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Issue 5

April 2011


Contents

Editors Letter 4 Emmaalvarez 7 Elvenspot 13 Karbo 17 IllusiveBlue 23 netdog 29 Arghsdemeter 33 Hannah-Dora 37 La-Vita-A-Bella 43 LiiQa 49 Tutorial: Create a Stylish Black and White Abstract Photomanipulation 54 TAG: Top Art Gallery 60

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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 Cover art work by netdog, to see more of his great art work and his interview please see page 29


Editors Letter

Ed itor’s Let ter Hello everyone and welcome to WAGM’s fifth successive edition. Issue five is perfect to be the April edition because it displays as much beauty as spring does. This edition will take you so far away in to a fantasy world when you observe the art work it has in store for you. Issue five presents the same aspects as the previous magazines based on interviews from a variety of very talented artists, top of the line art work, a tutorial section that gives you a step by step walk through in how to manipulate your photo to create a stylish black and white abstract, and last but not least our very own Top Art Gallery, where we have chosen to display the most attractive and amazing images we were able to get our hands on. As much work and effort we put on the magazines we were able to produce, it wouldn’t have succeeded without our interviewees. Having said that I would just like to introduce some of the artists we interviewed in this issue; Emma Alvarez who is a digital illustrator and has exhibited her art work in Hong Kong, Morocco, and her home land Spain. Her work is mostly based on fantasy illustrations and are seriously an eye opener. Next we have Ruxandra Tudorica who is from Romania and is another talented artist who specializes in graphic design and illustration. Her favorite styles of art are traditional art, digital painting, and photo manipulation. Now we go to Netdog, who is originally Japanese and a very talented artist who is in Bachelor of Fine Art. He uses printmaking as his preferred tool. As his style of art, he usually uses patterns which blend and overlap on eachother creating symbols that express his ideas. As we move on, we stop to look at a very brilliant Hungarian artist named Hannah Dora. She is well known in the DeviantArt website for her amazing online gallery. She uses her digital art to express her feelings and thoughts. Hannah specializes in digital and traditional art. This was just a brief walk through in introducing issue fives artists. You will find out in depth about these extraordinary artists and many more as you go further in this magazine. WAGM has created an online group in DeviantArt where any artist from around the world can join and intermingle with other artists. We have made this group so that all artists from around the world can interact and participate in the magazine and its development and post their artwork. You can join us by checking out the following link: http://webartgallerymag.deviantart.com/ WAGM welcomes all artists despite their level of talent and skill. So if you consider posting your art work or you know anyone with such talent please contact us at webartmag@gmail.com with the subject line “suggestions” and we will be pleased to look into it and respond as soon as possible. As a conclusion, I would just like to thank every participant in this magazine, from the first edition to the current one. WAGM wouldn’t have existed without you, so for that I thank you with all my heart. Sincerely,

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Emmaalvarez Lights In The City

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Emmaalvarez Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? “My name is Emma Alvarez and I’m a freelance digital illustrator. I also make digital resources for other artists, and participate in exhibitions and conferences. I have exhibited in Hong Kong, two times in Morocco and different galleries of my country, Spain, including the Real Circulo Artistico of Barcelona. Recently John Freeman selected one of my works for his book “”Sci-Fi Art Now””, in what he says is “”the finest, freshest, and most exciting talents in the world of sci-fi illustration””. I have also been writing for Yareah Magazine for nearly a year, and got some articles featured in the websites of the University of Barcelona, University of Minnesota, School of Computer Science of the University of Carleton, Scott Guthrie’s Blog (Corporate Vice President of Microsoft), and Archaeolink (an academic archeology site).” Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? “At the beginning of my career I often changed of styles. But as time passed I noticed that everything I did had points in common. In the first moments, I sought what was fashion, but later I realized that I should follow my instinct. And mine is a very colorful and bright style, optimist, that wants to find the beauty of light and is in some way a search for happiness. Actually, I search for happiness through my art.” What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? I use digital mixed media. Photoshop, Poser, Illustrator, Freehand, Terragen, DAZ Studio, and lots of other programs. The key is to know in advance the result that we want and use the right tool.

EMMAALVAREZ Explosion In The Planet

How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? I started in 1998. At the beginning I made web pages with my husband. Later I became concept Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  7 


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EMMAALVAREZ Justice

EMMAALVAREZ The Curse Of The Sorceress

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designer of virtual reality worlds. Then the first commissioned works began. Everything was so fast and at the same time so slowly but after some time art became the center of my life. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? My work is essentially true. I believe in what I do. I take very seriously the depiction of my characters, and document myself in order to follow the description of the classical creatures of fantasy, or the sci-fi concepts behind an illustration work. When I make a Pegasus, I know exactly what I must do, and what a Pegasus represents. Although we, the fantasy illustrators, describe a fantasy world, in that fantasy there’s order and logic. Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? There’s a world inside us that makes us feel calm and in peace. A world in which we are ourselves no matter the circumstances. And that place is worth.


Interview with (name of artist) 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? Honestly I think that one is born artist. But there are techniques to develop that talent. Everybody can be creative in some way. You just have to find out in what activity you can. 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? When I’m not working I use to listen to heavy metal and rock in general. But when at work, I use an special music for what I’m doing. For example, if I’m making some sci-fi artwork I can listen John Williams. If it’s fantasy, Celtic music, or Tarja Turunen, for example. Jazz is also one of my elections for working. What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? Star Wars is a good source of inspiration. Also Willow, The Bride Princess, The Lord of The Rings, Dragonheart... EMMAALVAREZ The Unicorn Under The Moon What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? Simply, that place should exist, and I try to bring it I loved to read. There were moments in my life to life. in which I read a full book daily. But lately I don’t Do you have any one that you admire for their have much time to read. I love to read anything, from art work? And what gives them such an effect biographies to sci-fiction, horror, fantasy, poetry. I on you? Since I was a child I love art. And art has always been something important in my life. I have so many favorite artists. From classical artists to fantasy artists of nowadays. All of them are a little present in my work. Sometimes one assimilates a part of what one admires. I admire so different artists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Bosco, Michelangelo, Van Gogh, or another artists like Josephine Wall, Ken Kelly, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, David Delamare... 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? I studied graphics design, and no, it has nothing EMMAALVAREZ to do with what I do, LOL! I hate the coldness of most Memories design trends and I’m not minimalist at all. Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  9 


