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How Can I Tell a Lithograph from a Drawing?

Without using an eraser :) I have 3 quite nice drawings/lithographs by a pretty famous artist. I'd like to sell them - but first I need to determine if they are drawings done in pencil or lithographs. How can I do that? Thanks
posted by watercarrier on Aug 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Storing info about images of paintings?

What's a good way to keep track of information about images of paintings I've downloaded (artist, title, year, museum, and so on)? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Searching for a series of paintings.

I've been searching for a series of recent paintings (I think they're paintings, but I can't be sure) to no avail. Here's what I remember: they're of well-dressed women who are peeling back their skin to reveal viscera. I recall that they're by a Spanish artist and they're fairly recent. Please help me hivemind, all my google searches are coming up empty.
posted by ob on Aug 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Waxing on the object, thinking about the subject?

Blogs devoted to objects, fascinating and everyday? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 18, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I stay motivated without concrete, guaranteed benifits?

I used to think that I was lazy, but now I find that I can be motivated, dedicated and extremely efficient...but only when there are concrete and guaranteed benifits to my actions. Right now, I want to expand my portfolio and gain some new skills for the sake of increasing my employability and maybe getting a different job. But since this goal is far-off and not guaranteed, I'm having trouble sticking to it and I've been getting nowhere. Is there a way to operate that allows my actions to have short term and guaranteed benefits? [more inside]
posted by jumelle on Aug 17, 2013 - 7 answers

What are the best photographs in the public domain?

I am decorating a new apartment and would like to put some nice pieces of art on the walls. I love some of the photographs in the Library of Congress collection and have thought about having them blown up and printed high-res. Which brings me to my question: What are the best high-res images (in the public domain) floating around the Internet? Or collections of public domain high-res images that I can turn into posters?
posted by melodykramer on Aug 11, 2013 - 20 answers

What does 'NIKAT' mean on this statue of a Spartan?

There is a statue in the Milwaukee art museum titled "The Last of the Spartans". It depicts a dying soldier writing the word "NIKAT" on his shield, presumably as his last act before succumbing to his injuries. What does NIKAT mean? [more inside]
posted by :-) on Aug 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Art on!

You helped me get my crochet on. You helped me get my knit on. Now can you help me get my art on and find the best blogs of people just playing around with paints? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Aug 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Advice for a beginning abstract painter

I seem to have taken up painting, somewhat accidentally, mostly through the cunning tactics of a very good therapist. I dabbled in art in high school but haven't really done much visual art since (though I have also recently taken up photography). A lot of abstract artists (especially female abstract expressionists like Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler) are the painters that move me the most, plus I don't really have a desire to make representational art. I am mostly painting for self-expression and self-satisfaction, but it'd be nice to also not be embarrassed to show other people my work. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Material for making game boards out of?

I'm trying to hand-paint gameboards (five 21cm x 29cm boards, for a boardgame) for someone, except I can't figure out what material can hold up to the dual stresses of being painted/printed on (not by computer, but by the older methods of linocuts or woodblocks or etching) and the day-to-day wear and tear from being used as a gameboard, while still being reasonably priced. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me identify this art/chair?

I bought an interesting small chair at a local thrift store. Here's a picture of the front. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Cool art decals for a car

I just bought a car! But it's plain boring white. Help me find some cool art decals for it. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Art+Tech

I'm very interested in the transactions that take place between Artists and Coders when you stick them together in a room - is there a name for this ? where should I look for more information ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Seeking inspiration

I recently got the opportunity to direct a commercial! Yay!!! Now the bad news: I've been working a mind-numbing retail job for the last eight months, and have had few opportunities to do anything creative (outside of writing a screenplay). Help me re-enliven my inner creative spark. [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet on Aug 1, 2013 - 6 answers

What is that book of cover art from self-released records?

I feel like an idiot "wasting" a question on this, but it's driving me crazy and I am experiencing uncharacteristic google failure. Some time in the last few months I read reviews of a book of cover art from self-released LPs. The hell was that book called?
posted by dersins on Jul 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Books on philosophy and beauty, art, narrative, or metaphor

I'm well-read but pretty uneducated when it comes to philosophy, aside from having a working knowledge of the Post-Structuralists. I'm looking for philosophical books (it doesn't matter it they're canonical or not--I have not read most of the canon, but I also haven't read a lot of related books) that explore one or more of these areas: beauty, art, or narratives. (I just started Lyotard tonight, so no need to suggest him.) [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jul 30, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can/how do I commission pixel art?

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 - 5 answers

Comprehensive online directory of world festivals?

Does anyone know of a comprehensive online directory of world festivals?
posted by DreamStar on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Reinventing my (work)self - how does one start from scratch at 56?

My career as a high end photo retoucher for magazines seems to be winding down, mostly because of the shift from print to digital/ipad consumption of content. Seems that my options are to gear up my portfolio to work for ad agencies, or learn to be a decent illustrator if I stay with it. Even so, I'm not confident that there will be enough work as things move forward. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

How to gift artwork to a society far away?

What's the etiquette, practicalities and social norms of sending a piece of artwork to a society as a gift? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Jul 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Where do I go to get my artwork printed?

I have digital illustrations that I'd like printed out, framed and on the wall. I'm not sure where the best place to go is. [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jul 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Apple TV-friendly, beautiful video art

One of my friends is playing cello for a bunch of others at my place, and I'm looking for beautiful videos that I can project on the wall next to him as he plays. I have Apple TV, so anything on Vimeo, YouTube, or Netflix will work. The longer, the better. [more inside]
posted by snorkels on Jul 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Learning disabled artist blogs?

Who represents learning disabled artists? Or how can I find blogs or catalogs that feature learning disabled or developmentally disabled artists working in any media? Europe and South America especially but welcoming feedback about the rest of the world. Thanks!
posted by parmanparman on Jul 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Why the arts matter.

I would like to read all of the best things about why the arts -- and in particular literature -- Matter(s). [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jul 15, 2013 - 15 answers

What's cool in Metro Manila, Philippines? I'm new and I need friends.

What's cool in Metro Manila, Philippines? I'm new and I need friends. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Jul 13, 2013 - 10 answers

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

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