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Artists Tools Week - The Schedule!

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 11:14 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

This week we have  another huge range of articles exploring Artists Tools and giving you an insight into some of the tools of the trade. We have articles looking at:

:bulletblue: DIY Photography Equipment
:bulletblue: Commercial Photography Tools
:bulletblue: Photoshop Tools
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Tools
:bulletblue: Resin Casting
:bulletblue: Tips for blending with markers
:bulletblue: Tools for making a pattern
:bulletblue: Tools for anyone to write a novel
:bulletblue: Prompt Tools
:bulletblue: Tools for making tutorials
:bulletblue: Tools for finding the forums

This weeks contributors include MarcoEmma, Mrs-Durden, ParadisiacPicture, Tudalia, George-B-Art, Xadrea, Khallandra, and RogueMudblood. Huge thanks go to this weeks editors JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you want to find out more about projecteducate and how you can get involved just check out this article.

To Last a Lifetime

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 26, 2015, 9:06 AM
Firstly, I wanted to say thank you to everyone for the Birthday wishes. I barely have had time to be on DeviantArt longer than it takes me to do various bits and pieces needed but I did read through the lovely comments & notes and appreciate every single one.

I've learned more this year than I've ever learned in any previous year before now. I've developed a knowledge about what is important in life, and what actually can just be let go. I exhausted myself once I moved into a house with my partner, I exhausted myself fighting every tiny battle I could to get everything right. When you buy a brand new home you get a brand new shiny warranty with it and limited time to battle it out to get everything fixed and just right. A lot of my time an energy until Christmas went into this. Then everything changed.

The day after Boxing Day, my Grandad got out of bed and fell over. At first we thought that it would just be another one of his falls - enough to shake his confidence, but he'd be fine. We were wrong. By the early evening we were waiting outside A & E, the family trickling in bit by bit, because he had a bleed on his brain. The weeks and months that would follow have become a blur but I wrote about some of my frustrations  here and some of my elations here. My Grandad remained in hospital until Friday just gone when after an extremely long battle and a lot of insider knowledge of the 'system' we were able to get an agreement for him to be moved to Rehab (in the same town as us - he's finally 'home.')

Seeing how my Grandad was treated, and seeing the results we got only because we pushed hard for them made me feel sorry for all the people left in the ward who didn't have family fighting for them. I am not exaggerating. In that hospital, people of a certain age were left to die. They were not offered drink, they were not fed. If they were asleep when the meal came round, it was taken away. If they couldn't feed themselves, they were half heartedly given five minutes of a nurses time. There are more things that happened, which I can't talk about.

Rehab - it's only been two days but already my Grandad is feeding himself, using a cup himself and starting to support himself. Things the doctors and nurses told us would never happen. My Grandad walked into that hospital on 27th December - he likely will never walk again. How is that right?

During the past two weeks however, my Mother ended up in hospital. Together we were battling a chest infection/cold type thing and hers was made worse by her drive to continue visiting my Grandad, driving there, supporting my Grandma and everything else. She had to be hospitalised when her breathing began to struggle, which again put a strain on us seeing as she was in the same hospital as my Grandad and we now had two people to keep an eye on to ensure they were treated properly. She wasn't. She was so desperate to get away from there that she insisted on discharging herself. The recovery has been slow, but gradually she's getting there.

In the meantime my Grandma has just had her pre-op for a procedure she will need to have next Friday. My partners sister who is a similar age to me, has just had a cancerous lump removed and is waiting to find out where else the cancer might be in her body. At work, people have asked me how I'm still standing and I honestly can't tell them. I don't know. Work is keeping me going though, working in the care sector is such a help at this time and it's probably the best job I think I've ever had.

Despite everything, we're taking time to be a family. We've learned how to convert old traditions like meals out together, into new traditions which usually mean we crowd around Grandad's hospital bed. We're planning on taking him fish and chips tomorrow, something he absolutely used to adore and he's really excited about it. I didn't think I could ever live without my Grandad, he means so much to me, and when I look back now at the ways in which he has slowly been taken away from us and replaced with different versions, I realise that perhaps this is what we as a family needed. We could have lost him on the 27th December last year. Instead, we still have his smile, his humour, his voice (which is gradually making sense again) and him. He still knows who we are, he can just about feed himself after months of not being able to at all. We're making do with what we've been given and I never would have thought it would be enough, but my God it is and for as long as it can continue, it will.

