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In the interest of continuity, Graphic Designers tend to keep to the same formula. We have a setup, a structure, a method and a style. Most times it serves the purpose of keeping everything in order, and ensuring that we get our work done in a timely fashion and with the best results. This structure, however, may not seem incredibly structured to others – mainly because our desks have post its everywhere and seven empty cups of coffee in various places. Rest assured, Mr. Client, it’s all part of the plan. We’re paid to think out of the box, however; to come up with original and exciting visuals that will communicate what our clients are trying to say. So how do continuity in method, originality and straightforward business-jargon-about-client-acquisition-and-retention go hand-in-hand?

I’ll speak from personal experience and say that without a structure in my office, there’s no way I could get anything done. Some call us “creatives”, and with this title come the stereotypical adjectives to describe our personalities. This includes, but is not limited to; free-spirit, carefree, perfectionist (contradiction?), lazy (offense taken) and, of course, unorganized. Those little boxes that others, who aren’t “creatives”, assume we all fit in. The truth, for me anyway, is that every Graphic Designer I have ever spoken to or met is different. Some are genuine new-age hippies, some are straight-laced business people and others ride somewhere in between those two lanes. Perhaps it’s safe to say that all Graphic Designers have a common ground or opinion when it comes to at least one thing; working environment.

I know that my mom, an accountant, doesn’t understand how I can work in an office that has artworks all over the walls, shelves upon shelves cluttered with books, art boxes and random collectibles, or how I can have music playing constantly. Now, I appreciate silence more than most people, but when it comes to my work, I need constant sense stimulation. This is where most Graphic Designers, and any “creative” will agree; your work environment plays a huge role in your output. Whether you prefer clean, clinical and chic offices or a hobby-shop-esque bomb site, without an environment that matches your exact preferences, the dreaded art block can sometimes visit a little too often.

I’m fortunate in that I have free reign to do what I want with my space, perks of being a business-owner I would assume. This brings me to my original point; with all this creativity and free reign, how do we manage to keep on track with the more ‘businessy’ side of our industry? This means timesheets, meeting agendas, schedules, quotations, invoices, working files and, if you’re in Social Networking, monthly progress analysis reports. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but all these things mean numbers to me – which is enough to send me screaming into the distance on a good day.

Over time, however, I’ve learned that there is a sort of beautiful synergy between the administrative and the creative, the numbers and the doodles on diaries in monthly meetings. One brings order when there is nothing but chaos, and the other gives you a break from structure and lets you experience, once again, what it means to have creative freedom. It almost serves as a shadow, to emphasize the light, a perfect juxtaposition to originality in the form of excel spread sheets.
So what am I going on about? I get bored easily. If I’m working on a design for a while, I’ll eventually get so bored of it that I start procrastinating, doing everything except what I’m supposed to. So when I was given the task of administrative coordination and internal management, I was worried. I’m a graphic designer! Not a paper pusher!

I had a very basic knowledge of admin, and internal management for that matter. Being the person I am, however, I said “Yeah, I’ll do it – don’t worry about it”. It was about a week of me fumbling around, pretending I knew what was going on, until eventually I realized that things were actually running a lot smoother. I had somehow managed to do it – something I had no intention of having to be in control over when I was younger, my own company’s filing – go figure. The beauty of it is that by the time I’ve finished all the admin tasks for the day, my mind has had so much time to think about original and different ideas, that when I open up [insert software of choice], I’m grateful for being given the time to just think.

There’s an awful lot of pressure taken off my shoulders when I know that I have a set amount of time to actually just think about and visualize my project before I have to start working. It’s a relief, to say the least. So maybe those multicolored, trying-to-be-fun, files saved me some time of spinning around in my chair, clicking my pen and blowing raspberries at the ceiling.

Design is neat and precise, so I always find it odd that my desk will be in absolute pandemonium, but the work on my screen will be clean and exact. This is who I am by design – and I know many others who follow this same trend.

How do you find that balance - the equilibrium between order and disarray, originality and formulas? I’d love to hear the opinions of other creative professionals, or even others who identify with anything I’ve said.

Thanks for reading!

Jnr. Graphic Designer and Social Networking Manager – Liquidbandwidth Design & IT Solutions



#Design #Graphic design #Business #Article
Sorry for the major absence! Work has been insane - as soon as things chill out a bit I'll be able to submit some work.

Thanks for sticking with me!

Digital Art Feature and Commissions are OPEN

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 8, 2013, 6:00 PM


Digital Art Feature Journal AND Commissions are OPEN!


Hello everyone and welcome to the long-awaited Feature Journal! 
(Please excuse the really rough format of this journal - I'll get round to it... sometime... soonish...)


So, my last feature journal had a very long and fangirl-y blurb about my love for art and fandoms and how I'm inspired every day by the art I see on my social media accounts - and this journal is no different , sorry to tell you. Except it may have a slightly different tone this time around. This is going to be one hell of a long journal, so strap yourself in.

Keep in mind that I am in no way, shape or form a professional at this - but these are my thoughts on the following subject. Enjoy!