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Emmaalvarez Every day, somewhere

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Interview with (name of artist) could say that all that I read PREVIOUSLY affected my work, LOL! Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? I have no particular goals but I would love to continue exhibiting my works in as much galleries, magazines and book editorials as possible. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? An optimist message. There’s no light without darkness, and behind darkness there’s always light. In the middle of a graveyard the most beautiful rose can grow. That is the origin of life: between dead nature, there’s life, even if it’s microscopic. Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? During days there are ideas in my mind. Sometimes it’s not even something particular, just sensations. When this takes shape, I start to work on it. And once I start I use to be full time during hours or days until it’s finished. Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? Yes, I’m freelance digital illustrator. But I would love to work for a regular book editorial in which I feel comfortable.

EMMAALVAREZ The New Material

EMMAALVAREZ Wrath Of Kraken

Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? Yes, lots of them. Lately I make textures for digital products that I sell. This is very fun for me. And it’s also interesting to be able to work with other people. I am also working on an artwork for my next exhibition, and a book cover. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? Please send an email to info@emmaalvarez.com

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Elvenspot Think of Me

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Elvenspot Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? My name is Ruxandra Tudorica and I live in Bucharest, Romania. I started learning Photoshop four years ago and now I am a freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? “It’s hard for me to say. I like to try many styles, from traditional art to digital painting and photomanipulation. I am willing to learn different types of visual arts before focusing on one. Nevertheless, my favorite is digital art. I think it really fits me.” What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? “I started by using Adobe Photoshop, but now I use the entire Adobe Master Collection (InDesign, After Effects, etc.) and Corel Painter X. Last year I brought a GraphicTablet which helps me a lot. I think knowing these programs and paying attention to details are the key to my art.” How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? I’ve star ted lea r ning Photoshop in the 10th grade, as an optional course in my high school. One of the teachers noticed me and helped me to learn the basic Photoshop tools. In the next two years I continued learning using a book and some tutorials found on the internet. Therefore, I can say that I am self thought, although it was quite hard for me.

ELVENSPOT Dreaming of you

Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? “Inspiration can come from anything: a song, a book, a movie, from people near me or from nature. I personally consider that inspiration leads to motivation. Being inspired by something is enough for me to start working on my art.”

ELVENSPOT Carnival of Rust

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Interview with (name of artist) 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 really consider that art is something that you are born with. Of course, learning helps you with developing skills and becoming a better artist. And I am not talking about what is called ‘talent’. Some people simply have an interest in art and everything related to it (acting, singing, writing), while others have a more abstract way of thinking, good for informatics and mathematics. Of course, these two can always mix, but I still think that not everybody can become an artist, at least not a good one. 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? Of course I listen to music while I work. I usually listen to rock music (Leave’s Eyes Therion, Epica etc), but I prefer something more soft while I am drawing, something like Nox Arcana or even chillout music. This type of music helps me focus on my art. ELVENSPOT Set me free

Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? I admire Victoria Frances, the famous gothic Illustrator. I love the way she manages to paint using watercolors and pencils, and make her work look so realistic. I wish I’ll be able to reach her level one day. 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? I finished the high school last year, but unfortunately it was based on a mathematics - informatics curriculum, so I can’t relate them to my art. The only connection between my education and my work can be the teacher who introduced me to working in Photoshop. I thank him for that! ELVENSPOT Life in Mono

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Interview with (name of artist) Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? When I work on a photomanipulation I usually search for the main stocks that I’m going to use (the model, the background, etc.) and I set my Graphic Tablet. Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? I currently don’t work in any artistic field, as I am not employed, but I would prefer freelancing rather than normal employment. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? Yes, I’m planning to make a 2011 Calendar using some of my works. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? If anyone wants to contact me, they can send me an email at this address: amethystiwm@yahoo.com ELVENSPOT Tree of Life

What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? My favorite movies are ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Girl, interrupted’ and ‘City of Angels’. They do inspire me, somehow, by giving me a certain mood while drawing. What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? I like reading in general, so I can say I like almost every book that comes in my hands. Even so, I must admit that I have a preference for the Anne Rice novels, and their reflection in my work is quite obvious. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? Well, I am still young so my goals are too many and they can always change. One thing I know for sure: I want to be well known for what I do and become a better artist, like the ones I admire. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? I would love my works to inspire people and make them open their imagination.

ELVENSPOT The Morning Ride

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Karbo Stairway to the mine

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Karbo Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? Hello, I’m Karbo and I’m an illustrator. I’m not English so you might find my writing a bit clumsy. Apologies for that. I’m a freelance, currently working mainly in landscapes and background pictures, though people on DeviantArt would know me more for my fantasy universe and fetish pictures. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? “I started with a realistic and entirely traditional style. Then, over the years I tried many others mediums and eventually switched almost entirely to digital. I have now several styles I can use, although what I show under the name Karbo is definitely more of an anime style. It’s a style I fell in love with years ago. I find it very interesting and expressive. The big eyes display a

lot of emotions and feelings in a character’s face. And it’s challenging too ! There is a wrong assumption that anime is easy to do because the lines are simple. That’s actually the opposite in my opinion : because you have few lines, you must get them very right. The slightest error can really throw a character off-balance. it’s quite an unforgiving style that taught me a lot.” What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? “I use mainly a cintiq tablet, photoshop CS3 and manga studio. I find the tablet to be a wonderful tool, very instinctive , with a great ease of use that allows you to do things quickly. Lately I find myself throwing a bit more traditional in the mix though, sometimes starting the picture on paper before scanning it. The key of my art is how I use the background / foreground color I think. I got the key “”X”” ( switch from one to another ) set up

