Monday, May 19, 2008

Try Your Hand at Digital Art and See the Possibilities

Try your hand at digital arts and who knows what talent you may uncover. You'll hardly be a Picasso but with digital printers that allow you to convert these pieces to a real artist canvas you just might create the next masterpiece for your living room. Who knows, your large format printing might even land a spot in the museum of modern art.

Need an inspiration, just watch any of the recently released computer generated graphics movie and you know just how real graphic design can get. As a starter though, you would want to go for simple pieces you can use as a focal point for your home or office interior.

Here are a few design suggestions that will keep you glued to your computer:

• Graphic design is easy. There are a number of ways to start including with your digital camera. You can simply take your favorite snapshot, enhance it digitally and create your picture perfect profile you can hang in your bedroom or living room.

• When you want to create abstract art though, you can browse through the classic painters and choose a design school that draws your attention the most. You will be happy to find many filters in Adobe Photoshop that can help you emulate at least a basic art technique. Experiment with different tools and find the look you want.

• Aside from the classics, there are numerous graphic design superstars as well. You can look into these design subcultures in websites that host their pieces. Most of the time, they will even include a step by step tutorial that will help you copy certain techniques or create certain textures from scratch.

• You can start with small ideas and grow from there. You can work on a simple project and add layers of complexity as you go along and become more experienced in graphic design. Save different drafts so you can also observe the project as it develops.

• Digital art works well for the surrealist thinkers as well. If your idol is Salvador Dali, you can convert your photographs into surrealist art in one sitting. You can juxtapose pictures into different scenes stretching, bending, or blurring them as you go a long with various graphic design tools.

• Jackson Pollock wannabes on the other hand can have their fun playing around with paint brushes and extra large canvas. They can simply choose different paint brushes and splatter the blank screen. Or better yet, they can make their own paint brush.

And even if you want to design murals or extra small prints, you can simply adjust the size of your canvas. With digital printers, they can work on a variety of sizes from 8x8 inches to as big as 51x100 inches with half-inch increments.

Remember also that your artist canvas soaks more ink than your regular semi-gloss and will give you deeper and richer colors. In addition, you also have that beautiful fabric texture that builds up the drama for your large format printing.

Large Format Printing tips, guides and sizes can be found at Large Format Posters

By: Terry De Guie

Monday, May 5, 2008

Ten Font and Text Tips

1. Use reversed text sparingly, although it produces a dramatic effect it is easily overdone and small sizes are difficult to read on some monitors.

2. Keep it simple. Avoid over filling a page, good use of white space encourages the reader to focus on the content. Use bullets, indents, italics or headings to distinguish important points.

3. Do not use too many font types. Generally, two font types are enough—for example one serif and one sans serif.

4. Avoid the use of all uppercase, depending on the font, it can be difficult to read. If you want a certain word to dominate use small uppercase, but an entire sentence or paragraph in uppercase is too much.

5. Use your boldface lightly. Contrast creates attention, if there are many bolded words, nothing will stand out.

6. Choose the right font. For example, a casual or frisky font distracts from serious content. The font should match your message and tone, not contradict it.

7. Select the proper font format. If you do not know what kind of format to purchase, consult with your font provider.

8. Test your font choice. It may be a good idea to see how a certain font appears across a broad range of applications or systems. Some programs, browsers or operating systems convert fonts and they may look different than they do on your monitor.

9. Do not overuse fancy, complicated fonts. Calligraphy fonts or other loopy, sweeping fonts may be beautiful, but are hard to read. Use them in moderation and never in content. For example, perhaps for a title in a large size that is easy to read, this will show a little style.

10. It may not be a good idea to copy fonts. Although the technology is available to copy a font, many are protected by license. Instead of copying, consider developing your own font style and purchase a custom, licensed font.

Adobe. Tips for Type.
Adobe. Use the right character.

Pamela Stevens

Pamela Stevens writes for, a review site that publishes unbaised reviews on a wide range of subjects, including software, online services, hardware, movies and actors.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ten Font and Text Tips

1. Use reversed text sparingly, although it produces a dramatic effect it is easily overdone and small sizes are difficult to read on some monitors.

2. Keep it simple. Avoid over filling a page, good use of white space encourages the reader to focus on the content. Use bullets, indents, italics or headings to distinguish important points.

3. Do not use too many font types. Generally, two font types are enough—for example one serif and one sans serif.

4. Avoid the use of all uppercase, depending on the font, it can be difficult to read. If you want a certain word to dominate use small uppercase, but an entire sentence or paragraph in uppercase is too much.

5. Use your boldface lightly. Contrast creates attention, if there are many bolded words, nothing will stand out.

6. Choose the right font. For example, a casual or frisky font distracts from serious content. The font should match your message and tone, not contradict it.

7. Select the proper font format. If you do not know what kind of format to purchase, consult with your font provider.

8. Test your font choice. It may be a good idea to see how a certain font appears across a broad range of applications or systems. Some programs, browsers or operating systems convert fonts and they may look different than they do on your monitor.

9. Do not overuse fancy, complicated fonts. Calligraphy fonts or other loopy, sweeping fonts may be beautiful, but are hard to read. Use them in moderation and never in content. For example, perhaps for a title in a large size that is easy to read, this will show a little style.

10. It may not be a good idea to copy fonts. Although the technology is available to copy a font, many are protected by license. Instead of copying, consider developing your own font style and purchase a custom, licensed font.

Adobe. Tips for Type.
Adobe. Use the right character.

Pamela Stevens

Pamela Stevens writes for, a review site that publishes unbaised reviews on a wide range of subjects, including software, online services, hardware, movies and actors.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Photo Art Galleries

Photo art galleries generally feature the artwork of photographers. The items for display are usually categorized into themes such as fine art, wildlife, nature, landscape, nude, travel, digital stock, documentary, and other images. By using advanced photographic production techniques, artists create black and white, color, digital, and film art photos in a variety of sizes and formats. At these galleries, you can view and buy images ranging from most modern and contemporary photography to vintage photography.

There are a number of photo art galleries located in the United States and Canada. Most of them feature mainly fine art photography, but some show other art media such as paper and textiles. In addition to photos, most photo art galleries carry a wide selection of videos, prints, and books. An array of stationery including bookmarks, greeting cards, and postcards are also usually available at these galleries. Some of the photo art galleries provide a wide variety of curatorial and design installation services as well.

