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Political cartoons. How do they work?

I would like to submit some for publication, with or without compensation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2016 - 2 answers

How to encourage a budding artist

My 7-year-old loves to draw, and I am, of course, slightly biased, but I think she is pretty good at it. What's the best way to encourage her? If you're an artist, how did your parents help you or encourage you? [more inside]
posted by sutel on Aug 31, 2016 - 21 answers

How can I make my handmade greeting cards look good?

I'm good at drawing, and pretty creative. I'd love to start making my own greeting cards with personalized drawings for my friends. How can I make this look good, instead of just like I didn't want to go to Hallmark? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on Aug 28, 2016 - 15 answers

Help me understand my great-grandfather's chart

And maybe give me some historical / religious context here into the mind of a premillennialist man of God. [more inside]
posted by komara on Aug 18, 2016 - 5 answers

You were once terrible at drawing & now you aren't. How did you do it?

I am terrible at drawing. I don't even doodle. I rely on words to communicate concepts and ideas. For various personal and professional reasons, I would like to learn to draw. But where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jul 18, 2016 - 30 answers

Best Online Drawing Course -- free or cheap (let's say $20 or less)

So let's say a guy is interested in learning how to draw (realistically, not cartoon). Anyone got a free or chap online course they think is especially worthwhile? Specifically I am eventually interested in figure drawing, but need not be that focused at this level, of course.
posted by michaeldunaway on Jun 2, 2016 - 5 answers

What's a good present for a young teenager who likes drawing anime?

I want to spend $50 US / $70 Australian on a birthday present for a young teenager who likes drawing anime-ish figures and hasn't got arty friends or other external resources. They have an Ipad Air, but I was thinking of books, plus maybe some nicer paper and/or pens? The stuff they like drawing is mostly Gothic-like figures in formal poses, it might be good to help them branch out a bit too.
posted by Joe in Australia on May 3, 2016 - 13 answers

What pen (not fountain!) do you like to draw with?

I'm in the market for an every day drawing pen. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Feb 1, 2016 - 20 answers

Sketching people

I would really like to practice drawing portraits, or at least do figure drawing from life. However, I'm afraid that my subjects might want to see or keep the drawing in the end, and I am afraid of giving them a totally disappointing, bizarrely unrealistic rendition of themselves, because I'm not very good. Has anybody navigated this smoothly before? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Dec 30, 2015 - 20 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

I'd like to get a new laptop, a bit better than the one I have

I want a small laptop that I can use to watch netflix and videos, and play steam games on. I often hook it up to my projector, so it needs an HDMI output. I am also curious about possibly getting one with a touchscreen to I can draw and make art in bed. Lots more details inside. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Nov 27, 2015 - 3 answers

What is the best drawing and painting course for doing portraits?

I'd like to do an online study, proceeding on my own time; I'm mostly interested in portraiture. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Best drafting table for an amateur artist?

I recently received birthday cash, and I would like a sturdy drafting table. I have researched drafting tables, and companies like Studio Designs, Alvin, and Mayline pop up. Despite the many options present on sites like Amazon, I haven't found information reliable enough to whittle down to the best table for the space. Would anyone be willing to recommend a table that fits the specifications below, based on experience? Are there any tables too good to not recommend, regardless of space or cost? [more inside]
posted by TemporaryTurtle on Jul 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Where art thou

After a few years, I’ve started to get back into drawing, and I miss having artist friends to collaborate with! Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Jun 16, 2015 - 1 answer

Reluctant to draw?

According to this chart, my four year old daughter's drawing skills are still at age two, though she possibly has drawn her first head-and-legs figures (if so, I didn't recognise them). I think she may be reluctant to draw. A relative says I should be worrying about this. Should I? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jun 15, 2015 - 29 answers

You can't scan this

I have a small (about 10x20cm) pencil drawing that I'd like in digital format. But this is not a job for a scanner per se - I think I need some kind of digital artist. What kind of service am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on May 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic shapes?

Free app/program/software for positioning light onto basic renderings of geometric shapes? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Mar 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Childhood arts and crafts I ca enjoy as an adult?

I am looking for things like colouring books, craft kits etc. which are marketed for children but might be more fun now, as a more competent adult. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 19, 2015 - 29 answers

Anyone see a 27-Tau-3832-Beta-Rho-44 come through here?

