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Issue 3 December 2010

Contents

Table Of Content

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Editor Letter

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Article: Manga

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Digital And Traditional Art

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Mikiko Ponczeck

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Jess 16 Natalia Pierandrei Photography

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Rachel Gouk

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Kimberley Sinclair

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Article: The Platinum Age

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Top Art Gallery

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I would like to thank every one in this issue for making this possible. After all the hard work on this issue and on the previous issues of such a great magazine, I personally thank you. And I did not forget the great artists that helped us on this issue. We thank every one no matter how small of a role that they had on this magazine, we hope we can farther improve this magazine for our readers from all over the world.

Salah Talhami | Wissam Moutan | Mohammad Hamayel | Mohammad Drai


Editor Letter After a great deal of hard work and dedication the WAGM staff has been able to pull off yet another remarkable issue. WAGM’s third issue promises to be just as good or even better than the first two issues. Like the first two issues it introduces interviews , amazing distinctive art work from artists all over the world , and as a request of our viewers we have incorporated an art gallery within this issue named “Top Art Gallery” which includes digital art work, photography, and traditional art pictures that guarantees to be exhilarating and enjoyable to view. WAGM is meant for everyone, especially those who are interested in art. It displays captivating art work that should grab the attention of every viewer. There are numerous talented artists around the world who want to show their long exerted art work to the world which is what WAGM is all about, it presents the art work of artists around the world regardless of their level of expertise. We search for talented artists and if you know anyone of such talent, please contact us at webartmag@gmail.com with the subject line “suggestions” and we will be pleased to look into it. To conclude my note Id like to take this opportunity to thank all the artists who participated with us throughout every WAGM issue as they made the production of WAGM conducive for us. We really appreciate your cooperation. Thank you.

Sincerely yours,

Wissam Moutan

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Manga Witten By Mohammad Drai

Now a days everyone all over the world knows the word manga or has heard about it. There are several questions concerning the word manga ; What does the word manga mean? What does it refer to ? Where was manga originated from? When did it start ? Are they different from comic books in the USA?

What does the word manga mean ? “Manga” as a term used outside Japan refers specifically to illustrated stories originally published in Japan. The Japanese word manga, literally translated, means “whimsical pictures” or “humorous picture” and mangaka refers to the manga artist.

The origin of manga The origin of manga possibly goes back to the 12th century, and the modern style of manga was developed in the 19th century. Some views take modern manga to the era of World war 2 during the occupation of Japan by the USA (1945–1952). During this period An explosion of artistic creativity occurred such as Osamu Tezuka who created astro boy and Machiko Hasegawa who created (Sazae-san).

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Genre of manga The genre of manga includes a broad range of subjects such as: Action-adventure, Romance, Sports and games, Historical drama, Comedy, Science fiction and fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Sexuality, And business/commerce. Styles of manga The two major drawing styles are Shoujo and Shounen. The Shoujo style is more driven towards girls, and the style that is related to it includes more detailed, ‘beautiful’ drawings. The Shounen style is more driven towards boys, so the style is more blunt, making it less difficult to draw in action sequences. Popular examples for Shounen are: Naruto, Bleach, Zach Bell, One Piece, and Digimon. Popular examples for Shoujo are: Ouran Highschool Host Club, Wallflower, Fruits Bas-


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ket, Sailor Moon, and Tokyo Mew Mew (Mew Mew Power).

outside of the frame with or without balloons as a directional connector between frames.

Manga structure:

The balloon (“fukidashi”) used to be the container of the inside voice of the mind or an outside voice from subject/object differentiated from the narration. However, it developed to support the expression of manga on the meta-level, which means both the inside and the outside voice/thought of the subject/object could be shown simultaneously in the same frame, differentiated by the shape of the balloons.

