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Ever seen this handout that helps you memorize the US presidents?

As an elementary schooler during the early 1990s, I was tasked with memorizing all the US presidents. The instructor provided an illustrated handout that was supposed to help us remember the names in order by using mnemonic devices and sound-alikes. I would LOVE to see this handout again! Description inside. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Dec 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for the name of a particular illustrator

I'm trying to find the name of a particular illustrator online with no luck. She's been well established for at least a decade, and does editorial illustration on a high level (New Yorker, etc). She does very soft, charcoal style semi-abstract portraits of people and then adds some color digitally. Her style is very unique to her, it looks more like fine art than illustration. I remember her having a European-sounding name.
posted by kickingtheground on Dec 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Print compnay employer is requesting my pay requirements - help

A print company owner is asking me what my pay requirements are to join his staff as an illustrator. How much do people who do this kind of thing make? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 8, 2014 - 4 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

Designing Gig Posters

I'm interested in offering my illustration services up for bands' gig posters, and hopefully get to a place where I could get some repeat work in that milieu. It'd be great to make some money from it, but I don't expect it to be overly lucrative. Still, it'd be gratifying to me if I could do work for some of my favourite indie bands. The trouble is that I don't know who handles the production of posters, be it the band, their label or the clubs they play in. Does anyone have any insight into the process by which gig posters are created? I've done freelance illustration in the past, but there seem to be specific rules to this niche. [more inside]
posted by picea on Oct 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find videos of artist/illustrator processes?

As an illustrator, I usually draw on thick watercolor paper using ink pens (rotrings) and then paint over my drawing in watercolor. I want to illustrate and sell my artwork as posters, but how can I refine my process both artistically and commercially? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Oct 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How to commission a scientific illustration?

My co-authors and I recently got a paper accepted to a major scientific journal. If we can provide a striking illustration, I think we have a decent chance to make the cover. That would be really cool and might be worth paying an external illustrator for. I never commissioned any artwork before, so I have questions about how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by Herr Zebrurka on Sep 20, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I get a (creative) job in gaming in Las Vegas with 0 experience?

I am moving to Las Vegas before the end of the year, and I'm looking for work. I'm a cartoonist/illustrator/visual story teller. I've applied for a few casino, and mobile gaming jobs, but have had no luck so far. I suspect that one of the primary sticking points is that I don't have industry experience, which is a qualification on every posting. I have spent most of my professional life in the production side of art, and now I'm trying to move into a more creative area. There are similar aspects, but it's not a 1:1 parallel. Is there a way to get this kind of experience, or comparable experience I might already have?
posted by hanzoschmanzo on Sep 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me find an old Victorian illustration of a person doing science

I use (this) for my current victorian calling card. My job description these days is more in the realm of data science (less domain specific although I still work at a museum of paleontology), but I'd still like to retain the same idea for my new card. So can you suggest any old illustrations (1800s or earlier) of people working with counting machines or such? Prefer black and white ones. Thanks
posted by special-k on Sep 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Can an artist sell works showing buildings with logos on them?

Can an artist sell works showing buildings? How about buildings with logos on them? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat on Aug 28, 2014 - 10 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

Identify Ralph McQuarrie cover art

Some Librarians are trying to identify the book this art by McQuarrie goes with. [more inside]
posted by shortbooks on Jun 22, 2014 - 3 answers

Who illustrated the British covers for the Temeraire series?

Here's an example, the cover of the first book. I've had no luck searching—I even bought a book from amazon.co.uk to see if the illustrator was mentioned inside, but no luck. Does anyone know?
posted by timoni on May 29, 2014 - 2 answers

Can you help me identify two fairy tales?

I'm trying to track down two fairy tales I read as a kid, in the early-mid eighties. Bits and pieces of these stories have been coming back for a while, but I can't put together the whole thing and would love to reread them! [more inside]
posted by copacetic on May 28, 2014 - 3 answers

What was this Japanese comic about cigarettes?

LongShotFilter: I'm looking for a Japanese comic/illustration I saw online about 10-12 years ago. It was about two packs of cigarettes in love. (...I think.) [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 9, 2014 - 0 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

here's a cute drawing of someone banging their head against the desk

I have been making greeting cards and would like to sell them. I have been doing rubber stamp and scrapbook paper stuff so far, but started looking for graphics I could print and incorporate. My google is failing me. It looks like shutterstock has great images, but even with the enhanced license, I cannot use them on things I will sell (unless i'm misreading what i find there). I'm getting really confused and getting a headache reading fine print everywhere and I must not be finding the right blogs or using the right words. Where do I find images (illustrations and graphics, NOT photos) that I can download, print, and use on my stuff that I will sell? [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Mar 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Where are all the ancient architectural drawings?

I do quite a bit of drawing and designing; when I read about ancient (b.c.e.) construction projects, I really, really want to see what ancient design drawings looked like. So far I've found next to bupkis, but still pretty fascinating stuff for what little it amounts to. Where can I find more of that, from any culture b.c.e.? I can't imagine that e.g. Hatshepsut's Temple or the Palace at Knossos were not drawn out beforehand, especially since simple groves like the one at that Met Museum link were. [more inside]
posted by circular on Jan 15, 2014 - 11 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

Children's Book Including a Spaghetti Sandwich

My partner and I were remembering our differing childhood experiences of homemade spaghetti. At one point, she brought up using the leftovers in a spaghetti sandwich. I've never had one, but this triggered a vivid memory of a favorite picture book which had at least one illustration of a spaghetti sandwich. Among other odd sandwiches, possibly. I'd love to remember the title of the book and, ideally, see that illustration. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Jan 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Can you help me remember this book from my childhood?

