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Business documents for artists/designers

Usually designers and (to a greater degree, artists) are represented by agents who take care of all the administrative/legislative issues. However, for those who manage their own freelance businesses, it is imperative that they have their own business documents (project questionnaires, proposals, quotations, contracts, invoices, ..). I am interested in mapping out all the needed documents in the process of a project, from the moment the client contacts the designer/artist to the moment the project is submitted and the payments are made. Where can I find some comprehensive/reliable resources for such documents?
posted by omar.a on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Is old art fixative worse for the environment than newer fixative?

I have a can of old art fixative. Is it better for the environment if I use it or dispose of it? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Everything I need to know about doing an art fair booth?

So I've decided to try my hand at a booth for my photography at art fairs. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jun 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Need help drawing human anatomy and perspective again.

Are there any good exercises online (video or otherwise) that help? Or possibly some books? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Ego pain and art: advice?

I'd like to spend more time reading serious literature or viewing art, but I find my ego keeps getting in the way. Advice, please? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Jun 24, 2013 - 27 answers

"If I'd done it for the money, I'd have been a f**ing lawyer"

[playlist filter] I'm looking for songs that are about staying true to your art, about putting in the work, and not caring about the rewards. The kind of song that makes you want to stay us all night working on a painting or novel or whatever. Been really into "Make the Money" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, so looking for music in the same vein. [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 19, 2013 - 20 answers

A better way to say "great authors write the same book ten times"?

What's a better way to refer to the idea that an artist tries to refine the same central idea over and over again throughout their career? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jun 18, 2013 - 9 answers

All the Best Abstract Art

I'm looking for some online galleries of great abstract art from contemporary painters and artists. The preferred type of image I'm searching for is quite abstract: lines and shapes, spirals, even fractal art potentially. The one additional requirement is that the artist be named and contactable.Thanks so much!
posted by gerryblog on Jun 18, 2013 - 4 answers

ID this Buffy illustration in TV Guide?

In 2001, I saved this surreal Buffy the Vampire Slayer art from a page in TV Guide. Who was the artist? [SPOILERS discussed for BtVS season 5] [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on Jun 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me identify this piece of art.

We recently found this piece of art, a bronze plaque, at a table sale. It looks like something created by a known artist, their name is on the tip of my brain, but I'm drawing a blank. Does it ring any bells with any of you? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 17, 2013 - 6 answers

More goosebump worthy audio pieces/ podcasts like the one below?

I recently heard this obscure piece and was blown away. What other similar audio work can you recommend? Poetry/short story read well with tight ambient sound effects? Are there any websites that aggregate those types of work? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jun 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Havens for artists and writers

I was just reading about poet Mary Oliver, who lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I've also heard of arts communities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What are some other small-ish towns that have strong communities of artists and writers (especially writers!)? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 15, 2013 - 32 answers

Every day objects in watercolor

Help me find the blog of a japanese artist which drew everyday objects using watercolors. Shoes, clothes, mugs, etc. I think he updated daily.
posted by jgwong on Jun 12, 2013 - 5 answers

A challenge for the hive mind: who painted these?

I have two portraits, painted by the same artist, that I bought at a flea market. They're both signed "Geo. Menkel," and one is dated 1952. They may have come from the Baltimore area, and the artist may have been a doctor painting his wife, based on what I was told by the person I bought them from. Want to help me track down the artist, or a living relative? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch on Jun 12, 2013 - 10 answers

How does an artist/designer forge a "signature style"?

I've always had a problem with finding a "signature style". How does an artist / designer (even filmmaker) go about having one? Is it a natural progression from one's interests or preferences, or is it more of a calculated choice? My problem is that I am a chameleon, and my work is very eclectic since I mastered a lot of different styles which makes me virtually unidentifiable. I've always had the project dictate the suitable style, but I realized that this got in the way of finding a unique voice in the midst of a very noisy market. [more inside]
posted by wisetree on Jun 12, 2013 - 24 answers

How to hang stuff on the walls without nails?

My new place doesn't like us putting holes in the walls with nails. How do I hang up framed art that has some substantial weight? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for a specific artist of creepy pictures

I'm looking for a specific artist who produces some very creepy prints, but I'd also be interested in any recommendations on a similar theme. One picture was of a dead astronaut, skull visible in their helmet, being held up by a ghost/spirit. Another was of a post-Chernobyl creature made up of parts of other animals, mainly horses, with human body parts as well. I think there were Napoleonic zombies in a different picture as well. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie on Jun 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me identify the origin of this African mask

I bought this African mask at a thrift shop the other day. It appears real; it has the qualities of being handmade. I've searched the Internet for an hour or so, and while I've found other masks that are similar (like this one and this one), I can't find its origin. Are there any African art experts who can help me?
posted by jordanian2 on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Whats in a name... or title

I just stared a new job and I have the rare opportunity to give myself a title. I do a lot of things in this new job- basically in marketing spectrum. What should my title be? Anon sense I can't have my contacts thinking i don't know what I am doing here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Where to find Velvet Goldmine pendant?

