Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jumping Monkey Shape Game - Jogo do macaco saltitao

Find the correct silhouette of the colored monkey.
What are the differences in each of the other monkeys? Answers below image.
If you plan to use the image, you will need a licence. This and more games here. 
Or contact me for a custom game.

Encontra a silhueta que corresponde ao macaco colorido. 
Quais são as diferenças em cada um dos outros macacos? Respostas por baixo da imagem.
  
Se tenciona usar a imagem, necessita de uma licença. Este e outros jogos aqui. 
Ou entre em contacto comigo para jogos personalizados.

Monkey hanging on tree silhouette shape game

© Game and Illustration: Celia Ascenso | Agency: Dreamstime.com

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Solution:The identical monkey shape is on the top right.

Differences on the left:
1st monkey has leg twisted outside. 2nd monkey has arm pointing down.

Differences on the right:
2nd monkey has different hair. 3rd monkey has tail curling down.


Solução: O macaco idêntico está no topo direito.

Diferenças no lado esquerdo:
O 1º macaco tem a perna virada para fora. O 2º macaco tem o braço a apontar para baixo.
Diferenças no lado direito:
O 2º macaco tem o cabelo diferente. O 3º macaco tem a cauda enrolada para baixo.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Barquinho casca de noz - Little nut shell boat

Barquinho casca de noz

Materiais:
  • Casca de noz
  • Plasticina
  • Palito
  • Pedacinho de papel

Colocar um pouco de plasticina no fundo da meia casca de noz.
Recortar um papel e pintá-lo com cores alegres. Pode ser recortado em forma de triângulo, quadrado, circulo, nuvem... A vela de papel vai dar-lhe a sua individualidade.
Espetar o palito na vela de papel, furando no principio e no fim para que a vela se segure.
Espetar o palito e a vela na plasticina que está dentro da casca de noz.
Depois é só encher a banheira, uma bacia, uma piscina de plástico ou ir procurar uma poça de chuva na rua.
Colocar os barquinhos na água e vê-los a flutuar.
Para fazer corridas, basta soprar para ver que chega primeiro ao outro lado.
Cuidado com os naufrágios!

Conselho verde: ao encher uma bacia de propósito, utilizar a água depois de brincar. Podem regar-se as plantas com a água, ou despejar na sanita, no lugar de fazer a descarga com o autoclismo.

Ao brincar com uma criança, estamos a estimular o desenvolvimento nas áreas da arte (decoração da vela), motricidade fina (espetar palito, colocar plasticina), construção (o barco não pode ter peso a mais senão afunda, a vela tem de ficar equilibrada ou o barco vira), ciência (inclui as propriedades na construção ou sopro para fazer o barco andar), e ambiente (reciclagem de materiais, reutilizar água).
E o mais importante, estamos a criar laços, desenvolvendo a inteligência emocional e social (a nossa e a deles).

Nut Shell Sailing Boat
© Photographer: Celia Maria Ribeiro Ascenso | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Little Nut Shell Boat

Materials:
  • Nut shell
  • Plasticine
  • Toothpick
  • Paper

Put a small amount of plasticine on the bottom of half nut shell.
Cut a piece of paper, and paint it with happy colors. It can be cut in a triangle shape, square, circle, cloud... The paper sail will give the boat its individuality.
Stick the toothpick in the paper sail, piercing on the bottom and the end of the paper to hold it.
Stick the toothpick and sail in to the plasticine that is inside the nut shell.
Then you can fill the bathtub, a bowl, a basin, a plastic piscine or search for a rain puddle on the street.
Put the little boats in it and watch them float.
To make races, just blow to see who arrives first to the other side.
Watch out for the shipwrecks!

Green tip: if you filled a bowl on purpose, use the water after playing. You can water your plants or use it to flush the toilet.

When playing with a child, we are stimulating the development in several areas: arts (sail decorating), fine motoricity (stick toothpick, place plasticine), construction (the boat can't have too much weight or it will sink, the sail has to be balanced or the ship will turn), cience (includes construction properties or the blow to make the boat move), and environment (material recycling, water reuse).
And, most important, we are bonding, developing emotional and social inteligence (our and theirs).

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stones - Pedras

Stones. Aligned stones. Aligned. Aligned ideas. Ideas.
With ideas in it. Ideas in stones. Holes in stones.
Aligned holes. Agregated holes.
Chaos in order. Order in chaos.

Seamless retro circle stones
© Seamless Illustration: Celia Ascenso | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Pedras. Pedras alinhadas. Alinhadas. Ideias alinhadas. Ideias.
Com ideias lá dentro. Ideias em pedras. Buracos nas pedras.
Buracos alinhados. Buracos agregados.
Caos na ordem. Ordem no caos.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Studying the database and file age

When we are starters at micro stock, one of the things we must do to learn more about stock image industry is to study the database to see what is uploaded, what sells better, what are the current trends and so on.

This cannot be achieved in one day or a week, it is more a continuous work we all must do while we are shooting, editing, drawing, uploading, keywording and doing all other necessary work.

One of the errors I have made when I started was to assume that images with some or many sales were the best ones in the database and draw some (wrong) conclusions of it.

Althought most of those images have proven their value, there was one point I have missed: their age on the database. An old image has more chances of being sold more times because back then there was less competition and, for that reason, a less quality image would have more chances of being sold.

So, I have decided to compile a rough "age on the database" table for the files based on their ID number, at least since I started uploading to Dreamstime. If you were there before me and wish to contribute with older data, please let me know.


Eyes Seamless Background
© Illustration: Celia Ascenso | Agency: Dreamstime.com

12/12/2011 - 22344722
01/02/2012 - 22517434
01/31/2012 - 22996753
02/29/2012 - 23538410
03/30/2012 - 24008818
04/29/2012 - 24536425
05/30/2012 - 25025929
06/29/2012 - 25481639
07/31/2012 - 25888380
08/29/2012 - 26306396
09/28/2012 - 26773604
10/30/2012 - 27362013
11/29/2012 - 27828024
12/28/2012 - 28241858
01/30/2013 - 28715398
03/03/2013 - 28932429
02/28/2013 - 29319141
03/29/2013 - 29917383
04/29/2013 - 30483966

To make it simple:
Jan/12 - 23.000.000
Feb/12 - 23.500.000
Mar/12 - 24.000.000
Apr/12 - 24.500.000
May/12 - 25.000.000
Jun/12 - 25.500.000
Jul/12 - 25.900.000
Aug/12 - 26.300.000
Sep/12 - 26.800.000
Oct/12 - 27.400.000
Nov/12 - 27.800.000
Dec/12 - 28.200.000
Jan/13 - 28.700.000
Feb/13 - 29.300.000
Mar/13 - 29.900.000
Apr/13 - 30.500.000

On a side note: the submited files were about 500.000 per month in 2012, and since 2013 they are about 600.000.

This way, you can check the file age on the database wit a glance. Images older than 25.000.000 sould have some sales. Recent images like above 28.000.000 with some sales are hits for sure.