Art Rules

I can remember in art school I would get so frustrated when I was really excited and proud of a project, then I would receive the notes and grade. I would get notes explaining certain art “rules” that I broke but somewhere in those notes would be positive responses about the overall piece. I understand there must be basic guidelines and rules to help mold a young artist. But, sometimes rules can be broken to create something amazing.
The way I see it you must learn all of the rules and master them before you can push the boundaries to create something new and exciting.
Let’s look at Picasso for an example. He was an artist that spent years mastering the art of realism. He was able to create amazing realistic drawings and paintings at a really young age. What I believe is that when you are able to master the art rules and learn the elements and principles of art then you can veer from that and begin to create original works of art.
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To the left is an example of Picaso’s early work “The Barefoot Girl” a work that he created in his studies of figure drawing and below it is a later painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. This shows how he could master the art of figure drawing and from there start creating a completely new form of art that has been studied for decades.
There are guidelines to art that helps us understand what a good composition can be. Learn these rules and guidelines and let them do their job and guide you. Don’t let them keep you in a box limited from creating something beautiful.
If you are currently in art or design school hang in there. Learn all the elements and principles of design and they will help make you a more well rounded artist. When you graduate you will have a good basis to stand on to create something from within.
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My Top 5 Inspiration Sites

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Inspiration is a key to an creative project. It is one of the first steps in completing a design project for me. Check out my blog on my creative process to see where my “inspiration” section fits in to the mix.

 

< 1 > Pinterest.com – does this really need to be said? The best source of inspiration. I will often times just look over my own boards and revisit some of my favorites that I have forgotten. Or I will go through the search tab for specific inspiration. This is good site also for just overall inspiration.Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 11.16.43 AM

 

< 2 > dribbble.com – This site is fantastic for specifically searching for design inspiration. Using the tags you can search through other designers work to see what the going trends are and spark some ideas. We need each other, collaboration is a great way to stay inspired and creative. Dribbble was a great invention, whoever came up with it did a great service for the design community.

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< 3 > siteinspire.com  –  I love browsing through this site when I come across a web design job. You can narrow your search to look for specific design styles. All of the websites for inspiration here are great and you are assured that you will have plenty of design inspirations.

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< 4 > designspiration.com – This site is a great site to scroll through for inspiration.  There are also categories to help narrow the search.

 

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< 5 > logofaves.com – Logo designs are a very important part of the whole branding process of a company. It can be overwhelming to try and find inspiration for logo designs. This is a great resource for those logo designing projects.

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< 6 > abduzeedo.com – This is a graphic design blog with great resources for inspirations as well as tutorials. This is a great site to check out.

 

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< 7 > smashingmagazine.com – This is also a great Design blog with a huge supply of resources.

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< 8 > theinspirationgrid.com – This website has a beautiful grid layout (hence the name) with large list of categories of inspiration.

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< 9 > Creativemarket.com – This site is great for inspiration. They also have weekly free downloads. Visit their Facebook page and they have extra Facebook exclusive free downloads.

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< 10 > google.com – This might be a strange addition to the list but I find it helpful when I am working on a specific project to use adjectives (usually the adjectives I ask my clients in their pre-project questionnaire). When working on something specific it is nice to type in keywords and see what comes up that might spawn some out of the box creative thinking.

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Kimberly Alana – Color Board

It is always amazing to work with clients that are friends and creative fun people that are creative out of the box thinkers. Working with Kimberly has been amazing.colorboard-kimAlana

Above is the mood inspiration board for her rebranding. She is an amazing talented musician and singer. She was looking to create a brand and identify for her music and called me and asked me to help her out and it has been such a pleasure! She is such a fun bubbly person full of energy and creative thinking. She also has this amazing girly rocker side to her. My goal was to blend the two bringing the edgy rock to the fun girly side. I am please with the overall product.
Stay tuned for her logo designs as well as her full branding page.
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Office Design Inspiration

Designing for a new office can be fun and also overwhelming there are so many things that you can choose from. So many styles, color palettes, ideas, and designs. Starting with Pinterest and looking at inspiration my “Office Inspiration Board” quickly filled up with ideas some were similar and some were completely different then the others. I began to get confused so I decided to create a mood board just like I do for my clients. It really helped to see the overall look that I was wanting for my office.
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Something I have noticed, attempting to redesign and decorate your office while you are also continuing to work in it day by day can be challenging. IF you are able to quit working until the redesign is done, that would be the best option. But it has definitely strengthened my patience and sharpening my focus on the tasks. I can tell that your environment has an effect on your work and so it is important to make your surroundings yours. If you don’t have an office and you are in a work environment with cubicles or small workspaces. Find a way to add a little something that adds your personality to it.

I think something important to think about while designing for your office is that this is a place that you are meant to work in. That makes the design process much different than a bedroom or a living space. Especially for a creative career you have to think of what designs, color schemes, patterns, and layout would continually inspire you to be creative and productive.