Photo art galleries are greatly sought after for their personalized, friendly attention for art-selection assistance, archival-quality framing and matting, conservation and restoration services, special commissions, and installation services. There are photo art galleries that focus on particular projects such as thematic and historical topics. Many photo art galleries showcase a fine selection of religious photos. Sports, still life, fauna and flora, science, and fashion trends can also be the subjects of photos. Fine art photographs are excellent collectible items for a photograph collector. Single-subject photo galleries such as tattoo photo art galleries and nail photo art galleries are also very common.

Photo art galleries also conduct exhibitions for you to view and buy photos. These exhibitions sometimes focus on a particular artist or theme. Most photo art galleries provide online services for selection and purchase of photos. Online photo art galleries are also available.

Art Galleries provides detailed information on Art Galleries, Art Gallery Dealers, Fine Art Galleries, Online Art Galleries and more. Art Galleries is affiliated with Framed Art Prints.

By: Richard Romando

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Finding and Choosing Fonts

First off you need to identify what you require from your font. Some questions to ask yourself are:

1. What characters will be used?

Almost all fonts contain all alphabetical characters but not all contain numbers or special characters such as * or -. The last thing you want is to incorporate a font into a graphic only to find you can't use a character you need.

2. What special effects does the font contain?

Depending on your use of the font you may need to make it italic, bold or underlined. If so make sure the font has these features.

3. Serif or Sans Serif?

Sans means "without" in French. So Sans Serif fonts obviously don't have serifs and Serif fonts do. A serif is a small cross stroke at the end of the main stroke of the letter.

4. Font category?

What sort of theme/category are you loo for. Maybe your making a website for a punk band and you want a grunge font or maybe you want comic book fonts for an illustration. Fonts are almost always grouped into categories for viewing so it's important to know which category to view.

Once you've decided on the criteria for your font it's time to go searching. There are two main ways to do this. The first way is to go to a free ware font website. There are many websites that showcase large collections of fonts for free in many different categories. A personal favorite of mine is Cool Fonts.

The second way to find fonts is to use a search engine. You can either search for a specific fonts, font websites or font categories.

Thank you for reading this article. I hope it has given you some useful insight.

By: Nat Petrie Dodd

Monday, March 24, 2008

How To Design Unique Logo

There are 7 types of logo:

1. Typographic Logo which consist of word only e.g.: Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba

2. Geometric Typography Logo which consist of word (brand) and combined with geometrical shape such as square, circle, elipse. e.g.: Dupont

3. Initial Letter Logo which consist of one or more letters as an initial. e.g.: Hewlett-Packard

4. Pictorial Just like typographic logo (see no.1), but pictorial logo has stronger character since the typography was designed specially to create or design logo. e.g.: Hard Rock Café, Coca Cola

5. Associative Logo or symbol which has a direct associate with the product or main business core. e.g.: Shell, 20th Century Fox

6. Allusive Logo Logo that has indirect associate with the product or main business core. e.g.: Mercedes Benz, Alitalia

7. Abstract Logo that has an abstract symbol. This kind of logo is usually hard to understand, because the design comes from a very long process. In fact, it’s losing the basic form. Since the logo becomes an allusive/abstract symbol, everybody would have different perceptions about this kind of logo.

Personally, I love an allusive and abstract logo, because logo must be unique, simple and have a strong character. The basic idea could be anything as long as related to the company. It could be the product, main business core, the philosophy, the background, geographic, vision or mission, etc.

If you’re designing logo for fitness and spa center, leave the muscle and fitness equipment kind of image away. Start to think deeper about the purpose of being healthy and fit instead. What people get when they do exercise and spa (regularly)? The answer is “Their bodies will be healthy and so do their souls”. That’s the main purpose of doing fitness and spa, get healthy body and soul equally. It means that you can illustrate this with something equal or balance. The most common symbol to illustrate the balance is a “Ying-Yang” symbol. But you can not use this symbol as it is (that wouldn’t be unique, would it?!). Try to modify and make it related to the fitness/spa field. That would be another challenge for you as a designer…

I’m sure that the exploration of each business area to be exposed on logo is unlimited.

Anton Ardjanggi :: Jakarta-Indonesia based freelance graphic designer,

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Rich Fonts In Your Web Sites

Font selection is perhaps on of the biggest deciding factors in the success of any given design. Using CSS we have the ability to modify existing fonts significantly. Unfortunately, we're still limited to a small number of browser safe fonts.

The sIFR typography module uses flash actionscripts and javascript to replace existing fonts with rich typography. It's an incredibly powerful tool. The module is free and available under a general public liscense.

How does it work?

sIFR downloads flash .swf files containing a custom font that is then held in the browser cache. This means you can effectively patch your user's browser with a new font that doesn't exist in their computer's font library. Crucially sIFR can handle dynamic content since the .swf is a font library, rather than a simple static flash movie.


sIFR degrades gracefully into default CSS fonts for those users who have their Javascript of flash disabled. It's also fully accessible to screenreaders and other assistive technologies. Matt May from the W3C has fully endorsed it as an accessible method to create rich typography on the web.

In terms of compatibility, sIFR works on Firfox, IE5+, Opera 7+, Safari and many other browsers. 90% of machines are said to be compatible. On non-compatible machines the module simply does not take effect.


I've found there to be some minor speed issues. It's generally advisable only to use the module on small headlines etc rather than whole paragraphs. Loading speeds are excellent though if used properly, and are invisible to the user.

Overall impression

I love this module. I'll be using it in many of my future websites. This tool can make your websites stand out from the crowd by displaying fresh looking typography. It's important though to remember that small proportion of people who can't run the module, and make sure that the default CSS styles are also up to today's high standards.

I think that sIFR is an excellent stop-gap measure. It's badly needed as designer’s grapple with current font limitations. In the long-term however, browsers will have to find a way to support rich typography ranges.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Role of Typography

Graphic Design is a very challenging creative and artistic job. Graphic designer has to be able to solve the task given and comes up with the idea of visual communication which not only attractive but yet persuading the viewers/readers to grab the message behind it and arouse the emotion, logic and certain needs. Generally, graphic designer use a lot of pictures, symbols, letters and any other graphic elements.