I will say this though. I'm a Care Manager day to day and that involves assessing people in their homes, to establish what can be put in as early intervention or prevention for needing a care package/care home or something else life-changing. I'm trained to look at what can be a hazard to trips and falls, at what could be put in to make people's lives easier. I'm trained to look for carer breakdown, where a husband or wife can no longer continue to care for their loved one or who is at risk of struggling. Please look at your relatives, in particular your elderly relatives. Falls can be avoided. I'm not saying that every single fall can be prevented, my Grandad's couldn't and ultimately people want to live the way they live. More education about what you can do in a person's house to help them is needed and I'm so so passionate about this topic.

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Calendar and Info!

projecteducate was founded seven years ago by Moonbeam13 and since then has been a project run by the Community Volunteer team. The group is aimed at providing educational information for artists who want to learn about all sorts of art genres or who want to contribute their own knowledge for others to read about.

Weeks are usually allocated in seven day blocks unless there is a lot to cover and for general weeks a Community Volunteer will take the lead and bring you seven days of awesome in the form of articles, features, chat events, interviews and maybe even a contest or two. The volunteer will share their knowledge about the gallery that they oversee on DeviantArt or if they are a Chat & Forums volunteer they will give you insight into how things work over there. But now we have more and more involvement from the Community and we have themed weeks, which give anyone the chance to participate!

To participate in any of the below Themed Weeks or any of the scheduled Community Volunteer weeks just note projecteducate with your thoughts. We will discuss your ideas with you and help you all the way from the drafting to the final editing and beyond! You just need to note your ideas to the group at least two weeks before the start date and final drafts must be in one week beforehand. Once your idea has been approved, you will be provided with all the guidelines, journal CSS info and anything else that you need. Scroll down for some background info on our themed weeks and the dates for when each week will next be launched!

Community Weeks


These are weeks that are opened up to anyone on DeviantArt who has a wish to write about something art focused and educational. All we ask is that the topic hasn't been covered recently and that you be sure to credit any sources that you link. You can find all of the previous Community Week articles in this gallery.

Artists Tools


These are weeks which are completely dedicated to the Tools of the Trade! Whether you're a digital artist, traditional, photographer or something else - we want your knowledge about the tools you use to get creative. As long as your article focuses on an Art based tool or an interview discussing tools - or even a feature - then we'd love to hear from you. For previous topics that have been covered during Artists Tools Weeks visit this gallery.

Art History


Art History is all about delving into the past to find out who & what has shaped us into the artists that we have become today. If you have a specific forte about a period of Art History then we'd love to hear from you. You can write about art styles, artists, periods of time or something else as long as it's historical and has an educational twist. For previous Art History Weeks visit this gallery.

Art in the Professions


Art in the Professions week is dedicated to bringing education and awareness of the many ways in which art can become a career or play a significant role within a career. Through interviews, personal accounts, advice and guidance, articles during the week aim to give the community a taste of how they might be able to make art their profession whether it be within their career or as a job on the side.

Hints & Tips


These are short and concise blogs that we post through the group when things are quiet. You can work with us to find an empty slot in the schedule for posting these blogs. Hints & Tips blogs need to be brief and if possible include an illustration or photograph for those who prefer visual learning. For information on our previous Hints and Tips blogs, visit this gallery.

So what are you waiting for? With an audience of over 3,500 people on DeviantArt projecteducate is the perfect platform from which to launch your next educational article. Send us a note today!


Project Educate - The Schedule of Weeks!



2015


April 6th - April 12th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

April 20th - April 26th
Art in the Professions Week with Mrs-Durden

April 27th - May 3rd
Artists Tools with Kaz-D & Mrs-Durden

May 4th - May 10th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

May 11th - May 17th
Art History Week with DistortedSmile, PirateLotus-Stock and MORE!

May 18th - May 24th
Art in the Professions with Mrs-Durden

May 25th - June 31st
Photo-manipulation with AbbeyMarie 

June 1st - June 7th
Community Week with cinyu and MORE!

