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Papers Please!

Where can I source those deliciously smooth Japanese papers? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Dec 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Well, the birds had human hands...

I'm looking for the website of an illustrator I ran across a few years ago. She is in her twenties or early thirties (I think), and draws mostly fairy tales or fantastic/surreal pieces that have vaguely sinister feel. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Art poster buying

I want to buy a print online of a Klimt painting in the public domain (specifically, this one). Lots of places sell prints of this (and everything else under the sun), but it's impossible to tell whether there will be differences in the quality of the print from the jpeg. Are there any shops that make better prints than others, or things I should look for when choosing a print, or does it not matter?
posted by Tsuga on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Print experts! I need to know what kind of print this is.

Is this a woodcut or an etching or what? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Questions to ask artists?

What sort of questions would you like to ask of a couple of artists who've just completed a project, one where they produced a drawing every day for a year?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Invitation to illustrate music program covers, no idea what to charge.

I was recently asked by the conductor of a well-known classical music ensemble if I'd be interested in illustrating the programs for some of his upcoming performances. A collaboration like this would be a cherry gig for me, and I'm very excited, but I'm worried about messing it up. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 4, 2015 - 4 answers

How can I sell my art?

I make abstract art. A lot of abstract art, some of which is in the web link of my profile. I need to offload some of it, but I'm trying to figure out the best way. This is complicated by my need to spend time marketing my writing, not my art. More within. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Dec 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Copper plates for printing maps; how to display?

I have 3x 22-lb copper plates formerly used by the US Geologic Survey to print maps. The lines are so fine that the image is barely visible. Any idea of a simple technique or treatment to make it more visible for display? I am an experienced letterpress printer & have access to inks & archival materials. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Dec 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Inspired By Blade Runner

You love Blade Runner, I love Blade Runner - a little too much. I need more. What are the best pieces of future noir media with the same setting/atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 1, 2015 - 32 answers

How can I learn to accept that perfect is the enemy of good?

You're an artist who has suffered crippling self doubt and self-loathing, and you've either got past it or found coping mechanisms. How did you do it? How can I do the same? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Dec 1, 2015 - 20 answers

Should I tap it?

I'm looking for a really large piece of art for my wall and there's a couple of works I'm eyeing on society6. Unfortunately, their largest canvas size isn't large enough for my liking. Their wall tapestries, however, are large enough. But! [more inside]
posted by paperback version on Nov 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Help ID this small statue found up in Guadalajara, Mexico

One of my students brought a small statue to class. She says her family found it while digging on property they own in Guadalajara, Mexico. That's all the info she has. It's about 3 inches tall. We'd love any hints about what it is, how old it might be, or anything about it. Or even info as who to ask. Here's a photo I shot of it (balanced on my thermos) https://flic.kr/p/AvpU9a
posted by cccorlew on Nov 24, 2015 - 12 answers

Art Supplies as a gift

Looking to buy some basic art supplies for my artistic but not serious artist sister. Need guidance on brands and whether art sets are just a waste. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Nov 21, 2015 - 11 answers

Your favorite NYC art blogs and calendars?

Dearest New Yorkers, Having just showed up in Brooklyn little more than a week ago (via SF), I've been wonderfully overwhelmed. The one thing I'm missing is a good list of the best places to help distill (or not distill) the innumerable art events and openings popping off both nearby and in Manhattan. Any advices and favorite digital spots are hugely appreciated. I've got a few things I'm looking at but the more, the better. Bonus points for physical publications! <3 Matthew
posted by m_steven_a on Nov 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Erasures. (Not Erasure, much as I love synth-pop.)

For something I'm writing, I am looking for examples of erasures. I already have literary erasures taken care of (like Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow). I am not interested in historical redactions sometimes called erasures ("the erasure of slavery from history books"). I do want examples like the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum and the blank spaces on the walls where stolen paintings were. Architecture, audio recordings, scientific anything, art, and other fields are welcome.
posted by mermaidcafe on Oct 22, 2015 - 44 answers

If you want to be a digital animator, to which school would you go?

My 17 year old son wants to be an animation artist. Awesome! He definitely has the ability (both artistically and digitally as he is fluent in more programming languages than I, a computer scientist, am) but we are now arguing about the school. I'm pushing for Cal Arts. He is resistant because my ex-husband, whom he hates, went there. So, I'm looking for schools that are great at digital art and animation. This is not an easy thing to Google, I keep getting Devry. More below... [more inside]
posted by blessedlyndie on Oct 20, 2015 - 32 answers

Which colored pencils should I choose?

A good friend bought me a coloring book for adults ("Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt") for my birthday, and I'm excited to start using it. Which pencils should I choose? [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Oct 15, 2015 - 20 answers

Seeking non-cheesy pumpkin carving stencils

We're making a jack-o-lantern this year, and would like to find some stencils for designs. Most of what I'm finding online is from homemaking magazines and isn't to my taste. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Oct 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Planner Inspiration for Weirdos

Where can I find inspiration for planner decoration that is geared towards various alternative/weirdo types - e.g. queers, geeks, artists, activists, certain subcultures? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Oct 15, 2015 - 17 answers

How do I start looking for a creative partner?

