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Thursday
Apr282011

Taking Photos in Low Light (Infographic)

This infographic on low light photography comes from Snapsort. It has a ton of great tips such as taking a ton of photos in succession, camera settings and lens selection.

You may also want to check out our past guest posts on photography: Film Photography vs. Digital Photography by Claire Jarrett of Marketing By Web and Finding Your Own Photography Style by Sarah Gonski of loveandpaella.com

Tuesday
Apr262011

Drawing: A free book of 100 hands

Drawing the hands is one of the most difficult challenges faced by an artist when studying anatomy. They are as complex as the rest of the figure. Good reference material can help to simplify the task. Thankfully, the classic fully illustrated text of George B. Bridgman's Book of a Hundred Hands is available free from Google Books. You can download a PDF, read it from your browser or view the book on any device that supports the Google Books app.

Bridgman details the hand in most imaginable positions, detailing fingers, the wrist. Most sections include simplified muscle groups with labels. Other details of interest are the veins, bones and, of course, short texts. The text quickly tells you information that's key to an artistic understanding of anatomy.

If you insist on print, you can also buy the published edition book on Amazon for under $20USD . If you have any other resources, share them in the comments

Friday
Apr152011

The Internet Versus the Library (Infographic)

More people in the United States use libraries than the internet. While the web is commonly referred to as the repository of all human knowledge, most books have yet to be digitized. This infographic seemed like a great follow up to my "Is Print Dead" infographic. Not only do libraries provide access to tons of books that are out of print, hard to find, or out of your price range but they provide internet access to those who couldn't afford it. They give computer access to students who need to type their papers but don't have the means.

My local library allows me to browse and reserve books online. Then I can just go to the front desk, show my library card and walk out with a pile of free books. That always seemed pretty neat and convenient. It's Netflix for books. If they delivered them to my door, that would be better. But that probably wouldn't be free. Do you think libraries are important? How do you use the library? And what can we do to save them and make them more relevant?

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Wednesday
Mar232011

Download These Free Public Domain Drawing Books for Artists

Learning to draw? The library is probably your first stop if you're on a budget. But the internet has it's own answer with public domain resources such as Project Gutenberg, OpenLibrary.org, Google Books and Archive.org, you have a collection of free drawing books at your fingertips. You can view these online or download it to your Kindle or eReader of your choice.


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The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed. This book originally published in 1913 takes an expected classical approach to drawing that holds up amazingly well today. Although the techniques are classical, you can benefit from the discussion presented no matter what style you ain for. This is the kind of title that reminds us the power of a well consolidated book as opposed to the quick-fix approach of internet tutorials. (As valuable as those are.) It's filled with beautiful sketches to study and serves as both a starting point and a reference book.

Pen Drawing, An Illustrated Treatise by Charles Maginnis. Pen and ink drawing continues to astound and amaze the average artist. This bible on the subject would be of interest to the modern comic book inker. The author here has you create a light pencil outline to plan your composition and then you create amazing detail straight to ink. Various styles are discussed and dissected. For the price, it's worth checking out and playing with the techniques.

The Elements of Drawing by John Ruskin. Hailing from the 19th century, this book is written in the poetic language of the time. It's a practical guide that mentors the beginner or advanced artist in how to improve their skills. It lacks in step-by-step illustrations, but instead tells you how to discover and view the world with your own eyes. This book is also available for free from Google Books.

Blackboard Drawing by Frederick Whitney This one takes on a different subject, blackboard and chalk drawing. And thankfully it's filled with images to illustrate the unique look of this type of art.

Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman. Learning to draw the human figure? This book tells you how with over 500 illustrations showing you exactly how to construct a figure. This is a must read for the serious portrait artist and one of the most useful and visual books in this list. It's one of the few books of this type that details and discusses the wrist, movement of individual bones and muscles in excruciating detail.

Composition; a series of exercises in art structure for the use of students and teachers. by Arthur Wesley Dow This one may be self explanatory by title, so I will emphasize that your drawing is only as good as it's composition. Good composition can elevate stick figures, while bad composition can ruin what would otherwise be a technical masterpiece.

The American drawing-book: A manual for the amateur, and basis of study for the professional artist. Especially adapted to the use of public and private schools, as well as home instruction by John Gadsby Chapman. Speaking of self-explanatory titles...

A progressive drawing book for beginners by Philip Henry Delamotte. The first half of this book is text and the second half illustrations for careful study. Perhaps a good place to start if the other drawing books mentioned are overly advanced or technical for your taste.

The essentials of perspective with illustrations drawn by the author; by L.W. Miller Perspective is a must no matter what you're drawing.

Human anatomy for art students with drawings by Innes Fripp & an appendix on comparative anatomy by Harry Dixon

Know of any other public domain artist resources? Let us know in the comments! I'd love to keep adding to the list.

Monday
Mar212011

The Journey to Freelance Graphic Design (Infographic)

Tired of your old day job? Even though you're a designer doing pretty well, you could be more independent and have more control. This infographic by wix.com plots out the steps you need to take to build up your clientele and say goodbye to your boss. Have you made the journey or at least are thinking about it? Tell us your experiences in the comments
freelance to freedomd Graphic Designers Journey: Freelance to Freedom (Infographic)

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