Earlier this year I participated in an art show called “The Artistic Push”. We have had several shows at various locations around Dallas. The group continues to grow as Jennifer Gibbs the founder finds new artists and interesting people to take part in the show. She has a very interesting vision for The Artistic Push:
The Artistic Push was founded by a veteran social worker who after being laid off found herself inspired by her next door neighbor and his immense artistic abilities.
A friendship was born and and the brainstorming commenced.
Founder, Jennifer Gibbs quickly recognized a need for local visual artists who didn’t have the skills, desire or time to promote themselves and manage the business details of being an artist. They just want to create!!
More importantly, Jenn recognized an opportunity to meet a need that is being wiped out of our inner-city schools: Artistic Influence.
Our country is only as strong as our least educated child. Art, Music, Physical Education and Emotional Health programs are under funded in our urban schools, if they exist at all. Educated, well-functioning people KNOW how crucial these skills are to become productive contributing citizens.
The Artistic Push (TAP) Dallas Urban Youth Initiave is focused and committed to meeting these needs of our city’s youth through our three fold mission.
You can find out more as well as when and where future shows will be.
In my spare time I am working on a few small projects. One of these projects is called Fury. The game is a creation from David Ayers and he is blogging about the whole process as we work on it. You can read more about the game and see screen shots here http://wwflgames.com/
While working I listen to some podcasts that entertain as well as educate on some shallow and highly specific subjects. I wanted to share some of the more impressive podcasts that keep me coming back for more.
Art and Story http://www.cvcomics.com/artandstory/
Hosted by Jerzy Drozd, Mark Rudolph and Kevin Cross. This podcast goes into great detail about the process of making comics, going to conventions and their experience as freelance illustrators. While I don’t make comics myself, I do find the information they discuss can carry over to other fields of art and interactivity. They are fun to listen to so if you have a little interest in art or comics I recommend giving the podcast a try.
Big Illustration Party Time http://www.illustrationparty.com/
Hosted by Kevin Cross and Joshua Kemble. It is a entertaining and informative podcast about being a freelance illustrator as well as working on comics on the side. They have had some good experiences and some bad ones and are willing to share them all.
You Had To Be There http://youhadtobetherepodcast.tumblr.com/
Hosted by Nikki Glases and Sara Schaefer. Tired of most comedy podcast being dominated by men? I was to. I wanted a different perspective and started searching for a podcast by women that would interest and entertain me. I came across this one and was quite impressed. It’s is best described as a casual going late night show. It is quite fun and the musical guest are great.
You Probably already know about these but they are worth mentioning.
The Nerdist http://www.nerdist.com/
This American Life http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast
Stuff Mom Never Told You http://people.howstuffworks.com/stuff-mom-never-told-you-podcast.htm
I needed to find a scanner that could get all the details in my watercolor painting including the faint/subtle tones. I learned that not all printing companies have scanners large enough to scan a 14” x 18” image. Second, I learned that even if they have oversize scanners that the scanners don’t always have settings to control the brightness, contrast or saturation. This came as a surprise to me because I thought that having those settings would be the most important thing for high quality printing of the scanned images. Third, many scanners would miss the faint blue tones in the sky of my painting, making it white instead.
After several experiments and many phone calls, I was able to find a decent scanner at a FedEx Office. It is called OC’E 450. We were able to tinker with the settings in a low 300dpi until we got all the faint tones in the blue sky then scan it at 600 for the final scan.
Before this I did came across a great scanner called KIP that got all the variations in the painting. Unfortunately there were problems with the glass because the scans had these black streaks in them. The attendant tried to clean it but it didn’t help. It was an old machine and I was told that they would try to get it repaired so I may give it a second try on my next paintings.
After talking to several printers and getting an idea of how most of them think I came up with a streamlined sentence to use when I called around for a scanner.
“Hello, I’m looking for an oversized scanner that has settings to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation but do this on the scanner not on the computer.”
This helped reduce any confusion that I first created because I was using language they were not used to and they were assuming that all adjustments could be done on the computer after the scan. It was important that the scanner have the settings because in most test the faint blue came out white which can’t be fixed in Photoshop.
Here is the painting that created quite a interesting quest.