All pencils contain graphite, but graphite for drawing pencils contains a filler that combines with the graphite to affect hardness. The softest standard of pencil is 9b, with the hardest labeled 9h. An average writing pencil has a grade of "hb," which is mid-range for hardness. Artists use graphite for its affordability and ease of use; its versatility makes graphite the medium of choice for finely detailed portraiture and realistic renditions.
A style of visual art also known as style moderne that became popular in 1920s France and would infiltrate American design in the 1930s. Art Deco sprang from the geometry apparent in Cubism, the bright colors of Fauvism, and influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mayan, Egyptian and Persian art. The geometric shapes, metallics, curving symmetry of the art deco movement energized architecture, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, interior design, and the decorative arts. Art Deco signified a new modern style apart from the romance of the Art Nouveau movement and the classical Edwardian and Victorian styles of the turn-of-the-century.
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An original “Creative Ad Mad Man.” Larry Aarons is a true native New Yorker growing up in a very tough neighborhood “very close to Fort Apache in the South Bronx.” Where he learned to survive because of his art. “I began my life as an artist. Although it took some diversions when my kindergarten teacher […]