How To Draw Manga Using Basic Shapes

How To Draw Manga The Simple Way Hello and welcome to the third tutorial on how to draw manga. In the last tutorial on drawing manga, you learned how to draw a manga by creating simply stick figure poses. In this tutorial, we will focus on filling in those stick figures with simple shapes to…

How To Draw Manga The Simple Way

Hello and welcome to the third tutorial on how to draw manga. In the last tutorial on drawing manga, you learned how to draw a manga by creating simply stick figure poses.

In this tutorial, we will focus on filling in those stick figures with simple shapes to give your manga characters more dimension.

Using Simple Shapes To Learn How To Draw Manga

Everything around us, including our bodies, are made of simple geometry shapes like cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. Therefore, in order to learn how to draw a manga, we must first learn how to draw these simple shapes.

Drawing Exercise To Help You Understand 3-D Shapes

Here's a quick drawing exercise to help you understand 3-D shapes and also shading.

First draw a rough sketch of a cube.

Next, tighten up the lines. Think about where the ground should be. Also imagine a light source and where it is located relative to the cube.

And finally, finish off by shading the cube accordingly. Make sure to make the area that is faces away from the light the darkest as it is receiving the least amount of light.

Drawing Shapes From Different Angles

Now that you understand how to draw a simple shape, let's mix it up a little bit by drawing them from different angles.

This is very important to learning how to draw a manga because your manga characters will be in a variety of different poses. And if you want to depict them accurately, you'll need to know how to draw the shapes from different angles.

Try drawing these objects in different positions and angles. Keep in mind the direction of the light. You will be basing your manga drawings on these shapes so by practicing them you'll gain an accurate sense of shape, size, and volume.

Adding Shapes To Your Manga Figure Drawings

Now for the most fun part of learning how to draw manga. It's time to add these shapes to your manga stick figures.

Use cylinders for the arms and legs. Use spheres for the joints. And use a basic polygon for the hands and feet.

Remember, we are still in the sketching process of developing our manga character. Take it slow and step by step.

First draw the manga stick figure.

Then add in the shapes. And there you have it. Now you know how to draw a manga using basic geometric shapes. Look pretty good does not it?

Drawing Manga – Creating The Basic Structure Of Your Manga Characters

Welcome to the second tutorial on drawing manga. As you know this is the second lesson in a series of manga tutorials. In this lesson, we will cover the step by step of drawing manga and that is to create the basic frame work of your manga character. The First Step Of Drawing Manga Our…

Welcome to the second tutorial on drawing manga. As you know this is the second lesson in a series of manga tutorials.

In this lesson, we will cover the step by step of drawing manga and that is to create the basic frame work of your manga character.

The First Step Of Drawing Manga

Our first step to drawing manga is rather simple but very important. We are going to draw super-simplified stick figures to represent your manga character.

To do this, use only circles and lines to form your figure. Use the circles to represent the joints at the elbows, ankles, knees, hips, wrists, and shoulders. And use the straight lines for the torso, neck, arms, and legs.

Now, once you get that down, it's time to spice it up a little. Draw the stick figure in a variety of poses. Here's some ideas: standing, kicking, sitting, or anything you'd like.

Draw them over and over again until you get comfortable and are ready to come up with your own. Draw as many of these as you can.

By practicing this manga drawing exercise, you not only train yourself to be able to come up with dynamic poses on the fly but you'll also get good at keeping your figures in proportion and realistically positioned.

You are also training yourself to use depth and perspective to make your poses more dynamic. (Depth and perspective will be cover in another drawing manga lesson latter on in the series.)

The Proportions Of Your Stick Figures

The size of the head of your figures are very important here as it will act as a measuring tool for the rest of the body. The length of the arms, legs, and torso will be based on the size of the head.

As a general rule, the average manga person will be 7 heads tall. Where as a noble and more graceful character would be 7 and a half heads tall. Taller still are the heroic characters, who will stand at 8 heads tall.

In manga a character's physical attribute can vary greatly from super tall and slender to really short and stumpy. In order to become a great manga artist, you should become familiar with how to draw all of these body types.

Just as with any other art form, drawing manga requires practice. Do not be discourage if your drawing do not come out perfect the first time. Just keep learning and trying and ever you will become good.

10 Sketching Tips To Improve Your Pencil Sketching Skills

Improve Your Sketching Using These Sketching Tips In this article, I'm going to give you 10 quick and easy sketching tips to help you become better sketching artist. Becoming a skilled skating artist requires many hours of practice and studies but I notice a number of common mistakes that beginning artists tend to make. I've…

Improve Your Sketching Using These Sketching Tips

In this article, I'm going to give you 10 quick and easy sketching tips to help you become better sketching artist.

Becoming a skilled skating artist requires many hours of practice and studies but I notice a number of common mistakes that beginning artists tend to make. I've turned these common mistakes that I've noticed and turned them into this list of sketching tips. As you read through these sketching tips, try to see which one applies to you and make the necessary corrections.

So, without further ado … here is your list of sketching tips:

Quick And Easy Sketching Tips:

Tips # 1: Do not stress out over making one big sketching masterpiece. Sketching is all about being free and expressing your creativity. But so many artist stress out about coming up with a really big and complex sketch drawing. Do not do this.

You will benefit more from doing a bunch of little sketches than you will from drawing one big elaborate sketch.

Tips # 2: Train yourself to see lines in everything that you look at. Look for the horizontal and vertical lines. Follow the curves and focus on them.

By practicing this sketching tip, you will teach yourself to draw what you see and you'll begin to draw naturally as it becomes a habit.

Tip # 3: Be aware of the position of your head while sketching. The slightest movement of your head can chance the perspective of what you are looking at and alter the look of your sketch.

I'm not saying there is a right and wrong perspective, but if you start out a sketch with one perspective, you need to make sure that it stays consistent.