Sometimes, Graphic Designer is assigned to do the lay out or composition of many words or long sentences on many pages. In this case, letters or typography is no longer as an additional element but they are the main element of the graphic communication known as books, brochures or catalogue.

Either as an additional or main element, typography has a very important role to determine the result of visual communication. Many designers think that the most important in design is the thought or the idea and how it would be executed. They consider typography as an additional element.

The truth is that typography could be the main idea of the graphic communication and could be the only effective visual communication. In some cases, we found that the mistakes of the typography usage could ruins the whole design no matter how good the design is. The result is that the viewers/readers couldn’t get the message that we try to deliver. Some designers, especially the beginners don’t have the sense of harmony (yet) which is one of the graphic design principles. They were inclined to use fonts based on what they like, even more, they use them almost in same size, without considering the harmony, balance and yet headlines, sub headlines and content.

Choosing the type of fonts has some consideration, which are:

- the style of design (classic, modern or futuristic style)
- what design is about (the product)
- the size of the media
- how much information to put on

Try not to use too much kind of font on 1 page, 2 different types of fonts is the best. You can play around by make it bold, italic, use different size or different colors to make them looks vary.

Anton Ardjanggi :: Jakarta-Indonesia based freelance graphic designer, graphic design articles directory

Thursday, March 20, 2008

3D Computer Graphics


Giving life to any kind of presentation is just simply known as Graphics. Graphics is an image appearance such as wall, stone, screen, paper are used to visualize for entertainment purpose. For example photographs, graphs, diagrams, typography, numbers, symbols, geometric designs, images, drawings, line art, typography and engineering drawings and other images. Graphics design is use on purpose of selection, creation, arrangements of typography.

3D Computer Graphics:

3D computer graphics are basically created with the support of graphic art, digital computers and 3D software. 3D Computer graphics is nothing but to submit the good graphics or the computer graphic techniques which is related to new technology. 3D computer graphic is vaguely differing from 2D computer graphics. 3D is another way to say as a three dimensional. Three dimensional represents a geometric data which is previously accumulated in the personal computer. Three dimensional execute calculations and description 2D images. 2D images are display on real time screening.

3D modeling is one of the computer graphics. 3D computer graphics algorithm is frequently based on the 2D computer graphics. A 3D technique is frequently achieving the effects of lighting and striking. 3D computer graphics is commonly based on 3D computer graphics software which is way to create 3D computer generated imagery.

Application programming interface (API’s) in 3D computer graphics:

3D computer graphics are most fashionable in computer games. 3D computer graphics are very special in (API’s) Application programming interface concept it’s very simple to do the 3D computer graphics. Striking computer games are source of 3D computer graphics. Computer games are very admirable and eye-catching mainly in 3D computer graphics. 3D becomes very fashionable in computer games with realistic work. API’s has improved their status in computer games and crucial in graphics hardware. API’s has present a program to approach the graphics hardware in a fantasy way.

Computer Games:

A Computer game is supposed to come under the control of 3D computer graphics. Computer game can also call as video game. A video game is an effective entertainment to child and each every person who are interested in computer games. 3D graphics brings each person to beneath the control of computer games. 3D is a great interactive entertainment with computer and video games. Computer game is usually placed in a personal computer.


Computer animation is one of the subfield of computer graphics. Computer graphics is supposed to animate the standard image. Animation is used to increase their status in 3D computer graphics and 2D computer graphics. 2D computer graphics is single bandwidth and also quite fast. To increase the speed of animation they introduce the 3D computer graphics. 3D computer graphics is not only in computer target itself and also mainly used in film and other 3D animation. 3D animation film is very popular in their people. Animation also has computer generated imagery (CGI) and that is mainly used for animation films.

Animation also views on the screen of computer and televisions; an image is swapping by a previous image to new image its measured action. 3D animation objects are creating in the computer monitor. 2D animation objects are used create skeleton and not the other part of the skeleton virtual. 3D animation is use to create a head, eyes, mouth and clothes etc. 3D animation are used to made the action what they created. With the help of key frames they utilize the computer process. In 3D animation all frames and modeling are utilize to complete the animation. You can place an animation under the bandwidth conditions.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

All You Need to Know About Typography

just want to define a simple classification of letter/font type. To me its important to recognize what kind of letters we need to use in graphic design. That's why typography appeared as a discipline. There are 5 kinds of letter/font according to their shape/ form.

1. Serif

Its a kind of letter with extended part in their foot-side. this part is called serif.
Example: Times New Roman, Garamond

2. Sans Serif

Sans means "no". Sans serif is a kind of letter without serif
Example: Helvetica, Arial

3. Script

Its a kind of letter similar to hand writing
Example: Lucida Handwriting, and another fonts with "script" word added behind their original name.

4. Decorative

Its a group of clip art defined as font. Quite help when we need instan art work on our design.
Example: Wingding, Webding

5. Monospace

Letters that have same width & space on each characters
Example: Monospace

I just want to define a simple classification of letter/font type. To me its important to recognize what kind of letters we need to use in graphic design. That's why typography appeared as a discipline. There are 5 kinds of letter/font according to their shape/ form.

1. Serif

Its a kind of letter with extended part in their foot-side. this part is called serif.
Example: Times New Roman, Garamond

2. Sans Serif

Sans means "no". Sans serif is a kind of letter without serif
Example: Helvetica, Arial

3. Script

Its a kind of letter similar to hand writing
Example: Lucida Handwriting, and another fonts with "script" word added behind their original name.

4. Decorative

Its a group of clip art defined as font. Quite help when we need instan art work on our design.
Example: Wingding, Webding

5. Monospace

Letters that have same width & space on each characters
Example: Monospace

By: Nanik Nasifah

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Designs & Typography

When typography is used creatively, it can accurately express and illustrate emotion and create a mood. Letterforms can be elegant and even visually exciting when used correctly. In the way letters are shaped for headlines and logos, they can reach out and get a reaction out of someone. When typography is used as an art form, it does not necessarily have to be read; in fact, it can stimulate the eye and carry a message without ever needing to actually read it.

When letter shapes are emphasized and become part of the overall design, graphic designers don’t have to rely so heavily on actual pictorial illustrations. In fact, some artists use typography as texture in the background of their layouts, or they use typography to create forms in the foreground. When color is added to typography or different weights or movements are given to it, all font families take on their own unique style. As found in many advertisements and logos, standard fonts can look extremely artistic. Most importantly, when typography matches the mood of the layout and appeals to the audience it was made for—mission is accomplished! The style of typography should support the visual communication and help illustrate the meaning behind the text. In other words, headings should mimic and complement the mood and setting of a layout.