Looking for practical advice and anecdotes on actively looking for a creative partner when life does not grant you one "naturally" like best friends who share a hobby etc. More specifically how do writers find other writers or comic book artists. I've gone to a few writers meetups and they were fun and useful, but ultimately not fruitful (yet). I know there are probably a lot of online communities I could join (how should I approach this approach to finding someone?)
posted by deadwater on Oct 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there a good kids book about Edvard Munch and "The Scream"?

My second grade daughter has just been learning about Edvard Munch and "The Scream" - Are there any good kids books that discuss the artist and work? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Oct 12, 2015 - 5 answers

What the hell am I doing in this bar basement at 11pm on a Sunday?

Last year, I unexpectedly fell in love with improv comedy. I raced through the classes, joined a team, and started performing shows on tiny stages throughout NYC. It's been a rewarding experience! Except: I'm a 32 year-old introvert, and hanging out with mid-20s performers feels weird AF. [more inside]
posted by dryersock on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Artistic dude interested in a more meaningful career. Options?

Art is slow and tedious, with little to show for the effort, IMO. What else could someone with my abilities and leanings go into? [more inside]
posted by pableaux on Oct 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Examples of pre-20th century surrealist art?

Can you suggest some examples of surreal or magical realist artworks – dreamlike scenes, fantastical animals, enchantments – but from before the 20th century (ie, before Surrealism, and fantasy/magic realist fiction)? For example: Gustave Doré; Bosch; some of the medieval religious art collected on the "Discarding Images" blog.
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Digital Drawing: Do it better edition

I have a drawing tablet and I enjoy my hobby of designing prints, however I want to get better at it and am looking for the best resources. Specifically techniques I'm interested in and programs to help. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Oct 1, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I affordably start a music/art/educational LLC and non-profit?

I am a known financially developmentally delayed idiot. No really. I hate money. And I want to start a music and art festival on a slim budget and start building a framework to be able to raise funds for it and keep it all clean and kosher and separate while keeping my day job and tax bracket. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Sep 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Art history podcast suggestions, please.

Another podcast question! Something that will teach me the history of art? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Wow, Thank YOU for that thing...that is there...looking at me...

What do you do with terrible art that has been gifted to you? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Cool/Interactive/Fun/Artsy Activities for a Professionally-Thrown Party

Have you ever been to an event that had something really fun and cool, that got you to whip out your phone and take a photo, that made you go "wait, this is free?" An example from a party I've been to recently is having screen printers make t-shirts and tote bags for attendees from designs they chose right there in front of them. More examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 25, 2015 - 24 answers

How to focus on the things you want to do when your SO is around

I have a couple of good habits I'm working on instilling in myself (exercising and working on my art), but I never seem to have the time or energy when my SO is in town. What strategies do you use to carve out time for yourself? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Wouldn't it be nice to learn more about Brian Wilson?

I'd like to learn more about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. What biographies should I read? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 17, 2015 - 8 answers

Lighting techniques of top cinematographers

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.
posted by omar.a on Sep 16, 2015 - 2 answers

Teach me to robot.

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]
posted by cmoj on Sep 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Jewelry made by melting stuff?

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]
posted by The corpse in the library on Sep 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Obscure question about Arches paper watermark

When did Arches start using the watermark "MBM"? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 14, 2015 - 2 answers

I want to see the connections

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.
posted by history is a weapon on Sep 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Renaissance Paintings with Loads of Symbolism

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?
posted by nanook on Sep 7, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me plan a trip to the Whitney!

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]
posted by missmary6 on Sep 7, 2015 - 8 answers

What type of art do I want to make?

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!
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 7, 2015 - 6 answers

What can you tell me about this old painting?

This is a picture that I just acquired. I'm wondering what you can tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Sep 5, 2015 - 8 answers

RSS feed of Art Masterpieces?

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?
posted by mkuhnell on Sep 3, 2015 - 6 answers

Artist Identification Help

I am looking for the artist behind this [nsfw] sculpture. Do you know who it is?
posted by nadawi on Sep 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Where to purchase a travel painting box?

Where can I purchase a travel painting box like the one seen here [more inside]
posted by luckyme793 on Sep 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Watercolors for Beginners - Recommendations Wanted!

Calling artists of MeFi: in search of suggestions for watercolors (and associated materials). Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Aug 31, 2015 - 13 answers

"Geniuses" without stellar IQ scores other than Feynman

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?
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Aug 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this odd art object?

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]
posted by moonmilk on Aug 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Affordable way to print and frame my photography?

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]
posted by 2oh1 on Aug 23, 2015 - 12 answers

Art framing in NYC

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]
posted by cosmic osmo on Aug 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Books and websites to tackle the "is it art?" question

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]
posted by rossination on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Where can I find or build light box art?

I am wondering the best way to obtain light box art for my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Aug 16, 2015 - 1 answer

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