Category: Artist & Celebrities

Digital Artist’s Paradise- Cintiq 24hd

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If it was possible for a digital artist to have heaven on earth, it would revolve around Cintiq 24 HD. Wacom’s new tablet Cintiq 24 HD priced at $2500 proves its worth with the state-of-the-art technology and impressive design used in it. It is the best drawing tool that any designer or artist can get. People who work in Photoshop, Manga Studio , Sketch Book Pro or painter with older Wacom models, this means a better finesse with a gentler touch at 24.1 in wide screen (1920×1200 pixels).

There’s a reason why these tablets are so much in demand- it is the easiest and best way to do a lot of drawing in a very less time with more fluency and efficiency. Wacom’s pressure sensitive tablet technology is overlaid by Cintiq on the tablet monitor that removes the cognitive dissonance of working on a tablet while looking at the screen. The Cintiq 24 HD has 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses two button, wireless, battery-free pen with a rubber grip and a pressure sensitive eraser on the rear end. One of the most useful buttons is the one that calls the on-screen keyboard. A perfect combination of on screen keyboard, side function buttons, and the touch wheel makes it easier to forget physical key board.

Before making a purchase, make sure you have enough room to accommodate this classic yet huge drawing tablet. The flat footprint is 80 x 60cm and depth is 37cm when the screen is fully raised. Also unlike other 18 inch and 21 inch tablets, Cintiq 24 HD does not have a rotating pivot. However, it can be raised to the drawing board angle at any time. Cintiq 24 HD has a glass screen with anti-glare coating which gives a slight yet pleasant resistance to the pen. Calibration, however, can be a small issue like it has been in other Cintiq tablets. The user has to calibrate the cursor to match up with their line of sight as the cursor is a few millimeters below where the pen nib hits the glass. But after a couple of tries, the calibration gets excellent.

The Cintiq 24 HD is worth the money you spend, the space it takes because of the excellent quality of work you get. If you are a digital artist, it is a necessity to enjoy the flawless digital drawing experience.

Famous Aries Celebrities

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People come under the Aries sun sign category when they are born between March 21 and April 20. Their energy is Yang, quality is cardinal and element is fire. Mars and Pluto are their rulers and their gem is diamond. Their colour is red and the main body parts are the face and head. 5 famous Aries celebrities include Norah Jones, Martin Lawrence, Mariah Carey and Eddie Murphy and Tennessee Williams.

Norah Jones is famous for her unique, recognizable voice and classy vibe. She is one of the most reputed artists in the country, pop and jazz genres. She is an eight time Grammy winner and is a true Arien by heart.

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is a great film American film director, actor and comedian. He rose to fame during the nineties with his performance in films such as Bad Boys, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House and others.

Mariah Carey is also an Aries celebrity who is a popular song writer and actress. Her hit records include Hero, Dreamlover, Fantasy, Music Box, Merry Christmas and others. Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy was born on April 3, 1961. He is an American actor, stand up comedian, writer, singer and musician. He was ranked no.10 on Comedy Central’s list of hundred greatest stand-ups of all time.

Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams III is the fifth Aries celebrity. He was a popular American writer who worked mainly as a playwright. He was also known for his poetry, essays, short stories, volume of memoirs and screenplays. Many of his plays are considered to be classics of the American stage.

The aforesaid celebrities are straightforward and direct, which is the quality of true Ariens. They are or were also blunt, aggressive and impatient. Ariens know what they want and are known for their killer instinct. They are also hard working people who are persistent in achieving their goals. As is denoted by the lives of the aforesaid celebrities, those falling under this sun sign can also be an inspiration to others and make others want to follow him. Aries are very charismatic people who are ever willing to take up a new challenge. The best love matches for Aries are Sagittarians, Leos etc.

Read more: Famous Aries and Aries Sign

Questions To Ask A Makeup Artist For Hire

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Hiring a makeup artist can be nerve wracking. After all, those who need a makeup artist are most likely going to need it for a big event. It could be for a wedding or a photo shoot of some sort and if that’s the case, it’s important to have it done well. The right makeup artist could mean the difference between gorgeous photos and photos that will be a terrible reminder of a terrible day. Those who are going to hire a makeup artist would do well to take a look at the list of interview questions to ask below.

