Posts made in May, 2013

Light, Shadows, and Shading

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Drawing | 1 comment

One of the first and foremost concepts an artist will have to become familiar with is how to draw different amounts of lighting. Drawing lighting and shadows correctly makes a tremendous difference in a picture’s overall quality. This is because shadows are a huge part of what creates the illusion of three dimensional space on paper, a two dimensional environment.

Being able to identify the primary light source of your drawing is the most important aspect to understand about illustrating light and shadow. Examine how and where light reflects off of your drawing’s subject. Pay special attention to which areas are covered by shadow, especially when those shadows are cast by the light being blocked by part of the subject (such as around a person’s nose).

drawing showing use of light and shadowThere are many ways to go about filling in shadows. One of the most popular is hatching. Hatching involves drawing a series of parallel lines to create the effect of a shadow. They can be placed right on top of one another or spaced slightly apart to create dark areas and areas with spread out light, respectively.

You will have to be able to understand areas of light and darkness in terms of grayscales to translate them from real images to drawings. Using pencils of different hardness and using more or less pressure can do a lot to help you capture all of the different possible values of gray. This is difficult and takes a lot of practice. One way to get in a lot of practice is to draw a ball against a strong light source again and again until you get it down.

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Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Personal Injury | 1 comment

Finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in court may be the key in getting the proper compensation in a very fast manner possible. There are a lot of lawyers out there who says they can help you, but not all of them are familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury law. This is why it is vital to find the right one, especially if you have been severely injured due to an accident or reckless behavior of another person or party.

If you have just recently encountered a serious injury due to another person’s fault, then you might get compensation by filing a personal injury claim. With so many lawyers out there, it might seem daunting to find the right one, so here are some tips on where and how you can find the best personal injury lawyer for your specific injury case:

  1. Bar associations – generally all lawyers become members of these organizations, and as such, they can provide you with lawyer’s credentials and curriculum vitae. These organizations can provide you with lawyers who specialize in personal injury law.
  2. Yellow pages – even with the fast access of the internet, yellow pages can still provide you with attorneys who specialize in personal injury laws.
  3. Inquire about them to your lawyer – whether you asked their help for writing a will or for real estate transactions, asking your lawyer on their recommendations can guarantee you have enough options for a personal injury lawyer. Ask your lawyer for at least 3 persons whom he trusts can help you with your dilemma.
  4. Internet – just about every bit of information can be found in the internet. Searching for personal injury lawyers in your area do not only give you their names, you can also find their backgrounds, other cases and even inquire them about your case.
  5. Ask around – it does not hurt to ask other people about different lawyers. Word of mouth is still a strong advertising medium for many legal firms, and asking about them can inform you about their services and how they handle their clients.

Looking for the right personal injury lawyer doesn’t need to be all that hard and confusing. Just knowing where to look for them is the first step in fighting for your right for fair compensation after an unjust accident.

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Why use Pastels?

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Drawing, Pastels | 1 comment

drawing with pastelsWhen they are just starting out, some artists have difficulty isolating which medium would best represent their goals for a piece. There are many to choose from, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. Today, we’ll examine pastels.

Like paints, pastels are made from pigments attached to binding chemicals, but they are special because the amount of binder they need is much lower than other mediums. This gives them vibrant colors that are hard to accomplish in other mediums.

There are many benefits to using pastels. They are not as expensive as colored pencils, and are more portable than paints and brushes. They can vary in hardness depending on the type of pastel and the brand. Harder pastels will draw edges better and be easier to create details with, while soft pastels have higher pigment concentration.

However, pastels do have a few drawbacks. Primarily, a finished work must be glazed, otherwise it may smudge when it’s dusted later. The actual pastels themselves are often brittle and break easily, so it’s important to be careful when transporting them.

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The Severe Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

One of the most serious injuries an individual can suffer from is traumatic brain injury or intracranial injury; it is caused by an external physical force and can be acquired through violence (like child abuse), motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports or while working, especially in construction sites.

Traumatic brain injury can result either in partial or total psychosocial impairment or functional disability, or both. People who sustain such injury suffer impairments in perceptual and motor abilities, psychosocial behavior, speech, physical functions, information processing, cognition, language, memory, attention, reasoning, abstract thinking, judgment, problem-solving and sensory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.4 million people sustain TBIs, making it one of the principal causes of disability and death in the US. While a mild brain injury may only cause a momentary dysfunction of the brain cells, a severe one can lead to torn tissues, bruising, bleeding and other brain damages which can cause permanent disability, even death.

One dangerous effect of TBI is that it predisposes those who suffer from it to further injuries; it has also been linked to serious illnesses, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and diseases affecting the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Anyone who sustains a traumatic brain injury ought to be treated immediately, for any delay in treatment can lead to more serious consequences, like a more severe stage of disability, increased reliance on medication and medical equipment, and higher costs on medical care; besides lost earning potential the duration of which depends on the severity of the injury.

Obviously a cause of great suffering, the pain is still increased if you find out that the injury is a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. And though there seems to be no serious effect right after an accident or sometime after it, it is necessary that you observe the victim’s condition for any sign that may suggest a TBI, like nausea, weakness or numbness in limbs, headache, difficulty awakening or lack of coordination.

Though an amicable settlement initiated by the party who caused the injury may be a considerate move, it is still wiser to seek legal counsel from knowledgeable and experienced injury lawyers who know what your rights exactly are and the right amount of compensation that you legally deserve.


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All-around Cleaning Experts

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Experts | 0 comments

Wow Total CleaningHaving a clean home or office is important to many people. Besides being ensured of a healthy living or working environment, nothing impresses friends, guests and office clients quite like a noticeably clean, attractive ambiance. However, many people simply don’t have the time to do all necessary cleaning on their own. By entrusting a cleaning job to experts, you can rest assured that you will receive only high-quality professional service and not have to worry about cleaning by yourself.

Cleaning experts do not just make sure that your home or office is noticeably clean; they also help to make sure that the cleaned area will stay clean for a longer period. This is due to the modern equipment which they can use and the trained and dedicated personnel which most cleaning services employ in order to offer only the highest quality service to ensure total customer satisfaction.

Because different situations may require different types of equipment and expertise, cleaning companies often divide their cleaning services under two classifications: residential and commercial. Under residential, the services offered often include carpet cleaning, grout sealing, natural stone floor cleaning, upholstery cleaning, maid services, tile & grout cleaning, hardwood floor cleaning, water extraction & restoration, and air duct cleaning. For commercial or office locations, the services offered are often similar, and may include water extraction & restoration, air duct cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, carpet cleaning, janitorial services, floor strip & wax, and move out cleaning.

Oftentimes, when choosing which cleaning service company to hire, it is best to go for small or family-owned firms, as these businesses have a reputation to maintain, besides offering personal accountability for any job done. These are just some of the reasons people opt for family-owned cleaning services.

The next time you need something really cleaned, let cleaning experts take care of everything for you.

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