Finding Your Inspiration – Get A New Hobby

Nov 09

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While finding your muse and inspiration as a painter, photographer, or graphic designer refers to different things for different people, there are a few common processes all artists need to go through. One of them is finding inspiration through the process of getting a new hobby and redirecting your attention on something completely new and unrelated to your work.


The Art Of Playing


No matter if you are a painter, you draw portraits, or you design web sites for a living or as a hobby of yours, you will eventually reach a point when your muse will desert you and you will need to find a way to get it back. Start by clearing your mind – being stressed about it will not magically make your creativity come to life again. Secondly, pick a brand new activity unrelated to your main one – it will help you let your brain rest the area responsible for your creative imagination as an artist and give you back the pleasure of creating art again once you are ready to start over.


One excellent idea to consider is playing some online games – and T.V's Deal or no deal game should captivate you on the spot. ladbrokes’ slots game collection has been enriched with the Deal Or No Deal alternative, which is the online version of the amazingly popular TV show everyone loves to watch. The games are simple: all you need to do is pick a box you think is most valuable and not open it until the end of the game, then wait for the contents of the 26 remaining boxes to be revealed. Your attention will be constantly challenged – and the same goes for your adrenaline levels – as the banker will call and you will need to decide whether you should accept his offer of opening your chosen box or not. The longer you decide not to give in, the bigger the payout – so this is a game prone to keep you busy and entertained for a while.

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Comic Con, Comic Cat! Tutorial with Diana Garrett

Jul 25

Comic Con, Comic Cat! Tutorial with Diana Garrett

In preparation for Comic Con this year, I worked on some Super Heroine comics to demonstrate coloring with the Prismacolor Brush|Fine Art Markers and Illustration Markers for our Super Charge Your Superhero workshop.  We just launched 44 new colors in our Premier Art Markers in June and I was so excited to experiment with them. I will show you my Comic Cat coloring project using some of the newest colors in the Brush|Fine Art Markers.

Multi Media Takes On New Meaning

Jun 20

Multi Media Takes On New Meaning

We have seen some amazing work come from our products, colored pencils are no exception, but what we don’t expect is when works of art are made FROM our products!

Want to see what we mean…

How-To: Owl Eye and Feathers

Jun 07

How-To: Owl Eye and Feathers

When I doodle, I enjoy drawing animal eyes with either fur or scales surrounding them. My go-to animal is an owl, and surprisingly can be pretty easy to draw. This how-to will explain how I lay down my subject and stylize it. I used Prismacolor Turquoise Graphite Pencils, Premier Illustration Markers (005 and 05 in Brown) and the Premier Brush|Fine Art Markers (in a range of brown-green).

See my tips…

“Face Up” to the Joys of Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

May 22

“Face Up” to the Joys of Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

Shelley Minnis, Prismacolor Artist and Consumer Specialist recently travelled to Barcelona and one of her stops included visiting the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Shelley was so inspired that she wanted to try her hand at Picasso’s famous style and shared her process with us!

See she tackled Picasso and the joy of working with Watercolor Colored Pencils!

Let Travel Take You Places Artistically!

May 06

Let Travel Take You Places Artistically!

Prismacolor resident artist  Shelley Minnis recently travelled to Barcelona, Spain and came back inspired and refreshed artistically ( and hopefully in every way!) by what she saw and experienced while she was away!

How-To: Tribute to Earth Day

Apr 19

How-To: Tribute to Earth Day

In tribute to Earth Day, this tutorial demonstrates one way to draw a tree transitioning through the seasons. There are many ways to interpret this concept, and I encourage you to challenge yourself by picking a unique layout or different reference. Materials needed: Premier Brush|Fine Art Markers in Light Blue PB-47, Spanish Orange PB-123, Spring Green PB-25 & Goldenrod PB-69. Premier Illustration Markers in size 05 and Brush Tip: Black, Brown, Sienna, Orange, Green, & Blue. Feel free to explore other color options as well. There is no right or wrong choice.

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Get “Pinspired” with Prismacolor!

Mar 07

Get “Pinspired” with Prismacolor!

We are live! Prismacolor has joined the party on Pinterest and just in time for our big birthday (we totally planned that)! As we have shared in the past, Pinterest is a vision board-styled photo sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections.

An online tool just meant for the art world.

UI/UX Design – Making Pixels Happy

Feb 19

UI/UX Design – Making Pixels Happy

The UI or User Interface design is the special part of a product that faces the user when looking at the site, while the UX or the User Experience is the sensation, the feeling users get when they look at the site. To get into more detail, User Experience is the sum of aspects resulting from the interaction of an individual with a certain IT system, interface, industrial design, graphics or a physical type of interaction. Classic human-computer interaction is normally part of the User Experience design, along with the insertion of all the aspects of the products/services as they are perceived by the users. The feeling normally needs to be one of encouragement, stimulation to purchase the services or products, or get in touch with the company, small business managers, or freelancer for similar purposes.


Brief User Experience History

Ergonomics and various human factors are some of the main triggering factors of user experience design. It was given birth to sometime in the 1940s and it has ever since focused on the type of special interaction between machines and people. Systems that can successfully address users’ experiences were required and hence developed and the spread of workplace computers in the ‘90s threw an even greater deal of importance. The name Donald Norman is important to remember in relation to user experience design, as he was the pioneer of the field.   


Important User Experience Components

The information age has risen beautifully and therefore some of the main components of UE design rely on user experience digital systems and their building blocks. Graphic design, UI degree of attractiveness, and the emotions of users are all components of UE.  

Graphic design is the aesthetics of the front-end of the User Interface graphics treatment of the interface. Colors and images, lines, symbols, and everything in between are used to convey a certain message to the viewers/website visitors. The most skilled and experienced of graphic designers know just what sort of elements to insert within their work so they can create just the effects they need.  


Findability And Structuring

Products and services need to be highly visible and easily findable on any well-built website. This is why one needs to carefully structure and organize all relevant information with the help of information architecture. All images and documents, software apps and web sites represent the type of information that lies between data and knowledge in the field of information architecture.

Proper structuring means the creation of building units that encompass information. These units are carefully related to one another and grouped in a way that has a certain meaning. The use of labels is necessary to speed up the time required to find the right kind of information and to navigate more easily. Findability is also critical for information architecture. Users need to be able to discover the information they are searching for without having to browse, get in touch with customer support or, or search.

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‘Tis the Season for Savings!

Dec 13

‘Tis the Season for Savings!

This holiday season, give the gift of Prismacolor products, like Prismacolor Premier® Brush|Fine Art Markers or the 150 set of Prismacolor Premier® Soft Core Colored Pencils, to all the artists on your list and save with our Holiday Rebate!

Here’s 1 gift you don’t need to wait to open!

Save now!