Day: May 9, 2019

Minimalist is the new way of life

 

Why practice minimalism? Will it be applicable to anyone?

Minimalism is defined as an act of keeping things very simple. It is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favour of focusing on what is important so you can get to find happiness, fulfilment, and freedom.

Minimalism can be used to declutter your life excess, things, fear, guilt, worry, stress, and consumerism. It is about reducing and simplifying and finding meaning in life. To appreciate what is really important to you.

Excessive consumerism leads people in a rat race,  They believe that they must work hard to be able to buy material things that will make them happy. In which they will accumulate lots of material possessions but still feel empty inside.

Anyone can practice minimalism if they want to get away to the noise of this busy life and find peace in the simplicity of life. In making time on what really matters, thank obtaining a bunch of stuff that will not bring value in your life.

 

 

What’s your Art Process?

The art process, the thing that sets us apart from one another in the art community. We each have our own unique ways of achieving our goals. In this case, an artwork, a masterpiece, or even just a random sketch. Oftentimes, we easily find an effective process, that yields consistent results. We all crave for that “perfect” art process, that we can use throughout our art career.
A sample art process by Rene Gorecki
Example art process of “Collar” by Rene Gorecki
As a self-taught digital artist with no formal training, I have to change my process from time to time. I tell you, it’s not something you discover immediately, In fact, my current approach is not yet very efficient. In this post, I’ll talk about the evolution of my style.

Lineart to Base Color art process

Like a lot of artists, my inspiration came from anime and cartoons. I also never used coloring materials after a couple of years.  As a result, it was easier for me to do the lineart to the base color technique.
A sample process by RandomEpicAlex from DeviantArt
Example art process by RandomEpicAlex
However, this style gave me a lot of problems. I often end up with 10+ layers, (I use Photoshop CC btw.) that end up lagging my computer. So after studying other artists’ works, I decided that this was not for me.

The “Painterly” process

There was a short period, where I tried the “painterly” approach. This meant, that I had to use lineart to a minimum, and focus on blotting the colors as soon as possible.
My "painterly" process
‘No Lineart Photo Study” by Astralberry (Me)
Though faster to do, I found myself struggling to create livelier artworks with this technique. I guess I didn’t have enough watercolor experience to pull this off.

The Mixed style process

I realized that I needed lineart to help me create more anatomically correct pieces. So I combined the two techniques.
A mixed painterly art process by me
‘The Aviator’ by Astralberry (me)
Finally, I am getting more efficient. This remained my style for a while. However, after a few months, I realized that I was struggling with colors and values. I also had issues with the backgrounds and overall mood of my works.

The Grayscale Approach

To fix this problem. I started my paintings in grayscale. This helped me establish my values from the start. It also made it easier for me to fix the image’s anatomy, and shape earlier. As well as play with many color variations. I was beginning to have fun! (I wasn’t able to save the lineart for this piece.)
Grayscale approach by me
“Lights, a Study” by Astralberry (me)
This is my technique to date. Though, like everything else, There are still issues with it. I find that it’s too time-consuming. Because I’d have to paint the image three times! (grayscale > colored > final retouches) The third time, because of the common problem with the grayscale approach; Upon adding color, it would always appear muddy. A lot of retouching would need to be done, to counter this.
One of my latest artworks
“Autumn Summer” by Astralberry
In Conclusion, we just have to learn how to be patient with our craft. It takes a lot of time to build the “perfect” technique. Make a lot of drafts. Learn from the pros, by asking them, or watching their videos, etc. You can check out this link for some awesome techniques. How about you, what is your current art process?

Is E-commerce something that you can capitalize on?

Is E-commerce something that you can capitalize on?

Like all trends it has its upward, downward, and steady trends, but e-commerce as we can see on google trends, it is not going anywhere, it will stay here for the long haul. People have been busy living there lives , so few times to spare on other things, that is why people buy online, to save time, money, and most of all the effort of going to a brick and mortar shop and purchase there.


It will also depend on the consumers purchasing power, the economy, that one can say that he or she can capitalize on this trend, one way to do that to built your online presence through shopee, lazada, shopify, and woocommerce to name a few, built credibility, and start presenting or posting your products there

 

Right now it is in an upward trend, one needs to decide whether to jump in on this opportunity or not, there are risks though, just like any other business and/or opportunity that one wants to capitalize on it.

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Playing the Guitar

A Beginner’s Guide to Playing the Guitar

 

Are you a big fan of the guitarists of a certain band you like? Do you fancy yourself playing a guitar in front of a huge crowd while they sing their hearts out? Or, do you just want to have fun jamming with your friends? Then, you’re on the right page! Tell you what, you won’t need to have a musician’s blood in your veins just to play a guitar. As a beginner, you just need to know the basics then afterwards, you’ll be able to tune your beloved guitar to your own melody.

