10
Jan

The 8 Basic Steps to Make a Graphic Novel

Have you always wanted to make a graphic novel but don’t know where to start or think you have no talent for drawing? Nowadays, it’s possible to create graphic novels very fast and publish them almost immediately. With sites like Amazon and apps like iBooks, you can get your work to readers worldwide while earning money with your novels.

So let’s review the 8 basic steps on how to make your very first graphic novel. In our case, we will create a photonovel or a novel made with photographs.

1. Turn your ideas into a script

This is essentially the backbone of your work. Make sure you develop a very good script with a solid story. There are many ways on how to develop powerful stories with deep meanings, but the key elements to keep in mind are:

  • Know your subject or research it thoroughly
  • Convey a universal message with your story
  • Keep the story simple, few characters, text and locations

2. Locations

Once your script is ready, you can now focus on searching for locations. Since you are doing a simple story, the number of locations can be very few, if not just a single location. It’s very important when dealing with locations to think about the mood of your story and see if they match what you are looking for.

3. Actors

You can invite friends to participate in your project but always keeping in mind that they should be consistent with the main features of your characters. If you go professional, find a local acting agency and browse for the actors that match your criteria and needed experience. Meet them prior to hiring them to know them better and figure out if they are indeed what you are looking for.

4. Storyboard

Sketch a graphic sequence of your story, also known as storyboard. The main purpose of the storyboard is to have a graphic guide of each shot, depicting framing, composition, movement and the general sequence of the story. Finally, develop a shot list.

5. Equipment & Props

For a photonovel you can use your phone camera or rent a professional DSLR plus lenses and lights to achieve crisp images and create atmospheres. Think about clothing and props; keep it simple again.

6. Production

Program a schedule for all team members of your project. Use your shot list as a guide for the work to be done in each session and keep good track of time.

7. Post-production

Make your own templates with Photoshop or use Comic Life. Fine-tune each photo and correct color, contrast, brightness, saturation, etc.

8. Prepare for Amazon and iBooks

Turn your novel into an epub file. This format works well for both platforms. Search online for tools on how to convert files into epub format.

10
Jan

Basic 7 Rules For Good Graphic Design

1) Don’t reinvent the wheel for the sake of being different: There’s a reason for most design rules beyond taste and opinion. If something is tried and true, and it works, don’t change it without a very good reason.

2) Start with good idea: Polishing a bad design will only go so far. It takes dozens bad ideas to come up with a one good one. Don’t fall in love with your design only to have to justify it to your client. Be willing to throw ideas out and restart.

3) Brainstorm your ideas: Share your initial designs ideas. Even if you don’t use any of the input, just talking about the options and explaining your work will spark new directions for you. Know your own feelings, the reasons why you did something, about the design and be clear with yourself about what works for you and what doesn’t.

4) Make sure to design for your target audience: This is so obvious, and yet, so many times I have seen inappropriate design elements, colors and fonts in a design targeted for a specific group. The design for a concert poster for children’s play will have to use a very different approach if it’s target audience is the children the if it’s their parents.

5) Stop using too many typefaces: A typeface (also known as font family) is a set of one or more fonts each composed of glyphs that share common design features. Each font of a typeface has a specific weight, style, condensation, width, slant, italicization, ornamentation, and designer or foundry (and formerly size, in metal fonts).

6) The beauty or the power of a good design is often in its simplicity: If you don’t have a very good reason to use a certain font, a shape or a certain color to be in your design, delete it. Don’t fill in the space in your design with “stuff” just to make it “interesting”.

7) Use the “white” space to your advantage: The empty space in a page layout (or any graphic design) is called the white space. The balance of a good design often depends on the relationship between the graphic (or typographical) elements and the white space around them. As a matter of fact, you can give power to an element in your design with the white space associated with it. White space is not empty space!

Remember that the quality of your graphic design is in details. Be diligent in your decision-making – there is a difference between Arial and Helvetica; and you should know why you choose one over the other. Choose the right color for the right reasons, not because it’s pretty. Different colors have their meaning.

10
Jan

4 Advantages of Canvas Prints

If you don’t know about canvas prints, then you are in for a visual treat. These are beautiful images on canvas. You can exhibit these in your living room, drawing room or bedroom. With an intention to reproduce the original oil painting or acrylic painting these look breathtaking. Photographs can be easily transferred onto the canvas using a specialized press. While you can do this as a DIY project, it is better to hand over this project to a professional for the best outcome.

