Monday, 30 April 2012

Light for Visual Artists

 I got a copy of this book for my birthday. I think it's going to be very useful.

I especially found the bits about colours of shadows interesting - I had no clue about that at all. Knowing why things appear the way they do will make it much easier. 

It will take a few readings to get my head round all the science, but I was encouraged when towards the end he said 'Art is not physics'!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Money money money

I've just been discussing prices for possible upcoming projects with a client. I can't afford to work at what they want to pay me (I mean really can't afford to - not just would prefer not to).

It's so frustrating. I want to do the work - if only money didn't have to come into it. So often I see things and think: this organisation needs an illustrator, that publication could do with a proper designer instead of being clearly designed by the editor. But then I think of what I'd have to charge, and how they are unlikely to be able to (or at least see the necessity of making a way to) pay me.

So many worthwhile things have to make do with amateurish illustration and shoddy design, while all the good design is wasted on big corporations only out to make money.

I've always thought that the best economic system is "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need". There is the slight problem - unfortunately overlooked by those who have tried to implement it - that it needs perfect human beings to achieve it!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Christ is Risen!

How could we forget
the moment your love rolled the stone away?
Our hearts were opened, our lives were changed.
We remember.
Click here to hear the song: We Remember
(It will take you to a Myspace page, and you'll need to click Play again - sorry - I don't know of an easier way of doing this!)

Friday, 6 April 2012

Good Friday

Death and the curse were in our cup:
O Christ, ’twas full for Thee;
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
’Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup, love drank it up;
Now blessing’s draught for me.

Anne Ross Cousin