Using Colors for Effect in Photography


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Every designer knows the art of using colors to elicit a desired emotion.  Whether it is to create a certain comfortable feel in a bedroom, setting the right tone for a web page, or creating a mood for shops or restaurants; choosing the right color palette is a critical design decision.  But did you know the same principals apply when creating a work of art?

 

Take photography as an example.  Manipulating elements within the image can produce a dramatic difference to the feeling of the shot.  Understanding the elements involved – and the techniques for manipulating them – can help the new artist achieve results that go beyond creating beautiful images and instead help make a deeper emotional connection with the viewer.

 

Color of Light

Photography is often referred to as painting with light.  And light has its own color.  Light falls on a sliding scale of warm (yellow and orange tones) – most often associated with sunshine or daylight, to cold (blue tones) -  created by man made florescent type lighting.

Light sources can even shift within the scale, like sunlight depending on the time of day.  The hour just sunrise or before sunset is called “The Golden Hour”the blu by photographers because the sunlight has a soft, warm, golden hue.  But the hour just before sunrise or after sunset is referred to as “The Blue Hour” because the angle of the sun to Earth is allowing only the blue spectrum light to appear.   Photographing the same subject just hours apart will produce dramatically different feels to an image.

 

Filter effects

Light can be manipulated through the use of filters.   In prehistoric times, photographers had to physically attach gels to the front of the camera lens.  Fortunately today the same effect can be achieved within your Smartphone or by using post processing software like Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.  Use them to enhance the feeling you are looking for with an image, or to completely change the feel of it altogether.

 

Dominate Color

The most obvious place to identify a dominant color is in the main subject of the image.  A photograph of a field of lavender – or a green meadow – are pretty obvious examples as to their color palette.  Subtler can be the hues of a sunset, or uniforms of a marching band on the streets.  Controlling the dominant color sets the feeling for the piece – both the positive or the negative.

 

Red

Passionate, aggressive, important, warmth, anger, revenge, attention

Orange

Playful, energetic, cheap, enthusiasm, courage, creativity

 

Yellow

Happy, friendly, warning, joy, laziness

 

Green

Natural, stable, prosperous, tranquility, calm, money, jealousy, envy, hope

Blue

Serene, trustworthy, inviting, coldness, fear

 

Pink

Feminine, young, innocent

Purple

Luxurious, mysterious, romantic, royalty, foreboding

 

 

Brown

Earthy, sturdy, rustic

 

Black

Powerful, sophisticated, edgy, formal, evil, darkness

White

Clean, virtuous, healthy, cold

 

Grey

Neutral, formal, gloomy

 

Beige

Accentuates surrounding colors

 

 

 

Primary and secondary color

Combining colors will also have the effect of combing emotions.  A woman in a red dress against a black backdrop can show the darker, evil side of passion.   A green plant sprouting in a brown forest shows hope or renewal, while the same plant shot in a sun kissed meadow can show tranquility.

 

So the next time you are out shooting with your camera, stop a minute to think of the emotion you want to elicit from the viewer and apply your color palette well.

 

These colourful images were provided by Dreamstime.com.

 

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Ben O'Brien: Who is Ben The Illustrator?


The first artist in our "Featured artist" series is Ben The Illustrator!

Ben started exploring the world of illustration more than ten years ago. If someone knows what it means to be earning a living as a self-employed artist/business owner, he's the one to ask!

 

 

He currently specializes in travel and indoors illustrations but his portfolio is full of various work - from editorial illustrations to package designs. The colors he uses in his art are vivid and joyful and make his work easily recognizable.

 

 

Originally focusing on animation, Ben has always been obsessed with creating colourful things.  His first work was making independent music videos, which grew into creative direction on children's TV and advertising before an epiphany lead him to discover that illustration was the path for him.  Since then he has illustrated ad campaigns for Smart Cars and Berri Fruit Juice in Australia, worked on editorials for The Guardian, The New York Times and Buzzfeed, and created illustrations for everything from shoes to coffee packaging, record sleeves to X-Box Games.

 

 

He illustrates places; from cafe interiors and work spaces to busy cities and national landmarks.  He is hugely inspired by travel, the culture of people going from one place to the next and the changing nature, architecture and lighting.  His key inspirations have always been colourful, Pop Art and Graffiti, food packaging, pop music videos, street wear, Mid Century textiles and furniture and futuristic architecture.

 

 

Ben did an interesting research this year about illustrators, who they are, what they do, and how much they really earn. The results might surprise you. For all interested to find out more, check out this infographic on his website.