KARBO Sandfall

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Interview with (name of artist) Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? “Well I don’t really need motivation to draw. Drawing is absolutely essential to me, without it I would go crazy! To me it really comes naturally. I read a lot, watch a lot of things and it creates and endless stream of pictures in my head. Watching great artists is also a good source of motivation to me.” Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? “Haha there is too many to count! Like I said, I’m getting a lot of motivation from watching great artists, however there is a name that stands out : Hayao Miyazaki I think this man is simply a genius and the best drawer still alive. His universe is fantastic and magical, with a lot of emotion. I’m an absolute fan of his work and he is also the one that decided me to get serious with art. I truly owe him a lot!” KARBO Jungle of perils

as a shortcut on my tablet pen, as it’s easily the function I use the most when I draw digitally. I basically paint large masses of colors that I “”sculpt”” afterward with the other color. The same goes with how I draw my lineart with black and white as background / foreground colors.” How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? “Well I have been into drawing since I was a little kid and never stopped since then! However I have started to become serious about it since about 8 years ago, and I’ve been a professional for 4 years.” What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? I think it’s how I put a picture into scenery, and how I create an atmosphere. I am quite good at landscapes and surroundings and lately I have started to discover a love for painting. I feel I’m making some good progress in it but I have a long way to go in general. 18  ➢Web Art Gallery Magazine  ➢Issue 5

KARBO Chidokai sunset

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 way? I had the French equivalent of a high school graduation with an option on art. Then I briefly attended a school of visual communication, before realizing it wasn’t really what I was wishing for. So, with a group of friends, we finally set up a little studio to work together in a creative atmosphere. I learned


Interview with (name of artist) 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 think my favorite band is Royksopp. I listen to a lot of different type of music, but mainly to electro. It’s a type of music that is perfect to create an atmosphere and good working conditions. It creates images in my mind and stir up my creativity as I work and it’s a very important part of the process to me. I find it difficult to work in total silence. I also listen to classical, rock, some metal, jazz, and various movies / animes / game soundtracks” What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? I actually watch very few movies. I’m usually not as interested in the film medium as I am in others. And oddly enough, I don’t enjoy the visual side of cinema as much as I do a good plot. I tend to find KARBO movies a bit saturated visually nowadays, leaving little Malyra Fen room for interpretation and imagination. What books do you read? How do they touch most things in that group, as it creates a wonderful on your work? emulation to work in the middle of people sharing your passion. I read a lot of books and they make an important part on building my imagination. I read mostly 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 don’t really believe in natural talent personaly. I think drawing is 99% a question of work, and motivation. People that are better than others are not so because they were destined to be better artists when they were born. No, to me it’s a question of being dedicated, working hard for it, and never giving up. I have witnessed a person starting very low and becoming pro in one year, by drawing every day. In my opinion, when you draw a lot you end up having some sort of “”flash”” : suddenly you *understand* something. Everything then become easier, faster, until it becomes your new standard and until the next flash. Drawing a lot allow those flashes to occur more often. that’s my theory anyway. I think anyone has the potential to become a good artist, as long as they are very motivated and serious about it and stand firm until they achieve it. Many people would be amazed to see what KARBO they can achieve by just drawing steadily one hour a Centauress in the storm day for a couple of months!.” Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  19 


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KARBO Anko’s bridge

fantasy and science fiction. Some of my favorite are the Black company from Glen Cook and Song of Ice and Fire from R.R Martins. I also love the Hitchhiker’s guide to galaxy from Douglas Adams or the Discworld saga from Terry Pratchett. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? “Yes I constantly work with goals and when I reach them I make another. My current one is to become better at painting and to be able to put up a decent picture quickly. More generally, I would like to become a recognized comic author, and be able to live from it. And of course to live a happy life!.”

KARBO Negavian sunset

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As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? “Practice and never, never, give up! Failure is not something terrible. It can be a great teacher if you draw conclusions from it. Work hard and you will get there eventually!” What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new piece? Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? “Getting in the mood is very important, so I start the day almost always with some very quick doodles in order to warm up, with some good music in the background. Then when I do a new picture, I usually paint / draw pretty fast on it, in order to pose the different elements. It took me a while to understand that it’s better to have your picture set up fast, even if it’s very basic, rather than drawing a part, then another, then another. It allows the eyes to get a better idea of where the whole thing is going.”


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KARBO Lataran temple

KARBO Path of the Weeping willows

Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? “I went through both and I definitely prefer freelancing. It’s less secure, usually earn less money, but the fact you are your own boss, free to set your own schedule and picking your work is something that I find very valuable as an artist. It’s clearly a real challenge though, as you don’t really know what tomorrow will bring.” Are you working on any current project? and can you tell us about it? Yes I’m working on several projects. My current main one is to do several backgrounds for a game. I will also continue the manga series I have started about my Felarya universe. I’ve grown fond of it and I’m starting to see it as potentially a long-running series. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? They can reach me at Travinkal@hotmail.com

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IllusiveBlue Miss Crackpot

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IllusiveBlue Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? I am a self-taught Illustrator who finds inspiration in the natural world and the folklore of a time gone by. From a very early age my imagination was captured and held by books and a long standing love affair with both the written word and illustrated tales was born. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? The undertones in my work tend to be of a darker whimsical style, I am drawn to the strange odd things in life. Young women dressed in elegantly tattered Victorian dresses, whether traipsing through the deep dark woods or wandering through tumbled down buildings filled with tiny beast’s and strange little fellows are embarking on a journey within a secret world. All these are featured heavily as a theme in my illustrations. What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? My illustrations are created on paper with pigment inks, pencils, acrylic and watercolour paint. My line work is something that I think is key to my art work, I try to convey mood and instinctual emotion through this. How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? I have been working to hone my craft for a little over two years, I found myself with an image from a dream in my head that simply would not leave me be and that was the start of my obsession with drawing. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? I think that what makes my illustrations stand alone, is my line work. Indeed line drawing was what I taught myself first before even approaching colour. Honing my line art skills has also allowed me the freedom to work in both black and white as well as colour. Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  23 