First, a good question to ask would be to ask how long the artist has been doing what he or she has been doing. This will give a good idea of the level of experience they have had. An experienced makeup artist is undoubtedly important. They will be able to handle the pressure better as well as they will be able to predict what types of makeup will be best for certain skin types.

Another good question to ask might be where they have done makeup before. There are very different weather conditions to understand which will affect the products used. Maryland makeup might need to be very different from California makeup, for instance. Some places have more humidity and heat than others and should be dealt with accordingly.

References are incredibly important when hiring anyone for any job. Of course, everyone is going to say good things about themselves regarding their abilities. It’s important, therefore, to check their stories with people who have hired them before. This will help to bring to light any red flags that should be seen and help in predicting if a hiring decision is a good one to make or not.

Flexibility is a good question to ask. After all, many times the stylist in question will be needed on multiple days and at specific times. If they are not easy to get a hold of or are incredibly busy, that may play a determining factor in the ultimate hiring decision. It’s important to get their time commitments nailed down before offering a job. This will ensure that everyone knows what is expected and is able to fulfill the expectations, whatever they may be. Indeed, a novice mistake is to hire a makeup artist and not ask any of the questions mentioned above, first. Those who are thorough in their selection process are those who will most likely end up the happiest of all.

Voiceover Artist Radio Station Imaging David Kaye

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VOICEOVER ARTIST RADIO STATION IMAGING
by David Kaye

I do a lot of radio imaging.

Many people call it “Radio Station Imaging,” or as I like to call it, “Promotional Branding and Station Identification.”

In this realm of the business, it is important to make sure that you’re set up as a proper company, that you’re a business. It is not a fly-by-night deal by any stretch of the imagination.

You’d better have the equipment. You’d better be prepared to work a lot and take care of your voice, because radio stations like to use you a lot.

In a contract, traditionally you’re committed to recording a page or two a month, whatever your agent negotiates, or whatever you negotiate for yourself. They’ll stretch that out. They’ll try to get as much as they possibly can out of a page. So radio station voice imaging is little bits and pieces and stuff and there is a page and stuff.

Typically, on a Monday or Friday a bulk of stuff will come in. That’s just the nature of the business.

The business has changed over the years, especially because of the Internet. There’s not as much money flowing around as it used to be. Some of the big companies are changing hands. We all know how that’s gone. The economy is different. But stations are still spending money on station voices. They are still going out and searching for them.

When someone listens to the radio station, in their head they’re hearing the imaging person the voice as the owner. If you’re hired to be the voice of a radio station, you’re that station’s identifier. You represent that station. It is a big responsibility. It’s not just, “You know, I do the voice.” No, that’s the sound of the station. So think of yourself as the radio station’s boss.

So if you’re going to be voicing stuff for radio stations, note that, first of all, the business has changed. There are even more opportunites now because there is satellite radio. There still are revenue stream issues, but if you want to get into it there is places you can put your voice. There are Internet radio stations.

You can do a lot of marketing on your own on the Internet to radio and TV stations. But be prepared to be a business. You’re a businessman. They want to hire you. They want you available. They want you versatile, and there is a certain style you need to keep in mind.

There are perimeters to being a radio imaging voice. So that means listening to what’s out there now, listening to what’s out there in the past, and maybe developing your own style…but within the perimeters. You’re selling the station. You are the station’s voice. That’s a big responsibility.

Celebrities wrap-up the smart pink passion for Breast Cancer Campaign

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A whole host of famous names have joined forces to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign, by creating a life-size patchwork smart car to mark the launch of the limited edition smart fortwo pink passion. The patchwork smart is made entirely of fabric donated by celebrities and will be auctioned-off with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Campaign. smart will also donate 10,000 to the charity from sales of the smart fortwo pink passion. Celebrities including Russell Brand, Ryan Giggs, Sara Cox, Elizabeth Hurley, Rachel Stevens,Twiggy Lawson, Joanna Lumley and JaneMcDonaldhave all donated swatches of pink fabric to help create the life-size smart fortwo. The one-off patchwork smart car will be up for auction on eBay from Tuesday 19th October until 29th October. It will be on show at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey throughout October. Franklin Jacoyange, Corporate Partnership Executive, Breast Cancer Campaign comments; -We are delighted to have the support of smart and so many celebrities during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month’. Money raised will help the charity fund vital research to help us beat breast cancer.- Fabric donated to create the patchwork smart includes everything from shirts and bra’s to blankets and babygro’s, with celebrities sending messages of support for the auction: -The squares were cut from my youngest daughters outgrown vests. I hope with all my heart that a cure for Breast Cancer will be discovered before she reaches womanhood’ – Radio 1 DJ, Sara Cox -My piece of pink material is a bra because post breast cancer, I can no longer wear pretty under-wired underwear like this…still, a small price to pay. Here’s to happiness and good luck with the auction’ – Chat show host and Breast Cancer survivor, Trisha Goddard. -I’d like to donate a dolls babygro chosen by my daughter. Here’s to raising lots of money for Breast Cancer Campaign’ – Manchester United footballer, Ryan Giggs Celebrities that have donated fabric to the smart pink passion patchwork quilt are: Russell Brand, June Brown, Klariza Clayton, Claire Cooper, Sara Cox, Cheryl Fergison, Ryan Giggs, Trisha Goddard, Elizabeth Hurley, Zoe Lister, Joanna Lumley, Jane MacDonald, Kym Marsh, Martine McCutcheon, Dawn Porter, Adele Silva, Rachel Stevens, Margherita Taylor, Nina Wadia, Twiggy Lawson Only 100 models of the smart fortwo pink passion are available to buy in the UK, with smart donating 10,000 from the total sales to Breast Cancer Campaign. For further information on smart go to

Russell Brand and Other Celebs Support smart car Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

The Famous Optical Artist – Bridget Riley an Op Art Pioneer

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One of the major Optical Art (Op Art) proponents, British artist and printmaker Bridget Riley was born on the 24th of April, 1931 in London. Riley is most commonly known for her signature black and white oil paintings depicting geographic patterns that cause optical illusions which have become synonymous with the Op Art movement.

Bridget Riley was educated at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955 and in these years her paintings were semi-impressionist and figurative. It was not until the 1960s that her signature style developed.

Riley’s black and white forms – painted in oil paint on canvas – gave viewers the impression of movement and colour due to optical illusions. Works such as -Movement in Squares- (1961), -Black to White Discs- (1961-62), -Loss- (1964), -Blaze 4? (1964), -Drift No. 2? (1966) and -Cataract 3? (1967) typically possessed such characteristics.

Bridget Riley’s paintings also had another feature – the potential for increased audience participation in the appreciation or display of the work of art. This was a hot topic in the 60s, when many performances were being classified as -happenings.- Happenings are unconventional and formless performances where audience involvement actually determines the course of the performance. Riley’s oil paintings were in a sense dependent on what the individual experienced on viewing them. Though the paintings were given names hinting at their subjects, they could be interpreted by the audience in any way.

Riley held the first of these exhibitions, which were pivotal in getting the world’s attention to the Op Art movement and Riley’s art, in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. She had already held her first solo in 1962 at Gallery One, London. Other exhibitions followed, but it was the 1965 show at New York that drew international recognition.

By 1967, Bridget Riley began to modify her style and thought of incorporating oil colour in her art. She began incorporating on colour stripes in an oil painting entitled -Paean- (1973), -Dominance Portfolio, Blue- (1977), -Ra2? (1981) and -Silvered 2? (1981). Crucial to this change was the extensive travelling she undertook from the 1970s. The hieroglyphic decorations she saw during her visit to Egypt played an important part in leading her to incorporate colour and contrast. Her later works are colourful and some of these bright paintings include -Fete- (1999), -Echo- (2000), -Carnival- (2000) and -Sylvan- (2000).