Connect with Ben on social media: TwitterInstagram

What inspires you about Ben's art? The unique simplicity of his artwork that has the power to say more with less? Is it the beautiful color combinations he uses? Let us know in the comments.

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Colors meanings in anime


Anime is a Japanese film and series animation style, characterized by colorful graphic characters and fantasy or sci-fi themes, intended for children as well as adults. As a product of Japanese culture, anime has an intentional visual language, where every element has its meaning; it symbolizes something mystical or psychological.

 

 

When we are talking about anime, we are picturing characters with various hair colors and styles, so we were wondering if there is more into it as with other cartoons, if these characters represent something specific in Japanese culture.

It turns out that character's hair color is supposed to indicate a personality of the person and the role that it has in the series. For example, pink hair has been used for a very few childish characters, until the audience started to empathize with these characters, which made pink very popular anime hair color. It is still used for playful, innocent and silly female characters.

 

 

Blue hair color fits anime characters which are wise, intelligent and introverted, while green is used for active, exciting and wiggling feminine characters. Although, darker shades of green are still more typical of characters like blue-haired. Red-haired characters are typically the leaders, the loud ones and even rude to some extent. It reminds us of every silly stupid "speaking-without-being-asked" character we've seen.

Yellow hair is reserved for the most important female character in anime - most lead anime girls are blonde. Brown stands for the friendly, understanding, kind and everyday type of character. These are characters we often meet in the anime world. They are important to the series, but not the main guy. Often the guy's best friend or a love-interest of the main female character.

Black hair is used for most of the characters, as it is typical Japanese hair color. The brighter color is used to describe the character, the more down-to-earth he is, enlightened if you will. Darker colors are more "in the moment" kind of guys. Extremely bright colors, as well as white, can navigate towards more magical and exotic beings.

 

 

Seeing how these patterns of using color in art and media are reoccurring in Japanese culture of anime films, and comparing the color meanings to previously explored color psychology, we can see many overlaps. Green will always be goofy, blue trustworthy and red flammable, but Japanese wouldn't be Japanese if they didn't add a special spice of magic and surrealism in their color palette :)

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Blue is the warmest color, yet the most difficult to find


Blue is, besides green, the most frequent color we see in daily life. It is the color we see when we look at the sky and sea, yet it is still very difficult to find in nature. There are very few things in nature that are actually blue.

 

Science is telling us that what we see as the sky is light coming through layers of the atmosphere, and even though we perceive it as blue, it has no actual color pigment. Sea, on the other hand, is often seen as blue, and this happens because of the reflecting nature of the water - and what water reflects the most is the sky.

 

 

The tendency for blue to appear in animal pigment is super rare. Plants can produce blue pigment because of anthocyanins, while animals usually do not have chemical compounds to color them blue. The phenomena of some animals being blue comes from some structural effects such as selective reflection - which doesn't make them have blue pigment, only that we are able to see them as blue.

 

For example, blue jay, a bird which produces so much melanin that it should be black, yet because the air sacks among it's feathers captures light, the bird looks blue to the human eye. Even though these species are super rare, there are a few examples of blue in animals such as moon jellyfish, blue butterfly, peacock and blue eyed cats.

 

 

Among human beings, blue eyes are much more rare than brown, which makes them popular. Although, here it is also the case that there is no blue pigment, only melanin which determines the color of the iris depending on the amount of it's presence. Also, it is interesting that humans can be born with blue eyes and then while they're growing up and producing more melanin, this color changes throughout lifetime.

 

Melanin is produced in the iris to protect the eye from UV radiation and high-energy light. This is why, however beautiful, blue eyes are much more sensitive to daily light than any other eyes.

 

 

Blue is one of the primary colors, so we cannot create it by mixing other colors. Blue pigments are made from minerals, which are crushed and ground into powder and then turned to paint. Even though it doesn't naturally appear as a pigment in living creatures, it still is one of the most popular colors in visual art, fashion, interior design and it awakes inspiration among us every day.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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A special gift for the youngest Colorlovers


Upon your request and in collaboration with the illustrator Miruna Sfia, we prepared a little coloring book for our youngest Colourlovers. You can download a printable 8-page PDF and mix and match the colors as you please.

We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Check out the wonderful illustrations below.

These are just some of the examples!

For more, feel free to download the file here.

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Professional Showcase Of 25+ Web Development Tools and Resources


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It is very popular these days to use web resources and services to deliver better quality and save time or even money. I dare to say that it is a damn fine idea. Why build from scratch rather than let the web tools or services do their magic?

