Shading Techniques in Art

graphite-shading-3Shading 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

4 Things to Consider to Be a Fashion Model

6c23a765105731c8c744ff2e3d037025The Haute Couture of modeling is a specific kind modeling that requires a great deal of commitment and passion.

Looks matter

Unlike commercial or advertisement modeling which accepts almost all kinds of models based on their relevance to the marketplace, fashion modeling is almost like an art form that has its own unique standard to meet. Usually a height of above 170cm, waist measurement of 35″-36″ and angular jaw, cheek and collar bones are expected. It is very rare for shorter models to be in fashion modeling, in which case only a very exceptional skin or look will be able to pass through. The sad truth is that either you’re born with it or you are not. There are many options in the modeling world, and not everyone is suited for everything.

Know the Best Modeling Market for You

Your look and style should also consider the market you want to be in. To fit in the demand in the types of high fashion you will be involved will mostly cater to an Asian or

Care Tips For Your Acrylic Displays

9a08de35a4faa6b1db479da90494cd73Acrylic is among the most popular materials used for display cabinets and display cases. You will also find acrylic display stands and shelves that are suitable for your business to present products in an impressive way that attracts the customers. The good looks of the material are probably its best-selling point, it is a hard plastic that looks like glass and apart from the clear look, you can also find the plastic in several other colors so you can select what works best for your business.

Acrylic displays are impact resistant, making them ideal for busy stores that even experience playful children. You will have fewer accident worries when you have acrylic display cases and you do not even to think about replacement costs. If you are a business that sells food, the displays also work best because will not be affected by elements such as high temperatures that could end up ruining your food. This is a material that is also not that hard to clean and maintain and you will spend less time on the cleaning. It is

Difference Between Mold Making and Casting

Molds and casts have emerged as popular and accepted art forms for reproducing a sculpture, artwork or almost anything else. Indeed, using the basic techniques of mold making and casting, it is possible to recreate just about anything in its entirety. A variety of products and materials can be used based on the requirements and it is even possible to replicate the live human body. You can easily create a spitting image of a person’s face, hands or any other part you wish!

However, a layperson often gets confused between the two terms of mold making and casting. The following explanation will shed clarity on the methods and help you to understand them:

Mold making: A mold is nothing but a negative or reverse impression of an object or sculpture. It accurately captures the surface detail of the object right down to every fold and undercut.

Molds can be made with different materials such as clay, wax, plaster, moulage, polyurethane rubber, silicone rubber, thermoset mold rubber, liquid latex rubber and more. Plaster bandages yield rough form molds and are generally used to make supportive shell molds. Body molds are usually made with alginate as

Teen Modeling Agencies: FAQs and Answers

Teenage years are undoubtedly the prime years for a model to develop in the industry. Beauty meets exuberance at this age. Here are some FAQs to be considered to make the right choice.

Where do I start?

The biggest models have once asked this exact same question. Of course, you can decide to be a freelance model and manage your own contracts, but if you don’t have the necessary guidance and contacts, you will have a mountain to climb before you can clinch a good contract. This is why there are professional modeling agencies, with experienced staff help you build your portfolio and link you up with an extensive network of clients that suit your style of modeling. A simple Google search will show you the most credible agencies out there and prove to you why you should join them.

1. I don’t look good, can I become a model?

A very common misconception is that people assume they cannot be a model because they don’t fit the common beauty standards. Arguably the most important aspect of a professional model is being photogenic. And not everyone who is photogenic looks good in real

How to Dress for Interviews at Model Agencies

Your interview is when you set your first impression and more than just getting accepted into the agency, it’s also about the type of modeling jobs you will be awarded. So dress to impress and we are going to give you a few tips on how you can do so.

1. Simplicity is your Mantra.

Simple and presentable is all your clothes need to be. Why? Model agencies want to see your authentic look, which is akin to a canvas for an artist, for the agency. Fancy and elaborate dresses hide your original body look and figure. Stick to solid and preferably dark colors. Most importantly, be comfortable with what you are wearing. Something model agencies are good at telling from your body posture is that how tensed you are. Never show it out, be as relaxed as possible.