Tip # 4: It's normal to stare at a blank piece of paper and be intimidated by it. If you find yourself in this position, simply draw a light border on your page. Not only will this break you out of your paralysis by moving your hand, but the border will help you choose a subject that will fit into the area.

Tip # 5 : If you want to make an object look lighter, there is a way to do it without using an eraser. Simply put something darker next to it. This is the contrast principle at work and the brain can not tell the difference.

Play around with this sketching tip and you'll find that you can do a lot of cool things.

Tip # 6 : Before you drive into a sketch, make light out of the shapes to make sure that everything will fit into the page. This way your proportions will look better and you will not find yourself running out of space in the middle of your sketch.

Tip # 7 : Sketch faster. Practice sketching faster and you'll improve how you see and also your understanding of lines and form. Plus your strokes will look more fluid and smooth.

Tip # 8 : If you are trying to sketch something that look complicated, do not be intimidated. Just break it down into different shapes. Everything a comprized of the basic shapes: square, round, cylinder, and cone.

Tip # 9 : A great tool to have with you while sketching is a Q-tip. It smalls and easy to carry around. Plus it works great for blending your pencil strokes.

Tip # 10 : Pay attention to the light source when you sketch. Shading is crucial to making a drawing look realistic so make sure you get it right. If the light source is on the right of your subject, then the shadows should be consistently on the left.

These sketching tips may seem simple (and they are) but do not underestimate their importance. Keep these sketching tips in mind while you draw and your works will come out much better.

How To Sketch People And The Human Figure

The Foundation Of How To Sketch People Learning how to sketch people and the human form can be somewhat challenging but the techniques remain the same as with regular sketching. To sketch a person, first you should pay attention to the main lines and the direction of movements. At first, try to disregard the details.…

The Foundation Of How To Sketch People

Learning how to sketch people and the human form can be somewhat challenging but the techniques remain the same as with regular sketching.

To sketch a person, first you should pay attention to the main lines and the direction of movements. At first, try to disregard the details.

Just take a quick look at the figure and sketch out the overall shape. Then fill in the angles where they fit into the shape.

At this stage of learning how to sketch people, you are more interested in the proportion of the figure and getting that right than you are with all the extra details. You can practice this by making quick sketches of poses.

Do not be embarrassed if your quick sketches does not come out perfect. We all have to start from somewhere. We all are beginners who did not have a clue about how to sketch people at some point and mistakes help us get better.

How To Sketch People Using Templates

As you continue to practice doing these sketches, you'll find that you develop a template for the different body types: man, woman, child.

This is good. It means that you are developing a feel for drawing the human figure. Use these templates to help you draw the outline of your sketches of people and then fill the details.

Here are some quick things to notice about the human figure that you should include in your sketches of people: as we age, our body begins to droops. Our head and arms will also sag a little.

As a beginner, try to avoid making your sketches too small. Smaller sketches are more difficult to draw as you have to make very fine details.

But in addition, you will not learn as much with smaller sketches because it will be harder for you to spot your weak points. For this reason, larger sketches tend to be better.

Sketching Hair

Many people find it hard to sketch hair. The good news is that sketching hair is a lot easier than drawing hair. The key to sketching hair is to do it with delicacy and to look for stray hairs to break up the mass of hair.

Remember to make your pencil stroke in the direction of the hair flow. To sketch long and straight hair, use swinging strokes that are close together.

Also, if the people that you are sketching are in motion be sure to ruffle up the hair to make it look like it's moving.

Hair also changes with age. Younger hair tends to be thicker and will thin out as you age. Be sure to depict this in your sketches.

How to sketch people is a complex subject and it is impossible to cover everything in one short article. I've done my best to lay out some important points that you should keep in mind when sketching people.

Keep these drawing tips in mind and you should find that skating people will become a much easier task.

The Various Forms of Visual Art

Art is omnipresent, in various forms of music, the written word or painted pictures. Shaped beautifully out of an ugly rock or colored on a blank canvas, there are various ways in which art is seen. In this article, we cover the prominent forms of visual arts that the world has been witnessing since many…

Art is omnipresent, in various forms of music, the written word or painted pictures. Shaped beautifully out of an ugly rock or colored on a blank canvas, there are various ways in which art is seen. In this article, we cover the prominent forms of visual arts that the world has been witnessing since many ages. From the age-old primitive arts to the contemporary forms of it, art has traveled and transformed many worlds. The aim of this article is also to help you better identify or associate with a style of art, the next time you see something.

Abstract art: As the name defines it, artists here do not believe that showing specific objects is of importance. Shape, forms and color that take precedence and the flow of emotions is considered important. This has also been considered similar to non-figurative art, non objective art and other such styles.

Cubism: Here artists make use of geometric shapes to create images. Paintings often do not look real, but reflect the beauty of shapes. Led by artists like Picasso, these paintings focused on the art in shapes. Portraits were often deconstructed to the two-dimensional surface and diverse viewpoints considered for creating art.

Expressionism: More that the size and shape of the picture, artists here work to bring across expressions, and hence the name. Artists would thus penetrate into the inner state of things of the outer world.

Fauvism: This art form made use of non-naturalistic colors with works often being painted directly from nature. These paintings used bright colors and forms, initially shocking viewers and causing criticisms to call them 'les fauves' or 'wild beasts'. The art form emerged in Paris, and the pictures showcased individual artists' strong personal feelings.

Pop Art: The abbreviation of popular art, pop art is a style that is bright, colorful and represents the true elements of an era of consumerism. Images are that inspired from mediums like advertisements, newspaper headlines, comic strips, black and white pictures and also photographs.

Primitive arts: Also known as naïve arts, ethnographic arts, tribal arts, outsider arts or self-taught arts, here pictures look like they have been drawn by a child. The images may be religious or ceremonial in nature and can be on various mediums like stone walls, caves or wooden carvings. This form of art usually shows simple pictures without much artistic detailing.