In comic books of other countries (such as American comic books), there is a composition of visual story in the two-dimensional surface. Manga also has what is called the elements of manga or the grammar of manga: 1) Picture (depicting objects and figures) 2) Word (including onomatopoeia), 3) Balloon (indicating words) 4) Frame (surrounding pictures) The function of each element of manga is a little different from those of the American comic book since manga developed from a simple caricature or good vs. evil story into a complicated story which contains diverse themes including politics, religion, history, society, cultural issues, and many other themes. In manga, each element has an important function to explain the meta-levels of space and mind in response to the complicated story. The picture is the content of manga’s expression, which is basically constructed of lines. It is generally divided into positive shapes (figures) and negative shapes (background). The word including onomatopoeia in manga is generally divided into the outside voice (sound), which comes directly from subjects, and the inside voice, which appears only in the mind. Word also appears independently

The frame (“koma”) has a role as a container, which includes the picture as the content, and the word, which is namely “format.” It also has a function to integrate time and space. Frame used to be simple square or rectangle shapes displayed in alignment on a page: however, it developed into diverse shapes aligned dynamically to express different psychological situations. Thus, the roles of picture, word, and frame have and created the unique characteristics of Japanese manga. Put simply, the complexity and drama of the story is the reason young people have become strongly attracted to manga. As a result of reading manga and discussing it with their peers, young people’s literacy is growing and has had a definite impact on other cultures throughout the world. With manga conventions having more international coverage than before with a lot of fans enjoying manga outside of Japan there is no telling what manga will bring in the coming years.


Section name: Digital and Traditional Art

Artist information: Mikiko Ponczeck

Mikiko Ponczeck

Mikiko Ponczeck Elisa Day

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Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you: Hi, I am Mikiko Ponczeck, a japanese‑ger‑ man comic artist. I’ve published a number of comics (‘manga’) in Germany, while also work‑ ing freelance on various other projects. My work mainly is to illustrate characters in my style for books, covers, RPG guides, games etc. I am also very active on Deviantart.com under the pseu‑ donym ‘Zombiesmile’. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite of them? What attracts you to work with this style? In art, I started with realism and pencils, which I still enjoy a lot. These days though, clients do not request these, so I mainly draw comics in Anime/manga style, which I have been exploring since the age of 12.

Mikiko Ponczeck Nostalgia

I find the emo‑ tionality I can draw with a somewhat abstract style (com‑ pared to realism) ve r y i mpr e s sive. There’s a certain energy in stylization which I adore.

Mikiko Ponczeck Bamboo forest


any other child I have drawn on walls and furni‑ ture as a toddler, but I got into Manga specifically when I was 12. Thankfully, my parents were very supportive, so thanks to their encouragement I never gave up working hard. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? I can’t really say. I am quite a critic when it comes to my own work. There’s too much to learn and improve. I find the most pleasant stage of my art is the raw sketches though.

Mikiko Ponczeck Hanathe

What are some of the tools you use and what do you think is the key of your art? I mainly start with sketching on paper, scan‑ ning it and then using both Photoshop and Paint tool Sai for colouring etc. I think a combination of traditional media with digital is a great mix when done right. How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? My mother is a painter herself, so at an early age I have always aimed to become like her. Like

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Do you have a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? Music, films, people, and other types of art. I can get inspiration from the simplest things I see in daily life, but the thing that gets me motivated the most is seeing artwork by others I admire.

Mikiko Ponczeck Tattoo'd Kyle

Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? There’s too many that I love to list! If I had to pick one, it would be Shaun Healey. I have the pleasure to be able to see how he creates art very closely, and the amount of thought and passion that goes into it still amazes me. Mikiko Ponczeck Red Bass Guitar

The colours he uses, the pencil work, the sto‑ ries and characters are endearing and beautiful.


In your opinion do you think that art is something you learn or its an instinct your born with? Do you think any one has the potential of becoming an artist? I think there’s no such thing as being born with ‘talent’. The only reason some people are better than others is, because they invest more time into making art and practicing. The ability to observe and understand is far more impor‑ tant than what people consider “artistic talent”. I believe anyone can be an amazing artist, if they pour their heart and soul and free time into it. Do you listen to music while your working on your art work? if so, What are your favorite bands or singers? How does it effect your art work? Mikiko Ponczeck LaChuc

Yes, I do! The genre and artist varies on the mood I am in. I usually pick things that are not

What level of education do you have and does it relate to your art work? Did your education have any effect on your art in any ways? After finishing the German equivalent of high school, I went straight into publishing and graphic design for a small company, so I am entirely self-taught on all levels. haha. So no, no education has ever helped me with my art. I do however use the internet extensively to learn more every day. Access to other artists and communities has had an immense influence on my art.

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Mikiko Ponczeck Melancholy


What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? Sadly I rarely have the time to read any books. When I do, I try to catch up reading clas‑ sics and well-established pieces. They usually don’t influence my work since it only happens once in a blue moon.