Is there a system that describes and measures appearances of humans precisely? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Feb 23, 2015 - 7 answers

What is this style of design/writing called (and how do I do it)?

I feel like I've seen this kind of design and writing everywhere, and I'd like to emulate it for a personal project, but I'm not talented enough to figure it out on my own, and I don't know what to Google to find tutorials. Image link below. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Feb 22, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I draw like MC Escher?

I'd like to understand how Escher made his architectural illusion drawings so I can model similar environments in 3D and then use those models to draw my own creations out on paper. How do I even get started? [more inside]
posted by everyday_naturalist on Jan 28, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I draw for a child?

I gave my three-year old an easel with drawing implements for Christmas and would like to be able to draw pictures on it that look like actual things and not crazed scribbles of a drunk. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Dec 30, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me find this drawing tutorial video again.

I'm trying to find a digital painting video, that I've seen previously on YouTube, that involved taking one finished concept art portrait of a man and altering it to create two new, different versions of the concept art. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Dec 30, 2014 - 1 answer

Best way to organize a bilingual comic book

I am trying to write a memoir comic book about my time in Cairo, Egypt. I'm in the very beginning planning stages, and am trying to figure out the best way to make both an English and Arabic version. I'm planning on drawing the comic by hand on paper and using water color (here is a preliminary version of the first page to give an idea of what the comic will look like), but I would appreciate advise on how to set myself up so that I can easily add the text in another language at a later stage. More questions inside? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Dec 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for recommendations regarding publishing a book of illustrations

I am working on sort of a nonstandard art book/book of history-related illustrations and am working on finding a way to find my book as a real thing in the real world. I would love some recommendations of publishing houses/small presses/etc. that are doing interesting things with weird works. It's such a big world out there. [more inside]
posted by Kat Masback on Nov 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Online Art Communities and Tutorials for a Non-Beginner?

I'm a blocked artist. I worked professionally in graphic design/animation for many years, but professional burn out kicked my butt and I've barely picked up a pencil (let alone a Cintiq) for well over a year. I'd like to get involved in drawing again, starting with baby steps cuz that's the kind of snowflake I am. [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Oct 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Man was not made to have infinite brush choices

Do you use a casual drawing app or program that constrains your choices in a good way? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Sep 21, 2014 - 5 answers

My kids like to draw. So what's the next step for computer art?

My kids like drawing (5yrs up to 14yrs). They have played around with some animation software and computer art software as well as paper and pencils. I'd like to encourage them and give them tools to create awesome computer based drawings, but I don't know what those tools are. [more inside]
posted by bystander on Sep 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Online Drawing Courses.

I want to learn to draw. I'm middle aged with little (but some) time on his hands, and I want to learn to draw. I've started going to a local art circle, and this has demonstrations and live drawing, and that's great. However - I'm also looking for online drawing courses to give me a grounding in basic techniques and to force me to practice. I don't mind paying if it's worth it. Any recommendations for online courses I can take; websites I can go to and books I can read.
posted by zoo on Aug 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Camping out on a plateau I've built for myself.

As a working artist for shy of a decade, I'm starting to feel like I'm hitting walls most of the time I make, which is making artmaking frustrating. Suggestions for how to rekindle love and patience for the process and start climbing up the next hill? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Aug 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Leather notebook holder for A5 block, glue-bound on left?

I really like Fabriano blocks - particularly the A5 dot-patterned paper that is glue-bound on the left side of the block (see here. I would like to get a leather (or other suitably durable material), A5-sized zipper-closing cover to hold one of these with writing implements (pen, pencil, and eraser)... [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Aug 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Looking for heavyweight grid paper.

Paper Nerds Assemble! I'm looking for heavyweight paper (~100lbs / 150gsm or thicker), either bound or looseleaf, with a smooth finish... that has light grid lines (square or isometric) or a dot grid. [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jul 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for hand drawn animated shorts, suitable for children

I've been sorting through youtube trying to find some animated shorts to show a group of kids, turns out there is a lot of flotsam! I'd appreciate any links. [more inside]
posted by srs airbag on Jun 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Teach Me About Art Storage.