2. Avoid makeup, accessories or jewelry

It’s best to not have too much make-up on; just apply a very little amount of foundation or make-up to hide your pimples or some scars. Don’t be afraid of revealing them as agencies would much rather see your natural face than an overly made-up face. Also,

Modeling Precautions for Teenagers

Always be on the lookout for villainous scammers who prey on your desire to be famous or rich. We list some key precautions teenagers should take if they are in the modeling industry.

1. Vulgar or Over Revealing Photo Shoots

This has the potential to escalate into a very big problem such as using it for illegal pornography, threatening your dignity and extorting money from you, a potential for rape etcetera. Nude photography is a very artistic form of photography which only professional models can handle, and modeling agencies will never engage in such photography for newcomers or teenagers. Even if so, there will be proper paperwork and processes that need to be observed first before they are done. So a teenager should never succumb to sweet words or threats. You never have to reveal too much skin as well, so voice out the moment you feel uncomfortable.

2. Location of Modeling Agencies

If you agency is located on a dead street or a dark alley without many people around that could be a sign of a shady or illegitimate agency. Before you travel to an agency, you must research on their work

Tips To Improve Your Book Reading Hobby

If you love burying yourself in books for hours, then you know how boredom, distraction and restlessness can ruin an otherwise good read. To be the best in reading, you must be ready and come up with ways of ensuring that you remain hooked to the reading to get the most from your hobby. With so many books available and tools such as e-readers that allow you to read your favorite book from your mobile device, you only need to make a few improvements to ensure that you get the most out of every book reading session.

Choose interesting topics – There is always a genre that works for an individual and you should find out what yours is. When you know what topics interest you the most, you will have an easier time choosing a book you are bound to remain interested in to the end.

Read because you want to read – The last thing you want to do is read just because everyone else around you is reading. A good reader is a person who reads for their own pleasures and therefore even the choice of a book should be guided by

Rooftop Venues Provide Prime Viewing Areas for Events

People are resourceful. When they want a better view, they simply climb higher. Take the buildings near Wrigley Field in Chicago, for example. Back in 1914, Cubs fans started to enjoy climbing to the roofs of residential buildings around the ballpark to root for their team. Neighbors would meet in informal gatherings to watch baseball and catch up on each other’s lives. They’d bring homemade sandwiches and bottled drinks to share, along with lawn chairs and blankets. Getting invited to one of these rooftop events was something to which the building tenants and guests looked forward.

A Modern Twist to an Old Pastime

Fast-forward to the present. Rooftops have graduated from informal meeting spaces to full-fledged event viewing venues, complete with the amenities today’s entertainment client has come to expect. Comfortable seating, unobstructed gathering and viewing areas, state-of-the-art sound systems, mood-setting lighting, and drink and food menus complete with fan favorites set apart today’s top-of-the-roof experience as truly a step above.

Whether watching sporting events, concerts, fireworks, or other special events, viewers can enjoy a unique vantage point away from the crowds found inside stadiums, parks, and other large-capacity venues. But the game-day perks

Model Agency: A Beginner’s Guide

A beginner entering the industry should aim to know all the nuts and bolts of a model agency in order to work with them efficiently.

Bookers/Model managers

It is hard to overstate a booker’s importance to a model agency. A booker is also known as model or talent manager. The key roles include scheduling shoots for the model, scouting for new faces and talents to add to the agency, handling interactions between various clients and the agency, negotiating terms of contracts and ensuring that models are of professional standard.

That’s not all; in fact the most important thing a booker does is to groom upcoming and aspiring models. When new faces are introduced, the booker has to introduce them to the modeling world and the fashion industry, while identifying which type of role or job suits the mode the best. The booker must interpret client’s needs and allocate the models to jobs that will best suit them. On an average day, a booker would have to attend to multiple calls and be very cool-headed in order to maintain relationships.

Scouters

You may be one of the lucky few ones to get encountered

Questions To Ask When Hiring Film Production Companies

Are you in need of talents as well as help from experts for a film production project you are working on? If so, you won’t need to be combing the streets inviting prospects to audition. In fact, there are so many matters you will need to focus your time and energy aside from prospecting talents. This is something that you best leave in the more capable hands of production agencies.