Where can I find a replica of the green pendant from Velvet Goldmine? There's nothing like it on Etsy and my Googlefu is failing me.
posted by divabat on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Need some help with managing the clutter of life AND works-in-progress.

I already struggle mightily with housekeeping, but adding supplies for artistic projects to the mix only makes the mess overwhelming. [more inside]
posted by oogenesis on May 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Simple animated graphics via OSX + text file

Sometimes I play around with pixel art, usually in Pixen. It's great! It also has some built-in animation tools, but as soon as I want to do something with more than, say, a dozen frames, it becomes very unwieldy. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on May 31, 2013 - 1 answer

What art galleries exist for emerging artists in major cities?

I'm searching for art galleries in major cities (such as London, New York, Seattle, Dubai, etc) that are friendly to emerging artists, and are likely to take take 1 - 2 pieces in a group show. My goal here (similar to my last ask mefi question) is to get some exhibition credits in major cities, as crass as that sounds. Are there any suggestions you have, or specific search keywords I should be looking for?
posted by felspar on May 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me identify this symbol?

I found this rock by some train tracks today. The rock could be from anywhere since the rock beds for the tracks are often laid with rocks shipped in from everywhere. A Google search hasn't been much help yet. Anyone?
posted by SarahBellum on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for photos/videos, or car crashes with distorting metal

Looking for videos, commercials, scenes from a movie you can recall, of high definition car crashes or scenes of metal rippling and distorting. Slow motion, hi def, very vivid is the best. Here is a video with something similar: http://vimeo.com/9078364 Its for an art project. Thank you so much for any thoughts or ideas.
posted by cascando on May 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Best Books On Museum Life?

Looking for recommendations for the best non-fiction books on the subject of running a large museum/art archive. From any POV, from the fund-raising presidents to the ticket takers, guards, and art history interns in the basements. I'm looking for more large, prestige institutions ("What is it like to work at the Met" for example) but smaller collections or niche museums are also good.
posted by The Whelk on May 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Your favorite art, animation and illustration blogs

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 - 8 answers

How to say "au revoir mon professeure" in a slightly more creative way?

This week, my daughter (a sophomore in high school) will be bidding adieu to her French teacher, who is is retiring. Daughter is artistic and has decided to make a card for Madame but is looking for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on May 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Help with project? Please list fictional cities !

For a project I'm currently working on as part of my graduation in Graphic Design, I wanted to compile something like an atlas of fictional cities. These may be from books, legends, stories, video games, advertisements, comics, really whatever... Even "real" cities but alternate versions, imagined or in some way deviate from their real counterpart are valid. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on May 18, 2013 - 47 answers

I want to forget about her, but she's famous now

I wish I could forget about the girl who broke my heart when I was a teenager, but it seems the world doesn't want to let me, because she's famous now, while I'm struggling. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2013 - 47 answers

Help me price my art.

I've always wanted to be able to paint so over the last year I've taken a couple of oil painting courses. It seems now that I can paint well enough that people are asking about buying my work and one person wants to try to get me into galleries he knows. Wow! That's where I get stuck. How on earth do I come up with a price? Do I ask them to make me an offer? Are there resources for this kind of thing? Has anyone on here done this? What did you charge?
posted by merocet on May 16, 2013 - 8 answers

10 dollar art mystery

Does anyone know what happened with the 10 dollar art mystery? It’s been a while and I can’t find a resolution. There’s the Wiki, but if it has any more information I didn’t see it.
posted by bongo_x on May 16, 2013 - 3 answers

Need practical advice on lettering a graphic novel book project.

