Pure White Canvas

  • Post published:February 16, 2017
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“In the real world there’s no such thing as a white piece of paper. Even if the paper was a perfect diffuse reflector with no flaws, the colour is still determined by the lighting. You won’t get a perfect light source that will give you a perfect distribution of chromatically perfect light across your perfect diffuse piece of paper. So in ArtRage we add some chaos to the creative process with a rendered light source across imperfect paper.” — AndyRage

ArtRage is known for giving you that natural painting look. And since it’s a painting tool, it seeks to mimic what you would see in the real world of painting by giving you a specialized Canvas with grain and lightning.

If you’re like me and want a pure white canvas (for digital sketching), here’s what you do: Menu [View] –> Canvas Settings and you’ll get a box that looks like that (I’m using version 5). Uncheck “Canvas Lightning.” That’s it. Click on the Canvas Color and change it to white because by default it’s not 100% pure white. When the lightning is off you can choose any color for your Canvas and it’ll be flat.

Simple Forms

  • Post published:February 15, 2017
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To draw the human figure well from imagination you must first be able to draw the simple forms of construction — the sphere, box, cylinder and cone — from memory, in any position and combination. The famous Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens said that “you can draw anything using a sphere, box, and cone.” These simple volumes are the foundation of good figure drawing, and are the fundamental tools of figure construction. These “tools” not only help you to draw the figure from imagination but to see the forms of the model. A portfolio will almost automatically be rejected if the figures inside do not have a clear sense of volume and unambiguous space based on model observation. —  Glenn Vilppu

6 Photographers, 1 Man, and 6 Perspectives

  • Post published:February 10, 2017
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A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it. To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. ‘Decoy’ is one of six experiments from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.

Mischief

  • Post published:February 9, 2017
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I’m in the process of looking for and trying out some drawing apps. SketchBook seems like a great app but I’m not for “subscription” so that is not an option for me. I’m left with ArtRage Lite (comes with Intuos Draw tablet) and Mischief. At the moment I’m only looking for something simple that allows me to focus on just sketching and brainstorming. Mischief seems to be the right fit for me at the moment.

 

A Comprehensive Guide to Typography Basics

  • Post published:June 15, 2016
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If you’re learning web design from zero and want to significantly improve your typography chops, then this article is written for you. We will cover typefaces, fonts, typographic anatomy, hierarchy and how to choose typefaces. You will learn enough to become dangerous in no time. (Link to Article)

How to Get Your Creativity Juices Flowing

  • Post published:April 6, 2016
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It’s 11pm on a Wednesday night.

You’ve been digging away for the past six hours and this might be your best work yet. You’re so close to breaking through — then you hit a wall.

There’s not a single drop of creative juice left in your brain.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether we’re designing, writing, or brainstorming the next big idea — we’ve all been through the creative block. The predicament of the creative process is something all of us face, yet few take the necessary actions to overcome it.

Keeping our creative juices flowing isn’t about picking the perfect colour on Photoshop or writing the wittiest line for your article. It’s an essential component to innovation, professionally and personally. (Read more)

MagicaVoxel

  • Post published:April 6, 2016
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Check it out, you might create something awesome with it! [For Windows and Mac]

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“I spent 6 months teaching myself to draw and paint”

  • Post published:March 31, 2016
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Creator of BlenderGuru.com spent 6 months learning to draw and paint. Here’s the result. His journey explained here: 9 Artistic Lessons I Learned the Hard Way.

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What this goes to show is that anyone can learn to draw or paint. Though you might not be the next Leonardo Da Vinci but you’ll still be able to draw and have a unique style of your own. If you like art and have a passion for it, you can do it!

The Long Game

  • Post published:March 28, 2016
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10 minutes worth watching. The only way to get better at your craft is to play the Long Game.