Digital Art: Program Buying Guide 5/18

Last month we featured some digital software for design that creatives should purchase to enhance their projects and take them to the next level. Here is another list of software that will heighten any design project. Take a look at them below:




Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling, animation, motion graphic and rendering application developed by MAXON Computer GmbH in Germany. With Cinema 4D you can create a range of stunning graphics and realistic renderings as seen above. The polygonal modeling, animation, lighting, texturing and rendering is incomparable to most programs. It employs the use of four variants; Prime (Core App), Broadcast (Motion-Graphics), Visualize (Architectural Design) and Studio (All Modules). In addition, a fifth variant was produced in 2014 called Lite which comes packaged with Adobe After Effects.

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AutoDesk 3DS Max is a 3D computer graphics program for compiling 3D animations, models, games and images developed and produced by Autodesk Media and Entertainment. 3DS Max features an impressive range of materials and texture elements for efficient rendering of any kind, from scenery to people.

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Adobe Illustrator CC is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. It usually comes prepackaged with the entire Adobe Creative Suite (now Creative Cloud) which includes Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, AfterEffects and other notable Adobe applications. Illustrator. Illustrator is built for vector artists and other artists who crave clean cut produced graphics. It employs a myriad of tools such as the paintbrush, the pen, and the pencil

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Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor which can be used to create or edit vector graphics such as illustrations, diagrams, line arts, charts, logos and complex paintings. It is also compatible with other programs such as Adobe Illustrator. Its primary format is SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). It can render primitive vector shapes and text and is also capable of embedding, tracing and customizing shapes and gradients. The inner working is similar to Illustrator.

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ArtRage is a bitmap graphics editor for digital painting created by Ambient Design Ltd. The program supports both the Windows and macOS as well as both Apple and Android devices. It is not considered a “professional” program as many other digital applications are as it caters to those of all ages and all different skill levels. Originally it was designed for use with tablets, but has expanded since then. Mediums include oil paint, spray paint, pencil, acrylic and others. Other tools tracing, smearing, blurring, mixing and several others.

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$70 Million Down the Drain?

A painting by one of the most well-known and celebrated artist in history was recently destroyed before it was scheduled to go on auction.  Pablo Picasso’s 1943 piece, entitled Le Marin, was schedule to be put up for sale at Christie’s auction house in New York with a price tag of $70 million.  A spokesperson for the auction house announced that it will be pulled and undergo a restoration process before being put back on the market.  The perspective buyer, casino mogul Steve Wynn, will have to wait until the restoration process is complete.

Steve Wynn is the former chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, but he retired amidst sexual allegation claims against him.  Oddly enough, Wynn damaged another Picasso painting in 2013, right before it was to be sold.  That painting was worth $135 million.  It was ultimately purchased by billionaire, Steve Cohen, for $155 million.  I guess “damaged goods” aren’t bad after-all.

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Death Dealer vs. Superman: Who Wins?

Well, it isn’t exactly the duel that you think it is.  Recently, a comic auction was held in Chicago.  The auction included some of the most well-known characters in comic-book history such as Superman, Batman, and the Joker. However, an unlikely piece flew past the Man of Steel (pun intended).  “Death Dealer 6”, a fantasy painting by well known science fiction and fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta, sold for a mind-blowing $1.8 million, rounded up.  It was only expected to sell for $600,000.  In comparison, a 1938 comic of Superman went for $573,600, but was expected to sell at a price of $650,000.  In addition, a 1940 comic of Batman sold for a mere $227,050 (I say that facetiously).  I think that the Death Dealer piece is amazing.  While I’m not sure about the $1.8 million price tag, I can see why it (super)powered past the competition.

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The Mancave: Part 2

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When decorating your man-cave, it really comes down to a matter of personal taste, which of course varies from man to man. With that being said a general rule of thumb is adding a personal touch. Something that speaks volumes, but is still subtle at the same time. Artwork is usually a must have in every man space. Whether the infamous “Dog’s Playing Poker” to a Playboy pin-up piece; whatever your taste try to think about something that can be a conversation starter as well as a point of interest.


Furniture shopping can be a bit more simple since it is said that the average bachelor has no taste. However, us guys know that this statement is far from the truth. On that note, let’s talk seating. Something comfy is necessary and this could include a bean bag chair, love seat, or a recliner. No matter the choice it is all about your comfort. Men aren’t that picky so your boys won’t really mind; they’re mainly there for the booze, sports, video games and guy talk.


Speaking of guy talk, the television is one of the most significant features of a man-cave. We all know one thing about TV’s, the BIGGER THE BETTER; that’s a given. While brands might be up for discussion, the main factor as we all know in choosing a television is picture quality and sound. While some popular brands might be common such as Samsung and LG, there are many other cheaper brands such as TCL and Changhong that gives these brands a run for their money.


Banksy & Basquiat???


