Creativity is a powerful and essential part of us. It is the way our mind works. Once we figure out how being creative is part of our nature, we are able to fully embrace it and channel it to the best use. In the era of digital age every artist/creative soul should have an online presence. It helps boost your professional image, creatively display your work, or simply just tell others a little bit about you.
Having an online portfolio can help you build your brand and network. It’s important to have not just a beautiful but also a clean and functional portfolio. You can easily connect with artists and art-lovers, look around for inspiration or just simply maintain a journal. There are some great portfolio sites that you can use to create your portfolio.
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1. The most important part on your portfolio is the ‘About Me’ section. It’s important that your portfolio reflect your individuality and personal style. Be creative with the description, add a little humor and keep it interesting. It is here where viewers get to find out more about you and your work.
2. Gather your finest art pieces that you would like to showcase. See that you aim to exhibit work that best communicates a range of your artistic skills, interesting experiences, creativity, and your passion. Post your best work irrespective of whether there is variety or not. It is better to have your best pieces showcased rather than a mix of mediocre work.
3. You could also set up a website with an easy to remember name, and an email id almost similar or just your name would work as well. You do not need to be a designer or coder to build a website. There are many user-friendly website companies that will guide you through the entire process of setting up a website. What’s important is that you go digital with your art work. You never know who may see your work online. You can use sites like Tumbhimall.com to sell your work.
4. Don’t forget to label your art work and write a short description for each piece/image. Writing an engaging description help’s people understand the thoughts you are trying to depict in your work. Moreover it gives relevant information related to the artwork. While you’re at it don’t forget to spell check!
5. Organize and display your art in a simple and easy to navigate manner. You can sort your work based on more than one skill set you may have, be it paintings, sculptures, art installations, print media, or any mixed media.
6. Include any awards or recognitions, your publications, or any articles related to your art work. This shows that your work has been recognized by others and that it has potential.
7. Having a portfolio doesn’t mean that it’s a onetime thing. Keep updating it from time to time, and ensure it still tells your story and speaks of your passion.
8. Lastly do not forget to list out all your social media links and your email id for any potential contact to communicate with you. Add your URL and email signature on the contact page, if you’d like you can also invite feedback or suggestions.
Having an online presence ensures that your work can be found, shared, ‘liked’ and ‘pinned’. Be consistent with posting your work and engage with people who comment on your work. It will help you with gaining insight not only with your art work but bout yourself as well. This way you can keep track of your journey be connected with the world.
For all you techno-addict art lovers out there, here’s some crunchy cookie bites for you wrapped in the name of Digital Art… and for those who are still wondering what this digital art thing is all about, let me brief you up a bit…
As per Wiki definition, “Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process.” …Well, that’s promptly what we can say about it, in limited words, but considering the expanse of this art form, be it painting, sculpture, drawing or music, the digital art has brought about a surprisingly large and innovative techno-morphosis ever since its inception in 1970.
The various digital art forms, namely Cyber Arts, Digital Imaging and Photography, Digital Paintings, Electronic Music, Virtual Graphics, Animated Imagery, Digital Installation Art and many more, have found a key place in the media nowadays and are luring more and more artists to pursue art by way of applied digital technology due to its extensive usage in advertising, film-making and publishing all of which touches our lives in some way or the other.
The good news is that the traditional and digital artists, both are now vigorous to the include digital techniques in art and music, helping digital art to grow like never before. For Digital art patrons all over the world, many softwares have become an integral part of their Art room, namely Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, ArtRage, Autodesk, Gliftex, Artweaver, etc. enabling artists to express their talent and love for art by utilizing their tech-skills. The wide-spread acceptance of all digital art forms, now, has made it easy to promote and nurture Digital Art Galleries online . Some of the most popular online Digital Art Galleries where you can relish the taste of a wide variety of Digital Art by numerous Digital Artists across the world are: Pinterest, Digital Art Served, Coolvibe, Dribble . You must also taste the seasoned ones like CG Society that have been popular for an impressively long time, and stimulating new ones like Tumbhi.com, that aim to inspire newer talents in the Digital Art arena and creating exciting new opportunities for buyers and sellers of art by presenting their Digital Art Gallery, TumbhiMall.