Great option

Canvas is great option for an enhanced interior décor appearance, especially if you are on a budget and want a great look. It is a superior option to traditional frames and modern photo mounting in large frames. The canvas prints cost almost 50% less and, if you are on the email list of any of these companies, you can be certain of getting one or another discount coupon thereby getting an additional deal. The fact that these are less prone to damage and are less labour intensive makes them all the more popular and price competitive.

Advantages of canvas prints

These look beautiful and resemble an artistic painting. These have many advantages compared to traditional printing. Some of these advantages are:

1. Very durable: This is perhaps the most important advantage. Canvas is sturdy and lasts for generations without the print quality diminishing. Remember that the paintings in art galleries and museums have been around for hundreds of years and still look great.

2. Three dimensional painting: Traditional photos look flat in a frame, but with new technology canvas prints impart a three dimensional look. This is interesting, as both an amateur photographer and a professional photographer can take advantage of this and get beautiful prints from their ordinary photos. If you want to further enhance their look, you can complement them with an appropriate frame.

3. There is an artistic feel to the photo: This technique gives an artistic feeling to the photos. Many offices use this as a form of advertisement for their brands or services. An impressive print can make them look more marketable.

4. They are easy to frame: Traditional photos need to be framed with a lot of care. In contrast, canvases offer an easy way of framing photos; only an additional border is required around the image and then it can be framed as desired.

The list of advantages is endless. It is wonderful to see that millions of people have embraced this technique. This method of printing photos allows photographers to showcase their fine work. The fact that you get to see the same quality as you would get to see in any oil painting makes it an impressive option. Overall, these prints give a timeless feeling.

10
Jan

5 Tips for a Speedy Recovery After Laser Tattoo Removal

Many people have tattoos that they regret getting. Fortunately, advances in technology have made it possible to remove these past mistakes from the skin. Laser tattoo removal involves fracturing the colored pigments of the tattoo with a machine that emits a high-intensity beam of light. To prevent skin infections, changes in skin texture, and other undesirable side effects, it’s crucial to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your dermatologist. Use the following tips to make your recovery as quick and painless as possible.

1. Keep the Area Clean and Dry

It’s normal to experience a variety of side effects after laser tattoo removal. The most common side effects include redness, swelling, scabbing, tenderness, blistering, bruising, and hypo- or hyper-pigmentation of the treatment site. To help the area heal, it’s crucial to gently clean the affected skin with mild soap and water. Pat the area dry after each cleansing, bath, or shower.

2. Deal with Blisters Wisely

If a tattoo is fairly new, dense with ink, or if the skin is highly sensitive, an individual may experience blistering after the treatment. Blistering may appear as one or more bubbles on the top layer of skin. Blistering will typically last three to five days and should not be disturbed during this healing period. If a blister becomes painful, carefully puncture it with a sterilized needle. Allow the blister to drain and promptly apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with gauze.

3. Apply a Cool Compress for Pain

Some individuals experience mild discomfort after their treatment, similar to a sunburn. To reduce this discomfort, apply cool compresses to the affected area as needed in the days following the procedure. Cool compresses can also reduce common inflammation and swelling of the skin. Over-the-counter pain relief medications can also be administered. Avoid taking aspirin as it can increase your risk of bleeding and bruising.

4. Wear Loose, Soft Clothing

Redness and tenderness of the treatment site is very common after laser tattoo removal. These side effects can occur for up to 72 hours after the procedure. This redness simply indicates that the top layer of skin is very sensitive and should be handled with caution. To avoid friction of the skin, wear loose, soft clothing that will not irritate the skin. Breathable cotton is ideal.

5. Do Not Pick at the Affected Area

If the area becomes irritated or itchy, you may be tempted to touch or pick at the skin as it heals. As your hands may contain harmful bacteria, it’s crucial not to touch the healing skin unless necessary for cleaning purposes. If the area has crusted over, do not pick at the scabs, as this can cause permanent scarring. The treatment site should also not be shaved until the skin is completely healed.

Recovery after laser tattoo removal is fairly quick and the risk of infection is relatively low. By following the tips above, you can minimize your risk of infection and other health problems even more. By following proper skin care instructions, you can safely have your tattoo removed without further issues.

10
Jan

Caring For Your Tattoo

Most people get excited when getting tattoos done that they can hardly wait for the end results. They give attention to choosing the best artwork for their tattoos, choosing the size, the colors and the shape to ensure that the tattoo comes out as they desire at the end of it all. The most important thing to remember however is how to care for it after it has been done. Neglecting it puts you at risk of getting infections and there are possibilities it will not heal well, hence the end results won’t be as desirable.