Another factor to consider when designing a layout is to address the target audience you are looking for. For instance, if your audience is for young children, the typography should consist of playful shapes and colors. Since young ones prefer primary colors, try to keep the color palette simple or randomly place shapes and colors throughout the layout.

In conclusion, it’s plain to see that stylized letter shapes are an important part of designing and is a fundamental part of visual communication. Readability is a key factor in most cases; that is, if it is not being used as a background texture. Each letter in the alphabet is beautiful and it’s fun to showcase them and enjoy the meaning behind them. (revised 2/13/2006)

Debbie Jensen

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Typography and the Use of Stylized Fonts

"[Typography is] the art of printing from moveable type, including the skilled planning of typeface and size, composition, and layout, to make a balanced and attractive whole" (Google Online Dictionary).

Movable type had to be set by hand for over 400 years prior to typewriters and computers. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s when automated type-setting became available. It is clear that Gutenberg’s movable typeset had a huge impact on communication throughout the world.

has advanced to the point that an artist can choose from a wide variety of fonts for written communication or design elements. Typography is everywhere; it is seen on artistic layouts used for publications and found on functional computer-based products such as telephones, remote controls, and microwaves.

Since today’s software can turn typography into “outlines” as in Illustrator; or in Flash, the fonts can “break apart”--this too, was advancement for typography, because the Internet recognizes *digitally converted fonts* as artwork and not as typography. Digitally converting typography to artwork is important to today's technology, because artistic or unknown fonts (not digitally transformed to artwork) do not have to be converted to default fonts by end users’ computers.

Since decorative typography creates shapes in layouts, it can be arranged to be a focal point or used to create texture. When decorative typography becomes the focal point, it goes way beyond what graphics can do in visual communication. In most circumstances, graphic designs play second best to decorative typography especially in layouts, because decorative typography becomes part of the written communication. Generally speaking, the written word is easier to comprehend when comparing to graphic elements and editorial illustrations; and most often, graphics are usually not as precise as we want them to be. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, misinterpretations of graphics are probably more apt to occur when compared to straight-forward written communication.

When stylized fonts harmonize with the intended meaning behind them, they can give a stronger punch to what is being communicated. Stylized fonts can clarify or confuse the meaning of the written word, so be careful with your choice of fonts in your layouts. No doubt about it, the art of typography is an art unto itself! (revised 2/13/2006)

Debbie Jensen, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Photographer

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Caring for Your Original Art

The following are some general guidelines for caring for original artwork and hand painted crafts that will keep your work beautiful for a lifetime and more.

Direct sunlight can fade and/or darken colors. Place your hand painted collectible or hang your painting so that it is not exposed to direct sunlight.

Do not mount display lights directly over your hand painted item or original art. Spotlights should ideally be located several feet from the surface of a painting or a special collection display.

The best environment for artwork is moderate, including average temperatures of 70-75F and a humidity of 50%. Since we do not all live in ideal conditions, try to avoid exposing your hand painted items and original art to extremes of either heat or humidity.

Avoid fireplace smoke and cigarette smoke. For other types of dirt and dust, paintings may be dusted with a soft, clean brush to very gently remove accumulated dirt and dust. Decorative crafts can be wiped gently with a damp cloth. Do not use any detergents or chemicals. In-depth cleaning for fine art should be done by a professional art restorer and is usually only required after many decades or even centuries!

If your artwork or fine art crafts need to be placed in temporary storage, store paintings and handcrafted items at the same temperature and humidity levels as indicated above. Do not seal in plastic or glass as moisture build-up may cause damage. Sheets or other low lint cloths may be used to lightly cover your paintings or handicrafts.

If your artwork has been seriously damaged (tears, punctures or other significant damage), the repairs should be handled by a professional art restorer. Common tapes and glues may contain chemicals that will damage the art.

Follow these guidelines and your original art and fine art crafts will add beauty and joy to your life for many, many years to come.

Kathleen Karlsen is a professional artist, writer and design consultant residing in Bozeman, Montana. Kathleen is best known for her contemporary impressionism style and her colorful forest, landscape and flower paintings. Kathleen's original art and fine art gifts can be seen at For an extensive article about flower symbolism see To see a selection of Kathleen's flower paintings, please visit

By: Kathleen Karlsen

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Original Artwork Online

When it comes to buying original artwork online there is nothing better than purchasing a piece of original artwork directly from the artist who produced the work.

Not all artists promoting their original artwork for sale online have their own web site though, so it is quite common that you will see a lot of online galleries

promoting and selling artwork on the behalf of the artist.

This is a perfect scenario for an artist who would prefer to be doing what they ultimately do well, which is creating their art – instead of spending a lot of time on marketing their work.

However, I do admire the many artists who have a hand in the representation of promoting their artwork.

In fact, in a lot of respects it can be to the artist's advantage because as with producing artwork, marketing also requires some creativity. What better way to take advantage of that creativity with some input into their own marketing?

I am sure Dali and Picasso lived to see their success because they ultimately had a hand in the their overall "marketing machine". As a lot of us know, both of these amazing artists certainly new how to

make a splash and capture the public's attention.

This leads me to suggest that if you are looking to buy original artwork online, perhaps have a look to see if the artist is involved with his or her own promotion and associated marketing.

Of course this is not critical when it comes to buying original artwork because it goes without saying; good art is good art regardless if you meet the artist or get to read the

artists philosophy on life.

For a lot of people the art itself is enough to capture their attention. If the artwork holds enough credibility on its own because of its quality or manner in which it was produced and you truly love it, that’s all that really matters.

But if you appreciate an artist's work because you also like the way they view the world or tell a story within their artwork, you just may discover that you have been drawn to them through the manner in which they have represented themselves through their marketing and promotion.

Sometimes you will discover that there are additional little qualities that surround an artist when making an assessment to buy his or her original artwork.

This could be associated to how well they are getting the message across through their marketing and not just their artwork alone.

Here are a few tips that may interest you:

One way to discover more about the artist selling their work online is to see if they have their own independent web site.

If they do, then perhaps consider getting on their newsletter or mailing list. That way you'll get to appreciate how they are representing themselves and what their movements are within the art scene.

