Monday, August 13, 2012

Hair line.

Tools of the trade.

Tips for artists.


Ever look at a drawing with a lot of detail to the hair and wonder how long that took? Here's how it's done.

Things you'll need. 1 stick of graphite. 1 graphite B9 pencil. 1 B 0.06 high detail pencil. 1 large eraser. 1 sharp utility knife. A cheese grater. Some cotton wool.

Step 1. Using light strokes outline the shape of the hair. This can't be dark and doesn't need to be exact.

Step 2. Using the cheese grater (bet you were wondering about that) rub the stick of graphite over a cup or plate catching the dust (the finer the better). Next sprinkle the dust onto your drawing making sure you keep within the hair line as best you can. Then use dry cotton wool to spread it around. What your left with will look a little like the photo below.

Step 3. Using your 9B pencil start to put in a little hair direction. You don't need to do too many. When your happy that you have enough use dry clean cotton wool to smothe it out. By now you'll notice there's not much detail yet.

Step 4. Take the hard high detailed pencil to make more finer lines. Again you don't need to go mad with these. You'll see detail starting to emerge but the hair still looks thin.

Step 5. Using the sharp utility knife cut the eraser into triangles. Now use the corn of the triangles to remove pencil in the same manner you put it on the the pencils. Once this is done again smothe out using a ball of cotton wool.

Repeat steps 3-5 as often as you like. The more times you do it the higher the detail.

Enjoy art.

As always. Comments are welcomed.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Tools of the Trade.

Just some tips for artists.

A very messy medium and one that takes some getting used to. The thing about charcoal is it smudges a lot so you'll have the learn to control your movements without the support of the side of your hand touching the paper. A tip is to use a sheet of A4 as a rest. Another tip is to use compressed charcoal. It has all the advantages of charcoal without the tell tale shatters and splinters that you get from the run of the mill stuff. I would though suggest before hopping right into the world of charcoal that you try starting with wash pencils first.

Wash Pencils.
Wash pencils are like a hybrid between standard graphite and charcoal. They spread a bit better than standard pencils but without the mess of charcoals. They are also water soluble so you get a lot of bang for your buck. The only down side of these pencils is the fact that the darker you go the more shine you get off the finished product. A tip is the apply the pencil dry so you can get an actuate finish then use a small smudge stick or cotton bud slightly moist to take the gleam off it. Another tip is this. If you have a very large area to cover in total black don't bother using a pencil in the conventional way. Get a dark wash pencil and leaning hard fill in the area as best you can. Lots of white bits left exposed is okay. Next get some cotton wool and wet it. Use this to spread the wash around. I'd suggest starting at the bottom and work up. This way any extra water will run off the bottom without damaging the drawing. Do this until you know the right amount of water to use.

Hope you found this helpful.

If you have any question please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

iPhone Junkies.

I don’t like spending money if I don’t have to, especially when it’s so easy to use one of your existing songs as a ringtone in about 30 seconds, once you get the hang of it and do it enough times. Here’s how.

1. First, find the song you want to set as a ringtone, and watching the playback timer, find the 30 seconds of the song you wish to use for the ringtone. i.e.: If a song is 3:38 in duration, maybe you only want from 0:23 – 0:53.

2. Left-click the song you want as a ringtone to select it. Right-click it, and choose ‘Get Info’.

3. On the ‘Options’ tab, put a checkmark in each box beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, and enter those 30 seconds mentioned earlier, and click ‘ok’.

4. Right click the song again, and choose ‘create AAC version’. The new AAC version of the song will appear directly below the original song, and will be 0:30 long.

5. Right click the AAC version of the song, and left click ‘copy’. Right click and choose ‘paste’ in whichever folder on your computer you want to keep a copy of your ringtones.

6. Right click on the AAC song you just pasted into your ringtones folder, and left click ‘rename’. Change the extension to “.m4r”, and press enter to make the changes.

7. You will get a prompt confirming you want to change the file, click ‘yes.

8. Back in iTunes, Right click the original AAC version of the song you copy&pasted, and choose ‘delete

9. Right click the original song, and choose ‘Get Info’.

10. Go to the ‘options’ tab, and uncheck those two boxes beside ‘start time’ and ‘stop time’, or every time you play that song from now on, it’ll only play those 30 seconds. Obviously, you don’t want that. Then click ‘ok’.

11. Go back to your ringtones folder outside of iTunes, and double left-click that “.m4r” file. It will automatically open in iTunes and be shown as a new ringtone.

12. Now, all you have to do in sync your iPhone with your computer. To use the new song as a ringtone on your iPhone, under ‘settings’, and ‘sounds’, and ‘ringtone’, choose your new ringtone, so your iPhone will begin using it.