For all emerging and established Digital Artists, it’s a great idea to have your art showcased in your own Digital Art Galleries, which can be smoothly set up, taking assistance from free websites that cater to art consumers. Another way, compile your artworks, watermark or copywrite them, buy a domain and create an attractive site for your own Digital Art Gallery, showcase the artworks online deciding your artwork price in accordance with the consumer response, promote your website on various social media platforms and the job is done. For the great Digital Artist like you, there’s no stopping thenceforth.
Go, plunge into the leisure world of Digital Art Galleries created and promoted by numerous connoisseurs of this emerging art technique, all over the world, and increasing in number day by day…
Good Luck Buddy!
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. – John Maynard Keynes
Have you ever felt that you have run out of ideas and you can no longer add to your creative to-do list? Are you constantly under pressure to come up with ingenious and original ideas? You are not alone, most creative individuals suffer this artistic block some time or the other. Listed below are a few ways you could shake off the block and broaden your horizons in the creative world.
Having a creative block doesn't mean that you are no more a creative person. It simply means you need to get out of your routine and look for inspiration.
1) Write! Write! Write it down! – Get a new notepad with some quirky title and small enough to carry around everywhere. Ideas may strike anytime. You could be talking to the security guard in your parking or standing in a grocery store queue and.
2) Spruce up your surroundings – Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr are your go to sites for inspiration to reorganize your workspace. You don’t have to re-model or re-furnish your apartment, just change the photos from the frames, create new graphic posters, add some lights, and use some bright décor.
3) Take a walk – A time to time day off outdoors not only refreshes you but also invigorates a new enthusiasm for creative breakthroughs. Just take step out in a garden or some quiet by-lanes and walk around. And when you are outside try to not think and just be. A change of scenery frees your mind of regular routines you are set into. Taking a break will free your mind and will challenge it to open yourself to new possibilities.
4) Eat ice cream – Yes! Eat ice cream. It is known to stimulate creative thinking. Just think about it, when you are eating ice cream you are not thinking about the looming deadline of your project or that you have to pick up your laundry. All that you think about is enjoying your ice cream. The therapeutic effect of eating ice cream and the energy it provides, you are bound to fill up your creative to-do list.
5) Surf fellow artists work /community – Look beyond your own field of work, be it painting, photography, sculpting, or craft. Explore other creative spheres. You never know where inspiration comes from. When you study or explore other arts and cultures you could come up with interesting mixed-context ideas.
6) Visit art places and make art friends – Go to an art gallery in your neighborhood and look at the work of artists. Look at the colors, try to understand the stories. Talk to people who are driven by their passions. Join local art groups and meet up for discussions. A communal experience will stimulate creativity.
Breaking off the ordinary inspires creativity. Don’t worry if you are stuck, creativity is a process much like it is art. There is a time for creating and rejuvenating and then going back and creating some more. Find your remedies to curing your creative block. Stay inspired.
Copper is one of the oldest metals known to civilization. The word Copper comes from the Latin word cuprum which means “from the island of Cyprus”. It is the only metal other than gold that has a natural color. Most of the other metals are either gray or white. Copper is mined from the ground as an impure material and is thereafter purified and smelted before it can be used for a variety of purposes.
Copper is an extremely versatile metal. Listed below are some of its uses:
1) This metal is an important part of our lives. Without it you would be stuck with no running water, no computer, no phone and no electricity for that matter.
2) It is an essential nutrient in our diet. You would have heard that water stored in copper utensil never goes stale. It helps the digestive system perform better, aids in weight loss, helps wounds heal faster, slows down ageing, helps maintain cardiovascular health, and stimulates the brain. This metal gently leaches into the water and lends its positive properties.
3) The malleable metal can be fashioned into tools, ornaments, weapons and some clever art work.
Even with technological advances the use of this metal faded but never disappeared. It is still in use in Electrical, Construction and Transport Industries.
Let’s take a breather from its boring but never the less important uses and get to know a little bout its’ art forms.
Creativity knows no bounds. Having no preconceptions or rules limiting your creativity, can give you artistic independence and an optimal environment to come up with brilliant ideas. Copper is a major art medium. Some of earliest work of this metal dates back to 9000 years ago. Ancient art work that has survived time is now displayed in museums so as attest the importance of this metal.
1) Copper Wire Art – The Copper wire is soft and bendable, plus has a nice color finish to it. Using different kinds of pliers and cutters artists create sculptures. Not only that you can also make jewelry such as ear rings, neck pieces or finger rings.
