Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself
on Sep 21, 2014 -
My kids like drawing (5yrs up to 14yrs).
They have played around with some animation software and computer art software as well as paper and pencils.
I'd like to encourage them and give them tools to create awesome computer based drawings, but I don't know what those tools are. [more inside]
posted by bystander
on Sep 18, 2014 -
As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
posted by actionpact
on Aug 26, 2014 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -