How Society Perceives Beauty In The Western World. [Infographic]

Now, before you even begin poring over this infographic, don’t say that this is only happening in America. In reality, plenty of Europeans, Chinese, and even British believe in these metrics to help make themselves more attractive.

However, it’s not the common people who know this, but its actually companies looking to make their advertisements more attractive by using metrics.

Once you understand these Internet metrics, you’ll be shocked that your favourite make-up, lipstick or dress isn’t the one catching your potential partner’s eye, but actually the time and camera you used to take your photo.

Now, why can’t I find a metric for selling art online? Hmm…

Stopping Our Biggest Problem: Micromanagement

Before I decided I would become a full-time artist, I studied as an apprentice for a professional London-based painter. She designed clothes in a surreal manner that it reminded me of whimsical events in my life. I loved her design style, so I interned in her shop.

Eventually, I learned the reality of being in the industry. Artists are intelligent and productive, yes, but they are also troublesome. When they hire apprentices, it is because they want to have their work done faster.

My boss had tasked me to place the details. I was very accepting during her tutorial; it was her design and she had a brand to maintain and improve. I did it her way at first, then inspiration struck me and I added my own details.

Then, she breathed down on my neck and told me it wasn’t the way she wanted it.

The last two years, I had two of my own interns. I bossed them around as well.

You can’t deny that as an artist, you know that each work you put out is your own work. It is your own name in it. If no one could see your vision properly, no one could do it right.

But later, I realised that I had to stop it. Not because I was hurting people but because there could be something more to the artworks I’m making. If there was a team effort, the artworks could be better.

And I was right. But it wasn’t a solution to stop the problem. If you do find how to stop micromanagement from an artist’s perspective, let me know.

Three Ways on How To Make DeviantArt Sell Your Graphic Novels For You

Graphic novels are as interesting as any form of artwork online. Gaining a good audience is the first hurdle you’ll have to overcome, but as long as you have a good storyline, you should be on the right track. DeviantArt is a premier website that can feature your artworks and even generate income for you too. Here are three ways some of my friends have made it work for them.

  1. Frequency

Keep your audience interested by introducing novel issues of 4-12 in a single year. Audiences want to keep track of work that highly interests them. Your audience’s interest could suffer if you’re waiting for the right moment to develop your storyline. It is also important to not “over-publish” a single genre of your artworks. Sure, a series might be a best-seller, but if the story suffers in the process, your audiences will be less than interested to continue purchasing your wares.

  1. Try To Stop Being a Hipster With Details

Japanese manga proves that hand-drawn details are awesome. However, most “mangaka” have assistants whose specific roles are to lay down tones and do hand-drawn effects to save time and meet deadlines. Working alone with a computer, make the most out of your equipment. It is important to let your computer help you by generating the details you need by itself. Remember, five seconds is all the average time audiences spend in reading a panel.

  1. Charge More For Your Talent

Audiences will pay anything if they see something unique or fascinating with your art style. Don’t be afraid to charge higher than the market does. Gauge the market and see if your artwork is making a name for itself rather than the storyline; it’s a better bet to use rather than depending on your storylines alone.

Be Appreciative of Your Own Products

I’ve met several artists who loved my works and asked me to exhibit my work in their art galleries. I was actually puzzled; some of these works I have done were greatly out of my style, and I didn’t really like these previous works. But the artists insisted that it would look well in their gallery

Before the day of the exhibit, I was asked to view their arrangement of artworks that I’ve made. It was only a small event, and a small room featuring some of my works. It felt different when I looked at my works at the house, leaning against a wall, and staring at them, well-presented and arranged.

It occurred to me that I underestimated myself. I did like these artworks after all.

I walked up to one of the painting and asked myself what was my inspiration for the art I had made. Then I remembered feeling incomplete about not finishing the painting. Then I realised the incompleteness of the painting became its theme.

