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Draw Out Your Drawing Talents With These 5 Jobs

February 1, 2017
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Art is often ridiculed as a subject that won’t get you a job. But being able to draw well is in fact a valuable skill that can lead to a very well-paid profession. Here are a few examples of jobs that require your drawing talents.

Graphic design

Graphic design is essential to almost every product around us. On top of technical drawing, many products will require a sketch drawing which is freehand and requires more artistic ability. Branding such as packaging, logo-building and ad design also relies heavily on the more arty side of drawing, with designers having to draw cartoon characters or inventing iconographies. Familiarising yourself with certain graphics design programmes such as Adobe Illustrator can be useful (there are many Illustrator training courses available). Graphic design tablets and styluses have made digital drawing a lot easier – you can practically draw as if you were using paper and pen, with the added bonus that you can digitally erase.

Cartoons

Finding full-time work as a cartoonist is difficult but if you look hard enough you’ll find it. You may not land a job illustrating a comic strip or providing the animation for a Disney movie, but you may be able to provide political cartoons to newspapers or provide humorous cartoons for a kids magazine. If you’re bold enough, you can even take to the streets and offer caricatures. Many cartoonists will work on a freelance basis. Build up a portfolio and you’ll eventually be able to attract your own clients.

Illustrating

Publishing companies will often work with illustrators, providing writers with images for their books. Getting one’s foot in the door can be difficult – many will create blogs of their artwork and then approach publishing companies and authors individually. Children’s books are a particularly good way in as these are more picture-heavy. Illustrators may also be required for instruction manuals – whilst this can sometimes be more technical, pictures of people and hands may be needed that require a more skilled artist.

Album artwork

Whilst some musicians are happy to use a photo in their press pack, others prefer to have hand-drawn artwork to go with their albums and singles. This can be a lucrative market, although may require a lot of networking with local musicians. Eventually you can build up a portfolio which you can use to attract clients. Band, PR companies and music agents may recommend you based on your previous work.

Courtroom sketching

Before photography, courtroom sketching was commonplace. It has recently become more widespread, with many courts banning photographers. Courtroom sketches involve drawing a picture of courtroom proceedings and require a certain level of drawing talent. You don’t need to be legally trained, although an art degree may be favourable in many cases, as well as the ability to work in a short time frame.

What is the greatest album cover ever created?

January 11, 2017
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Have you even wondered on what are the best album cover created in the entire music industry as for today? well actually, there are a bunch out there and there’s still keep on producing album hence there’s a new cover album to be included in the list. But as for today and as you’re an avid fan of the oldies songs you might got your list already in mind that you think is the greatest album cover ever created.

But if not, you can check my list below see it yourself on how awesome these albums are and their artists that am sure your parents will appreciate much..

While the music on an album is of upmost importance, the sleeve that holds the record gives artists a space for artistic expression. This has always been the case; from the first microgroove long-playing phonograph that was released in 1948, through the vinyl era and the many CDs that you see in music stores today.

However, which is the greatest album cover that has ever been created? Managed print specialist United Carlton has attempted to find out by drawing up a shortlist of six standout examples.

Take a look at each pick and then visit the firm’s Twitter page to give your thoughts on the best of the bunch, or offer your favourite that didn’t make the list:

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

(Cover can be seen here: http://www.thebeatles.com/album/sgt-peppers-lonely-hearts-club-band)

What better way to kick off our list than with the cover of a Grammy-winning album that was created by art champion and director Robert Fraser? The sleeve was a combination of work by designers Jann Haworth and Peter Blake and saw more than 70 artists, writers, thinkers and figures who inspired The Beatles featured. As a subtle nod to the end of the Hard Day’s Night-fueled Beatlemania era, the cover also saw the iconic British band as they were in 1967 standing alongside their younger selves.