Sometimes, but not all time, you can get more of a personal tone when an artist has a hand in their own promotion. It can add to the

appreciation and overall enjoyment of purchasing their work.

These tips are not necessary but if you have discovered an artist that is speaking to you and not being spoken for, then perhaps hop along for the ride for a while.

Get to see how they present themselves and produce their work. Not only is it fun to watch but it can be quite interesting as well.

Nate Thomas is a writer and advocate of original Australian art. If you are an art collector or simply an admirer of quality art Nate highly recommends you visit Caku Art

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Moden Interior Design

Modern interior design does not just mean the decorating styles of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It actually refers to the clean streamlined furniture and architectural styles of the 1930’s. This style has its base in the German Bauhaus School of Design and Scandinavian modern design. Polished surfaces, clean geometric shapes and asymmetry are characteristics of this style. Expansive, unadorned windows help to connect the interior and exterior of the home. Colors:

The neutral palette allows the objects in the design to take center stage. White walls are predominant in a modern interior design with furnishings, accessories and fabrics sporting neutral tone-on-tone color schemes. Wall colors are in the light and highly reflective color range--white-based greens, teals and blues as well as stark white. Ceilings are usually painted a crisp, bright white to further emphasize dramatic architectural features.


The surfaces of homes done in a modern interior design are sleek, smooth and polished. Flooring is usually concrete, granite or linoleum. The common accents found in the kitchen are chrome and stainless steel and the cabinets are usually finished with a lacquer.


Modern interior design focuses on geometric and angular shapes. Light streaming through the windows makes an artistic statement and brings attention to the interior architecture.


The art and accessories used in modern interior design are extremely important and should exhibit striking shapes or forms. Spotlights should be used to focus on the art and create a visual impact.

Modern interior design uses less texture and is more about form and artistic expression than function. The touches of color added to the artwork and accessories are designed to make you think. Decorative accents such as oversized round chrome accessories, square-edged furnishings and rectangular -patterned rugs and artwork add to the ambiance of the décor.

Stainless steel, metal tubing, chrome and black accents are the hallmark of a high-tech designed area. Kitchens often feature an "industrial" look with sleek metallic appliances and storage cabinets. Glass block or curving transparent window glass may be set in a wall. The cabinetry is usually sleek and unadorned with plain panel doors and hardware that's hidden or unobtrusive.

For lots of great interior decorating tips and related information, visit Nr1 Home Decorating at

By: Ken Wilssens

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Art Frames

When you are purchasing artwork, be it a painting or contact prints, remember that the total cost often include the cost of the frames they come in. Veteran or experienced art buyers will tell you to just buy unframed pieces and have them framed yourself. This way, you only pay for the real cost of the artwork. And this will also save you money on transporting the piece, especially if you made the purchase while on a trip or vacation.

Framing your purchased painting is a good designing idea, providing you with certainty that the painting blends well with the other pieces in your living or office space. This works well for contemporary art or those done by relatively unknown artists.

Art frames can be custom made to suit your specifications. Depending on the subject or style of the painting, you can choose between wood or metallic frames. Victorian-style art, with its elaborate details and decadence is more suited to be framed in wood to enhance the elegance and richness of its texture. Contemporary art, pop art, abstracts, and Picasso-like pieces look best when framed in sleek and simple metallic frames.

Before you decide which frame to use for your newly purchased artwork, search for design concepts in magazines, visit galleries or browse the Internet. There are many art frame suppliers on the web. You can get really good deals from them, especially when they are on clearance. When buying online, just beware of the security framework of the transaction. Give out your credit card details to accredited suppliers only. And you must know all the terms and conditions of the transaction, if there are delivery costs and if the product delivery is insured or not.

The better way to do it is by bringing your painting to a smaller gallery or a hardware store to be framed. This way, you won't have to frame your painting yourself.

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By: Josh Riverside

Monday, February 18, 2008

VADE - Artwork and Imagery for media applications

Vade: Artwork Posters Wallpapers.

If you are in the market for abstract artwork for your media promotions, you may have seen the artwork on offer from Vade. We decided to delve deeper in to there site and artwork (most of which is license free), from

The artists who combine to produce the artwork available from that site cover a wide range of the more abstract styles. Some of the work appears quite intense but the majority of the imagery available is suitable for use in music and media production work.

The approach they take to their media is much more open with the heavy use of symmetry and intense colors. Although some may feel that it the images are simply mirrored textures it seems that once you take a look at the style they present (which is easier than trying to explain in words) you can see that a lot of work has gone in to each image/artwork piece.

We came across there work have seen it used on music CD releases and it has to be said that it does add that extra something to your productions although once the images become well know online the unique aspect may diminish somewhat.

Although there is not a lot of info about the guys who produce this work, we get the feeling that they are pretty much happy just making the work available to the general public license free.

Unlike most other artwork sites, you don't have to join up to get your hands on the artwork and having used their work on several projects recently they are now among our list of favorite artwork sites. It’s a bit more refreshing than searching Google images…!

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By: Gary Hall

Thursday, February 14, 2008

How To Select An Art Piece In An Art Auction, there are many art auction houses available online such as sotheby and ebay. However, before attempting to bid for a fine art auction, there are some points you need to take note especially if you are a beginner to art auctions.

If you are new to fine art auctions, you might first decide what it is you like to collect. Is it abstract art, oil-based painting, impression art etc?

You also might want to read up on the art category that you prefer to buy. Take for example, you are into abstract art. It would help you in your art auctions if you knew more about abstract art history, the various abstract art movements. The best way to start would be on the internet. One such site is They provide comprehensive search tools for visitors to research on their favorite art category.

The other way is to browse the various art magazines, books, periodicals. You could go to your local bookstore, amazon or even the local library. Visit a few fine art auction houses and get a feel for the type of art you are interested in. Art Auction houses will usually provide detailed information on the art piece being auctioned.

How Do I Know The Art Piece I Like Is Real?

Ok, so you finally found an art piece you like. The next question you are probably asking is how do I know it is authentic? Since the value of an art piece is subjective depending on the person looking at it, it would be best if you can afford it to get a professional art appraiser to value the art piece.

For large fine art auction houses such as sotheby, you can be assured that the art piece is already appraised and is authentic. However, if you are looking for an art piece at smaller auction houses or online art auctions such as ebay, you do need to be extra careful. Particularly so for online art auctions where there are many fake art pieces being auctioned.