Realism: Images in this form of art are made to appear as they actually are. This means that portraits or scenes are drawn as an objective reality that exists for a third person. Artists that paint pictures with the right (rather believable) color combinations to depict people, places or objects.

Other than the above forms of art, many more different styles also exist. Some of those overlap with the ones mentioned above, while many are new in presentation, style and form. In our further articles, we will discuss about more new forms. Till then, keep an eye out for the above.

Airbrushing Fish Tips

When it comes to fish taxidermy, one of the most important aspects is getting the color right. After the skin has been given a chance to dry, the color will fade. That's why airbrushing the fish is necessary. In order to do it right, there are a few things that you need to know. Here…

When it comes to fish taxidermy, one of the most important aspects is getting the color right. After the skin has been given a chance to dry, the color will fade. That's why airbrushing the fish is necessary. In order to do it right, there are a few things that you need to know. Here are a few tips.

Airbrushing is one of the most difficult processes to get right. You will have a much easier time if you're working with a fresh fish. You should know that different fish have different colors, with those of cold water and warm water fish being completely different. You can buy kits that provide you with the colors that you need.

It's also important to note that there are various types of paintings that you can use to create your artistic effects. Transparent paints, as their name suggests, will allow undering opaque colors to show through. Opaque paints will not show the undering colors, so you can use them to cover up other paintings. If you want your fish to have a brilliant color, then consider using metallic paint too. Some fish are known for having a pearl look, which you can replicate with pearlescent colors.

When it comes to airbrushing fish, there are also two main categories of paints that you can use, namely lacquer and water-based. It's best that beginners avoid using lacquer because it's very hazardous and you will need to use a special spray booth which is very expensive.

The advantage of using lacquer is that they're very easy to thin. They also produce more brilliant colors than their water-based counterparts. You also do not have to worry as much about the paint drying on the tip if you use a retarder.

Water-based paints may be a bit more difficult for you to work with at first, but you'll get used to them over time. They're harder to thin since you have to use alcohol, water, and a retarder combined correctly. Another common problem is that they'll clog up your tips much easier.

When you use a water-based paint for airbrushing trophy fish, you always need to wear a dust mask. If you do not, you may breathe in paint which will then enter your lungs. This will dramatically increase your risk of developing health problems in the future.

There is an assortment of tip sizes that you can use. You should have a variety of tip sizes so that you can choose based on the level of detail you want to achieve. Size 1 tips will come in handy when you need to make very fine strokes. The paint will need to be thinned pretty well in order to use a tip this size.

Size 3 tips produce medium-level of detail. The paint will still need to be thinned, but not nearly as much as when working with a size 1. Size 5 tips are used for working with thicker paints that have not been thinned yet.

In order to airbrush a fish, you will also need to get your hands on a compressor. There are various things to consider when buying one. If you'll be painting all day in your shop, make sure that the compressor can withstand the continued usage through the day. Also, take into account how much noise the compressor will make.

Image Re-Sizing Is Required to Create a New Avatar

Where is Image Re-sizing needed? Profile pictures for passports, social networking, official documents and scores of other reasons have always been difficult to shoot. Studio photographers almost get some details wrong. And now the larger digital pictures are shot. They too pose a problem if the size can not be reduced. Sometimes the amateurish job…

Where is Image Re-sizing needed?

Profile pictures for passports, social networking, official documents and scores of other reasons have always been difficult to shoot. Studio photographers almost get some details wrong. And now the larger digital pictures are shot. They too pose a problem if the size can not be reduced. Sometimes the amateurish job is evident when the picture looks flat or expanded. The facial features are not normal, giving an impression that the original features of the person are flawed. Another major area where image re-sizing has become popular is with montage pictures. Because of the number of pictures used, the bulk might show. Resizing them gives a bona fide look. Such images are also easier to share on social networking sites, phones, and also emails. Many web stores require thumb-sized images for their picture galleries. Resizing is also advantageous for them.

How is resizing done?

One of the safest tools in editing software is Image re-sizing. The correct use of this feature results in terrific results. The editing software has the pre-set format of sizing. One is able to select the size while working on it. There are many options for resizing. An experienced editor is able to select the right dimensions like the width, height and scaling for the picture. The correct ratio is essential also for scaling it. Once it is selected, then it is cropped. Now the same edited picture can be saved in JPEG format, which is universally known for sharing on various sites. There are options of sharpening the setting. Proper boundary lines can be given to make the edges smooth. There is also provision to add some text (despite a caption for the viewer).

Borders also can be added. They come in different colors, thickness and styles. A blur effect can also be given if required. If a watermark needs to be added it can be done with correct use of the transparency tool. The image can be rotated or shaped anyway too. One can preview the sample and check if it looks good. While editing many such creative additions make the smaller sized images also interesting. After re-sizing the pictures can be converted into files that are labeled for sending to the recipients.

Big pictures are good when they need to be printed. But when it comes to use on profiles, blogs, passport or other web based needs cropping and re-sizing are essential. Even when emails are sent with pictures the size matters. The reduced images are so much faster to send. Image re-sizing can be combined with manipulation and multiple re-sizer tools. All digital images can be resized and edited for convenience. It is no longer a hassle for the user who wants to share quality images. The new avatar can be as good as the original one.

TIP: To ensure there is no distortion of image choose the same height and width while editing it. The new age avatar image will be the exact replica of the original size.

Oil Painting Is A Rich Medium

The great works of art that came from the Renaissance era and continues to be appreciated today are all created using a painting technique that makes use of oil as a medium for drying and adding gloss and protection for the resulting canvas. The beauty of these oil paintings has existed for the past generations…

The great works of art that came from the Renaissance era and continues to be appreciated today are all created using a painting technique that makes use of oil as a medium for drying and adding gloss and protection for the resulting canvas. The beauty of these oil paintings has existed for the past generations and these artwork made by the great painters of the Renaissance era continue to be appreciated by the coming generations of art enthusiasts.

