Artist enjoys creativity of watercolor

Artist enjoys creativity of watercolor

I met Caleb Quire via local musician, Fleming Moore, several months ago out at one of the “Black Water on the Ashley” music nights in Summerville. Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Caleb has lived in South Carolina since he was a small child.

Regan: Where are you from and what brought you to Summerville?

Quire: According to my parents, I spent a couple of my early years in Jacksonville before we made the move to North Charleston and slowly, but surely, found our place in Summerville. Some of my best childhood memories are biking up to Guerin’s Pharmacy with my brothers in search for snacks — so I’ve known Summerville as a hometown since I was young.

R: Did you study art in college or are you mostly self-taught?

Q: Yes and no. I studied graphic design in college and use a lot of that knowledge and influence in all my artistic projects. However, I did not seek out any other art classes outside of school and basically bullied my way around with the help of books and determination until I got to where I am now.

R: You paint with watercolor; you draw (pencil & charcoal); you do graphic design (logos, block printing), photography and video. What is your favorite medium to work with and why? Favorite subject to draw?

Q: I have the most experience drawing with a pencil and with charcoal but I truly enjoy watercolor the most at this stage of my career. I like being able to play with colors in such a special way that other painting mediums cannot give you. I feel I am barely tapping into what I can do with watercolors and enjoy challenging myself to be better. My favorite subject to draw or paint would be the quirks of people. I am fortunate enough to paint a lot of pups and cats which keeps me smiling all day long but I do love the challenge that painting people offers.

R: Your new endeavor of housedrawnstudio.com is unique. Talk about that.

Q: I teamed up with a good friend of mine, Paul Smith, to provide a complete gift that holds great significance. Our House-Drawn Team hand-draws, inks, and colors, the homes of your childhood; or, it might even be your very first house. We mat, frame, wrap, and box the Masterpiece and ship it to you. Homes hold so much emotion and it is a great reminder of the good times when seeing that Masterpiece on your wall. You can go to HouseDrawnGifts.com to learn more.

For more information, go to CalebQuire.com.

Q: I’m just in the beginning stages of a new watercolor series that sprung on me out of nowhere and I’m really excited about all of the creative juices I’ve got swimming around in my brain with that one. I am also starting to play around with block printing and apparel which will be something we will all see more of come this spring and summer.

R: Any art showings, courses/workshops, festivals, or other art events planned?

Q: I do not have any guaranteed showings or events planned but you can expect tutorial videos and painting walk-throughs coming out soon. It has been a long time coming but who doesn’t need a Bob Ross-inspired watercolor painter? As most people know, Bob Ross is a famous oil painter who created easy going and happy painting episodes on “The Joy of Painting” (from 1983 to 1995) on PBS-TV — way before I started art as a kid.

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Not an Artist? Try the Easy-to-Use, Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet

Not an Artist? Try the Easy-to-Use, Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet

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Summary


Given its price, features and functionality, FotoJet is one of the leaders in this space, especially for time and cash strapped small businesses.

You only need to spend five seconds on the web to appreciate how much people love visuals. From social media to websites, the Internet is plastered with more images than a big city fence covered with playbills.

In the business world, this love of images translates into visual marketing, a very effective approach to building your brand and attracting your targeted customers.

Unfortunately, many small businesses face a hurdle to effective visual marketing: creating the images. Most lack the expertise in house and the money to outsource those skills.

Fortunately, a number of solutions, such as Canva and Visme, have stepped up to help with drag-and-drop image creation software that’s easy for non-designers to use. Today, I’m going to take a look at the latest of these, FotoJet.

Free Image Creation Software

FotoJet is actually three tools in one and includes a:

  1. Collage maker;

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Photo Collage Examples

  1. Graphic designer; and

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Graphic Design Examples

  1. Photo editor.

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Photo Editor Example

Let’s take a closer look at the separate tools.

FotoJet’s Collage Maker

FotoJet’s collage maker was designed to work with your own photos, either uploaded from your computer or imported from your Facebook photo albums.

