Influence of Industrialism on Arts

Engineering, technology, and industrialization have made our lives much better. There is no doubt about that. They have transformed our society and for better or worse, they have also changed the way we perceive and admire Arts and Artisan’s efforts around us. But, to what extent?

Everything that modern man uses has been manufactured en masse and Information technology have made Earth a global village. People can interact with each other thousands of miles away in sub-seconds and travel around the world in a matter of hours. So, they have a faster and direct access to what is being expressed in the form of art and literature. That has changed things a lot too.

There were some art forms that were transformed with the advent of modern machines. Camera photography gave people the unprecedented ability to capture any moment instantaneously. When photography was invented in 1830, painters felt threatened by the new invention. They eventually distinguished Arts form from Photography and began to experiment with impressionism, abstract arts, surrealism and other forms of modern painting concepts that were partly fueled by industrialism and the new social settings in an industrial world. Another significant impact of the Industrial and Information Revolutions was the invention of products like the tube paint. As tube paints are collapsible, their invention made artists more mobile. It resulted in a better outreach of art.

With the advent of photographs and movie reels, a different art category emerged that has since overshadowed the rest in terms of popularity and mass appeal. It is the art of motion pictures and animation. It is the simplicity and mass appeal of this relatively new sensation that transcended all boundaries and made us fall in love with it. Now you didn’t need to understand a particular art form to be able to admire it. It also resulted in a decreased interest in other forms of expressive art.

The internet and communication revolution also brought a lot of changes into our lives and eliminated many boundaries. Recently, various art forms have thrived due to this increased connectivity and brought fame to artists from around the world. They have become richer and more recognized in public while inspiring new talents to come through.

On the downside, industrialism and connectivity has fueled our materialistic nature and decreased appreciation for harder-to-understand topics. But, despite all that, it has made artists and art better recognized around the world. The future is bright if we see it in the right light!

Tips on Finding the Best Children’s Birthday Party Decorations Online

Buying party decorations online should be a quick and easy task, but if you want the best quality products based on your chosen theme, then you will want to make sure you purchase from a company that can be trusted, a company that will ensure you get your order within the shortest space of time.

There are so many great children’s birthday party ideas, which means that focusing on a theme for your party is the first step. When you focus on a particular theme, whether it be the Minions, a Disney Princess or Frozen, you can plan the rest of the party a bit easier, focusing on that one theme and basing everything else around it.

Start by going online and looking at some of the great birthday party ideas that can help you identify with a theme. There are specialist companies that will put all your decorations into one box and ship it to you. Buying a package from one of these companies is affordable and also saves you considerable time and money.

Choose a few suppliers. Three is always recommended, so you have a good selection when it comes to reviewing and comparing them to identify with the supplier you are going to use to make your purchase. Look at the company’s website, see if they are professional, if they are customer focused and how easy their purchasing process is.

Next you are going to want to review each of the companies offering your children’s birthday party ideas and decorations online. Starting with their website, learn as much as you can about them Identify how long they have been in business, what themes they provide and their price range.

Once you have thoroughly inspected their website, you want to type the company name into your search engine. Go through the results and look particularly for online forums and independent review sites. Here you can get feedback from clients. Another option is to see if they have a Facebook page and go through the review section, if they have one.

With all the facts in front of you, you can now compare the companies. Chances are when you reviewed the supplier of children’s birthday party ideas, you eliminated at least one, which means you only have two to compare against each other. Compare them based on their decorations, their prices and the services they offer. Can you select your own products or do they offer a party package where you can choose the size of party and have it all delivered to your door to save you time and money?

Look closely at the delivery times. When you have had a good children’s birthday party idea and you have everything planned from the venue to the them and date, the last thing you need is all your decorations arriving late. Choose a company that keeps stock of all the products they offer and dispatch within one to two working days, so you know the item will be on your doorstep without delay.