The illustrations have already been drawn on card stock and inked, for an actual, physical project inspired by this kind of handmade "star book" design... but now it's time to tackle the lettering. Are there any good, professional ways of doing it without hand lettering everything? If so, can you link to examples / tutorials? Or is hand lettering the only good option available? (Scanning the illustrations, adding lettering, and reprinting is not an option.)
posted by markkraft on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Seeking documentaries about digital art

I am looking for some good documentaries about digital art. What do you recommend? Biographical movies about artists that make art with PhotoShop would be great. Movies about the history of CGI would be fascinating. Documentaries about art made for the internet could also be fun to see. Any suggestions would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on May 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Buying art for good

I'm moving into a new apartment and want to decorate my walls with some art. I really don't have anything in mind, and I thought a good way to help me decide might be to find art coming from sources where the purchase benefits a good cause. Maybe something like art made from students where the purchase goes towards the school, or something else where the money I spend ends up doing more than just going to the art store or website I buy it from. Really open to any ideas here. I'm in NYC if that helps.
posted by rastapasta on May 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Diamonds in the haystack

I'm looking for the unexpected, overlooked masterpieces hiding within conventionally marginal artistic genres: novelty Christmas music albums, mass market cowboy novels, direct-to-video action movie sequels, etc. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on May 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Cheapest place to print digital to canvas in Denver area?

Technically I live in Parker, CO. Friends and others have started buying my digital art doodles that I print locally on glossy cardstock. I've seen some artists have digital canvas prints but not sure where to go for a reasonable rate as I want quality but don't have a lot of money. I'm not even sure how it is done but have the CMYK files at a good resolution and am ready to go. I would like to try a few and see if I can sell them. Thanks for your time. It is nice for people to like what I draw but I want to give the best quality as it is not yet a living but a hobby.
posted by snap_dragon on May 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Who is this painting by?

Hi yall! I got this painting about 12 years ago in Baltimore as a gift. Who painted it? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Art framing question - drawing a blank.

What are those plastic clips called that are used to hold together a very simply framed photo or drawing? [more inside]
posted by cellura p on May 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Do artists often get scammed into projects?

When I get an email from someone asking if I'm interested in doing a big long-term project, how do I know if they're legit or if it's something worth my time and effort? [more inside]
posted by picklenickle on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Commissioned original art, art may not be original. Help?

I work for a non-profit organization. We applied for, and received, a grant to commission original artwork for our building. We chose an artist who proposed a mural. The contract is signed with the agency that is providing the grant, and work is set to start on the building soon. Problem is? One of the members of the Board found a very similar mural online, painted by a different person. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Cartoonist seeks opportunities

My DrawSomething addiction has coaxed out of me a desire to illustrate without getting bogged down by a writing process. My recent draws are cartoonish, bright and friendly, and other players keep asking if I'm an artist. Where can I find cartoon or childrens book writers in need of artwork that might tolerate my lack of portfolio and professional experience?
posted by jayCampbell on Apr 30, 2013 - 17 answers

What music should I try on Spotify?

What bands and albums should I listen to now that I'm finally able to stream almost anything ever made? Extended information as to my taste preferences inside. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 29, 2013 - 18 answers

How to create speech bubbles that look like they came from an iPhone?

So I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to create text bubbles that look like they came from an iPhone. However, I don't want something like Fake iPhone Text, as that creates a picture of the entire phone background plus the text bubbles. I only want the text bubbles, disembodied. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 26, 2013 - 6 answers

I need an in depth example in each of the 6 major art forms

Hello, I recently had to write a dissertation in class arguing whether the state is concerned with artistic creation. The prof criticised me for limiting my examples in literature and poetry and recommended me to have at least a solid example in each of the 6 art forms. [more inside]
posted by lite on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

In person affordable San Francisco wall art buying.

I want to buy some art in San Francisco. The kind in frames that you hang on the wall. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Apr 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Independent art in Berlin

I'm in Berlin on Saturday, and I'd like to look at, and maybe buy some art. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Apr 25, 2013 - 1 answer

Where Do I Find On-Line Volunteers For Art Project?

I am doing an art project where I am asking people to send in photographs of their feet with a positive sentiment written on top. The project is entitled "Perfect Imperfection" or "Happy Feet" It was inspired by my sweetie realizing that her body is perfect in it's imperfection. I need to expand my reach outside of my own circle of friends to help complete the project. Is there a site I can go to online where I can ask for volunteers?
posted by goalyeehah on Apr 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Is there an online map of visual art?

There's this for literature and this for word meanings. Is there such a site that connects related visual artists? For example, if I were to type in "Egon Schiele" I could expect "Gustav Klimt" and "Oskar Kokoshka" to float around.
posted by cellura p on Apr 22, 2013 - 1 answer

Seeking recommendations for films about Jewish art and architecture

I am looking for some great movies about the history of Jewish art and architecture. I am most curious to learn about ancient and medieval Judaica, but if you know of treatments of modern Jewish art and architecture that would be good to know about too. Any recommendations would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Apr 21, 2013 - 6 answers

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