If you like a fine art being auctioned online, the best way if possible would be to communicate with the art seller before buying. Online art auctions usually keep a track record of the art seller’s sales history and can help you to determine whether the seller is a reputable person.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Indonesian Art of Sculpting

Since the beginning of time, men have had the interest for shaping simple objects into entirely new different objects. Human beings have learned to adapt to his surroundings, and this resilience of men has made them more in tune with their environment, enhancing their talents.

Modeling objects is somewhat similar to this concept. This process entails the usage of a material flexible enough to be manipulated through methods such as heating and molding. This manipulation is done to recreate the object it is being modeled after.

Sculpture is definitely a form of art that differs from culture to culture. All cultures may use the same material and same model, but how each culture implements their own cultural design, concept and beliefs would separate one work of art from another.

The Indonesian Symbolism

The Indonesian culture renders high respect and adoration for the nature that surrounds them. That’s why in most of their art forms, themes of natures are always incorporated in their designs. Such designs they use are intricate and very expressive. Furthermore, the Indonesian design sticks to colorfully bright and sharp details.

Indonesia’s close ties with its religious beliefs have led their art forms, specifically their sculptures, to be mythical in theme and design as well. These and other designs basically symbolize how significant life, nature and religion are to the Indonesian culture. Another addition to the already long list of themes significant to the Indonesian culture is the close ties that families form with one another which have so far inspired the Indonesian art tradition.

Indonesian Sculpture

Similar to wood carvings, sculpture in Indonesia follows the unwritten rule that the sculpture should incorporate the Indonesian's concept of life, nature and religious beliefs. Indonesian sculpture involves many processes of polishing and touches that highlights the truthfulness it should possess. Indonesian sculpture is also never limited to fixed model positions. Instead, it has the ability to portray extreme movement and expressive features. Most important of all, the richness of the Indonesian ethnicity is evident in every unique piece of art, especially their sculptures. Each unique piece also represents the unique cultural diversity that resides within the boundaries of Indonesia.

Sculpture and other forms of art not only serve as a hobby for the Indonesian society but a way to preserve their rich cultural heritage as well. At and other websites in the Internet featuring sculptures, further appreciation for the Indonesian art can be seen.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Landscape Designers Can Make a Difference

Landscape designs

Landscape design combines the essential elements of art and science to create a functional, aesthetically pleasing extension of indoor living to the outdoors. It is a part of landscape architecture and allows space and design to reflect creativity. Completely a man made exercise, the purpose of landscape design is to blend technology with nature. To become a landscape designer one must have a working knowledge of art elements and design principles.

Though an architectural field, landscape design has a special aesthetic value. Elements of art include but are not limited to color, line, form, texture and scale. These elements are never independent of each other, but their individual natures should be dealt with care before considering the interactions.

Landscape design is a multi-disciplinary field, including within its fold mathematics, science, engineering, art, technology, social sciences, politics, history, philosophy. Color, line, form, texture and scale are tools which are used in combinations to adjust design the landscape. Design principles include unity, balance, transition, focalization, proportion, rhythm, repetition and simplicity. All these principles interact to yield the intended landscape design.

The landscape designer essentially works on:

• The form, scale and citing of new developments

• Public parks, greenways, golf courses, theme parks and sports facilities

• Housing areas, industrial parks and commercial developments

• Urban design, town and city squares, and pedestrian schemes

• Large or small urban regeneration schemes

• Forest, tourist or historic landscapes, and historic garden appraisal and conservation studies

• Environmental assessment and landscape assessment, planning advice and land management proposals.

• Coastal and offshore developments

The key steps in landscape design are:

• Develop a plot plan.

• Conduct a site analysis.

• Assess family needs and desires.

• Locate activity areas.

• Design activity areas.

• Plant selection and placement.

Important in landscape design:

• Unity is obtained by the effective use of components in a design to express a main idea through consistent style. It is emphasized by consistency of character between units in the landscape. Use of elements to express a specific theme within units creates harmony in landscape design.

• Balance is also needed. It refers to the equilibrium or equality of visual attraction. Symmetrical balance is achieved when one side of the design is a mirror image of the other side. There is a distinct dividing line between the two sides. Equal lines, forms, textures or colors are on each side of a symmetrical landscape design.

• Colors are combined into color schemes for practical applications. Three basic color schemes are monochromatic, analogous and complementary. A monochromatic color scheme consists of different tints and shades of one color and is seldom achieved in its pure form in the landscape design.

• A line is maintained in landscape design with the height of the plants that have been planted. In the overall landscape, line is inferred by bed arrangement and the way these beds fit or flow together.

• The size of the area is to be kept in mind for a definite landscape design.

Landscape designers and Landscape technicians or engineers are employed with landscape construction and service companies. Landscape designers, like garden designers, design all types of planting and green spaces. With rapid modern urbanization, landscape design is fast gaining momentum.

Gardening and landscaping are one of life's simple joys. Learn more about Landscape design by visiting our Garden Facts web site.

By: Bill McRea

Friday, February 1, 2008

Fantasy Abstract Art

Fantasy abstract art is a form of abstract art which uses dreams, myths, magic, wild designs, and stories in major. Fantasy art varies from Roman Gods to Mermaids to different fairy tales and more. Fantasy art is entirely about the imagination or the things that have developed just the way you dream about them.

Most of the fantasy abstract art work uses oil on canvas material. This provides the drawing with an additional attraction and moreover a realistic way of appearance. In general, a fantasy art drawing which uses oil on canvas differs in variety of sizes and the price package. For an oil-on-canvas fantasy art at a size of 18'x24', the price range would come around $375. Fantasy art can be categorized not only in the abstract form, but it is also developed in the modern form of art.

In the recent years, fantasy abstract art can also be developed with the use of software. The software offers you with quick drawing and development of fantasy art, along with lots of features that you can make use of. Fantasy art has been developed for more than twenty-five years with some exquisite masterpieces from various artists.

Fantasy abstract art has developed more number of drawings which comprise aliens, angels, collectives, dark, dragons, dreams, fairies, furry, goddesses and gods, mermaids, myths, sci-fi, and vampires. These are developed in the form of an imaginable manner, just giving shape to our dreams. This form of art development is gradually increasing in number, for the reason that it very soon attracts any kind of art lover. Fantasy abstract arts are also available around $8 in either framed or mounted forms, which have huge variety in selection with an incredible work done.

