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How to Exhibit: Tips and Advice from Artist John Maloney

Every artist should strive to get their work exhibited. However, getting your work selected for exhibition is often a difficult process requiring dedication and patience as well as talent. Creative Drum recently spoke to artist John Maloney about how to exhibit your artwork, the benefits of being exhibited, and about his latest exhibited work as part of the Independents Liverpool Biennial.

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Paint it Black: The Psychology of Paint Colour

As a species, we are fascinated by colour. Or rather, by the effect that specific colour has on human behaviour. Colour, according to informed research into colour psychology conducted over many years, is a mood enhancing, mind altering, behaviour influencing substance which has a profound effect on the human brain. We respond to colour much in the way that we react to other stimuli such as odours with powerful associations, music that triggers memory and tastes that transport us to another time, another place. Humans are sensory animals and our perceptions elicit an emotional response.

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The 10 Biggest Interior Architecture and Design Trends of 2014

Interior architecture and design was one of the worst affected industries during the global recession. However, as the recession begins to lift in most countries, the world’s leading interior architects and designers are getting back on their feet with some of their most innovative work for decades. They have also been adopting some interesting approaches that mark 2014 as different from any year before it. Below we take a look at the 10 most prominent interior architecture and design trends of 2014 so far, but will they all stand the test of time?

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How to become a successful street photographer in seven easy steps

Out on the street

One of the most interesting developments within the history of photography is the evolution of what we now regard as the street photographer. The name of the genre is, itself, contradictory, as street photography does not require the presence of a street or even evidence of an urban environment. Instead the street photo is intended to explore the nature of the human condition in a public place; with or without the presence of people, to capture images at a decisive and frequently poignant moment.

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Returning Home: An Interview with Illustrator Cat O’Neil

Freelance illustrator Cat O’Neil has just self-published the first part of her first graphic novel, ‘Returning Home’. Her portfolio of work has been described as “Asian” looking by some art directors and “European” looking but with Asian subject matter by others. Describing herself as “half Hong Kong Chinese, half Scottish” and “brought up in the UK”, she says that “being mixed race means that I have two ‘homes’ to identify with”.  The process of developing her self-authored novel has taken her on a journey of personal discovery, traveling to Hong Kong to explore her heritage, and to delve into what the word “home” truly means.

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Why Charcoal Drawing Will Never Be Outdated

With the rise of smart pens, Wacom tablets and Photoshop, you could be forgiven for thinking that the ancient art of charcoal drawing was slowly dying out. Surprisingly, however, charcoal has had a recent surge in popularity, brought about by the very digital trends that many expected to lead to its demise. So what is going on, and what does this mean for the future of charcoal drawing?

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