Connect with us

Lifestyle

Love to draw? Here are 11 things to keep in mind

The pandemic has thrown up many challenges. But it has also been a time where people have found an artist in them. By following a few tricks and tips, you can master the art

Published

on

Source: @Skillshare

Believe it or not but drawing is not about whether you have the right tools but about what ideas you have that you want to put on a piece of paper or the canvas. Of course, it doesn’t mean that the person who can’t draw a straight line can become a master artist overnight but it does mean that practice makes a man perfect and in due time you can draw – as a hobby – to begin with.

So, what is it that you need to bring out the artist in you? Here’s what you need to do

Use the right tools

Drawing is all about ideas and tools. The right tools can make a difference when it comes to techniques or the use of certain mediums. The observations make the artist pen his work best. No matter how experienced or how novice you are, drawing instruments are essential. Without these tools and accessories, you may be unable to start a sketching mission.

Draw familiar objects

It is always easier to draw what you know, rather than what you see. Remember, sketching everyday objects is a practice with both line and composition. It makes everything else easier. Working from imagination is great practice, but familiarity with objects will help you draw crisp edges. Drawing things can sometimes help us build our confidence or teach us new techniques. We sometimes draw things just for fun. Drawing can be both.

Train your brain to see things differently.

Some people are born good at drawing. But you can train yourself. Train your brain to see things differently in order to be able to draw better. When you draw you have to transform perceptions into lines and shapes. That is when the magic happens in the brain. It’s a great way to practice the skill with which you perceive and express the world around you. When you draw objects in 3D space, your brain knows what’s inside and outside the box. This is why good artists draw circles and squares and triangles and share a wide variety of objects.

Follow composition rules

This is about taking an idea or image and arranging it in a way that makes sense. It’s about thinking about how things fit together. Just as we arrange our desks in a way that works best for us, we can arrange our bodies in a way that makes us most effective. Focus on the main figures when drawing a portrait or a sketch. Concentrate on how your eyes move around, looking forward and backwards. Keep in mind the depth and the foreground/background texture as well. Here are a few rules:

Rule of thirds

This is a guideline to help you draw interesting and balanced images. It’s based on an orthogonal grid which allows you to place solid object parts at the boundaries of areas you want to feel the most spacious. A boundary has three elements: Vertical, horizontal and diagonal. When placed correctly it creates an area that feels larger than it actually is while at the same time being intimate.

Rule of odds

It is used to help you assemble a better image. In an image with a lot of moving parts, it can be difficult to determine which part is most important. The relationship between each part and its relative importance will help you determine how important a particular portion should be considered while drawing.

Rule of space

The principle of the rule is to separate objects from each other with visual space or negative space.

Simplification

In art, simplification cannot be understated. If you want to learn how to draw better, you need to understand the basics of how light works and how colours work together to create pictures. Simplicity doesn’t mean cleanliness either; you don’t want to draw cluttered pictures. Draw clean lines, try not to mix up your colours and keep everything simple.

Shallow depth of field

This is a special kind of technique in which the foreground and background are not as clearly defined. This is the opposite of a dramatic perspective. It is used to blend two images together — creating an interesting effect when used effectively.

Find a focal point

Since drawing is majorly about observing, it’s natural to be distracted by the details. To help avoid this, add a focal point to your drawing that will draw your attention away from the background. Reference photos are very important. Find one focal point for each. The best way to figure that out is to sketch from photos. The focal point is where you want all the visual attention to go when people look at your drawing. It is usually towards the centre of your drawing.

Draw from imagination

Starting with basic shapes is a great way to get started drawing without feeling overwhelmed. It’s easy to create unique drawings. Start by just sketching basic shapes from imagination. When you draw from imagination you can’t use real-life images as references. Imagination drawing gives you the freedom to express. Most great illustrators and comic artists draw or sketch from their imaginations.

Deconstruct the subject

Deconstruct the subject you’re trying to capture into simpler forms. If you want to draw a person, start by drawing a handful of stick figures, then add a couple of cylinders and some cones and connect everything with lines. If you want to draw a landscape, draw the horizon line, one or two trees, and maybe one building then work out from there. The world is made up of basic shapes, edges, outlines and fills.

Use scales, patterns and grids

These are tools for making your drawings better. They can be used separately or together. What scale you use depends on the size of the objects you’re trying to draw. The larger the object, the smaller the grid-scale.

