Psychology of colour and it’s important in your website design


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Psychology of colour

Psychology of colour relates to persuasion and so it can be a very important aspect of marketing.

Even though colour is dependent on personal experiences of people however, colour perceptions of people have rather messaging patterns. It is found that about 90% of snap judgements can be based on colour alone. Another study found that the relationship between brands and colour depends on the perceived appropriateness of the colour being used for the brand. The purchasing decision is greatly affected by colours because they affect how a brand is perceived. So, colour will play a very important role in deciding whether your product is liked and bought by your customers or not.

 

Different colours mean different things and they are generally associated with different meanings for different people. For example, red is often associated with your body and it means physical courage, strength, warmth, energy, basic survival, stimulation, masculinity and excitement. It may also mean some negative things like defiance, aggression, visual impact and strain for some other people. It is a powerful colour.

Importance of choosing a good website builder template

It is very important to choose the right website builder template because the template is the base of your entire site. Website builder templates are designed by keeping in mind the psychology of colour. Depending on your brand and the perceived image of your brand, it is important to keep the design and color choices in mind. The colours of the template should match with your brand. Making the right colour choices can help to convert more clients for you.

If you have tough competition and you want to differentiate from your competitors, your website can help you to do that. It is possible to use colour to achieve that goal. Colour appropriateness is far more important than the colour itself and you will need to remember that while creating your website. The colour should complement the image your brand has and what your clients and customers think about your brand. If there is a mismatch between the perceived image of your brand and the colour you use in your website, it can work against you and may shoo away customers from your product.

According to research done by different researchers there may be different dimensions of the brand personality and the colour will vary accordingly. For example, the blue colour may mean sincerity, down-to-earth, honest, wholesome and cheerful products whereas yellow and its shades may mean outdoorsy, masculine, western, tough, and rugged.

If you do not know colour psychology and do not know how to match the colour which your brand, it is always better to buy a good website builder template which is designed keeping in mind the colour psychology. If you are not doing that, it means you’re not only losing possible clients and customers which you could have achieved without doing anything else, but you are also forcing your prospects away from your products. Just find out the right website builder template for you from popular and trustworthy sources like Best10WebsiteBuilders and others and see how the psychology of colour can help you to get more business.

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Selection of Colors based on Page Layout


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There are different principles when choosing a color scheme. Based on these you can put together color combination for any type of website. It is essential to know the purpose of the website right at the start. It’s obvious that you would pick different colors for outpatient clinic, for a restaurant etc.

 

Proven color combinations

The basic know-how of every designer is the ability to sense which color scale to apply when creating a website. There is a large number of variables involved in the website building process which can limit the designer’s creativity. One of the factors mentioned previously is the purpose of the website. There exist proven color combinations in this regard. What does it mean?

 

That they simply fit together.

 

On the one hand the individual colors and shades blend in. They may be monochromatic or complementary; or opposite. Simply these are any colors which fit into standardized color schemes.

 

On the other hand there are color combinations that users subconsciously associate with certain type of industry. Furthermore, the right selection of colors increases the click rate and page conversion.

 

As such color combinations are universal for certain website types, they became a guide or an aid for designers. Why to think of something that has already been invented and already brings the results?

 

Why all medical websites are white

Proven color schemes become a must-have for specific types of WordPress templates and websites. The associations these colors invoke for the users are the reason why these color scales can be recycled and repeatedly used for the given industry. And these color combinations will never go out of fashion.

 

White color will always be the designer’s first choice for creating medical websites, websites for doctors or dentists; because it is associated with the cleanliness, airiness and sterile environment (which is characteristic for hospitals etc.).

 

In addition, white color is absolutely perfect for any minimalist business webpage.

 

 

Also, it is not accidental that you come across a blue color whenever you open a bank or insurance website. Blue color (especially in dark shades) combines respectability, reliability and strength - the attributes that clients expect from financial institutions. But also from companies. Blue color will therefore always be a good choice for corporate websites and for Directory portals.