Interview with (name of artist) 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? My education has been in the social sciences and history; I am a qualified Librarian, however my formal education has had no relevance on my art work. Indeed after teaching myself through trial and error ‘my’ way of doing things; I think if I was to attend an art school, I would fail dismally! 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 art is something both very personal, and yet at the same time is also a universal medium that holds the ability to translate beyond language and culture. While an individual can be born with an instinct towards art, if it is not honed and stretched it cannot grow and mature into something unique and beautiful. ILLUSIVEBLUE Where the wild things lurk

ILLUSIVEBLUE Love Letters Circle

Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? My sources of inspiration are varied and rather random; a scene that catches my eye while walking through a forest, a poem from a book, or even a single sentence can spark something inside me. However, sometimes an image just pops into my head almost fully realized while doing something as mundane as making a cup of tea. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? The artists that I find myself instinctively drawn to are varied, but two main individuals are Arthur Rackham (an early twentieth century illustrator) and Tim Burton.

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ILLUSIVEBLUE Paper Crowns and Paper Cuts


Interview with (name of artist) 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 find myself often putting on my headphones and drowning out the outside world when at my drawing desk. Growing up I was exposed to many different musical styles, as such my musical tastes run from Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Mozart right through to bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, Dead Can Dance and The Cure to name but a few.

What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? One of my all time favourite authors is Tanith Lee, her books are a continual source of inspiration for my bizarre imagination. I also have a growing collection of the works of Percey B. Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe and many lesser known Victorian poets. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? That anyone can find their own voice within the art world, regardless of whether they are self-taught or

ILLUSIVEBLUE The Younger Sister’s Tale

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Interview with (name of artist) trained formally in fine arts. Having said that though, I don’t see myself as an ‘official’ artist, my drawings are a deeply personal part of myself that I share with the world. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new piece? Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? Not many! Quite often I will simply grab the nearest bit of scrap paper to quickly sketch down an image that has popped into my head. But when approaching a commission I will do many sketches before settling on something. Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? I am a trained Librarian, but given the choice I would spend all day within my strange little worlds, ILLUSIVEBLUE Battered Wings

populated with odd characters and tales patiently waiting to be gotten down on paper. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? At the moment I am working on a jewellery collaboration project, as well as a few smaller private commissions. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? Anyone who wants to contact me can do so through my email: metta.mblue@gmail.com

ILLUSIVEBLUE Blind Doves

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ILLUSIVEBLUE Cat’s Cradle


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Netdog Miss Crackpot

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netdog Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? I am currently an art student in Central Michigan University, USA. I am in Bachelor of Fine Art with 2-D concentration with an emphasis on printmaking. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? “I use a lot of patterns, usually blending, interacting, overlapping on each other and the main

subject which are usually symbols of what my ideas are coming from. Pattenrs are fun to work with. It is very time consuming but it relates to my native culture (Japan).” What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? “Printmaking is the technique I use most of the time when I make my work, lithography and reductive relief to be exact. Comparing to drawing or painting, printmaing enhance my images with its limitations. I also enjoy

NETDOG Genko-ji with Peony

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Interview with (name of artist) the looseness and the controlled, uncontrolled aspect of the printmaking techniques.” How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? My first printmaking experience was when I was in the elementary school, 3rd or 4th grade. I start taking printmaking classes in my university about 3 years ago. I get to learn many different techniques and experiment a lot. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? “The best part is the time I spent on each pieces. Sketching, carving with hand tools, printing with hand operated press, the whole process is time consuming and especially when I carve, it makes me relax, and it is somewhat zen at the same time that I have to be mentally and physically strong. Also because it is printmaking, I can make multiples of the same piece.”

Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? Many contemporary artists, young artists, my own experiences, moments, scenes connecting to my own memories. Traditional Japanese patterns on clothings, ukiyo-e prints, armors and swords. Manga, contemporary fashion and music. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? “Sol Lewitt, Takashi Murakami, Audrey Kawasaki and many other. I liked Takashi Murakami’s concept, which is influenced by Japanese animation, manga, and traditional Japanese woodblock prints and showing the contemporary culture and society of Japan. Sol Lewitt influenced me with his wall drawings and sculptures. Audrey Kawasaki influenced me with her elegant and erotic figures in her paintings.”

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Interview with (name of artist) 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? Bachelor of Fine Art. It definitely helped me to elevate me as an artist. I learned a lot about being an artist, what I have to think about and build up my concept, what I have to talk in critiques, artist talk, gallery talk and how I have to articulate myself. 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? It is an instinct that I was born with loving art and never get bored doing it. However I think you have to learn not only technical skills but also how to develop your concept, how to articulate yourself, and how to be an artist. There are many self-thought artist in the world but I think they are learning at some point to be an artist. 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? “All the time. Usually when I am carving or drawing, it is something relaxing, and when I print it’s more energetic. A lot of rock, hip-hop, house, and electro. My favorites are: RADWIMPS, capsule, michita, Nujabes, shing02, ONE OK ROCK, Ke$Ha, Hikaru Utada, Straightener, Ring toshite Shigure, Black Eyed Peas, etc.” What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? “A lot of si-fi, and historical war movies. Avatar, Terminator, Tron, Black Hawk Down, etc” What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? A lot of manga. It is like what I really got influenced since when I was in like a 6th grade and start imitating its style of figure drawing. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? I want to become a full-time artist, printmaker.

NETDOG Castle

As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? It is all repetition, to become better everytime you work on a new piece, spend a lot of time and keep yourself motivated. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new piece? Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? I just keep myself healthy. Since I have to go to school, go to work, and be in the studio everyday, I can’t be sick and waste some time in my bed. No staying up all night, manage your time wisely. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? I just finished my BFA exhibition and taking a little break (and literary it’s winter break now). I’ve been experimenting with paper cutting and I want to incorporate them with my prints. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? Either on dA or my personal e-mail. Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  31 


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Netdog If I Dream...