Finally, always check that in the event an order arrives wrong, damaged or not as described you can return it without hassle. The Distance Selling Rules do ensure that you have some protection, but you also want to ensure the supplier you choose will back their products and be confident in selling them to you. This should be part of their service, so you can return them for a full refund if necessary.

Party in a Box is a United Kingdom based children’s party specialist company that focuses on providing clients with everything they need in one box to ensure that every child at the party has an enjoyable and memorable time. The company provides clients with the convenience of booking their party box online in three simple steps; choose theme, choose party size, add any add-ons if required. Party in a Box is family owned and operated with years of experience and a passion for helping parents with their party planning throughout the country

Shading Techniques in Art

Shading is the technique of showing tones or values on an object through gradual gradations for it to look ‘solid’ and have a three dimensional effect. Shading techniques allow you to weave layer upon layer of pencil marks to add a convincing form to your line drawing. Shading adds a sense of substance to your subject and produces a convincing tonal relationship. Drawings take on a three dimensional form when shaded properly.

To render shades correctly on drawn objects, the artist must carefully observe the source of light that is striking various values of tones or shades on the drawn objects. After realizing the source of light, the artist must study closely the reflections of the light on areas of the objects to know the lightest and darkest sections. After establishing the endpoints or extremes thus the lightest valued areas as well as the darkest valued areas, the remaining area with a mid-half tone between the two extremes is the middle value.

The tones are adjusted as many times to make it look realistic. It is advised that artists step back periodically to look at the drawing and the subject in a distance to view and adjust the tones accordingly. This would make the values depicted on the drawn objects more realistic. In the rendition of cast shadow, the artist must take note of the light source and the striking or reflection of the light on the objects. If the light is far above, the shorter the shadow is (try checking out your shadow at noon – 12:00PM) whereas the lower the light, the longer the cast shadow will become. The rule is that the darker the shadow, the brighter the light source. As the shadow is drawn further from the object, the lighter it becomes. The shadow takes on the shape of the item it comes from. Notice that to make the shadow, all you have to do is create a triangular shape from the top of the object to the ground and back to the base of the object. According to the light source, make your shadow fit accordingly.

There are various ways of rendering shades on a drawn object. Some of these are:

1. Hatching: This is a shading technique that employs one set of line either vertical, curved or horizontal lines in rendering shades on a drawn object. These lines are drawn beside one another to give the illusion of a value. Depending on the hatching shading effect one want to achieve, the artist may decide to make the individual lines in hatching sets far apart or close together.

2. Cross-hatching: This is a shading technique made by the use of lines that crosses each other at an angle in rendering shades on an object. In cross-hatching, one set of line crosses over (overlaps) another set of line to create a shade on a drawn object.

3. Stippling/Dottilism/Pointillism: This is a shading technique that employs dots or series of points in rendering the shades on an object.

4. Circularism/Squirkling/Scribbling: This is the use of circles, squirkles and scribbles in rendering a shade on an object. When squirkle sets have noticeable spaces between the lines, they work beautifully for shading various textures, such as fuzzy fabrics and curly hair. Squirkles can look like a solid tone when the lines are drawn closely together, and are great for shading lots of different aspects of people, including skin tones.

5. Tonal gradation/smudging: This is the rendering of soft tones on a drawn object and blending the tones together with the thumb, a piece of paper or a soft cloth.

Rendering shades on objects using any marking or drawing tool is an interesting practical exercise in art. However, to achieve successes, artists must learn the rudiments in shading so as to render shade on drawn objects based on the accepted rubrics of art.

Artist’s Portfolio: Its Quintessential Roles and Relevance

An artist’s portfolio is a collection of an artist’s creative works either in soft or hard copies. It is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist’s style or method of work. A portfolio is used by artists to show employers their versatility by showing different samples of current work.

Typically, the work reflects an artist’s best work or a depth in one specific area of work. When presenting a portfolio, not only the artists work is being judged, the artist is also being judged. Questions like; ‘Is this artist serious? Will he or she succeed in the art world? Are they worthy of being represented?’ are mostly asked when an artist’ portfolio is being evaluated.

