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Hi, guys today I'll be showing you how to design your YouTube channel art, header or cover (whatever you want to name it) in the video below. Feel free to use this exact style or one that is completely unique to you. Click play, and let's get started!

One creative way to market, and bring attention to your books (especially if you are a self published author) is by creating an enticing book trailer. People love entertaining visuals so I'm here to give you some helpful tips on creating a stunning book trailer for your fiction novel, series, etc.

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1. Build an online art portfolio:

You  can use websites like Behance or Flickr to host some pics of your portfolio as those sites are free, and don't require your full attention to start from scratch. All you need to do is upload and viola!

Awesome Scholarships Visualartzi

It's a new year, and school is once again right around the corner (be it fall or spring semester). You've looked into other opportunities such as financial aid, and grants but you still aren't sure if that's going to be enough to cover your tuition. You don't want to be in debt (or any mote debt) so loans are kind of out of the question (for now anyways). So what do you do now? Apply for some scholarships!

Stop procrastinating, now is the time to start applying. You're talented, and smart so money should never be the reason as to why you can't get a higher education.

Below is a list of scholarships, and some contests for anyone majoring in the fields of Visual arts. So get a notebook, and pen ready, because this is about to get lengthy.

Tongal: Contests for Filmmakers and Animators - Varies

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Okay, so Tongal isn't exactly a scholarship site—actually it's not at all a scholarship opportunity. No questions are asked about your GPA, high school, major, or the college you plan on or are currently attending. All funds are sent directly to you via check or your paypal account (the choice is yours).

What is Tongal exactly? Tongal is moreso a contest site. You compete against hundreds of filmmakers/animators in order to win a prize. Most prizes are around $10,000 while some can go as high as $50,000—it all depends on the contest you plan on competing in.

To use Tongal you must be at least 13 years old, but some contests may require you to be 18 or 21 to enter. This depends on the content of the project. For example, if you have to provide a pitch or a storyboard for a beer commercial, the contest may require that you be at least 21 in order to enter.
  • You can apply for contests by registering, and reading the terms and conditions
  • You'll see the available contests or projects by first clicking on the "projects" tab, and selecting "current".
  • When you click on a project you'll see its current "phase" or stage.

Tongal projects have 3 stages:
  1. The Idea stage - $500.00 (three winners): this is the starting stage of a contest. Everyone (filmmakers or writers) can submit an idea that is 140 characters or less. Three winners are usually chosen for this stage are awarded with a small prize (usually around $200.00 or more). Idea stage winners can earn a bonus if the winning video's storyline was inspired by them.
  2. The Pitch stage - Now this is when it gets real. Filmmakers submit a pitch that could be based off the winning ideas or their own. In this stage there is no going back. If your pitch is selected, and therefor wins you must submit a video or you'll forfeit all the money you have won. Even if you do not win the grand prize, and lose you will win a bit of money (around $1,000 or so). This only applies if you have won the pitch stage.
  3. The Video Stage - Final. In this stage Filmmakers are given some time (usually about a month or so) to storyboard, and film their video. The winner is given the ultimate cash prize.

Please visit Tongal's FAQ section to understand the site, and its contests better. If the FAQ doesn't cover all your unanswered questions you can contact Tongal directly at [email protected].

Girls Impact The World Film Festival: Get up to $20,000.00

Have you ever heard of Ian Somerhalder? Yes? No? Some people know Ian as Damon Salvatore in the cw's Vampire Diaries while others know him as the founder of The IS Foundation that aims to make the world a greener place. Well whichever way you've come to know Ian Somerhalder he exists, and his foundation along with Girls Impact the World have partnered together in order to present the GITW/Green IS Award.

High school, and undergraduate college students are encouraged to submit a short film around 3-5 minutes in length that addresses women's issues. These issues can involve:
  • Girl's education
  • Violence against women
  • Maternal Health
  • and other Global issues that revolve around women

Quick rules and requirements before you choose to apply:
  • Must be 25 or under by December 31, 2014
  • A full time high school student or
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate
  • Not be a resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria

Video Requirements, and Guidelines:
  • Film must be created after Jan 1, 2014
  • You can only submit one entry
  • Your video must be your own original work (no copyright issues)
  • Your film can be an animation, narrative, documentary, music video, curated film (film collage) or investigative report
  • You cannot post it anywhere prior to submitting it to the contest
  • Any music that you include in your video must be original or you should have the rights/license to it (for example, don't put a beyoncé song on your video unless you called up her label, and got written permission to use it or unless you're beyoncé yourself). If you can't produce the music yourself you can buy stock music at low prices.
  • After submitting your video share it from the site's gallery page to get as much publicity as possible to win the people's choice award
  • At the end of your film add a slide that shows at least two or more organizations working on solutions to the issue area that you included in your video
  • Make sure your video contains the provided End Maker still image

For more guidelines please click here.

The deadline for the Girls Impact The World Scholarship is December 31, 2014.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: $15,000.00 - College Students Only

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The HSF/McNamara Family Creative Grant project opens January 2015 (yay, you get a head start), and is available only to those of Hispanic descent.

To apply you must be majoring in the creative arts (performing arts, film, writing, design, communications, etc.), have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be a full time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in U.S. accredited schools.

The deadline is February 28, 2015 and you are required to submit a FASFA application in addition to the scholarship application.

ArtandWriting Scholarship: High School Seniors Only - $10,000.00

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The 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards scholarship is up for grabs, and submissions are already rolling in.