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Arghsdemeter Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? I am an amateur, free-lance artist who like to draw as a hobby. I don’t plan to pursue art as a career, but I do take it seriously and hope to publish art when I am an adult. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? “I don’t know if I am drawing in a specific style actually, but I probably am influenced by many different styles from both manga to cartoon. I eventually developed into this current style because I think I can become more flexible with it in drawing. I still have a long way to go, haha, so it probably is not fully developed yet.”

ARGHSDEMETER Commission : Pandalaer

ARGHSDEMETER Don’t Take Away Daddy

What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? “I like to use very cheap art supplies, like Wal-mart quality (A store common in the United States that sell very cheap products). I use a normal mechanical pencil to sketch, a Sharpie pen to ink, and markers and color pencils to color (Either Crayola or any cheap markers I can find in stores).For digital arts, I mainly use Gimp, MS-paint, and photoshop. I’m not sure what you mean by “key of your art”, but if it is talking about main part of my art, I think it would be the line art because I focus on it more than anything else.”

How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? Of course, everyone draws since they were very little, but I started drawing seriously when I was 13, around 7th grade in middle school. I don’t really think of it as a great talent; I find myself very average as an artist, but to have come farther than when I started was due to the art site, Deviant art and also to good art friends in school. Deviant art has amazing artists who upload great tutorials that are very useful in drawing. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? I personally think that the best part of my artwork would be the line art. I spend most of my time with inking and I also enjoy it the most.

ARGHSDEMETER .Can’t Touch This.

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Interview with (name of artist) Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? I find inspiration from many different places so I can’t specify a single thing, but for an example, I find certain photography to be inspiring. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? I admire Tyshea on Deviant art since I first joined it. She was my first artist idol, and has also inspired me to draw better. She gives a huge effect on me in clothing and character. Her clothing is very stylish and well drawn and her characters are so individualized that you grow on them. 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? I am currently in the 10th grade in high school, and it sometimes does effect me. For example, when I am learning about the Renaissance era in Italy, it makes me want to draw buildings.

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ARGHSDEMETER Tobi Hamster

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 it is both. While some people could have inherited their art talents, I think other people can learn to become an artist. I do think that anyone can have the potential of becoming an artist; they would just need the patience to keep on drawing and trying to find ways to improve. 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 love listening to music while I draw, it helps me keep on the flow of drawing or hype me up to it. One of my favorite singers is Younha, she’s been my favorite since I first got into music. Sometimes the music effects how the mood of the drawing will be. What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? Recent movies I’ve watched and are very popular is How To Train Your Dragon and Despicable Me. They make me want to draw a comic, haha.


Interview with (name of artist) What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? My all time favorites is Watership Down by Richard Adams and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. They are great literature and have never failed in putting me into the spirit of drawing. I’m not sure if they have any specific effects in my drawing, but they certainly do encourage me to draw. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? My goal is to become a nurse through the university, Emory. I think it would be fun to draw for patients to revive their spirits in hospitals. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? I’m just an aspiring artist myself so I’m not sure at all. Maybe to just keep moving on no matter what? Haha. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new piece? Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? I like to brainstorm for what pose and expression I would like to draw and what the character will be doing in the picture.

ARGHSDEMETER .Shooting Clouds.

Are you working on any current project? and can you tell us about it? I am trying to develop a possible comic story for next year. It will probably just be another practice comic because I do need a lot practice, haha. It will be about a high school drop out that has dreams of publishing her own comic. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? I like it if they contact me through my Deviant Art account. ARGHSDEMETER Cold Wind Blowing Blowing

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Hannah-Dora Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? How do you do? My name is Hanna and I live in Hungary, in the middle of Europe. I have an online gallery on Deviantart.com where I’m known as HannahDora, though it took me a while to gain courage to put my art on public display there. I feel a little shy around here as well, because I’ve found myself among amazingly talented people on the pages of this magazine, while I mostly consider myself a girl who just likes to draw. “Like” is not the right word, though I NEED to draw, sometimes more than anything, because it is pure therapy for me. Lots of times I feel very out of place in this world, as if I was looking at it from the outside utterly alone, which can be incredibly scary and art helps me to cope with these feelings. In short, drawing is a way of survival for me. I couldn’t imagine my life without it, as I’m sure I couldn’t be alive without it. It’s as simple as that. HANNAH-DORA You go on and I’ll be happier

HANNAH-DORA I Dreamt I Was An Architect

Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? For a long time I felt I hadn’t got a drawing style of my own, which made me quite sad. Then several people told me that they could recognize my drawings without knowing for sure that I was behind them, so I guess eventually my art shs managed to gain an integrated shape, or at least, I sincerely hope so. It may sound weird now, but my main inpsiration to draw came from manga pictures. I used to be a huge mangalover (I still am, even though I’m not a fan of anime, not mentioning a few exceptions) and I was trying to copy my favourite manga pictures all day long. My drawings started to appear even on the walls around the house, to the great delight of my parents. I was around 15 years old when I turned to realism instead Issue 5←  Web Art Gallery Magazine←  37 


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always trying to grasp emotions with my drawings and I think applying minimalist colouring is a nice way to do that. Even if I were good at digital art, I’d always be a traditional artist at heart. How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? Oh, about this “great talent” I don’t know much about. But I’ve been drawing, well, I guess all my life. I know this sounds cliché and it cannot be true in a literal sense, but I seriously don’t remember any conscious moment in my life when drawing wasn’t there somehow, so I cannot say much else. I always had an urge to do creative things, I used to enjoy writing stories and poems as well, and my favourite things to play with as a child were plasticine and crayons.

and I never looked back, even though I finally dropped strict realism as well. There are several different styles I love and I deeply admire, but it’s been a long while since I tried to copy any of them. Even though tons of pictures inspire me, I’m trying to follow my own style and my own intuitions. I’ve realized long ago that I cannot draw according to any kinds of system or rule. I can only do it intuitively, in a partly unconscious way. What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? My drawings are usually very simple. I prefer traditional techniques to digital ones, even though I tried to make digital pictures several times, but they remained alien to me and I’ve never had the talent they required. I greatly admire people with amazing digital skills, mostly because it’s such an unattainable thing for HANNAH-DORA me, but there is something about Miss Messy traditional art that really grips me inside and make my heart melt. I use really simple traditional techWhat is the best part of your art work in your niques, mostly mechanical and opinion? regular pencils, and lately waterI think the best part about it is also its weakest colour pencils as well. I really enjoy quality: people and emotions are all I care about. It is HANNAH-DORA spicing up black and white pictures the best part because that’s what my art is all about, 500 Days of Summer with a tinge of colour, because I’m 38  ➢Web Art Gallery Magazine  ➢Issue 5


