Over the last ten years, the world has seen massive leaps in technology, in areas spanning from transport to communication. These new technologies have been widely accepted and adopted across industry and into areas of everyday life. Increasingly people are engaging with banks, shops and each other through digital media.
LinkedIn is a business-orientated social networking platform for professionals, with more than 300 million users worldwide from over 200 countries. Setting up a basic profile is free and if used effectively, it presents a great opportunity for artists to network with influential people from the art world, keep on top of trends and creative industry news and promote yourself and your artwork to potential employers or clients.
Over the last 80 years, buildings have become higher, aircraft have become bigger (and therefore require longer runways) and people have generally become a bit less appreciative of flight paths above their heads, homes and places of work. Now, it would certainly seem an odd idea for an architect to plan a major airport to go smack bang in the middle of a city, let alone to build one that sits on top of the city of London. At one point though, this is exactly what was planned… and so we delve into the story behind another piece of completely bizarre architecture.
An increasing number of artists are feeling disillusioned by the saturated art scenes of the UK’s overcrowded cities. As a budding artist, you might be tempted to pack up your portfolio and try your luck in a big city like London, with dreams of having your very own exhibition at the Tate Modern, but, unless you’re a genius, you will quickly feel your artistic voice lost among a cacophony of worthy competition. The social life might be good, but the work is hard and inspiration will be rare as you get bogged down by the failures of your best efforts. But don’t worry; sometimes you just need the change of perspective that a trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city will give you.
Taking the perfect portrait photograph requires a few very important elements: a calm model, good equipment and an experienced photographer, but most importantly – a situation in which both the subject of the portrait and the person who is taking it feel comfortable and relaxed. Getting all these elements right is hard enough, but making it work when the subject of your portrait is a pet brings a whole host of new considerations.
Street art illusions are becoming more and more inventive, and there are two distinct approaches emerging towards choice of canvas. One approach, is to use the blank spaces provided by our buildings and urban structures upon which to paint, and another is to incorporate the features of our environment in new art works. Portuguese graffiti artist Artur Bordalo (aka “Bordala 2”) is an adopter of a the latter. His mural-like work graces the highways and byways of Lisbon where he converts the humdrum into the extraordinary, creating exciting art sites that invite observers to view things a little bit differently…