To be eligible to apply for the $10,000 scholarship you must be a high school senior attending school in the U.S., U.S. territories, Canada, and American schools abroad. You can apply regardless of natural citizenship so even foreign exchange students or those with temporary residence in the US or U.S. territories may apply.

If you are currently enrolled in a GED program or non-traditional high school you can still apply as long as you are under 21, and have a teacher/instructor who can sign your forms.

You are allowed to submit to both the art, and writing categories; you are not limited to one.

The Art and Writing award does have some entry fees. They charge $5.00 per individual submission, and $20.00 per portfolio submission.

High school seniors are encouraged to submit Art portfolios to be eligible to win the $10,000 scholarship. Only 16 high school seniors will be awarded with a $10,000 scholarship (8 from art and 8 from writing).

When submitting your portfolio only include your best work. Art portfolios are required to have 8 different artworks so a variety of media is required (keep in mind that if you are going to be applying to an art college that they will also be asking you for a variety of media—I also had to go through the same process—so this is actually good practice or prep for a college portfolio).  Translation: you may submit photographs, paintings, video clips, etc.

In addition to submitting your art you have to submit an artist statement of 300 - 750 words that answers the questions found here.

To learn more about this great scholarship opportunity, and the rules/guidelines please visit the link below:

The deadline is in January 2015 and varies for the art and writing.

IFEC Scholarship: College Students - Food Photographers and Graphic artists | $500.00 - $4,000.00

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The international foodservice editorial council is offering a scholarship to those preparing for careers within the foodservice industry and this also applies to students studying photography, and graphic arts.

To be eligible for the IFEC scholarship you must be a full time college student enrolled in an accredited institution in the U.S., and graduate no earlier than Jan 1, 2016.

Other requirements for eligibility:
  • A strong academic record
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Good character references

Application requirements can be found here

If you have any concerns or questions you can contact them directly at [email protected]

Deadline is March 15, 2015!

The Illustrator Contest: Up to $5,000.00

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L. Ron Hubbard is holding an illustration contest with a grand prize of $5,000.00. The contest is held both anually and quaterly. The quarterly contest prize is $1,500.00 and only the quaterly contest winners are eligible to win the $5,000.00 grand prize.

To be eligible for the contest you have to be an amateur so you cannot be an artist that gets paid professionally. The contest requires that you submit illustrations in order to qualify for the prizes.

For more information about this contest click here.

The deadline for the illustration contest is December 31, 2014.

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I find that a lot of people argue over which form of painting surpasses the other—digital or traditional? Some say digital while some argue the long history of traditional art, but I personally think that this arguement is quite pointless. You're comfortable with what you're comfortable with. It's all a matter of preference. 

As an artist though I do have to agree with one thing when the arguement arises: true painters should at least know how to paint in the flesh.

Why do I say this? Well this is my take on matter, and I quote:

"You can't really call yourself a great painter if you barely know how to hold an actual brush or worse...the difference between acrylic and water colors."

One of my teachers told me this in elementary school, and it was true that during the time I did not know anything about water color or acrylic (give me a break I was 8), but what he said to me did stay with me to this day and proved true. 

Can someone paint without a brush? Yes, I thought I was an amazing painter with my fingers back in elementary school (brushes were my enemies back then, I only liked ink—pencils were the enemy too,  I hated the smudges that ruined my drawings—and my fingers). I've even seen some great paintings made only using fingers. Though this failed me when I had to imitate a painting for a magnent art program. 

The lines were too finely detailed, my small chubby fingers could not produce such lines without the help of a utensil or in other words a brush. The paint was extremely hard to wash off my hands without clashing with other colors, and creating smudges and color splashes—it was total chaos, and so from then on I learned to paint with brushes. 

Knowing how to paint digitally is a plus—I mean I recently learned to do it, and I have to say the process is much easier. I can easily "undo" any small or major mistakes I make. When I need to paint an animated scene I can simply go digital, and do it efficiently.

Though if I want to paint a still life subject I go all traditional, and embrace all the love and frustration on my canvas.

Most artists do paint traditionally especially if they majored in the subject, but a lot of newer emerging artists know how to paint both traditionally and digitally. 

I think that it's great to learn both, and that they both can benefit you in the long run. The feel of the canvas, and brushes in your hands is a great feeling (believe it or not) so if you do not know how to paint traditionally you should consider it—yes it is a lot messier, but it will pay off. 

What will you do if your laptop or computer crashes? Then again what if you run out of paint?

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Lightworks (Free Version) - Advanced Editors

Lightworks currently has two versions (one free, and one paid), but today we'll just get into the awesome free version. The Lightworks free video editor is compatible with windows, linux, and mac computers. It is a nonlinear video editor that supports HD, SD, 2K and even 4K video resolutions.

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Daydream Lily was created in 2008, and has been thriving ever since. Loaded with hundreds of pictures Daydream Lily is a photography blog not to miss.

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The mesmerizing blog A Girl Named Leney was actually created by a girl named Leney. Her blog is filled with photos of couples, people, musicians, and everyday beauty.

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Created by Kitty, and Nathan Searching For Tomorrow is a truly beautiful photography blog that will leave you captivated for hours. The skilled photographer behind all the magic is Kitty while Nathan is awesome brainiac who codes, and programs the site. These two make an amazing duo as they bring the blog to life.

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Brought into existence by Rachel Follett Lovely Cluster Blog is mixture of a lot pretty photography.