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  1. On 9/8/2011 at 2:30 PM, RonPrice said:

    Belated apologies for taking 8 months to respond, Slightly art-freakish! So true: "Very few human beings are open to new ideas that conflict with their deep core of beliefs." Eventually, though, as the sociologist Max Weber theorized in his sociology of religion, a secular ethic becomes spiritualized and a new world religion becomes dominant.-Ron Price, Tasmania


    Please feel free to take eight years to respond - as long as you come back to artfreak.com some day. We miss you!

  2. On 3/31/2015 at 11:00 AM, Eduardo said:

    Hey Vic, 


    Those steps of a commencement are an infant steps towards a published book, a thesis if you will. 


    It is totally amazing,


    It is a SPECIAL EDITION because of the immense space from its emergence. 

    Am very humbled in that continuing journey.


    Best regards to you and the family.  



    Have you got any news on the book for us yet, Eduardo?

    So what have you been up too lately?

  3. Wow! I didn't realise that you can get premium quality soft pastels on Amazon.com...!!

    I like Amazon. I have only really ever bought books from them, in the past... I've never had a problem. Those books that I have bought from them have always been delivered on time - (or, very often, in advance of the estimated delivery date) - and in perfect condition.

    Also, as an affiliate, they have always been very good to me... Even when artfreaks.com had been suffering and referrals dropped to nothing from one month to the next, they never even hinted at terminating our agreement.

    So yes, I like Amazon!

    And I am very pleased to see that aside from the Schmingke Soft Pastels and the beautifully boxed sets of Sennelier Soft Pastels that I referred to in the previous post to this topic, I can even order my all-time favourite soft pastels from them...

    Unison Soft Pastels

    Unison is a true soft pastel. Very nice to work with. But what I like the most is the super vibrancy of some of their colours... Some of them even seem to have an almost fluorescent glow!

    The company that makes Unison Soft Pastels is a fairly small enterprise and it is based in the UK.

    If I remember correctly, I first came across their wonderful pastels in an art shop in the city of Bruges. I have also seen them in Victoria B.C., Canada so they do seem to be exporting them around the world. And, of course, you can always get hold of them at Amazon.com!


    You can check out the Unison Colour website here:



  4. The camerawoman behind the camera! :)

    artfreaks.com member Chai, is now a very busy camerawoman... She leads a rather hectic life and her work takes her all around the world. Chai was the camerawoman behind the Youtube clip below. This one is hot off the press from Hong Kong - and now, she tells me that she is already in Malaga!!

    Apparently, this is a Youtube show about the Fintech Finance Payments Race: ‘Round the World 2019.  It's mostly what they call "corporate advertainment", apparently... Four contestants, each with the same budget have to make it around the world using only ONE payment method for everything; cash, card, mobile payment or cryptocurrencies.

    Chai is filming one of the contestants here, in Hong Kong - and the pair of them seem to have been having a wonderful time!! :rolleyes: :D



  5. 2005!! Now that's a blast from the past! Back in the good old days when artfreaks.com was actually doing quite well...

    I have just been clearing out some old guff and a load of old spam from the forums - which was posted years ago when I was busy with my day job and I just didn't have the time to deal with it. This inane post should have gone the same way but I am a sentimental old fellow and I just couldn't bring myself to erase this little bit of internet history!! :search:

  6. On 9/21/2009 at 8:43 AM, mylittleartplace said:

    Other Art Workshops Available:


    Oil Pastel

    Pen & Ink

    Anime & Comic Strip


    Oil & Acrylic Painting

    Air Brush

    Happy Yoga


    Photo Manipulation


    My Little Art Place

    409.4122 • 0915.939.5723

    222 Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City, Philippines




    'Any update on those courses? Please let me know if you are planning to run a workshop or art course for soft pastels?

    Thanks! And keep up the good work!!

  7. On 2/22/2012 at 3:43 AM, Mylap said:

    It's Summertime, make your summer filled up with fun activities. Attend workshops from My Little Art Place. Enrollment is now going on!!!


    We offer workshops whole-year-round both for kids and adults.

    You can also visit us at http://www.facebook....ylittleartplace

    or call: 409.41.22/ 0916.667.6549 for more information.

