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Photogram Fun in this Month’s Box: All the Solar-Print Art Project Ideas You’ve Ever Wanted!

Are you ready to join the long line of artists who have worked with photograms, from Man Ray and Pablo Picasso to Imogene Cunningham? The magical ingredient in this month’s box is Purple Solarfast™ Dye, which can be used to create photograms of all types, from continuous tone images and detailed photographs to shadow prints and ombrés. Not sure what those are? Never fear, this short blog post is designed to set you on the right track, and includes explanations, project suggestions, and more! The basic technique is simple. From there, you’ll be able to experiment with different methods, refine your style, and observe improvement. But one of our favorite features of the photogram is the immediacy of the end...

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The Modernist Lens: Man Ray and the Photogram

“[Man Ray] reinvented photography – a technique to which his ingenuity opened countless possibilities – and endowed it with the wings of poetry.” Before glass plate and film photography and long before today’s digital camera age, there was the photogram. Simply put, a photogram is a photographic image made without a camera: objects are placed directly onto the surface of a light sensitive material (i.e. photographic paper) and exposed to light. A negative shadow image results, in tones of white, gray and black, depending on the transparency of the objects used. For roughly two centuries, they have fostered and documented scientific inquiries, led to technological discoveries, and shaped artistic movements. We’ll take a quick leap through this history now, with...

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Comic vs Manga Art

Selecting from American comics or Japanese comics, AKA manga, and stating that one is better from the other on the basis of art, story-telling, etc. are completely subjective. But one thing is for sure - Japanese and American comics are not the same. As a matter of fact, there is a considerable number of differences between the two. People who enjoy American comics generally do not like Japanese manga and vice versa. Why? Because they are different! While it is generally believed that they are both the same and just comics, let’s have a look at some of the striking dissimilarities between the two: Cultural Difference It is not difficult to see that the culture of Japan and America is...

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How Different Cultures Embrace Graphic Design

Art has proven to be copious with ideas, since the times of Dadaism and surrealism, to the current world of autonomy. Despite artists having their own ideas of envisioning the pieces of art they create every day, their ideas are however bounded by their ethnicity, that is, their countries of origin and the culture around them. This is particularly true with graphic design as well. Graphic design is more like a language – it is an identity, so beautiful and inexplicable. Just like various types of arts, graphic design also varies from one culture to another and is especially influenced by the culture, norm of life and history of a country. The aesthetics of graphic design vary and there might...

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Why Would You Attend an Art School?

You don’t need a degree to become an artist. You simply need a number of inexpensive supplies to make art any time. There are no mandatory certifications needed to start your art career, neither do you need employment to become a reputable artist. So, why would you want to waste your time with an art school? Well, the benefits of attending an art school are virtually endless. From gaining important contacts that can help you pull strings in future, to getting professional instructions from experienced tutors, you might be surprised by how an art school can turn out to be very beneficial. Even if you are a talented prodigy with a relentless drive of succeeding, an art school is still...

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