What can I read/watch/do to learn more about Performance Art? [more inside]
Need help buying or building a real loom. Ideas? [more inside]
What are the most interesting documentary films about the history of video games? I am especially interested in anything that discusses the history of game graphics.
What's the easiest, cheapest way to barcode thousands upon thousands of world-heritage-level works of art before they go into storage? [more inside]
Firebox posters: Where did I see them? [more inside]
What is the earliest depiction (not description) of an iceberg in Western Art? [more inside]
How would I replicate this graph / wireframe look easily? Is there a particular name to this? [more inside]
Where can I buy a large piece of plexiglass for a frame? [more inside]
I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
My feminist friend is not familiar with Cindy Sherman's work. Is there a particularly awesome way to introduce her? [more inside]
I might want to do some freelance illustration, but is it possible to do so without any type of degree? [more inside]
Are there any consumer or professional creative programs that offer randomization tools along the lines of 'Brainstorm' in Adobe After Effects? [more inside]
I will soon need cover art for a self-published book. I'd like to get something original rather than buying a stock photo. I am quite ignorant about the world of visual arts. Please teach me how to communicate what I want to an artist--and how to find one? [more inside]
Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
Please recommend some documentaries online on art, artists (of any/all kinds) and innovation
(in a wider sense, perhaps especially including technological innovation and entrepreneurship) that I can show to a class. [more inside]
I am trying to frame a large, tall map for my wife's Christmas gift. Normally I just get a RIBBA frame at IKEA, but the print (24" x 42") doesn't fit any of their sizes. I want to matte it at 3" on each side, bringing it to 30" x 48"
. My goal is to spend ~$100 on the framing, glass and matte boards... is this possible? [more inside]
There are some people who are excellent draftsmen when it comes to drawing. Their sketchbooks are full of architecture style drawings or similar, with straight lines as if drawn using a ruler and little erasing. Or they're sign painters or car details who can just pick up a brush and literally draw a straight line on the car as they're walking the length of it. No visual planning or measuring or masking off areas, they just do it.
Are there scientific studies about the particular set of physical and mental skills these people have and what exactly those skills are? Are their specific differences in their brain or anatomy that enable those skills?
Art buffs of Mefi, please tell me about exciting things that were happening in the New York City art scene in the early 1980s. [more inside]
help with artistic inspiration? [more inside]
Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers? [more inside]
I have 3/4 of a graphic novel script in my computer. Where can I learn to draw so I can bring it onto the page? [more inside]
I want to print a once-off version of a long poem I've written for display; all I have so far are the words (no specific designs or illustrations or whatever). I really like the look of letterpress but it seems that letterpress places only do bulk orders. Is this true? Are there other options? [more inside]
What books that are printed with unusual techniques, using unusual paper, do you recommend looking at? [more inside]
Looking for artworks where artists use instructional language, prompts or directives. Similar to Yoko Ono's grapefruit
or artists who give tours through museums as a conceptual strategies such Andrea Fraser
How do they do that? Artist edition... Please recommend how-to's and how I do this blogs/videos etc... [more inside]
Digital artists: What is this cool, grainy Photoshop texture used in webcomics and how do I make it too? [more inside]
Help me identify this piece of art I learned about during an art history class: it involved the artist or one of his / her assistants releasing a jar of air into the...air. Although the act itself was the art piece, it was recorded in a photo that shows this person with the open jar of air in some kind of field or related outdoor setting. I think it was black and white. [more inside]
Does anyone know good printing companies in the UK who could make prints of my artwork in bulk cheaply? [more inside]
How do I network as an artist/animator without having gone to art school or worked in a studio setting? [more inside]
House of Leaves
are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
What would happen in an art gallery fire? [more inside]
My sibling is getting really into sketching/pencil drawing. My other sibling and I want to get her some good art supplies for Christmas; a nice leather refillable sketchbook, a pencil set, and some paper. The problem is that neither of us knows the first thing about art and drawing paper. What's the best kind of paper to use for pencil/charcoal drawings, and where is a good place to order some online?
