Art and Design Jobs: An Overview

Art and design jobs are great for anyone who’s creative and who loves to create beautiful things. Art and design jobs go far beyond painting and sculpting. Photograph, commercial illustration, web design, fashion design, interior design and advertising are just a few of the areas where artists can showcase their talents and their unique sense of style.

First of all, what’s the difference between a career in arts and a career in design? Many people have different, nuanced definitions of these two fields, but speaking in broad terms an artist create works that exist for their own sake, things that express his or her view of life and that stir emotions in those who view them. On the other hand, a designer creates works that have a specific function in addition to the way they look and the way they make people feel. For instance, a furniture designer will create a chair that not only looks great but that can be used, obviously, to sit on.

The hard part of choosing a specific career within the general categories of arts and design is that there are so many choices out there. Almost everything that human beings use and every environment in which people live and work are the products of designers and artists. Think about your bedroom, for instance. Each piece of furniture was designed by someone, and perhaps the arrangement of the entire room is the work of an interior designer. There might be paintings or photographs on the wall-those, of course, are products of artists. The covers of the books in your room were created by artists. Try surfing the web on your laptop; the look of the websites you like to visit were created by graphic designers. Heck, even the clothes you’re wearing were designed by someone! Fabrics, tiles, computer hardware-all of them are the work of designers. (It’s easy to take all of this work for granted, too.)

If you become an artist or a designer you can either work on your own as a freelancer, working on one project at a time, or for a certain company or corporation. The hard part about being a freelancer is that you always have to worry about where your next paycheck is going to come from. On the other hand, you might have a much wider variety of projects to work on.

Either way, to succeed in arts and design jobs you need to have focus, discipline, and perseverance, and you need to be willing to work hard and work long hours. Sometimes deadlines can be tight, and so you have to learn how to work quickly and efficiently. That means you have to always be ready with new ideas at a moment’s notice. Deadlines can be frustrating, too, because as an artist you might wish to have plenty of time to get your creations to come out exactly as you see them in your mind’s eye.

Beauty and Elegance Entwined With Usefulness in Parasols

Grace from the yesterday years is back to adorn you and the fashion of modern times. What’s even better is that it offers great protection against the worst enemy your skin has ever had – the sun. Parasols are back with a big bang and offer a stylish way to enjoy the sun in the summers. Women have begun to realize the importance of parasols in saving their most prized complexion and looking fashionable and great at the same time.

It’s not at all difficult to pamper yourself with one of these delicate and useful wonders for yourself. The wide variety of parasols available in the market ensures that you get what you want in terms of style and statement. They complete the look of a pretty summer dress and strapped sandals. It is easy to be carried away by their beauty. For example, the lacy parasols that are reminiscent of the fair English skin might not offer a lot in terms of protection but are great as fashion accessories. They might just be the right thing when you want to flaunt the vintage look. An elegant parasol will enhance your appearance, especially if you are aiming for an old world charm.

The more protective parasols come in a variety of makes and materials. The cloth made parasols offer versatile choice in terms of cotton, nylon and silk of various kinds. If you are looking for the most durable and inexpensive parasols, nylon made parasols should be your choice. They would be apt for daily use. Some women love parasols that offer frills and other embellishments while many prefer straight and plain looks as they can be matched with anything. One thing is for sure that you will be spoilt for choices when it comes to colors and materials of parasols.

Silk made parasols come with delicate paintings or other interesting handwork. They are great for giving an elegant and posh look. The paper made is generally associated with the Japanese and the Orient. You can almost visualize one beautiful eye gazing at you from under the simple allure of the wooden parasol. The paper woven into the wood is generally painted with flowers highlighting the feminine charm of the woman carrying it. Their usefulness in protection of skin and hair makes them a must-have for any woman who needs to step out in the sun and still wants to look her interesting best.

A Review of Oil Painting Brushes: Which Brush Is Best for Oil Painters?

The hairs used for good quality oil painting brushes are stiffer and taper differently than the natural hairs used for watercolor. Where the sables, horse, squirrel, ox, or goat hairs in watercolor brushes tend to be longer in taper and more supple, hairs from hogs, boars, badger, weasel, and mongoose are better for the more heavy bodied oil paints. Let’s take a look at each.

The Kolinsky sable hair, especially the female golden brown hair, is used for oil painting brushes. These hairs are a bit stiffer than the tail hair of the males and have better snap and resilience. The true Kolinsky sable was banned from import to the U.S. in 2014. Today, Kolinsky sable actually comes from the Siberian weasel. The hairs are harvested from the tail of the males. This ban came about because sable martens where pure red sable comes from do not do well in captivity. The only way to harvest the hair was through trapping. Thankfully, that is now banned.

That’s both good and bad news for the artist. Good the little critters’ lives are saved, bad that these super high quality brushes are no longer available. But, the tail hair of the male Siberian weasel still makes a very fine — and more affordable brush. Because manufacturers had back stock of Kolinsky sable, you may still be able to occasionally find some on the market. But when they are gone, they are gone. You will have to travel out of the country to purchase them legally, since the ban was for export to the U.S. only.

Hog bristles. These are by far the best hairs for oil painting brushes. They hold a good paint load. They spread the paint uniformly. They blend the paint well. The best bristle comes from hogs in the Chunking region in China. On better quality brushes, the bristles are arranged in an interlocking fashion with the bristles curving inward. Hog bristle is naturally split at the ends and arranged thus they hold paint well and spread it around nicely. Cheaper bristle will have stiffer hairs, be arranged more erratically, and may turn both inward and outward making the brush look fuzzy.

Horse or pony hair is typically used in cheaper natural hair brushes and marketed for different kinds of paint use. Although sometimes sold as oil painting brushes, they are better for acrylics and watercolor, but are used more in student grade brushes and cosmetics. In terms of cost, they are cheaper than squirrel.

Badger hair, due to its shape being thinner at the root and fatter at the tip, makes for a bushier brush. Oil painters like these for blending.

Weasel and a close relative, fitch, hair are very resilient with long conical shapes. Although close in quality to red sable, they are not quite as supple making them better for oils than for watercolor.

Mongoose hair is strong and resilient with good pointing. But they are better for oils for this reason since they are not fine enough for watercolors. They are difficult to find sometimes.

There are a number of synthetics on the market in several brands that are designed for both oils and acrylics. As with the natural hair brushes, you need to try them until you find one that fits your style of painting and feel in your hand. From a cost standpoint, synthetics are less expensive. You can see many of these brushes, natural and synthetic, and touch before you buy, in better quality art supply stores.

Better brands that are easy to find are Winsor & Newton, Grumbacher, Princeton, Simmons, and Liquitex, to name a few.

One last tip: brushes will last longer if you always pull, never push, your brush across the painting surface.