Creating a canvas oil painting can take a lot of meticulous efforts and time to finally achieve the great results on using oil. For a great number of painters who are beginning their art career in the field of oil painting, a few tips on how to create beautiful masterpieces on canvas can be very helpful in getting stunning results for an amateur painter.

As an amateur painter, it is highly advisable to start being extra careful with the materials used in the painting and must be efficient from choosing to the application of the necessary substitutes needed for the accomplishment of an oil painting on canvas. The first material that a painter gets is the canvas and this particular material needs to be primed before use or must be pre-stretched and treated with acrylic gesso, which can be applied in multiple coats to remove the coarseness caused by its quick drying effect.

A procedure called “fat over lean” must be strictly followed and reflects to the amount of oil present in every layer of paint – painters must be careful in applying the oil because this is a significant step preventing paint cracks and in bringing out the intensity of the paintings used. The oil is most essential ingredient in this kind of painting and it is important to keep in mind that the more layers a painting has, the more oil should be applied, so the term fat over lean to remind painters to use more oil. Solvent and resins are great improvements for paintings and can modify the results of the oil painting in a good way. These solvents and resins are often available in flammable and odorless forms and some may induction a quick drying effect, like the alkyd-based mediums.

The canvas oil painting is glossed and protected by drying oils, which can also add a yellowish effect to the final work of art. There are several types of drying oil that artists can make use of which may depend on their desired results. Some of the most common drying oils include linseed oil from the flax plant, which can be used for a wide variety of colors and dries thoroughly; stand oil provides a smoother finish that resembles enamel-based paintings but will require more time to dry up compared to linseed oil; Poppy seed oil comes in a very pale yellow tone and are best used with light colors and white and also takes more time to dry compared to the linseed oil; the safflower oil, which is similar to the poppy oil but dries at a much faster rate, and lastly, the walnut oil is very useful in making the paints more fluid and can be easily applied in thin layers. With the proper selection and application of these crucible ingredients, the oil painting will certainly live up to the artist's composition of the particular art subject.

Make Decorating and Redecorating Easier With a Changeable Kid’s Frame

Children work hard on their art and learn many new skills as they draw with crayons, paint with watercolors and experiment with macaroni and glue. Many parents love to display masterpieces created by their child as proof of his or her developing artistic talent. However, hanging unframed and unprotected artwork on a refrigerator door or…

Children work hard on their art and learn many new skills as they draw with crayons, paint with watercolors and experiment with macaroni and glue. Many parents love to display masterpieces created by their child as proof of his or her developing artistic talent. However, hanging unframed and unprotected artwork on a refrigerator door or attaching it to a bedroom wall with tape allows it to become damaged. Preserving your child's artwork with a frame ensures you'll have it for years to come.

Investing in a high-quality, changeable kid's frames allows you to display works of art without having to take apart a regular picture frame every time. This new type of frame relations on magnets for quick changes, along with a sheet of clear, scratch-resistant acrylic that is mounted permanently to the wall with two of the four decorative wall anchors. The 2 inch gap between the wall and the acrylic sheet gives you plenty of space to slip out a crayon family portrait and slide in a new watercolor still life. Simply add two strong magnets at each corner of the artwork — one on the outside of the acrylic sheet and one behind the art work — and the display is secured.

These changeable kid's frames work well in kids' rooms and playrooms because rambunctious play will not break the protective sheet. Acrylic is very durable, 20 times stronger than glass, so it will not shatter and create a safety hazard. It's also easy to add multiple pieces of art to a large frame, or pick one that matches the typical size of your child's artwork. These frames come in a wide variety of sizes and feature no ornamentation that could clash with the existing decor of a room. If the brushed silver finish of the wall mounts does not work with your decor, try painting them with a complementary color of your choice.

Magnet-based frames were first developed for use with kids' artwork due to the constant influx of new pieces from art class or afternoon drawing sessions. However, they work for other types of art as well, including high-quality fine art prints from your favorite photographers and illustrators. The magnets will not damage the print or leave marks on the paper, and heavy materials like fabric can hang in the frame due to the strength of the magnets. With a few extra magnets, you can even create a collage of family photos that changes with each season. Why get stuck with the same framed prints all year long when a changeable kid's frame lets you redecorate as often as you like?

Motion Graphics – Pushing The Limits

One field of design which has come of age in conjunction with the wave of new technology is Motion Graphics. In fact, nearly all motion graphics are constructed with the aid of high tech computer software. Although the field is subject to change with new technological developments, there will always be a need for artists…

One field of design which has come of age in conjunction with the wave of new technology is Motion Graphics. In fact, nearly all motion graphics are constructed with the aid of high tech computer software. Although the field is subject to change with new technological developments, there will always be a need for artists endowed with basic design skills, regardless of the tools available.

This exciting industry tenders to push the limits of what is possible. and is bound only by the limits of human imagination and the skills of the artist. Quite often, they challenge the boundaries of artistic capability. One essential attribute of a graphic artist is a penchant for staying abreast of new technological advances and a thorough proficiency of computer software.

The motion graphics industry is the emerging medium of choice for composing movies, advertisements, and other digital art. What, in reality, is the greatest benefit of these graphics? For starters, art in motion is an exciting creation and outshines many traditional modes of creativity. Instead of still shots, creations are fluid and can really interact with the observer. What art lover is not inspired by this possibility?

This medium facilitates a whole new interaction with the audience. Aside from putting an extra sheen on your art, many sound effects resonate with increased clarity, and are supplemented by their interaction with visual aspects. Think of it as living, breathing art. There are endless possibilities in this new wave of design.