1. If you are getting the artwork done for you by a professional, then you should be guided on how to care for it until it heals properly. There are a few basics you can follow to allow proper healing.

2. Let the bandage stay on the tattoo for several hours after it is finished. Your artist will most probably tell you how long you should leave it, covering it to take care of any blood or goop common with fresh tattoos.

3. Use mild unscented antibacterial soap to wash it several times during the day to keep infections at bay. The cleaning should be done for at least three weeks or until the tattoo has healed. Don’t use harsh antibacterial soaps and lotions because they could end up delaying the healing process.

4. To keep it hydrated, consider applying a healing ointment after cleaning it. A thin layer of the ointment hastens the healing process and ensures the tattoo remains in good condition and it can be applied for the first few days before you start applying a lotion that’s not scented.

5. Ensure that you do not wear very tight clothes, especially around where the tattoo is for the first weeks. You also want to choose a better sleeping position to ensure that you do not end up rubbing on it too much because it interferes with the healing process.

6. It is also advisable that you avoid hot tubs, ocean and pools or any other large water body when it is still healing. Activities that lead to lots of sweating and exposure to the sun should also be avoided because they can all delay healing. Showers should be quick and lukewarm so you do not end up burning and fading the new ink.

7. At all costs avoid picking, pealing or scratching the tattoo. Even when the hard layers show up ensure that you avoid picking on them because you can easily remove or damage the color. The secret is to let the tattoo heal as naturally as possible.

8. Choose the best tattoo products. The product you choose should take care of any bacteria and inflammation considering that the area remains prone to both. The product should be good for immediate repair and long term care for the tattoo as well to ensure that your skin remains healthy and vibrant even after proper healing has taken place. Choose a product that is mild on your skin, hydrates the skin and smells great as well.

10
Jan

Fashion Style – All About Mehndi Designs

If you ever attend an Indian wedding then you might notice the beautiful tattoos adorning the bride’s hands. These intricate and often floral motifs are part of the Indian culture that symbolize joy, good luck, health and positive vibes and are popularly known as “mehndi” or “henna” in Western countries. The henna paste used comes from natural Hawsonia shrubs. The twigs and leaves are ground to make fine powder which are then mixed with water to form the paste. Today, the mehndi designs are no longer exclusively done for weddings or festivals as one can have it done even without an occasion.

Mehndi Design Types

The motifs and designs of the Mehndi differ depending on a person’s cultural background. The oldest form of Mehndi is the Mughlai design which is distinct among other types as every single curl pattern and dot is emphasized boldly. Every design is meticulous and neatly done showcasing the pattern in a distinctive manner.

An Indian design for example can be easily identified by its complex patterns of flowers, curls, curves with the figure of a peacock or a big dot in the center of the palm. The person’s fingertips are also usually covered with henna designs. Popular designs also include curling vines, teardrop shapes and paisley patterns.

Another type of Mehndi is the Arabic designs which are distinguished with the use of floral arabesques in geometric patterns. The designs are simpler by nature often depicting nature such as leaves and flowers and since the designs are not filled up, it is usually preferred as they dry faster than other design types.

The Moroccan designs are similar to the Arabic pattern but more geometric by nature. The Moroccan style is also different in that designs often have symbolic meanings and are3 used as a protection against evil. Last but not the least is the Pakistani design. This type is a combination of Indian and Arabic design and often worn by brides and children during special festivals.

Choosing Your Designs

As henna tattoos become more popular, many individuals are now becoming interested in Mehndi designs. However, unlike the westernized designs, Mehndi ones differ and depending on one’s comfort zone, designs can cover just the hands or even the entire arm area. Some designs are also used to cover the legs, ankles and other body parts. Designs may also have symbolic meaning while others are for decorative purposes only. Modern symbols, embellishments such as gems and pearls may also be added to make the design more elaborate.

10
Jan

Feeling Beautiful Always

Who wouldn’t love to look beautiful always? Makeup is an essential feature of looking beautiful, but sadly, it fades away. Cosmetic tattooing, micropigmentation, permanent makeup or demographic are a way of introducing pigments into the facial skin akin to tattoos which can be as permanent as you want. Eyes and lips, the defining features of our face with regard to make up are the ones that undergo cosmetic tattooing. The process is just like getting a tattoo. A needle containing the pigment releases it into your skin. Proper sterilization, techniques and a valid license are key to safe cosmetic tattooing.

