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How to Use Skinny News

If you’re new here, you may want to take a moment to check out our quick introductory video simply by clicking the image above.  We’ll give you a quick tour of the site and show you how easy it is to share your stories with us!

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This music production tool is the reason why all new music sounds the same

“People are consuming the musical equivalent of McDonalds: processed, mass produced, and flavorless.”

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Why mastery beats creativity–every time

You can learn to be more creative in certain ways. But thatss just one side of the neurological coin.

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Goodbye to All That: Why Do Artists Reject the Art World?

Martin Herbert’s latest book, published by Sternberg Press, is about 10 artists who play with the system, struggle against it, or walk away altogether.

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Need Help? Call an Arts Lover

British researchers find a strong link between cultural engagement and participating in activities that benefit the community.

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The Average Hit Song Has 4+ Writers and 6 Different Publishers

Want to create a hit song that will get you on the Billboard Top 10? Then you’re gonna need a committee. According to a new study, the number of writers and publishers on hit songs has increased substantially. In the 1960s, an average hit song on the Billboard Top 10 had an average of 1.87 …

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Why Men Pretend to Be Women to Sell Thrillers

Over the last decade, female writers have come to dominate crime fiction, a genre traditionally associated with men. But their appeal goes beyond the byline.

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Knocking Down your Creative Blocks

Don’™t expect your best stuff to suddenly appear by magic. You can throw ideas up against the wall until somehow the fairy dust of your creative gift is released by the gods and floats down over all. But before any of that can happen, you need to figure out what you’re trying to say.

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In Search of… The Best Design Bookstores

From an international zine shop in Shanghai to New York’s iconic bookstore for designers, here’s our list of the top design-oriented bookstores.

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Sexy Backs and Headless Women: A Book Cover Manifesto

The messaging is clear. These covers are code for €œwomen’s fiction i.e. breezy, easy, accessible…

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Vintage Inspiration: Using Old Postcards To Jump-Start Your Stories

Stuck on what to write next? Head to a flea market or antique shop for some vintage-style inspiration—or use one of these great vintage postcards to jump-start your stories!

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From Starving to Successful: How to Become a Full-Time Writer

Full-time writing can be a feast or famine profession. Many writers dabble in it, and do not earn more than a few hundred dollars per …

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Adobe launches free YouTube Photoshop course for beginners

For all those who are just starting off with Photoshop, Adobe has launched a free YouTube course to introduce you to the software and its most important features. Even if you already have some experience there may still be something new to learn. …

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Humans Prefer Computer-Generated Paintings to Those at Art Basel

Computer scientists at Rutgers University developed a system to generate artworks that were deemed more communicative and inspiring than human-made art.

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These 4 To-Do List Apps are Perfect for Freelance Writers

Ditch the paper planner with these four easy-to-use to-do list apps perfect for freelance writers.

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The Best Printers for Printing Your Art at Home

If you’re creating prints of your art at home to sell at shows and online but balking at the quality you get from that $40 laser printer, you have a couple of options…

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Winners of the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest

The results of the annual photo competition are now in…

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Successful Company Logos Have These Attributes In Common [Infographic]

Data analyzing over 2,000 logos from high-growth startups revealed some common design trends.

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Wedding Photographer Wins Defamation Suit Against Couple

Wedding photographer Andrea Polito has been awarded $1.08 million by a jury in her defamation lawsuit against a couple who launched a public campaign again

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Warehouse Arts District St. Petersburg FL

Affordable Art Studio Project in Downtown St. Pete Florida

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Sign of the times: R&B/hip-hop is now the top music genre in the U.S.

It’s a watershed moment as the black-dominate genre becomes the most consumed music style in the country

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Arts can help recovery from illness and keep people well, report says

All-party inquiry demonstrates benefits to health and wellbeing of the arts, leading to fall in hospital admissions

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Here’s a Free Photoshop Course in 33 Videos

Want to learn Photoshop from the very beginning? Here’s a beginner’s guide by TastyTuts will let you jump-start your post production skills.

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10 ways to do an information detox

The information you consume over the course of the day has a significant impact on both your productivity and creativity.

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How Insomnia Shaped Franz Kafka’s Creative Process and the Writing of The Metamorphosis

Whatever else we take from it, Franz Kafka’s nightmarish fable The Metamorphosis offers readers an especially anguished allegory on troubled sleep.