Work with values

In art, values can be thought of as the relative light and dark within an area of drawn space. The lightest value is white, the darkest is black. All other values and colours lie somewhere between these two extremes. Value is the most important element. It is also one of the trickiest to master. Make sure your value scale is right. Do a rough sketch first with simple shapes that have high and low lights. View the scene from different angles.

Take a course

Take a drawing class online or even a workshop. A good teacher can show you the techniques. A good idea is to learn from someone who already knows how to draw well.

Don’t compare yourself another artist

Never compare yourself with another artist. Do your best. This way you will be able to discover your strengths and weaknesses. As you self-evaluate your drawings, it makes you a better artist each time. Remember, every drawing is different from the others. Each drawing is unique, there can’t be a universal guideline.

Next time you have time and you pick up a paper and a pencil, follow a sequence of thoughts. Break down a scene and analyze it. Think of how you can make it better? Drawing has an air of mystery about it. It’s about letting your imagination run wild. So, let it soar!

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lifestyle

What you need to know about Transient Ischaemic Attack

Winter is here. Therefore, it is important to diagnose Transient Ischaemic Attacks. This can help to identify a patient who is at risk for subsequent stroke and prevent the same

Published

on

Transient Ischaemic Attack
Source: @Oklahoma Heart Hospital

An episode of stroke in any family is devastating. The sad part is that it can result in premature death and lifelong disability. In India, the incidence rate of stroke is estimated to be 119-145 per lakh. This means that there are 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of strokes annually. Unfortunately, when we do not heed the warning signs of stroke, we end up becoming victims of this devastating episode.

One such sign is a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. The risk of stroke in the first three months after a TIA is 2-17%. About 33% of those with a history of TIA have a major stroke within a year if not treated. Hence, it is important to raise awareness about TIA so we can alert ourselves regarding the subsequent stroke.

TIA cause

When the blood flow to the brain cuts off for a short while (less than 5 minutes) it causes transient neurological symptoms. This is similar to observed in stroke but is rapidly reversible. This is known as TIA. TIA is also referred to as mini-stroke because it is like a miniature version of a full-blown stroke. It causes less damage but it sure needs emergency care without delay.

The difference

When an artery that is supplying blood to the brain gets blocked due to a blood clot, it causes oxygen starvation resulting in TIA. In a TIA, such a temporary clog is generally pushed along and is broken down. The normal flow of blood to the brain returns quickly.

Symptoms of a TIA usually subside within an hour (typically less than 15 minutes) but may last up to 24 hours in some cases. In an ischemic stroke, the brain goes oxygen-deprived for a longer period. This causes more damage and brings long-lasting effects that can be fatal and cause permanent disability or death.

Risk

Apart from the risks that are not under our control like age and family history, generally, women have a higher risk of stroke/TIA than men. Obesity, carotid artery disease, high BP, high cholesterol, Diabetes, and preexisting heart conditions are also found to increase the odds of stroke/TIA. Excess smoking, alcohol consumption, eating foods high in cholesterol, and using drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin can increase the risk.

Symptoms

We must attempt to remember the term FAST — Face, Arms, Speech, Time. These are seen if a person is having a TIA. These include:

The facial droop may be observed where the eyes or mouth may droop to one side. One may also experience trouble smiling.

Problems related to speech such as slurred, garbled, or difficult to understand. Also, one may find it difficult to gather the right words.

Weakness or numbness of limbs may be experienced.

There might be trouble lifting or holding up the arms.

One may also notice balance and coordination related troubles, blindness or transient blurring of vision, inability to move one side of the body, dizziness, confusion, and difficulties in understanding others.

Changes to make

After knowing about TIA, it is important to make efforts to have a better lifestyle and adopt preventive measures to reduce the risk of experiencing a TIA/stroke. These include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco.
  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Having a check on the excessive intake of salt and fats
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keeping away from recreational drugs.
  • Maintaining ideal body weight.

Following the advice of the specialist and or timely treatment plan for heart disease, Diabetes and other health conditions can go a long way in managing TIA. A person can live a healthy life for a long time.

Management

Diagnosis is generally established through a full body physical examination. Neurological tests and various imaging techniques (MRI, Angiography), medications like blood-thinners, anti-cholesterol medications with or without the use of minimally invasive procedures (carotid angioplasty/stenting) and surgical procedures (Carotid endarterectomy) may be advised depending upon the severity of TIA.