Historically, Portfolios were printed out and placed into a book. With the increased use of the internet and email however, there are now websites that host portfolios uploaded online that are available to a wider audience.

There are basically two ways of producing portfolios for the creative works of an artist. These are soft copy portfolio and hard copy portfolio. To obtain soft copies of the portfolio, creative works are snapped or shot using cameras (such as a digital camera etc.). They are then written on a compact disc (CD), DVD (Digital Versatile Disk), EVD (Enhanced Versatile Disk), VCD (Video Compact Disk) as a soft copy of the artist portfolio. Usually, such soft copies of works include a short biography of the artist- his educational background as well as the media he employs for his works, the theme/subjects, techniques or styles that he uses in his works. The creative works shown in the soft copy may also have their relative sizes and prices indicated on them.

On the other hand, the hard copies of the portfolio refer to the actual works on large papers and boards. A fairly large folio or case made of a strong hard material such as a hard paper, fabric or leather is used for the safe keeping of the artist’s creative works. Hard copies of the works either real or pictures of them are preserved in Files, Envelopes, Folders, albums etc.

An artist’s portfolio has several benefits. It serves as a source of reference to the artist. It is a storehouse of the artist’s best works where he can reliably turn when making any reference to his style, technique etc. It can also assist him to critically know areas of his former works that needed to be corrected so as to avoid committing the same mistakes in his future executions.

Also, it is a requirement for employment, business promotion, bidding for contract or occupational training or apprenticeship. It can open several doors or opportunities for an artist. For instance, in seeking for an employment, the portfolio presents the technical expertise, craftsmanship and skills in an easier manner to the employer. It speaks for the artist.

Moreover, it helps in gaining contracts. In bidding for contracts for the artist, it is his portfolio that does all the conviction so as to win contracts. This is because the committee sees in practical terms the same models the artist has done before.

In addition, it assists the artist in getting promotion in his business and in an interview for further studies. It increases the chances of the artist in his quest to pursue further studies in his area of study.

Finally, it serves as an evidence of practical experience, skill, knowledge, creative ability, technical proficiency and academic achievement. It is a true witness of the artist’s makeup. It sums up the total personality of the artist, making his identity easy in familiarization with people especially tourists who usually tour the country.

Due to the great value of portfolios, young and experienced artists must endeavor to make it their prime aim of building their own portfolios that will serve as a visual proof of their entire makeup, skills, expertise and achievements.

What is the Significance of Art

Art is such a simple term but it is difficult to define. To a child, art is drawing and coloring. For celebrities, art is acting and entertaining. For designers, art is trend and fashion. The definition of art can be very objective.

Different sectors have their own definition of art. They have various standards too. For a mother, the drawings of her children are works of art. For museums, art is the genuine creation of a significant artist in the past.

Just like its definition, its significance also varies. There are various forms of art today, and each is important to the artist involved. A good example is a musician. Music is a good example of art. That is why singers are called artists. For a songwriter, each song has a story that he wants the people to hear. For most writers, this is very personal.

For various artists, art is way of expressing themselves. You may have seen an abstract oil painting, although you cannot recognize the patterns and strokes of the artists, it is very important for the painter. For him, it represents his emotion and his character. It can symbolize his anger and frustration. However, it can also represent his love and compassion. Anyone who sees it can also use it to represent how they feel. Strokes and colors can evoke certain emotions from other people. This is why most people want to buy pieces of artwork.

For others, it represents their dreams. The television today has produced several competitions that opened the doors for various dreamers. There are dancers across the country who lined up to audition because all their life they wanted to dance in front of an audience who appreciates what they can do. Many have gone to school to enhance their skills so that they can be among the best dancers in the world.

Like music, dancing is a form of art that can evoke various feelings. Aside from love, dances can also evoke sensuality, excitement, fun, passion, anger, and happiness. Art here is more than entertainment and talent. It is more of touching people lives through their moves and choreography.

