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    Playing with Color in Video Games

    Playing with Color in Video Games
    Hopefully this admission will not be anathema to you, but I only recently purchased an HDTV for my home. Part of my reluctance to join the one-third of Americans in the high-definition era was cost: I recently left my job at the Wall Street Journal for the lucrative world of freelancing. But the other piece was philosophical. I didn't want to ...
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    How to Take Full Webpage Screenshot

    How to Take Full Webpage Screenshot
    There are tons of great website designs on the web out there. Sometimes, web users wanted to take screenshot of the website either for future reference or as collection. The easiest method to use is by hitting the Print Screen and Paste it in MS Paint. But what if we want a full page screenshot? Last time, when I want a ...
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    Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan Demonstrates Color Play

    Illustration: Penelope Dullaghan Demonstrates Color Play
    I recently got an email asking me two questions. (I’ll tackle the second one in a later post.) But the first one was: “I am interested in learning about techniques people employ for developing better connection with color - special exercises? do you keep library?” !http://artbistro.monster.com/nfs/artbistro/photos/0016/7351/paint_mix2.jpg! I thought this was a great question. And you all know how much I love ...
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    Traditional Sculpture Materials

    Most artists think sculpture is only possible in a large, industrial studio with access to a kiln, forge and foundry. While it’s true that certain processes are only possible in a large facility, there are many ways to work in three dimensions in a small studio, or even in your own living space, with no special equipment. Clay is certainly the ...
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    All About Technical Pens

    Mechanical drawings require precise, continuous lines of specific widths, drawn in a dark black ink. Originally, industry-standard use of dip pens and ruling pens (a split-nib pen with a variable width) meant that a great deal of skill was required among professional draftsmen. Ruling pens always carry the risk of dropping ink, potentially ruining hours of labor; dip pens produce lines ...
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    Designer's Guide to Writing Copy

    Designer's Guide to Writing Copy
    As designers, there are times when the client asks us to write copy for their project. In our experience, we're mostly called on to edit the copy written by someone else. That is a pretty easy gig, especially for those who have a good grasp of language, spelling, and grammar. But, what about writing actual copy and starting from scratch? Copywriting ...
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    5 Tips for Picking Colors for Your Home

    5 Tips for Picking Colors for Your Home
    How to pick colors for your home: Think combinations, not colors. Picking colors is in fact about picking a combination of colors. One color is no color. Did you know the human eye can't even perceive single colors? We can only see color differences, in other words: we only perceive contrasts. Therefor it's no use fretting over a single color for ...
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    How To Stretch A Canvas

    Manufactured stretcher bars can be used to make frames that are superior to what most average artists can make in-studio. This is because the mitred mortise-and-tenons at the ends of each bar form tight friction joints that accommodate shrinkage or expansion of the cloth, whereas the joinery used in most homemade frames is rigidly fixed by nails, screws or glue. It’s ...
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    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 2

    Adobe Illustrator: Create Line Drawings Part 2
    h4. *Fixing Your Drawing* When you have finished laying down your drawing, you can now go back and fix any small mistakes you may have made. *Using the Brush Tool,* Highlight the stroke that you want to fix. Now, simply “redraw” a brush stroke over it. Notice that the stroke that you highlighted changes. I find this tip useful for fixing ...
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    ArtBistro Podcast: Relationship Building and Success

    ArtBistro Podcast: Relationship Building and Success
    *ArtBistro Podcast: #76* Keith Ferrazzi Relationships are the key to success in any venture. As artists, it's critical that we be cultivating our relationships with others in our field. In this podcast, Keith Ferrazzi discusses some fundamentals of successful relationship building. Right-click (PC) or Control-click (Mac) here to save the podcast MP3 file.
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 1)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 1)
    Many artists think that having their images on cards would be a great way to sell their art – and they’re right! What they don’t know are basic essentials that will make or break them in the business. So as a former road warrior and sales rep who sold numerous card and paper lines to retailers for years, I will let ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 2)
    Part 1 of this series gave some basics for artists who want to start a greeting card line. Part 2 continues with more information about your line, and Part 3 will concern sales and marketing. How big of a line do you need? You need to create a cohesive body of work as a “collection” to attract attention and make more ...
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    Your Total Website Makeover

    *Langton Cherubino Group's new home page* Langton Cherubino Group creates marketing strategies and communications programs for others. It was time to take a dose of our own medicine. Once upon a time a Flash-based brochure-ware website showing our portfolio was sufficient. But now we have Web 2.0 and “Business as usual” is over. The new economy demands that we revisit ...
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    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 3)

    Starting a Greeting Card Line (Part 3)
    This article is part of a three part series. More insider perspective, this time on Marketing and Sales How should you price your cards? This depends on your costs, and the profit you desire. The average card on the market runs about $2.50 retail. You will be paid the wholesale price (1/2 of retail) so a pack of six cards would ...
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    All Hail the Print Gocco!

    All Hail the Print Gocco!
    About two weeks ago, I was killing time and avoiding doing real work by checking out the site Etsy.com. On Etsy, people sell their wares (t-shirts, tote bags, etc) and what I saw over and over was some really nice screenprinting on different homemade items. Where were all these craftspeople getting access to a press? Home screenprinting is a huge pain ...
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    Training: You Know Your Colors, But Do You Know Their Contrasts?

    Training: You Know Your Colors, But Do You Know Their Contrasts?
    Repeat after me: It's not about the colors, it's about how the colors relate to one another. Say it loud. Say it one thousand times. And never forget it. Don't worry about what I mean by that. Just read this blog. Ultimately, each and every post on this blog is written to support this premise. If color design is about how ...
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    A Glossary of Painting Terminology

    Here is a handy list of definitions of terms you will come across as you explore the world of fine art painting. Print this out and keep it handy - it's a invaluable reference. *Archival*: Suitable for use in creation or care of artifacts of potential or actual antique value; likely to resist natural deterioration when used according to sound practices ...
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    Paint Colors: A Historical Perspective

    In painting, different palettes yield different results. The two basic types of palette are either one composed mostly of earth colors acting as counterpoints to a few bright, chromatic colors, or one made up almost entirely of chromatics, with all neutrals mixed from complementary colors. For artists wanting to emulate the Old Masters, the more appropriate choice is an assortment of ...
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    How to Prime a Support

    h4. Gesso Preparation It is recommended to gesso unprimed canvas after it has been already mounted on the stretchers. Acrylic Gesso can be applied with a wide 3" Gesso brush. No preliminary sizing or sealing is technically necessary. The significant ingredient of Acrylic Gesso is the acrylic polymer emulsion. This contributes to the sealing of the canvas fibers (replacing the need ...
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    ArtBistro Member Websites

    This listing is for ArtBistro members who run and maintain their own personal websites. - Want to get linked? Email: info@artbistro.com for more information. - See your link here? Make sure to add a link to ArtBistro on your site. ArtBistro Graphic Designers • autumnpeak • blakkwolfe • fcuisine • imagotejidos • intriguingdesignbynicole • ptt151 • resonategraphics.com • sarahpaolucci.com • viperimatye ...
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