I gladly walked up to another artwork of splotched paint on the canvas. It felt really nice to look at it differently than the way I looked at it in the past. Before I almost forgot about it, I remembered looking at it and intending to throw it away because it looked like garbage then. But now, it looks lovely and joyful to me.

Somehow, the factors that had me dislike some of these artworks were my consideration for public acceptance, especially with the incomplete painting, and my expectation to churn out a great work of art from myself.

Maybe I just needed a break from seeing these artworks. Or maybe I just had to be appreciative of my own products. But in any case, they looked so refreshing and different, and how art, as I like it, should be.

How Art Can Teach You About Logic and Even Mathematics

Earlier this week, I was taking care of my young niece. He was still in the first grade but he had an intuitive sense when I asked him to do some painting. He told me he want to be an artist, just like me, who sploshes colours all day and enjoying the things I do. I asked him the first occupation he wanted in life. He said he wanted to be an astrophysicist because he loves the galaxy and planets.

He then complained that he never did good in mathematics.

I was still talking to him and held my paintbrush next to him. I drew a line, and then I asked him to draw another line. We made weird shapes alternatingly drawing lines after one another. Then I asked him:

“How do you know that a curve would look good on top of two parallel lines?”

“I don’t know it just looks good.”

Then I explained to him that why he knew a curve would look good is because it is similar to the structures in the outside world that he sees; buildings with curved domes.

Then I told him: “So you, plus an inspiration creates art, which is this drawing here.”


“It is similar to you plus an idea equals art.”

Then he proceeded to draw a house. I explained to him how many things start with just a plain perception of objects, and then understanding that certain arrangements work based on the perception of things.

And this logic had worked for me as it mathematics is a fixed perception of things. It is art in itself.


Being Twisted Can Have its Advantages

Artists are stereotyped to be moving from one place to another in search of inspiration for their artworks, music or any form of expression they have. This is true, at least for me. I’ve moved to different cities, and countries twice, to find the inspiration (and job) that I really wanted. When the internet came on, we could just work from one location, but still, the thrill of moving around is something lovely.

In my trips, I have lived with some twisted people who were also in touch with their creative side. Like me, different ways to express themselves were imperative. But then, some roommates just went from bad to worse.

Some twisted roommates could be homicidal, up to a point they kill small animals. Psychotic, yet they view their works as an extension of themselves, of who they are. Some are highly narcissistic that most of their works reflect what they say to be their inner and external beauty.

Some friends, or ex-friends, are to a point highly manipulative, that you have become friends simply because they have set up the right parameters for your introduction, up to your exit. These individuals call it as art.

However, I noticed one thing common about these maniacal roommates of my past; they could express themselves more clearly. I thought to myself, if I can be like them, but not become socially and legally unacceptable, then maybe I could unleash my inner art.

To no avail of course, for now. Mentality, and balancing one’s ego and creativity is difficult, especially if one is looking for a way to express themselves. Being twisted can have its advantages, but you will need to accept facts first, and avoid personal retrospect when expressing yourself without being conscious of yourself.


How to Make it in the Business World as an Artist

Being an artist is no way to make a living nowadays, or so they say. The internet is a good place to start, but of course, you will be facing some tough clients, who downgrade the work due to a high influx of digital artists, or actual artists similar to you, who are pricing down their wares just to make a living. Well, it is not their fault, but if you want to get higher prices, you could make the business world through the following.

1. Online Marketing
Sure, online writing and marketing is not our forte, but it requires creativity to sell a product. Online marketing, namely website design, making logos, selling an item that you’ve created (without any client) is a good appearance to any portfolio. You gain not only new skills in terms of assessing media, advertising and marketing ventures, but you also give yourself a new skillset. Make sure it’s a success, and voila, you get clients drooling all over not just your artwork, but skills.

