Horse Portrait…

Welcome to our latest blog post, this time about horse paintings. This horse portrait is from one of our London Art College students who is studying on the Pet Portraits Diploma Course. We felt the portrait was completely blog-worthy and hope it inspires our readers.

The horse looks very strong in the painting and the overall feel is very realistic. We love the subtle blues and well painted clouds. The horse has a lot of movement and the shadows on the horse help form the muscle structure in the horse, helping to create realism. The low eye level of the background adds to the strength of the horse too, we are looking up at him, which makes him all the more magnificent! A superb horse portrait which has been painted in oils beautifully!

horse portrait

Students Success with picture book on ITunes!

Lynne Garner has achieved wonderful success with her new e-books. Lynne has kindly written about them for us and I have also included her story on the Colleges website under Students success stories. We wish Lynne the best of luck with her illustrations and her future books and sales.

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Having had success in getting some of my books traditionally published (www.myspace.com/lynnegarner) I found late 2009 and the first couple of months of 2010 very frustrating. A couple of books were pulled from publication at the very last minute, one company went under and a couple of picture books after months of waiting joined the rejection pile. So with my partner we set up our own publishing company called Mad Moment Media Ltd (www.madmomentmedia.com). Rather than publish in the traditional paper format we decided to go the electronic route with apps for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone. This seemed a good idea at the time but what followed over the next few months was lots of stress and many a late night. However we have finally launched our first picture book app (Captain and Nugget) and placed it for sale on the iTunes store. The next one should be up within days (a free mini app – The Enormous Carrot) with a further four titles (A New Sister for Kodi – Puppy Why Do I Love You? – Scaredy Cat – A Surprise For Mum) due for release within the next few weeks. If sales of these books do well (and the first five days of sales have pleasantly surprised us) then we already have a further five titles lined up. We would also love to work with other writers and illustrators to turn their books into apps (but that’s a fair few months away).

Each book has to go through a long process including being written, illustrated and rendered in Photoshop, narration recorded and coding created so all this digital data can be turned into an app.  Each app allows an adult or child to read the books themselves, have the book read to them whilst they turn the pages (a simple swipe of the finger) or the ‘auto read’ function will play the narration and turn the pages for you.  Each app is currently priced as £1.19 and can be viewed on the iTunes store via www.madmomentapps.com

The Tribe….Coming Soon!

The Tribes Website – http://www.thetrib-e.com/home

‘The Tribes’ mission is to allow creative people; Artists, Musicians and designers to share their ideas and creations and turn them into a commercial reality. The concept is to bringing together innovators, early adopters and investors to allow a unique opportunity for anybody to submit their ideas and gain guidance and security. Think of it as an online Dragons Den without the judgement and yelling! Everybody’s ideas are considered and can benefit from the advice of ‘The Tribe’ community.

‘The Tribe’ will be holding regular competitions covering all areas of creativity to encourage talented individuals to generate new ideas, concepts and artistic projects. The first competition launching on the 22nd September 2010 will be a worldwide design competition. This will be a fantastic opportunity for designers, artists and creatives of all types to submit their ideas for; the first prize is an amazing £10,000!

Check out their website and their video below.