June 8th - June 14th
Chat and Forums week with Mrs-Durden and diphylla

June 15th - June 21st
Senior Week with cinyu, Arichy and MiloticScale

June 22nd - June 28th
Calligraphy with pica-ae

June 29th - July 5th
Street Photography with hosagu and MORE!

Meet Twindisch

Mon Apr 13, 2015, 10:00 AM
Meet twindisch (Thomas) a photographer based in Graz, Austria. Thomas explores many of his countries hidden and often neglected landscapes and buildings and is fast becoming well-known for his Urbex (Urban Exploration) Photography.
You can find Thomas on DeviantArt, Facebook, Flickr or his website. Thomas has been on DeviantArt for three years but has only in recent months become more active on the site.

:~ flour selfie ~ by twindisch


The Beginning...


I started Photography about 2 years ago on my 30th birthday because I thought I was now old enough to value photography itself. So I bought a starter camera with kit lens and gave it a go.

I soon got into urbex photography because I always liked to explore something new and understand how things work. I have to admit, that I´m at least as interested in how these buildings were used and the things left behind as in the buildings itself. It´s pretty awesome to see for example a fully equipped production hall of an abandoned paper factory and understand how paper was produced there. Nowadays you can´t just go to a factory like “Hey, I´m interested in what you´re doing, can you show me around and tell me how it works?” Well you can, but they won´t let you because you might see things you should not see or they fear industrial espionage.
And of course decay and nature taking most of these buildings back, adds a bit of a surreal and mystic touch to the locations which makes them unique and even more interesting.

The Gear


:bulletblack: Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Lens: EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM (because it’s the sharpest wide angle lens currently available, especially in the border areas)
:bulletblack: EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM for details.
:bulletblack: And of course a reliable Manfrotto tripod.

Your gallery features an amazing collection or Urban Exploration captures, what tips do you have for photographers looking to capture abandoned places like you have?



As the places often have great differences in brightness, I take most of the shots as an AEB (7 images, up to +/- 6 f-stops) on a tripod, and merge them to a HDR in postprocessing. I also shoot the brackets in live view to minimize the vibrations in the camera. I always try to keep the mood of light and if that doesn´t work, I pick a single shot.

As urban exploring as a hobby gets more and more popular these days, I want to take the chance and write a few lines about risks and safety. I know of some people who suffered serious injuries while exploring abandoned places, one of them even died. And I saw so many daredevils on my tours you wouldn´t believe.
The risks are very specific and depend on the locations you visit. I always do risk assessments and prepare accordingly in advance, but just to give you an idea: Places in urban territory, for example hotels or houses, are often mould-infested, contain asbestos or dove droppings with resistant bacteria and parts of the buildings may collapse over or under you. On industrial sites you may come across various toxic substances. While exploring underground bunkers or mines you may lose communication with the outside world, encounter mine gas or just become lost. When doing abandoned locations in the balkan states countryside, I always stay on concrete or beaten paths (there are still some active minefield leftovers from the war, especially around former military locations and border areas) and watch out for snakes, spiders and bears.

~ sundown at the orient express ~ by twindisch

Do you have specific safety tips for people out exploring?



- Never go alone and make sure a 3rd person not on the tour knows where you are. Agree on reporting points and if missed which further actions should be taken.
- Do research and a risk assessment on every location you visit and prepare accordingly. Think of risks "normal" people don´t think of, for example poisonous insects or animals, hazardous substances and things like that.
- Test and build up trust in your equipment before a tour. Always have first aid with you and don´t save money on safety gear like glow sticks, triple batteries or communication.
- Dress and equip appropriate. I´ve seen people exploring large underground bunker complexes in shorts and flip-flops with a cellphone display as only light source.
- Trust your gut instincts. If you have a bad feeling leave and come back another day.

This photograph below is so emotive - What's the history behind this capture?


~ sold out ~ by twindisch

The shot was taken in an abandoned asylum in Italy. Beside quarters and medical facilities, they had a small church and even this theatre there: The theatre of decay. There are some really emotive places out there; Just to mention 3: Chateau Lumiere has a unique light setting due to its architecture - we arrived in the dark and left 3 hours after sunrise. It was just incredible.


