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Looking for heavyweight grid paper.

Paper Nerds Assemble! I'm looking for heavyweight paper (~100lbs / 150gsm or thicker), either bound or looseleaf, with a smooth finish... that has light grid lines (square or isometric) or a dot grid. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jul 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for hand drawn animated shorts, suitable for children

I've been sorting through youtube trying to find some animated shorts to show a group of kids, turns out there is a lot of flotsam! I'd appreciate any links. [more inside]
posted by srs airbag on Jun 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Art Supply Experts: Drawing Grid Needed

I have a project in which I will be having to make scale drawings of old pieces of textile that are flat. I am looking for a real drawing grid, which I envision as a square frame with vertical and horizontal lines (wire?) that I can place over the fabric to help me draw it on a piece of graph paper. This is meant to reduce the time and effort of plotting points on the graph paper corresponding to the features of the item being drawn. I can't just place graph paper over the textile and trace it because it's too delicate. And most drawings will not be 1:1 scale. There are lots of choices of software for grids on computers, but so far my web searches of art supply stores haven't turned up anything that's for use in the real world. The squares need to be metric.
posted by ADave on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Solve a WWII mystery!

It's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas about this drawing from WWII? [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Mar 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to make big prints of oil paintings?

My wife does oil paintings and would like to sell prints of them. What are the best online venues in North America for printing this kind of art? She wants to make large prints, gliches, etc.
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Cartooning

I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

The modern materials of the artist (iPhone edition).

What are the best doodling/painting/drawing/drafting apps for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Ink on Paper Drawings — What Materials to Use?

I'm a doodler that likes to make abstract drawings. I'm interested in actually spending some time "doodling with purpose" with an eye toward making something(s), eventually, that might be worth hanging, framed on my wall. I primarily do black ink on white paper. What kind of ink/pens should I be using? What kind of paper?
posted by papercake on Jan 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Can you recommend a basic "drawing package" of art supplies?

I was fortunate enough to score a portable camera Lucida via this Kickstarter project. It is a Christmas present for my crafty SO. I want to supplement the tool with a package of basic art supplies: paper, pencils, pastels, water colors. Nothing too advanced, just enough to allow him to explore his possible interest in the (very cool) equipment. I've searched such kits but am kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices, and would appreciate some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Puppetperson on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me learn to art

I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Where can/how do I commission pixel art?

I'm redesigning my blog and want some pixel art assets for it (background + a few sprites). I've tried rolling my own and have only succeeded in reminding myself that I'm a poor artist. The people I've found seem mostly interested in doing avatars and the like and this is a slight larger request. [more inside]
posted by creade on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Your favorite art, animation and illustration blogs

One of my absolute favorite blogs, Drawn, shut down this week. How do I replace it? What are other good blogs or websites that focus on illustration, cartooning, and animated shorts?
posted by Rinku on May 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Good head

I'm a pretty faithful sketcher of still life, birds and landscapes. But I can NOT draw faces for the love of the sweet baby jesus. Seriously the average seven year old can render a more accurate version of a person. Please help me learn how to draw faces properly - techniques/books/youtube/anything welcome!
posted by everydayanewday on Mar 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Pen cursor jumping in Intuos5

Wondering if anyone else who uses the Wacom Intuos5 drawing tablet knows how to deal with this problem. My Intuos3, which I loved, had a big dead space in the middle of the drawing pad because I used a cleaner on it that messed it up. Two new versions had been released since I bought it, so I figured it was time to get the latest and greatest. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Drawing what's not in front of me?

How can I learn to draw from my imagination? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Question about artistic skills

There are some people who are excellent draftsmen when it comes to drawing. Their sketchbooks are full of architecture style drawings or similar, with straight lines as if drawn using a ruler and little erasing. Or they're sign painters or car details who can just pick up a brush and literally draw a straight line on the car as they're walking the length of it. No visual planning or measuring or masking off areas, they just do it. Are there scientific studies about the particular set of physical and mental skills these people have and what exactly those skills are? Are their specific differences in their brain or anatomy that enable those skills?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Draw my mind

I have 3/4 of a graphic novel script in my computer. Where can I learn to draw so I can bring it onto the page? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 answers

How do they do that? Learning about drawing and illustration...

How do they do that? Artist edition... Please recommend how-to's and how I do this blogs/videos etc... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Sketchy on the Details

My sibling is getting really into sketching/pencil drawing. My other sibling and I want to get her some good art supplies for Christmas; a nice leather refillable sketchbook, a pencil set, and some paper. The problem is that neither of us knows the first thing about art and drawing paper. What's the best kind of paper to use for pencil/charcoal drawings, and where is a good place to order some online?
posted by Scattercat on Oct 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Tell me what to draw and I'll draw it

I like drawing and photography, but I have trouble just sitting down and doing it. I enjoy art classes where I'm given parameters for assignments-- is there anywhere online that I can find drawing or photography exercises? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Sep 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Do you really need a *certified* instructor to teach doodling?

What is the straight dope on zentangle? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Sep 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Free Online Photo Editor that works for high rez pics w/ nice Pixlr-like effects?

Are there any free photo editors that can work with higher resolution images (300dpi) and offer some of the effects that Pixlr-o-matic can? They seem to save to web resolution only.
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 5, 2012 - 9 answers

How to find a public domain image that's similar to a copyrighted piece?