Mikiko Ponczeck a chat in the forest

intrusive, but again, this changes when I draw dramatic scenes, action scenes, death scenes etc. Fitting to the mood I go for, I listen to classical, soundtracks, metal, punk, blues, electronic, Indie and rock. The only thing I do not listen to is hip hop and mainstream pop music. What are some movies you like and do they inspire you in any way? Hmm...it’s hard to list anything specific yet again. I enjoy a variety of movies, mostly those with good plots and interesting characters. Smart writing is very important for comics as well, so it’s also very inspiring to see a good movie.

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Digital And Traditional Art  —  Web Art Gallery Magazine  15 Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? My goal is to be able to support a family with my art and live a happy healthy life! As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? Work hard! Be persistent! Be confident! it will pay off eventually.

Mikiko Ponczeck Kwahn

What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new work? I like to have a cup of tea or coffee next to me, then I can get to work straight away. Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? I am a freelancer and work in the comic industry. I have never had a studio job yet, so I can’t really tell. Freelancing is harsh though, definitely. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? Mikiko Ponczeck Loudspeaker Tour

I am indeed working on two comic projects, and I can only give little hints at this moment. Both are for a big publisher though, and hope‑ fully will be published overseas too eventually. We shall see!


Artist information: Jess

Jess

Jess Why?...

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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? Half artist, half writer, half musician, half dragonlover, half swordsman, and half ninja, I’m known online as TwilightSaint! I’ve been an artist all my life – from when I could just hold a pen and scribbling on placemats at restaurants to doodling in the margins of my science notes to sitting and creating full digital paintings. My artwork has evolved tremendously over the years, and I’m in equal footing in both the traditional and digital forms – using ballpoint and ink pen traditionally and a Wacom tablet and Photoshop Elements for digital art – though I’ve only thoroughly begun digital art approximately two years ago. Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? My artwork is mainly fantasy-oriented with a historical spin. I have a strong tendency to draw knights and ancient warriors mounted atop great dragons over a variety of stunning landscapes. My digital

art is usually very colorful and vivid – using a wide palette of exotic colors and hues and epic lighting effects. My traditional art widely varies. With ballpoint pen, I can achieve the same effects as shading and sketching with pencil – leaning towards character and concept sketches and lots and lots of detailed portraits. Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? I really don’t conform to a specific style, and I really enjoy trying out and testing the different styles out there, though, obviously, my personal style sticks out like a red flag. My widest range comes through digital art, as I’m able to achieve crisp lines and‘cartoon-like’ shading as well as fully lineless and textured digital paintings. I’ve also dabbled a bit in pixel art, abstract, calligraphy, and even Celtic and ancient styles of art just as ways to experiment and broaden my skills and learn new things – and for fun. What are your tools of the trade? My main tools of the trade for traditional art are ballpoint and ink pens, (and often Sharpies!) and for digital art I use a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet and Photoshop Elements.

Jess Saturn Dragon


trailer music to video- game soundtracks. I’m also a fan of exotic, fast-paced music – mainly Middle Eastern music, as the music is beautiful and the vocals are hauntingly gorgeous.

Jess Juban Headshot Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Jess Hey There Assassin

Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I can draw inspiration from anywhere, and it’s very difficult to give a specific answer for the question ‘What inspires you?’ Mostly, however, I tend to find inspiration in music, but I also lean toward aesthetic details like the colors of sunsets and clouds and even the various poses I draw the characters in, reaching a kind of harmony and balance in the finished piece.

I have three main artists that I absolutely look up to. On the art hosting site DeviantArt they are Deligaris, Kerembeyit, and Wen-M. I’m also a big fan of J. “NeonDragon” Peffer. Though all of them have different styles, I’ve admired and followed their work for a long time now and continue to find inspiration in and learn from all of their beautiful pieces. I also look up to the artists Finlay Cowan and Gustave Dore. Dore for his incredibly detailed, exquisite wood-carvings and Cowan for his amazing, incredibly stylized artwork, creating beautiful and emotional fantasy masterpieces!

Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Of course I listen to music while I work! Along with art, music is also a very important part of my life, and the two go hand-in-hands so well. I really love all kinds of music, but the genre most populating my long playlists would be intense instrumental – anything from classical to movie scores and

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Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I’ve actually never had any serious formal classes in art – save for the few arts and crafts classes we take in high school. But other than art, I’m absolutely in love with medieval history – particularly the era of the Crusades – and I have an equally avid interest in the Middle East and the culture in general. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I really only do freelance work. Though I was originally aiming to obtain a degree in art, I do take commissions and will forever continue to do art – it’s a part of me!