~ Chateau Lumiere Atrium ~ by twindisch
~ take a seat ~ by twindisch

Dr. Rossetti´s asylum in Italy gave me some heartattacks Sweating a little... A huge location which sets could be taken from any good horror movie, long overgrown hallways, dead silence, a door slams in the wind and stuff like that. And Noah´s Ark (below) was just impressive, standing in front of such a big ship, just wow.

~ naval architecture ~ by twindisch


Does the area that you live in offer much chance for exploring abandoned places or do you have to travel further afield?



I would say in a 100 mile radius around my hometown I´ve explored almost everything worth to see. In 2014 I spent 5 weeks visiting over a hundred locations in 8 different countries and did about ~12.500 miles on the road. Except for the number of countries, I´ll most likely double that in 2015.

~ insomnia ~ by twindisch

Do you ever get caught out exploring places that you shouldn't?



I´ve been “lucky” so far, only happened to me once in Italy – The guy shouted at us to leave, otherwise he would let his dogs after us. But we had some awkward situations on different locations with copperthieves, aggressive masked teenagers, former prisoners or a local biker gang dealing with drugs in the perimeter. They really didn´t want us there especially not with a camera.

~ welcome to the jungle ~ by twindisch


Not only have you photographed abandoned places as they look right now, but you've also got creative in some of them. How did you achieve this shot?


~ powerwoman ~ by twindisch

First my friends and me placed a few hundred tealights to light up the tunnel. Anne, our “model”, had to stand still for 30 seconds and Christoph was light painting with sparklers around her while I operated our cameras. We made a few different shots there.

This shot below is just incredible, it looks like a posh 'active' hotel - but it's abandoned. What is the strangest or most amazing thing you've found on your travels?


~ silver swan ~ by twindisch

Well it´s hard to say, i come across so many fascinating but also weird things. For example a handcrafted leather book with b/w wedding portraits from the early ages of photography. I also found journals of people who got arrested (and worse) because of their political attitude, patient files and x-rays, hand-drawn porn books from the 60´s or shotgun shells. I even found a single human lower leg bone. But if I got to pick an interesting-looking one, its definitely this washbasin...

~ source of life ~ by twindisch

Meet Twindisch
twindisch is an Urbex photographer here on DeviantArt and this interview gives you a bit more insight into what it's like doing Urban Exploration, what you have to look out for and the gems you can find. Don't forget to :+fav: the article if you enjoyed it!
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I came to deviantART looking for an outlet to share my literature work. Imagine my surprise when I look back now and find myself, eight years later, a Photography Community Volunteer and an avid Photographer. In fact, I've just spent a year taking a handful of Photos every day as part of the 365 challenge. If you want to talk to me about motivation, inspiration, finding things to Photograph and general 'sticking at stuff' then do please give me a shout!

I started off three years ago as the Abstract and Surreal Photography CV, I then took on Conceptual as well and now I cover General Photography along with 3wyl. My every day work, like so many of us here, is unrelated to Art almost completely.

I'm about to embark on a career as a Care Manager for my local council. I just finished studying a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and I'm about to move into my first house with TouchedD! In my spare time (whenever that is) I like to explore the world with TouchedD, poke dead things with a stick and take my dog who has naughty feet, for walkies.
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Artists Tools Week - The Schedule!

Sun Apr 26, 2015, 11:14 PM by Kaz-D:iconkaz-d:
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Artists Tools

This week we have  another huge range of articles exploring Artists Tools and giving you an insight into some of the tools of the trade. We have articles looking at:

:bulletblue: DIY Photography Equipment
:bulletblue: Commercial Photography Tools
:bulletblue: Photoshop Tools
:bulletblue: Traditional Art Tools
:bulletblue: Resin Casting
:bulletblue: Tips for blending with markers
:bulletblue: Tools for making a pattern
:bulletblue: Tools for anyone to write a novel
:bulletblue: Prompt Tools
:bulletblue: Tools for making tutorials
:bulletblue: Tools for finding the forums

This weeks contributors include MarcoEmma, Mrs-Durden, ParadisiacPicture, Tudalia, George-B-Art, Xadrea, Khallandra, and RogueMudblood. Huge thanks go to this weeks editors JenFruzz and Mrs-Durden. If you want to find out more about projecteducate and how you can get involved just check out this article.

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