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Light Graffiti

There wasn’t a time that can be thought of when graffiti was ever appreciated as art, rather being defined as a form of barbaric behavior. Maybe it was misbehavior in its own right, but it sure was good looking. Here’s the cool part about what followed the old idea of graffiti… With technology came the concept of light graffiti, and it definitely brought about a change in the idea of graffiti on the whole. Working on a different platform altogether, there is absolutely nothing destructive about this one. Done mainly with the use of LED lights or flashlights, and a digital camera with manual settings, the outcome of light graffiti, or light painting as it is occasionally called, could be spectacular if you want it to be. What’s even more fun is that anything can be used as a medium for this form of “light doodling”. If it seems hard to believe, you should check out how to draw graffiti in Photoshop along with other tips and tricks.

How to Create Light Graffiti

Creating light graffiti isn’t half as bad as you may think it is. All you would require is a camera (preferably a DSLR), a variety of colored LED lights, or maybe even flashlights, and lastly a tripod or a flat surface. Take a look at one of the easiest light graffiti ideas that you could try out. It involves the use of LED lights or glow sticks (take your pick), and a digital camera. It’s simple, hassle-free, and most importantly it’s fun! So, here’s a guide for drawing light graffiti with a digital camera.

◆ Begin by gathering up all the material / equipment that you need at a convenient distance around you. You will need it like that in order to be able to move swiftly when attempting to create the light graffiti. Make sure you have everything (basically, the lights and your camera).

◆ The next thing you want to do is fix your camera settings that will be best suited for this job. What’s recommended for this is a camera with long exposure, an ISO setting of 100, and an aperture set to the smallest setting possible on the camera. Also, for its full effect, the best recommended shutter speed should preferably be anything between 5 seconds to 30 seconds. If situations permit it, you could also use an ISO of 200 or more. You will have to use your discretion for that though.

◆ Now that you have your camera fixed to the required setting, get ready to create some magical illumination. Do not forget though, to keep the flash of the camera off, as also to work in a dark or extremely poorly lit room. Working in a room with poor lighting will allow you the complete effect of what you are trying to achieve.

◆ Most of what you need to do while preparing to do light graffiti has been covered. It is now time to head to moving in front of the camera with the lights, while creating an image / word or whatever it is that you are aiming at.

While there is no real tip that can be offered to get it right, the one suggestion that can be offered is that of practice. Also, do not hesitate to use a variety of lights, such as glow sticks (use varied sizes & colors) in order to achieve an array of looks for your graffiti. Also, to add to the aesthetic value of what you are doing, feel free to use any good looking element available in the background. Oh, and don’t forget… When writing, make sure you do it backwards so that it looks right when you get a picture of it. All right then, what’s keeping you from it? Go get experimental, keep at it with some practice, and there should be no problem with getting to a point of perfection for some fabulous light graffiti.

History Graffiti Art

The meaning of the term ‘graffiti’ is: drawings or words that are scribbled or scratched on a wall. It has been derived from the Greek word ‘graphein’, which means ‘to write’, while the term ‘graffiti’ itself is the plural form of ‘graffito’, an Italian word. This art began making its way on public walls in the latter part of the 1960s. However, graffiti as a form of unsolicited messages has existed forever, with the ancient cave paintings, dating back 40,000 years to the Upper Paleolithic era. Right from those times, drawing has always been a means of human being’s deep need and desire to communicate.

Various Styles

Technically speaking, graffiti is a kind of art that is made on a building or wall. When graffiti drawings first started appearing, which was in New York City, the tools used to create them were usually spray paints or wide-tipped markers, which were used basically to draw ‘tags’, or the writer’s name, and not any art as such. This was done to make themselves known all over the city. The bigger and the more colorful they could make their tag, the more attention they got. This gave rise to graffiti ‘wars’ springing up, with each artist trying to outdo the other in making their tag bolder and bigger. However, once these artists figured that anybody could spray on huge letters, style began making its appearance.

To people who are unfamiliar with the art, all graffiti seems the same. However, there are several distinctive styles. Most of them are about using particular fonts to create letters or characters.

