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Inuit Art: Modern Trends and Traditions

November 9, 2017

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Inuit art can be best described as a ritual art. It is practised by the Canadian Eskimo, a minority group of less than thirty thousand people. The artworks of Inuit art can be found almost everywhere around the world: many rich and famous people spend their fortune collecting Inuit artworks. The art as a trend developed in 1948, when the young Canadian artist James A. Houston hitchhiked to the north of his country. He made some sketches of Inuits and gave them to the people who responded by granting him their artworks- small carvings, which they had made themselves. This first meeting with the Eskimo artworks was soon to be followed by many others. Missionaries, traders and whales started travelling to the north. The value of the carvings and the other artworks was soon appreciated and Inuit people began making their living by exchanging their art with precious goods for daily usage. Carved objects such as incised walrus tusks and miniature figures became very popular in Canada and later on in other places of the globe.

What is the main topic of Inuit art and what makes it so adorable to collectors? Perhaps it is the strong relation with nature. Inuit art depicts the physical environment and the severe way of life of the Eskimo people. It is also a representation of their traditions and beliefs, of their religious attitude. Subject matter in their art works is the northern nature, the land and the sea, also the northern animals, the birds, the plants, insects and mammals, which are indigenous to the north. Tradition has played an important role in the development of the Eskimo people, so it is included in the overall impression their art suggests.

The origins of the Eskimo people are one of the reason for Inuit art to arise. The ancient Eskimo people crossed Russia and established their new home in Alaska. The weather conditions there were so severe, that Eskimos needed all their strength to survive. The Arctic Canada was an uninhabited territory so surviving there cost them a great effort. Thus, their beliefs in the supernatural, in northern spirits and animals arose. Their traditions served a supporting role for the surviving. The ancient expressed their worries and hopes by making small amulets and adorning implements. The Inuit art is very sophisticated and attention upon small details is paid: I have seen an ancient polar bear carved on a piece of ivory smaller than a thumbnail. Inuit developed strong senses so that they could survive in the wilderness. To stay alive in the rude conditions an Eskimo needed to hunt as well as a polar bear, to imitate animal sounds in order to catch the animal, to sense a forthcoming danger faster than a raven. Animals became symbols of strength and courage, that’s why they are pictured and carved in Iniut art works. Perhaps tradition and beliefs is what makes Inuit art so popular among Western civilization: the art works were produced with a vivid sense of the surrounding world and in respect for nature.

The Art Of Tracking Animals

November 9, 2017

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The Native Americans believe that tracking animals is a sacred responsibility. They believe that it is a gift that enables you to enter the centre of the lives and homes of animals, and therefore you must treasure it and respect the animals by being non-intrusive. Should you get too close and disturb them, the results can be disastrous, especially for the young that may be abandoned. It is vital that you remember that you are visitor in their home and no more. In Africa the art of tracking is being lost as new generations lose interest in nature and instead choose technology and modern city living over outdoor activities. As a result special programmes have been developed to try and save the unique art of African tracking, so far with a moderate degree of success.

Tracking involves studying and knowing all the signs of animal presence i.e. ground spoor, vegetation spoor, scent, feeding signs, urine, feces, saliva, territorial signs, shelters, incidental signs, circumstantial signs shelters etc. Footprints are the most important signs in tracking, as they provide the most information regarding the identity, movements and activities of the animal. The trail is also very important in providing other signs and adding detail.

Just like footprints and gait can identify people, each animal can be identified by its spoor and unique way of walking. Spoor can indicate age, weight, gender, and health. Larger mammals and birds can be identified right down to a particular species by its spoor, but in smaller animals it is only possible to narrow it down to a genus, family or order, as the smaller the animal gets the more difficult it is to distinguish its spoor from other species.

The best footprints to read are the ones found in slightly damp earth or in snow. It should always be remembered that footprints are easily distorted by an animal running, slipping or twisting. The hind feet may also step where the fore feet have been, thus distorting both prints. The shape of the prints will indicate the activity that the animal was involved in at the time.

