Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Most Painful Places to Get a Tattoo

The thrill of getting a tattoo is often dampened by the prickling pain experienced during the actual procedure. While we may all think it's super glamorous to get a fancy tattoo (I know I've been trying to convince myself since a year and a half now), we're all a little apprehensive about the pain that the 'glamor' comes with. So, what can be done to ensure that we not only get a gorgeous tattoo, but also minimize the pain as much as we can? Find out which are the most painful places to get a tattoo and simply NOT get them there! Impeccable logic, don't you think? Nevertheless, here's some useful information in this Buzzle article which will help you know the most painful places to get a tattoo. You can also check out the least painful places to get a tattoo. Go ahead, explore away!

Most Painful Spots to Get a Tattoo

Okay! Here's the deal. The logic behind the degree of pain associated with a tattoo is quite simple. The three things that define whether getting the tattoo will be a painful or less painful experience are:

    Proximity to bone: The closer the area is to a bone, the more the tattoo will hurt.
    Number of nerves: The areas that have a lot of nerve endings are generally extra sensitive. Hence it is painful to get tattoos in these areas.
    Thickness of skin: This one's quite easy to understand. The thicker the skin, the lesser the tattoo will hurt and the thinner the skin, more the tattoo will hurt.

So, keep these points in mind when you go through this head to toe list of the most painful places to get a tattoo.

Behind the Ear: For obvious reasons, getting a tattoo behind your ear is bound to hurt like crazy! The ear is a very sensitive organ, especially the ending and the rear portion, because it is made up of very thin skin.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Basic Still Life Painting Lessons

Still life is an art form depicting non-living objects such as fruits, flowers, ornaments, household objects, among others. Still life can reveal the artist behind the artwork. Most of the works also tell a story, a medium that the artists use to express themselves, or to just simply capture what's in front of them.

Starting Out

Begin by thinking what you would want to paint. Fruits? Flowers? Landscape? Wineglasses? Table setting? Once you have decided on what to do, set up the props, or if you want to bond with Mother Nature, look for a place where you can capture her grandeur the way you want it to be.

Start your still life painting with line drawing. The line drawing becomes the "skeleton" of the artwork. This will help you position your objects thoroughly. This way you can balance your objects on the canvas.

Make sure that your sketches are light to make it easier to erase and clean it up once you have proportioned and shaped your image.


Be aware of the composition of each object you are sketching: shadow length, reflections, and the color tones. Shading or the establishing of dark tones now comes in place. Deepen the tones and increase the contras. Remember that there are two tones that need to be established in detailing: the dark and the light tones.

Once you are done with the dark tones, start doing the light ones. Balance the areas of dark and light to achieve the unity of tone and form.

Tips On How To Make Amazing Oil Paintings

Oil painting was in existence as early as the 5th century, but it did not gain wind until the 15th, as its practice migrated from China, India and the Middle East to Europe, in what was then the Middle Ages. Eventually, it became the principal medium used in artworks. And by Renaissance period, different techniques in oil painting began to emerge, giving way to a myriad of movements, from impressionist to realists, to surrealist. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet and Renoir are just some of the artists made famous by their masterful oil paintings.

Traditional oil painting processes often start with a sketch. The artist is set to draw his subject matter onto the canvas using charcoal. After which, he is to start mixing the colors with linseed oil and solvents. And then, these mixtures were applied over the drawing appropriately and each layer brushed was mandated to have thicker oil coating than the last to promote faster drying, which might take about two weeks. After six months, the finished product is varnished to give it additional protection. And subsequently, it is framed for display.

When making oil paintings, it is highly recommended that you lay out your choice of colors on your palette before you start, in the order you intend to use them so you could progress instinctively and avoid making mistakes. If you want to test how certain mixtures will pan out, try out different combinations first using a sheet and label them appropriately. In addition, try not to use ivory black for your sketching, in case you do not have charcoal, as it tends to dry slower than other oil paints. If you are using charcoal, draw lightly so it does not affect the colors you utilize after. Be mindful of the ingredients of your oil paints as well, and see to it that you have those containing lead, cobalt and manganese; not the generic alternatives. And in mixing linseed oil, avoid using too much as it promote wrinkling.