Among the other achievements of Bridget Riley is her distinction of becoming the first woman and British contemporary painter to receive the International Prize for painting at the 1968 Venice Biennale.

Using Artists Materials and supplies in a new and innovative way to pioneer a the Op Art movement in painting, Bridget Riley is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most important artists. Her geometric patterns skilfully created with Oil Paints have influenced many and have been appreciated by all sections of the audience.

Celebrities Who Have Had Cosmetic Surgery

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There are plenty of celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery. Maybe some of your favorite personalities may have gone under the knife too. If they wont admit it through the words that come out of their mouth, the difference in their appearance tells everything. Some of the most famous people in the world of politics, movies or even sports have their own stories and reasons why they decided to have a cosmetic surgery. Here are some of the lists of the celebrities who considered having a cosmetic surgery:

Madonna the queen of pop who was very popular in 1980s for her music, concerts, and movies had several reports of undergoing a cosmetic surgery. A face lift, nose job, chin fix, jaw reduction, and filling injections are few surgical procedures she has had. Her nose also trimmed down a few notches compared before. Her figure remains as natural looking as it always has. Her side initially tried to deny the procedures but the results were hard to cover up.

Marilyn Monroe is an oldie and she has been gone for quite sometime, but she had rhinoplasty surgery sometime between being a brunette and becoming a blonde. She was considered one of the most beautiful women who ever walked the earth. Whats relieving is she may not have achieved the title without some nose and chin work.

Michael Jackson the King of Pop, had a few cheek implants, some jaw redesigning, a lot of nose jobs and some permanent skin lightening techniques. He began investing in nose job during his teen years. He shocked the world when he underwent skin lightening cosmetic surgery for his whole body.

Pamela Anderson is quite obvious with the breast implants and it has been rumored that she has had some work done on her face as well.

Hillary Clinton the wife of former President Bill Clinton has allegedly undergone several cosmetic surgeries. The politician has had eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing, filling injections, and neck lifts based on unconfirmed results. Repots also say that Clinton spent a huge sum of money investing in cosmetic procedures to enhance her appearance.

Nicole Kidman nose changed completely. Her surgery is more on the rumor side of things, but she has changed in the past fifteen years or so. She has gotten older, but she is still beautiful.

Victoria Beckham the wife of English soccer icon is still gorgeous although she has had some work done. She reportedly underwent breast implants and lip augmentation. It is quite obvious that she is different from what she used to be.

There are more celebrities who underwent plastic surgeries. The most beautiful faces in the world during the past and present may not be as natural as you think. It seems that more celebrities take the risk just to look better than the rest.

Famous Gemini Celebrities

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The Gemini, or “The Twins”, is the third sign of the zodiac and people whose birthdays fall between May 21 and June 21 come under this sun sign. People who belong to this sign are mostly outgoing and independent. The following are the top 5 Gemini celebrities.

Al Jolson was born on May 28, 1886 and he was a popular American singer, actor and comedian. He was called the “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” during his times. He immigrated to America from Russia at a young age with his Jewish parents. A typical Gemini, his performing style was extroverted and brash and his songs and lyrics benefited from his truly melodramatic approach.

Bob Dylan is a famous American singer, painter and poet of all times and belongs to the sign of Gemini. His earlier songs such as -The Times are changing- and -Blowing in the wind- are true hits that became anthems during the anti war and civil rights movements.

Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 and rose to become one of the most famous celebrities of America. She was an American singer, actress and model. She became famous through her roles in films such as -All about Eve- and -The Asphalt Jungle-. For her performance in -Some like it hot-, she won the Golden Glove Award in the year 1959. She was also seen as a true American cultural icon and sex symbol.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States who rose in position through sheer hard work. He became the president at the young age of 43 and served in this eminent position till his assassination in 1963.

Thomas Hardy is also a noted Gemini celebrity who was a famous English poet and novelist. Although his works mostly portray the Naturalism movement, some of his works like poems display elements of the previous enlightenment and romantic periods of literature also.