The Beatles – Abbey Road

(Cover can be seen here: http://www.thebeatles.com/album/abbey-road)

The Beatles are the only band to make our list twice, though it shouldn’t be much of a surprise when you consider that the two album covers featured are those for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. For the latter, the famous foursome chose to part ways with simulations and instead feature themselves walking across a zebra crossing in a typical British street. It is a scene that has been replicated countless times ever since.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

(Cover can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/gncz/)

Legendary designers Hipgnosis were the brains behind the cover for Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side Of The Moon, with a single beam of light shining through a prism and forming a rainbow on the other side creating a simple yet bold look. This image was used to convey the band’s stage lighting as well as the lyrics some of the album’s songs. It also speaks volume that despite the sleeve having no words, most people instantly knows its name and the band behind it.

Nirvana – Nevermind

(Cover can be seen here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/nevermind-anniversary-nirvana-baby-kurt-cobain-dave-grohl-a7328811.html)

The cover for Nirvana’s album Nevermind was apparently conceptualised after Kurt Cobain watched a programme about water births. After hiring photographer Kirk Weddle to bring the sleeve into reality, the result was an innocent baby swimming underwater towards a dollar bill that was hanging from a fishhook. The rest was history.

Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell

(Cover can be seen here: https://www.discogs.com/Meat-Loaf-Bat-Out-Of-Hell/release/2831488)

The songs featured on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell were crazy in a good way, so it was fitting that the sleeve of the record was just as brilliantly wild. Conceptualised by Jim Steinman but actually created by comic book artist Richard Corben, the cover saw a motorcycle powering out of a graveyard while a giant bat loomed menacingly over the tombstones in the background.

Queen – Queen II

(Cover can be seen here: http://www.queenonline.com/en/the-band/discography/queen-ii/)

Music fans are likely to recognise the sleeve of Queen’s album Queen II, as it also features in the music video for the band’s hit single Bohemian Rhapsody. The cover is a simple one, with the four members of Queen standing in a diamond formation upon a black background. Rock, who had enjoyed work with the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, has since being quoted as saying: “It made them look like much bigger a deal then they were at the time, but it was a true reflection of their music.”

Set the Fashion Trend This Winter

August 4, 2016
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Summer has gone in a jiffy and winter is fast approaching. It is time to bid adieu to the summer revelry, the barbecues, the outdoor parties and picnics. It is also the time to pack away all the summer dresses, pastel and bright summer colours and prints, summery shorts and swimwear, and stock up the wardrobe with winter essentials like sweaters, coats and jackets. Sadly, whenever one thinks of a winter wardrobe, one just imagines drab and boring dark colours and oversized sweaters and jackets. Many women often assume that style and winter clothes do not go hand in hand. However winter fashion can be trendy and glamorous too.

Knit wear – the trend of winter fashion 2016

Winter months can be freezing, requiring one to cover up from head to toe and wear multiple layers to protect one from the cold and stay warm. Style might take a beating underneath all the layers and heaps of warm clothes. One of the winter essentials which can add style along with warmth is variety of knit wear that is made from highest quality fibres and soft natural wools. And when it comes to knit wear the products made in Italy have their own beauty.

Thankfully you can now shop these knitwears from Melbourne, Australia, and without visiting Italy, by shopping online. By typing words like ‘modamelbourne’ you can find sellers that provide wide ranges of knit wears including wraps, cardigans, crochet ponchos, jumpers, tunics, shirts, oversized sweaters, vests and scarves at reasonable price. These wears could be teamed up with denims, pants or skirts to add a touch of style to the wardrobe. The natural fine quality wool and fibresfrom lamb, angora, alpaca, cashmere, merino, linen, modal and cotton are used to create these stylish winter garments with varying textures, designs and flattering shapes too.

Style as you want

Knit wear has the versatility to be worn as casual day wear when teamed with jeans and pants and at the same time can be seamlessly transformed into evening wear when worn over dresses or as knitted dresses worn along with glamorous accessories. Another advantage of the knit garments is that they can be worn with equal panache and elan by young and old alike. Additionally these knitted clothes need not be grey, black, brown or similar drab and dull colours but are available in bright colours such as oranges, greens, peacock blues, teals, and aubergine too. The knit wear range with interesting designs and flattering shapes along with eye catching colours will definitely add a touch of glamour to the basic wardrobe.