2) Copper tooling is a type of sculpturing using copper foil and a metal tool kit. Copper has a rustic appeal to it. It is art sculpturing technique done by embossing designs onto a copper sheet or a foil. This interesting art form also doubles as an unique gift item.
3) Copper home décor – Copper accents are trending again. There are folks trying to save this art or should we say tradition of creating utensils or décor items by hand. In India artisans working with copper are called ‘Tambat’ and the settlement they live in is Tambat Ali meaning the Copper lane. They are the only surviving Tambat community in India. A piece of sheet metal is cut and roughly shaped. The artisans either spin or mold the sheet by hand to give it its initial form. To create the final product the artisans have to wait until the piece is heated and cooled. They then use different kinds of steel head hammers, a coal-fired kiln and cutters to give its finishing detail and gleam.
Copper’s unique properties and variety of uses makes it an essential part in our everyday lives.
Did you know “The Statue of Liberty” is made of copper? The inside structure is of cast iron and stainless steel. The Statue gets its because of copper that has naturally oxidized to form the patina or green coating.
India is a country with rich cultural heritage. Due to modernization and commercialization many art form which represented our culture are either dying or have faded away. Out of many such art forms which includes dance, craft, embroidery etc here is a list of few art forms which are extinct
Sanskrit theater art form from Kerala. This is a lengthy art as it takes almost 40 days for a single act. It was performed in temples and was restricted to few casts of Hindu society. This art form includes 18 forms of cultural expression and is declared as a “Masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity” by UNESCO. Artists performing this art had to undergo difficult training. It suffered a lot of financial crisis which is why it’s on the verge of fading.
It’s a pride to know we had such unique and great art forms. In todays fast pace technology driven life we have been ignoring such rich art forms which our ancestors once lived for. It’s high time we start putting in small efforts to preserve them. Please feel free to share your feedback with me by leaving your comments below.
Art has an uncanny ability to speak to each one of us and she definitely does not tell everyone the same story! Which is what makes art galleries near you a place you must visit, art enthusiast or not.
Here’s a peek into a few popular art galleries sprinkled over the globe.
Meet Tumbhimall artist Aniket Kasture, passionate trekker and an adventurer from Mumbai. A photographer who brings stories hidden deep inside the midst of forests, mountains and places which are not easily accessible for common travellers.
Aniket spent his childhood in Dombivali, Mumbai. When we asked him about his early memories of photography. He said – ‘It is hard to remember my first photograph, when I was a kid we had a family tour in Konkan and my dad had Kodak Film Roll camera, during that trip I had clicked some pictures of Janjira Fort and Beaches of Konkan. So probably that trip might have triggered early interests in this genre of art.’
And to mention he has family art Background. His father is India's one of the finest Artist. It shaped him to be creative in every aspect. After formal school education he studied in drawing college, which helped him to peruse different perspectives of art. In college days, he started trekking for fun and leisure which eventually turned into regular serious activity where he explored himself as a Photographer. The mesmerising beauty of the Sahyadri Mountains gave him a kick to emerge as a Travel Photographer.
He says - After purchasing my first DSLR, Nikon D5200, I became more serious about documenting the nature's beauty. In initial days landscape photography inspired him the most. He said – ‘A tree was not just a tree for me then, it was a masterpiece of nature. Due to my frequent trekking, I got to explore some of the most hidden and amazing locations. This pumped my curiosity for nature's hidden beauty and I started capturing each and everything coming my way. I was a traveller bitten by a travel bug. The fantasy world of the Sahyadris was something which I was not able to escape.’
It was National Geography Channel which inspired him tremendously. However, Sir Ansel Adams- A legendary photographer from USA is his all-time favourite. And so, Jimmy Chin who’s adventure film making and dedication for the mountains. Austin Stevens and his amazing reptile photography. Mr. Sandesh Kadur from Karnataka and Mr. Baiju Patil from Aurangabad, India have influenced Aniket over a period of time.
His work is published in photography Magazine- 'Better Photography' in 2012 December issue. The Thane District Press Club (TDPC) and Photo Circle Society, Thane have awarded him for his work.
When we asked him about the best compliments he have received so far he said – “The most common compliment I get is ‘You take us into the world of what you have captured’ and ‘Oh! Is this from India?’ Here is little funny one, ‘Karjat? Malshej ghat? Pune? Lonavla? No way! This must be Europe".
