Cyber Bullying in the Creative World

There is a difference Between Bullying and Constructive Criticism, people should understand the importance of constructive criticism. There is always going to be someone with more experience, more ideas, or even better content.

As a creative, your goal should always be to consistently grow and get better throughout your career. You can improve your art by learning from others. Sometimes, however, that growth comes through criticism. Constructive criticism is meant to encourage you. It’s a way to help you observe your artwork from a new perspective.

Bullying is different. Someone who is bullying your work doesn’t want you to get better. They want to bring you down as a creative, and perhaps even as a person.

Cyberbullying may not only hurt your feelings but it can harm your career if you start to second-guess your art.

There is no way to stop cyberbullying completely. But, when someone is attacking your work; make sure you have a thick skin, strong conviction in what you do, and a support system to back you up. Cyberbullying may be here to stay, but you get to choose how you respond to it and how you let it impact your career.

We’re all familiar with those days we’re working nonstop, channeling every single thought, every concept or emotion we’re trying to convey through our individualized art. And then all of a sudden, the inspiration runs out, the motivation fades away and the ideas are just a blank thought.

Artist block, or even motivational block are one of the most common things to encounter when working on any project or attempting to develop something. The causes can vary just as the fixes can vary. Generally they’re caused by depleted energy from the large input of energy towards your work. Other causes include being our own biggest self-critic, fear of judgement from others about our own work, anxiety, the need for perfection in the outcome of our work and so on. Every famous artist has faced artist blocks or even overreacted out of fear their work won’t turn out well. But fear not, this kind of block is quite easy to overcome if you approach the problem well.

The first step is being actively aware you’re facing a creative block and sometimes it helps to pinpoint where it came from. After that, stop judging yourself for feeling it.

Most people don’t like to admit they do this, but giving yourself a break is the ultimate fix for an artist block; it creates the space for your to absorb new environment, events or people and be pushed to create something out of those experiences. Sometimes, the best fix can be, quite literally, just creating. Use the blank thoughts and the blank canvas and just express the first few things you can imagine, from there you have something to hold onto until the work is finished.

Finally, be open to inspiration by other artists. Peruse your socials and online galleries and find something to build an idea off of. It’s not coping if it’s an inspiration; after all Oscar Wilde said “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”

How to Overcome Artists Block

How to price art?

Still not sure how to price your artistic work?

Not a problem, since there is a lot of professions whose main job is to price your art and inform you how to explain your prices to the potential buyers. But anyway you can also do that for yourself and here is how…

First of all it depends on the art and its value, the materials you used in creating it, the time used, and its durability; how much longer it will last. Once you figure out all the above details, then you are ready to start calculating how much you want from it. The money should pay for all your efforts.

 Another thing that you have to always be prepared for is to price your art first. To avoid unnecessary questions that, may come from trying to deal with the buyers. Your art must have a fixed amount but you may change the prices later on depending on your sales.

Make your art speak for itself. Make it stand out in its uniqueness; this is one way to price it. The price has to be fair though, try not to increase prices based on how you feel or on someone else’s work.

by Daniella BATAMULIZA

A creative director also known as a design director is there to create and plan; their main role is to ensure and to keep the creativity of an organization. Their role is so important their position is often found in fields like Fashion, Graphic design and so on

The task of a creative director is to hire and manage the creative team which helps to develop creative strategies supervising the performance of the team in order to ensure a positive and rewarding outcome.

They are responsible to developing creative of their team in terms of ideas, assessing and reviewing them: in order to present them and ensuring the visual messaging. It’s important for them to improve and evolve their products to make people fall in love with them

A creative director is also responsible for  managing client relationships, to be able to distinguish different needs from their clients to turn the client’s dreams and wishes into reality and keep the spark in your relationship with the clients.

There are a variety of roles and responsibility from a creative director as it is shown in their job descriptions.

by Daniella BATAMULIZA

Roles of a creative director

Importance of visual art for business

Visual art to business is like a vehicle, it presents itself, it perceives itself, and it communicates its values and personality in visual sense. Visual art is a powerful tool which speaks throughout every aspect of the business. The visual side of the business holds impact especially in the marketing.

Art plays a big role in the business such as branding and imagery, this has a further effect on how the company is viewed and also how people who come in contact with this company resonate with the work.

Another role that visual art display in a business is that it helps portray the company’s culture, and art is one way to show what an organization stands for and what they believe in and who they really are as a company.

In today’s world; visual content is everywhere. The majority of people think that visual contents like animation, children’s books and comics are only for entertainment purposes. Visual content has lately started getting a lot of attention because of the increase of smart devices, nowadays children and adults spend most of their time watching videos, looking at pictures and playing video games. In fact, visual content contains different types including Images, Videos, Infographics, Memes, Screenshots and many more. So, there is no way someone could run away from it, that’s why visual contents should be used as a tool for education for both kids and adults.
Besides, let’s not forget that it increases children’s reading ability, by catching their attention and expanding their way of thinking, which is great indeed. In addition (to this), Visual content grabs attention, it’s easier and faster the process of learning, and it also makes up 93% of all human communication. 

Thus visual contents could be used as informational tutorials and tips for education. Teachers, Parents or other high officials in the position of education should take that as an advantage by improving these creativity skills and letting local visual creatives be part of the curriculum development process.

Visual content as a learning tool

Why there is few women in the creative sector?

As we probably know, women had no equal right as men where; boys were able to go to school  and learn while girls stayed at home doing housework. The main reasons why we don’t have many women artist compared to men: Is that woman are intimidated by men and the society, they don’t see their abilities, they are underestimated, they are still afraid to step out of their shell, and share whatever they have got at the table, they compare themselves with others which is hard enough for them to find their uniqueness.

Women in society are still regarded as weak being a woman can be a psychological factor that makes many girls not to work harder or equal their fellow boys. Being a women also make it hard to out stand yourself in some fields and hence make it harder for them to get equal opportunities as men. Lately with the #MeToo movement, we saw that even in developed countries, women/girls are still taken advantage of; some women have to do sexual favors in order to have the same privilege as men in the creative industry. There are so many reasons to why we find a few women in the creative industry but things are being reformed, many changes are occurring and girls/women are starting to be given equal opportunities and chances as their fellow boys/men. Our responsibility as human being is to protect women and to ensure that they are safe and being recognized for their efforts and talents.

by Daniella BATAMULIZA and Shabani BIZIMANA.

“Art is an expression of creativity skills, ideas, thoughts, emotions and imagination that creates beauty or emotional power in humans”. Above all it is used to convey a message because it is appealing. Art as a discipline is classified into many categories such as: paintings, design, literature, music, theater, and photography. There is Traditional art history and Modern art which has different styles such as: visual arts and crafts.

Art has a very high status in modern societies people flock to museums, especially tourists. Museums have different art works which create wonders and curiosity to why they were made and the purpose of it all. Arts were used before Christ and afterwards they are still part of our daily lives.

Art is and has always been a sophisticated tool, a tool that can help us to cope with things like loneliness, one that can fill us with hope, and can help us to communicate in a world that questions power and aims to improve political systems. It is never an insult to ask art to do things for us. “True art must serve nothing at all it is an end in itself ”. It should make sense and it should promote something.

by Daniella BATAMULIZA

What is art?

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