You can focus on delivering quality and increasing the user engagement, while the web tools and services can help you with your daily tasks. Below there are many WordPress professional plugins, themes and a managed hosting solution; website builders, a fmarketplace with thousands of digital products and many useful services.

Check the reviews below and share your thoughts.

1. Tickera - WordPress event ticketing system

 

 

Selling and sending tickets online is now easier than ever. Tickera is a highly appreciated WordPress plugin which will help you have your own online ticketing system. It is fully compatible with all WordPress themes which respect the standard and will blend perfectly into your new or existing designs.

Everything you need can be done with Tickera, it is packed with tons of features and options. You can use their ticket builder to fully customize and differentiate your VIP and standard tickets. You can put barcodes, use discounts to boost sales and much more. Much more can be done, check their website.

The pricing starts from $49 per year and there is a one-time installment fee of $70. Keep in mind that Tickera does not take a cut of your profit, they have fixed, transparent costs. It is probably the most affordable and professional solution on the market.

See Tickera in action! Here are some examples of the most used scenarios for ticket selling. Whether you are hosting single event or having website with multiple events or decided to harness the power of Tickera and WooCommerce fusion via Tickera Bridge for WooCommerce - it is all there for you to try out in "real life" examples! If you need a demo account go here.

 

2. LayerSlider - Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin

 

 

With more than 1.5 million active sites daily, LayerSlider is probably the best premium multi-purpose animation platform which will help you build sliders, gorgeous image galleries, animated landing pages and even full websites in record-time.

LayerSlider is the complete solution, being packed with tons of features and options. It has versatile layouts where you can select a full screen, full width, full size or hero scene display mode. It is fully responsive, looking great on any device: smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. LayerSlider is having the best drag and drop editor on the market. It is super simple to use, you don’t need to have coding skills or previous experience and it has everything included to help you: live preview, undo-redo, keyboard shortcuts, Photoshop-like image editor which works excellent and much more.

The version for WordPress costs $24 and for jQuery is just $15, both having lifetime updates with regular new great things included and 6 months support. On their website you will find all the documentation you may need and a dedicated support team to help you.

3.  Pagely - Managed WordPress Hosting

 

Beyond being the first Managed WordPress hosting solution, Pagely is committed to creating a company that values employees and customers first. They work hard, are kind to everyone, and act with a conscience. It's these values with which they’ve built a best-in-class service with the industry's top engineers who care about the communities they serve on a human level. This, along with an innovative and proprietary tech stack built on Amazon Web Services makes them the market leader in managed WordPress hosting for enterprise.

 

Pagely utilizes a partnership with Amazon to deliver the best-Managed WordPress hosting services on the market with the most experienced technical staff in the industry. They are focused on enterprise and the public sector but any WordPress website which needs speed and availability will benefit from having Pagely on their side.

 

Check Pagely and pick the plan you need, if you don’t know what fits best you can discuss with their friendly and professional support team.

4.  Goodie - Web Development Service

 

 

Goodie is a professional but with a different approach web development service which will build you the website you dream for. The price is starting from $999 and if you need more features, Goodie will send you an affordable quote for the additional options. If your website is super-simple, they will add value, so your website will worth the money you have paid.

Upload your projects details and get in touch with Goodie.

5.  Ultra – The Most Powerful WordPress Theme

 

Ultra is a powerful WordPress theme made by the well-respected developer Themify. It includes a brilliant and easy to use drag and drop builder, 11 bonus add-ons and the possibility to create unlimited websites with the license.

6.  WPKube

 

 

WPKube has a small, yet a premium collection of WordPress themes which you will find very interesting. All their themes are pixel-perfect, multipurpose, load extremely fast and are SEO friendly. Check their portfolio.

 

7.  Colorlib – Apply

 

Apply is a gorgeous, free one-page theme which is having a modern and clean design. It can be used showcase your mobile app, but also for other scopes. The free themes are having lots of features and options which normally can be found in the premium templates.

8.  Postcards

 

Postcards can be quickly used to create professional emails without writing a single line of code. The powerful drag and drop builder and the 70+ elements will make your life easy. Keep in mind that the elements are retina-ready, you can choose from 800 Google Fonts and more customizations can be further made.

9.  Slides

 

Slides is a premium website builder which will help you have your own gorgeous website in minutes, without having any previous experience or coding skills. You can choose from 180+ beautifully designed and fully functional elements that in combination with the drag and drop builder will create you a gorgeous websitE.

10.  Codester

Codester is an excellent marketplace which is quickly growing from one month to another. Web designers, developers and everyone looking to buy PHP scripts, app templates, website themes and much more. If you are looking for an additional income, you can sell your products on Codester, they are not requesting your products.