One of the things that I've come to notice and dread in the art world, is recognition. It may not be important to some artists, as they have other lives and jobs and create art just for themselves or for fun. For a lot of artists and designers, however, recognition plays a very big part of staying motivated and getting a sense of one's development as an artist. 

I've been on a gap year since the beginning of the year, and while I was working for a design company for the first three months, I haven't been doing much of anything since March. This time for myself gave me the opportunity to develop my skills in the Digital Art category, as well as to explore a whole lot of different art styles and attempt to improve at drawing anatomy (as it is a constant struggle of mine). However, this time also showed me that getting recognized in the art community and online is difficult.

This may not be the case for everyone, as some artists seem to find a little gap in the market and promptly fill it with their awesomeness and TADA! people are flocking in from all across the globe to say 'Wow, you're incredible' and whatever else. But this is a one in a million situation. The majority of artists take years to get to the level that they're at in the community and even then, it's a constant effort to keep oneself afloat and not get sucked into the ever-growing abyss known as 'The Art World'. New artists are popping up every day, so keeping on top of things is very important. 
 
This is not to say that your art becomes any less personal, you just have to know how to go about it if you're wanting people to notice you or if you're wanting to a) make a living out of this 'thankless' career or b) make some extra money on the side. 

In my case, it's both. I want to be a professional graphic designer and artist, and while I will only be attending University in January, I can't simply sit around and do nothing (and the state of my bank account is a glaring reminder every day that I need to haul ass). 

So, what is the point of this whole story? 

This; I am slowly but surely learning that if you're wanting people to notice you, for the purpose of acknowledgment or to get money in from commissions - You need to get in people's faces, in the politest way possible and you need to recognize others.

Why? You may ask...

It's quite simple.  

People are, by nature, quite forgetful and with the constant onslaught of social media attacking us every day, you are very likely to fall by the wayside. Thus, a gentle, subliminal reminder every so often (basically, every day), is a very good way of never giving anyone the opportunity to forget you. 

Recognizing others is probably pretty self-explanatory but I'll explain anyway. You want others to acknowledge your presence and skill? Wonderful. But what if everyone went around saying 'I wish people would recognize me and like my art and talk about me and love me and....etc', but they never went out and favourited or commented on or shared anyone else's work? 

Basically, you'd have a whole lot of artists sitting on their own pages, staring longingly at their pageviews and weeping into their sketchbooks. 

So, what do you do? First, you inspire yourself by looking at other people's work and marveling at how magnificent they are. Second, you get fired up because you want to boast such incredible talent. Third, you tell people about the artists that inspire you. Fourth, you keep admiring and telling everyone about these people until, one fine day, someone comes along and says 'You have been featured in my journal! Your work is incredible! You've inspired me for years, thank you so much."

Wouldn't that be great? Yes. Yes it would. Let's not deny it. 

Now, I may not be the greatest artist out there (although I've improved quite a lot since I started doing digital art last year October), and I may not have a lot of reach when it comes to my influence in this community - but you know how they say 'dress for the job you want, not the job you have'? 

This is one of those situations. I like to give credit and praise where it's due, because even if only a handful of people see these features, that's a handful of people who can also acknowledge the talent and hard work of these amazing artists.  I want to be someone in the art community who is well-known and has the influence to promote other artists, so I start promoting other artists until (and long after) I get there. 

Here are some art sites that I love spending time on, whether it be because of the resources, tutorials or general art appreciation:


There are many more, but these are my favourites. 



But enough about that, let's talk about art. 

As you should have gathered by now (or if you know me), I am a complete art nut. I live and breathe anything and everything art. My room is covered floor to ceiling in pictures and my own artwork and art books and supplies, my Tumblr (while catering to my obsession with fandoms) is full of fanart and sketches and tutorials and resources. 

So, it stands to reason that I have quite a few opinions on the subject. I always hear people saying 'art is subjective', and while I agree 100% - it made me think. What makes certain styles of art more popular than other styles, and what is the appeal for others in the art that doesn't appeal to me?

Well, I may not have all the answers because I'm most certainly not an expert but I can tell you what I find appealing and why. I wont list all the styles I like because this journal is long enough already, but I'll point out a few things that catch my eye immediately.

Good colour sense  
If the colours pop or work amazingly well together at first glance, I will take a long second glance
Incredible anatomy  
Because anatomy is the bane of my existence, I'm constantly amazed by those who can make it seem effortless
Emotion 
If an artwork can make me feel what the subject matter is feeling, it's a winner
Originality 
When I come across something so mindblowingly different, I immediately take a shining to it
Subject matter 
Because everyone is involved in or inspired by some fandom or another [or another artist], we are generally affected by certain characters. For this reason, I am almost always captivated by fanart. I even get attached to other people's Original Characters sometimes
Technique 
Blending! Realism! Shading! Detailing! Everything that makes me stare at an artwork for over 10 minutes is pure love
Composition 
Give me an incredible panoramic painting, a well thought out landscape/environment, a dynamically posed multi-character drawing and I will be in awe of you, no matter the level of your technique


And that is what I generally look for in art. Which is not including Individual Style, which is equally (if not more) important to me than anything. I love to see a thumbnail on the front page and guess which artist it is, click on it and having it turn out that I was right. It's a hat-off to the artist of the highest level, in my opinion. 