 

 

Analogous to white or blue color, there are also other colors that call up certain associations. Green color is related to environment or healthy lifestyle websites, black color to luxury product pages and so on.

 

How to choose the right color for the layout

Another factor that affects the use of a particular color scheme is the template layout itself. Not all the color schemes can be used universally for each layout type - the arrangement of individual elements can limit the color selection.

 

There are 2 completely different approaches to layout creation - Grid layout (or Card design layout) and Broken Grid layout.

 

Grid layout allows you to experiment with images

When working with Grid layout, you can choose from several color scales depending on the website type. For the presentation and business websites you can use more bold color combinations and shinier shades.

 

Apart from presentations, Grid Layout is often applied for websites with large amount of photos and content, such as portfolios, blogs and case studies.

If the Grid layout is used for portfolio, website color scheme should be simpler. Images in portfolio are highly colorful. Neutral colors should be used as a base, so that portfolio items can stand out. Thanks to simple colors it is possible to add and combine different photos - both color and type. Beware, however, of their composition.

You have to anticipate when using Broken Grid layout

Broken Grid layout is a new approach that violates the rules of organized boxy layout design. Since the main principle of Broken Grid layout is seemingly random placement of elements on the website and their overlapping, the selection of right colors is essential.

 

Therefore we recommend to sensitively consider color scale and ask yourself if it is suitable for this layout type. Will it visually fit together with other graphic elements, embedded pictures or typography?

Source: Multimedia Guides in Culture.pl

 

Where to find inspiration for your next website?

Even though design blogs and portals can be a good source of inspiration for color scale selection, WordPress themes as such often use proven color combinations therefore can provide useful guidance too. It requires some sense for colors, but remember that sometimes less is more, especially if you’re a beginner.

 

You will certainly pick your design WordPress template from 70 unique business and directory templates made by Ait Themes.

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From "Jeff Job Hunter" to a well-known illustrator: interview with Jack Teagle


1. What was the thing or who was the person that helped your career the most? In what way?

Nobrow. They published one of my comics and it pushed me to jump into self-employment.
I worked on a comic for them called "Jeff Job Hunter" while I was unemployed, and it helped me to find freelance work.
I got a variety of work off of the back of projects I made with them.

 

 

2. We could say you're a famous artist now. Could you tell us about your struggles to get here? What were the challenges? What were the hardships?

As you start to make a name for yourself, a lot of people want your time and attention, but without paying for it.
It's learning when to step away and when you can tell someone is trying to string you along and waste your time.
There still are hardships, to keep consistent money coming in.
I'm too trusting of people. Especially with freelance, give someone an inch, and they'll take a mile.
You need to have contracts written out to protect yourself. Good communication with a client is very important. Some can be very difficult to get a straight answer out of!

3. Was it worth it? What would you have done differently?

Yes, it was definitely worth it. It's extremely rewarding to be creating things to your best ability every day and pleasing clients, as well as fans.
It feels good to make people happy.
I would have told myself to stop making comics a few years earlier when interest started to fade. I'd also tell myself not to do favours.
Don't treat clients like friends. You have to treat it like a business. When you start being friendly, people walk all over you.
Keeping all of that in mind, you can have a very happy, healthy career.

4. If you could give an advice to aspiring artists trying to make it, what would that be?

Don't work for free. There will always be work around the corner. You may think this is your big opportunity and you won't work again, but it's not true.
Your time is the most valuable thing you have, so be vigilant and plan how you want to build your career, and what you want to do. Basically, work smart, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by planning well.
Always focus. Don't try to think too much like an artist, but more like it's a regular job. Just focus on doing the best you can, and if there are imperfections, it doesn't matter, move on. As an illustrator, you want to make a living from this. You're not setting out to make masterpieces (unless of course, you want to create personal artwork in your own time).