11.  MeridianThemes

 

 

MeridianThemes is a powerful WordPress theme developer which is creating pixel-perfect, free and premium templates. All of their products are having gorgeous designs, load extremely fast and look great on any device your website visitors may have.

12.  uiCookies – Frame

 

uiCookies is popular for delivering awesome free themes which can be easily fully customized to fit any project. Frame is a free one-page theme with a modern and clean design, fully packed with features and options that are giving this theme a premium touch.

 

13.  FreelanceLogoDesign

FreelanceLogoDesign is a platform which lets graphic designers compete to send their best logo design. Enter a simple logo design brief and pay $19, the platform will assign 3 designers which will be creating 6 custom logo concepts for you. You will receive the logos in less than 6o minutes and after you pick the one you like, you will pay $49 for the copyright.

 

14.  MailMunch

Working on all websites and all e-Commerce platforms, MailMunch is a popular way to increase conversions on your website. Create beautiful opt-in forms without writing a single line of code, starting from the professional included themes.

 

15.  WhatFontIs

 

 

WhatFontIs will quickly identify the fonts you are looking for from any URL or image which you will upload. What is even greater to this platform is the fact that you will receive free and premium alternatives, most of the times saving you money. Start using it, you will find it very useful.

 

16.  Pixpa

Pixpa is a powerful and popular portfolio website builder, packed with an excellent drag and drop builder, beautifully designed themes and much more. You don’t need any coding experience or previous experience, anybody will obtain great results.

Try it for free for 15 days.

 

 

17. SuperbWebsiteBuilders

 

SuperbWebsiteBuilders is a decent choice for users, who intend to find the best website builder to complete particular tasks. The website provides the reviews of the top rated website builders, their characteristics, and list of pros and cons users should know when selecting the best platform. Due to the professional approach of Howard Steele, the owner and the chief editor of the website, it has become a decent information source for professional web designers and newbies.

 

18.  uKit

uKit is a robust website builder for business owners that have an edge over other site-building solutions due to its solid functionality and easy to use interface. The brings over 350 designer-made themes encompassing 38 business categories to suit just any kind of website. The platform offers everything you might require to set up your own professional digital presence and go online in a matter of minutes.

 

19. uCalc

uCalc.pro is a free online service that lets you create a custom embeddable calculator in a matter of minutes. Start by choosing a template (there’s a good collection of modern, designer made layouts), add the input fields you want and you’re all set to go live. Your visitors will be able to calculate mortgage, loan payments, interest rates and much more directly on your website.

 

 

20 .IM XPRS

IM XPRS is a decent choice when it comes to selecting a functional and affordable website builder. This cloud-based system is free, yet it offers a broad spectrum of web design options and tools needed to create websites of diverse specialization and complexity level. The service comes with the Polydoms technology, responsive templates subdivided into thematic categories, design customization tools, White Label solution and WYSIWYG visual editor that ensures intuitive, quick and safe web building process.

 

21. InvoiceBerry

 

Looking for a complete, simple to use and budget-friendly invoicing platform? InvoiceBerry is what you are looking for, is a perfect fit for small companies and freelancers. Sending fully customized invoices takes less than 60 seconds and the platform can also help you track expenses and payments, create reports and much more.

InvoiceBerry is having a free forever plan, start with that one and you can upgrade anytime.

 

22. SalesMate

 

 

Being used by more than 1,500 companies, SalesMate is a smart and powerful CRM software that will help you better organize your work, have a clear pipeline, increase email productivity and much more. Try it for free for a period of 15 days and check all the features and options that SalesMate is having.

 

23.  Ucraft Website Builder

 

 

 

 

Ucraft is a cloud website builder, which is in demand with experienced web developers and newbies, who are just making their first steps in the web design niche. The system allows creating and customizing websites of different types. There is even a Free Landing Page Creator, which makes to possible to build landing pages in minutes and connect them to any domains you wish or get the new one from the system in no time. It’s also possible to launch a functional web store here due to the integrated eCommerce engine the system can boast.

 

24.  Controlio

Controlio is a professional computer and internet monitoring software which is loaded with tens of great features and options. You can have live surveillance, continuous screen recording and much more. Prices start from $7.99 per user per month.

 

25.  EvergreenFeed

EvergreenFeed is a great way to put on autopilot your social media channels. This way you will save a couple of hours every week, hours which may bring you money by taking new projects. They are having a free plan which you should start with.

 

26.  Uncode

 

 

With Uncode you can take the building of an website using WordPress to the next level. It has a tailored version of the popular Visual Composer with advanced techniques, massive features and options. Everything you can thing for is included in Uncode.