Additional wardrobe essentials

The knit wears constitute the basic and most important part of a winter wardrobe, but these need to be teamed up with equally essential items to transform you into a winter style diva. A pair of skinny jeans which provide the perfect balance to the oversized boyfriend sweaters, freestyle cardigans and wraps is a good essential. A smart pair of boots either ankle length or knee-length complete the look for the day. Trendy and smart accessories to be sported with it to complete the uber cool look include belts which can be worn over the knee-length sweaters and knit dresses to give it a flattering dimension, fedora hats or similar headgear, scarves in contrasting colours, different textures and knit fibres and lastly sunglasses. These make up for a staple winter wardrobe that is high on style along with comfort and warmth.

Winter blues need not affect one’s wardrobe since there are a number of versatile knitted clothes to choose from for every occasion. When combined with the right accessories, these create the perfect stylish look.

Portable Hi-Fi Headphones That Won’t Break the Bank

July 22, 2014
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No one likes to spend a ridiculous amount of money on anything. However, when it comes to personal style one must strike a balance between quality and style and headphones are no exception to the rule. With Privates Wireless Headphones by Outdoor Tech, you don’t have to empty your wallet. Instead, you get cool and convenient set of headphones at a completely affordable price. With a wireless headset, you can jam to your favorite tunes in style anywhere at any time. Walk down the street, chill by the pool, hike up a mountain, or go for a jog without having irksome cords get in the way. Privates’ Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect your phone, laptop, or tablet so you can enjoy music without hassle.

Comfort and Convenience

Canvas wrapped around the headband makes the Privates’ design durable and long lasting. With seven colors to choose from, you can get the perfect neutral or vibrant hue that works with your style and personality. Swivel ear pieces and adjustable sides move to fit your head just right for maximum comfort. Aside from the convenience of going wireless, swipe technology allows for super easy usage. A touch pad on the right ear piece means you can adjust the volume or change tracks with one swift movement. Simply swipe your finger up or down to make the music louder or softer and swipe right or left to go on to the next song or back to the previous one.

Cool Features

When you try out these incredible headphones you won’t want to take them off, and you won’t have to for at least 10 hours. During those hours, you can do more than just listen to music. One button allows you to take hands-free calls whenever your phone starts to ring. To keep you updated on how much juice you have left, a fuel gauge shows displays the remaining battery power. When you want to tuck the headphones away for easy transport or storage, you can fold them to fit into smaller spaces. If you don’t have access to Bluetooth technology or don’t have Bluetooth devices, you can use the jack to plug in the device. You can also plug the headphones in and use them if you forgot to charge them. Every time you slip Privates over your ears, you can tune out the world around you and relax to your favorite tunes in a high quality and stylish fashion.

Outdoor Tech’s Privates headphones are made to make your music experience more enjoyable and convenient. Cool swipe technology makes the headphones easy to use and adjustable features make them comfortable to wear. This is a long lasting music experience you don’t want to miss.

Learn to shop on the frugal way

June 22, 2014
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Everyone loves to shop whether online or in the nearby mortar stores. Because shopping can makes you feel relax and this was already the best way to distressed yourself on your daily dose of workloads and anxiousness. Actually, I used to shop online because there’s a tons of great deals available that these merchants are offering and one of it was this discounted items and coupon codes. I know, most of you are quite familiar too on how this coupon code works as well the discounted items but I’ll be more to pleased to tackle about the coupon codes because these were the best way or the frugal way to shop online.

Practically saying, using coupon codes are ones we must to practice often than considering these items on its regular prices as we do shopping. Because really! merchants has a lot to offers especially if they’re online stores. You may check out ebays for some great deals as well you may use coupon codes for amazon for your convenient, as yourself are fond of shopping there. But if you prefer to shop on those branded ones. I’ll then refer you on this site called zoutons.com where mostly brands and merchants stores listed their coupon codes and deals. Actually, I’ve been lurking the site quite awhile now and I either uses some of their offering codes already. And I must say! there given codes are working fine and it does really lessen the prices of the items am about to avail on the certain brands I liked.

Zoutons.com does cater a lot of brands, from top brands to local brands. They either has some Indian fashion brands which I think you must have to consider as you like some mantra made of clothes. But if you prefer these top international brands, no worries then.. because they either got them. Just check their site today and have your unique coupon codes to use for your convenience.