Motion graphics adds a new dimension to any work. Objects moving in three dimensions and untapped viewpoints are possible. Perhaps the largest advantage is that it facilitates stimulation of both sight and sound.

The attitude artists have regard to these innovations must be akin to Disney's exhilaration of watching Snow White grace the screen some 70 years ago. Although not the first animation to hit the screen, it was by far the most innovative. Today, motion graphics are challenging similar boundaries in the world of multimedia. People in all professions have a use for these amazing developments. Corporate presentations can now come to life with stunning graphics and multi-dimensional capabilities. Such features make any presentation stand out from the crowd and keep audiences entranced. Indeed, the spectrum of possibilities in this new field seems to be almost infinite, and is growing every day.

Why Get An Abstract Oil Painting?

Although a number of people do not exactly know how to judge an abstract oil painting, there are a number of reasons for why this art style has become a staple in so many homes. A person who may not have a formal training in evaluating these works of art will always receive some sort…

Although a number of people do not exactly know how to judge an abstract oil painting, there are a number of reasons for why this art style has become a staple in so many homes. A person who may not have a formal training in evaluating these works of art will always receive some sort of message from any abstract oil painting. With that, homeowners have always been enticed to purchase these abstract works of art. There are a number of instances wherein homeowners would find the need to purchase abstract paintings.

One of these reasons is to fill an empty wall space. A bare, cold wall is never aesthetically pleasing. For that reason, homeowners opt to break the space by adding an abstract piece of artwork. If this is the intention, one has to take into consideration the color of wall at the same time the abstract design. Picking out an abstract oil painting which is full of bright colors will clash when it is against a boldly painted wall. It is better to have a colorful abstract painting against a wall that is painted a neutral color.

Another reason as to why one would consider purchasing abstract work of art is when the furnishings in the room do not tie together and the piece of art is utilized to harmonize everything together. In order to choose the appropriate work of art which can bind the entire room together, one has to think about a specific color which goes with all of the other items in the room. Once one has already completed that task, one simply has to pick out an abstract oil painting which features that specific shade.

Some people often decide to purchase abstract oil paintings because they treat them as investments. Good art pieces will fetch a higher price in time especially if the artists have established themselves in this field. This might mean that a person will have to know more about the basics of abstract work of art before he or she can become a smart art collector. Most of the art collectors who truly strike gold are those who invest their money on works of obscure painters who later make it big. Regardless of the motivation for purchasing abstract oil paintings, a buyer should always pick out pieces which he or she can personally refer to and enjoy looking at for years.

Oil Painting On Canvas Can Be Experimental And Rich In Shades

As a fine art buyer, purchasing a piece of oil painting on canvas must be on top of your list. Of course, you are well served by the vast repertoire of such paintings available. Today, the artists use this medium with glee and their appetite towards using oil is seen in the larger number of…

As a fine art buyer, purchasing a piece of oil painting on canvas must be on top of your list. Of course, you are well served by the vast repertoire of such paintings available. Today, the artists use this medium with glee and their appetite towards using oil is seen in the larger number of paintings available over the fine art galleries. The maintainers of these art galleries are a cheerful lot too as the buyers keep flocking looking for every kind of piece of art.

Portrait and Landscape work of oil painting on canvas can have a Baroque touch or Cubist outlook. It might even have a bizarre Impressionist touch about itself or a completely post-modernist appearance. In all its avatars, the work of art of the past masters and their legacy is well and truly alive through the work of art of contemporary artists. Faced with such a pleasant disposal of artists, the connoisseurs and buyers keep increasing their art collections.

Oil painting on canvas can cater to Realism or Naturalism and present a wild cat in a forest with equal verve as they can use Renaissance images of Lords or Symbolist paintings depicting a man on top of earth. The use of pigments bound to drying oils has spread all across the globe and artists from each corner are using it merrily. Oil painting combined with linseed oil or mineral spirit is used in general and the idea is to create a thinner rack. Palette knives, rags and the more conventional brush pads are used for the purpose of eliminating a range of art forms successfully.

One thing that should be known to the art buyers around the world is that the oil painting on canvas dries by oxidation and not evaporation. This means it can take up to a fortnight to completely dry out. In fact, artists take a lot of advantage of its delayed drying; while wet, they can still make changes of forms, expressions and symmetry. This is invaluable because artists often like adding or altering certain points about their own oil paining on canvas almost a week or 10 days after the apprentice final product. As a lover of fine art you will get the very best of works of art if you are ready to be an observer rather than a participant in the process of purchasing an oil painting on canvas.

Find Artistic Color Harmony Using Discordant Colors From the Wheel

Artistic color harmony using the Munsell Color Wheel. According to Wikipedia “In colorimetry, the Munsell color system is a color space that specifics colors based on three color dimensions: hue, value (brightness), and chroma (color purity). decade of the 20th century ” Dr Munsell measured color in a way that had not been known before.…

Artistic color harmony using the Munsell Color Wheel.

According to Wikipedia “In colorimetry, the Munsell color system is a color space that specifics colors based on three color dimensions: hue, value (brightness), and chroma (color purity). decade of the 20th century ”

Dr Munsell measured color in a way that had not been known before. Being an artist and art teacher he wanted to find a better way of mixing colors and achieving better color harmony.

Color Harmony

Fast forward many years where I find an extremely well written book, “Color Harmony in you Paintings”, written by Margaret Kessler.

Being an oil painter at the time, this book appeared to me for several reasons but one was because it demonstrated and used the Munsell System. Since this book came into my possession I've studied this system and used it to achieve more artistic color harmony in my paintings.

In this post how to use the discordant colors of blue and orange for an example, will be explored.

In her “Color Harmony in your Paintings” book, Margaret Kessler gives a wheel using tube color names and also furnishes a diagram to make and use with this particular color wheel. After using this method of painting my paintings stayed brighter, it was easier to decide which pigment I needed to use – where and so on.