Other tracking signs include: scent, which is influenced by temperature and weather. When the weather is cool and calm, scent lasts longer than if it is hot and windy. Mornings and evenings are also better times for scent than noon, and obviously, winter is better than summer for temperature. Wet ground is more favourable than dry ground, but rain will obliterate all scent. However, after it has rained for a few days and the air is humid, a tracker may be able to scent animals in the right wind conditions.

When it comes to identifying droppings it is easier to associate them with fresh footprints on the scene, this is also a good way to learn to recognise droppings. Fresh urine and droppings provide additional information on the age of the spoor, while the feces will reveal a great deal about the animal’s diet. The position of the urine patch in relation to the position of the footprints can indicate the gender of the animal.

Incidental signs are things like tufts of hair, feathers or porcupine quills and may not even be related to the spoor concerned. They may belong to the animal being tracked, but they could have been blown there by the wind or they could have been there for a long time and have very little to do with the animal’s current activities.

Circumstantial signs are indirect signs, usually some behaviour by other animals, which give away the presence of the animal being tracked. For example the Oxpecker bird, which rides on Buffalo, Eland and Kudu to feed on ticks and blood sucking flies, will fly away in the event of anything approaching, thus alarming the animals but also giving away their position. Baboons also draw attention to themselves by moving about rapidly and making a great deal of noise.

Trackers must be intimately familiar with their surroundings and must know the pattern of nature undisturbed so that when something in it is disturbed, they will recognise it, even if the disturbance is slight. When it comes to tracking spoor it is best done if the spoor is kept between the tracker and the sun, that way the shadows cast by the ridges in the spoor will show up well. Tracking is easiest in the morning and late afternoon when the shadows of the ridges are longer and stand out more than at midday. If possible, trackers will look ahead of themselves and not at the ground at their feet as this will slow them down. However, if the terrain is tricky they will have to look at the ground nearby, not only to see where they are going but also to keep a close look out for any minute change in direction of the spoor.

Good trackers should be able to imagine themselves in the place of the animal and anticipate the way it would have gone. They should then be able to expect where to find signs without wasting valuable time looking for them. This also requires intimate knowledge of the surrounding area and terrain in order to anticipate paths taken and possible stops at water holes.

Once a tracker has sighted the animal, it is important to remain undetected by all the other animals in the vicinity. This means avoiding dry leaves and twigs and moving as quietly as possible through dry grass. It is also important to stay downwind of the animals i.e. the wind must blow towards the tracker and away from the animals.

There is definitely an art to tracking and a great deal of knowledge that must be learned in order to do it successfully. Very little of that knowledge can be gained from books, as nearly all of it has to be taught on a practical level and once the lessons are done and the course is over, all the novice trackers will find the real lessons have only just begun.

The World of Animals and Their People

November 9, 2017

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In the world of animals, it’s not just the endangered animals but every living creature that’s worthy of our caretaking. It’s hard for me to be so all inclusive, because visions of giant cockroaches are creeping into my mind’s eye, but the truth is that every living thing has a place.

I’m not one to believe that animals have the exact same rights as people, (otherwise we’d have to put aside obedience training funds in equal amounts to little Johnny’s college fund) but they certainly do have the right not to be treated cruelly without purpose or meaning.

And to protect species in danger of disappearing forever, we could take the following steps:

o Education about the endangered animal, especially in schools near their habitat
o Breeding programs where children could learn about animal health and care
o Eco-tourism that would support both of the above

I’m not a fool; I realize these programs take money and time. But to me, the biggest problem is a rampant lack of ethics among world leaders who could be supporting their people and their animals but choose not to. This may due to greed or stupidity, but whatever the cause, I believe there is a solution.

And that would be?

In one simple word, Communication.

It’s so easy for people to think of themselves as separate from others, either animals or people. When you’re far away from trouble, and have nothing much to do with it on a personal level, it’s easier to pretend it doesn’t exist.