Jess Ya Henna

Jess Jerusalem Sunrise


Jess The General’s Tent

What do you aspire to achieve? I really only aspire to achieve more development in my skills and to continue learning as much as I can about art and different styles. Art is a path of constant learning and reflection. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I’ve never participated in any formal or public projects, but I myself often enjoy creating series of

Jess The White Hole Dragon

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artwork based on different things ranging from elements to history to space. I’m always constantly busy with a personal project. You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? The only place I have my art publicly posted is on the art hosting website DeviantART. I have had my art displayed at a few festivals and I’ve actually held a booth in my local arts and crafts fair for a few years in the past and plan on continuing to do so. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I wouldn’t really say that online art galleries are better than traditional galleries, as there’s nothing like walking into an art museum or browsing


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Jess The Jungle of Doubt

draw as much and as many things as you can, but also draw what you want, and take pride in your work – don’t beat yourself up – let yourself look at your work and say “Wow, this looks really good!” Take critiques wisely, but still lean on your own judgment. Sometimes art isn’t just about what looks right – it’s about what feels right. And, like everything, there will be a learning curve. But just push through it, and once you get over that mountain, that’s when the magic starts to happen.

Jess The Supermassive Black Dragon


Artist information: Natalia Pierandrei

Natalia Pierandrei

Natalia Pierandrei song of wind and water

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So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? I am an art and comic illustrator living and working in Italy. I work part-time as commissioned illustrator for a few years now when I began accepting freelance art assignments and running my personal website, nati-art.com. I am not a full-time illustrator yet but I hope I soon can make the leap! Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? The majority of the work I do is in the fantasy and Steam punk genres with a penchant for gothic imagery.

Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? My style is very eclectic, something confusedly related to a wide range of styles, art suggestions and movements. Art Nouveau is an art movement that I find very intriguing and my work has much in common with it. Basically because of Art Nouveau close connection to Italian Painting of 15th/16th centuries and its visual imagery associated with folklore and myths and the richness of ornamental details and decoration. I am fascinated by classical fairy tales and my visual references in this case are the work by early 20th century artists like Edmund Dulac or Arthur Rackham. Finally, European graphic novels and Japanese manga. I am an avid reader of comic books since I was a little girl.

Natalia Pierandrei The lake


What are your tools of the trade? I use predominately markers with a painting style that often utilizes mixed techniques like watercolors, coloured pencils or soft-chalk- pastels. Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I couldn’t really single out inspirations because they can be anything and anywhere. My brain works in a weird way – if I have to do an illustration, I’ll normally start doodling something else to avoid working. I notice that many of my ideas and solutions come to me when I am driving in the car

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or walking in the street. Listening to the music and looking at magazines and websites helps me to not stress out and also finding good inspirations and reference material for drawing. Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Music always fills me with thoughts and feelings and creativity! When I am sketching or painting, I like listening to classical music.

Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? I like fantasy illustrators as for example John Howe and Charles Vess. My artwork style is definitely influenced by manga and anime, although the final work I don’t think can be classified simply as ‘manga’ art. Anyway, I usually don’t look so much at other illustrators. In my opinion you can get inspired from all sort of images, not just other artists’ work. Did you get any education other than art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I am basically a self-taught illustrator. I ‘learned’ how to draw by reading literally tons of comic books and mangas since I was very young. My parents love comics too and they always encouraged me to read them! That said, I do not have a formal artistic training but a University degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures, focusing on International Trade. Do you prefer freelance work or do stick to a specific firm? Why? I enjoy the challenge of being a freelance illustrator as no two projects are the same and every day