So, now to the colors of today – Blue and Orange – and using Kessler's colors on the wheel. When the transparent diagram is placed over the wheel with Phthalo Blue being the dominant color, Cad Red Light is the complementary color. That is probably not too surprising to you but, the discordant colors could be a surprise. In this example they are Red-Violet and Yellow-Green.

“The Red-Violet could be Venetian Red, Rose Madder, Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Red

The Yellow-Green could be Lemon Yellow, Cad. Yellow Pale or Cad. Yellow Light. “Margaret Kessler. When these analogous colors are used in a painting they are bright and cheerful, giving the painting an uplifting and happy feeling.

Neutrals and semi-neutrals created from this harmony are much brighter and more vivid than when mixed with more traditional color harmonies.

It is not to be said that traditional or the Munsell system are any better or worse than each other. The Munsell system just presents more color harmony in paintings.

Silhouette Style Portraits

Personal portraits are a great way of enhancing room décor with your own individual style. There are various ways of creating designer portraits, and silhouette styled portraits are a stylish way of doing so. These portraits highlight the basic outline of the person rather than facial details, giving way to an unusual style of art.…

Personal portraits are a great way of enhancing room décor with your own individual style. There are various ways of creating designer portraits, and silhouette styled portraits are a stylish way of doing so. These portraits highlight the basic outline of the person rather than facial details, giving way to an unusual style of art.

Traditional silhouette style

The silhouette style of portraiture has been popular since many ages, with this style being predominant on Roman era coinage. At that time, images were usually cut out of a black card, a method that is still followed prominently. Other ways of creating silhouettes including painting on mediums, or on reverse in glass, hollow-cutting of images out of the medium and pasting them. The form was also seen frequently in the mid 18th century, although the term silhouette was not employed. Pictures at that time would combine the basic outline of the person, filled in with black color. The form lost its popular stage during the invention years of the camera, and came back to popularity only with advertising campaigns and pop art.

Emergence of new era silhouettes

One advertising campaign that really bought silhouette images to life was that of Apple iPod. The advertisements featured popular rock start Eminem and other models in silhouette style. Only the iPods were made visible in the campaign. Soon after the campaign, various pop artists, inspired from the advertisement and previous versions of silhouette art, started creating versions. The style of creating silhouettes also evolved from being simply a cut and paste job to a photo-development technology. Advent of the digital cameras made technologies much more accessible to people.

Silhouette style pop art

All these efforts over the years have today been rejected in a new, fresh and interesting form of silhouette art. Today this pop art is available in various ways. Single bright colored backgrounds often characterized a black silhouette or vice versa. Various artists love to play with silhouette color combinations, resulting in amazing styles that are great for home décor. Various versions of the style are also made available. One of these is the detailed silhouette style, where facial features are made more obvious in the portrait, giving the resemblance of dim lighting conditions. Unlike ordinary digital photographs, pop art silhouettes combine the artistic intellect with new age technologies, creating an amazing amalgamation of style and structure.

Unlike common misconception that silhouettes do not give a clear image of the person, various researchers opinions differ. In fact, it is possible to note the gender, age and facial features of the person from the silhouette alone. Experts also state, that this form of art is great for visual media like photographs, movies, theater and also graphic design. Few online studios today offer a range of silhouette art portraits made to suit the needs of our customers. Silhouettes are thus created in stark color combinations and also with detailed pictures to show features. Also, these can be printed not just on canvas, but on a range of different mediums like wood, cloth, metal and even natural slate.

Top 25 Comic Book Superheroes

Like jazz, comic books and more specifically the superhero is a wholly American art form. Also, like jazz, it is an art form that has been underappreciated. As a result of the popularity of superhero films like the Dark Knight, Iron Man and the X-Men, superheroes have begun to enter into the awareness of the…

Like jazz, comic books and more specifically the superhero is a wholly American art form. Also, like jazz, it is an art form that has been underappreciated. As a result of the popularity of superhero films like the Dark Knight, Iron Man and the X-Men, superheroes have begun to enter into the awareness of the general public. The following is a list of the best superheroes that comic books have to offer. The list is designed to provide a starting point for the new reader. I have focused on the essential elements of the characters that I believe make them significant or interesting. I tried to distinguish between good characters and a good story or a good run of issues when I could but in some cases characters have been so significantly defined by a series or an issue that they made the list. Enough with the preamble, here we go:

25. Spectre (Jim Corrigan): The avenging hand of God. Really that's what he is and the Spectre is not above (in fact he seems to relish in) dishing out justice Old Testament style. If the Specter has decided that you need to be punished consider yourself lucky if he just takes an eye for an eye. Even the heroes get a little nervous when the Spectre shows up.

24: Kid Eternity: Kid Eternity makes the list because he's a cool concept with an awesome power and heck he can even be educational. Kid Eternity was accidently killed and to make up for the heavenly goof he was given an additional 75 years of life with the bonus ability to summon any historical figure or mythological being or creature to aid in his assigned mission to do good.

23. Green Arrow: For the first twenty plus years of his creation Oliver Queen was simply a second class version of Batman. He was a millionaire; he had an Arrow-Car; an Arrow-Plane, an Arrow-Cave and a teen-aged side-kick. In the late 1960's, however, Green Arrow lost his fortune and became the voice of the disenfranchised as the resident gadfly of the Justice League of America.