To see more of Jack's work, please visit his website and his Behance profile.

What have you learned from Jack's experience COLOURlovers? Has it been useful? Is there something similar that you've experienced you'd like to share with the community?

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From loving to draw to making it as an artist: interview with Steve Simpson


1. Tell us about the time when you were starting out. How was that like? Did you have a specific plan for your career?

From a very early age, the only plan I really had was to ‘draw’ for a living - I didn’t know exactly how I could do that and coming from a working class background in an industrial town in the northwest of the UK it wasn’t the usual career path. I left school at 16 (not being the most academic student) and studied technical illustration at a local college. This was 1992 and the pre-digital process was a very slow, constrained drawing process using rulers, ellipse guides and technical pens - I carried a briefcase full of my equipment to college every day - certainly not how I had envisioned art college and I was really missing freehand sketching. Aged 19 I left college without finishing the course - I’d been offered a job working in a large animation company and I jumped at my chance of escape. I think of the 6 years I spent there as my training ground for the career I now have in illustration and design. I was eager and inquisitive, always looking for ways to learn from the hugely talented bunch of guys I was working with. I spent a lot of my free time drawing and improving my skills.

I moved to Ireland in 1990 and spent a few more years in animation, by that stage I was working as an art director and director - I was getting frustrated by the lack of actual drawing I was doing and ready for a new challenge.

 

 

2. What was the thing or who was the person that helped your career the most? In what way?

After a spell doing comics I found illustration - or maybe it found me:) It was the mid-nineties and I’d been playing with Macs and Photoshop for a couple of years at this stage. I’d moved in to a studio in the same building as a graphic design company. One day my door was open and the guys stuck their heads in and said ‘oh, you’re an illustrator!’ - I was calling myself a cartoonist at the time but that meeting really changed the direction I was heading - It led to a long term relationship, illustrating for them and being introduced to other local design companies and ad agencies. I even took up desk space in their studio and was able to pick up the basics of graphic design, new software and general best practice. Looking back, this chance meeting was perfectly timed. It came just as Macs and Photoshop were becoming powerful enough (and affordable) to be able to create large scale illustrations. Back then ‘digital illustration’ was seen as a style of illustration. There was non of today’s subtlety - it was bright and brash. It was also perfect for design and advertising - it really stood out from the conventional illustration techniques. The big advantage I had was that most established illustrators didn’t want to change their style and those who were playing with digital weren’t established illustrators which left a gap in the market for someone like me who had 10 years experience, albeit in animation and comics. Within a few months I had stopped doing comics and was fully engaged in illustration.

 

 

3. We could say you're a famous artist now. Could you tell us about your struggles to get here? What were the challenges? What were the hardships?

My style back then was all over the place, I had worked on so many different animated series in other peoples' styles I didn’t have one of my own - not only that, I had painted backgrounds for certain shows and designed characters for others - I’d never really done a whole image. At the beginning it didn’t really matter, art directors were using me for everything from realistic to cartoony styles (sometimes the same AD in the same week), part of the success I was having was my flexibility. Much of this was pre- web folios and social media - finding other illustrators was done mainly through source books - it was another few years before I actually met another illustrator in person. When I did I suddenly realised they all had a distinctive style and looking at my portfolio, I looked more like an illustration agency in comparison. I took my work to a portfolio clinic at the AOI in London in the hope of getting some direction on which way to go. I’d broken it down into what I thought was 3 styles and presented them in 3 portfolio cases. I was told there were at least 20 different styles and even though the work was good I needed to pick just one style and focus on that. I should go back and take all the other work off my site and only show the one style.