Tagging: It is used mainly for displaying penmanship, and is considered as lacking in artistic form.
Blockbuster: Large sized block letters are used.
Wildstyle: Interweaving graffiti letters with designs.
Throw-Ups: This type of drawing that is done very quickly using few colors.
Bubble Letters: Large letters written in a rounded style.

Each of these styles can be used to create various types of graffiti:

Hip-Hop: Reflecting African-American culture, this is considered to be the most traditional types.
Challenge: The intention of this type is just to express that somebody ‘was here.’
Poster: Drawings made on posters that have people’s pictures on them.
Aircraft: Drawing tags on airplanes, usually on the dirt on it.
Tree: As is apparent from its name, the paintings are done or carved on trees.
Invisible: It is a purely symbolic type, like the logos made on computer microchips, which although are there, can’t be seen by anybody.

History

Although the art of drawing graffiti letters began in the 60s, the period between 1971-1974 is generally regarded as the era when most of the pioneering work in graffiti was done, since this was the time when this form of art began spreading and getting publicity. For some of the youth of that time, it was a means through which they could vent their angst at a world, which they found oppressive, and as a way of rebelling against a society, which they thought was unjust and corrupt.

However, for others, these graffiti characters were simply a pleasurable means of expressing their creativity, just as a unique art form. Like conventional artists, they used walls as a canvas, onto which they poured their souls, their dreams, their hopes, and their fears with a spray can of bright colors. It was during 1975 to 1977, that the art of drawing graffiti reached its peak, with standards of drawing graffiti letters being established. As the 70s slipped into the 80s, being a graffiti artist became more challenging, as the authorities began clamping down harder on them, since it was considered vandalism, as most of the graffiti was made by gangsters, who were young and usually poor. This was known as the ‘die-hard’ era, as graffiti culture withdrew under cover.

Today’s graffiti culture is referred to as the ‘clean train era’, as many artists are taking their art from the subway walls and the insides of train cars, into studios and galleries, with the establishment increasingly viewing it as a genuine art form. And hence, these days, some cities have provided particular areas to graffiti artists, where they are allowed to display their art. The trouble with this is that a previous work has to be painted over in order to use the space. Therefore, good artists usually do not use such spaces. One of the most important features of drawing graffiti is that each piece of art has the artist’s name. Spray paint is the medium used, and there are particular techniques that have been established for drawing graffiti letters.

Different media is used to create each of these types of graffiti. Although this writing style is being legitimized, and some of it may be getting into more established forms of displaying art, such as studios and art galleries, purists are of the opinion that it is only the ones that show up on train cars and public walls are the true form.

Ways to Decorate Your Home with Abstract Art

Today, art has become much more available and popularized among all categories of buyers. Therefore almost every family has a picture or two in their home. Among all wall décor options, modern abstract art is probably one of the most frequent choices. Why is that? There are several reasons that mak e us so thrilled with abstractions.

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Why we love abstractions?

Today, art has become much more available and popularized among all categories of buyers. Therefore almost every family has a picture or two in their home. Among all wall décor options, modern abstract art is probably one of the most frequent choices. Why is that? There are several reasons that make us so thrilled with abstractions.

First of all, they are colorful and eye-catching. When coming into the room, you will probably notice a vivid mess of lines on the wall faster than a traditionally painted landscape. For second, abstract art

is very suggestive and thought-provoking. It can be anything you want it to be. For instance, you can see a scientifically inspired spectrum of sundown energy here or view it as a panorama of the sunset sky minimized to pure color. You can spend hours looking for hidden meanings encoded in bright colors and geometric patterns and still doubt your guesses. And finally, it appeals directly to our senses and emotions. Unrestricted by realistic, immediately recognizable shapes, abstractions confront us with raw associations and thus easily evoke our interest.

So adding a couple of nice abstract paintings to your interior will only benefit it. However, you should use them wisely to create a beautiful and harmonious room design. Hopefully, these recommendations will help you make the right choice!