 

27.  RumbleTalk - WordPress Social Chat

RumbleTalk is a popular choice to implement a web chat to any website. Using this webchat you can discuss with your website visitors but many other things can also be achieved. Audio and video calls can be made, image, video and youtube sharing and even more.

Up to 5 seats and 1 room is free. Try it.

Conclusion

Whenever you are looking to get things done quick while having excellent results, any of the above web resources are great options. Some of them are having free trials or even free forever plans, testing them is easy and free of cost.

As a final note, these web tools and services were manually selected and represent the best 26 web resources in the first quarter of 2018.

Please share your opinions and tell us what web tools you are using.

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6 Color and Style Trends in Summer 2018 Men's Fashion


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It is that time of the year again where the days will be warm and full of outdoor fun. This means that you should prepare to look sharp while on your summer escapades. Summer fashion has evolved a lot over the years but some trends just never really die out. Being fashionable is not a matter of just wearing the latest and greatest.

It is a matter of being unique, creative and confident with what you are wearing. You might probably think looking fashionable is an arduous feat to achieve but it is not. You only need a few style tips and you are good to go. Here are some great color and style trends in summer for men in 2018.

Checked Clothing

Checks are constantly around at all times whether it is summer or winter. Checked clothing is thus one of the most fashionable choices for men. You should nevertheless not wear these clothes haphazardly. Wearing the wrong kind of checks can result in a clownish look. Generally when selecting a great checked shirt or jacket, you should go for one that has intricate designs. A checked clothing that has a complex set of checks is much more obscure compared to the simple checked shirts or jackets.

Stripe Suits

Stripe suits are very looked down upon by most men. This is because they can be difficult to look trendy with. The great thing about the suits though is that they can look really good when they are worn the right way. Stripe suits are perfect when they are combined with the right type of shoes and jewelry. For summer, you can try rocking some thin stripes or thick stripes suits and also invest in a good watch if you do not have one. Stripe suits not only make you look sharp but they also help you stand out from the rest of the crowd. Your body size does not matter also as they can look great on anyone.

Biker Accessories Fashion

Another great trend you should look into is the biker accessories fashion. Biker accessories are not just worn by actual bikers only. The biker accessory world is getting pretty diverse and you can find almost any item you are looking for. You can wear a skull ring and other biker jewelry with just about anything and look fashionable.

As reported by Bikerringshop, most biker accessories are indeed not just fashionable but also functional. You should thus look into getting some biker accessories if you want to look trendy and unique this summer.

The Eighties Fashion

The 80's fashion scene was pretty iconic. Even today, clothing items that defined the eighties are still very fashionable. The light wash jeans, shades, and pastel colors are all great choices for summer. 80's fashion evolved over years and those who are brave enough to venture into this fashion trend in the modern day often end up looking ravishing. The most important issue when considering the 80's style in summer is not to overdo it. You can choose to wear clothes that are subtle but fabulous 80's fashion must-haves.

Full White

It is always refreshing to see that unique person who wears white from head to toe. Not only is choosing this color a sign of confidence but the clothes will work well for you in summer. White reflects heat and is thus the best choice if you want to remain comfortable throughout the day. You can accessorize white clothes with some simple jewelry for the perfect gentleman look. There are indeed also many different looks and styles you can achieve with white tees and white pants. Give this look a try if you want to look different this summer.

Tropical Shirts

Finally, the printed tropical shirts are synonymous with summer. Most people choose the summer look with the printed shirt because it captures the high spirits of summer. You can wear these shirts with either shorts or pants and even throw in a hat and sunglasses. The main consideration you should make when wearing tropical print shirts is to not go for the usual style that is popular with most people. Do not opt for a baggy shirt for instance. Also, you can go for a long-sleeved shirt as it is less common compared to short-sleeved shirts. This will make you stand out and look great.

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How Artistic Pavements Are Made


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Artistic pavements, also known as street art, street painting, and sidewalk art, or artistic performances designed to give an aesthetic look or design to the pavement. Examples of these fortunate pavements are subways, sidewalks, streets, recreational ground paths, and town squares with semi-permanent or completely impermanent drawings created using materials like chalk.

 

The art of modern artistic pavements can be traced back to Britain, where pavement artists were nearly all over the Kingdoms. Most of these artists in the late 19th century were earning their living as full-time pavement artists in major cities like London and Manchester. Today sites like SaveOnPaving.com have delved deeper into this trade by providing enthusiasts with insight about artistic pavements and their contribution towards aesthetic on our streets.

