Nela Dunato Art & Design Blog

Mind Patterns - The Sketchbook Project 2013

Mind Patterns - The Sketchbook Project 2013

I've participated in this year's Sketchbook Project. My sketchbook title is 'Mind Patterns'. I decided to portray thought patterns and emotions on female portraits, using hair as a visual extension of the mind. Beside the image, this post also features a video of my sketchbook flip and my commentary. Read more...

2012 review and plans for 2013

I know, it's so tacky to write about this subject at this time of year. I usually make my review and planning around my birthday, and this October I still didn't have a blog. And it sucked, because I didn't like the review. Actually, not having my new website or blog done by my birthday is precisely what frustrated me so much, and pushed me to finally make it happen. Read more...

10 reasons to attend artist meetups

10 reasons to attend artist meetups

Artist meet-ups, artist dates, sketch groups, whatever you prefer to call them... they're an awesome way to socialize with like minded people, and it's not only fun, but it can be productive as well! It might sound like a regular coffee date at first, and you might think no one gets anything done, but from my experience it's far from true. You gathered for a reason - to create. If you never attended such a creative gathering, here's what you might be missing out on. Read more...

How To Deal With Online Art Theft

How To Deal With Online Art Theft

"Art theft" is the term artists coined for redistributing art without giving proper credit to the original artist. There are different "levels" of art theft, and each artist decides for himself whether something bothers him or not. I have plenty of experience with people using my work in ways that I do not approve of, so here is my advice on this subject for all of you who might encounter this issue. Read more...

Rethinking my online identity and personal brand

Rethinking my online identity and personal brand

For a long time I had a separate art portfolio on one domain, and commercial design work on the other. I did it because I wanted my portfolio to be more professional but after I while I realized that it was difficult to maintain. My two domains only illustrated what was evident in my life as well. I was leading a double life — being a proper designer with a day job, and in my free time I was as an independent artist with illustration aspirations. Finally I decided it was time for change... Read more...

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