Marley

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

‘Twas the night before the office party, when all through the office
Not an employee was stirring, not even a rat;
The holiday displays were hung all over the office with care,
In hopes that your design take first;

The employees were huddled in their space,
While visions took place;
And the big chief in their suit and the rest well whatever.

When out of the blue came a clatter,
We all jumped from our desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the center, we ran,
To see it was the pizza man.

It was lunch!
What to our wondering eyes should appear,
A number of tomato pies.

With a little old driver, in the rear so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be anchovies and garlic; Oh dear!

The Grinch

THE GRINCH

And many other toppings besides;

And then, in a twinkling, I heard now wait a minute there is plenty to go around.
As I was turning around,
Down the hall another pizza man came oh boy more!

He was dressed in his uniform,
And his clothes had tomato stains;
From a bundle of cartons he had carried.

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were rosy red, from the blustery temperature!
So he fled; I guess that is how the tomato stains got on his shirt.
He was clean-shaven With a broad face and a bit of a pot belly;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the tables; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, out the door he went;

He beeped his horn;
And away he flew out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A Happy Holiday!

Marley

JACOB MARLEY

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