Origin of Artistic Pavements

Screever is a British name given to pavement artist. The term originated from the Copperplate writing style, which often accompanied the pavement artists’ works since the early years.

 

Screevers works from time immemorial were often accompanied by proverbs and poems, political commentary, lessons on morality based on a particular period event. They produced a topical pictorial illustration of current events or trends and appealing to all people, the literate and the illiterate. This phenomenon explains the importance of art as a tool for educating masses or preserving the historical heritage as all can understand visual images. Most importantly, for Screevers to earn their living, they would also try and catch the eye of the elite in the community to attract their money offered as donations for their efforts.

 

These noble people have earned different titles across the world such as chalk artists, and a title street painter is mostly referred to in the USA and Madonnari in Italy because they are known to have recreated the images of the Madonna. In Germany they are called Strassenmajor; a title coined from two words, namely streets (straßen) and painters(mailer).

 

Madonnari traces their origin to the sixteenth century where they were mostly itinerant artists, who had come to Rome and other cities to work on the cathedrals. After completion of work, they needed another way to earn a living, and that is how they started recreating the paintings borrowed from the church on pavements. They would also travel to attend holy days and festivals held in various towns and provinces, participate in the festivities and make a living from impressed observers’ donations as a show of goodwill and approval of their artistic work. To make a living from onlookers who would offer coins to them if they approved of the artist's work. Madonnari mostly viewed as simple folk artists used to reproduce simple images using simple materials, e.g., coal, tiles, chalk, coal, and charcoal.

Developments in the artistic pavement

Street art has evolved from the 1700s to the 21st century where items of focus, the motivation behind the art and the generation of artists we have. It everywhere takes over walls of buildings in major towns and cities, covering the subways and the streets and painting the world too. It has evolved to be a more creative form of art.

 

The artistic pavement evolution began in 1973, where street painting began to be promoted across Italy through the formation of a two-day art festival starting in Grazie DI Curtatone, Mantua Province.

 

Kurt Wenner, world's most popular street artist and one of the proponents of modern day street art, In the 1980s, he practiced 3D pavement art. This art is referred to as anamorphic art or one-point perspective art too. It is an old technique, but put into work successfully in recent years, mainly through the use of computers. To see the image correctly, you have only to view it from a specific angle.

 

In the United States, the concept of impermanence has over the years been a problematic concept for art lovers to embrace. This notion can be blamed on the fact that ours is a materialistic culture where we don't believe or want to accept that an artist's work should wash away. One of the largest street painting events in the United States is the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival. It is usually held in Lake Worth, Florida and was started in 1994 attracting a record 100,000 visitors over a weekend.

 

Examples of great artistic pavements work in the US are; Leon Keer – At Chalk Festival in Sarasota, Florida, Street Art by Ron English in New York, USA, Yarn Bombing – R2D2 in Bellingham, Washington, USA, In Johnson City, TN, USA and Daddy Long Legs – In Seattle, USA among many others that are on your street and i haven't mentioned them.

How artistic pavements are made

World over decorative sidewalks has become a norm, but with a diverse approach from the olden days, e.g., use of 3D in the artwork. But we would do well to appreciate where this strange ritual originated. Looking at significant civilizations leaves us in awe as we ponder through the great works of art. In Portugal, artistic pavements ideas came from Rome. The work consists of using small flat pieces of stones that arranged in an image or pattern, just like a mosaic. Artisans first lay bedding of gravel on the well-compacted trench using argillaceous materials. The gravel helps accommodate the tessera stones that act like cement.

 

There are simple steps followed to get an excellent, complete work:

  1.  Artisans prepare the small flat stones

 

  1. After preparation, careful placement of rocks follows. This process of placement is done manually by placing each stone at a time.

 

  1. After stones placement, finishing works are done by spreading a cement mix on the pavement for compatibility effect.

 

  1. Finally, the artwork is complete, and the outcome of the great work wows pavement users.

 

With few people wanting to stick to the kind of craftsmanship seen in Portugal and Italy, street art practice may be coming to an end. But there are people who are still saving this noble through integrating simpler ways of doing it in the past, and a new approach by use of anamorphosis concept also described as a Renaissance-era of artistic thought. Through this method, a deformed image, form and only appears in its correct shape when viewed from a specific position or in an unconventional way.

 

This method is called three-dimensional (3-D). In 3-D art uses two processes, namely additive where an artist creates a form using materials or subtractive process that removes materials from an already existing form.

 

Methods used by artists in the 3-D art are:

 

1. Sculpture

- This refers to any artwork attained through manipulation of materials resulting to a 3D object. Materials used are from plastic, glass, etc.

