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Why Colored Pencils Are My Favourite Medium to Work With

In the artistic field there are many mediums to choose from including graphite pencils, charcoal, crayons, and painting physical and digital to mention a few.They all have their own advantages and disadvantages, as does any medium I suppose. With all this taken into consideration, I find  colored pencils to be my favourite medium. This is true for many reasons, including the amount of detail which can be achieved with them, their transparent quality which enables the use of the  layering technique, and the actual process of coloring which to me is a form of relaxation.

First on the list , and most important (to me at least) is the amount of detail which can be achieved with them. After all they are pencils, and can be sharpened to an extremely fine point, hence the amount of detail which can be achieved using this medium.

Colored Pencils have a transparent quality similar to watercolor, because of this attribute it is possible to use a layering technique. This consists of adding many light layers of color to your drawing surface. This makes the final color much more intense than if you were to try to achieve the same resulting color in one heavy-handed layer.

The actual process of coloring with colored pencils is my form of relaxation. The repative circular motion used to color each layer relaxes me to a degree. If you relax too much you will end up losing track of what you are doing, and ruin your drawing.

With all that being said I am still learning about the many intricacies of colored pencils with each drawing I do. I hope you have the same experience with whatever medium you favor.

P.S.

If you were wondering what brand of colored pencil I use, I use Prismacolor (affiliate link) which are not cheap by the way.


 

Audience Participation

What is your favourite medium to use?

Please comment below!

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Sources:

  1. Matthew Dickun
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The 20 Most Motivating Songs

There is such a tremendous variety of music in existence, that even if you took your whole life you could not hear it all. Out of that selection I want to focus on and talk about the specific music which I find inspirational, and motivating. The following 20 songs are listed according to artist.

  1. Dragonforce
    1. Trail of Broken Hearts
    2. Valley of the Damned
  2. Apocalyptica
    1. Life Burns!
    2. Bittersweet
  3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    1. Beathoven’s  Last Night complete album
  4. Stratovarius
    1. Eaglehart
  5. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
    1. Our House
  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    1. Misty Montains
  7. SonataArctica
    1. The Days of Grays complete album
  8. Mumford & Sons
    1. Babel
  9. Metallica
    1. The Day That Never Comes
  10. AxelRudi Pell
    1. Tales of the Crown
    2. Higher
  11. Buckethead
    1. Nottingham Lace
    2. The Redeem Team
  12. PeterFramptom
    1. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  13. Pearl Jam
    1. Even Flow
  14. Cage the Elephant
    1. Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked
  15. The Heavy
    1. Short Change Hero
  16. Fairyland
    1. Across the Endless Sea Part ii
  17. Piano Sonata No. 14 In C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2, “Moonlight Sonata”: Adagio Sostenuto
  18. Carmina Burana: O Fortuna
  19. Adagio for Strings
  20. ?

Audience Participation

What do you think should go in the twentieth position?

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5 Interesting Technologies That Have Changed How I Sell Art

Today I am going to discuss five technologies that have changed how I sell my art. So fasten your seat belts, and here we go!

1. Internet

This is the most important item on the list, because without it WordPress, WooCommerce, and Blogging would be nonexistant. The online environment gives me ( or you for that matter) the ability to sell digital goods such as art, or music directly to the customer online. It also facilitates the sale of physical goods and services quickly and easily without any human interaction throughout the world.

2. WordPress

This is closely related to item #1 Internet. WordPress.com, which offers free services to new and experienced bloggers, and WordPress.org which is the paid version. I am currently hosting my site on WordPress.org, which is the service that makes ArtBalanced.com a reality. Without it the only choice I would have to sell my artwork would be in a gallery setting ,which can be quite a daunting task not to mention expensive.

3. WooCommerce

This is simply a WordPress plugin that allows for  online sales, art in my case. It gives you the ability to set up an online shop on your current website, and everything that goes with it such as the cart and checkout pages, payment services, and item listings. For more information visit WooThemes.com

4. Digital Camera

I use a Nikon digital camera to take photos of some of my artwork the rest I take to a professional, but thats for another article. I then use the photographs for my online art listings displayed in the ArtBalanced shop.

5. Blogging

I started my blog on WordPress.com, which offers free services to new and experienced bloggers, but after a while I realized it did not give me enough control over my site management. I then upgraded to the paid version at WordPress.org where I am currently  posting this article.  Blogging gives me the opportunity to connect more personally with my readers/customers then a regular commerce site (amazon.com for example) would allow. It also affords me the opportunity to give background information on the art pieces to my customers, so they are better informed before they make a purchase.


Audience Participation

Have you encountered any interesting technologies that have changed the way you sell your art, or whatever it is you sell?

If so please comment below!

Thank You


Sources:

  1. https://wordpress.com/
  2. https://wordpress.org/
  3. http://www.woothemes.com/

 

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Movie Review: Inception

The most inspiring and thought-provoking movie I’ve seen to date is Inception. Inception came out in 2010 and was written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine.

Plot


The plot consists of the main characters Dominick “Dom” Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Ariadne (Ellen Page) attempting to enter the dreams of their target Robert (Cillian Murphy) using an experimental military technology. Once that is accomplished they must implant them with an idea of their own making. Hence the title which refers to the “inception” of an idea in the mind of an individual. It is basically a story about espionage, but Christopher Nolan takes it to a new level of complexly  with his addition of the science fiction aspect.

Review


Inception had a good mix of action and intelligence, which made you think more than most films now a days. The story was very intriguing the way it delved into the nature of dreams, and the mechanics of the subconscious. I cannot go into any more detail, because frankly I have not completely figured it out yet. I have always been a believer of mind over body meaning that many physical aliments can be caused and cured with only the power of the human mind , which is more powerful than must people believe or are unwilling to admit.  Imagination  is  , I believe, a key factor in controlling both dreams, and the subconscious. The main idea of the movie is letting go of preconceived notions of how the world works, and replacing it; using the power of ones imagination; with a world of rules and notions of your own making.

Audience Participation


If you have seen Inception, what is your take on the main idea of the movie? Please comment below.


Sources:

  1. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1375666/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inception