Tips on using abstract art in your interios

  • Pick a theme of the painting according to your preferences and desires. Would you like it to be a geometric or color-driven abstraction? Perhaps you are a fan of minimalist art? The choice of theme directly influences the look and atmosphere of your place.
  • Consider the color scheme and general style of the room. The painting you choose should be in line with your interior design and enhance its strong sides. For instance, modern abstract textured art will add visual weight to your room, while very bright abstractions will make it look more contemporary.
  • Abstract paintings can be combined with both similar-style and classic wall décor. Just make sure the colors and images of the paintings you are going to group together match well.
  • Most people believe that abstract art is only for contemporary apartments. But nearly any classically design room can benefit from abstract paintings as well. Well-selected abstractions can be used to set off heavily ornamented furniture and refresh the interior.
  • Modern design trends encourage creative use of art in room design. For example, you can hang it frameless or lean it against the wall on your bedside table.

If you are still clueless, you can start by decorating your place with this bright yet unobtrusive abstraction called ‘Sundown Energy.’ Services like ours are created to assist people like you in making their homes lovelier and cozier! We hope, you will succeed in it.

The TrustoCorp Art Collective

Since at least 2010, an artist or art collective called TrustoCorp has been creating artistic pranks satirizing American life and culture. TrustoCorp has managed to retain its anonymity despite receiving quite a bit of media coverage since its inception. At the time of this writing, the identity of the artists behind TrustoCorp remains unknown. In fact, no one even knows how many people belong to this collective. What we do know is that TrustoCorp’s satirical product labels and street signs seem to be a perfect fit with the world we live in.

In 2010, TrustoCorp started creating product labels and packaging and placing them in and amongst real products on store shelves. One humorous example was a soda can that the artists ‘stocked’ near sugary sodas in supermarkets. The gold, blue, and yellow can featured the TrustoCorp logo above the words ‘Nose Job in a Can’. Underneath the product’s title were printed instructions for use: ‘Step 1. Grab Can. Step 2. Smash Face’.

Along with satirical product labels, TrustoCorp has created imitation street signs and attached them to posts in cities across the US. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco have discovered TrustoCorp’s signs on their streets. The signs are made of metal and designed to look similar to official street signs. For example, a black sign with a white arrow mimics the standard ‘One Way’ sign, but instead reads ‘One Day’. Underneath the arrow in smaller type, these signs add messages like, ‘When Hell Freezes’, and ‘Things Will Get Better’.

The collective’s website, TrustoCorp.com, maps locations in Manhattan where the street signs have appeared. The careful observer will note that, when connected, the locations form the shape of, perhaps, a fist raising a middle finger. Altogether, the TrustoCorp phenomenon seems like something that could only have happened in a futuristic sci-fi novel, but the group’s success indicates that the future is here.

Just what kind of a world we’re living in is the subject of TrustoCorp’s art; the collective seems to be poking fun at many elements of American culture, including the fast food industry, big business, the financial sector, and religion. At a gallery opening in New York City, the group created a carnival-style game where people attempted to knock over plates that displayed images of cultural ideals. The game was rigged so that religion, big business, and a few other plates could not be knocked over-a symbol of the hegemony of these institutions over the American way of life.

TrustoCorp’s aesthetic tends toward a retro-kitsch look. Blending retro styles with design that evokes official signage and packaging lends to the group’s appeal. The style strikes an essential balance between whimsy and social commentary, which has probably had something to do with the astounding degree of publicity that TrustoCorp has generated. The artists are not unrealistic about their activities, however. Their public statements are few and far between, but they have expressed the modest aims of breaking up the monotony of daily life and giving people something to smile about.

The art collective seems equally realistic about its chances of having a lasting impact. In homage to their clear ideological predecessor, Andy Warhol, the group created a street sign establishing a ‘Fame Limit’ in the style of parking regulation signs. The Fame Limit, of course, is 15 minutes, and according to the sign, it’s strictly enforced weekly from 9pm to 5am. Maybe that’s a signal that the artists of TrustoCorp haven’t quit their day jobs just yet.