My favorite part of museums these days are the visible storage units. My favorite part of natural history museums are old-fashioned drawers filled with air-tight cases. I want to know more about the history and practice of storing/preserving art objects, paintings, sculpture, textiles, etc. What books/websites should I be reading to find out more? The more weirdly medium specific and detailed the better. Strange anecdotes very much welcome.
posted by The Whelk on May 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Art Supply Experts: Drawing Grid Needed

I have a project in which I will be having to make scale drawings of old pieces of textile that are flat. I am looking for a real drawing grid, which I envision as a square frame with vertical and horizontal lines (wire?) that I can place over the fabric to help me draw it on a piece of graph paper. This is meant to reduce the time and effort of plotting points on the graph paper corresponding to the features of the item being drawn. I can't just place graph paper over the textile and trace it because it's too delicate. And most drawings will not be 1:1 scale. There are lots of choices of software for grids on computers, but so far my web searches of art supply stores haven't turned up anything that's for use in the real world. The squares need to be metric.
posted by ADave on May 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Drawing hacks and tips for beginners?

I'm looking for simple tips and hacks that make a big difference in learning to draw - like "start your drawing at the point of focus" or "start with light colors, then add dark colors". [more inside]
posted by kristi on Mar 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Solve a WWII mystery!

It's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas about this drawing from WWII? [more inside]
posted by lharmon on Mar 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Where to make big prints of oil paintings?

My wife does oil paintings and would like to sell prints of them. What are the best online venues in North America for printing this kind of art? She wants to make large prints, gliches, etc.
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Cartooning

I've always wondered how cartoonist create their strips. But I've started to notice that many of them choose simple body shapes and repeat expressions or only use a few settings or locations. Where can I read a straightforward explanation about the how and why of the creative process for making cartoons?
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Searching for a specific Lynda Barry collection.

When I was a teenager, I checked out a Lynda Barry collection of Marlys-Maybonne-Freddie Stories from the school library. The stories were mostly about Maybonne, and in particular contained a storyline where she fooled around with a Vietnam veteran in a car. What (likely out of print) collection am I remembering? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

The modern materials of the artist (iPhone edition).

What are the best doodling/painting/drawing/drafting apps for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Who is this artist?

I'm looking for the name of an artist who makes drawings/illustrations. I randomly saw a book of his illustrations that includes from what I remember a portrait of William Burroughs, a grasshopper with a woman's legs... [more inside]
posted by backwords on Jan 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Ink on Paper Drawings — What Materials to Use?

I'm a doodler that likes to make abstract drawings. I'm interested in actually spending some time "doodling with purpose" with an eye toward making something(s), eventually, that might be worth hanging, framed on my wall. I primarily do black ink on white paper. What kind of ink/pens should I be using? What kind of paper?
posted by papercake on Jan 9, 2014 - 15 answers

What do I do/need to diagram images on a Mac?

How do I draw lines on a .pdf or .jpg image on a recent Apple computer? [more inside]
posted by NiceParisParamus on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

What is the equivalent of Paint for Mac?

I just got a Macbook Pro and would like to be able to draw simple diagrams with shapes and text fields. Are there any Mac programs or apps equivalent to PC's Paint? My search online has brought up Paintbrush which appears to be a very old program. The new ones in the apps store are either really expensive or poorly reviewed if they're free. Thanks!
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Can you recommend a basic "drawing package" of art supplies?

I was fortunate enough to score a portable camera Lucida via this Kickstarter project. It is a Christmas present for my crafty SO. I want to supplement the tool with a package of basic art supplies: paper, pencils, pastels, water colors. Nothing too advanced, just enough to allow him to explore his possible interest in the (very cool) equipment. I've searched such kits but am kind of overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices, and would appreciate some guidance. [more inside]
posted by Puppetperson on Dec 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Opium-Related Drawing

Do you happen to know of this drawing? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Nov 9, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I quickly hire someone to sketch a line drawing from my photo?

I'm heading up a committee for a new book award. We want to create an embossed seal to place on the winning books, very much like the Newbery or Sibert seals. The thing is, we are honoring someone with the name of the award, and would like to create embossed seals with an image of his face. I've been working with a designer who has converted my photo to a line drawing in Photoshop but the results are not great. She suggests getting someone to draw a picture from my photo. [more inside]
posted by carterk on Oct 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me learn to art

I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
posted by myitkyina on Sep 13, 2013 - 9 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

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