I'd like to learn more about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. What biographies should I read? [more inside]
Directors of photography like Roger Deakins, Robert Elswit, and Robert Richardson have distinct styles but are nevertheless first class examples of cinematography done right. I am looking for resources that delve into the type of lights they use, lighting plans (specific setups from certain scenes), and examples of intensities of the used lights (in LM). Any of these would be helpful really.
I have an Arduino, and I want to make it do things. I gather that what I really want is a Raspberry Pi in addition to my Arduino. The trouble is, I don't know Python and my C and circuitry skills are severely rusty. So do you know of any online courses or physical books that will teach me all of this as a general subject of "making devices" rather than individual Python, C, and electrical engineering courses of study? [more inside]
My Girl Scout troop has voted to do the "Science Wizardry" and "Jeweler" badges. I'm looking for a way to combine two of the requirements: "melt something into something else," and any of the steps where they make jewelry. Suggestions? [more inside]
When did Arches start using the watermark "MBM"? [more inside]
Is there anywhere to see legible versions, in their entirety, of Mark Lombardi's work? I can find clear details or blurry whole images, but never full resolution full versions. Ideally online or PDF, but I'll get a book if one of them actually publishes them.
I need some examples of paintings from the Renaissance with a lot (or some) symbolism. I already have Jan Van Eyck's, The Arnolfini Portrait, can you help me find a couple more?
In less than three weeks I'll be in New York City. I am ridiculously excited. Of the less than stellar times I have free, when is best to visit the Whitney? [more inside]
What type of art do I need to study or get lessons in or look up tutorial of in order to draw in a style similar to Bradon Boyd (of Incubus - I can't link where I am but a quick Google should bring it up) and other - I don't know - "graffiti" style(?) Art? I want to be able to put what's in my brain to paper. Please help!
I'm trying to get back into the swing of creating art regularly. I'd love to get a regular stream of the great paintings of Western art. Wide-ranging and updated at least daily. Anyone know of such a thing?
I am looking for the artist behind this [nsfw] sculpture. Do you know who it is?
Calling artists of MeFi: in search of suggestions for watercolors (and associated materials). Details within. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of people who were considered geniuses in science, art, invention and other disciplines, but whose IQ scores were merely respectable, between 100 and 140. Richard Feynman, whose IQ was in the 120s, is a good example. But have there been others?
I bought this thing from an antique dealer's yard sale in Philadelphia about 20 years ago. Around 10 years ago I incorporated it into an art installation, and I dug it out of storage today for a new exhibition, but I still have no idea what it is. Here's a bunch of photos (ignore the electronics and wooden framing I added to the back). [more inside]
What's the easiest way to affordably turn some of my photos into framed art for my walls? I'm considering getting six of these 12x12 inch frames from Social Print Studio, each with a single 8x8 print. I like the idea of square frames, and 12x12 seems like a perfect size for building a collection over time... but I'm wondering... is $60 each overpriced? Is there's a better way? [more inside]
I have a 27 1/2" x 19 1/2" silkscreen print I would like to have framed. Where should I go in NYC, and how much should I expect to spend? [more inside]
My dad and I were recently talking about aesthetics of new and popular music. He was telling me his reasons that he believes 4'33" isn't music. I disagree with him wholeheartedly, but it led to an interesting discussion. I think he'd enjoy reading about it more so I'm looking for some book and/or websites that we could both read and then talk about. [more inside]
I am wondering the best way to obtain light box art for my bedroom? [more inside]
I've designed a logo for a client, but our agreement doesn't cover beer. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of authors and musicians who lived artistically unremarkable lives for their first four decades, only beginning to express themselves creatively in their 40s, and who subsequently received critical or popular acclaim for the work they produced during that fifth decade. [more inside]
I'm teaching an Intro to Programming course to first year design students. I'd like to show them examples of cool art and design projects with a strong programmy feel: interactive, algorithmic, data driven, mapping, etc., to get them excited about learning to program. [more inside]
I'm interested in learning how to paint like this. Is this something I can actually expect to learn as an adult? If so, what resources and classes should I be looking for? [more inside]
Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
I remember a live video art installation (or a concept?) about setting up large video screens in public spaces, with cameras, linked to video screens w/cameras in other cities (even international) where the general public would wander by and see the equivalent general public wandering by in the other location. A kind of public park "skype" that's always on & linked to another location. I'm looking for info about such projects, and my google-fu is failing me.
Looking for showcases of great photography on the web! Specifics inside. [more inside]
Nanowrimo, Inktober, One Book July...where can I find a list of such challenges so that I don't miss them next time? [more inside]
I've recently started noticing the phrase "lens-based artist" popping up everywhere. I would like to understand what exactly this means and why it has supplanted other terms that refer to an artist who primarily works in photography. [more inside]
It looks kind of like a human body, but wrong. Any description of what it is and/or how it was made would be welcome. Thanks!