Using these photos, you can create an impressive array of images including classic collages, “creative” collages, photo cards and more:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Collage Selections

Once you make a selection (I chose “Classic Collage”), you’re taken to the collage maker:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Collage Maker

Here you’ll find most the standard tools (text, clipart, shapes and backgrounds). As you can see above, there are tons of classic collage templates ranging from layouts with two images up to those with eight.

Heading back to the collage maker project selection screen, I selected “Magazine Cover” to show you how the tool works.

Step One: Select the Project Type

After selecting the “Magazine Cover” project type, I was taken to the collage maker:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Step 1

Step Two: Select the Template

Next, I selected the template I wanted to use from the ones shown on the left

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Step 2

Step 3: Upload and Add Image

Next, I uploaded a couple of images to see which would work and tried both. Here’s the one that fit best:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Step 3

Step 4: Final Touchups

Since it was hard to read the black text at both top and on the left, I made it all white to complete my image:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Step 4

Step 5: Save, Share and Print

Now that I have a complete image, I can use the bar above the image to save it to my computer, share it via social media or print it:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Step 5

And voila, I’ve got a new image to use in my visual marketing efforts:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Magazine Cover Walkthrough - Final Image

FotoJet’s Graphic Designer

Fotojet’s graphic designer tool was designed to use your own images or free images from Pixabay.

This tool is ideal for online marketers as it has templates for the more popular social media site. Here’s the project type selection page for the graphic designer:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Graphic Designer Selections

Once you’re inside, the graphic designer looks much like the collage maker. One big difference are the available templates:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Graphic Designer Templates

Another difference is that you can use free photos from Pixabay in your own images:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Pixabay Process

  1. Select “Stock Photo” under “Add Photo”;
  2. Search for the photo you want and then click the “Add” button;
  3. Now the photo is shown on the left so all that’s left to do is;
  4. Drag the photo onto your image and there you go!

FotoJet’s Photo Editor

FotoJet’s photo editor tool was designed for well, photo editing. It’s an easy-to-use option when you want to touch up your photos.

When you first enter the photo editor, it will ask you to upload a photo to edit:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Photo Editor Start

Once you’ve selected a photo, you’ll be taken to the photo editor where you can work your magic:

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Photo Editor

The Pros – What Sets FotoJet Apart from Other Solutions?

Completely Free

FotoJet is completely free. While there are some features you cannot use without creating an account, registration is also free. You can’t beat that price, especially with the powerful, easy-to-use tools that you’re getting inside.

Collage Maker

The collage maker functionality within FotoJet is very robust. With more than 80 classic collage layouts (simple squares and rectangles), and dozens of templates in their modern, art, creative and 3D template areas, you’re sure to find a way to display that group of images.

So Many Templates and Designs

As you might have inferred from the collage maker section above, FotoJet offers tons of templates and designs for you to use when making images. You’re sure to find something to fit your needs in here which is handy when you cannot create images on your own.

Tutorials

FotoJet has created a number of handy tutorials that will walk you through the creation of many types of images.

The Cons – What Sets FotoJet Apart from Other Solutions?

No Saving

One downside to the solution is the absence of a save button. Sure, you can save your image to your computer however, you cannot save a partially completed image and then come back later to finish it.

Clipart Selection is Inconsistent Between Tools

While you can import images from Pixabay, the clipart available from within FotoJet’s graphic designer tool looks like someone’s left over PowerPoint images from the 1990’s.

Interestingly, the clipart selection in the collage maker is much more modern and up-to-date. Not sure why this discrepancy exists, but it can be annoying.

Free Image Creation Software, FotoJet - Clipart Difference

Conclusion

Overall, FotoJet is a fine addition to the pool of image creation solutions online. Given its price, features and functionality, it’s also one of the leaders in this space, especially for time and cash strapped small businesses.

Take a moment to check out these samples and, while you’re there, play around with all three tools – you’ll be glad you stopped by.

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