I'd like to understand how Escher made his architectural illusion drawings so I can model similar environments in 3D and then use those models to draw my own creations out on paper. How do I even get started? [more inside]
What are some tips that I could use to help me write out comics I'd like to draw? [more inside]
We picked up this cool print of a painting at a thrift store the other day. When I saw it I thought it looked familiar somehow, but googling has yet to turn up the artist. Look familiar to anyone? The signature looks like it says "S. Seppa" but it's not super easy to read. Thanks!
I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. [more inside]
I seem to recall reading about a contemporary artist (possibly a painter) a few years back who includes secrets that are donated by other people into their work, and perhaps encodes or conceals them in some way. Google's not turning up anything useful, so I'm turning to the hive mind instead - does that ring any bells for anyone?
The artwork that appears at the end of the opening credits for the BBC series Ballykissangel, seen (and also heard) here makes me so weirdly happy. I would like more of this, but can't figure out how to find it! [more inside]
Does anyone know how to create the beautiful abstract swirls in the background of this album art? My hunch is that it was done using coloured oil, but I really have no idea, and if anyone has ever seen anything like it before and knows how to do it, I'd really like to know!
I live in a one bedroom apartment. 1/3rd of my living room is assigned to my craft table/supply storage for my mixed media art hobbies. I just lean my unused canvases under my desk in that area. How do I organize them more efficiently and WHAT do I put them in? [more inside]
How can I legitimately use the artworks that inspired my poem? [more inside]
I have an old Art and Lutherie Ami (parlour guitar), and a relatively new LXME little Martin with pickup. I like the sound of the A&L better, but the Martin is more versatile and more comfortable to play. Is there anyway I can set up the Martin to sound more like the A&L? [more inside]
Is there a non-proprietary term for this modeling material? If not, is there a broader technical category that it might fall under? Trying to figure out how to list the materials used in an artwork, and this weird stuff is one component. I need a better descriptor than the brand name if at all possible (I realize it might not be possible.) Thanks for any help!
Calling all art history sleuths and Japanese signature decipherers! I was raised with my mom telling me this antique Japanese Moriage Satsuma vase was the most expensive thing in the house. She brought it home from Japan in 1957. Now I'm curious if my mom was right or wrong... (Of course I want my mom to be right, but... she wasn't always.) I see a lot of satsuma stuff online, and the values are so varied from $80 to thousands that I don't know if this piece is actually special. [more inside]
I gave my three-year old an easel with drawing implements for Christmas and would like to be able to draw pictures on it that look like actual things and not crazed scribbles of a drunk. How do I do this? [more inside]
How do *you* incorporate art into your life on a regular basis? [more inside]
I got an amazing calligraphy set for Christmas. I have never done anything of the sort before. Where do I start? [more inside]
What are the current best places for ordering custom-sized picture framing components to assemble myself at home? [more inside]
Hello, I'd like to decorate my dorm room with posters depicting famous paintings (I have the Wanderer above the Sea of Fog in mind) or abstract art such as this one. It would be awesome if it's cheap and ships internationally to France. Thanks a lot!
The museum closes at 5:30pm. Do they begin clearing the galleries then, or do they just stop selling tickets at that point? If you are already inside could you get, say, half an hour more of viewing time before being kicked out?
I'd like to buy a bunch of frames for art prints I hope to sell online. Mostly standard sizing, a few slightly nonstandard panoramic sizes. Where can I find volume pricing? Thanks and happy holidays!
Can you help me come up with a name for a group of very talented cinematographers based in New York? Naturally the first place I went to was the dictionary (word by word), jotting down everything that had to do with the craft. The technical terms are not interesting to them because they prefer a nice name that focuses on the artistic/storytelling aspect of it. Help? [more inside]
My best friend just found out that someone bought a bunch of his drawings and paintings online, framed them, and then probably presented them in a 2-person gallery show as their own work... [more inside]
I do both analogue photography and watercolor paintings; very different mediums! I have a webpage for my photography which currently has a menu tab for my artwork, though it doesn't fit in at all with my photography or the theme of the webpage. Should I make a separate webpage for my artwork? I also sell my photography on Etsy, and would like to start selling art prints. Should I make a separate Etsy shop for my artwork? Pros and cons of keeping 2 different mediums of work together vs. separating them? Opinions or anything else I should consider?
Which (German?) philosopher said something like: art/writing is perfect in proportion to the degree to which the personality of the artist isn't detectable in it?
I want to read scholarly work about why doing things with "digital" tools (like word processors or MIDI music keyboards) is experienced differently from doing things with "analog" tools (like typewriters or pianos). [more inside]
What are some things that I could do to support myself while doing creative work, *without* taking up so much time that I can't actually do art? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cool historic photo for a specific spot in my house. What are your favorite sources for that kind of thing? [more inside]
I met a visual artist two years ago whose work is very, very important to me. I set up a meeting with him because I work in the arts and my skills are complimentary to his. We planned to do a project together, so we spent a lovely day meeting and doing a bit of work together. But he immediately stopped communicating with me as soon as we parted ways. [more inside]
I want to get my Glaswegian girlfriend a Charles Rennie Mackintosh print for Christmas. Extensive Googling keeps bringing up the same type of result: massive print-houses like AllPosters. Maybe this is the best route? I don't know, but they all seem very cheap and what I want is something well produced and worth framing. What advice can the HiveMind offer? [more inside]
I don't appear to have the vocabulary for this question, because my Google-fu has failed utterly. I'm interested in vending machines of the 1960s (and maybe early '70s). [more inside]
A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
I want to look at awesome curious art from all eras in an easy-to-scroll through format with smooth feed and, ideally, some accurate but not necessarily detailed artist, nationality, and date format. [more inside]
I have a big white wall next to my stairs. I want to decorate the wall with a 10-sentence quote, like going up alongside the stairs. I am only moderately artsy but not totally hopeless. I'm trying to figure out the best way to do this myself. [more inside]
The company I work for (located in New York City) owns an office building which we have recently renovated. All the art in all the hallways was replaced to match the new decor, and as a result we have approximately 100 "used" framed wall art photos - is there a way to sell these all at once to someone? [more inside]
My oldest nephew is turning 9 in a few months' time and I want to give him a book. He's smart, introverted, sensitive, and he loves drawing. I thought he would enjoy a book about how to look at art. More info and added difficulties inside! [more inside]
A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of whether video games are art, but rorgy's recent megapost on Homestuck reminded me that comparatively little has been written on the idea of Internet Art. Such works that leverage the internet as a unique creative medium fascinate me, and I'd love to find more. What are some other works that qualify? [more inside]
Can you identify the name and artist of the painting seen in this scene inA Most Wanted Man? I'm thinking I'd enjoy their other works also. Thanks! [more inside]
I'm a junior in college about to leave school and transfer to a nursing school. What's the best way I can currently get trained in art (a comprehensive education) before I go to nursing school? Or during. I'm willing to do either a full or part time program. I'd really prefer not to take a bunch of random classes somewhere. New York City (tri-state) area and East Coast suggestions are greatly appreciated! Details inside. [more inside]
The title says it all. My Google-fu has failed. How can I get a print of Max Ernt's "Murdering Airplane"?
I'm looking to find examples of Canadian First Nations art depicting seals. Ideally paintings, prints or sculptures from B.C. aboriginal artists. [more inside]
We saw The Boxtrolls yesterday, and I was struck by the art that played during the end credits sequence. It looks familiar, but for the life of me I can't find a name for the style or that artist. It's a sketchy sort of line drawing, black lines with color accents, lots of tall houses with ornamentation, and for some reason reminds me vaguely of 60s or 70s animation. Does anyone else know what I'm half-remembering?
I have finally found a visual art I can do! Now, I want to learn more about art, but I am not sure where to begin. Help me prepare a reading list of Kindle books and Wikipedia articles please! [more inside]
I'm a blocked artist. I worked professionally in graphic design/animation for many years, but professional burn out kicked my butt and I've barely picked up a pencil (let alone a Cintiq) for well over a year. I'd like to get involved in drawing again, starting with baby steps cuz that's the kind of snowflake I am. [more inside]
My job is having an employee art show and I want to mount some pamphlets for display, but I don't know anything about mounting art. What's the most idiot-proof way to do this? [more inside]
I'm craving music that has as little sound as possible. I feel like the music that I've encountered all my life rarely has long chunks of silence. I want music that respects silence, tiptoes around it, and very, very rarely intrudes upon it. I want those intrusions to be perfect as well. Does anything come to mind? [more inside]
I'm a freelance fine artist/illustrator. A good friend suggested an art agent for my work. I'm wondering what the best recourse for this is? [more inside]
I have acquired a Buddha and am curious about its origins. [more inside]
Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
I've seen the term "precious" used to describe artists' style. I'm not sure what it means. [more inside]
To be honest, I don't want to do any family/friends crowd-funding. I'm more interested in offering a design/art service--like "your name written in calligraphy" or "an ink drawing of your face"-- for a price that will be donated to charity. But how does one go about such a campaign and what are the best venues for such an endeavor? [more inside]