2. Assemblage or Construction

- Artists uses found, altered or manufactured objects and items to create a piece of art. This method has been used by Sculptor Debra Butterfield to come up with amazing pieces of art.

3. Installation and performance art

- This is a 3D concept that utilizes multiple facets from different mediums and takes the whole space to generate a beautiful piece of art. It can be either site-specific or generic. Installations and performance arts are complex and mainly used to addresses narrative ideas and above all aesthetics on a much higher scale compared to sculpture. Its origin can be traced to a period after world war during the Dada art movement.

4. Decorative art

- This is a distinct feature on pavements and streets mainly in the African-American neighborhoods.

5. Product design.

 

A 3D street painting is called an anamorphic painting. Anamorphosis as an art technique brings awe and clamor on artwork because when used it distorts a picture in a way that you can only figure out what it is if you view it from a vantage point. 3D artistic pavement is a 2-dimensional artwork drawn on an actual sidewalk or street and gives the observer or viewer a 3-dimensional optical illusion if viewed from a particular angle or say perspective. It is a piece of beauty, an art masterpiece giving viewers an incredibly captivating, breathtaking and realistic feeling once they figure out the correct angle or position. The most common 2- dimensional models you will find if you visit SaveOnPaving.com of a 2-dimensional models are where the edges of the page are parallel to two of the three dimensions, and the third dimension is portrayed through diminishing size, overlapping, diminishing size and any other techniques that could bring about the perspective. It's interesting, right!!! Then why don't you try it out?

The importance of Artistic pavements

The world's great street artists like Julian Beaver, Kurt Wenner, Edgar Muller, Banksy, and Tracy Lee Stum have made a fortune through integrating traditional works of art with the modern order and making mind-blowing and world's most highly coveted works of art. Youths with artistic talent can indulge in this practice, and they will harness fulfillment, improve on their skills and not forget the fortune they can make from this talent. As they do street art they can also engage in commercial forms of art mainly in textiles, advertising, cultural fests, development of labels and logos and this is a fantastic way to earn a living. Thanks to the embracement of street art as part of the culture, it's now almost everywhere and indecent forms.

 

Art is part of us, intertwined with our lives and found in almost every aspect of humanity. It embodies creativity and catapults it to a higher level. Creativity, in turn, builds us into great geniuses, and now that is how life becomes fun and worthwhile. It captures moments of joy, sadness, happiness, a celebration not for the benefit of the people of today but for generations to come. Art does not fade away, and it is timeless and new with every day that dawn on us.

 

Art in modern society as was in the old culture has been a medium for expressing one's thoughts, and a means through which their beliefs manifest. Through this way of expression, I to the benefit of so many people within a society whose voices could not be heard. Artistic pavement is a platform for enriching an entire community through works of art. There are stress relievers, but none is better than a great piece of art. It manipulates human conscience by giving an individual some form of illusion, especially 3D art where one takes a journey to a fantasy world. The masses get lost in the moment, and phew, all stress is gone.

 

For artists, impermanent nature of street art enhances imagination, creativity in progress, the ability to see things and imagine things unseen before and mental growth through a move from simple to intricate works of art. Works of art will be all over today, in Escape rooms, Theatres, Movies, and Music. It is defining us as individuals, and it’s a tool for improving lives, making us better each day.

Misconceptions about Artistic pavements

Artistic pavements are impermanent and legal. It is very distinct from graffiti which is more word based on street arts are a non-destructive image-based form of art. What happens when it rains? Art is more than a product; it is a form of creation too with each day bringing in a bolder, more creative piece of art compared to yesterday. So there is a tentative development of image and skill. It is ever work in progress, hence need for impermanence. After a piece of art is completed and audiences get an opportunity to admire it, then its purpose is served. If an artist has fully expressed him/ herself and the audience has observed creativity at its best, then the art getting washed away doesn't leave the artist with hard feelings.

 

Street art is a ritual and not a marketable commercial product for auctioning for a fixed value. The artistic worth of a piece of an artwork is not defined by how much profits it is worth making. Its impermanence nature means it’s just for aesthetic value not as a gain in capital markets. Kurt Wenner was saying the impermanent nature of art makes him feel like he has offered an offering and the ritual is complete. That's the beauty of street art.

 

Artistic pavement is enjoyable and a fulfilled process, but there is a lot of discomfort to the artist brought by nature, such as fatigue, scorching sun, extreme cold or heat, being treated to winds, rain, thirst and also being brutally treated by unapologetic city council workers. Bending over for long hours and concentrating too is quite a tedious process, but the outcome is rewarding.