People coming under the Gemini sun sign are normally talkative and friendly. They can easily make friends even with people of different strata. They can talk on any topic and are the best people to persuade others. Hence they can work very well as lobbyists. Besides, people who fall under this sun sign are also perfectionists.

Read more: Famous Gemini and Gemini Sign

Hedonistic Culinary artist Recipes

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elaborate gourmet chef Recipes are recipes for adventurous cooks. There is a website where you can sign up and look at plenty of interesting recipes.I refer thousands people to the website for their recipes. sumptuous culinary artist recipes are scrumptious. The recipes are split into Appetisers and Snacks, Beverages, Breakfast and Brunch, Cooking Methods, Crafts, Desserts, Especially For Family, Festival, Main Dishes, Preparation Time and Side Dishes. There are many dinner recipes that are smaller than 500 calories per person. Each of their recipes that I produced was delicious and you are given details of their mineral content. The recipes are not costly, and you have to make with fresh products, which aid a healthy diet, but are more expensive than cheaper processed foods. I use these recipes during important occasions such as dinner parties, birthday meals, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, 4th July. In fact I look for any excuse to use these recipes, they are so good! affluent cuisinier recipes are provided by a group of experts who are employed by the business. Recipes are given to their web page every day. Apart from the cooks from the business generating and supplying the recipes to the business’s homepage, you can also find addional information on the net. On my blog I have provided some examples of recipes from their website. As a culinary artist I know the importance of balancing good wholesome foofared with color, palatableness, texture and nutrition. These recipes deal with all these principles. There are also recipes for special diets, such as diabetes and celiacs. So, are you feeling enterprising or just looking for a change? A lot of the recipes are very straightforward and can be prepared with the minimum of cooking experience. Don’t forget, apart from these recipes providing an eating experience, they also provide you with all the essential minerals, such as protein, carbohydrate, fats, vitamins, minerals and water, which we need on a regular basis to remain hydrated. One of the recipes I have included is Fried Chicken Salad which uses fresh ingredients such as iceberg lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, baby tomatoes, radishes, onions and ranch dressing. Now how about that for fresh salad ingredients!

For more ideas go to Pampered Chef Recipes

Voiceover Artist Success Secrets David Kaye

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VOICEOVER ARTIST SUCCESS SECRETS
by David Kaye

I’m David Kaye. Whenever I speak at or teach voice over classes or am interviewed about being a voiceover artist, sooner or later someone asks me, “What’s been the most surprising thing about having a career in voice overs?”

There are many technical aspects of voice work — things like microphone placement, learning how to bring the copy off the page…and all the technical stuff you need to do to be successful behind the mic.

But one of the biggest things is something I learned from a mentor of mine, Maurice Tobias. She folded her arms and said, “You know, you have got to take care of yourself. You have to look after your body. You don’t realize the pace in this industry.”

You could be running around in the car all day, going from session to session. That is what you want; you want to be busy. But when you get busy, you must take care of yourself. That surprises people who think, “Well, wait a minute. It’s just standing behind a microphone.”

Well, there is a pace you need to keep up. There is a mental pace, a physical pace. And if you are like me and like to stand the whole time, you are standing four to six hours a day.

You’d better have an outlet. You’d better look after yourself. And I mean going to the gym and working out or being active or doing SOMETHING. It takes a lot of energy to do voiceovers fulltime.

You may think I’m overemphasizing this, but think about it: If you are doing live taping or a lot of shows, your heart rate will just be zooming! And if you are in a situation where you need to do a live announce, or you are called upon to do some sort of voice over work, you are nervous. Your heart is banging away.

And you are burning calories. Your body is going through stress. Five or six TV stations need you to get their stuff done right away. You are cranking it out. You’ve got to go.

You are hopping into your car, your session is over in Santa Monica, and you’ve got to drive 30 miles to go someplace. Your heart rate is elevated and your body needs you to be able to take that pounding.

That is a day in, day out thing. So it is important you eat well and to take care of yourself, to look after your body. That goes a long way toward making some of the long days bearable. It is one of the surprising things that people don’t think about. But for a voice acting professional, It is really important.

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