And now, the features. I always struggle to find artists to feature because they either get a lot of attention already and so it's no surprise that they would be featured (and I do prefer to find artists who need a spotlight pointed at them) or I spend so much time sifting through badly cell phone photographed lined-paper pencil sketches that I get a bit exasperated. 

I try to vary the features a bit, so that it's not all fanart and not all geared towards my specific tastes. They might not all be by unknown artists (some of them just really deserve mention - popular or not). 



These are the artists that I managed to find in my journey to the center of the art world;



Cowboy Bebop - Swordfish in the Asteroid Field by arthurloftis 
Cowboy Bebop - Swordfish In The Asteroid Field arthurloftis
Study chair by DeerandFox 
Study Chair DeerandFox

Mercedes ref update by TacosaurusRex 
Mercedes Ref Update TacosaurusRex

 
Yes This Is A Good Title rirth


ERWIN SMITH bw by idaiku17 
Erwin Smith bw idaiku17


Magical world by IgorWolski 
Magical World IgorWolski


Survivor Artwork Concept by Rofelrolf 
Survivor Artwork Concept Rofelrolf

Mojave by QuinneCL 
Mojave QuinneCL


07 by Zellim 


Randy by kimberly80 

Barracuda and Thresher by SplitSoulSister 
Barracuda And Thresher SplitSoulSister


After dive into you by Hinell 
After Dive Into You Hinell

self-portrait by Kan-z-z-z-akI 
Self Portrait Kan-z-z-z-akI

Divine by gkb3rk 
Divine gkb3rk


Soldier by Lenqi 
Soldier Lenqi


Between Sheets by neonanything 
Between Sheets neonanything

The Black Crowned by Lugas 
The Black Crowned Lugas


{KAIJI} you are enough by llllle 
{KAIJI} You Are Enough llllle
NeoZoic201-Cover color by ivanplascencia 
NeoZoic201 - Cover Color ivanplascencia
And so concludes the features for this journal. There are so many more artists out there that deserve mention and thousands that I haven't even come across yet. Each and every artist mentioned here is deserving of your attention - so drop them a favourite or a comment if you like their work! 

I'll try to do features at least every few weeks, but it's a whole lot of work finding artists who aren't too well known. 

Right! The last order of business is a bit of news from me - I've recently opened my commissions (which I'm very excited about) because the life of a starving wannabe artist isn't nearly as exciting as the movies lead you to believe. So, here are my Commission Prices. I would really appreciate the support!
 Red by Teine-tor        Battlefield by Teine-tor

Commissions Open by SquirtleStamps Request Closed Stamp by SquirtleStamps Art Trades Closed by SquirtleStamps
Please excuse the ridiculously long Journal - but it doesn't happen every day and it's important!



I spend a whole lot of time on Tumblr - so you can find me there as well. 

If there are any questions regarding the Commissions or if you think there's someone who should be featured - send me a note or email me (centeineac@gmail.com)

This can be reblogged here!

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Centeine Christison
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South Africa
Hello. ^^

I'm Centeine (sen-tain).
My entire focus is learning as much as possible about the art and design world so that one day,
one amazing day, I can be as great as the artists and designers that I so admire.

In order to achieve that goal I have equipped myself with an insatiable thirst for knowledge,
broken up only periodically with bouts of laziness and/or art block, and my trusty determination
to create something beautiful.

:heart:

Current Residence: South Africa
deviantWEAR sizing preference: like I'd share that
Favourite genre of music: Rock, punk and alternative. heavy metal - sometimes, anything that floats my boat.
Favourite style of art: Traditional, digital painting, photomanipulation, photography.
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Wallpaper of choice: Whatever I'm feeling at the time - usually something epic.
Skin of choice: Er. Preferably ON the body.
Favourite cartoon character: Vash, Hatake Kakashi, Kuchiki Byakuya, Kurosaki Ichigo, Uchiha Itachi... and the list goes on...
Personal Quote: "life imitates art far more than art imitates life" Oscar Wilde
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I'm late but thank you so much! :heart:
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<3 Hey Neen Been
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Hey neenu beenu <3
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SimonAdventure Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! I truly appreciate the support~! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
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Teine-tor Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student General Artist
You're very welcome :D You definitely deserve it!
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Thanks for liking too
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You're very welcome 

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Nowio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heyhey :) I found something and thought you might like to read it ;)

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Also cool new updates, keep improving! :heart:
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Teine-tor Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks so much! It was actually really useful and I ended up link hopping all over the place and reading up about commissioning for several hours :D

Thanks for all your help, I'm not entirely sure what I've done to deserve so much amazing advice, but I appreciate it immensely. :heart:
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Nowio Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great! I'm just happy I could help and I wish you all of luck and success! :)

And please don't forgett to have fun!

See you around! :heart:
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Thanks for featured my work! :)
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You're welcome :D You deserve it! 
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hey, thanks for watching (:
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You're very welcome :D
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thank you very much for the fav ^^ hope the grid can help you out with whatever layouts you need help with ^^
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