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My Interview after the contest

August 26th, 2011

My Interview after the contest

Here you can read the interview I gave to Front Row Society after the contest.

To all who have a facebook account, pleasse help me

August 13th, 2011

Please help me in a scarf design contest on Facebook with your votes!
First you have to become fan of the contest page, so go here - and press "Like".
Next go here - and my
pictures (Stefano Popovski) are - 2nd on 6th row (Paris), 1st and 3rd on 8th row. Click the picture and then - "Like".
Thanks a lot!!!

By Hand or By Fingertip Part 2

June 8th, 2011

This text is mine

Technological progress is logical as we live now in speedier world. People want to see, hear and touch things immediately. In expert hands the new tools are valuable, but there isn't a program that makes real art by itself. I'm sure, that if some of the great masters of the past live nowadays, they still would be able to strike out very fast. A genius is one who can, in the given limits of his area, make his work maximum expressive.
Let me remind a story... Once the famous artist Antonis Van Dyck went into the studio of Frans Hals incognito. He ordered a portrait and said he hasn't much time as he has to get a ship for England, but Hals said it will be fast. He began and finished the portrait in 1hour and a half with his usual virtuosity. Van Dyck refused to pay it, by claiming that all this looks too easy and he is able to do the same. Hals furious gave him a canvas and brushes and began to pose. Just by seeing how Van Dyck manipulates colors and brushes he recognized a professional, and was impatient to know who his guest is. In another 1 and a half hour the second portrait was finished and Hals was exited to identify the style. The two masters exchanged their portraits, both happy.
Now people, get the tablets and make something of their quality in the same time!
So, tools are great, but the talent does matter. In the best case, an use of both traditional and digital media can give impressive results however. Sometimes digital media can boost exhausted imagination as it permits the wildest experiments for free. Yet one has to be open to all ideas, that may emmerge.

By Hand or By Fingertip

May 26th, 2011

This is a discussion about digital vs traditional tools in art, began by my friend Dharam Raghubir I'll post here various articles by him, by me and otherr people. Here goes the first one by Dharam:

By Hand or By Fingertip?!

If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

These days technology really has taken the reigns of the art world to new heights. Many of you have studied art at some level or another, and remember observing the classical pieces. But, we don't have to go that far back to see how far we've come (and are heading).

Just going back 50-60 Years to what many Designers call the "Golden Era" of creativity, art, and design. Whether it was Architectural, Interior Design or Advertising...we've all been influenced by or exposed to the "Retro-Art" of that era.

Armed with newer tools of the trade, we're now able to reinvent what was once old and remix into something innovative and bold. We're able to take the iconic to new heights of creativity.

All of the biggest technological inventions created by man - the airplane, the automobile, the computer - says little about his intelligence, but speaks volumes about his laziness. ~Mark Kennedy

In a matter of minutes we can mimic effects that would take photographers and designers hours to accomplish. To some it can seem like a shortcut. Like we're forgetting the basics. But, in reality its actually training our generation to work faster, better, and bolder.

In micro-terms, just look at the biggest player in the art world: the likes of Adobe's Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. These products alone (and they're A LOT more in the various suites) can do what it would've taken an entire Design House or Ad Agency in the 60's weeks to do.

We can bounce design ideas off of each other in real-time and speed up the creation process from weeks and months, to hours and days.

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Roycroft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams, 1923

Of course, you need to have the skill-sets to actually make use of it all. It's why we sometimes get a flood of sub-par works, that on occasion overshadow the better ones. This can either force you to become better and learn more, or get buried in the onslaught of new artists technology creates daily.

In the past you would have regional areas where groups of artists would convene in one form or another and share their work, and grow together. They would spend hours and hours working with each other to help perfect their craft. Working with their hands, getting messy, and really immersing themselves into their medium.

In contrast, we can now connect what was once regional styles on a global level. With a Tablet we can create a painting that would take an artisan sometimes days to properly craft and develop over time.

You may now know this as websites like DeviantArt! :D

So I ask you, do you see the technological progress within Art & Design Industries as a gift or a hindrance?

Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight? ~Al Boliska