Cosmetic tattooing does fade with time and needs color enhancement or color refreshing.

The pigments are made of inert iron oxides and care should be taken that cobalt and cadmium are not used.

Getting it done

First, you will have to be checked for allergic reaction to the pigment, through a patch test.

After that, in consultation with the make-up expert, you will choose the colors.

Using a sterile surgical pen the outline of the area to be tattooed is drawn. An anesthetic gel is spread over the area to be tattooed.

Using a hollow vibrating needle the pigment is applied into the top layer of the skin. Tattooing machines that are hand built are the best. Coil machines such as a liner machine, shader and color packer are essential for any tattoo artist. Rotary machines are also used, though they are considered unsafe by some. Basically, each time the needle pierces the skin, a droplet of pigment is released into it, causing a brief stinging sensation.

The color initially will be very bright, and the surrounding tissue swollen, but the colour fades into its correct shade after a few weeks and cold compress and antibiotic creams will reduce the swelling and prevent any infection. Going out in the sun should be strictly avoided in order to prevent further color changes. Use of sunscreen during this period, with UV block is recommended.

What parts of the face or make-up are amenable to cosmetic tattooing

· Eyebrows

· Eyeliners top and bottom

· Lip liner, color and blend

· Scar camouflage and Beauty marks, hair imitation eye lash enhancement etc.

What kinds of population benefit from permanent makeup?

· People past a minimum age and those who have a normal healing mechanism

· Sportspeople who want to look their best during any sports activity, be in cycling, playing tennis etc.

· People who tend to sweat a lot

· Those who have allergies to cosmetic ingredients.

· Those who are visually challenged or have difficulty in applying make up due to physically debilitating conditions like arthritis Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis

· Busy people who do not have the time to reapply makeup.

The difference between a tattoo and a cosmetic tattoo is that permanent makeup or cosmetic tattooing requires the study of facial features and skin tone. The idea here is to look naturally more attractive not as in regular tattooing which is an adornment. The procedure is basically the same, though.

9
Jan

8 Perfect Spots To Hide Small Tattoos

People get tattoos for different reasons. There are people who go for large visible tattoos to make a statement or show off their personalities and styles. If you are among those that get the tattoos for personal reasons or for someone special only, then you will want to find a hidden spot to serve your needs. It would also be important to choose a hidden place if you need to keep it away from the public eye at given time. Luckily, there are so many placement areas that make it possible for you to get a valuable tattoo, but keep it hidden like you desire.

1. Inner wrist – It is one of the most popular areas and makes an amazing spot for small tattoos and words. You can easily keep it hidden with a bracelet or watch and you are good to go.

2. Ankle – It is among the least painful areas to tattoo and you can consider it if you want to avoid the pain and also have an easy time hiding the tattoo. The spot happens to be very feminine and you can use high top shoes to cover it up whenever necessary.

3. Behind ear – It is the least expected place for a tattoo and therefore gives you an easy time hiding a tattoo that holds value for you. You can easily keep it off the public eye by holding your hair down and getting an up do when you feel like showing it off. This area has fewer nerve endings and is therefore not as painful to tattoo.

4. Under feet – It is among the most discreet spots you can have a tattoo inked considering that the feet is most time down and inside shoes. You can keep the tattoo a secret and have it last longer compared to other areas of the body.

5. Between fingers – It makes a cute spot for discreet tattoos. However, only very small tattoos can be accommodated between your fingers and digits are some of the better options for this area.

6. Inner lip – This is an unlikely tattoo spot, but it can be a great hiding area nonetheless. The bottom lip seems to be popular for this, but you can also have it done on the upper lip. Even though lip tattoos fade much faster because of the moist nature of the mouth, they are pretty interesting and exciting.

7. Under boobs – A definite spot for women who wish to have secret tattoos. Unless you wear your bikini, you can be sure to keep this tattoo off unauthorized eyes! The sides of your boobs are also an amazing hidden spot for a tattoo.

8. Under armpit – A tattoo that is placed right under the armpit is easy to hide. The arm is most times down and unless you are wearing strapless clothes, you can be sure to keep your treasured tattoo a secret only letting it out when you want to. You can choose small to medium sizes for this area.