Here’s an example- Were you upset when you heard about the horrific loss of life, both human and animal, after China’s last big earthquake? If you did then you are especially sensitive to the world and that’s quite unusual today. For many people, unless they knew someone personally involved in the tragedy, it seemed too far away to fret about for long.

The same goes for animal protection, especially for some of the species that may not be quite so cuddly, like reptiles or other exotic pets and animals. One of the things that Steve Irwin brought to every TV-watching citizen of the world was his appreciation for the “scary animals” like crocodiles, snakes or Tasmanian devils. I miss his exuberant “Isn’t she a beauty?” His legacy is a strong one, and because of his show I think many more animals are looked upon kindly than were before.

He is a good example of what communication can do because it doesn’t always have to be one on one. For example, I believe that through art we have one of the best forms of communication. It’s not a “Hello and how are you” kind of communication, but a way to evoke warm feelings and closeness with both the artist and the creation.

Which brings me to my next point. Art can be a softener, a communicator and something that can change the way people feel about things. Specifically, it can increase awareness of our entire world, including all its creatures, both human and animal.

If I were a filmmaker I’d create a movie with impact about the lemurs of Madagascar, who are losing their world to encroaching civilization. Or perhaps I’d go on a voyage of discovery to China where the giant pandas shuffle through their bamboo forests.

Art is a big subject. It can help bring about an understanding between people and even species. I truly believe that everyone can create, and everyone should. And if your creativity should take you in a direction towards greater protection and understanding of the world of animals, good for you!

Feng Shui Art For Your Home

November 9, 2017

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The first thing I do when I move is to hang up my art work. It makes it feel like home. Bare walls make a home or office feel as if you are just passing through. So to create a welcome space hang some art work.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on works by famous artists. Prints and posters will do if you are on a budget. Fabric panels or framed greeting cards also work nicely for the budget conscious. Art work does not have to hang on the wall. Sculpture adds interest and dimension to a room.

If you have a little extra money start investing in local artists at art fairs. It is a good way to build a collection. Or perhaps you might want to try your hand at photography or painting. Take a class at a local adult education center or barter for lessons with an artist in your area. Children are naturally artistic. Give their works a place of honor and frame them nicely. You can change the works on a regular basis.

But what kind of art work should you have? Here are some guidelines for Feng Shui friendly art work.

No vicious animals. Lions and tigers and bears-oh my! Stay away from portraits of vicious animals especially if you have small children in the house. In an office they can be downright anti-social. While pictures of baby animals are cute avoid the snarling wolf or growling lion. If you must have such a picture make sure the animal is facing towards the outside and not towards the interior of your space.

Landscapes are beautiful. Make sure they are healthy looking and portray growth. Pictures of dead trees or broken down barns do not inspire a good mental state. What we see each day affects our well being. What state of mind do you want to create for yourself?

Some people feel that spirits can inhabit portraits and dolls. If you have this feeling then you will want to avoid them. Don’t arrange your photos so that pictures of the living are next to those who have passed on. Display them in different areas. Don’t display photos of people you don’t care for. Every time you see them you will become annoyed. Body parts do not make for good Feng Shui. The whole body should be shown not just an arm or leg, or worse yet a body without a head.

Still life art work, like landscapes, should have a feeling of health about them. No rotten fruit, flowers past their prime or dead animals please. A painting of a colorful bowl of ripe fruit would enhance your kitchen or dining room for example.

Double up for romance. Couples should look happy and loving in any art work that portrays them. A pair of Chinese ducks or love birds are often used as a reminder of romance.

Shapes and colors must be pleasing to the eye. You don’t have to match your art work to the sofa but it should not clash with your surroundings. Don’t have too many portrayals of the same subject. A house filled with paintings of a raging ocean would not make you want to stay at home. They might even affect your health.

So have fun choosing art work for your space. Remember the mood and state of mind you want to create. And try your hand at creating your own art work too.