Though the harshness in climatic conditions is a part of travel photography. And when every expedition is constantly under the fear of fierce climate and dense forest. Aniket, a lover of challenges admires the inner strength and enlightenment offered by mountains. Aniket quote - The harsh conditions make you strong internally. It makes us realise our strengths and weaknesses. It heals our mind and awakens soul. I personally have gone through the drastic changes in myself and this has given me pure enlightenment. And so it happens with all those who move toward the mountains!
‘First of all a huge thanks to the team of 'Tumbhimall' for creating such a wide platform to showcase talent and make artists earn as well. It offer ample opportunity to exhibit your work. Tumbhi has vast range of followers which give tremendous exposure to present your artworks.’ – Aniket Kasture.
Lord Ganesha the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati also known as Ganapati and Vinayaka, the remover of obstacles and enabling endeavours to succeed. He is one of the most worshipped gods in Hinduism signifying deity of good fortune, new ventures and wisdom. He is also a very popular icon in Indian art.
Ganesha has representations showing wide variations and distinct patterns changing over time. In recent times the trunk of Ganesha has gained iconic stature in paintings. At other times he is portrayed as standing, dancing, fighting off the demons, as a child, sitting or involved in wide range of contemporary situations.
In the recent year’s lord Ganesha has found followings not just in India but all over the world. He is one of the most popular idol to be gifted in India for important occasions including marriages, housewarmings, new beginnings of business, jobs, purchases and examinations etc. Every Hindu household in India has an idol of Lord Ganesha. In addition to being an auspicious gift, Ganesh idols add amalgamation of artistic and spiritual dimension to the home décor in form of sculptures.
Tumbhimall offers salutations to Lord Ganesha and seeks the blessings of his divine power in our every endeavor.
II Om shri ganeshaya namah II
Mantra for Success, Victory, Prosperity, Knowledge and Illumination
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With the growing advent of online channels for artists to expose and sell their art, many are still stuck to the traditional medium of going through galleries only. It’s the internet age and when artists can create supremely innovative artworks based on technology, why not expose/sell them through technology itself!
Here a few pointers to consider Online channels of selling your art over Galleries only:
1. Create your own Brand and Fanbase #sellthestory
It’s not just about the Art that you created in your studio. There is a story behind it. There are more and more people that are interested in behind-the-scene saga and want to connect with the artists than just picking up an artwork based on its visual appeal. A gallery will not be interested in telling your story – you need to do that yourself.
While a typical gallery might have several thousand online followers or maybe somewhat more, it’s not at all unusual for an artist to have tens or even hundreds of thousands of fans. Working on creating your own brand and promoting so, is a long term affair.
2. Communicate & advertise yourself #socialmediapower
Earlier only galleries could reach out to a lot of potential buyers with their contacts and manpower. Now we have social media. Artists can now communicate directly with the public and advocate on their own behalves in ways that only galleries could do for them pre-Internet. The best news is that the best art is still what attracts the most attention, regardless of where it’s being made or shown or who’s doing the showing.
3.Galleries are not the only place to sell your Art #ecommercepower
The two primary functions of galleries– providing artists with exposure for their art and providing collectors and buyers with access to that art– are no longer necessary or even relevant to doing business as an artist. People in the know search and shop online all the time including collectors, curators, investors, speculators, gallery owners and anyone else who has an interest in art… including museum personnel. Everyone’s on the hunt for the next great art stars and they know they can cover far more territory far faster on their computers or phones than they can by physically shopping the galleries or visiting artists at their studios.
4. Get dirty yourself #DIY
Earlier artists only created art in their studios and had galleries to do the dirty work – handling sellers, marketing and communtaction for them. The new motto is to do it yourself. Internet age demands an artist not to just be an artists but an entrepreneur as well. If you think your art deserves to be shown in public and owned by buyers or collectors or anyone else, you have to make a case for yourself.
5. More exposure
For artists, the chances of being discovered online are better than ever. All kinds of art websites, blogs, publications and other online venues are continually beating the bushes for fresh new quality art and artists to introduce to their readers and feature in articles, interviews, videos and more. As a result, more and more artists are being recognized for their skills, talents, personalities and art without traditional galleries playing any role whatsoever in that recognition.
Fact: The majority of gallery owners will tell you that most new viewers find their websites not by searching their galleries by name, but rather by searching for artists they happen to represent.
Looking to sell your art online? Register today as a seller on www.tumbhimall.com
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