Interview with (name of artist) and it is the weakest because I know a proper artist should be able to push out his or her limits. I cannot. I’ve tried several times to go more abstract or draw anything else beside human beings, but it all came down to the same thing. I’m not capable of turning my attention away from people and human emotions. They dominate my life and, therefore, my art and I’m sure that it will always be this way. Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? Well, it is not surprising now if I say that my main inspiration comes from human beings and human emotions. I can be inspired by all kinds of people, especially those who I find really amazing because I see them as unique and real. When I draw somebody, I’m trying to portray the person the way I see him or her, no matter if that person is an actor, a musician, or someone I know. I think the human soul is full of beauty and that’s what I’m trying to show to the world, in my own humble way. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? I admire so many people I could fill books with their names only. It is enough to look at my DeviantArt favourites gallery. And there are many professional illustrators I adore, like Anneth Legamo, Mary Grandpré or Tony DiTerlizzi. My favourite mangaka is Yazawa Ai, her manga characters have a certain realism about them that really blows my mind. 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 way? I’ve spent one year in an art school not too long ago. I quit. It’s not like it wasn’t a good place, the problem was with me. I’m ashamed to admit that, but I was not capable to handle it emotionally. I couldn’t draw on order, I couldn’t meet the deadlines and I couldn’t change my style. Moreover, by getting assignments, I didn’t have any time to draw for myself, for therapy, and it had a bad effect on me. I learned quite a lot of techniques though, like etching or lino-cutting. But I didn’t belong there. Other than this one year, I’ve never learned drawing in any way, not even remotely. I’m a

HANNAH-DORA Never Let Me Go

university student of English literary studies, currently in my fourth year. 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’m sure that anyone has the potential, yes. But I also think that an instinct is needed, because if a person doesn’t have an urge to draw all the time, learning

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Interview with (name of artist) techniques don’t matter much. I think techniques can be learned and improved all the time, but originally, art has to come from inside. 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? Music immensely effects my art work. I cannot draw without listening to music and there are many times the songs I’m listening to make me draw, even if it’s the middle of the night and I know I have to get up early in the morning. My favourite genre of music is alternative, especially (British) indie music. What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? I always need inspiration to draw, and I very often get it from movies. I really enjoy drawing scenes from movies in my own way, I’m always trying to add myself to them and those feelings that those particular scenes evoke in me. I love it when different scenes get stuck in my mind, mainly due to their stunning visual and emotional power. My favourite movies include “Lost in Translation”, “500 Days of Summer” and “Across the Universe”. What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? As a student of literary studies, reading takes up about 60% of all my days, but I’ve always enjoyed reading and it used to be one of my biggest dreams to

HANNAH-DORA House and Cuddy

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HANNAH-DORA Phoebe In Wonderland

become a book illustrator one day. Then I grew up.. But of course, illustrating is still one of my very favourites things to do, and more than half of my art consists of book or movie-related illustrations. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? It’s not easy to answer this question without feeling pathetic or ridiculous, but I’ll try. My main goal in life is doing something creative or innovative, while working around inspiring people and being able to inspire them myself. But I’m aware that only the luckiest people can have a job they enjoy, and I know I don’t have what it takes to reach such a goal. I’ve been dreaming about creating animations or anything artrelated that could open a road somewhere I’d like to go, but I try to give up these dreams now and replace them with more realistic ones. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? I’m trying to create drawings in which people can recognize themselves. The message would be something like: “you are not alone”.


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La-Vita-A-Bella Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? Hello, I’m Paula Cobleigh and I reside in Washington State, which is part of the Pacific Northwest. Anyone who knows me knows I have a huge sense of humor and I love to laugh, even if it is at myself! I have a positive outlook on life and I try to remain optimistic in any situation. Until I was 30, I didn’t get to travel much at all so now I travel as much as possible. Photography really helps me get out and see and do more!

Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? I have never been a conformist so I have never wanted to follow any particular style. I’m sure someone could look at my work and find a style to apply to it, but I do not do it intentionally. What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? My main camera is a Canon 5D Mark II. I also have several lenses from wide angle to tele-zoom. In addition, I also have a converted camera for infrared

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Infrared Palm Trees

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Interview with (name of artist) photography. And then there is the software I use. The main program I use is an obsolete one called Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, but I’ve also been using Photoshop Elements 7 and I find it less intimidating than a full-blown Photoshop program like CS5. Occasionally I will do an HDR photo, and for that I use Photomatix Pro. I think the key to my art is that I really try to show off rich colors and I think that appeals to the viewers’ eye. How long have you been working on your art? and how did you come along with this great talent of yours? I have been doing photography for the past 5 years. Originally, my photos were just a way to try and motivate friends to get out and see the world. I wanted to bring back the beauty that was out there. But along the way, I developed a great love for photography. Someone told me I had a good eye for it and encouraged me to do more. So I kept doing it and I found I really liked it. I can easily be described LA-VITA-A-BELLA as being obsessed with it now, Multnomah Falls although I try to maintain at least some kind of balance in my life!

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What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? I think the best part of my art work, for me personally, is that it motivates me to get out and see things that I might not have gone to otherwise. I also hope that it motivates others to go out and explore their own areas because the world really is full of beautiful places, but we tend to overlook them. Sometimes the beauty is just one part in an otherwise ordinary scene.