 

Artistic pavement is an incredible experience as you figure out what beautiful and magnificent pieces of art can do to dull streets, street walls, sidewalks. Think of peace of mind and heart on onlookers, think about the heritage, the moral lessons you could pass through art. Honestly, it’s a ritual, and it's a fantastic experience that is both adventurous and great to pursue. You don't have to be a professional. It is an open party for anyone who believes they can do it.

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A contrast worth billions


In our previous blog post, we were talking about the importance of using certain colors, color theory and color psychology, as well as why some color combinations are more pleasant to the eye. Today, we will explore one of recent history's most famous example of how colors are used to communicate within an art piece.

 

A painting we are referring to is, of course, Mark Rothko's "Untitled (Yellow and Blue)", a piece of art which value reached $46.5 million at Sotheby's auction in New York. Painted in 1954, this art piece is called "unequivocal masterpiece" by Sotheby auction house.

 


“Untitled, (Yellow and Blue)”, by Mark Rothko as found on http://news.bitofnews.com/rothko-painting-yellow-and-blue-sold-for-46-5-million/

 

Significance of the work of Mark Rothko is his astonishing understanding of colors, beauty of the contrasts he used, as well as gradient of colors in his paintings. "Yellow and Blue" is particularly interesting for us, as it is a perfect example of the effect a good color complement achieves in the eye of the viewer, and remember the previous article - Marge Simpson and Joy (Inside Out) - their skin colors with the colors of their hair balances their characters and gives them visual personality.

 

Through oil paint on canvas, one could say Mark was speaking about his philosophy and psychology of his method. So, for "Yellow and Blue", we can now picture a character that he would describe, a personality. Given how yellow is the dominant, energetic color, blue is contributing to the painting by balancing it out, but not taking over anything that yellow was meant to tell us.

 

An example of gradient he used in his work - his "Orange, red, yellow" - has been sold for $86.9 million, which was the highest price ever for a piece for contemporary art. This piece, painted in 1961, shows the artists deep understanding of color meanings. Looking at the composition of the work, you can feel variety of emotions, just as you do when you look at the setting sun, which shades exactly he used for this piece of art.

 


Rothko's "Orange, red, yellow" as found on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Orange,_Red,_Yellow.jpg

 

This famous and very expensive contemporary artist ended his life in 1970. His work has been auctioned and sold for billions of dollars years after his death. He is now labeled as one of the most successful artist of the 20th century, and maybe one of the artists who explained best the color philosophy. His communication is purely explained through colors, shapes are there to support the expression of shades and they are not interfering with the whole composition. A true color lover, we could say.

 

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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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Why are the Simpsons yellow?


As a child, I thought that our favorite characters, the population of Springfield, were chosen to be yellow to imitate the skin color for some reason. But seeing how quite many cartoon characters such as Sponge Bob, Pikatchu, Vinnie the Pooh, Tweety and even the screen Minions are chosen to be yellow as well, it got me thinking what is this really all about.

 

Why are they all yellow?

 

Vinnie the Pooh, for example, was created after a real bear, in combination with an actual yellow teddy, so he as a character had a color chosen for himself. Minions are yellow because they reminded the creators of the kinder egg toy keeper.

 

But, what about the others? The color theory says that yellow is instantly recognizable color, the one which draws most attention. The creators of animated films have been using this color throughout cartoon history, either for the main characters, or for something in their direct surroundings.

Yellow is one of the primary colors, in company of blue and red. But the model important for our animations is RGB model - red, green, blue. Yellow is now complementary to blue, which means that when we combine blue to yellow on screen, we get pleasant visuals. Sponge Bob's background, having him be in the sea, matches his own color perfectly.

 

Getting back to the Simpsons, these yellow characters are put in a very colorful surroundings, the palette of the whole show is in fact very rich. Color pink is used a lot, even their house is pink, since in the original primary colors palette it matches yellow, but the color blue is also used for outdoor scenes and this goes great with yellow in the RGB model. The contrast of colors is an important tool in animation.

 

Originally, when The Simpsons were created, the designer chose to color them yellow, to make them instantly recognizable and different from other TV content on the screen. Why is yellow so instantly recognizable? Science says that yellow is the most visible color on the spectrum, it is used to drag attention efficiently, like the color of pollen or a taxi :)

 

Color psychology considers yellow a happy, goofy, warm, optimistic color. Taking a look at the Inside Out characters, Joy combines the most pleasant colors, but also in combination with blue hair.

 

Yellow is a good color, but keep in mind that it works best when you combine it right.

 

About the author

Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.

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