This was very deflating, it made sense but felt like I would be starting all over again. Eventually, I decided I couldn’t afford to do a complete re-start and thought I’d try something else. I knew making my portfolio appear cohesive was vital but as I didn’t have enough of any one style to do that I kept all the work that could be grouped together using colour. I had been developing my limited palettes for a while and by taking out every piece of work that didn’t conform to this approach suddenly it all started to gel. Twenty plus years later and I’m still taking the same approach and it's still working :)

 

 

4. Was it worth it? What would you have done differently?

I’m very happy with where I am, I’m getting to work on some amazing projects with top brands and agencies right across the world.

However, looking back now, I wonder where my career path would have taken me if I’d taken a course more focused on drawing and painting when I left school - maybe one day I’ll do that…

5. If you could give an advice to aspiring artists trying to make it, what would that be?

I was always eager for advice when I was starting out, always looking for feedback from people I looked up and admired.

My advice, looking back, would be to question every piece of advice you are given (except this one - ahaha).

Much of the advice I was given really only related to a particular time or project but at the time I didn’t realise that. Some advice works for one person but not another. I would advice aspiring artists keep that in mind.

 

You can see more Steve's art visiting his Behance profile and his website.


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How Would You Renovate Your Home If Money Were No Object?


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A home ought to be both a sanctuary and a personal statement, all rolled into a straightforward, functional package. It should be comfortable and classy, able to accommodate a restful weekday evening and an eventful weekend night. But too often homes are cobbled together hastily, neglected in favour of a hectic schedule, and never given the proper attention they deserve. And then there’s the other main obstacle, of course, which is money – renovations can cost a good amount of cash to be completed in a basic way, let alone in a thorough, classy manner.

 

This article is going to look at home renovations as though money wasn’t an issue; think of it as a sort of aspirational guide to home renos, one that’s here if you want to renovate your home after winning the lottery or scoring that major raise you’ve been gunning for. Renovations are separated broadly into three categories: the basics that you need for your house to function properly; the aesthetic embellishments you can add to turn your home into a sophisticated personal statement; and the luxury features you can add on to make your home a complete dream home.

 

Think of these categories as tiers of necessity – if you’ve come into a small amount of money, tackle the first category. If you’ve come into a lot, tackle the second. And if you win the lottery, go ahead and tackle the third category!

 

The Basics

These basics can be some of the most expensive, but they’re the most necessary. If your house has foundational issues, if the roof is leaking, or if the plumbing is suffering some congestion, work on those first. As a baseline, your home should function properly. No damage that could seriously affect its value or affect your wellbeing. If money is no object, go ahead and invite the plumber, the electrician, the roofer, etc. to come in and make sure that you have a happily functioning, livable house. That’s the basics.

 

Aesthetic Embellishments

Here’s where you get to have a bit of fun, and where the real “renovations” – as they’re commonly thought of – begin. This can be broken down further into four categories: physical space, room design, colour and light.

If money is no object, then considering physical space is a simple matter of optimizing your home for traffic flow, sightlines and openness. For this, hiring a design consultant can make a great difference. Essentially, you’re looking at what divisions should be there, and which ones can be torn down to facilitate a better sense of movement within the house. Are you going for a more modern, open concept, or are you dealing with a more classical home, where smaller rooms can add a sense of bespoke charm. It’s all case-by-case. You’re also looking at maximizing storage space (or, to put it in inverse terms, minimizing cluttered space), which could mean sectioning off – or even adding to your home, since money is no issue – storage rooms.

 

Next comes room design. You’ll want to work with an interior designer to decide on a colour palette, design flourishes, and a style you want to evoke. You don’t want to go “all in” on a single colour, lest your home end up looking too uniform and precious, but you want complimentary colours to create a sense of unity. For flourishes, consider the style you’re evoking – if, for instance, you’re going for a more industrial look, you might want a cast iron basin in your kitchen, reclaimed wood or copper accents; if you’re going for a Scandinavian mid-century design, your living room might work around a few choice, teak pieces of furniture. The style will probably dictate, to a certain extent, both the colour palette and the design flourishes, which is why it’s important to consult a design expert.