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Sunset Waves

Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? A lot of the time I will see pictures of places and I’ll say, “I want to go there!” So we do. Sometimes I find the place isn’t as great as the picture was or other times I get a shot that is better than the one I saw. That is always my hope; to draw out the most beauty a place has to offer. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? and what gives them such an effect on you? I try not to get too enthralled with any one artist because I want to develop my own style and not copy someone else. But Art Wolfe would have to be my favorite photographer. I really enjoy his show, “Travels to the Edge,” because it shows him capturing his images. I actually had a chance to meet him in person at a dinner I attended. It was rather surreal standing there, having a glass of wine, and listening to his stories.


Interview with (name of artist) 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 way? None of my education directly relates to my photography. All of that is self-taught. I spend a lot of time reading books, online articles, magazines, talking to other photographers about techniques, and experimenting. You really can’t expect to be a great photographer without educating yourself, whether you do it on your own or in a classroom.

LA-VITA-A-BELLA The Long Road Home

You may not be born with an “eye” for photography, but you can develop one if you really apply yourself. Do you listen to music while your working on you’re art work? What are your favorite bands or singers? How does it affect your art work? I love to listen to music, but I don’t listen to it while I’m photographing. I think it would distract me from truly enjoying nature at its best. I want to hear LA-VITA-A-BELLA O Hai

In your opinion do you think that art is something you learn or it’s an instinct your born with? Do you think any one has the potential of becoming an artist? I think that art is partly intrinsic and partly learned. My mother was right-brained. She liked poetry and drawing. My father is extremely leftbrained. Very technical and into electronics. I feel I sit close to the middle, but more on the technical side than the artistic. Photography requires a blend of both sides of your brain because you must understand how to operate the camera but you must also be able to compose images that appeal to people emotionally. It is my belief that a person can be anything they want if they try hard enough and truly want it.

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Snow Within My Reach

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Interview with (name of artist) the water bubbling in the creek. I want to hear the birds chirping. I want to hear the wind through the trees. When I am processing pictures, I might listen to music depending on whether I’m in the room by myself or not. One of my all-time favorite singers is Paul Simon. I think he has a gift for music and lyrics. His song, Graceland, has such beautiful imagery and leaves me with a good feeling inside. I hope that when people view my art, they get that same good feeling. LA-VITA-A-BELLA Sunset on the Columbia River

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Dreaming Lavender

What are some movies you like? and did they inspire you in any way? My movie preferences don’t have anything to do with my photography unless you count it towards my feel-good nature. But some of my favorite movies would be Under the Tuscan Sun, Finding Nemo, The Bucket List, The Rundown, As Good As It Gets, and Secondhand Lions.

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What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? I read mostly detective/conspiracy novels, which again have nothing to do with photography. They appeal to my analytical side. David Baldacci is my favorite author. Occasionally I might throw in a feelgood story. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen was an awesome book and I see they are planning to make it into a movie. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? My goal with my photography is to get to a level where I feel I can compare my work with the work of those I admire. I am continually learning more and trying to improve. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? As an artist, the biggest message I want to send out is for people to see the beauty this world has to offer. It’s basically the old adage of whether you see the glass half full or half empty. I think the glass is twice as large as it needs to be, meaning that I try to be happy with what I have no matter what that is. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new piece? Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? I always try to make sure that my camera and all of my equipment is always ready to go. That means that my batteries are charged, memory cards are erased, lenses are clean, and that everything is where it should be. We tend to make plans on the spur of


Interview with (name of artist) my personal website up to date. Contributing to the stock sites are the most time consuming because you have to tag your photos with key words to help people find them, but it’s where I make the most money with my photography.

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Christmas at Lake Louise

the moment, so it is not uncommon for us to decide to go on a trip and be packed and ready to go 15 minutes later. If you’re not prepared, you might miss out on some great opportunities. Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? No, my day job is far from artistic. I work in an office. I enjoy the security of a normal paycheck, but what person doesn’t dream of getting paid for doing what they love? But there is still a lot of work involved with photography. Processing pictures for optimal quality is time consuming and so is uploading it to the various sites that I contribute to, as well as keeping

LA-VITA-A-BELLA On Golden Pond

LA-VITA-A-BELLA Wet Autumn Leaves

Are you working on any current project? and can you tell us about it? Currently I am trying to improve my lighting skills. Normally I shoot outdoors so I generally do not need additional lighting. However, light is so important to a photograph, whether it is natural or manmade. I want to not only understand how my flashes work, but also how to use them to create images that really draw a viewer in. The subject of lighting is way more complicated than one could imagine so I imagine this will keep me busy for quite some time! If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? I am ver y active on DeviantArt under the username La-Vita-a-Bella (yes, I know it is spelled incorrectly). But if someone outside of DA would like to contact me, they can do so at paulacobleigh@hotmail.com LA-VITA-A-BELLA Multnomah Falls ‘n Fall Leaves

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LiiQa Can you please introduce yourself to the readers that are not familiar with you? My name is Lilia, I’m living in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, and my passion is to create and photograph concepts. Tell us if you follow any styles and which is your favorite one? What attracts you to work with this style? My favorite subject in photography is Still Life and concepts, but I would like to move on, I think the hardest work is to photograph people, I’d like to have the courage to do that one day. What are some of the tools you use? and what do you think is the key of your art? Currently I am working with a Canon 450D camera and Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 lens. But of course the most important tool is my fantasy.

LIIQA Take Me Back To Your House

LIIQA Sweet Melody

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Interview with (name of artist) How long have you been working on your art? And how did you come along with this great talent of yours? For about 2 years, it started with an amateur photography forum, it was more like a game, not something serious. I guess even right now I am looking at this activity as just a hobby, but I wish to become a professional photographer in the future. What is the best part of your art work in your opinion? The whole process is interesting, but the most interesting part is the final result – when I see with my eyes the photos of the images which spin into my imagination, my head, and later – the opportunity to

LIIQA Smoked sunrays

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show this to the world. I can compare this to “dream capturing”, photographing dreams… Do you think you have found a source of inspiration that motivates you to create your art work? In most cases, my source of inspiration are simple things, spontaneous ideas that appear in my imagination, when I least expect them. Do you have any one that you admire for their art work? And what gives them such an effect on you? Nacis Virgiliu in my opinion is one of the most original artists. You just have to see his works only once and pretty fast you will realize why I consider him as being one of the best.