Natalia Pierandrei Canary prince fairy tale

Natalia Pierandrei soledadintheabandonedgarden


unlike the one before. It is also true that I have no experience as working for a specific firm. What do you aspire to achieve? I want to keep working hard in order to become a better artist each day and I hope to continue doing what I enjoy and making people dream about my illustrations. At the same time, I like to keep my interests fresh, so exploring new processes and ideas are things that will take me into the future. Illustration is always my favored pursuit and my ambition is to concentrate on this full time and create illustrated books/ graphic novels for children or young adults. If you can tell us if there is a project were you involved in? And what is it? I am currently painting some new pieces of art for Group Art Exhibitions at the end of 2010. I am also working on a couple of personal art projects that I think to submit to editors for publications. I am involved in other collaborative art projects but I cannot say more now. Compared to a few years ago, I do less collaborative projects now. In 2009 I spent so much time working on a couple of group planned works for illustrated books that did not come to an end - authors simply stopped being interested in them - that now my motto is ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves!’ I did not lose my faith in the humankind, but I am a little bit more careful when I receive requests that will involve me in collaborative projects. That said, I have pulled up my sleeve! You use web art galleries on the internet to display your art work, do you display your work any other ways, or even more traditional like in an art gallery? I recently started to exhibit my illustrations in art shows. Since my work is only traditional, art shows are a good way to let people appreciate my pieces of art more than the internet.

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What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better than other methods of displaying art work? Internet gives you so many new possibilities of creative expression and connection to other people, so many tools of promotion of new ideas… Internet brings the chance to be known by your talent instead of only by luck or meeting the right people and to reach a bigger audience with practically zero cost. I also love how people with similar interests can get connected and create big creative forces. I should add that if you are a traditional illustrator like me - and I mean you don’t create your pieces of art digitally - art shows and conventions might help you more to show your work and promote it. But internet is the first step, indeed! Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) My personal website is at: http://www.nati-art.com I also display sketches, work in progress of new illustrations and give news about my art activities on my blog at: http://nati-art.blogspot.com The web galleries where I am most active are: http://nati.deviantart.com http://carbonmade.com/nati If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be?

Natalia Pierandrei Victorian green house

This is going to be hard because I am not good at explaining things, but I will try my best! As a mainly self-taught illustrator, I think that practice is the best key to improvement and refinement. Observing how things look, how light falls on them, what shapes and forms they take, and then practicing and practicing in my opinion it is the only way to get better, and to find “your” personal way of drawing and style.


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Rachel Gouk

Artist information: Rachel Gouk

Rachel Gouk Pu Ding View

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Photography  —  Web Art Gallery Magazine  29 So before we begin can you please introduce yourself? Tell us, who you are, and how long have you been creating these wonderful works of art? I’m currently studying journalism at Rider University, NJ. I only recently took up photography in the past 2 years. I found it a joy to experiment with my camera and capture the way I saw my world. I also took a photography course at Rider, and took photos for the newspaper, The Rider News. I love to travel and I’m lucky to do it often. I think what first inspired me to take up photography seriously was that I wanted to have a part in photojournalism.

Can you describe your artwork in your own words for the readers that have not have the privilege to see your work yet? I’m not a professional photographer. I wouldn’t call myself a landscape photographer either. I take pictures of everything. It is the world as I see it. Recently, I’ve tried taking close-ups instead of the wide angle cathedral shot or landscape. Detail is one thing I’d like to improve on and show others. Because we have too little time, we glance over the small, beautiful things. My work is about the new things that catch my eye in my travels, things that I feel are unnoticed and unappreciated, about people and culture.

Rachel Gouk A Decisive Moment

Do you conform yourself to a certain style, and why? I don’t have any particular style. I would like to find one that would suit me best – but I haven’t settled on anything to call my own just yet.


Rachel Gouk Cloud at 10,000 feet

What are your tools of the trade? CanonEOS5DMarkII Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM (It would have helped if she gave us her experience using the equipment) Where do you draw your inspiration from whenever you start to work on a piece? I would walk. I think other people and their emotions have the best inspiration. Find people. Find inspiration.

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Do you listen to music when you work on your art? And what is it and what your favorite thing to listen to? Nothing in particular. Mostly rock along the lines of Incubus, Queen, Def Leppard and 30 Seconds from Mars


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No. I only use web art galleries. However, I have made some prints, which are displayed in my home in Malaysia. What do you think about web art galleries? Are they better then other methods of displaying art work? I think it’s a very good way of displaying art. Of course, nothing beats a blown-up original print. If there’s a flaw about web art galleries, it’s that some

Rachel Gouk Creek by Bamboo

Do you have any artist in general that you look up to? Steve McCurry. Definitely. Did you get any education other then art (for example I have a business degree but love graphic designing)? I’m majoring in Journalism, News Editorial at the moment. I will graduate in May 2011. What do you aspire to achieve? To have others feel as I feel and share my emotion with them in my art.