 

And then there was light! If money is no object, go ahead and let that natural light in by installing large bay windows or skylights. From there, consider the three main types of lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is the basic, uniform illumination that brightens everything, whereas task lighting targets a specific room and accent lighting targets a particular design feature. Having a smart mix of the three can create a layered, sophisticated lighting setup that brings out the most in both the basic space and room design.

 

Adding Some Luxury

Finally, this is where you want to throw around your money. Add a Jacuzzi in the bathroom, a hot tub out back, a home theatre in the living room, and a brand new, gas-range stove in the kitchen. These are the type of over-the-top features that require a lot of money, but hey, this article is supposed to be about what you would do if money were no option. Consider what brings you bliss – whether it’s a quiet bath or a blaring sound system – and add features according to preference.

 

Depending on the kind of money you have, you can either do basic, aesthetic or luxury renovations. When tackling the basics, you want to ensure that everything is in working order and the value of your house isn’t compromised; when tackling aesthetics, you want to create a space that’s stylistically unified and well-lit; and when tackling luxury, really, the sky is the limit. Ask your boss for a raise, or buy a few lottery tickets. Your dream house may be more attainable than you think.

 

 

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Assessing Threat Levels by Colour


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If it was a Jeopardy question, would you be able to identify the present status of the national terrorist threat level without guessing? That’s what we thought. As presently configured, this color-coded warning system seems to have all the gravitas of the flag rotation at the beach that advises of strong undertow or the presence of too many jellyfish in the water. Actually, the resemblance is uncanny. Each has a five-color system that seems to randomly land on a selection depending on what a lifeguard or the Director of Homeland Security had for breakfast. Is it time to simplify our terrorist warning system from five flags to three?

 

The History of the Flag System

 

Color has a powerful influence on humans, shaping our moods and having a larger than you might imagine effect on your personal opinion of any particular day. In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, officials in the newly created Department of Homeland Security decided a color-coded system was the best way to gain the attention of the average citizen, enabling them to discern at a glance the prevailing overall threat level, ranging from Green for “low risk of terrorist attacks” to Red for “severe risk of terrorist attacks.” In the near two decades since its establishment, the Threat Level Advisory System has been adjusted 17 times, the last in 2006 when it settled on Yellow, a “significant risk of terrorist attacks.”

 

Recently, the Homeland Security Advisory Council decided there might be a few too many flags and they may drop the bottom two, presumably on the theory that there’s a good chance we’ll never have a “Low” or “Guarded” state of affairs again. We can look to Israel for guidance here. Think they ever let their guard down? We’re guessing not. And presumably, five flag colors upon which our life depends is deemed more than the average citizen can keep up with

 

Stay Out of the Water and Watch for Madmen in Trucks

 

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano received the bad news from her council in the form of an official letter describing the current public indifference and lack of confidence in the Threat Level Advisory System. Though some panel members were in favor of scrapping the colored threat system entirely, the current non-binding recommendation is to move to a simplified three-color system that includes:

 

Yellow: A “guarded” state in the nation that urges all citizens to assume “standard” vigilance against potential terrorist action. This would be the new lowest threat level.

 

Orange: An “elevated” suspicion level in which protective measures are implemented upon the basis of specific information regarding a terrorist plot. An example - Johnny Jihad gets on Facebook and threatens to blow up the Super Bowl.

 

Red: This “high” alert level is intended to exert maximum protective measures against an ongoing or imminent terrorist action.

 

Keep the Politics Out

 

One of the compelling reasons to change the color-coded threat system, according to the council, is a recent revelation in former Homeland Security head honcho Tom Ridge’s book, The Test of Our Times, that members of George W. Bush’s cabinet urged him to increase the national threat level in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election, theorizing that the move would go a long ways towards securing a second term for the sitting president.

 

Obviously, this kind of political chicanery doesn’t do much to increase public trust. Now the politicians at Homeland have decreed that the new system, “for reasons of public credibility,” won’t be politicized. They go on to assure us in the most insistent of terms that the new threat level will be changed only when public safety and security compels it. Riigghht. We'll believe it when we see it.