Diane Kern has been trained in the ancient art of Feng Shui in the traditional method. The knowledge has been transmitted through 13 generations from Masters to student via an apprenticeship of extensive study and practical field experience. Ms. Kern was included in a small group of students selected by her Master for advanced training. She is a member of an international team of experts, Alliance Feng Shui, whose resources can be called upon to accomplish your goals.

Ms. Kern assures the privacy and confidentiality of clients. Your name will not be used for advertising or referrals. The culture of integrity, respect and discipline instilled by her Master ensures you a productive working relationship and attention towards successful completion of your goals.

STEAM Careers – Visual Effects Animator

November 9, 2017

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Who is a Visual Effects Animator?

A visual effects animator is a professional that’s responsible for special effects in films. Now interestingly, they focus on the special effects that cannot be added during the live action shoot. For example, a lot of times, the green screen is used when shooting actors in the studio.

The actual, exciting background we see in the movie however is inserted later. Similarly, these professionals are also responsible for actually creating entire characters. As such all they use is computer software programs to create these entities and integrate them in the film. These characters can be so lively that they can also interact with live action characters.

Remember the dinosaurs and the Anaconda in those blockbuster movies? Well that’s what the visual effects animators can do! Thus the TV shows, commercials, films and other such projects actually become more realistic and exciting.

Background Education / Training

Though it may be safely said that you do not require a formal study to be a visual animator, they certainly train themselves hard and create a strong background in multimedia art and animation. Most of them actually work a other artists and work on their story telling and aesthetic skills for long before they actually realize their dream of being a visual effects animators.

It is usually recommended that professionals interested in this career study arts, fine arts, photography or similar art related fields. Some of them actually go for higher specializations in visual media and visual effects eventually. The ability and training to use computer software with speed is highly valued as a skill.

Work Environment

Most of these professionals spend a lot of time in an office using their computers and animation software. However, those that work with larger media agencies and film studios may actually travel to document, understand and watch the actual filming happen, for research and development.

Their hours are often long and they can be commonly seen working in tight deadlines, on weekends and nights. A lot of them are self-employed and freelance or consult.

The industries that conventionally used to employ them were motion pictures, film industry and video game companies, but of late media agencies, larger YouTube channels, companies that create content for schools, companies that create DIY projects for school and even digital marketing agencies employ them. A lot of content development companies employ animators to create ad videos or films for their clients.


If it wasn’t exciting enough to transport people to a fantasy / realistic world using art and technology, the salary is lucrative. While disregarding the top-notch in the industry who earn in millions, even the junior animators earn good amounts as they freelance and / or get employed full-time. The more credentials and portfolio you have, the better your earning potential is.

To summarize, it is interesting to note that this is a very interesting and exciting STEAM career. At Projects For School, we hope to promote simple DIY projects for various STEAM subjects and careers for young kids. The objective is to help them identify their true passion and achieve it.

A New Kind of Digital Art

November 9, 2017

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What do you think of when you hear the phrase “digital art”? Do you think of images filled with numbers, random geometric shapes, wild colors that make you feel like you’ve been in front of a camera’s flash bulb going off? I can’t say I blame you as that is what many perceive digital art to be and in a large part it is. By using computer programs artists are able to come up with geometrical, colorful designs that blow the senses and in many ways correspond to the old-fashioned abstract paintings and sculptures that have been around for a long time now. These kinds of art make the viewer think, it lets them imagine whatever they want when they look at it because it’s rare that two people will see the same thing or get the same idea from an abstract piece of art and this is the same thing that happens when viewers are looking at digital art that is of this nature.

