A Comic Book Revolution

One great thing about the internet is how easily we can connect with other creative and like-minded people!  I recently made a connection via LinkedIn with Bob Coar, a unique comic book creator.  I liked his original perspective on current topics and political issues and also enjoyed the artistic style of the illustrations.  So, I invited him to be my latest guest blogger & share some insight into his revolutionary world of comics…..

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Podcasts, Tattoos & Favorite Things

What do these 3 things have in common?  They are all new art exhibits and art interviews happening now…and I’m happy to be involved with all three of them!  Spring brings out the motivation & creativity in many of us so it’s a great time to create new work or get out & experience what’s going on in the art world.  Social media makes this easier than ever, especially with podcasts !  My friend at the XFactory hooked me up with the awesome guys at Know-Shit Podcasts to do an hour long interview about everything from what it’s like to be a full time artist, to the Gothic & Steampunk scenes, mythology, spirituality & more!   I hope you’ll take some time to check it out, & listen in on future podcasts as well, as they have many interesting guests.  Here’s the link to my interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjFT7TLpCF4&feature=share

As for Tattoos, they are an ancient art form that has gone thru many changes and stereotypes but is now more respected than ever as a true art form and is being honored in a new art exhibit at Atelier Rosal in Rahway, NJ!  Amazing works depicting tattooed people and art by artists who’s work has ended up on a walking canvas as well as images addressing this much maligned but now popular art form. Show runs thru June 7, 2018.  74 East Cherry St., Rahway, NJ.  
https://www.facebook.com/AtelierRosal/

Micro/Macrocom Tree (c)2010 Lauren Curtis

Digital photo collage using actual x-ray images.

I’m happy to have 2 of my “X-RAYted” digital photo collages in this show and the exhibit will also coincide with a huge biker fest in town Sat. May 12.  Here’s the Facebook invite page for details:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1803649219938141/

This town wide, free event will be the perfect place to see tattoo art at it’s best, both in the gallery and on human canvases!

Finally we come to “a few of our Favorite Things”.  This is the latest theme for the new art exhibit at the South Brunswick Municipal Gallery, which opens Fri. May 18, 6:30pm-8pm. It’s a free event, with refreshments served, that features art from many local NJ artists focused on things we feel a connection to, that bring back memories and tell stories!  I’ll have the photo below, “NOLA VooDoo Window” in this exhibit.  Show runs thru Aug. 5, 2018.
540 Rt. 522/Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct., NJ www.sbarts.org

So, there are many ways you can get involved with the arts this spring, whether it’s attending a gallery show, a biker tattoo outdoor fest or listening to a podcast from the comfort of home…or all three!  Either way, I hope you enjoy these free and creative events…& stay tuned for more to come this summer!

DEMYSTIFYING THE DIGITAL IMAGE FOR ARTISTS

Hi again, Readers!  Today I’d like to offer you this very helpful blog from guest blogger Melissa Wolf…as artists we all feel very  comfortable with paints and brushes and pencils but not all of us are as comfortable with technology (I have gotten better over the years but it was intimidating at first!).  So, here are some pointers about digital images:
The digital image is something artists really need to wrap their minds around.  It can, however, seem daunting and confusing.  Here are a few tips to help you overcome that and even have some fun with it.
There are two basic things artists need to know about.  Pixels and image formats.   A digital image is like a mosaic, made of of tiny tiles called Pixels.  Each one is a single color.  There are many image formats but the three that artists need to focus on are .jpg, .gif and .tiff.
The differences are the resolution and the amount of pixels each one comprises of.  .tif or .tiff or RAW are all the same thing and it’s known as a non-compression format.  .jpg or .jpeg is a “lossy compression” which means that every time you edit and save it you lose pixels but it does compress the image which makes it ideal for the internet.  Each of the above have millions of colors to chose from.  Lastly there is .gif which is perfect for simple animation but has only 250 colors to choose from.  Those are the very basics of digital images.  To learn more visit: www.theartistsadvisor.blogspot.com
About Melissa Wolf
Melissa Wolf is the Director of The Artists Objective, a career coaching, website design and information service for artists.  She is also the Director of Melissa Wolf Fine Arts, an online gallery featuring the best art on the internet.  Formerly Melissa Wolf was the Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Studio Center in Long Island City, NY for 10 years.  She has a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University and received a Certificate of Merit from the New York State Assembly, via Hon. Catherine Nolan, for her work with artists.