Tips To Be Consider As You Travel

May 15, 2014
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Many people enjoy traveling and everyone is looking forward to it but sometimes things don’t go as we planned and a trip can easily go from perfect to really, really bad. And that is why you will read some tips that might help you not ruin your vacation, holiday, honeymoon or anything you are planning.

1. Always pack a hat. In the winter it will keep you warm and in the summer it will keep the sun off your face.

2. Bring a travel first aid kid.

3. Never pack something that you haven’t worn before. The first time you will wear it you will feel very uncomfortable, and that’s not how you want to feel.

4. Make a packing list a week before you travel and whenever you think of something you need, write it down.
5. Bring little packs of tissues because toilet paper is not given in many parts of the world.

6. Border control agents do not get sarcasm. Keep this in mind if you’re someone that likes jokes

7. Prepare for every single situation. Few days before leaving home, make sure you have everything you need and prepare for every single scenario that might happen. If you are traveling with children, then make sure you brought something to keep them busy during the trip so they don’t annoy everyone around them.

Top summer destinations

May 15, 2014
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Summer is not that close but some people like planning ahead. This is article for those who wonder where to go this summer. Here is a list of attractive summer destinations:

1. Maui. It has multi-colored beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and five-star resorts. Adventure-seekers can hike through the lush Haleakala National Park or drive the winding Road to Hana. Or if you’re craving a bit of sun, spend your summer lounging on Wailea’s shores.

2. Fiji. There really isn’t a bad time to visit Fiji, but many consider the summertime — with its constant sunshine — to be the best season. If you’re able to get away in early June, you might be lucky enough to score an over-water bungalow without busting your budget.

3. Antalya. According to Budget Travel magazine, the Turkish Riviera is a beautiful European destination that comes without an excessive price tag. Hotel rates have dropped by nearly 25 per cent in the past year, and as a result, it’s become a must-visit playground for money savvy travellers.

4. Sardinia, Italy – The Mediterranean Island of Sardinia has long been a favorite summer stop for Italians, but it’s stunning beaches, growing culinary scene, and historical monuments have helped make it the top summer destination for international travelers.

5. Algarve, Portugal – The Algarve region in southern Portugal is home to some of Europe’s most spectacular coastline and is still one of the continent’s most affordable vacation destinations. While coastal cities like Portimao and Albufeira are popular among package vacationers, Algarve’s real treasure is the endless miles of seaside cliffs dotted with spectacular grottoes, hidden beaches, seaside cafés, and dazzling underwater caves.

Also, dont forget to bring some cookies to bite as you travelling in any of the places mentioned on top. Just found them here for you to choose..

Beautiful Chinese Bridges

February 2, 2014
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Being one of the world’s oldest cultures, Chinese culture is influential in a large geographical region in Eastern Asia with traditions differing between cities, provinces, and towns. Vital elements of Chinese culture include music, literature, cuisine, religion, visual arts, architecture etc. I am in awe whenever I see pictures of beautiful buildings and other structures in China. The Great Wall of China is one testament to how much of a perfectionist Chinese people are and how they will do everything just to protect their territory against intruders.

Having said that, China has been known to have a long history in bridge construction and recently it has been pushing the frontiers of bridge construction with many record breaking bridges. The long list of bridges is structured by province and includes noteworthy bridges such as the Anji Bridge which also happens to be the oldest existing bridge. Then there is the Danyang Kunshan Grand Bridge which is the world’s longest bridge measuring over 164 kilometers. Another is the Sidu River Bridge, the highest bridge in the world and the Xihoumen Bridge in Zhejiang province, the second longest suspension bridge span. The list of magnificent, well constructed bridges goes on.

The book Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China’s Past by Ronald G. Knapp takes us on a more detailed look and gives thorough information about over 50 historically, culturally, and architecturally noteworthy bridges across China that represent the advanced engineering and technological achievements of earlier times. Readers are given an intellectual and enlightening tour of both famous Chinese bridges and those that are just being discovered by people in the west. The author shows how beautiful, grand, spectacular, and unique these bridges are apart from being functional. They are a part of Chinese architecture that may not be given a lot of attention but in this book they are given the importance that they deserve.