We all know the anonymous English based graffiti artist, political activist and film director, Banksy. Having stayed in the shadows and having never been revealed, he frequently makes his apearance through his artwork. Banksy’s satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti and stenciling for a unique and powerful display. However, a recent art piece has sparked the attention of the public for the upcoming “Beyond the Streets” festival. It combines Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Barbican Centre piece with the flare of Banksy’s coften controversial creativity. In the image you can see, law enforcement (often a prime statement in Banksy’s work) frisking Basquiat’s “Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump”. Some people may view this as disrespectful, stereotypical or bias because of the portrayal, but knowing Banksy’s work and his view of art and the world it is more of a statement against the unjust that is occurring in society today.

Again, this piece will be a feature in the Beyond the Streets exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, celebrating the soaring heights to which the world’s most recognizable modern art movement has risen. Purchase tickets by clicking here.


Turning a Weapon of War Into a Weapon of Peace

New York recently hosted the fourth edition of the 1-54 art fair.  The art fair was started in 2013, and it is solely dedicated to contemporary art from African diaspora.  It is held annually with editions of the fair hosted in London, New York, and Marrakech.  New York’s 1-54 presented 21 international exhibitors and over 60 artists from Africa.  The event continues to grow, brining an audience of over 8,000 people.

All works of art were remarkable.  However, there was one piece in particular that garnered the most attention.  South African artist, Ralph Ziman, created a phenomenal, almost unfathomable work entitled the Casspir Project with SPOEK 1.  Ziman turned a military vehicle that was used in South Africa’s apartheid era into a tank that commanded attention from spectators.  He and his team, comprised of almost 100 artists, transformed the entire military vehicle.  It is brightly colored with beads and an unconventional style.

While the piece of work was amazing, it also symbolizes the triumph achieved in the country.  Apartheid was an oppressive political, social, and economic mechanism that legally allowed for the discrimination of African’s of color. Nelson Mandela was at the forefront of that movement.  I would like to believe that Mr. Mandela would approve of the transformation of the vehicle.  For, it seems metaphoric in changing the monochromatic pallet of the vehicle into something that is bright, diverse in color, and inviting – symbolic of the transformation of South Africa itself.

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Black Artery Studios


The Black Artery company has its roots in Brooklyn, New York, the heart of New York City. It consists of a team of culturally diverse artists who craved a platform and voice for creative individuals of color to showcase and promote various art forms under one umbrella. Their goal is to cross promote and network within the community to build a better establishment for lesser known and aspiring creatives. Black Artery houses numerous factions of artistic business ranging from graphic design, illustration, photography, animation and several other forms of visual art. They strive to connect and build as a team while giving back to future generations of artists.


Black Artery Mascot “Baby Gatz”

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Small State With a Big Art. Museum Gets Big Financial Boost

When it comes to The First State, Delaware, many people will literally ask “Where is that?” Besides being the residence of former US Vice President, Joe Biden, the state has a great art scene. One of the most notable art museums is the Delaware Art Museum, established in 1912. The renowned art facility recently received a large donation from philanthropists Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, a pledge of $15 million, to help the museum get their finances back in order.

In 2005, the museum had gone through a major expansion and renovation project. It is actually a fairly large museum, but the expansion added more programs to draw in a larger audience. A variety of programs are offered there including family events, after-work art social gatherings, as well as art classes. The museum houses large and diverse artwork, some dating back to the 1800s, from historic artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, one of my personal favorites, and Howard Pyle. They also offer exhibitions from current artists and mediums as well. A few of the paintings dating back to the 1800s were amongst those that were sold in order to pay down the museum’s debt after renovation.

With the recent donation, and other donations recently pledged and received, hopefully the museum will gain its footing again. In 2017, they reported their highest attendance in more than a decade. In addition to adding more programs, they plan on expanding their art and exhibitions to include more woman and people of color as well.

If you ever find yourself in the area, the Delaware Art Museum is really worth a stop.

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What a Royal Casket Looks Like

The Queen of Denmark, Queen Margrethe II, is still alive, but she has a remarkable tomb waiting for her arrival. A Danish artist by the name of Bjorn Norgaard has designed a tomb on the queen’s behalf, and it is truly fit for royalty. Quite literally, it is a piece of art. The artist and creator of the tomb used resources from territories of Denmark only. The tomb itself is made entirely of glass and has Danish royal symbols on it with three pillars supporting it, made from Danish granite and marble. On top of it all, it even has pictures of the queen and her deceased husband etched in it.

Although the tomb is actual artistry, it will not be displayed in any museum anytime soon. While there are pictures online, an exhibition of the tomb will not be open to the general public until the queen is actually dead. However, a replica can be seen on display starting in June 2018, at the church that the queen’s body will be buried at, after her death.

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Art of Ancient Egypt: Brooklyn Museum

The culture of Ancient Egypt has always impressed me. I love their culture because it is so unique and different in comparison to others. It is also apart of the birth of civilization and was a staple in the ways many other cultures are developed. Many museums create whole exhibits based on Egypt and its culture. Brooklyn Museum has for years had an outstanding collection of Ancient Egyptian art. Here is a peek at a new exhibit featured in the museum… take a look…

For more about the exhibit please visit Brooklyn Museum’s site Here.