Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Digital Art and Technology Creating Beauty

Digital art has become very popular because this is the time of science and technology. People are using various tools and techniques to make artistic designs. It is a method that uses the digital technology for creating artistic works. In the olden days it is also known by the names like computer art and multimedia art and many more.

The latest ways of making digital art has brought a transformation into drawing, painting, music, etc. Those who use these processes to produce art are called digital artists. Today different types of applications are used in the formation of beautiful images and sceneries. They are created with the combination of discrete of discontinuous numeric value range. We can also understand it as a pixel that is very tiny constituent of an image. It consists of many dots and spaces and these are very tiny parts and they combine themselves to make a pixel and many pixels to a picture.

There are different aspects of producing the digital data like vector, digital painting, mixed media, fractals etc. In a vector technique some software like Corel Draw, Illustrator and some more, help the designer in making the graphics. Another important thing for the designer is to have some basic skills of sketching that helps a lot in this. Since these are created with the use of a computer the environment for them is virtual unless and until the prints are not taken out. We can put different colors and shapes to the desired image. Sketching skills also help the designer in making cartoons as well. Today there is a good demand of the people who are good in making sketches in the field of animation.

Another is fractal graphics; it is also going popular again these days. These types of images are formed by the use of specifically designed mathematical software that uses the mathematics formulae. The interesting thing is we can see the finer things of these images when we get it zoom. They are made very fine. The next one is mixed media and digital painting. Mixed media is the incorporation of sketching, photography and drawings to form the desired graphics or animation. It can easily be done with the help of Photoshop application. It is commonly used by the photographers to edit their photographs after shooting. In the same way we can use another form that is known as digital painting.

Here we can easily use the painting oils, colors, and charcoals, acrylic color shades etc. digitally using the computer. Here also we can use the specialized software for this. At an advanced stage different types of brushes, color, pencils and many more drawing tools can be used to create the images. Digitization has made the word of graphics creation a lot of convenient and user friendly.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Where to Find the Best Anime!

Think about it for a moment of how anime fans before the current generation of fans got their hands of the latest series. First generation fans watched anime on VHS from local fans all the way in Japan. Second generation fans were able to watch English dub anime right on their television sets. Then, the third generation of fans were able to watch a new episode as soon as they were released online.

With the popularity of anime higher than ever before, there are more and legal ways of watching anime on either a PC or on TV via a streaming device. Here are a few ways of finding where to watch the best anime series.

Streaming Services

Fans are making the switch to online streaming to watch their favorite shows without having to download multiple files that require various video codecs. There are streaming services such as Crunchyroll who offer recent and current season anime shows to free and paid subscribers. Paid users are offered new episodes just a few hours after airing in Japan, where free users will have to wait a week after to catch up. A bonus with streaming services like Crunchyroll is that the majority of shows offered are subtitled only, where there are a growing number of general streaming sites, such as Hulu, offering both subs and dubs.


On-Demand through a local cable or satellite provider is another option of finding new and popular shows. The model of on-demand offers shows on a rotational basis, meaning viewers have limited time to watch earlier or later episodes. Most episodes are free of charge to customers, but are also offered on a per-pay basis. It's a secondary option for those who are willing to find a new series on their TV by chance within a short amount of time.

Digital Rentals

Even with the cemented desire of more digital media, there will always be a demand for physical media. But when there no one desires either physical or digital versions, there are such thing as rentals. Stores such as Amazon for PC and Mac users, and respective stores for users of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console, offer digital rentals of movies and TV shows, including a growing library of anime titles. When a movie or episode is rented, the user has limited time to watch it before it expires, usually within 48 hours. The concept is similar with most On-Demand content, as well.

Despite the options given, streaming is the best option of watching a good anime series. Of course, it makes the series more enjoyable by buying the complete series on DVD after finishing it online. Watching anime through online streaming is better as there is no money wasted buying a series that turns out to be no good.

If a particular anime series is not offered through legal means, avoid watching it on sites that offer free streaming or downloads. Not only is it illegal, but it does not benefit distributors that are working with the major services to bring the next best anime series for years to come.