Painting – Some Technical Aspects

Painters must be aware of all the intricacies of painting but for the novices, we bring a snapshot of certain technical aspects of painting which will help them out in developing this art.

Media
This refers to the medium used in paintings. It is the color type which is applied on the canvas. The choice of media depends on the solubility, viscosity and miscibility of the fabric or base used. Some examples of painting media include oil paints, pastel paints, spray colors, water colors, enamel paint and wax paint.

Styles
Styles of painting vary from person to person. It depends upon the comfort and interest of the painter. It may also include the use of brushes and paints. In fact, every painter is famous for a particular style of art. Some common forms of painting styles are:
Western: folk, graffiti, body painting, abstract figurative, Oriental and primitive.
Eastern: ink and wash, Persian miniature, madhubani, samikshavad and mughal.

Modern forms
Paints are a thing of past. Now, almost each and everything is used in painting. Be it paper pieces, sand, dust, cement, wood or any other material, they are widely being used in giving texture and extra look to the paintings.

Digitization has also brought various software in the market like Adobe Photo shop, corel draw, image maker and many other which can insert any design, shade or style which you can ever imagine of.
Recent time applications

Gone are the days when painting was done on canvas through brush and paints, exhibited, sold and over. Now it finds its applications in a host of other fields also. The basics and studies of painting are being used in interior designing for decorating houses. Painting provides an insight onto various color combination s and contrasts which enables interior designers to make heaven out of homes.

Another application of painting is in fashion designing where designers create aesthetic and graceful dresses of beautiful color combination s. Here also, the fundamentals of painting come handy in deciding which color or shade suits best on a particular complexion and figure.

A final word
Painting is a universe in itself and you will get more engrossed in it if you will delve deep into it. There are treasures to be found in this area but it requires patience and long years of hard and sincere work. It can be opted both as a hobby and as a profession. The difference lies in the commitment and pursuit.

Shopping For An SLR Camera

So you are thinking about buying an SLR camera but need to be convinced that spending the money to get one is worth it? Well I’m here to help you out and to show you how SLR cameras blow the flash off point and shoot cameras. SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex and is a type of digital camera that allows the user to switch between different lenses depending on their need.

1) Price. Be prepared to spend some money. When you buy an SLR you’re getting just the camera body you have to purchase the lens,flash,carrying bag and external hard drive,which you will probably need,separately.Investing in a tripod will also make things easier for you as SLR cameras are heavier than point and shoot cameras. Many manufacturers offer starter kits that come with everything that you need to get you going but even these are going to run you about $500. Yes an SLR camera is an investment but they are worth it if you are serious about taking high-end photos.

2) Flexibility. Having the ability to switch from say a macro lens to a telephoto lens gives you more opportunities to photograph a wider range of subjects in greater detail.

3) Image Quality. Point and shoot cameras are no match for an SLR when it comes to image quality, this is really noticeable at ISO settings of 400 and above.

4) Speed. SLR cameras are built for it and depending on the make,model and lens setup are designed to take anywhere between 3 to 10 photographs per second. They do this by using a shutter and mirror system that work together to rapidly capture light and project it onto an image sensor.

5) No Digital Noise. If you closely examine a picture taken with a point and shoot camera you will see very tiny flecks. This is due to the image sensors being too small,they simply do not have the space to effectively handle say 5 million pixels. This causes them to interface which causes the flecks or digital noise,this problem really rears its ugly head in low light conditions. This is not an issue with an SLR camera due to its mirror/shutter way of capturing images.

6) Raw Mode. This mode is truly WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). Pictures taken in this mode are unprocessed and uncompressed which gives you a much purer image. It also allows you a wide range of editing possibilities however to edit photos in raw mode you will need some additional software. My personal favorite is Lightroom by Adobe but there are others such as Paint Shop from Corel and Pro4 by ACDsee. The prices vary depending on the features so I would suggest checking on Amazon or eBay to find the best deal.

7) Instant On. With an SLR camera once you turn it on it’s ON! and ready for action,unlike point and shoot cameras where there is a certain amount of lag time from when you turn it on to when it’s ready to take a picture. Instant-On is perfect when you forget to turn your camera on and that perfect shot is quickly fading away.

8) Flashes. That dinky little flash that you see sitting on top of a point and shoot camera is NO match for a powerful flash gun! Many SLR cameras come equipped with a hot shoe or sync socket that allows you to attach a flash gun. A flash gun gives you more lighting options such as being able to bounce light off ceilings and walls,which diffuses the flash and eliminates red-eye.

The superiority of an SLR cameras is something that a serious photographer can appreciate yes they are expensive but that expense will be offset by the money you will save on having to buy film and having it processed,if you don’t have a darkroom,and who knows once you get good you might even be able to sell some of those photos to a news agency or a magazine! Below is a few suggestions for some really good beginner SLR cameras and the links where you can learn more about them.

Pros And Cons On Painting Your Model Car

The starting point for creating your own water slide decals is to obtain the correct clear backing. It is easiest to start with a ready manufactured sheet of clear decal film. There are several sources; most online model suppliers carry this material. Some suppliers even claim that their paper is manufactured especially for ink jet printers. Secondly there are four methods I am familiar with:

Creating masks for each color separation, masking the clear decal film for each color and applying the colors from lightest to darkest. Or hand painting the design if you’re really good at it. Good points: Not too difficult and inexpensive. Drawbacks: Tedious and time consuming if you have to make multiples. Masks have to be thought out and made well.

Silkscreen process. This is a process many of us learned in school. I will not go into detail as any good art book can describe the process far better than I. Pro: Good quality and not too difficult a process if multiples are needed. Con: Alignment can be tricky and skill is required to set-up.

Produce the desired image on a computer, or by hand, or from a photo of the prototype and then take it to a print shop and have it copied on a color photocopier to the clear decal sheet. Pro: Probably the cheapest and easiest set-up for most people. Con: The quality of the final product can be compromised by the quality of the copier and dyes.

Produce the artwork on a computer and generate it to a printer. You can use any common program like Corel Draw or Adobe to do this. Pro: Not too hard for a novice to create, or scan the artwork and many people already have the setup without knowing it. Con: If using an inkjet printer the ink does not always adhere to the paper well and must not be handled until dry. This method works well with Alps printers that use a wax ribbon, but Alps are expensive and I believe they no longer produce printers. A friend used this method to make his own decals for a NASCAR “Superman” logo and the result was very good.

There is also the possibility of having a decal manufacturer produce the decal you want, but that is very pricey and it won’t happen overnight. No matter what method is used, you will need to spray a clear coating over the decal to seal in the inks, dyes, etc., as they will run otherwise.

You do not have to prime before painting, but I prefer to for several reasons. The first being that a primer will show any flaws in construction and I really like to find those prior to the final paint scheme. A primer will also help to show if there are any areas where might not stick sufficiently.

The primer coat can also be useful if you wish to paint a lighter color over a dark plastic, or even to get a more uniform coat. Most importantly a primer should help with paint adhesion, but a primer is not a must. I have gotten into the habit of washing a model in warm soapy water before painting. It is very important to make sure all traces of soap are thoroughly rinsed off.

I would not prime anything prior to assembly, as that will negatively affect the adhesion of the glue. As I mostly use an airbrush I usually just spray everything once assembled, though sometimes I just spray areas that I have put a lot of work into. Some small parts like you mentioned do not really require any primer and if hand brushing would just make for more work.

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