art without heart
Creating a piece of art requires discipline, determination, and time. It’s so much more than just a pretty picture, it’s an expression of mind and body, and represents the artist’s personality and soul. The beautiful thing about art is that it’s translingual; the passion and expression represented in a piece can be understood...read more
aboulia
Hi Tyler, could you give us a brief introduction? My name is Tyler Blackburn, also known as TylerXy on DeviantArt. I am a digital artist in my spare time, but I also enjoy creating music. Unfortunately, being creative isn’t a full time option for me – though I wish it were. My creative...read more
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We often refer to artists or writers as being creative, but the actual definition of creativity is: “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” So whilst artists and writers often gain their fame from writing something imaginative and unique, programmers also exhibit this skill, albeit in a slightly different...read more
twitter
I’ll confess, I was late to join the twitter bandwagon. I didn’t join until 31st January, 2012, and even then all I used it for was to tweet about this blog, and use it as an RSS feed for watchers who wanted to receive updates of new blog posts. It wasn’t until April...read more

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The alt attribute was first introduced in HTML 2 (1995), so it’s been with us for an awfully long time. This little three-letter attribute is so important; not only does it help with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), but it also improves the accessibility of your site. Alt attributes and accessibility Accessibility on any...read more
wp
Below are 8 completely free WordPress plugins which will benefit any installation, whether its a personal blog, or a professional corporate site. Contact Form 7 Contact Form 7 can manage multiple contact forms, plus you can customize the form and the mail contents flexibly with simple markup. The form supports Ajax-powered submitting, CAPTCHA,...read more
spinning
CSS3 allows us to animate elements in more ways than before. Below, I’m going to show you how to create an awesome, spinning hover state for any image. Preview Download HTML The markup is simple enough. Our social ID acts as a wrapper which allows us to center the icons. CSS This is...read more
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A set of eight wood and bark textures available for free download and use. Click here to download the full .zip file, or click the individual textures below to view them full-size. All resources are protected by CC BY 4.0....read more

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Learning when to say “enough is enough” with a piece you’re working on is extremely difficult. Perhaps even more so, is knowing how to go about finishing your artwork. There’s no right or wrong for this process, but below are some processes I undertake to finish designs. 1. Flip your artwork. Simply flipping...read more
music
A lot of artists cite music as a source of influence, but how much does it increase inspiration? After a certain point, does it just become a nuisance? Music can give you a motivational jump-start before you’ve even opened Photoshop, or put pen to paper; in particular, tunes with an up-beat tempo can...read more
facebook
Like everything on the Internet, Facebook uses an algorithm (a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations) to help it determine what posts you want to see in your News Feed. This algorithm is called “EdgeRank”, and looks like this: Let’s break this down a little....read more
LK
First off, could you introduce yourself to our readers? Hi, I’m Lorna, a 20-(something) year old from Ireland. I’m a self-taught artist and I spend most of my spare time practising drawing for what I hope will be the “real thing” when it comes to my job! In the meantime though, I’m trudging...read more

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