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As an artist, I’m always finding a need to get original reference photos. After making a few mistakes in the past, I’ve taken notes and created a simple checklist I think people will find helpful. Enjoy! Time of Day – Plan the time of day for your photoshoot wisely. I advise amateur photographers shoot on cloudy days or during the twilight, golden hour (the hour before sunset), for best results. This is especially helpful if…

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National Art Gallery CEO, Tammy Ikram recently sat down with Orange County Business Journalist, Deirdre Newman to discuss the launch and future of the gallery. Vol. 39 No. 21  May 23-29, 2016. ocbj.com Startup for Artists Goes Live Author: Deirdre Newman An online art gallery launched on May 15. National Art Gallery, based in Irvine incubator, Fast Start Studio, provides an online venue for the sale of original, print, and commissioned artwork. It also provides…

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Artist and Curator Tammy Ikram goes into the Artist Studio with Gold Medal sprinter, Carmelita Jeter. The first time I ever saw “The World’s Fastest Woman” Carmelita Jeter was on a wide screen television during the Nike Prefontaine Classic in 2009. As the runners went through their usual routine warm-ups near the starting blocks for the 100-meter sprint, I was taken aback by Jeter’s stature and muscle definition, but even more impressive was the intensity…

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I’m often asked to provide artists with “tips” or “tricks” to creating more realistic drawings, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 easy tricks that should lead you in the right direction. I hope this helps! 1. Embrace imperfection. Without texture variations, pieces will appear “cartoony”. This is especially true for oil painters and digital artists. For instance, digital artists that master skintone add a dotted layer (to imply pores), before airbrushing. Rembrandt van Rijn nailed…