 

The Bottom Line

 

Ultimately, the world is a squirrelly place; it doesn’t seem we’re safe online or off. For the former, there are legitimate security steps you can take to protect yourself. With the latter, it may very well make all the sense in the world to simplify the Threat Level Assessment System, but the way to gain credibility is not to claim there will be no politics involved. That’s an insult to Americans everywhere. Of course, there will be politics involved. Politicians can’t help themselves. The best we can hope for is that, along the way to politicizing this new system, they might inadvertently do a good thing for the rest of us.

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Colourlovers community: Seven colour palettes you liked best


We shared, you voted. This article will present the best colour palettes of the previous month that you can combine and use for your creative projects.

 

1. Story told in waves

 

2. Five shades of dark

3. The shadows of the sea

4. Just a summer day

5. Magic in colour: Orange

6. Magic in colour: Purple

7. Magic in colour: Yellow

 

We asked a fellow Colourlover, Antonio Sánchez, to help us out and make colourful mandalas using the color combinations from palettes that were the most popular on our Instagram account in the past month.

Can you match the mandalas with the palettes?

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C)

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If you want to try and make something similar, head up to his blog and check out the code he wrote for previous collaboration with ColourLovers. Isn't it great?

If there are any of you Colourlovers that love to be creative, original, love to share your work, shoot us an email or a social media message so we can see how we can collaborate and inspire our community.

How did you like mandalas? Do you do something similar? Let us know in the comment section.

 

About the author:

Antonio Sánchez Chinchón is mathematician who works as data scientist at Telefónica, where he tries hard to extract value from data every day. He is the creator of Fronkonstin, a blog on mathematical experiments, data science, data art and R programming. He plays the banjo in a rock band. You can find him on Twitter @aschinchon.

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12 Natural Colour Palettes to Try This Month: March 2018


The colour choices we make influence our life on a daily basis. Every colour bares a message, it makes us feel relaxed, happy, energized and safe or insecure and hungry. The choices we make while creating our pieces of art also send a message about how we feel at that precise moment and what we want to share with the world.

Don't be scared to experiment, try new challenges, think of new ways how to use colour and how to combine it in your designs.

We suggest you try some of these 'natural' palettes inspired by the most beautiful part of our being: the eyes, both human and animal eyes.

Let us see if you dare. Let us know how it went.

Post pieces of art that you created inspired by March colour palettes in the comments below. Post them on Instagram (#colourlovers) and Twitter (@colourlovers).

Create, share and inspire each other

 

1. Blue lagoon

 

 

2. Magical sunset glare

 

 

3. Everything there is to know

 

 

4. Change is on the way

 

 

5. Breathing strength

 

 

6. Something to say

 

 

7. Togetherness

 

 

8. Gladly silent

 

 

9. Close to nature

 

 

10. Be like one

 

 

11. Someone is always watching

 

 

12. Colourful hug

 

Which one is your favorite? Which one made you laugh? Which one inspired you?

 

 

 

 

 

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From drugs to art: An honest interview with illustrator Fil Dunsky


 

1. Tell us about the time when you were starting out. How was that like? Did you have a specific plan for your career?

I was working as a graphic designer in 2006. I was fortunate enough to work in a small company with a very good boss. He employed me as a designer but he knew I liked to draw and gave me a chance to learn more about it at work place. Even if I had something to design he was always giving me free time to experiment with drawing anything no matter if that was related to the current project or not.

At that point I was sort of searching for myself in a wrong way, and also experimenting with drugs. My drawings looked like this:

 

I keep this artwork that dates to the beginning of my career as a reminder and a storyteller of my artistic and personal development. I also use it to see how much I've grown as an artist. It is still available in my portfolio at Behance. What you'll see in this folder is not something we can call illustrations that you could sell for big money. So, the first piece of advice would be: if you want to become a successful illustrator, don't try to draw like this.

