Graphic Artist vs Graphic Designer | How To Find The Difference

The role of a graphic artist vs graphic designer is normally mentioned in the same context as if they have the same meaning and disciplines – many of my first-time clients usually ask for a graphic designer, but after a consultation with them, I’ve often found they’re looking to find a graphic artist instead. Although the two creative types do share some similarities, they are very different in several ways, and each profession has its own distinct methods and purpose. So how to find the difference you ask? Let’s talk about it!

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Have You Seen The Book Of Eli?

Studying many film books as of late–one book in particular continually praised the skillful execution of the film, ‘THE BOOK OF ELI’ (Denzel Washington). At first I couldn’t grasp the reasons behind all the favorable appraisal and critical interest, because as I recalled from my viewing of it a few years back, my impressions of the movie were of disappointment and boredom. Mainly due to the deceptive marketing campaign which seemed to promise a high-octane gritty action film akin to a ‘I Am Legend’ or ‘Road Warrior’ leading up to its release date. But given that I held the author in high regard for his expertise and knowledge of cinema, I felt the film deserved a second viewing to examine if there was something I missed the first time… …and Oh Boy! I missed A LOT! From the edgy editing cuts, quiet but powerful soundtrack, stylish cinematography, and narrative caveats. I have to say…IT’S MY NEW FAVORITE FILM! Also, it was quickly evident that my own personal disappointment of not getting the movie i expected the first time, clouded my thinking and receptiveness to the subtle elegance of this film’s execution. I mean the revelation of Eli’s handicap revealed at the end blew my mind so profoundly that a shock-wave of images and scenes rushed inside my mind and collided into a perfect understanding behind the cinematography choices, gestures, and…

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Should Visual Artists Study Classic Films To Improve?

Should artists and designers study films to add to their vault of visual concept and style? Absolutely! You may need to leave earth or even this dimension to find an artist who is not using film as reference or inspiration in their art-making.  There is just as much to be learned from a great film as there are from classical paintings, because the aims are nearly identical despite them being categorically distinct in their execution. A great film has high-end acting and compelling character development, just as a great painting has a well conceived character whom exhibits a real reaction in the scene they exist within. Whether it illustrated by a human or by a pencil, the conveyance of believable emotions and the development of a character through those emotions and visual representation is paramount in our connection to the art, no matter the format. Make no mistake, most of your favorite directors are visual artists in private, such as James Cameron who did not attend an art school, but had art skills, presumably from his mother who worked as a part-time artist. Cameron illustrated much of the preliminary concept art and designs for most of his films, Terminator, Avatar, and even did all of the famed (Jack Dawson) drawings for Titanic (yes even that nude portrait of Rose. lol). While our favorite dark visionary, Tim Burton, attended the …

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Man Of Steel Review

MAN OF STEEL. A lot of us have fiercely devoted ourselves to the myth of superheroes as they have always given a reality to our wildest dreams, whether it is flying amongst the stars or standing courageously in the face of a crippling fear. We love superheroes in that they have always exemplified an ambitious reflection of ourselves. Therefore, it is of no surprise that the creative minds behind films such as The Dark Knight Trilogy and Watchmen made a concerted effort to focus on the MAN underneath the legend, mixing many permutations of the canon narrated/visualized in comics, and adapted it on the big screen like never seen before. According to director Zack Snyder, this was to be an examination of Clark to not only relate him (and superman) more to moviegoers, but also to inject reality into an otherwise fantastical world, a formula which turned The Dark Knight into a billion dollar franchise. Does Man of Steel succeed? The answer is more of a ‘No’ than a Yes. It is interesting that many directors and writers have avoided Superman movies, as it is difficult to exhibit real emotional weakness or physical danger due to the character’s inherent God-like abilities and undeterred moral high ground. So yes, Man of Steel is successful in its unapologetic depiction of Clark’s moral infallibility as a reluctant hero who questions the legitimacy …

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Man Of Steel Soundtrack Soars With Superhuman Sound.

Man Of Steel. If you haven’t guessed by my numerous posts on nearly every social media platform made available to me, I am a HUGE superman fan. I’ve been following the details of this reboot VERY closely since the talks first became public shortly after the conclusion of the Dark Knight Trilogy. From the beginning, I’ve witnessed Warner Bros make some of the best casting and production choices they’ve made in YEARS (aside from batsy). I was thrilled that Christoper Nolan came on board to produce the project and immobilized his old Dark Knight team to tackle the task, because Warner Bros would’ve been deranged to allow Nolan to ride off into the sunset after his groundbreaking stint of Batman. He’s shown that he has the best poker hand at the directors table when you think of how many filmmakers have failed to bring realistic stories to fantastical figures. I think we’d have to acknowledge that Christopher Nolan has the best instinct of tapping into contemporary pop culture more than any other singular director right now. Just look at Nolan’s decisions in the crew he assembled? He enlisted Zack Snyder (dawn of the dead, watchmen, 300, etc) who has proven that he is top tier visual storyteller. Along with a wish-list cast of highly respected actors, production and visual effects teams, it was easy to assume that this film …

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Why Illustrators, Designers, Artists Create Art Work Anyway?

Why illustrators, designers, artists create art work is not a simple answer. It’s no coincidence that most people who speak of their dream ‘9 to 6’ job, the answers are typically tethered around some variation of the arts. Just take a moment and think about how many people have revealed their desire to become graphic illustrators, designers, concept artists, musicians, painters, models, dancers, writers, or even athletes on a professional level. Lost count yet? ALL those endeavors exemplify a chance to professionally stretch the creative legs of the human spirit and express our individuality. It is our purpose; a purpose we often complicate by our disbelief in our own POWER of influence. We are on this earth to collectively inspire the human spirit and we normally deliver that influence through creation, whether it’s through interaction or a result of our own creative expression. Simple observation would tell us that our reasons for creation may be anchored in emotional rehabilitation, thoughts of grandeur, or simply a love for aesthetic and appealing visuals. But, I’d argue that a more cogent and powerful perspective would be our spiritual need to touch people’s lives by sharing our gifts. The idea that you can impact and inspire your audience(s) with work that is true to your soul… is an indescribable emotion. A feeling which can only inspire you to create MORE because you …

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