Rachel Gouk Fishing off the Dock


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people use the art without permission via downloads and what not. There are both pros and cons about web art galleries. If artwork is placed there to get recognition or feedback, there’s a possibility that you’re not going to get any well-thought of critique. For example, in Deviantart, my purpose of posting my artwork is to get feedback, which I could hopefully use to get better in photography. However, most of the comments left are one worded compliments. I’m not saying that I don’t appreciate it, because I do, but it defeats my main purpose. A good critique or a reference that compliments your art is hard to come by, but when it does, that’s when you thank your lucky stars that you had your work on a web art gallery.

Rachel Gouk JimiHendrixatBrickLane

Rachel Gouk What you mean to me


What are your favorite colored or black and white photos?

As a photographer do you have a dream job and what is it?

I don’t really have a preference over color or black and white, perhaps I lean towards black and white. I feel that they both have a very different affect on the viewer and myself as a photographer when I see it. Nowadays, I think most people are wowed by over saturated photos that it’s becoming harder for black and white photos to capture people. If I were to pick a black and white photo, it has to be something really classic. I think if you’re able to capture something, especially expressions of people, you don’t need the saturation. A simple black and white photo can have more impact than one with overly bright colors.

As a photographer, I would love to be a photojournalist for a travel magazine, NatGeo Traveler. I’m very interested in travel and culture- and I feel that photos and writing go hand-in-hand for travel writers. If I’m photographing a subject or writing about them, I want to be able to have time to establish a relationship- a real connection, rather than just snap, get the scoop and leave. Do you think your inspiration to become a photographer was to do to being from such a colorful place like Malaysia? Malaysia is definitely a big part of my life and always will be. As for photography in particular, Malaysia

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did play a very big role for getting me started. The first big ‘expedition’ I brought along my camera was when I hiked Mount. Kinabalu, Sabah. That set the pace of what I wanted to capture. When I reached the peak and saw the sunrise, I felt a deep emotional bond with my experience there. And that made me confirm my passion for photography- which was: I wanted to capture Emotion. Being from such a colorful place like Malaysia has given me the advantage of having seen so many different scenes of life. But I think everywhere along my travels, there’s something new that always catches my eye and leaves me in awe of the World. It’s great to have traveled so much and seen so much more, but you don’t have to go so far to find something truly beautiful. That beauty is all around us and you only have to open your mind and of course, lens cap, to see your world in a new and interesting angle.

Rachel Gouk Waterway Temple

Can you please give us a list of links for people to find your art work? (Online or addresses) www.rakelclark.deviantart.com If you had any tips for people that are just starting to create art what would it be? Find inspiration and passion.


Artist information: Kimberley Sinclair Kimberley Sinclair

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Photography  —  Web Art Gallery Magazine  37 Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you: Hello, I’m Kimberley from England. Expressing myself through words may not be my strongest attribute but I definitely express myself through creativity, especially in photos. Even though I’m shy I’m a very determined person who will strive for perfection in basically everything I do, maybe even a little obsessive. Within the past few years photography has taken top priority in my interests. I certainly don’t consider myself a photographer however more of a keen amateur. Currently photography is just a hobby for me & I focus on mainly self-portraits as portrait practice (I’m most comfortable around myself). Since this is just a hobby for me at the moment I don’t have a dedicated studio space so I take my photos in my bedroom, although I do hope to pursue photography as a career one day.

Kimberley Sinclair Autumn Leaves

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Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite of them? What attracts you to work with this style? I try not to be influenced by others so I don’t think I follow any styles, although I have been told a few times that my photos have a ‘painted’ quality to them.

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to upgrade to different cameras, my most recent upgrade was the Canon 400D. After i gained more interest in portraits I started to experiment with different lighting, I started off using a household lamp however I started using two speed lights. Over time I’ve upgraded equipment & made gradual progress with my photos. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? If I understand the question correctly I’d say the process of taking the photos, I like a bit of a challenge, for me taking the photos as well as being the person in front of the camera makes me feel fully in control of the outcome of the photo.

Kimberley Sinclair Beneath The Layers II

85mm. Lighting: Two softboxes, two speed lights, umbrellas & a beauty dish. The ‘key’ to my art at the moment I think are my speed lites since I take my photos indoors instead of outside with natural light. How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? I’ve been working on my photos for a few years but only recently I’ve taken them more seriously. When I first took an interest in photos I was using the one mega pixel camera on my phone. I enjoyed taking photos on my camera so over time I started

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Do you have and thing you find as a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? I rarely deliberately search for inspiration since I don’t like trying to be influenced by others. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? Lara Jade, she’s an amazing photographer with her own unique style. What level of education do you have and does it relate to your art work? Did your education have any effect on your art in any ways? Kimberley Sinclair Pink Lily

The education I’ve had doesn’t relate to my photos at all. I’ve taught myself what I know now about photography through experimenting & reading information online.