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Patience and Persistence: The 2 Essential Skills You Need to Write a Book

If you want to write a book, there are two surprising skills you’ll need.

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Algorithmic Art That You Can Blow On, Walk Through, or Dance Over

The inaugural exhibit at ARTECHOUSE, a new gallery in Washington, DC focused exclusively on digital art, is both dramatic and quietly poetic.

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How stress works in the human body, to make or break us

The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime

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How to Start Vlogging 8 Easy Steps to Get You Started

Haven’t you heard? Vlogging is the new blogging. Follow these steps by successful vlogger Amy Schmittauer and learn how to start vlogging today.

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How I Handle Rejection as an Artist

Today was a hard day. I have been applying to shows and public art projects, contacting blog curators, galleries, and pitching press releases for the past four weeks in an effort to break through and find an audience. My inbox held not just one, but three rejection notifications to applications I submitted. Gut punch…

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That Time Agatha Christie Boldly Requested More Flattering Author Photos

The Queen of Crime made her wishes very clear: less wrinkles, less pink.

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Surround Sound? You Ain’™t Heard Nothing Yet

At Empac, musicians and technicians are learning to work with sophisticated advances in spatial audio technologies.

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Could streaming-app password sharing soon come to an end?

Twenty-one per cent of streaming viewers between the ages of 18 and 24 said they had accessed a digital-video service by using log-in credentials from someone outside their household

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The Scream Franchise

Deconstructing Edvard Munch’s famous painting

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Top Free Graphic Design Software in 2017

Here are some free graphic design software programs that should keep you on the good side of the bell curve and your head above the dirt.

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Photographers guide to earning money on Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock allows photographers to earn cash pursuing their biggest passions but œstock sales strategies isn’t commonly found photographer’™s resumes.

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Envy Is a Chronic Poison That Secretly Kills Our Motivation Every Day

Motivation isn’t inspired by envy. When you compare with others, you kill your motivation. Know how to overcome envy and stay motivated.

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Artist’s Disturbing Anatomical Dishware Creeps Across Tabletops

Artist Ronit Baranga creates ceramic sculptural works she describes as existing on the “border between living and still life objects guaranteed to either tickle your funny bone or haunt your worst nightmares, depending on your perspective.

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Most of Your Art Marketing Will Fail. Keep Going.

Selling your art and growing a successful business is about maintaining the right mindset…

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Advice for Those Who Want to Help the Artists in Their Lives

How to support the creative artist in your life…

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How Digital Tools Are Making Children’s Art Worse

Some researchers suggest they’re also depleting the benefits of drawing and other activities…

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Classical 101 | A Guide To Classical Music Slang

Thanks to Musical Toronto, you’ll have lots of talking points the next time you mingle with the classical music crowd, young and old!

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How to Raise a Reader

The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’™s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy.

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Does Diversity Actually Increase Creativity?

A look at the research…

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Why Do Orchestras Tune to an A-Note Pitch at 440Hz?

Take a seat. There are lots of meetings involved…

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Shepard Fairey talks street art in Sydney—and reveals which word he would have put on a Hillary poster

The US artist was in Australia to create his largest-ever mural, a 44-metre-tall message of “peace and harmony”

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11 brutal truths about creativity that no one wants to talk about

Humanity has revered creativity throughout time, from the ancient Greeks to modern-day painters, poets, and web designers. It’s one of those ineffable things that’™s extremely hard to define but you absolutely know it when you see it…

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Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay to become one of the world’s largest public art parks

Ambitious 20-year, $50m redevelopment plan includes a raft of art projects, from large-scale sculptures to performance

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Outlook is sunny for museum employees, AAMD survey says

According to the organisations 2017 Salary Survey, released today, US institutional pay has increased at a higher rate than the overall jobs market

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Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?

Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprises

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Artists create huge living canvases (with grass)

They have been creating large-scale canvases of living grass, by tinkering with the natural growth process of this little plant in order to create impressive, photographic-like images.

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Make Your Art More Collectible

Strategies for creating art and handmade work that encourage repeat buying…

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Five Ways to Benefit from Embracing Spontaneity and Disorder

These days it’™s hard to avoid the admonishments of self-titled productivity gurus that we should take more control over our lives, calendars, and in-boxes. But there are countless examples of creative and entrepreneurial minds soaring to their greatest heights through the exact opposite approach.

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The Story Behind the Robot Who Names Paint Colors

“Stargoon.” “Turdly.” Is this really the best that it can do?

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