HoweIndie

Jan 04

Hunie: A community where creatives collaborate through constructive peer-to-peer critique


Hunie (pronounced huhn-ee) is a new social platform that helps creatives to learn and improve their artistry through constructive peer critiques. It’s the brainchild of Guyanese designer and innovator Damian Madray, who previously founded TheGlint and is always thinking about ways that talented artists can bring their work to the forefront.

Like most great ideas, Hunie seems so obvious that one would think it already exists, but Damian saw the opportunity to fill an important need for those with creative pursuits. The beauty of the age is that people can live and work anywhere and utilize the web to be discovered, but that doesn’t mean that they have access to mentors or even peers who can help them develop their craft. Existing sites in the space, such as Dribble and Behance are focused on simply showcasing portfolios, and while they offer a nice display to show off talent, there is a lack of constructive dialogue that truly inspires improvement and growth. Hunie aims to change the game and empower creatives. Here’s how it works:

First, you upload a piece of work and give some context about its purpose and your goal. Then, it is categorized and put on display. When other creatives see the piece, they offer constructive critiques that can be upvoted by annotating (with this function one can add notes to a specific area of the image). Hunie is not about fluffy feedback or compliments though you get that at times – comments are meant to challenge you to be mindful of your choices. 

To be considered an expert on Hunie, you must have good “karma”, which is collected when you give sound advice. The more karma you have, the more respected you are in the community. Community is a key word. As with any social platform, Hunie will evolve as its members interact with each other and the space. Though it aims to attract professional and committed creatives, Hunie is not meant to be exclusive. The team hopes to make the site functional not only for designers but for artists of all mediums.

Right now, Hunie is in invite-only beta with about 200 creatives. Anyone can request an invite – an opportunity that no creative person seeking good karma and perspective should ignore.

Check out Hunie at http://hunie.co/. 



Written by Ashley Ellis

writer.filmmaker

founder: Emerald City Arts

@ashleydellis

www.ashley-ellis.com



Dec 08

The beauty of books
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(by thom♥)

The beauty of books

gentlewolves:

(by thom♥)

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Dec 07

Swan Lake, Paris Opera (1931)
vintagechampagnefever:

The corps de ballet of the Paris Opera in rehearsal for Swan Lake (1931)

Swan Lake, Paris Opera (1931)

vintagechampagnefever:

The corps de ballet of the Paris Opera in rehearsal for Swan Lake (1931)

Dec 06

Ballet in the city

Ballet in the city

(via emmyotcleta)

Dec 05

Snow - The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet)
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NYCB - Nutcracker

Snow - The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet)

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NYCB - Nutcracker

(via randombeautysls)

The Ballet Barre

The Ballet Barre

(Source: dancersaretheathletesofgod)

Jun 18

En Pointe: The Art of Dance and the Beauty of Movement

"The creative process is not controlled by a switch you can simply turn on or off; it’s with you all the time." - Alvin Ailey.

    

    When I hear music, my mind transforms it into a beautiful symphony of movement.   That is what the art of dance is to me.   Dance is a masterpiece that begins with a blank canvas as with any other work of art; each movement flowing into the next with masterful precision and creativity.  My body transcends to a level of tranquility and harmonious solidarity with those around me.  It is what calms me.  It is what generates peace within my soul.

     Dance is consistent, yet erratic in both style and movement.  How a piece evolves from simple ideology to a completed, ingenious work is the process of the art.  Dance is about perception.  Each individual watching a piece will perceive it as what their mind’s eye sees.  It is about imagination and pushing boundaries. It is about embracing the history of the art, while crafting novel expression and artistry.  It is about progression.  Dance is alignment of the body, with symmetry and imbalance emerging in each singular movement, creating limitless possibilities. Like any other art form, it generates immense emotions for both the artist and the spectator; for it consists of a symbiotic relationship.  It is passion and it is life for those devoted to its calling.  Those devoted to its calling endure rigorous education before mastering the varied methods of the art form.

                   
                    
                           Nutcracker Rehearsal - Photo by Susan Nalicat

     My journey with dance began at the age of 2.  Donning my ballet flats, leotard and tights, I did not conceive how this first lesson would alter the course of my life.  Dance has become my passion, it is my release.  Growing up, dance was my outlet, as it continues to be in present day.  I love the connection between dance and dancer, music and movement and body and soul.

     I am blessed to have trained with incredibly gifted instructors and brilliant dancers.  During  my journey, I have developed into my true, authentic self.  I am a creator of movement and grace.

     From auditioning for Star Search and Kids Incorporated to returning to dancing en pointe and performing in the Nutcracker in 2011, dance has been a life altering and lifelong adventure.

     Growing up, I trained with Showcase Studio and Santa Fe Springs Dance Center in Southern California.  Currently,  I continue my ballet training with Southern California Dance Academy and perform with Southern California Dance Theatre.

          Nutcracker - Russian Variation 2011 Photo by Susan Nalicat

"By developing both arts and life-skill opportunities, the Southern California Dance Theatre seeks to nurture long-lasting relationships among its members and the company and contribute in the creation of innovative new works and in preserving the rich culture of the great classical ballet productions."   For more information about this wonderful non-profit organization, visit http://www.scdt.com/.

What art form is your outlet and your release?

Posted by: Janine Saunders Sands, Founder and Owner of HoweIndie

May 14

“"So much solace can be found in song." — J.R. Leyvas”

May 10

Illustration by Saint


Space Punk Princess

Illustrator/Comic Artist/Designer

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Facebook/aldoushuxley

http://www.freelanced.com/saint

May 07

The Art of Pearl Street

On a recent trip to Boulder, Colorado, I encountered beautiful and unique artwork and independent art related businesses on an afternoon venture to Pearl Street  (a pristine, brick paved street filled with locals, tourists and street performers).

Photos by: Janine Saunders Sands

Posted by: Janine Saunders Sands, Founder and Owner of HoweIndie