Kimberley Sinclair Imprisoned

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In your opinion do you think that art is something you learn or its an instinct your born with? Do you think any one has the potential of becoming an artist? Personally I think it’s a bit of both. I do believe anyone has the potential to become an artist when they have a bit of creativity. Do you listen to music while your working on your art work? What are your favorite bands or singers? How does it effect your art work? I don’t listen to music while taking photos.

Kimberley Sinclair Scream

What are some movies you like and they inspire you in any way? I like horror & comedy films, I’ve had a little bit of inspiration from horror films. What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? I don’t really read books. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? Kimberley Sinclair FemmeDelicatesseNumeroUn

1) Gain a bit of confidence so I’m not so shy around others. 2) Hopefully become a professional portrait photographer.


Kimberley Sinclair Garage I

As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? That no matter how much money you have for equipment/tools you can still be creative & produce art. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new work? Sometimes I plan a few ideas before taking photos by drawing a few labelled sketches, most of the time though I take random/unplanned photos (experimenting with different lighting, poses etc) once everything’s set up.

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Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? Currently I don’t work in an artistic field. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? I’m not currently working on any projects.

Kimberley Sinclair Flick

If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so?(optional) Through my DeviantArt: xkimjoanne.deviantart. com

Kimberley Sinclair Winter Season I


The Platinum Age The end of the cold war brought about a non-polarized world, a world under the blanket of globalization. Making our planet one international village via multinational corporations and global trade deals, this was even pushed further with the advent of the Internet. And for the first time in world history that Joe Average has the ability to speak to millions of people. Dubbed the Information Age, bloggers, amateur film makers, thinkers, and artists walked into cyberspace with their ideas, their work, and their very hearts and souls. The chance to speak and be heard has become so easy to many of us, so easy that many of us have taken it for granted. This is where we come in, all of us. Individuals who want to share our messages with others, our ideals, our dreams, our hopes, and our collective future. The advancement of the Internet to its current state has graced us with the gift to band together and give the real world a run for its money. Today, we can do more with a few mouse clicks and a YouTube video than a president in the 1920s. Information is being freely distributed today, and the speed at which is happening is increasing rapidly on an almost daily basis. The global powers of today are now competing with each other on that flow of information. But the information spreading is now flowing on an individual level. Anyone can write about a pop star shaving her head, and political and social scandal and post it online for everyone to see. But the individual can only see so far, one person can only do so much. But together, we can become legion and spread our free messages to anyone in a more powerful form. March forward free speakers of the world, the future is promised to no one, and no one can stop us from doing what we do best. When a civilization would reach its peak we would say it has begun a golden age, let this be the beginning of the Platinum Age. An age of progress and amazing achievements that we people perform every day, march onwards the future is promised to no one.

Good night and good luck,

Mohammad Hamayel.

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Top Art Gallery You ask and we offer, after the request of many of our readers for a gallery just to see great pieces of work. We are happy to introduce this new section that we hope will stay. We hope you enjoy this new section and like all the great art work we where able to collect. And here is a special thanks to the artists that let us show their work in our magazine.


13X I 10©

Crimson Beauty©

D a r k G o t h i c Ta l e ©

Ecliopse©

B y pa m f D A * n a m e : pa m f

B y Va l e n t i n a K a l l i a s D A * n a m e : va l e n t i n a k a l l i a

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B y L i n d s ay P e d e r s e n D A * n a m e : i h 8m 0r 0n z

By Ingus Perkons DA* name: lorency


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Fa n ta s y S u n s e t ©

Feel like dancing©

Once Upon a December©

O n e W i n g e d Ri o t ©

B y S u s a n n e A l m a n s t öt t e r DA* name: dolphy

By Hilde DA* name: andrahilde

By Joe Moore D A * n a m e : s o a d 2k

B y AR -K o n s ta n t i n

Model: Audrey Riot

D A * n a m e : dj -h aya b u s a


Megurine Luka©

R o b y n o f S h e rw o o d ©

R o c k i n D e at h 's H o u s e ©

Selkie Preening©

B y S t e v e n B ög e r DA* name: kiwinuptuo

B y D a ry l T o h L i e m Z h a n D A * n a m e : ta k e r u -s a n

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By Deane Whitmore DA* name: rgus