Doing a design project for a record store and am looking for iconic album covers that only feature text? For instance, Live at Leeds, Masters of Reality, or Ornette! would all be good examples. Looking for ones where if someone were to substitute other words, what was being referenced would be obvious. Thanks!
I stumbled upon a photographer's website a few years ago who did amazing work. I don't remember who he is anymore. Help me find him. [more inside]
I recently received birthday cash, and I would like a sturdy drafting table. I have researched drafting tables, and companies like Studio Designs, Alvin, and Mayline pop up. Despite the many options present on sites like Amazon, I haven't found information reliable enough to whittle down to the best table for the space. Would anyone be willing to recommend a table that fits the specifications below, based on experience? Are there any tables too good to not recommend, regardless of space or cost? [more inside]
I'm a freelance illustrator. I'm trying to find lists of print publications, web sites, blogs, magazines, and any other outlets that pay (and accept unsolicited submissions). More specifically, I want to find appropriate/welcoming/well-fitting places to submit my portfolio, given the style of stuff I tend to do. Samples below the fold… [more inside]
A series of questions about what happens behind the scenes of a museum. How does an idea turn into an exhibit, and who ultimately approves its content? [more inside]
Software suggestions for the Mac? I have simple needs. I want a catalog number, date of origin, artist name, and a photograph of each piece. Sorting, filtering and searchability required. [more inside]
Hi all. Long shot, but - I saw this design in the Garst Museum in Ohio, where the Annie Oakley collection is kept. The design is worked onto a pair of leather gauntlets. The label said that the gloves had been a gift from Sitting Bull; it's possible, but also might be apocryphal. I'm interested in quoting the design in an art project, but before I do, would like to know whether anyone recognizes the motif or knows its associations. [more inside]
I want to make my own version of these very similar logos but I also want to get that authentic handmade look. How do I do it? [more inside]
Artists with open studios or small gallery owners: how do you want me to behave? I'm completely ignorant about visual art and often unmoved by it, but interested in visiting the various tiny galleries and open studio events around my city. From experience, I'll often be the only person -- or one of very few people -- there at the time, aside from the artist. Should I duck wordlessly in and out, ask you to talk about the work, something else? [more inside]
A dear friend is buying a house soon. His favorite artist is Mondrian, and he is partial to the earlier, simpler abstract works (the ones where the fields of color are large) rather than the later, more complex ones like Broadway Boogie-Woogie. I want to give him a nice Mondrian reproduction to hang in his new house. What's the best way to do this - buy one or make it? And if I make it, how? If I buy it, where? [more inside]
Looking for high quality photography of Hieronymus Bosch's artworks that can be downloaded online [more inside]
I have decided on a tattoo that I would like and I need planning help. I'm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. [more inside]
I'm working on a piece of art that requires me to use aluminum foil as the primary canvas. I've been using craft acrylic paint (the ones sold in plastic bottles at most craft stores), but I'm wondering if I should upgrade to more professional grade artist acrylic (or oil?) paint. I'm a bit clueless about paint types so any advice is welcome. [more inside]
I want to display a set of 4 or 5 satellite images in a nice matted frame. Suggests for how to do this are welcome. [more inside]
Where can I get a museum quality reproduction? Say I'm willing to spend a few hundred to a few thousand. The piece I'm currently lusting over is The Siren or The Green Abyss by Santorio. (You can see a picture of it here, may be NSFW). The painting is much more striking in person than the photograph shows. There are plenty of other paintings I would potentially be interested in getting reproductions of. [more inside]
I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
Looking for something for my wall that fits all these criteria: 1. Abstract 2. Nonrepresentational 3. Light colors 4. White space 5. Around 70 inches wide by 40 inches tall. [more inside]
I worked long and hard on a design project that ended up not being used after all. I'm being asked for an invoice for my work and I need a little help figuring it out... [more inside]
I'm embarking on an overambitious personal writing project to profile the career of a pair of multidisciplinary artists who've been kicking around underground for 20+ years with next to no fanfare outside of their scene. Can you link me to some SUPER in-depth profiles of other working artists to give me an idea of what to aim for and what to avoid as I work on this? (Really long, career-spanning pieces would be best, but shorter stuff is OK. Bonus points if it's about someone you don't care for/about but the writing was so compelling that you loved reading it anyway, like this incredible profile of Carrot Top in Esquire.) What are some investigative profile best/worst practices when it comes to building something huge from scratch? What do readers love/hate to see in projects like this? [more inside]