When commissioning a video production, one of the most important decisions you will need to do correctly is choosing the best company to work with. This is because the success of your project will ultimately depend on how efficiently a company can deliver everything you require and how skilled are their staff is going to be.

In the surface, every video production company offers the same product. However, this is not necessarily the case because depending on the video, there will always be a variety of factors that will determine whether the production will be a success or not.

So how do you determine which film production company will suit your upcoming project? Before rushing to hire the first company you talk to, here

How to Become a Successful Female Fashion Model

It is a place rife with potential for scammers and criminals to take advantage of young and easily manipulated girls. In order to be successful, a model must take steps in the right direction and be aware of the common industry practices.

Choose the right agency

Fashion modeling is a specific skill set in areas such as Catalogs and Runway modeling, that an agency should not only specialize in but have experienced staff to coach and guide you. Choosing the right agency is half the battle won. The main indicators are that, a good agency won’t ask you to take nudes or sexually compromising photos, and it would have a good credible online platform and reputation. Hence, do your research and choose a legitimate and established agency. Also check with the agency how they can help you develop in the fashion modeling sector.

Make an impression that lasts

Submit good quality photographs to the agency when you are applying. Simple makeup, solid colored clothing and photo background, without any edits whatsoever is what you need to submit. Contrary to what most people think, agencies are not looking for a ready-made model, but rather

How To Decorate Leather Using Tooling, Marbling, Dabbing, Printing, Painting and Patchwork

Increasing the aesthetic qualities of an item to be produced is one of the powerful means through which manufacturers win greater market share for their products. The leather craftsman must know these decorative techniques so that s/he can utilise them in improving the attractiveness of his/her products. This article gives a core description of tooling, dyeing, marbling, dabbing, painting and patchwork.

1. Tooling

This decorative technique involves the creation of fine outlined patterns on a leather item. The leather material is moisture or made damp. The outlined pattern is created with pencil onto the leather item. A round sharp edged tool which can be heated is made to go through the outlines to create the pattern on the leather item. In tooling, the image is always sunken as compared to embossing.

2. Marbling

This decorative technique has several ways of being achieved. One way is by crumpling the leather material before the dyes are poured or sprinkled onto specific areas of the leather material with the help of a teaspoon. Sometimes areas of the leather are tied with threads before the dye is sprinkled or is immersed in the dye solution.

Another

Ensuring Safety for Your Kids While Playing on a Trampoline

Trampolining is one of the most fun activities for kids. Unfortunately, the possibility of trampoline injuries is real, especially with children. Truth be told, there is no such thing as the safest trampoline in the world.
However, with certain safety precautions, children are still able to haven fun and be safe bouncing on a trampoline. Here are some of the most important trampoline safety tips that will ensure the safety of your child while he/she is on a trampoline.

Keep the trampoline away from trees, poles or fences

While installing a trampoline, it is necessary to have at least 3 meters of free space around the trampoline. Within this perimeter, there should be no trees, fences, walls, or poles which a child can crash into while playing rough. Presence of any such structures near the trampoline can increase the severeness of injuries in case a child jumps too high and falls off the trampoline.

Check for loose springs and bolts

The trampoline springs along with the mat work together to create the proper tension, enabling you to bounce as you jump. The springs should be tight enough for your kids to be

How to Prepare for Model Casting

Awesome, you have just got your ticket to enter an exciting industry. However, your performance at Casting is pivotal in determining whether you get selected by the agency and paves the way for the subsequent opportunities you will acquire as a model.

1. Check and follow the requirements

Important details such as the timing of the casting call, what you need to bring, expected dress code and all the important details must be strictly followed to ease your casting process. It is very unlikely that you will attend an audition where there aren’t many others casting for the same opportunity, and the agency rarely has much time to waste. So being late or not bringing what is required will significantly slow down the process and cause you to wait much longer. Besides, that is the last first impression you want to create (Or the last impression you will make). Check the website to see what’s required for casting and call the agency and clarify directly.