By Jenny Clements D A * n a m e : s t r e s s e dj e n n y


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V i s u a l Pa p e r bi r d ©

Wa r r i o r _©

B y R u t h Tay l o r D A * n a m e : r u t h -tay

By Elaine L DA* name: udonnodu

Epicenter©

precious©

B y A ly n Wa r e S p i l l e r D A * n a m e : n i lt r a c e

B y S a n d a r a Ta n g DA* name: sandara


Q u i e n m e l l a m a ?©

By Elena Dudina DA* name: elenadudina

By Yuna D A * n a m e : b l a c k c at s h o o t e r

Beyond the Dreams© By Lemmy Vierma D A * n a m e : l e m m y -x

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A u t u m n 's S y m p h o n y ©

Ex p u l s i o n ©

B y Pa u l a C o b l e i g h D A * n a m e : l a -v i ta -a -b e l l a

By Elena Kalis D A * n a m e : s u g a r o c k 99

F l u ff y M u ff y ©

Medusa©

By Ashli Fletcher DA* name: oveclipse

B y O l g a Z av e r s h i n s k aya DA* name: armene


SHAN G HA I - I n F l a m e s ©

Ta l e s f r o m t h e W e s t ©

The Source©

Ti m e t e m p l e ©

B y M a r c i n S taw i a r z DA* name: angelreich

B y J e a n Fa n DA* name: roseonthegrey

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By Behrouz Riahi DA* name: zardo


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the guard of forest©

m o r n i n g h e at ©

B y T o m a s z J ęd r z e j c z y k D A * n a m e : s h 4d e -p l

B y pat r i c k R u e g h e i m e r D A * n a m e : pat r i c k r u e g h e i m e r

i t c a m e f r o m ...©

t h e l a s t s u n s e t.©

B y Pa u l i n a M a c i o ł D A * n a m e : i m pat i e n s s

By Andris Barbans DA* name: andrisbarbans


Agaric Flying Dutchman© B y B o r d a D a n u t Ad r i a n DA* name: borda

By ron norman DA* name: inormal

i l l b a s ta r t o 2©

r iva l ©

By damo D A * n a m e : d a m o 10

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By Nen DA* name: mythchan


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.E y e D r awi n g .©

Bird Vs. Monster©

Castle©

C h ry s a n t h e m u m ©

By Gabrielle D A * n a m e : g a bb y d 70

B y Ta r o Ta k i z awa DA* name: netdog

B y M i k e H e n ry D A * n a m e : z at r a n s i s

By Nguyen Hoang Phong Anh D A * n a m e : c l a p -s a n


C o m m i s s h - A l ata r i e l ©

Cyborg Dragon©

B y R éJ DA* name: kasai

B y S u n n i va M øs t e r artists name is Sunny Master DA* name: sunimo

D r awi n g I I - Ci t r u s G r id ©

I Loved You Once©

B y B r i t ta n y H e r s t D A * n a m e : s e t s u n a 22

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B y h a n n a h -d o r a D A * n a m e : h a n n a h -d o r a


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InsideRainbowRoad-Before©

Mi a ©

B y K i m b e r ly H a r t DA* name: monsterkookies

B y K i m i r -r a D A * n a m e : k i m i r -r a

N at iv e W o l f ©

Ophelia©

By Kilu Zamana DA* name: pearleden

By Annie Stegg D A * n a m e : p i n k pa r a s o l


Rose Girl©

R u i n s o f U r -S a g o l ©

T h e Riv e r o f N o R e t u r n ©

T h e d e at h o f a s t r e a m ...©

By Salma Ashraf DA* name: salmaashraf

B y l e e wa i p e n g D A * n a m e : m o ya

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By karbo DA* name: karbo

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By hellobaby DA* name: hellobaby


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T h e fa i l e d d r a g o n ©

Va d e r G o t S e rv e d ©

Wat c h i n g o v e r y o u ©

h o w _w e _u s e d _t o _b e .©

B y A . U l r i c h a .k .a C u l p e o F o x . D A * n a m e : C u l p e o -F o x

By Merel D A * n a m e : vk -o e l a l a

By Aaron Jasinski DA* name: jasinski

B y K ata r z y n a K o z l o w s k a DA* name: lady2

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