Today, art also symbolizes comfort. You can see art in many beautiful and comfortable homes. Interior designers are also artists in many ways. They match things to provide a wonderful space for their client. Seeing the overwhelming reactions of their clients gives them satisfaction. To them, that is the most rewarding feeling.

Art has also transcended in foods. Many cooks and chefs have proven this. Some maybe predictable but others are like the abstract oil painting. You do not care what is in there as long as you like the taste. For them, being able to feed and satisfy their customers is all that matters.
Art is very significant in today’s generation. Since it has taken various forms, it has earned the respect of almost all the artists. Musicians respect their instruments. Painters respect their brushes, paints, and canvass. And, chefs respect their ingredients and utensils.

Art is significant because of the sense of fulfillment an artist feels every time he finishes a masterpiece.

Ink, Art and Jobs

“Guy walks into a job interview. He’s wearing a t-shirt, has a couple piercings, tattoos on his arms and his hair is 3 different colors. The manager who was interviewing him liked the resume and decided to advise him a bit. He tells the guy, “You’re resume is great but I can’t have someone looking the way you do with my clients. You aren’t even wearing a tie.” Guy’s response was something along the lines of, “This is who I am; this is me.” The manager sat up, visibly annoyed and says, “You’re such a fool; you and your whole generation. Get a real shirt and tie, keep your hair to one color, lose the piercings and hide the tattoos. If you can do that, come see me next week. Once you become the manager from the hard work I think you can do, fire everyone and hire only people with multi-colored hair, piercings, tattoos and get rid of ties if you want.” -M.A.H.

From the beginning, I knew my first tattoo was going to be on my shoulder. I did this for two reasons. To hide it from my parents and so no one would see it at work. Long story short, when my parents visited me when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps, they asked me about my tattoo. My response?

“Which one?”

To say tattoos are not becoming mainstream is an oversight. Although most countries do not track tattoo sales or statistics, in the United States almost 14% of Americans* have at least one tattoo and over 30% of those people say “they’re addicted to ink”. The issue with employment is all in presentation. You don’t have to get a tattoo, you don’t have to grow a mustache, you don’t have to have piercings, and you don’t have to wear a tie.

With that said certain companies or certain fields frown on piercings; require you to wear a tie; keep facial hair to a minimum and don’t even want to sniff tattoos. There’s a dress code. Some employment fields are easier than others.

The fact is, in the workplace, there’s more fear then there is knowledge. Many people in power still view tattoos as trouble or feel threatened by them. When Mike Tyson got his tattoo, regardless of what his intentions were do you think he now looks more or less menacing? (Love ya Mr. Tyson). When I met my first wife, her father did not want me near her. Coming from Sicily, if you had tattoos, you did prison time.

If your response is the same as the story up top, it’s not that you may not be ready for a tattoo- you may not be ready for a job. For every action there is a reaction. If you cannot accept the responsibility of this, then it really doesn’t matter what your job is, does it? If having a tattoo in a prominently open, viewable area (IE forearms, hand, wrist, neck, etc.) is more important to you then the possibility of a career in your chosen field, cool. This isn’t to say you aren’t going to find work. It’s just may become difficult initially. Of course if your field of expertise is OK with tats send me a message asking for an apology for wasting 10 minutes of your life reading this. I will humbly apologize.

Things are changing though. I walked into my local grocery store recently; one of the largest grocery store chains in the U.S. The assistant manager has a large forearm tattoo. He didn’t start off as the manager; he’s been there for some years. I had to take my daughter to the hospital overnight for some testing. The male nurse had two sleeves and they were bold tattoos too. Really vibrant, could see them from a mile away. He had short sleeves on too. He had been a nurse for more than 5 years. Things are changing.

Your tattoos are an enhancement of you. You are not your tattoos. Give people reasons to know about you before they know about your tattoos.