2. Video Game Design
Indie game developers are looking for designers willing to take on some projects. The pay may not be much, but if the game sells in its respective platforms, players will be asking for the name of the artists who had created the characters. Stick with the game company a bit longer, and you create your name in the creatives industry. And surely, no client can bring down your reputation to a meagre sum of money.

3. Apprenticeship
If you are not too much into digital media or artistry, it is best that you seek apprenticeship with a well-known artist. You could have your work featured in their galleries. It may be riding on their name, but it also helps having some different influence in your work. It helps you step outside your own bounds of concentration and viewpoint about creativity, and develops your portfolio.

Stepping Outside the Bounds of Concentration

Most artists concentrate so deeply with their artwork that they add more details to make their work more interesting for themselves. However, things get overproduced to a point that the artist loses the message of his or her artwork and leaves him or her unsatisfied with the final product. Sometimes, the solution is not in adding more details or changing perspectives. It might just be because artists have developed their “tunnel vision” quite severely.

“Tunnel vision” is not exactly a form of sickness, but rather, it is a situation where an artist is already focused on one idea that they fail to recognize other ideas or impulses coming into their system. Because of the lack of new perspectives, the artist forms an ideal product in their heads, which leads to frustration, especially for perfectionists.

It is important to recognize that stepping outside the bounds of concentration, and letting the artwork have its own life by allowing it to move in the natural direction it should, will help alleviate the frustrations involved in making the artwork. This can only happen if one is able to digest even the most absurd ideas or impulses, which might be difficult especially if the artist is already attached to the artwork.

Stepping outside the bounds of concentration allows for viewing things in a new perspective, giving way to new symbolisms for many artworks.

Talking in Gibberish, or Communicating Using Symbolisms

A friend of mine once asked me how me and her could communicate without saying anything. Often, I would show her a sign of a cupped hand and she would serve me coffee. She would give me a sign point her temples sliding down her cheek to indicate that our project was already okay. These signs are subjective semiotics simply because we have worked for a very long time with each other and it has developed effectively.

Art is similar in its own way. If someone placed a famous pop culture monster in the set of some cutesy animation, they will be evoking a different message showing that monsters can also be sweet. An old-style music mixed in a horror set, regardless of the song’s message of love or lust, can make things creepier especially with the ambience of the movie.

Symbolism is one way to express art. People recognize patterns similar to morse codes even if you are saying unintelligible language. You may have probably played the simulation game “The Sims”, which features its own, unintelligible language evokes emotions, which makes it easy for players to anticipate their own reaction to a non-player character.

In a more horrid type of art, a laptop made of flesh might mean the laptop is actually full of evil secrets, or secrets of the flesh. An unrelated bicycle wheel becoming one of the eyes of a tentacle monster can evoke strangeness, but also the personality of the designer, which the script of a movie or a scenario could tell further about.

Try to mix random things and look at it, then try to explain it to yourself.

Compensation Claims: Keeping Your Insurance and Health in Check

As most of us artists are freelance to help us enjoy our work without time restraints, many of us tend to neglect the practical side of things. For the sake of better art, we allow ourselves to deteriorate with vices and spend all our money on irrational things. We also want to experience things, including dangerous ones.

I was raised with exceedingly practical parents who taught me about money because my family weren’t so well off. Sure, I experienced the meaning of not having much and valuing all that remains in your life and I apply it to my art. But then, it also taught me that I need to invest my money in places because my art career won’t last forever.

I’m a heavy smoker and even up to now, I still smoke cigarettes. I need them to help myself de-stress and allow my brain power to concentrate on the necessary details. However, this meant I was to pay a high price for insurance.

But given artistic vices, at any time, they can claim your organ, or even your life

You won’t want to call no win no fee lawyers because when you die from your vices, you have no one to chase compensation from. If you have an insurance company though, your lawyers can look after you financially by discussing your claim amounts with your insurer.

Always keep your health in check. It’s alright to create art and let yourself go, but from time to time, you can avoid many hassles in life by doing something for the practical side of things.