Paper, Pencils and Pixels
As a small introduction to the Saturdays main talk, this brief seminar will be a witty look at the life of a graphic designer, with the association of one of our most beloved companions. This all that will be said, to avoid some of the surprise and humour!!
With the internet becoming a global open market, with seemingly unlimited possibilities, sometimes it is good to reflect on the trappings that are associated with this lawless culture. As a freelance creative who has been selling artworks online for over a decade, it comes to bear that some aspects of the culture of POD selling (Print on Demand) can be aired and discussed to give helpful insight into the roller-coaster ride that is creative life on the internet. The seminar will explore, not only the processes behind selling online, but a very important and associative aspect to this whole world of creativity; that of the copyright laws. Through the talk the two subjects will be intertwined in a way that will caution you to the horrors and pitfalls of the laws, as well as show the necessary processes required to become somewhat successful at the art of selling online.
>> The same day will be the opening of the art exhibition by Rob Snow. Read More.
As a long time traditionalist when it comes to art, and being born before the computer age, it has always been a passion to not only pick up a pencil, but to enjoy the woody fragrance and feel, before embarking on the process for creation. One thing that has been learnt over the years through this dedication to one of the simplest, yet most powerful of artistic tools, is that unless you set forth to master the great tool, you will fall short a great deal of times in the abilities of any form of creative tasking. As the computer age came into play and with a great aspect in creativity being turned to the powers of digital art, it has become apparent that the use of traditional and digital forms is never too often considered. One aspect I have learnt, is never move away from your roots. And even still today, I find myself sketching rough ideas, compositions and even final renders in pencil, to scan and complete in the computer environment of Photoshop. The workshop will expand on the previous years workshop, by exploring a method by which a quick, easy design can be created using traditional methods of sketching out design, composition and form, and then transferred into computer. Then using Photoshop and selective brushes, to create a well executed art form that will be as well made as if painted by hand. However, this year the process will be full body form and of a selected animal. Due to the limitations of time in the workshop, the process will be best achieved following my process by which I accomplish the caricature series I have done. For the purposes of the workshop and to gauge people’s progress and creativity, it will be set that we follow the same caricature basis. The workshop will require you to have some A3 paper and at least one 3B pencil of good quality. Technical requirements will be a drawing tablet attached to your computer with the latest drivers (allowing pressure sensitive work) and of course your personal laptop with Photoshop CC installed, ideally, or at least Photoshop CS5.5.
1 creative person, slightly matured
2 tablespoons aptitude
1 piece of aesthetic flavouring
6lbs hard work and sweat
4 ideas more than most salt of the earth to taste
Take a creative person and stir in some aptitude, thoroughly from the start. In time, mix in the aesthetic flavouring with the most appropriate tool at hand, and then, fold into the mix as much of the hard work and sweat that the mix can take. Sprinkle in the ideas; the more the better. And finally, as all is cooking, a pinch of 'salt of the earth' to give it the necessary character. Leave to cook over time and serve when required. Tasty treat in a tasteless world. Rob is a creative designer working in the fields of illustration and graphic design, with some history in web design and teaching. He works and lives in Greece, but was born in England and studied Media and Design at Degree and Masters levels. Rob loves to draw with pencil and converting the resulting images in the computer. He has been a freelance designer for 25 years and worked for small and large organisations alike.