 

 

2. What was the thing or who was the person that helped your career the most? In what way?

Well… I think there were a few people and things combined together that made me successful.

  • Office competition. There was a guy in the office I worked in who, too, had a passion for drawing. He showed me the basic principles which I am still using. He  ignited my passion for drawing with his passion and commitment. He inspired me to learn more. Every morning we would come to work showing each other  illustrations or sketches which we had done at home the previous night before going to bed. This started resembling a silent competition between the two of us. Whenever he'd show me something I thought was great, it made me immediately want to do something cool to show off as a response. That’s how it started.
  • Favorite illustrator. He also introduced me to my favorite illustrator Oksana Grivina. I fell in love with her style right away and I wanted to learn how to do it. I started to research and collect all her work looking through each and every pixel, trying to replicate it. My own style started shaping up while I was copying her.
  • Living example of success. Another great guy and one of my best friends Andrey Gordeev worked full-time in the office on the opposite side of our hometown Khabarovsk. He used his nights to draw amazing illustrations for Moscow magazines. Gradually he started to get amazing overseas orders. By the time he had done few advertising illustrations for American Colgate, his skills and earnings motivated me to continue learning illustration. Working at the office and going to work every day was a routine for me. I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life. Andrey was my role model of a successful freelance illustrator.
  • Personal qualities. Another amazing thing that happened to me was getting introduced to yoga. I was searching for myself in drugs but when I first came to a yoga class, I felt it gave me so much more than drugs even could. I felt it gave me back a peaceful state of mind: my head cleared up from all the thoughts that were bothering me, I felt I always had high energy level and I felt good. It gave me the strength to do something. It made me focus on one thing easily. So I started to do yoga daily and it helped me overcome my addictions and bad habits. I also noticed my bad attitude to other people was transformed, I changed the way I was interacting with family members and it positively impacted all the other aspects of life.

It may sound unreal but it's actually logical. You are the center of everything in your life. What you think and feel, the way you perceive reality... it all influences the way you see the world and how you react to it. If you are at peace with yourself, you will be in harmony with the outside as well. Your attention and how to what you choose to dedicate it can transform your life.

3. We could say you’re a famous artist now. Could you tell us about your struggles to get here? What were the challenges? What were the hardships?

  • I am helpless in drawing. When I was starting, this was my first thought every time I was unable to sell illustrations or make the sketch just the way I imagined it. It is absolutely fine to make mistakes. What you should do is not waste your energy on emotions. It's better to shift your focus and use the same energy to see what you don’t like and how can you improve it.
  • Thinking about the work 24/7. There were lots of projects almost every day. Years of work. Whenever I would walk outside to get a break, I was thinking I have to work. During the lunch time, I was thinking that I am wasting my time, I should work now instead. When I was freelancing under the shadows of a palm trees - I was thinking the same thing again. Whenever and whatever I had been doing I was thinking about work. This was really stressful and it took me 6 years to make life-work balance. Yoga helped in my case.
  • Waiting for an invitation. I never ever offered my illustration services to anybody because it I don't think it works that way. When you are the one that's offering, it means you asking someone to do you a favor. It’s like begging. When your customer comes to you - you have the upper hand. You are in the winning position and you can dictate your own terms and requirements. You can raise the price higher. Because they want you personally to draw it. It’s challenging to behave this way: simply letting go and doing your best creating beautiful things, uploading them to all the social media platforms and just waiting. Once I’ve realized that I took the lead in the situation.
  • Thinking impossible. It was hard to believe that some deadlines are possible to achieve. It was even harder to imagine putting a higher price on my illustrations. But as long as you start thinking about impossible as achievable, you will not get it. Like getting an order for say Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Success is just out of your comfort zone and the line of your sight.