Help me find a public domain drawing like this one [more inside]
posted by morninj on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Value of antique charcoal drawings

Two charcoal drawings were left behind when both my parents recently transitioned. We are attempting to establish their value. Both appear to be very old, Dutch in nature and both feature large sailboats and people "working" on shore. Each is about 36 inches long and about 30 inches tall. The artists name appears to be Janssam or Janssau...the "end-swirl" of the last letter of the name curves up and hovers over the name, back to the first "s". I have a photo of one drawing but haven't yet figured out how to post a picture on this site. Any help or suggestion toward identifying these pictures is greatly appreciated.
posted by Mickiezada on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Please help decipher the signatures of a drawing and painting

My wife and I bought a sketch and a watercolor, both of which have visible signatures, but that we cannot decipher. Images: Sketch Img 1 & 2, Painting Img 1 & 2. Does anybody recognize the artists or have any suggestions on how to ID the artists? [more inside]
posted by comradechu on May 16, 2012 - 3 answers

I'd like to get back into drawing and looking for some advice.

I'd like to get back into drawing and looking for some advice. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 on Apr 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right?

Why is my left eye better at drawing than my right? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 17, 2012 - 16 answers

What led to your artistic breakthroughs?

Which changes, events, discoveries, or epiphanies led to the most dramatic improvement in your painting or drawing ability? [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on Dec 14, 2011 - 9 answers

The Frank Zappa of canvas.

What 2-D, physical, non-photographer, non-sequential (more or less straight-ahead drawers and/or painters) artists are considered to be "cutting edge" right now?
posted by cmoj on Sep 22, 2011 - 1 answer

Updated Comic Drawing Material?

Can anyone recommend some updated drawing books for modern comics? [more inside]
posted by Hexidecimal on Jul 18, 2011 - 2 answers

fluoro orange pencil

artists ahoy! I am desperate to procure a fluorescent orange pencil. Does anyone know where I can get one, either online or here in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter on Jul 12, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me with colored pencils.

I want to draw using color pencils. I have no idea where to start. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jul 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Best drawing magazines?

Best Drawing / Art magazines that can be ordered online? I'm looking for recommendations for good art magazines or journals with a focus on contemporary drawing, which can be ordered online. A friend's birthday is coming up, and I want to gift him a subscription. Thanks in advance!
posted by halcorp on Jul 3, 2011 - 6 answers

What's a good bar-restaurant in Oakland, CA to hold a weekly social drawing event?

What's a good bar-restaurant in Oakland, CA to hold a weekly social drawing event? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Jun 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Is there a social drawing group in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Is there a social drawing group in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by eeby on May 16, 2011 - 7 answers

What materials to use to

Installation/exterior decoration artists: What materials to use to draw/paint permanent text and illustrations on a brick wall? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on May 1, 2011 - 3 answers

How to get a strong white line on a black ink background?

I'm trying to draw in white over a black fountain pen ink background that I've applied to vellum Bristol. But I haven't found a way to do so that results in a sharp line. [more inside]
posted by the sobsister on Apr 21, 2011 - 13 answers

"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards - Materials list?

My wife is planning on learning to draw from the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. I'd like to surprise her with a box with all the materials that are needed to complete the course but I can't get the book away from her for long enough without her being suspicious. I've tried google but no luck. Does any one have or can direct me to a list of the materials needed? Thanks
posted by ndaguiar on Apr 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Pen Party! Obsess with me and recommend writing & drawing implements..

I am always and forever on the quest for better pens for writing and drawing. I'll tell y'all what I like to use now, what I've tried and kinda liked, and what I'm just not into. Then you will unleash your inky obsessions upon me, and I will have great new pens to try. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Feb 26, 2011 - 30 answers

Body Browser for iPad?

Is there a web browser for iPad that will allow me to use the rather excellent Google Body Browser?
posted by bonobothegreat on Jan 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Where can I draw from a live model in the SF Bay Area?

Where can I draw from a live model in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Jan 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Tablet-centric art tutorials?

Tablet art tutorial videos? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Best art courses to improve my drawing and illustration?

What art college/course would you recommend to improve my drawing and illustration skills? I need something quite intensive. [more inside]
posted by mushuu on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Learning how to draw/paint when I can't afford classes...

I'm looking for recommendations on the best way to sharpen very dull art skills. Anything in the realms of learning, whether they be books, how to discipline self to stick to learning the basics, positive self talk through frustration...you name it. I am not looking to be remotely professional. I like sketching and illustration as well as mixed media (ink/watercolor). Any positive advice appreciated.
posted by snap_dragon on Nov 20, 2010 - 15 answers

Too Artistically Blocked to Even Come Up with a Good Title

Help me release my creativity. I can't draw when I want to! [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Nov 5, 2010 - 22 answers

I need a name for my website!!

What would be a catchy domain name for a website that shows off and sells my artwork? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on Oct 10, 2010 - 8 answers

A blank piece of paper.

I no longer derive joy from making art. Should I accept this as a fact and move on with my life, or rage against the dying of the light? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Historic plant reproductive variation diagrams or art

"That plants employ many different strategies to engage in sexual reproduction was used, from just a structural perspective, by Carolus Linnaeus (1735 and 1753) to propose a system of classification of flowering plants." - I would very much like to find period diagrams/drawings that depict this (as many of the varying sex types/methods possible) [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Oct 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Monet with no money! (And no talent, alas!)

I'd like to draw things, but I have no skills! [more inside]
posted by littleflowers on Sep 12, 2010 - 15 answers

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