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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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
, Painting Img 1
. Does anybody recognize the artists or have any suggestions on how to ID the artists? [more inside]
posted by comradechu
on May 16, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by ndaguiar
on Apr 20, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm re-learning how to draw, and particularly interested in illustration/cartooning. Looking for resources that will aid me in my quest. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby
on Aug 24, 2010 -
So, I have to illustrate a book. I've never done this before. I've illustrated
before, but not in this professional a capacity, and I'm a little nervous about it. I have nightmares (literally) about using the wrong sort of paper or of the final product looking like nothing I sent in. Those of you who have illustrated professionally before - what can you tell me? What medium do you prefer to use? How do you make the most efficient use of your time? Are there any books on the subject you can recommend? Etc. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Is there a vector drawing program that hides all the splines, NURBS, beziers, and what-have-you? I just want to doodle and color! [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford
on Jun 3, 2010 -
Are there good online resources for examples of the early work of a modern illustrator or comic artist? [more inside]
posted by swrittenb
on May 7, 2010 -
Where online can I find masterful montages for design reference and inspiration? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan
on Mar 9, 2010 -
I want to learn to draw human heads. Google turns up a plethora of tutorials, but some of them are obviously -- even to my mostly untrained eye -- blatantly incorrect on important things like proportions. Can you recommend any good places to look for a solid foundation on heads, faces, and features? I'm not overly concerned about what style as long as it can be done with a pencil. Thanks!
posted by cyborgirl
on Feb 26, 2010 -
I'm working on improving my "analog" (i.e. not on a computer) drawing skills, and finding it hard to make presentable, neat, finished-looking pencil drawings without them getting covered with smudges and eraser marks, and without the whole page getting covered by a dirty layer of graphite. I think it's partially because I hold the pencil in a way that rests my hand on the paper, and partially because I'm just not that neat and used to working on a computer, where it's easy to make changes. Any suggestions?
posted by lsemel
on Jan 12, 2010 -