If there is any advice I could give and I have hired and fired thousands over a long career. I would say this:

Be smart with your tats initially. Get your tattoos in strategic places that are covered up with everyday clothing. Once your skill level grows in your trade; hiring officials will look more at your body of work and less at your tattoos. Give them a reason to look beyond your tattoos.

Never forget that an interview is a first impression. I have seen people not get a job because they had facial hair (crazy). Do what you need to do to get the job. Then when you’re the boss, fire everyone and hire everyone else with tattoos.

How to Pick the Right Name For Your Entertainment Blog

Many new internet marketers make mistakes when picking a domain name for their blogs. While this is a common mistake, picking a name for your blog is the easy part. All you have to do to pick a great domain name for your blog is to incorporate your keywords within the name.

For example; if your blog is going to be about gossip, then you should pick a name like this: letsgossip or anything that has your particular keyword in it. If you are doing it for fun then you do not have to worry about any search engine stuff.

However, if you are looking to make money with your blog, you will have to make it search engine friendly and you must blog on a regular basis. Knowing what your keywords are and using them correctly will boost your blogs ranking.

Your keywords are to be used in the titles of your blog posts, and in the body of your posts the recommended amount of time to avoid getting penalized for keyword staffing. Making your blog posts SEO friendly is a very effective way to drive targeted traffic to your blog.

The secret to creating a successful blog is making sure that all your blog posts are keyword rich. Creating keyword rich blog posts will help your blog to rank higher on search engines. When someone enters in a keyword that is relevant to your blog or topic, your blog is more likely to appear in search results.

Pinging your blog regularly will enable your blogs new content to get indexed by search engines. When people type search terms related to your blog, your blog will appear in search results if you did a good job with onsite SEO.

Blogging is not hard if you know what you are doing, of course it will be hard when you just starting but it will get better with time. Persistence is all you need to achieve your goals online, blogging about things you are passionate about or knowledgeable of will make your blogging experience a blast.

Being a blog owner myself, trust me I know what I am talking about. I have been around a block or two when it comes to internet marketing as the name of my website suggest. When I just started I didn’t know that I was going to become an expert in this field of internet marketing because everything seemed so hard.

The Worst In Entertainment

Unfortunately, at the risk of offending any of my readers, I can’t compile a list of the television programs, movies, and books that I hate the most. I can’t restrain myself however from stating unequivocally that the barrage of sitcoms that came out in the 70’s are some of the worst examples of comedy and drama that ever disgraced the stage in all of human history. I’m not kidding either. It’s a shame too, because that brand of mindless dribble got its start in great shows like ‘All in the Family’ and featured fine actors and directors and such as Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, and Robin Williams. (Why do their names all sound similar? Weird.) But it’s as if a whole cultural generation had dropped a huge dose of bad acid during the 60’s and the 70’s in all its art forms show the feeble attempts of half vegetized people trying to return to normal.

I hope that I have conveyed that I am pretty snobbish when it comes to art, and I am strict in my evaluations of artists in general. There’s no accounting for taste as they say though, and I don’t attack people who like horrible art, just the artists themselves (though I do sometimes wonder how in the world extremely low quality television entertainment can run on season after season, year after year. Maybe it’s a conspiracy.

I’ve been known to watch and really enjoy movies that I technically consider ‘bad’ in terms of plot, acting, and message. But they’re fun. Among these I’d include Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Then there are artists like Tim Burton whom I don’t know whether to worship or just hate. Maybe I do a little of both. One actor I really like a whole lot is Brad Pitt, and I have dozens of reasons to back up my fondness for the adorable and very talented actor.

But the worst of the worst when it comes to mindless entertainment is a philosophical dialogue with an arrogant intellectual. In second place come the so-called enlightened spiritual guys. But hey, I guess I myself am part of that crowd so I better not burn any bridges there.

Entertainment on the Internet – There Is Something for Everyone!