Chinese Bridges is an English language book that contains more than 400 magnificent colored pictures, historic images, paintings, and line drawings as well as descriptions, history, and essays of these bridges. The book is an amazing work of architectural history and will surely provide inspiration for years to come. It is thoroughly researched and carefully written and displays how historical architecture can bring to life the living experiences and ancient culture of its people. This coffee table style book truly imparts rich historical and cultural setting for China’s bridge building tradition.

The Best Way To Invest, Coins and Jewelry

January 28, 2014
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In uncertain economic times, jewelry and coins always retain their value. Coins and jewelry pieces are very liquid as they can be sold at anytime for fair prices. It’s important to understand the various factors involved in determining the market value of jewelry, coins and other forms of currency. First and foremost, the precious metal content of a gold is a very important factor in the final sale price. The purity of gold coins is usually rated in 12K, 14K, 18K, 20K and 22K denominations. Naturally, a high purity rating yields a higher market value for a gold coin. By knowing the purity and weight of a gold coin, the value can be calculated at any instant. The only factor that fluctuates is the market price of gold, which changes slightly on a daily basis. However, the price of gold per ounce has been been reaching record highs during the recent U.S. economic recession.

Another factor that plays an important role in the value of a gold coin is age. The older the coin is, the more rare and valuable it is considered to be. For example, a gold coin from the 16th century is more valuable than a coin of the same purity and weight from the 20th century. Gold coins have been minted since ancient times. Most coins from early civilizations are now on display in museums and private collections as historic relics and not currency. For example, it would be impossible to estimate the market value of a gold coin that was minted during Ancient Roman times. In general, foreign gold coins tend to be more expensive than American gold coins when dealing on the American market. Trying to visit a numismatic dealer is an example of searching for a great purchase or sale deal on gold coins that are minted in the United States.

Paper currency can also be very valuable depending on several factors. For example, the United States has released different dollar denominations for brief periods throughout the country’s history. A 5 dollar bill minted during the Civil War in the United States has tremendous historic value in today’s market. Experienced numismatic dealers usually know the history behind all of the currency circulation of the United States dating back to the earliest federal reserves and mints. Rare American coins that are not made of precious metals can still have high value in today’s market.

Things to Remember When Shopping For Shoes

October 8, 2013
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Shopping for quality shoes is not easy. It’s sometimes better to just buy something that’s branded and expensive because at least you know that it’s durable and of high quality. But what if you don’t have the money to buy pricey shoes? There are some things to remember to guide you through the process. Always try on the shoes you like first before you decide to buy them. Keep them on your feet and walk around for a few minutes to see how they feel. Be sure that they fit perfectly and you feel comfortable wearing them. Check if the shoes can be returned before buying them.

Purchase from a familiar brand that you’ve worn before when shopping online. This way you already know your accurate size. If you have to choose between leather and synthetic leathers, it’s a no brainer that you have to go with leather. They’re biodegradable and more durable. Always choose quality over quantity. A quality shoe with quality maintenance should last a long time. You shouldn’t worry too much about the cost since quality shoes look better, lasts longer, and are more repairable. Thus, they’re a better long term investment.

As for good dress shoes which men should have at least a pair of, the soles should be stitched not just glued to the bottom of the shoes, at least a quarter of an inch thick, and is made of leather. Also, the lining is made of high quality calfskin or natural leather not synthetic materials. If you want to have stylish and top quality leather shoes, shop at Reef. They have some really beautiful and interesting models to choose from like the Reef Eland. It has premium full grain leather upper with distressed and vintage finishes, leather outsole with rubber enforce strike area, and premium pig skin leather lining. Plus, it’s handcrafted in Brazil.

Another model that’s worth checking out is the Reef Bantu shoe, what with its premium leather full grain upper with distressed and vintage finishes, molded wax texture cushion insole, molded rubber swellular traction out sole, slammed cup sole construction, and EVA compounds for odor management on the insole, among its features. I’m sure I’ll also look good if I wear the Reef Spiniker Mid NB. It has Reef molded rubber swellular traction outsole, removable and washable insole for function and travel, odor management EVA insole, molded wax texture cushion insole, and die cut leather labels inlay on the outsole.