22. Black Bolt: One of the strongest beasts in the Marvel Universe and yet he never uses his true power for fear of the destruction it would unleash. The merest whisper from Black Bolt could level a mountain so the ruler of the Inhumans has imposed upon himself a moratorium on speaking. Black Bolt still gets angry. The reader knows that there are times that he wants to yell but he does not. The self-control that it takes for Black Bolt to remain silent only makes him seem more noble

21. The Thing: Marvel Comics has a thing (pun intended) for monsters. There's the Hulk, the Beast, Nightcrawler, Sasquatch, the Gargoyle and many more but the first was Benjamin J. Grim. Where cosmic rays donated the rest of the Fantastic Four powers without altering their physical appearance Ben Grim was turned into an appropriately named “Thing”. Johnny Storm and the rest of the FF became media darlings while the Thing took to hiding his appearance under trench coats. It was not fair and Ben has often sunk into self-pity regarding his appearance, which has made the portrait of the Thing often poignant.

20. The Chief: Appropriately if you are wheelchair bound it is incumbent upon you to organize a group of super-freaks. At the same time that Professor Xavier was forming his X-men over at Marvel Comics Dr. Niles Caulder was forming his Doom Patrol at DC Comics. Along with Robot-Man, Negative Man and Elasti-Girl, the Chief was part of comics' most dysfunctional super group. The Chief, however, makes this list ahead of Professor X because the Chief has a more complex personality and quite possibly may be evil.

19. Dr. Strange: As Earth's sorcerer supreme Dr. Stephen Strange has taken off a multitude of mystical and otherworldly menaces such as Dormammu and Nightmare that other heroes do not even know exist. As a member of the Defenders (along with the Hulk, Namor and the Silver Surfer) he formed arguably the most powerful super-team in the Marvel Universe and as a member of the Illuminati (with Reed Richards, Black Bolt, Tony Stark, Namor and Professor X) he has manipulated many events behind the scenes in the Marvel Universe.

18. The Atom (Ray Palmer): Running neck and neck with Aquaman for worst personal life would be the Atom. He came home to find his wife, Jean Loring, cheating on him. He got divorced. He then discovered a civilization of miniature aliens in the Amazon jungle where he fell in love again and became their champion. This civilization was previously destroyed. Years later Jean Loring went mad and killed his good friend, the Elongated Man's, wife. Ray then attempted to isolate himself once again andave his size-changing equipment to Ryan Choi who became the new Atom. Choi was killed later by Deathstroke.While he has often been a hero hero DC's resident scientist in the right situation can be a powerful ally.

17. Iron Man: Like Hourman (see # 48) Iron Man is a superhero that is realistically feasible. He's also a character that suffers from real life vices. Tony Stark was designed not to be liked. He was a billionaire military arms designer / dealer created during the height of the cold war and the beginning of the Vietnam War. He's hurt from alcohol abuse. He wasted almost no time in making a move on the Wasp after her break up with her husband, Hank Pym. He even started a Civil War among the Marvel Superheroes. Throughout it all, however, he has retained an integral part of Marvel's premiere superteam, the Avengers.

16. Silver Surfer: Norrin Radd is probably the noblest hero. He sacrificed himself to become the herald of Galactus in order to save his homeworld of Zen-La. Then he sacrificed himself by defying Galactus in order to save the planet Earth. The Silver Surfer does not even really like people and yet he risked his life to save the Planet. What a good guy.

15. Plastic Man: Back when superheroes were new and there were no rules demanding that they all be grim and angst mysterious sometimes they could be fun. While Plastic Man has never quite fit in the modern age of comics his comedic surreal early adventures have made him a favorite of creators and will probably ensure that he will never completely go away.

14. Rorschach: When a character is based upon another character it is not supposed to be better than the original unless that homage is created by Alan Moore. Watchmen was originally invited to be a treatment for the Charlton Group of Heroes and Rorshach was originally supposed to be the Question (above at # 74). DC Comics had recently acquitted the publishing rights to these characters prior to the publication of Watchmen. Then Editor in Chief Dick Giordano nixed the idea of ​​using the Charlton characters and thus Watchmen was born. Rorschach is more interesting than his Charlton counterpart, the Question. Watchmen is a must read even for those who do not think they like comic books.

13. Dr. Fate (Kent Nelson): The coolest thing about Dr. Fate is that “Dr. Fate” is the helmet. The spirit of the ancient wizard Nabu inhabits the helmet of fate and causes Kent Nelson (or anyone wearing the helmet) to act as the agent of the Lords of Order, Dr. Fate.

12. The Hulk: Dr. Bruce Banner's alter-ego is a combination of Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein's monster. Banner transforms into the monster, the Hulk, just as Dr. Jeckle transformed into Mr. Hyde but at his heart the Hulk is more akin to Frankenstein's monster in that he just wants to be left alone. Constantly misunderstood, the Hulk is drawn into violence that he does not crave. What's interesting about the Hulk is what he says about mankind in that people just can not leave the Hulk alone.

11. Namor, the Sub-Mariner: The very first mutant in comics. He was also comics' first environmental and anti-hero. Namor was no fan of mankind. He often was at war with the surface world and the original Human Torch over what he believed were infringements upon his undersea kingdom by the surface world. Namor could have been an enemy of mankind but when he was faced with a greater evil in the form of Hitler's Germany he could also team up with Captain America and the Human Torch to fight as a hero.

10. Thor: Taking parts from Arthurian legend; Christian metaphors as well as the Captain Marvel Jr., when the handicapped Dr. Donald Blake tapped his wooden walking stick on the ground he was transformed in a bolt of lightning into the Mighty Thor, son of Odin. Thor's best adventures have taken place in Asgard and the other realms where the grandiose nature of his character can be showcased to its fullest by writers and artists.

9. Wolverine: He's the best at what he does, but what he does is not very nice.He has been a mutant, soldier, soldier of fortune, secret agent, X-men and Avenger. Wolverine made his first appearance as a little guy dropped in the middle of the Canadian outback to fight both the Hulk and Wendigo. Who was this guy? From that start he became a member of the New X-men along with Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler. There was still no answer as to who and where this little guy with the claws, cigars and bad attitude came. The mystery of Wolverine's origins kept getting bigger and bigger. When his origin was finally revealed decades later it did not hurt the mystique of the character but added even more subtext to Wolverine. With the release of the X-men films Wolverine not only became a household name but he made an unknown Australian actor an A Lister in Hollywood. Easily the most popular character created since the silver-age there just does not seem to be any slow Wolverine's progress to icon status.