2. Your overall look: Simple.

Your look is something you need spend some time thinking about. A model agency wants to see the raw talent and beauty you

A Beginner’s Guide on How To Draw

Have you ever thought how artists come up with the greatest drawings that leave you wishing you knew how to draw? Well most of them didn’t grow up drawing, they learnt the art of drawing. Whether you dream of becoming the next Pablo Picasso or are simply thinking of giving your own imagination a creative outlet, you can learn how to draw in three simple steps. Here, take a look.

Step 1: Start with a rough sketch

Beginners who wish to be great artists should start by drawing the simplest things from a rough sketch. For instance, if you are drawing a flower, don’t draw one petal at a time. You may end up drawing one section of the object and forgetting about the big picture. If you ignore sketching what you want to draw you may also end up running out of room or end up with an unattractive imbalanced picture.

When it comes to sketching, simply use light repeated strokes and loosen things up. You are bound to make mistakes but don’t mind about them. This is simply putting a general idea on paper and not perfecting it. If you are drawing

How To Produce Ten Different Lacing Styles

There are several lacing or thonging styles which though form part of the construction of the article, also improve the aesthetic appeal of the article. Some of these styles are discussed in this article.

1. Oversew/ whip stitch
After the holes or slits are created, the thong is passed through the first hole from the underside of the leather and then passed on the top. It follows continuously in that manner till the process is complete.

2. Oversew with two colours
This lacing technique is similar to the oversew technique. However, the difference is that two different coloured thongs are used alternately.

3. Couching
In this process, a different coloured strip of leather is ‘laid’ in skived and stuck in position between the slits and the edges of the leather before the oversew lacing is done on it.

4. Criss-cross/ Cross loop/ Baseball X stitch
Two rows of thongs are used for creating this style. The first row is worked from left to right while the second row is rather worked from right to left. However, intermediate slits or holes are left when the first row is worked on for the second row

8 Oz To Boot

Of course, it is not about the boots, it is about the player! But football cleats can give you the confidence and assurance that your feet are ready to tackle that ball for the first time and the relationship between the foot and ball just gets better with a right, authentic pair of football cleats.

Right pair

What may look good on your favourite player may not be the right pair of cleats for you. Each person’s game is different based on his or her training and personality. And there are different kinds of cleats based on the surfaces played on, based on the position players choose to play at etc. Plus the number of world class manufacturers of football cleats, just makes the choice though difficult, necessarily a well thought out one.

Things to consider when purchasing football cleats

For that first pair for a little boy or girl, every aspect of his or her football cleats is a novelty and a decision to be taken.

Sizing is one important factor, the weight another and of course the price. It should not be too big, which you can conclude it is,

What Equipment Do You Need to Launch a Model Rocket?

When you see the advertisements for model rockets, it’s easy to overlook the fact that you need to buy launch equipment as well. In fact, terms like “ready to fly rockets” and “almost ready to fly rockets” are actually quite misleading, because you can’t fly them unless you also purchase a launch system and some consumables.

That, of course, can lead to a lot of disappointment on a Birthday or at Christmas and it’s a common mistake that many people make. The extra equipment and the consumables needed to launch a model rocket are not excessively expensive, but it is frustrating if you didn’t know that you needed them.

So, if you are thinking of buying someone a model rocket kit for a gift, here are the additional pieces of equipment and consumables that they will need to be able to fly their rocket and that are not usually included as a part of a standard kit.

Launch Pad

The launch pad is a part of what is known as the launch system and it is a relatively simple piece of equipment that provides a stable base from which to launch a model

Flying Model Rocket Safety Tips

Model rocketry has a very good safety record, but, although they are sold as toys, they still need to be handled with care.

Here are some basic guidelines that you should be aware of if you are thinking of buying a child a model rocket.

Recommended Minimum Age

The recommended minimum age for flying model rocket kits is 10 years old, and it is also recommended that an adult be present for a rocket launch if the child is under 12 years old. However, there are some states with different rules. In California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and North Dakota, there are age restrictions on the purchase of rocket engines and there are some other restrictions on the use of model rockets. More details about these sate specific regulations can be found by following the link at the end of this article.

Treat Rockets with Respect

While model rockets may be classified as toys, they are not something that kids should be playing around with. The biggest danger is not from the rocket propellant itself, that only burns for a few seconds and it is a lot less flammable than model airplane