9
Jan

How To Use Contemporary Art Paintings As Decor

We live in an age where we create art for arts’ sake. The point of art is to appeal to our senses and bring beauty into our lives. Art is on canvas the picture what we see around us, it is also an expression of who we are. We need not create art to express ourselves, but the display of art in our houses and personal spaces is also very telling of who we truly are. These days it has become rather easy to buy art paintings as there are many sites online and in stores in our local neighborhood to check out as well. Of course, sitting at home and browsing through some of the best work out there in the world is very enticing.

Using art around the home

One of the best places to use contemporary abstract art is around the house – especially if you are the kind of person who loves minimalist, but chic décor. Taking pride in your home is a good thing, and you can showcase through the exemplary art that you have displayed as well. But you cannot simply put up random art pieces around your house. This will make the place look cluttered and claustrophobic and messy if it isn’t done right. So, here are a few decor pointers you need to know about art.

• When you buy paintings one of the main things you need to consider is the balance of color. This means that both within the painting itself and with the things in the room, there needs to be a good sober balance of color. Contrasts are always really good to work with, but it should not be jarring or hurt the eyes. Go for a minimalist, calming sort of look.

• You can combine multiple pieces of original art paintings. You can either have one large piece over the mantle place or three smaller pieces. Do not be afraid to experiment with whatever you have. See what combination works best for the room and the artifacts you have. You will be surprised at the amazing things that can be done when you step out of the lines and try new things.

Things to keep in mind

If you are looking for a simple and easy way to find original contemporary art that is catered to your wants then you don’t have to look very hard. Everything you that you need can be found online. There are many artists who will create very specific paintings according to the guidelines you give them. Here are a few things to keep in mind in the process.

• Ensure that you have the full credentials of the artist in question. You should definitely be getting your money’s worth.

• They should be sure to listen very carefully to the kind of original canvas art that you need.

• They should be recognized and have a portfolio or catalogue that you can go through. They should also take you through the process of their painting so that you can see if they can deliver what you need.

9
Jan

How To Get a Truly Unique Work of Modern Art for Your Home

If you’re still searching for that one perfect piece of modern art for your home but can’t find it in stores or galleries, consider a more direct route: commission a work yourself.

Commissioning a new work from an artist can bring your home’s level of beauty, sophistication and style up to never before seen standards. It’s your own unique work to keep and show off at your discretion.

But how does one go about commissioning a piece? And how can you be sure it’ll come out the way you want?

It comes down to two things: artist selection and communication.

To find the right artist, you’ll have to know what you’re looking for in the work of art. It’s a narrowing down process, and it’s not really as daunting as it may seem.

If you’ve got something in mind, ask yourself — where have you seen their work? At a museum? On the walls at a coffee shop? If you’ve seen something you like, you can always ask the owner if they have the contact info of that artist, and if you can contact them for a commission of your own.

But don’t limit yourself to your own small corner of the world. Embrace the Internet! There are tons of platforms to find a style you like, and usually a way to contact the artist. Try DeviantArt, Carbonmade, or even Pinterest and Instagram. Use the search functions to find what you’re looking for and the artist who creates it.

When it comes to communication and direction, that’s all up to you. Think about yourself and how particular you’re going to be. Some people will accept anything the artist hands over, and some have distinct ideas about what’s good or not. You know yourself, but chances are the artist doesn’t. So it’s on you to communicate your vision clearly.

It’s never to soon to start forming your overall vision. Artists require communication, and if your vision is not concrete enough, the artist might fill in all the blanks for you. And while this might sound attractive, it can be a dangerous thing. Once an art project is complete, it’s not easy (or cheap) to redo any or all of it. If you don’t like the artist’s vision, then chances are it’s because it didn’t line up with YOUR vision, and that’s because you didn’t communicate your vision well enough to the artist.

To make sure you get what you want, you should narrow the communication options down to their specialty. What medium does this artist typically work in? Is that the medium you want for your piece? Be honest with yourself and your artist: are you attracted to their own style, or is it just that their style happens to most closely match the vision you have in your head?

It’s also important to find out how many commissions the artist has performed previously. If they’ve done a lot, they likely will have their own set of questions to ask you, the client. Please answer all the questions honestly and completely. The more you collaborate and communicate, the happier you’ll be with your finished piece.

Keep in mind: “surprise me” works out well less than most people think. You can surprise your guests when they see the piece at first, but you don’t want to be surprised by your commissioned artist.

Whatever your tastes are, the more selective you are in finding an artist and the more communicative you are to that artist, the better your fine art commission is bound to come out.