8. Robin / Nightwing (Dick Grayson): Bucky, Captain Marvel Jr., Kid-Flash, Speedy, Aqualad, Pinky and everyone else owes their existence to Dick Grayson. When Batman took a young orphaned acrobat and turned him into a crime fighter he spawned a whole host of kid sidekicks. Dick Grayson never did not remain a child sidekick forever. The character has continued to evolve and grow through the years. He became the leader of the Teen Titans both “old” and “new” despite being the only non-powered member of the group. He went from Boy Wonder to Teen Wonder and as an adult he has assumed his own identity as Nightwing and become an A-list hero on his own.

7. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan): Before Jedis there was the Green Lantern Corps. 3,600 creatures from throughout the universe armed with the most powerful weapon ever created and all working to conquer evil at the behest of the Guardians of the Universe.

What makes Hal Jordan unique in the world of superheroes is that he is not unique. On Earth he was special in that he was born without fear. This attribute was later changed to an ability to overcome great fear (which makes him more heroic and less psychotic) but through the universe there were thousands (currently there are 7,200 Green Lanterns) with his exact same attributes. Of course Hal Jordan was able to stand out amid the throngs of Lanterns on multiple occasions as the “greatest Green Lantern of all” but on those occasions when he would fight alongside other Lanterns it provided a perspective to the magnitude of the threat. After all if Hal Jordan (who is one of the most powerful heroes on Earth) needs hundreds of simply powered allies then whatever they are facing must be one powerful entity. Green Lantern reminds us that there is the distinct possibility that humankind and the planet Earth may be reliably insignificant on a universal scale.

6. Captain America: Similar to Superman, Captain America has always meant to inspire. In his very first appearance in Captain America Comics # 1 he is seen punching Hitler in the jaw. This book was first published March 10, 1941. This was months before Germany formally declared war against the United States on December 11, 1941, and yet there is Captain America inspiring Americans to take a sock at Hitler.

Even though Captain America like many Golden Age heroes faded after the war he became an inspiration for a new generation with his 1960's revival in Avengers # 4. Now the Captain as a man out of his own time serves as a constant mirror by which our own time period is judged against those of “the greatest generation”.

5. Captain Marvel: The original Captain Marvel epitomizes every young boy's fantasy, “to be big”. Simply by saying a magic word, “Shazam”, young Billy Batson is able to make all of his troubles disappear at the speed of lightning as he becomes Captain Marvel. Who armed with a mixture of abilities from different pantheons (Olomon H ercules A tlas Z eus A chilles M ercury) becomes the World's Mighty Mortal. Unlike Dick Grayson (see Robin at # 8) Billy was not a young hero who was allowed to work with the adult hero he was the hero who had several sidekicks of his own (Captain Marvel Jr. at # 32, Mary Marvel, the Lieutenant Marvels, Uncle Marvel and even a talking Tiger). Captain Marvels appeal to youth was so great that at height he had the top-selling comic book in America. Captain Marvel's greatest weakness seems to be to lawyers. First he lost a battle to Superman than he lost his name to Marvel Comics.

4. Wonder Woman: Part of the “holy trinity” of DC comics. Until recently Wonder Woman was the product of an immaculate conception and a gift from the Greek pantheon of Gods to aid man's world. Created by William Moulton Marston in 1941 as a role model for girls, Wonder Woman has had varied characterizations in her past but at her best she falls somewhere between Superman and Batman. She is an inspiration but willing to get her hands dirty in order to make her vision of peace comes true.

3. Spider-Man: The proportional strength of a spider and still can not get a job. What Stan Lee and Steve Ditko brought to comics in 1962 was the opposite of just about everything we had previously seen in comics. He was not a millionaire philanthropist, a successful business man, or reporter reporter, scientist or test pilot. Peter Parker was a teenager with real problems like how to make the rent. Yet despite the issues in his own life Spider-Man always remembered “that with great power comes great responsibility”.

2. Batman : How does one react to the loss of their parents? In fiction we are given a few examples. In 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote that fine breeding and good genetics could overcome any adverse situation when he created Tarzan. In 1954 William Golding wrote about a group of British school boys degenerating into savagery without parental guidance. In 1939 Bob Kane gave us something in between. Bruce Wayne's parents were killed by Joe Chill in what would become known as Crime Alley. Suddenly orphaned young Bruce Wayne dedicated his life to battling criminals. Driven by rage and revenge Batman became a Dark-Knight fighting a never-ending battle crime. Unlike Superman, Batman is completely human. Where Superman presents a spiritual ideal for man (insert Jesus Christ metaphors here) Batman represents what man can become in reality if he is driven.

1. Superman: The first and in my opinion the best. All super-heroes stem from either the “tree” of Batman or Superman and without Superman there would be no Batman. For those who do not like Superman because they can not relate to him than they are missing the point. Superman is a concept that is meant to inspire. He is not supposed to be “one of us.” He is a strange visitor from another planet that is supposed to give us hope that one day we too can be “supermen”. Superman does not actually fight for “Truth, Justice and the American Way” he fights for the “American Ideal.” He represents everything that we should aspire to be as people and as a nation. That's why whenever someone tries to make Superman “relevant” it never rings true. Sure everyone has felt like an awkward teenager at some point or even been filled with an almost uncontrollable rage and desire for revenge (that's why those characters are easier to write and are easier to digest as they appeal to our emotions) but Superman shows us who we can be as people if we apply ourselves. We just have to be open to the message.

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