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Oregon or Washington?

My friend and I want to move to either Washington or Oregon. What are good/affordable places to live for two poor artists in debt? [more inside]
posted by kfrax on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Help Me Find Original Source Artist Writings!

I'm looking for original source artists' writings. I'm talking diaries, manifestos, conversations about the creative process - Help me find books, magazines, websites or other good resources! [more inside]
posted by lady3bird on Apr 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Here's the pitch: "It's a giant reflective $6-20 million Queen Conch."

How do you pitch a community on building an iconic landmark? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Apr 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Inspiring documentaries about artists and creators

I stream art documentaries on Netflix while I work. (Having something playing on the 2nd monitor is acceptable at my job.) I've watched enough that the top three recommendations at the bottom of the page are almost always films I've already seen, but I want to keep this habit up another month! [more inside]
posted by itesser on Mar 25, 2014 - 12 answers

Find an illustrator?

Can you help me find an illustrator I used to love and have lost track of? I'm terrible with names but she used to draw a webcomic, and I remember other things, too... [more inside]
posted by Mizu on Mar 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Apps created by artists or as part of an artistic project

I'm a journalist looking to write a series of profiles on artists who are using apps, not to create their work, but as part of their output. If you know of any, or where I should look, could you let me know? Cheers.
posted by quarsan on Nov 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Can you identify this artist?

I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Nov 9, 2013 - 7 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

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

Bands/Artists with non-alphanumeric symbols

I'm looking for examples of bands or solo artists which contain non-alphanumeric characters in their name. They must be well known (in the UK) and mainstream. [more inside]
posted by salmacis on Jun 4, 2013 - 44 answers

(Great) lyricists who are similar to Joni Mitchell?

Could anyone recommend me musicians-cum- poets/songwriters who are as talented as Joni Mitchell? [more inside]
posted by ethelwulf on Mar 18, 2013 - 39 answers

Storytellers, thinkers, and musicians who are worth fully engaging with?

I believe I may suffer from a derth of artistic and intellectual heroes. Help me fix that. What artists and thinkers are worth engaging with fully as an adult? By "engaging with fully," I mean making a concerted effort to consume all of their output, several times, as well as seeking out supplementary information about them by way of interviews, criticism, documentaries, collected letters, biographies, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 15, 2013 - 50 answers

Has copyright EVER helped the little guy?

I am of the firm belief that the copyright system in the US is broken, and in need of great reform. But I'm wondering if anyone has examples of copyright actually helping a small artist retain control of their work and/or get compensation from their work. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Feb 26, 2013 - 15 answers

How much do successful, but not megasuccessful, musicians make?

I'm curious about the real-world economics of being a musician who "made it" but is not, say, Sir Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Jay-Z. For instance, how's James McNew, bassist of the incomparable Yo La Tengo, doing? Is Ken Bethea, guitarist for the Old 97's, comfortable? Ian Matthews, drummer for Kasabian, are you sorted for a comfortable retirement? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 5, 2013 - 46 answers

Need iOS help. Hope me!

I've used iPhones for five years or so now, but there are a few things that bug me, and I wonder if there is a trick or preference I'm missing or a third-party app I can use or what. No interest in jailbreaking or switching phones. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 7, 2013 - 10 answers

How Do I Learn To Speak Artist?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

Documentaries on Art/Artists and Innovation

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]
posted by zresearch on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Draw my mind

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]
posted by tavegyl on Nov 18, 2012 - 12 answers

_______ 101

I love when people put together "syllabi" as introductions to obscure or prolific artists or media, that specify the "proper" order a body of work should be introduced in order to get the best experience. This was inspired by this recent comment; a similar one I remember is here. The AV Club's Gateways to Geekery feature is also quite good. Please provide me with more of this type of guide! [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Nov 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted 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]
posted by divabat on Oct 31, 2012 - 30 answers

How do I help my fine artist friend?

I'd really like to help support my neighbor, a fine artist, in her search for commissions, management and new students. Unfortunately, outside of just helping her navigate networking sites online, I have no idea where to start. Specifics after the jump. [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Sep 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Common tactics for explaining art and portraying artists

Is there such a thing as meta-analysis of art literature? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser on Jul 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Is it possible to commission an artist?

My wife keeps a list of all the words our 1 year old has learned to say. As a present I thought it might be nice to commission an artist to make a collage of them that we could put on the wall. I'm in London, England. I have no idea how one would do this, or if it would be affordable (I'd be prepared to spend up to around a thousand pounds). Can you commission an artist - and if so, how would you find one?
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Goldfinger

I am looking for images of a Marilyn Minter painting that I believe was called Goldfinger. [more inside]
posted by lalex on May 31, 2012 - 2 answers

Seeking Engraver

I'd like to find an artist to commission who specializes in work that looks like classic engravings; less something like Wondermark / Harper's illustrations and more the decorative and detail work like on an Emperor Norton note. Any recommendations, and if not, where (and how) can I look? [more inside]
posted by 23 on May 7, 2012 - 7 answers

The Kindle Fire or the Nook Color, what's the better tablet for cartoonists??

Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet. What's better for a cartoonist? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Apr 21, 2012 - 18 answers

I will never be Frida Kahlo .. but a girl can dream

In my fantasy life, I move to a remote area of the United States (like somewhere in New Mexico), buy a small home with a garden for tomatoes and herbs, wear long dresses, buy a faithful dog for a companion, write novels and take gorgeous, brooding young men for lovers. Please recommend to me some books with characters (real or fictional) who have lived this life.
posted by nubianinthedesert on Apr 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Blank-librarians

Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Identify: Younger Male Artist Killed by Mob and Woman Who Drew Decision Trees On Canvas With Pencil

Please help me identify these two visual artists: a younger male artist killed by the mob in the 1990's and a woman who drew decision trees in pencil on canvas. [more inside]
posted by shushufindi on Feb 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Art Writing, not Fart Writing.

I'd like examples of great down-to-earth art writing. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 6, 2012 - 23 answers

What relatively high profile celebrities, artists or entertainers have very poor websites?

What relatively high profile celebrities, artists or entertainers have very poor websites? [more inside]
posted by davebush on Dec 18, 2011 - 9 answers

There must be a puzzle of a forest and a lake out there somewhere!

I need to find a jigsaw puzzle featuring a Hudson River School artist! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Name that tune!

Help me figure out this 60s song. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Nov 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Arming Myself with Art!

My husband admires the work of John Taylor Arms with his fine attention to detail. Is there somewhere that I can buy inexpensive copies of his prints (in other words, under $100)?
posted by lirael2008 on Sep 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Bohemia in Despotic countries?

I'm interested in books about 'underground' or 'bohemian' sub-cultures in despotic regimes. Artists, musicians, intellectuals, or even party kids or 'hippies'. I know there's a ton of these about the Soviet sphere, but I'm also interested in ones in Islamic countries or Asian countries or South America. Fiction or Non-Fiction is fine.
posted by empath on Aug 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Rap (Recommendation) Throw Down?

Introduce me to rap and hip hop? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Aug 7, 2011 - 31 answers

The description I'm going for is probably "pre-gentrified"

Help me find the new Greenwich Village/San Francisco/artist community that hasn't been gentrified yet. Do artist communities exist now that the Internet has taken over all other forms of communication? [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano on Aug 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

What notable "creative types" started out late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 5, 2011 - 34 answers

How Do You Craft a Top 40 Hit?

What is the recording process like for a typical Top 40 popular song? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 1, 2011 - 14 answers

Writing against one's own inclinations

Can anyone point me towards examples of authors (or other artists) who have produced work with a theme that runs contrary to their own established political or social views? [more inside]
posted by MShades on May 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Writers or artists who have killed.

Who are artists or writers who have committed murder? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Apr 14, 2011 - 43 answers

My grandmother was defrauded by a pair of con artists pretending to be me. Who can I report this crime to?

My grandmother was just defrauded by a pair of con artists who, pretending to be me, told her that I was in a car accident in Canada and needed her to wire money. She's fine, but lost a few thousand dollars. She said that she doesn't mind losing the money (she's just happy I'm safe), and doesn't want to be bothered by the police. I respect that decision, but I'm concerned that if let off the hook, the con artists in question will be able to prey on others -- they are obviously targeting elderly people. Who can I report this fraud to? (Additionally, and out of curiosity -- any thoughts on how they discovered my relationship with my grandmother?) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Jan 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Watching the rebels...

Movies about artistic rebels (preferably with their circles of friends)... [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jan 20, 2011 - 36 answers

The Artist's Dilemma?

You work hard at something and end up creating a piece of art that you consider powerful, moving, possibly even groundbreaking, something that people should be talking about. Then you share it with your friends and some portions of the internet, and no one responds or seems to care. What conclusions do you come to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2010 - 35 answers

Lost Song Flyer--"I want to hear a symphony."

This is incredibly vague, but metafilter is equally helpful for stuff like this! I heard a song with a male singer and the chorus was something like "I want to hear a symphony" and then how he wanted more out of life or a relationship. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Nov 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Books with plots about heist/con artists/scams

Please recommend any heist/con artist books. [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind on Sep 4, 2010 - 25 answers

Know some good lamps?

I am an artist. I broke an old lamp that I used as my main light when drawing and coloring. Can you please suggest some cool lamps you know? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Name this job in the Arts

Name this job! My friend works a variety of skilled odd jobs in the arts, for wont of a better term. She needs help naming what it is that she does. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Aug 1, 2010 - 18 answers

The art of interviewing

How would I to learn how to conduct interviews? (not the employment kinds) [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jul 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Who was this artist?

I'm an illustrator looking for more material from an artist whose work I admire. The problem is -- I don't know his/her name. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Jul 9, 2010 - 9 answers

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