 

Here are the guitar basics a beginner should know about:

 

    • Get to Know the Parts.

      This is a vital information for every aspiring guitarist. Of course, you can only win a war using a weapon you’re a master of. Getting to know the parts of the guitar should be your first lesson. These parts are the bridge, neck, headstock, tuning pegs, frets, and sound hole. When you’ve understood their uses, then you’ll recognize their distinct contribution to the music you’re making.

    • Tune and Hold the Guitar Properly.

      There are many ways of holding the guitar which do not compromise the correct posture and give comfort to the guitarist. For beginners, discomforts are to be expected in areas like shoulders, arms, hands, and neck as they tend to slide the guitar down to see what’s going on. On the other hand, tuning a guitar requires you to know the various string and fret combinations. You must familiarize yourself with the name of each string, as well.

    • Choose the Pick.

      You can always use your thumb or index fingers in strumming the guitar, but certain times come when you just won’t last long. There comes the pick. Picks can be thin or thick, medium thin or medium thick. For beginners, a standard shaped medium thickness pick is advisable. No worries. You can always decide what suits you better later.

    • Time for the Chords!

      E Minor chord and D2 are two of the easy chord shapes. Chords create the music. You may find it hard for your muscles to move with coordination. That’s okay! At least, you have a good start! Practice as many times as you can in a day. This way, your fingers will remember the chords. Then, changing chords later will be a smooth one for you.

    • Make your own music.

      Now that you’ve known the basic in playing the guitar, it’s time for you to get up, hold your guitar, play the chords, and compose your own music.

     

    Playing the guitar becomes easy when you’ve got the determination to learn all about the instrument. Your music may not be that good at the start. But as days pass by, you’ll get better with constant practice. And eventually, you’ll be able to tune your guitar to your own melody. So, pick up your guitar and have a good start today!

Do you think pacifying kids with iPads is helpful? Why or why not?

  • One of the most daunting task that a human being in his/her lifetime could ever have is being a parent. It poses a lot of challenge, it gives you an opportunity for thinking fast in your feet of ways and means on how to make your children adhere to every set of norms that you placed for them. It brings the best of you, it makes you realize that this is a task that has “no turning back button”, and once that you are already in that situation you just have to weather the storm and proceed to the next stage whether you are ready or not. In short, it is just simply the way it is and I guess most parents have experience to be in that situation in one way or another at some point of thier lives.

  

One common denominator among children whether they are sons or daughters of rich or poor couples is that when they are not in the mood for play, they are in tantrums and that spells problems for most parents, and one of the most common “pacifyers” or “problem-solvers” that most parents employ is giving their children electronic gadgets and one example of it, are iPads. If you look at it on the surface it is one great “silencer” especially when you are at church or in a mall or in any place that you may need your child to be behaved. Your child eye becomes glued at his/her iPad and you will have your peace of mind. You seem to have a temporary ceasefire for crisis that your child may bring if he/she is not given an iPad and you can now perform other task that requires your full attention. But is it worth it? Are you thinking of the negative impact that those electronics might pose in your child’s health? Are you considering other detrimental factors that might arise because you just want a little peace and quiet time?

Studies shows that radiation coming from those electronics gadgets are causing deteriorating eye function among children, if you compare eye problems of children from our generation to that of children who were raised during 50’s, or 60’s or even the early 70’s, eye problems are not so very common compared with our generation. One time I was at the mall, I saw a boy about six to eight years old wearing heavy glasses and when I took a peek (I positioned myself behind him), I felt nauseous. When I asked him how long he had been wearing those glasses, he said he was wearing those since he was five. I am now in my late 30’s I am about to enter forty but I do not wear glasses like that boy just wore, I mean he may have that problem since birth but there were so many of them, that day alone, I counted around twenty (20) children around six to eight years of age wearing glasses and almost half of those kids are staring on thier iPads while strolling in the mall.

What is so humurous is that a child playing on his iPad and another child swiping also on his iPad they are just seated very close and yet they do not seem to notice that there were also other people around them, they are so glued to thier gadgets that they seem to forget how to socialize and interact with other people around them. I remember as a kid that I normally open conversation with kids and we end up playing, but kids nowadays don’t even bother to scan to eyes on different direction because they are somehow “very busy” with their gadgets, I think, that is some of the ill effects of pacifying your children with iPads. Is it helpeful? It might be, but is it destructive? Yes it is very destructive. It is very destrutive physically, socially and mentally. It is destructive physically because it offers little to almost zero physical activity that leads to a large number of children being obese. It is destrutive socially because it does not promote to an active lifestyle that allows you to be interactive with other people around you. It s destructive mentally because little you