Interview with (name of artist) 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 can answer only about me: I think that I had the artistic instinct inherited from my parents, I was born with it. What’s interesting is that nobody from my family is passionate about photography. I remember being a child I preferred staring at the camera, than watching into the viewfinder. Anyways, my biggest dream was, and still is, to play in theater. 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? Well, I cannot say that I’m being influenced by a certain musical genre, but one of my favorite song is “Simply Things” by Dirty Vegas. The name of the song describes most of my artwork – simple things. LIIQA Flowers In The Window

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? When I was a child, I studied music for two years, but this is not related anyhow with my hobby.

LIIQA Sweet Cherry For Margo

LIIQA Autumn Calendar

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Interview with (name of artist) What are some movies you like? and do they inspire you in any way? It’s hard for me to answer to this question, because I can’t recall any movie which might have inspired me in doing my work. What books do you read? How do they touch on your work? Lately I read less, but the books I am reading don’t influence my artwork. Do you have any goals in your life? What are they? Yes. In the future, I’d like to work in this field more professional, more serious. My dream is to collaborate with talented artists and certainly become one of the best conceptual photographers from my country. As an artist what kind of message do you intend to send out? I hope that I manage to spread the message from my artwork, a message which tells people that even the simplest things have a lot of beauty, the way I see it. What preparations do you undertake before you start creating a new work?

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Do you work in an artistic field? What is it? In most cases, before taking the camera into my hands, it takes a lot of dexterity. First of all I need to “build the concept” until it will have a finished look as in my vision, and later, photograph it in a way the viewer can feel the message I am sending. Do you prefer normal employment or freelancing more? Currently I’m unemployed, but I’d like to have a nice freelancing job, doing what I can do best – photograph. Are you working on any current project and can you tell us about it? Unfortunately I’m not working on any projects right now, but I have a lot of them spinning in my head which hopefully will come to life pretty soon. If a reader would like to contact you, how would you prefer they do so? www.LiiQa.deviantart.com

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Create a Stylish Black and White Abstract Photomanipulation

Create a Stylish

Black and White Abstract Photomanipulation

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Open the Samurai source image from the Resources section.

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With the Samurai figure selected, click the Using the Quick Mask tool (W), select the layer mask button on the Layers panel to outline of the Samurai figure. create a layer mask to isolate the figure from the background.

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Using the Custom Shape tool (U), select a Step 6 sunburst shape from the custom shape pack Using the custom shape we selected in step Create a new layer under the Samurai figure referenced in the Resources Section above. 5, draw the sunburst with the center behind layer and fill it with black (Edit>Fill). the Samurai figure in a new layer underneath the Samurai layer.

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In the Channels panel, create a copy of the Red channel (right-click+Duplicate Channel). Copy and paste the copied Red channel into Decrease the opacity of the Sunburst layer Open the Levels pane (command(ctrl)+L) and a new layer, which i have named Black and to 20%. change the values to those shown below: 0, White 0.29, 144.

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With the Marquee tool (M), select the area as shown in the image below.

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Rotate the selection (Select>Transform Step 12 Selection) 45 degrees and expand it, making Press Command(ctrl)+J to duplicate only the sure all 4 corners are outside the canvas. selected area into a new layer.

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Step 14 Transform (command(ctrl)+T) and stretch the upper right corner of the layer to skew the In the Blending Options menu for the Cutout layer, select Inner Shadow and change the Cutout layer as shown below. parameters to those shown below: Blend mode: Normal; Color: White; Distance: 6px; Size: 38px. 56  ➢Web Art Gallery Magazine  ➢Issue 5

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Between the Sunburst and Samurai layers, create a circle shape using the shape tool (U) Step 18 Alt+click the layer mask on the Samurai layer in the upper left corner of the image. Change Create a copy of the Black and White layer and drag it to the Black and White layer to the opacity of the circle layer to 11%. (command(ctrl)+J). Scale the copied layer copy the layer mask. We will be adding larger and position the layer to where the head some elements behind the Samurai figure, so of the Samurai is inside the circle shape. adding the layer mask wil prepare us for that.

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With the selection still inverted and the Black Change the opacity of the Black and White and White copy layer still selected, press the copy layer to 15% and change the layer blend Delete key to remove the part of the image mode to Linear Light. not inside the circle selection.

With the Black and White copy layer still selected, Command(ctrl)+click the Circle shape layer. Next, invert the selection by pressing Shift+Command(ctrl)+I.

Using the brush tool (B) and the swirl brushes With the swirl layer still selected, referenced in the Resources section, paint one Command(ctrl)+click the Samurai layer mask to select the area around the Samurai figure. swirl in the area shown below.

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C r e a t e a m e r g e d c o p y l aye r On the same layer, apply another Lens Flare (command(ctrl)+alt+shift+E). Apply a Lens effect in the position and with the parameters With the inverted selection still active, click Flare filter (Filter>Render>Lens Flare) with shown below. the Layer Mask button on the Layer panel to a Brightness value of 115% in the position hide a portion of the swirl. shown below.

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Using the Abstract Shapes pack referenced Change the layer blend mode to Hard Light Change the blend mode of the Lens Flare in the Resources section, create a new shape and the Opacity to 20%. layer to Hard Light and the Opacity to 60%. to the left of the Samurai figure.

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Michelangelo’s Dome

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Mademoiselledy

The Blue Danube

Ana Fagarazzi

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Agnes-Cecile

Lines Hold The Memories

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Fire Within Me

Razuri

Double Halo


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On Top Of The World

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Vallez Didier

Near The Waterfall

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Snowflake

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..::Majesty::..

Gemma Wilson No More Negotiations

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Deathofrats

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The Last Day

Mikesh Kaos

Dragos Soica

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Silent Waltz

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Rainbow Eye: Love And Light

She Who Married A Nation

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Janne Olkkonen

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