I’d like to introduce you to a new kind of digital art; I call it “digital painting” and it is the style of art that I work with the most. What I call digital painting is using a computer graphics program along with a graphics tablet and pen. Yes it’s true, when you use a program you can use a whole array of filters that are available, both free ones and commercial filters but I prefer to paint using mainly the graphics tablet and pen along with the program of choice; in my case I use the Paint Shop Pro program. There are many programs out there, both free such as GIMP and pay-to-use programs including Photo Shop but I’ve found that Paint Shop Pro works well and it doesn’t break a person’s bank account. On occasion I’ll use one of the filters it comes with or that I’ve collected over the years but I mainly do that when I’m designing graphic designs for my website, a client’s site or designing for my clothing and gift stores. I use the included brush types to paint with and just as a regular artist uses smudge tools, erasers and the like, I use the smudge tool and similar tools while I’m painting to give my subject matter life, to make it look like a regular oil, acrylic or water color painting. It’s amazing how when you work with a tablet and pen you can create realistic brush strokes just as you would if you were using a painting palette and brush; you find yourself doing the same sort of movements with your hand and wrist that you would do if you were using the regular tools. One of the best things I’ve found by painting digitally is the way you can create different layers so you don’t have to completely throw away a painting if you mess up. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve actually had several experiences where I had to throw out the entire painting and start from scratch but in general you’re able to correct mistakes you’ve made much easier than when you use a canvas and paint. And it’s amazing how many people wouldn’t know my work’s digital if I didn’t tell them it was.

When I first began painting digitally, I used the same techniques I described above but I had to use my computer mouse to do it and let me tell you that after a few months of using the PC mouse to paint it definitely does a number on the wrist; plus I found that there are certain movements you just can’t do with a PC mouse that you can do with a graphics tablet and pen on the computer. I always had a difficult time with any kind of spherical shapes when using the computer mouse; without using the vector tool that is built into the PSP program that is and since I prefer to paint digitally the same way I would if I were using a canvas and brushes I always felt it was cheating to use the vector tool to create circles and other spherical shapes.

When I first connected the graphic tablet and began using it, it took me about 2 or 3 days until I was comfortable with it because when you first use it, you have to get your bearings as far as where you are pointing to on the graphic tablet and how that corresponds to the computer screen. However, once I got the hang of that, I was absolutely in love with this tool! It lets you work so freely with your creations, and I’ve found that I’ll even use my bare finger on the graphics tablet to do the smudging and blending in addition to using the pen that comes along with it because you honestly feel like you’re working with a real palette and canvas when you paint with a tablet. For example, when you use a graphic tablet to paint digitally you can paint fur that is so much more realistic than with a PC mouse; when I paint any animal with fur, I apply each piece of fur strand by strand, one by one, I do the same when I’m painting birds’ feathers and dragons’ scales also; I paint the darkest layer first and then paint lighter layers on top of it to give the animal depth which is also what I do when I am painting the shadows on the animal’s body as well as the bony areas that you can see such as the ankle joints and the like. Also, the shading you can accomplish, using a graphic tablet, on an animal’s eye to give it real depth and authenticity is much more vivid and lifelike in my view than using a PC mouse.

Some critics state that digital painting isn’t real “art” but I have to disagree with them. The definition of “art” as defined by website is, “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Now I will give you my definition of the word “art” as I see it, being an artist myself, art means taking what I’ve experienced through living, taking examples from nature and putting that into something that can be viewed and shared by everyone. If I can capture the feeling I had when I saw a bald eagle flying or when I get upset by man trying to destroy our environment for greed, if I can capture that emotion and use it to create a painting that is “art”. If I can take the sadness & anger I feel when I lose a loved one and use that energy to create a painting that is “art”. The medium I happen to choose to express those emotions, those ideas is irrelevant. Now, when photography first emerged in the late 1880’s staunch art critics didn’t view this as an art either but as we’ve seen, it’s viewed now as a major form of art with not just magazines using photographs but also museums devoted to photographic art as well. This is what I see happening with digital art and digital paintings; this form of art is a continuation of the never-ending evolution that is “art” and I truly believe that in the future, digital art will be just as respected as the more traditional forms of art because believe me, it’s no less difficult to master, no less temperamental to the creative process; the only difference is, it requires different tools than what many are used to when they think of “art”.