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By: Damian Sofsian

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tattoos: For the Love of Art?

How far are you willing to go for your love of art? Do you have art, designs, emblems, or icons written on your body? If art is your passion, why damage your skin with images you may later regret? To love and embrace art does not mean you need to tattoo yourself.

The permanency of tattoos has a serious downside. As we age, our taste in art and design and personal aesthetics usually change. No doubt, tattoos are popular worldwide, but caution for this form of art needs to be addressed. Do you know of any style that has stood up over a long period of time? People everywhere periodically change the style and color of their hair, eye makeup, eye glasses, and facial hair (for men).

Speaking as an artist, I have to say that no art is error-free. Artists cannot produce perfect work no matter how great they are. Only perfect people produce perfect work. Not only this, but tattoo technology improves from one decade to the next. What then? Removing outdated tattoos is painful and expensive. Most people can’t assume they will have the physical endurance and money to be able to remove tattoos.

There are more considerations too: faded tattoos, body weight changes, and aged skin. With sun exposure and passage of time, tattoos fade. As we age, our body weight can easily change which could cause a tattoo to appear too large or too small. And most definitely, our skin wrinkles and crepes as we age.

Tattoos brand people. Tattoos advertise and communicate messages to everyone who sees them. When someone feels so strongly about something that they are willing to brand themselves with a permanent tattoo or two, others take them seriously and try to read and interpret them.

Is the love of art your motivation for tattoos? If so, you may want to use your favorite tattoo design for your jewelry, a T-shirt, a poster, or for a motorcycle instead. If you think your tattoo is NOT good enough or does NOT merit being put on other items such as these, then why do you want permanent tattoo(s) on your body?

Debbie Jensen, Graphic Designer and Photographer

Friday, January 25, 2008

Graphic Artist

Graphic artists create art and layouts by arranging images and text to communicate a message in print and electronic media such as magazines, newspapers, books and websites, as well as for corporate branding, exhibitions and advertising purposes. Most graphic artists specialize in a number of fields including television, film and computer graphics, exhibition designing, corporate branding, book and magazine designing, advertising and illustration. A graphic designer can rise up in the creative world through his vivid imagination and hard work, and can acquire the post of design directors, art directors or creative directors in his career.

The profile of a graphic artist usually requires him to talk to clients to get a better understanding of their visual communication requirements and, on that basis, develop rough designs or sketches for approval. Once the client approves the idea, a designer prepares layouts of the sketches by using modern techniques like photography, illustration and computer-generated imagery. The layouts, once approved by the client, are printed and then set up for exhibitions or for advertising purposes. Although a graphic artist is only supposed to prepare designs for his clients, it is also imperative for an artist to interact with his client on a regular basis to understand his requirements, and supervise the design production stages to ensure a quality product for his client.

Graphic artists mostly work as a member of a team in design studios or advertising agencies, and after gaining considerable experience one can also undertake freelance work. Although a diploma in creative design is a plus for an artist, personal aptitudes like a creative and imaginative mind, good sense of color and form, good communication skills, good marketing abilities, the ability to work under pressure and ability to work in a team are some of attributes which are essential for a designer to succeed.

Graphic design is quite a rewarding career, and one can gain not only monetary wealth but can also amass fame through hard work and creativity.

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By: Jimmy Sturo

Monday, January 21, 2008

Top 10 Art Schools

The top 10 art schools focus on the visual arts, such as graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, and sculpture according to the author’s best research results.

1. The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture is at the progressive end of Earth Art and Ceramic Architecture technologies today.

2. Creative people require creative careers. The Art Institute of Phoenix leads the way to these opportunities. Programs focus on design— advertising, graphic, interior, and Web design.

3. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute offers an self-governing research and academic program designed to encourage new approaches to the understanding of issues and objects from an adaptable style of art.

4. The Cranbrook Academy of Art, located in the affluent Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, MI, is a prominent graduate school of architecture, art and design. Founded in 1932 by philanthropists George Gough Booth and wife Ellen Scripps Booth, it is part of the larger Cranbrook Educational Community, also founded by the couple.

5. The New York Academy of Art or Graduate School of Figurative Art is the only accredited school of its kind in the world. Blending the traditions of the Italian and French Academies, the Academy focuses on the study of the human figure by rigorously studying anatomy, art history, sculpture, painting, and drawing.

6. The New School of Classical Art (NSCA) offers the Atelier Method of art instruction and is based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA. It was founded in 2005 by the Master Painter and Classical Realism (arts)Artist Dana Levin.

7. The China Academy of Art has the most complete range of degree offerings and programs of study in fine arts in China. There are eight schools under its jurisdiction offering Ph.D., master’s and bachelor’s degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, multi-media and film.

8. Iceland Academy of the Arts (Icelandic: Listaháskóli Íslands) is an Icelandic arts school which offers education in arts at university level.

9. The Royal Academy of Arts is an art institution based in Piccadilly, London. The Royal Academy was formed to rival the Society of Artists after an unseemly leadership dispute between two leading architects, Sir William Chambers and James Paine. in Piccadilly, London.

10. The Royal Swedish Academy of Arts or Kungl. Akademien för de fria konsterna, founded in 1773 by King Gustav III, is one of the Royal Academies in Sweden. The Academy is an independent organization, which acts to promote painting, sculpting, building and the other visual arts.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

3D Abstract Art

3D abstract art is a form of abstract art which uses the help of modern technology for the purpose of designing and drawing. This form of abstract art uses the help of software which comprises of multimedia and graphics. This type of art develops quick drawing and modeling of images that are complex in type. The software used for this type of art helps developers to save time and give more attractive designs of pieces.

3D animation software is categorized into two factors namely graphics and multimedia. These are the factors in which drawing designs can be developed very easily. The features of this software help you in developing highly complicated models very easily. It is, moreover, very user friendly and highly efficient. Newtek, Ulead, Eovia, and Allume Systems are few of the top software providers who offer you with a better 3D abstract art form. 3D abstract art software can cost anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the features. 3D rendering and 3D drafting software are also used widely for this modern form of art.

