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Thomas Kinkade - A Lifetime of Light

A Lifetime of Light - Online Exhibition
Experience this complete presentation of Thomas Kinkade's prolific 30 year career as America's Most Collected Artist. From his published works, we have prepared nearly 500 images; just click on an image to advance chronologically or use the links below to skip to a particular year.
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An American Artist - The Thomas Kinkade Life Story (video)
From his boyhood home in rural Placerville to becoming the renowned Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade walked a focused path. An American Artist reveals the experiences and inspirations that influenced the artist...From the memories of family, teachers, mentors, and friends, here is the life of the man behind the art.   Play An American Artist (57 min. video)


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Be an artist, right now!

  TEDxSeoul   ·   16:57   ·    Filmed  Jul 2010 

TEDxSeoul · 16:57 · Filmed Jul 2010 

Why do we ever stop playing and creating? With charm and humor, celebrated Korean author Young-ha Kim invokes the world's greatest artists to urge you to unleash your inner child — the artist who wanted to play forever. (Filmed at TEDxSeoul.)


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Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating

Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple — though hard — way to carry on, regardless of outcomes.

  This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

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Theft vs Creative Inspiration

Rick Sammon joins me for a discussion about drawing the line between stealing and being inspired by someone's work.


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V-Ray Architectural Showreel 2013


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V-Ray Advertising Showreel 2013

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Impact The Perception

Architectural illustrators must realize how their input can impact the perception of a project for good or ill, and the results of their aesthetics and integrity can have considerable influence.
— Frank Costantino

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F*ck You. Pay Me.

Our speaker at the March 2011 San Francisco, CreativeMornings (creativemornings.com) was Mike Monteiro, Design Director, and co-founder of Mule Design Studio (muledesign.com). This event took place on March 25, 2011 and was sponsored by Happy Cog and Typekit (who also hosted the event at their office in the Mission).

Mike's book "Design is a Job" is available from A Book Apart (abookapart.com/products/design-is-a-job)

A big giant thank you to Chris Whitmore (whitmoreprod.com) for offering to shoot and edit the video. Photos were graciously provided by Rawle Anders (twitter.com/rawle42).

The San Francisco chapter of Creative Mornings is run by Greg Storey (twitter.com/brilliantcrank).

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The key to success? Grit

In her late 20s, Angela Lee Duckworth left a demanding job as a management consultant at McKinsey to teach math in public schools in San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York.

After five years of teaching seventh graders, she went back to grad school to complete her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is now an assistant professor in the psychology department. Her research subjects include students, West Point cadets, and corporate salespeople, all of whom she studies to determine how "grit" is a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income. 

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A Plea to Photographers

It's long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Other sources say put the worth at ten thousand. 

A character in Ivan S.Turgenev's novel Fathers and Sons said: ""The drawing shows me at one glance what might be spread over ten pages in a book."" 

(Unfortunately we're not sure whether the character is referring to 10 pages in a university post graduate textbook or "Green Eggs and Ham" so it's hard to map on the ""picture worth x"" continuum) No matter; it's clear to everyone that pictures are worth a lot of words...more so as GenX, GenY and Millenials are eclipsed by ""GenA.D.D.""

But what about words AND pictures? Might the worth be exponentially greater? Alan Shapiro believes their value together goes far beyond either individually and will share his point of view on why photographers should seriously consider evolving their written storytelling ability especially now as social media experiences like Google+ are more important than ever.

Bio:
Alan Shapiro has been a creative storyteller his entire life. He took up photography a few years back to relieve the stress of his day job as an advertising Chief Creative Officer and to give himself a bit of a daily ""creative exercise regimen"". It took off beyond his wildest dreams and he is now published, shooting assignments for clients (including Scholastic, Lockheed Martin and General Motors) and his work is in galleries and private collections. He is currently the 4th most followed photographer in the world (with huge thanks to Google+) with 2 careers that he loves (both of which involve his passion for storytelling).

Website: 

AlanShapiroPhotography.com

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