Architectural Animation – Useful Info

November 9, 2017

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Architectural animation refers to the art of creating architectural movies or buildings with a computer. It can be used in creating beautiful buildings with nice landscapes and other attractions right on the computer. Normally, the process requires a lot of time and energy. Well trained architects and artists usually use the technique in drawing building plans.

Architectural animation involves the use of graphics and images in creating all kinds of buildings. At the end of the process, a unique movie clip is developed. The images can be played back as often as possible. It can turn out to be a real movie that can be played on a camera or DVD. During the creation of the movie clip, a computer-related environment can be included around the designed building. This is meant to make the movie more real. It’s also meant to bring out the real message of the created designs.

Oftentimes, architectural animation is used alongside architectural rendering. Both of them work hand in hand when it comes to building constructions and real estate development. Both techniques can be used in drawing gigantic building plans. Several architects and artist use the two methods in creating all kinds of images and graphic designs meant for building construction.

In the recent times, architectural animation services are highly demanded across the globe. Several firms have come into the business. Diverse kinds of techniques are now used in the process. 3D animations and several forms of rendering techniques are mainly used. Such techniques are engaged in servicing the needs of customers who require different kinds of building projects. Today, several associations of builders and architects are using the techniques. They are now changing the world of building construction for the better.

Meanwhile, only well trained experts, artists and architects can make use of the 3D animation techniques. In most cases, they have to go through several training sessions before they can master the details of the techniques. Oftentimes, they have to work as teams before they can realize tangible results. Today, the techniques are used in city planning, landscape planning, 3D rendering, product simulation, design engineering, and a lot more.

In all, architectural animation as an art is fast developing across the globe. New techniques and approaches are constantly introduced into it. New computer applications and other latest technologies are also being used in the art. The future of the art is indeed very bright.

Insight Into Promoting/Marketing African Animation

November 9, 2017

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Africa is a continent rich with folklore and art. In recent times, a lot of art has been translated into media works. It has filled day to day life and ultimately influences the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the music we listen to. Animation too has been influenced by cultures and cultural beliefs. From American Marvel, to Japanese manga and the European fusion.

The African film industry has grown exponentially and has built a name for itself worldwide. We all know Nollywood. Even if we have not watched the movies, they are played on our TV channels, in our cinemas and advertised on our billboards. It has opened a window into modern Nigeria, Ghana and various other African countries.

But, what has happened to the ‘Animation’ industry? The mix of African art, culture and the wealth of actors and characters should give Africa the edge in this market too. Yet from all research we are still up and coming. With exception of a few companies from countries like South Africa and Kenya currently building a reputation on an international scale, a lot of effort and work has been put in from many small and passionate companies all over the African continent with only the internet as their display. Many are struggling to be acknowledged in their own society. My admiration is for the creators of ‘Pokou Princess Ashanti’ a 3D animation by Ivorian animators. They have worked hard to build awareness of their work in their society and it was released in various cinemas in Côte d’ivore. Other independent artists are making political satire, music and there is a lot of talk about various TV series that have aired abroad and some yet to be featured, triggering some excitement to the genre. Animators work hard with limited funds and resources churning all their artistic flare while crowds are waiting to be wowed by the next big thing.

Promotion and distribution are aimed to build a bridge between the people and the industry. Potential for demand is there in Africa,but it is a relatively new terrain for the industry. The success normally starts in Europe or America to then go back to Africa. The aim is to reverse this trend. The monetary expense and time are all but a small part of the story. The tough part for a promoter in this field, is to be received with scepticism by both animators and distributors alike.

The Combative Strategy of the Five Animals of Shaolin Kung Fu

November 9, 2017

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The Martial Arts, and this includes Shaolin kung fu, are passed on through unique strategies of motion. They are, at their source, a mythology created to represent a unique methodology. They are the science of an ancient culture, passed down to us by dance.