What are items that you use to personalize your workspace? Do you have any tips you have found that help you when redesigning your office space? what do you find helps you to be more productive?

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My Current : IPhone Favorites

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How many times have you said, “There’s an app for that.” I have to say that was a genius marketing plan for apple. I love downloading new apps I hear about and trying them out. How many of you also dissect the design of each app, the user friendliness of it and the flow and functionalities?
Maybe that is the nerdy graphic designer in me. But I love to critique each app and see how things could have been designed better or what parts of the design I like the most. It takes me back to art school with the weekly project critiques. Can I get a witness? Haha.

I wanted to share with you the top 5 apps I’m currently obsessing ly critiquing and enjoying the use of. These apps are in no particular category. They are somewhat random. Some apps I use for productivity and some are for fun.

1. Evernote

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I know what your thinking! Yeah your a little late to the party. I know, but I’m fashionably late right? Anyways. I will probably stay obsessed with this app. There are a lot of great qualities with this app for productivity in whatever field your in. There are great customizations to it. Customizable apps are my favorite because you can’t just assume everyone is going to want to set up their lists and notes the same way. What is great about Evernote is you can have notes and list combined and even add some reminders and alerts. It is great for creative people to have when an idea pops in your head and the computer is no where near you and you forgot pen and paper. Even writers who should practice writing everyday. Writers can use the notebook features to keep creative stories or outlines clear. I recommend this for anyone in the creative world needing to keep ideas from being lost in the land of the forgotten.

2. Heads Up

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3. Entrepreneur Daily

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On a more serious/business note this app is the app for www.entrepreneur.com this place is a great resource for all business minded people. Anyone in management or higher leadership. I love clicking on there to see the latest articles and read new perspectives on leadership, business, or news on the latest start ups. This might not be up everyone’s alley but if you are interested in becoming more well rounded in business and keeping your brain sharp I would suggest this app as a good recouce. I have been enjoying it as of late.

4. Mindly

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Taking it a little more practical but still in the business mindset, the Mindly app is amazing. I just happened upon this app one day and it has helped me out so much on keeping projects oraganized in my brain. The planning process is probably one of the most important parts and this is an app that is just for that. It is basically a mind mapping app. But it’s the best one I have tried. I have tried a few because I find mind mapping to be helpful when dealing with complicated projects or even planning out a larger website. This is a great app for that as well. You can have categories within more categories and also attach notes or images with in them. What is also awesome is it looks great! I’m always about 1. User friendliness and 2. Beuatiful aesthetics. There are pro features if you enjoy using the app and want to continue mind mapping projects. Check it out and map out that mind.

5. Elevate

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Speaking of the mind, Elevate is a fun mind game app. My brother introduced me to this app and I have to say I do feel a tad but smarter after playing it for a few weeks. This app is a game designed to sharpen your mind. So you can have fun and get smarter at the same time. It is rewarding at the end knowing you are having fun and exercising your brain. It will only let you play 3 games per day unless you buy the pro version. I have stuck with the 3 games and I use it as mind excercises each day. Check it out if your feeling like your mind needs to get in shape. Haha

I hope you liked the apps that I have been obsessing over. Comment below and let me know the apps that you have been loving lately.

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Winter – Free Desktop Wallpaper

winterdesktopscene I am not one for the cold winter months, but I do love the Holidays and the beauty that the blanket of the white snow creates. We have had a lot of snow the last few winters. I have noticed how when the snow covers the ground it hides all of the junk and dead limbs and instantly creates a beautiful scene.
My ideal snow day would definitely be coffee bundled up close to the fire with a good movie. (who wouldn’t right?)
I have created some scenes for your computers desktop inspired by the beauty of snow.wintertreewallpaper snowflakewallpaper
Click here to download : Evergreen Snow Scene Wallpaper
Click here to download: Snowflake Winter Scene
Click here to download: Winter Friends Snow Scene
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What is this Blog

blogtitle-whatisthisblogWelcome! Bienvenido! Bonjour! Hola!
I would like to somehow in a nutshell explain why I started this blog. Maybe you care. Maybe you don’t. I’m not sure. But anywho! (I imagined that being said in a British accent)

I am an avid blog reader. I have a list of bloggers and youtubers I like and follow and admire. Looking at other blogs I see there is a common thread and thier blog can generally be titled such as “food blog” or “fashion blog” or “writers blog” “health and fitness blog”. I have been wracking my brain trying to think of how to label myself with what I intend to write and I can’t choose. I love too many things and I have too many interests and hobbies that I don’t want to neglect any of them over the other.

What I post might seem a bit scattered with art, design, acting, theater, marketing/business, and my thoughts/observations about life but those are all the things I love.
Over time maybe there will be one or two things that stick out more than the rest but I hope you will join me on this journey. My hope is to share what I know and what I observe to help anyone that might stumble or come to this blog. I want to be a place for people to find support and help with whatever I can offer.

I hope you join me on this multi faceted blog where I will share the things I know and love from the heart.

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