The Internet is an exciting place for entertainment. We can play Online games, Chat with friends and family, Can browse live news and interesting articles, Watch online movies, Do online shopping, Hear FM Radio’s and Podcasts, Watch Live Televisions, Get new friends through social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Twitter, Friendster etc. And in general, Internet provides a great range of entertainment.

Video sharing sites provide much more fun and entertainment. Those sites such as Google video, YouTube, Metacafe includes lot of funny, interesting and useful videos. Funny pranks and Comedy videos in those video sharing website shall be used a good stress relieving tools.

Watching online movies is another great entertainment in Internet. There are numerous websites providing online movies, some of them are free too and some charge a tiny payment. Online movies include all genres such as action, romance, drama etc.

Online games such as Yahoo Games, Pogo, iWin, Shockwave, and New grounds are all great pages containing thousands of free online games for users of all ages. These games are often Flash, Shockwave, or Java and can be easily played through your browser without having to download and install the game. There are stress relieving games to overcome everyday stress in business and personal life’s. Websites such as,, and have lot of free online games, computer games and flash games. Not only that but we have tons of fun filled games.

Social networking site’s posses lot of fun and they are equipped with options like chatting, video and photo sharing, tagging, writing comments, updating status and lot more. Messenger services and VoIP service provide chatting and group conversation, which enables enhanced communication.

Listening to music is yet another great way of stress relieving and entertainment we can get on the internet. Lots of sites provide online music, covering almost all the languages available on the internet. Free internet radio stations, Live FM radios, Music libraries are the sources of music on Internet. We shall also hear music from online live concerts, video uploads etc.

We shall get more tips on stress management in websites regarding health benefits. There is a lot of websites provide guidance on meditation, yoga and tai-chi. These sites provide video tutorial on those Yoga, Meditation etc.

In general Internet is a great source of fun, entertainment provider. Internet is resourceful tool providing lot of entertainment. Internet acts as a great communication application.

Artistic Problems – Why Can’t I “Art?!”

Art is awesome.

Even though I’m not that good at art myself, many other people, especially the people in our generation (Gen Y and Gen Z), are really into art. But as much as many people are into things like drawing, painting or sketching, some still have problems convincing others, (and themselves) that being an artist can take them far.

Many still think that by doing art full time, they wouldn’t get a good pay or earn much. But I disagree. The way I see it, art is the future. Things like art, music, journalism, media or sports are soon going to start conquering the world.

As I already said, tons of people are into things like art, so it would only make sense that in the future these would be the things that matter the most and that are appreciated in society.

Currently, everyone seems to be fighting for jobs in fields such as medicine, law or engineering and so on, which is perfectly fine. The problem only occurs when people are in these fields just because it pays better or because it is more “secure”.

Many people, venture into these fields because of pressure from their friends and families; when in reality, they actually have a burning passion to do something else. For anyone who is stuck in that situation all I can say is, follow your Heart, not what your Mind or what anyone around you says.

Most of the time, people who like stuff like art start stumble across people around them who try to discourage them or judge them and their work. In reality, these people around them just mirror their own thoughts. Many incredibly talented and artistic people easily judge themselves and don’t appreciate their own work and efforts. They lack faith in their own abilities.

An example for this would be what I call the “I can’t draw the other eye!” syndrome. If you haven’t guessed it by the name, the “I can’t draw the other eye!” syndrome is what happens when you draw a drawing of one eye but you can’t seem to manage to draw even a simple sketch for the other eye.

I agree, this can sometimes happen. But stressing over it isn’t going to help; it would only make things worse. Instead, you could take it as a challenge and find a new, different way on how to draw an eye that would match the one you drew previously.

What I’m trying to say is, instead of focusing on the problem of not being able to draw something, start looking for a solution.

Too many artistic people doubt themselves. If only they had more faith in their own awesomeness, the world would be a much more epic place. Remember, ‘Earth’ without ‘Art’ is just ‘EH’… Yeah, I know, I stole that quote from someone. But it’s true! And I bet there’s a whole bunch of artists out there, just waiting to be found, who are going to prove me right.