Thus, to understand the martial arts, we must ask ourselves what martial science were the ancients trying to pass along. Science is science, however, and I think you will find that the real reasons for the five animals are quite logical. Also, you will find that there is a distinct combat strategy behind the animals.

The tiger is an aggressive animal, and he is designed to go forward. Claws and teeth, he drags down the runner and rends him fiercely. Thus, the direction of the Tiger is forward, and he charges and charges and charges.

The Crane is a lighter animal, giving way as he manipulates and uses legs. He does not run, but rather and deflects the attack to set up his kicks. He does not charge, but fights on the edge of a circle, never letting that circle collapse.

The Snake coils and twists and allows the attacker to get close. The artful deflections of the crane become full blown traps and locks under the deceptive practices of the snake. Thus, the snake gives way without giving way, allowing the enemy to fall into trickiness and deception.

There is some argument whether the fifth animal is a leopard or monkey, and I opt for the monkey. Whichever animal you choose as the best representation of Shaolin Kung Fu, the attribute of the animal is tricky footwork and the ability to acrobat and gyrate out of the fight. Thus, the Monkey (leopard) has the ability to extract himself from the fight and reset the whole thing to whatever animal characteristic he is strongest at.

The fifth animal is the dragon, and this is an imaginary animal which represents the best of the previous four animals. The dragon is the embodiment of understanding and employing all animals so that they work together. Run, manipulate, trick or flee, the dragon does them all, smoothly and at the right time.

The five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu represent motions in space, and a distinct distance of combat. Practice each animal until you have mastered the talent, then blend them all together. This is the fighting strategy of the Five Animals of Shaolin Kung Fu.

Art As We Know It Today

November 9, 2017

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Art is an umbrella term that covers many different creative disciplines. No longer is the idea of art restricted to the canvas and oil paints of masters long past, but it is an integral part of our everyday lives. Art is a large part of graphic design, it is utilized in animation, for web design, in films for movie sets and even in photography and audio engineering.

Creative design logos that we see on everyday products are taken for granted by most consumers, yet it is thanks to artistic individuals that we are able to associate name brands with these products. Branding is big business in today’s global market and a well recognised logo can make all the difference in the success or failure of a product.

Animation is moving art and takes great skill to accomplish. Artists spend thousands of hours creating not only the characters used in today’s animated films, but they are also responsible for every detail visible in the individual frame. For every hour of animated movie, thousands of hours have been spent creating the visual feast that draws crowds to the cinemas.

Web design is a booming global industry as it is a method for businesses to effortlessly advertise their service or product. Talented web designers use all the artistic knowledge at their disposal in combination with vast technical expertise to create the perfect web page to deliver your message.

In the movie industry art and artists are used extensively to assist with set design, for the creation of everything from movie posters to the graphic designers and studio artists who work on creating props for the film sets. The creative industry is closely interwoven with the film industry and the work of talented creative people can be seen in every aspect of the creation process.

The work is also evident in the advertising industry in all media, from magazines to television advertisements. Another fantastic medium for showcasing the diversity of art is photography. Thanks to advancement in photographic technology, wonderful and interesting effects can be created with lighting effects and digital manipulation. Photography has become an art form in its own right, yet it can still be used to depict creative images with a unique flair.

Using color effects and tints and a range of innovative programs used to manipulate digital imagery has made photography a diverse creative medium. It is easily accessible by creative individuals who can range from housewives to business professionals to cover a wide range of media.

Whether your intent is to capture the memories of your child’s birthday party or to create a powerful advertising campaign, photography is a wonderful medium for this purpose. The amateur photographer can easily hone their skills by attending photographic training classes that will teach a variety of interesting techniques for improving your skill with a camera.

No matter where you turn, you will find yourself exposed to the beauty that is art. Whether this is in the form of a beautiful painting, a cleverly put together television advertisement or an image in a glossy magazine, art is here to stay.