3D Home Architect, which is very famous in the market, is of great use in developing 3D abstract art form. The software is used mainly for business and office purposes and also used for educational purposes. Encore and Mattel are the most popular brands that sell this form of software for commercial purposes. They cost around $30 to $60.

Floorplan 3D abstract art uses effective art designs that are categorized into computers along with electronics. IMSI is the only brand which offers this software for art development. It performs a complete home design solution with its features. The price range of abstract art software is from around $10 to $40. 3D abstract art software develops more efficient and effective art forms. The software offers you with high quality art technology at an affordable price range.

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By:Damian Sofsian

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Digital Fine Art

You may not realize it, but digital art is the kind of art you are most exposed to. Computers and digital media improve our lives and our creativity in manners that we would never have thought possible only a few years ago. Some modern art experts say that digital fine art is a natural evolutionary result of the progression of human technology, and that it should be recognized as a vital cultural phenomenon.

Just like any art form, digital fine art is created by three factors: artist inspiration, technique and presentation. All the traditional artistic techniques still apply to digital art – techniques such as perspective, light, shadow and expression.

The greatest achievements of digital fine art

Perhaps the most significant impact digital art has made so far is its ability to create three-dimensional (3D) images in a few clicks. This technology paved the way for advancements in the field of digital design and applied digital sciences (as in robotics).

And, because a there are many different software and hardware tools to aid both digital fine art designers and regular users, digital art is the most accessible art form. Everyone can learn how to manipulate form, shade, space, color, movement, texture, shadow, light, transparency, radiance, luminosity and reflection to create ingenious digital fine art.

Some misconceptions

Contrary to popular belief, digital art is ‘serious’ art in a sense that the artists are just as creative as artists who use more traditional methods. The computer does not compose and create art by itself – it is still the artist who uses virtual brushes and paints to produce one-of-a-kind artwork.

The future of digital fine art

You can expect to see more elaborate, digital fine art in the future as artist’s organizations take steps to gain more publicity and launch their artworks. The move to get art enthusiasts to take digital art more seriously is likely going to progress and succeed. It won’t be long before digital fine art is traded in high end auction houses. Although the image of digital art on a computer screen can be stunning, the digital fine art print is a collectible artifact that can be appreciated on a very personal level and treasured for a lifetime.

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By: Peter Emerson

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Arts and Design Training

Schools that provide arts and design training offer studies of crafts, arts, and design of all kinds. Arts and design training introduces a broad range of materials and hands-on instruction, including clay, wood, metal, and fiber.

Vocational arts and design training programs can be greatly diversified and may include courses in graphic design, jewelry production, illustration, interior design, fashion, film, animation, architecture, furniture, sculpture, and more. Arts and design training can also include painting, photography, sound design, and visual effects. Students in arts and design training programs will take courses in drawing, sketching, color, tools, techniques, creative vision, and art theory.

Art and design schools promote the development of critical skills to prepare students for professions in animation, studio arts, performing arts, production, advertising, educational instruction, video, film, and in graphic design, interior design, and architectural design.

Arts and design training may also include courses in the design of various mechanical devices and machines, such as kitchen appliances, windows, bathroom units, cars, airplanes, toys, and even interactive games, depending on the focus of the particular school and the interests of individual students. Artistic creativity and expression, intellectual understanding, and professional development are concerns of quality arts and design training in vocational, technical, and trade schools and community colleges.

If you would like to learn more about Arts and Design Training, or even Online Arts and Design Schools, you can find more in-depth information and resources on our website.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Expressionist Art - Is This What My Five Year Old Paints?

Expressionist Art first came formally into being within the professional fine art community around the turn of the 20th century. It derived itself from the European Impressionist movement and one of its first great artists may be considered to be the Dutchman Vincent Van Gogh.

The Impressionist were primarily concerned with expressing the nature of what their eye detected rather than the more realistic art forms that preceded that period. The Expressionist however was more inclined to add a more personal touch to their artwork and were even further from the academic standards that had prevailed in Europe during the preceding centuries. In many ways, just as technology transformed life in the 20th century, the expressionist artist transformed the way art developed. Perhaps it was this rapid change in the pace of life that inspired Norwegian expressionist artist Munch to create the famous artwork "The Scream".

In any case, it took expressionist art several decades to make greater headway and developed primarily in Europe through the German expressionist school. This school involved such talented artists as Schiele and Kandinsky. In many ways though the art of Kandinsky, though showing traits of expressionism rapidly developed towards a more abstract level based on his theories relating numbers and colors.

Indeed the whole concept behind expressionism was to capture an emotion through art and not necessarily expressing it via a figurative image. And this leads us on to the questions of whether art created by elephants can be considered to be expressionist artworks. For this to be true we would require that the elephant be aware of its feelings as it creates the artwork. Given that this would be difficult to directly fathom I believe that there is no fundamental reason to define elephant artwork as expressionist. However, is this also the case for our five year old children?

Young children are often not fully aware of their emotions, but we all know only too well, that they do know how to express themselves through their emotions. As such, if they were to do so while creating and painting a picture then it must be assumed that such a work also contains elements of expressionist art. So, yes! Perhaps your child is an expressionist artist and that should only be encouraged.

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By: John McMenemy

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Book Cover Designing

Book covers contribute as a litmus test to the success of a book. A buyer should be able to get the feel of the subject by glancing at the cover of a book.

There are few tips to be taken care of while designing the cover of a book.

1. Distinctive title or name of the book on its cover. Name of the book should stand out on the book's cover. Color, style and size of the font should be chosen carefully. Simple common rules are most useful like choice of opposite color shades i.e. dark font on a light image or vice verca.

2. Image or artwork or collage used on the book cover should definitely relate very clearly to the subject of the book. This involves great creativity like the one which goes in designing the logo for a company. Because its the image which acts as a strut or a prop to the recognition of your book's performance in reader's mind.

3. Towards the bottom normally the cover design should carry the writer and publisher's name. The fon size for this is kept much lower than that of the book's title.

4. Most importantly the cover design should give a perfect balance of artwork and text which communicates the glance of the book's subject with clarity.

Normally a couple of variants or designs are prepared and evaluated on parameters of appeal, recognition and impact value before pin pointing on one design which finally goes to make the history for a book's performance.

The author is a veteran in this field of book cover designing since last 3 decades. He runs a company specializing in book cover designing and book composing. Several samples and profile are available at

By: Manuj Bajaj