4. Was it worth it? What would you have done differently?

For sure it was worth it! The only thing I would have done differently would be not taking up a couple of orders that I knew from the start would be a lost cause. I am talking about the ones where the customer didn’t know what they wanted nor why they wrote to me.

5. If you could give an advice to aspiring artists trying to make it, what would that be?

  • Copy-Paste. Don’t be afraid to copy others works while starting out. It doesn’t mean you should put them in your portfolio saying they're yours but do it just as a study. Try to adopt others ideas, color palettes, compositions or way of working and you will see fast improvements. People made lots of research regarding the same thing before you and they've already made lots of mistakes so you don’t have to start from scratch.
  • Fake it until you make it. If you want more people to see your work, don’t write  comments like “Please, go through my portfolio, I’ve just posted a new project…” You'll attract more attention to your projects if you apply logos of big and famous companies. I'm not saying you should lie. You should add a tiny caption explaining how that is a made-up project and you're just dreaming about working with big clients. This really makes sense. People usually DO NOT READ. They will look and think you're already working with those brands. This worked in my case on Behance as I really started to work with famous companies.
  • Practice every day. Draw every single day. Draw everywhere. Draw everything you see and like. And just relax. Enjoy the journey.

You can find Fil on Behance,  Facebook, Instagram

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How to download YouTube videos safely


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You need a very good downloader to download YouTube video safely. Even though there are hundreds of such downloaders available, finding the right one can be little time-consuming and you may need to do some good research. The best downloader will have some definite advantage over the general downloaders which are available today. The following factors are very important in choosing a downloader which will help you to download you Tube video safely.

Speed up the downloader

Speed of the downloader is very important. There are some downloaders which are very sluggish and they need few hours to download a simple video. You cannot wait hours for the downloader to download a video. You need a downloader which will download your videos with a fast speed. There are some YouTube video downloader apps which will download a two-hour full HD video in just four minutes. Such fast downloaders use the multithread technology and as a result of that you get the benefit of getting your video within few seconds.

Supports any format

Find a video downloader that will allow you to download You Tube videos in any format. Which should download the videos in MP4, WebM, 3GP, FLV formats. You should also be able to save any YouTube music as MP3 files. Such a downloader should be able to rip web links to AVI, MKV, WMV, iPhone, PSP, Android, phones, etc.

Save several videos at once

Your downloader should allow you to save several videos at once. There are many downloaders which does not allow this feature. Would you like to keep downloading videos one by one doing everything manually? Definitely not. You need a downloader which will help you to save time by saving several videos at once as you want.

Original quality

Just make sure that the downloader you are using preserves the original quality of the videos. If you get a low quality video that you cannot use or which is very much pixilated, what is the use of downloading the video? It is just a waste of your time and Internet. You need a downloader which will preserve the original quality. Some of the downloaders may even help you to improve the quality by allowing you to download in a higher resolution. It is also important that your downloader allows you to download 4k and full HD videos. With time, the quality of the videos in you Tube and other sites are increasing and so you downloader should be able to handle the latest type of videos and download it for you within a short time. Find a downloader that supports different qualities such as 4K, 1440p, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, 180p.

Ability to limit download speed

It is important for people with slow Internet connection to limit the download speed. However, most of the downloaders are not sophisticated enough to allow such ability to limit download speed. However, there are some very good downloaders available which will allow you to limit download speed according to your wish. Choose a downloader which has this facility.

Ability to download from different sites

There are some downloaders which will allow you to download videos only from a few sites. On the other hand there are downloaders which will help you to download such videos from 10,000 sites. Which one will you choose? You should be able to capture online videos easily from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Twitch, LiveLeak, Veoh, local and adult sites.

Freemake Video Downloader is a downloader that have all the above mentioned features. It lets you download YouTube videos and 10,000 other sites; save videos, playlists, channels in HD, MP4, MP3, AVI, 3GP, FLV, etc. It is absolutely free. Download it here

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