When the symptoms of a TIA strike one should get medical help immediately. It must be remembered that there is a lot of uncertainty about whether the blood flow will restore on its own or not. It is impossible to predict if one is having a TIA or stroke because the symptoms are more or less the same. Given the present pandemic, it can lead to blood clots in the vessels supplying the brain. This can subsequently progress to TIA and stroke.

Disclaimer: The article is meant only to create awareness among the people. For any treatment one must always consult a qualified and certified health professional.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Top 5 online learning tools for your children

Today, parents re looking for overall development of their child. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help sharpen the child’s mind

Published

on

Learning Tools
Source: @Pew Research Center

Technology has really changed the way we learn today. From a face-to-face tutor to a tutor online to offline classes to online, technology is playing a big role in the education sector. It is providing them with various opportunities.

Not only this, the benefits of e-learning are tremendous. For this reason alone, there has been an exponential boost in the use of online learning platforms.

Learning becomes interesting if the learner enjoys the process. There are many learning tools that make this process effective. E-learning platforms enhance children’s education. It helps them to engage with edutainment videos, fun-packed kits, innovative teaching, and several practical co-curricular activities.

These online courses have an attractive design, suitable graphics, animations, clear instructions and easy language that makes learning fun. The companies provide flexibility to the kids. They can learn at their own pace. Kids are rewarded once they compete in quizzes or chapters. This motivates them to study without outside pressure.

Let’s look at a few such companies.

Class Monitor

It is an Indore-based ed-tech start-up. It caters to today’s needs and provides world-class, comfortable home-based learning. This is an interactive way for early learners in India (0-8). Early childhood development is vital for developing socio-emotional skills. The firm offers fun-packed kits that let you play, teach and bond with your children.

The start-up provides effectively-researched early childhood education programmes blended with traditional and modern learning techniques. It focuses on developing your child fundamentally. It focuses on five core areas: Linguistic skills, logical thinking, sensory and motor skills, cognitive skills, and creativity. The firm’s hybrid early childhood programmes connect real-life learning experiences and hands-on activities with an app designed to help strengthen your children’s learning.

Flintoclass

It’s considered to be a market leader in early childhood education. It transforms homes and classrooms into interesting collaborative activity spaces. The company has innovated the early education industry. It follows the e-commerce subscription model. All learning products and tools are intensively researched. The research center works with parents and early childhood teachers to create an ecosystem conducive to realising each child’s true potential.

Kutuki

It is one of the first early learning apps in India. It uses proprietary stories and song-based lessons to appeal to the youngest students. This interactive app aims to change the minds of young people by creating contextual and multilingual content.

This makes it easy for parents and children to identify with. With over 1 lakh-plus user and over 130 kindergarten subscribers, the firm is entering tier I, II, and III with its regional language content.

Kangaroo Kids

It is an online preschool that balances learning and development suitable for children 2 to 6 years old. Its programme aims to help young children develop critical skills in literacy, emotional intelligence, and social and physical development. The goal is to provide children with a safe and well-structured learning environment. This allows them to develop in a fun and exciting way.

They can explore their curiosity and learn at their own pace. Its unique curriculum helps children learn in a friendly environment while giving parents peace of mind.

Ocky Pocky

It is one of the first interactive English learning apps for preschool children. It has been created by Whizkids in India. It uses Artificial Intelligence/natural learning processes to help children meet their English learning needs. It provides feedback and allows children to build an early vocabulary base through voice, video, and vernacular. It is primarily for non-English speaking families.

Remember, a child learns the most in his first five years of age. In the first five years, experiences and relationships stimulate children’s development, creating millions of connections in their brains. A child’s brain develops connections faster in the first five years than at any other time.

It is therefore important to give the child the best that there is so that he has an all-around development. It will help him get the edge that this competitive world needs today.

Disclaimer: There are several other such platforms in the market today. The attempt here is to introduce a few of them and not to be considered as gospel truth.  Parents can choose whatever is best for their children.

 

Continue Reading

Job Portal

Looking to get recruited? Here are 5 newage technologies for recruitment

There are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

Published

on

Recruitment

The present pandemic has made it tough for everybody looking for a job or for a fresher to get hired. It is just as tough for recruiters looking for the right man for the right job. But there are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

It is not just the people who are looking for jobs that find it tough to match their skills with the job. Even recruiters are constantly looking for skilled people to match the job description. Therefore, sourcing and acquiring top talent has always been essential and involves a lot of time and cost for the companies.