    Come back, Mylap!! It's time to post an update on your Manila art workshops for kids!!

    How about some photos too?!

  8. If anyone is actually making any money out of selling their art - and especially if they are making a living at it, then I would love to hear from you!

    Personally, I just do it for fun. But, then again, it would be rather nice to get a little bit of beer money for all of my efforts!! :drinks:

  9. Ah, OK!! Thanks for that. ('Looks like a minor typo in the topic title, then...)

    I was just trying to get some activity going in the forums... Don't ask me why but for some reason, the image view counters and a whole lot of other stuff with the site will not update unless we get some activity by logged-in members in the forums?

    I have been told by the developers of the software on which the site runs, that I can set up some "cron jobs" on the server. Whatever that means?!! But that sort of stuff is all a bit over my head...

    I have also been busy in the forums deleting some old dead and spammy links. Apparently, Google doesn't like that sort of stuff. (It's probably one reason why artfreaks.com has all but disappeared off the radar...) I've got a lot of work to do there, as the site has been around for quite a while now and it accumulated a lot of junk in the past.

    We will get there in the end! :)


  10. On 3/10/2008 at 4:01 AM, gigsmella said:

    Hi Artfreak Peeps!

    Kamusta and Mabuhay!

    I am Rodny and I am a Product Designer and professional Illustrator. I am new here and would like to share some know-how about digital painting in Photoshop. Below images show the process of my painting in photoshop.

    Hi Rodny, "Page not found?" Could you upload your images directly to artfreaks.com and reinsert them in your post?


  11. On 10/5/2012 at 4:57 AM, Jen said:

    about to post some stuff now actually =] and I've been thinking about putting up a blog on here as well. I just don't have the best track record for keeping up with them, so I'm going see how this one goes first. So maybe here in the next few weeks I'll get one started on here =]

    Please feel free to start a blog here at artfreaks.com - And don't worry about keeping up with it! Just post whenever you are in the mood and you have the time. (Just like my own blog... sometimes I don't update it from one year to the next. It doesn't matter - it's not going anywhere!!) I think it is much better to just post something when you are in the right frame of mind and you have something to say...

    Here at artfreaks.com, there is no pressure to do anything. It's one of the benefits of belonging to a website that has a very lazy owner!!  

    😄 :rofl:

  12. On 4/1/2010 at 4:19 AM, where are the friends ? said:

    Betty Edwards is good, I have two of her books and agree with most of her theories.

    However, I do not think it is necessary to go through so complicated exercises. The time can be used more effectively...

    Thanks very much for your contribution to artfreaks.com. Your insights and the sharing of your knowledge are greatly appreciated!

    I would just like to add my own two pennies worth...

    In my own personal opinion, gained after my own experience, I don't think that the exercises described in the book are complicated at all. They are very easy to do and, again - in my own personal opinion - well worth the time and the effort!

    Of course, there is always something else to do, with which we can use our time more effectively... I think that most of us would be quite hard-put to use our drawing skills to save the planet, for instance?!!

    However, if you do choose to spend some of your time learning how to draw, I do think that the time spent doing some of the exercises in the book would be very well spent.

    Some of those exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain were a real revelation to me! Hey... I even managed to do a reasonably passable self-portrait!!

    Number 1, below, was literally my first ever attempt at a self-portrait and number 2 was the result of my efforts after doing the "upside down" drawing exercise...




  13. A good bit of advice there, from Jennifer.

    Jennifer Blekinsopp is an expert artist, so she is well-worth listening to!

    As Jennifer says, fixatives are the key to painting in layers, when doing pastel painting. But you really do need to get hold of a top quality fixative, if you want to maintain the vibrancy of the colours of your pastels. Note, also, that Jennifer does not fix the final layer. I am with her all the way on that one...

  14. Studying the work of past masters is a great way to improve your art but first, you have to learn the basics...

    Find a good art class, if you can. It's a great way of getting to meet like-minded people too.

    There are so many good books out there too. Buy a few and find one that you like - and then work your way through it from cover to cover. Then...

    Branch out on your own! Let your imagination fly. Experiment. And come up with your own style!

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