What are some unique examples of projects or organizations that are helping grow and improve your local art or music scene? [more inside]
Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
I've sent so many resumes out by this time that the word resume has lost all meaning, and cover letter makes me sigh. Aggressive job hunting since July has turned up bupkiss.
I need money. I really do. Social services gives me enough to not starve and that's about it. Not being able to do much other than go to my job experience job and to the grocery store is sucking the life out of me. So I sat down and tried to come up with a way that I could make money and still look at myself in the mirror.
I want to do a Mixed-Media Art Workshop aimed at the art-curious, beginners, just liked art class in high school, and people looking to kill an hour without it being a dating set up. [more inside]
Asking for a friend. How long can a piece of art work be used for, if initially only being commissioned as a one off? [more inside]
Hope this isn't triggering or anything, but I've got a ton of immediately convincing reasons to never open my mouth or pick up my guitar. Is anyone's up for contributing to my list of less-than-persuasive counterarguments? [more inside]
One of a number of painting/pictures I acquired recently is of a statue in which a man is holding a tetrahedron (pic 1
| pic 2
). I am fascinated by the image, but have no idea about actual information about the statue. Artist, title, location, intended subject matter, etc., etc. Any help in identification and/or additional info would be great! [more inside]
I need a fitting caption for wierd artwork on a birthday card I'm sending. [more inside]
I want buy a cheap house, make art, and not die in Detroit. What are the right zipcodes to plug into Zillow? FWIW, white male, older but street smart, handy, commute some and sell in California, love vintage architecture (and ruins, and access to cheap, plentiful materials).
What is a good resource for understanding art theory - book recommendations, websites, things of that nature. I keep finding myself realizing that there's uses of language in art that doesn't match up with what I think it should be. [more inside]
I want to hang some Edward Hopper art on my walls. It is as simple as buying some prints and framing them? [more inside]
When I was a kid in the late 80's/early 90's, my favorite booth at Hardee's had a big print of a drawing or painting of a beagle puppy eating a businessman. There were little legs sticking out of the puppy's mouth in suit pants and business-type shoes, kicking around. Can you help me find this again? [more inside]
Maybe you know this art print? Years ago I lost a piece of art that I loved but didn't know anything about. It was a sketch of a dry-docked small (single-person? in the perspective it looked to be about a 12-foot craft) sailboat, sail down, in a field of waving shore grass, looking out towards the sea and the back of the boat. The surf was far away, maybe 100 yards or so, and the boat was positioned in the lower right-hand quadrant of the piece though not in the corner. The original medium was was pencil or charcoal on paper. When I see it I think "New England coast" and "loneliness". It was a yellowish-greenish-sepia tone, or perhaps that was just the paper it was litho'd on. I recall it was an official print numbered in pencil on the matting and framed in a low-profile chrome frame. Do you know the work? Can you speculate on the name of the artist? I'd really like to be able to attempt to get another copy. [more inside]
Easy-to-use templates (or something?) for a visual arts portfolio site? I already have a domain name and hosting, so I'm not looking for DeviantArt/Tumblr/CargoCollective, etc. [more inside]
On a deadline: Help me find the name of an amazing, bizarre, crude, disgusting artist whose childish paintings of people in extreme situations surrounded by thought/speech balloons/bubbles I saw in a Lower East Side gallery around 2010-2011. [more inside]
I want to open an online store where I sell my paintings, and possibly prints. Should I go with Etsy and/or Redbubble? [more inside]
Can you help me with Cuban musicians and/or artists who are still suffering from being banned/censored in Cuba?
I've read that Celia Cruz and many others are no longer banned in Cuba. Are there still artists (either musicians or visual artists) that the country can't abide? [more inside]
When creating an art portfolio for graduate school admissions, which may end up online or submitted digitally, is it completely necessary that I include measurements for all the pieces (especially if the original work is several states away at my parents house)? I am not applying for uber-competitive MFA programs, but arts administration/education/museum studies where the portfolio is usually not strictly necessary but can be helpful, I hear.