However, now, newer technological advancements have made it possible for recruiters in making better hiring decisions and thereby breaking the chain of traditional methods of recruiting. These technological innovations are helping recruiters to plan their hiring processes better and provide the best-fit candidates for the required roles. Several start-ups are using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics to meet the needs of companies.

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most disruptive technologies today. Its potential to evolve and enable innovations is now being leveraged by several industries across the globe, HR is no exception. Integration of AI is aimed at making life easier. This allows HRs to play an increasingly strategic role.

Here are 5 platforms that are leveraging technology to simplify the HR processes.

GetWork

This is a SaaS-based HRTech and EdTech platform. The idea is to democratise job opportunities and empower college placement cells in Tier II and III cities in India. It is a technologically advanced two-way marketplace. It trains students and gives universities access to companies and startups. It connects corporates to over 18,000 placements cells across colleges and private institutes.

Today, there are several challenges. There is also a huge skill gap in students. The challenges faced by talent acquisition and campus recruiters make it tough to hire the right people. GetWork founders managed to recognise the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to build this company as a solution and scale it up through college placement cells.

ReferHire

It was started in 2016. In the last five-six years, it has managed to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) networking platform. It brings together organisations and those seeking new career opportunities on one platform. The Delhi-based firm aims at building transparency and efficiency.

The entire process involves hiring the right candidate. Once the user identifies the companies they are interested in, the firm starts introducing them to peers in those organisations so that they can look out for an opportunity.

iXceed Solutions

This is a talent and workforce solutions services company. It is a service provider to Fortune 500 companies. It primarily focuses on these domains globally: Technology, IT consulting and Engineering Consulting.

The company uses Artificial Intelligence-based recruitment solutions. It creates an in-class experience for both clients and candidates. Its list of clients is impressive and hence those looking for a change in their job or freshers looking to get recruited should at least come here to check out the options. Some of their clients are: Infosys, HCL, Oracle, Mindtree and NIIT.

InCruiter

This was established in 2018. It is an online recruitment platform based on SAAS in the B2B space. It provides an online recruitment marketplace for recruitment agencies and independent recruiters to speed up the hiring process 10 times.

The platform connects specialised recruiters. They have the best track records for matching jobs. Multiple agencies working on a single job with a single point of contact makes hiring fast and efficient. This enables employers to hire accurately. It also saves them cost and time.

The firm helps in finding companies with the best candidates in the shortest time without any hassle of phone calls, emails, invoices, and agreements from multiple vendors.

Instahyre

This is another Delhi-based HR-tech start-up. It is an advanced hiring platform that uses Artificial Intelligence. This means that recruiters can hire top talent effortlessly. Getting the talent and the employer on the same page has never been an easy task.

This is so true in the present scenario of innovation and competition. With revamped technology, it is easy to find a suitable job or suitable candidate. Finding jobs or source talents has become much easier with the help of this firm.

There are several other companies that are in the business of hiring and recruitment. The idea here is to just give a sneak peek into a few of them and not to be considered as a rule of thumb.

Continue Reading

Related

Transient Ischaemic Attack Transient Ischaemic Attack
Lifestyle3 days ago

What you need to know about Transient Ischaemic Attack

Winter is here. Therefore, it is important to diagnose Transient Ischaemic Attacks. This can help to identify a patient who...

Learning Tools Learning Tools
Lifestyle1 week ago

Top 5 online learning tools for your children

Today, parents re looking for overall development of their child. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help...

Recruitment Recruitment
Job Portal1 week ago

Looking to get recruited? Here are 5 newage technologies for recruitment

There are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

Weight loss tips Weight loss tips
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

Weight loss diet plans: Foods to help shed those extra kilos

Now that Diwali is over, many would want to go on a diet to shed the extra pounds they put...

CPR and First Aid in India CPR and First Aid in India
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

5 training programes for learning CPR and First Aid in India

Did you know that the incidents of heart attacks increase in winter?

Training Sessions Training Sessions
Lifestyle4 weeks ago

5 best career platforms for students and professionals

Edtech firms aim to deliver application-based education. This is digitally driven with a strong focus on generating job-ready persons. Let’s...

professional growth professional growth
Lifestyle4 weeks ago

5 skillsets that will help in professional growth

Everyone wants a raise but more than the salary package what matters is job satisfaction. Let’s look at the new...

8 foods to eat to bust stress 8 foods to eat to bust stress
Lifestyle1 month ago

8 foods to eat to bust stress

The present pandemic has left everyone stressed. While there are some exercises that one can do or even meditate, the...

Trending