I was given this book in the early 80s. It was a large, hard covered book with beautiful illustrations. It was about a girl who visits her grandmother. While there she sees another girl outside. She takes a pram out and goes for a walk with this other little girl. [more inside]
posted by batonthefueltank on Oct 18, 2013 - 3 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

Young adult illustrated novel?

I'm drawing a blank on the title and author of a YA book I perused in a bookstore a few years ago. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

Help remembering title of a book I had as a child - 1970s

It's driving me crazy - the book was about fishing/fisherman and featured dark linocut illustrations. I think the cover was blue and black. My recollection is that the tone of the book was sad. This was in Canada, early 1970s, if it matters. Help!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Creating a professional, stylized graphic that would make Tufte proud

I'm trying to create a diagram for a business proposal and am really disappointed with the quality of the tools I have. I need help creating something polished and attractive. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jul 29, 2013 - 10 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

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

Longshot: I'm looking for a particular fairy tale illustration

It was published pre1980. It might have been Hansel & Gretel, or Oliver Twist. At least one of the characters (possibly two) had white blonde hair. The skin wasn't creamy, more rosy, pinkish - a real contrast. The clothing was not contemporary. It was a fairly realistic style. Oh, the hair was shaggy, shoulder length at the most.
posted by b33j on May 18, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me track down this data-scanning monster.

This drawing or graphic appeared in the print section of either the Washington Post or the New York Times on Saturday or Sunday, May 11-12 (my house gets both papers on Sundays and inevitably mixes them up). All sections were put out for the recycle bin Monday before I could clip the article. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on May 14, 2013 - 1 answer

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

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

Help find a S.F. Book Cover

I'm looking for a science fiction book cover illustration from a 1970's anthology of erotic short stories. It was a painting by Michael Gross (of National Lampoon fame) that showed a production line of robot Marilyn Monroes coursing down a a conveyor belt, factory style. [more inside]
posted by biddeford on Apr 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Payment for photo reference?

I've been contacted on Flickr by someone who wants to use a photo of mine for an illustration reference. They ask what the charge would be and offer to send me a print. I'm inclined to agree just for the print - I'd love to see it - but I don't know if photographers usually charge for this kind of thing and don't want to undervalue my work. All my photos are "all rights reserved", if that matters.
posted by Nyx on Apr 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Modula? Modula? Wherefore art thou, dude?

Who or what was Modula? Not the typeface, or the programming language, but the album cover designer of such bizarre creations as Fleetwood Mac's "Mystery to Me" and Camel's self-titled album. Numerous google searches turn up nothing.
posted by Chrischris on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Heavily Illustrated "Serious" Books

I'm looking for examples of informative nonfiction books that are heavily illustrated, but are not textbooks. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 10, 2013 - 30 answers

Vectoring from Cairo to Kinshasa.

I'd like to produce an offset-print-quality map, modeled after airline flight path maps, which graphically reproduces hundreds of point-to-point connections: in this specific case, between radio transmitters and reception locations. What software is capable of producing some variation on this, perhaps by putting in GPS coordinates? (OS X please.)
posted by mykescipark on Feb 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you find this?

I'm asking this for a friend in neuroeconomics. She says:
A man is looking outside a window at the 13th floor and see another man is falling. The former asks the latter "How are you doing". The latter answers: "Fine so far".
Can you help her find this comic? If not the exact comic, could you suggest any other comics that "illustrate people's ignorance to the incoming risk or uncertainty?"
posted by tickingclock on Feb 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Paying a fee to get published in an illustration yearbook: worth it?

I am an illustrator and have been recently contacted by the magazine Uppercase, who offered me an opportunity to be part of the third edition of Work/Life, an annual book dedicated to the work of 100 international illustrators. While surely nicely curated and distributed, Uppercase Work/Life asks their applicants to pay a CDN $500 fee to have a two-page spread. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Where should a nature lover and illustrator move to?

I am in the process of moving from my abusive family's house/city to another city with the wages I have saved over the past few years, but I have been unable to choose a city. It would ideally be affordable, and have a supportive environment for artists/illustrators with natural beauty and publishing opportunities. Do any cities come to mind? Any help would be very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

College junior interested in freelance illustrating, has taken absolutely no courses at the college level.

I might want to do some freelance illustration, but is it possible to do so without any type of degree? [more inside]
posted by grifninetoo on Nov 29, 2012 - 11 answers

my god where is the power button

Please help the dumbest person you have never met figure out how to use a wacom tablet. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

How do they do that? Learning about drawing and illustration...

How do they do that? Artist edition... Please recommend how-to's and how I do this blogs/videos etc... [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Nov 10, 2012 - 6 answers

How many times can someone rip off your art work?

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]
posted by djstig on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

School me in the art of critiques.

What are some good strategies when critiquing in a college art environment? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Sep 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Fantastic art of the fantastic

Looking for examples of great science fiction, fantasy and horror illustrators and concept artists. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 3, 2012 - 28 answers

Painting pixels

Looking for advice, tips, links, book recommendations etc about getting into digital art. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design?

What's the best software to teach talented youth digital tools for design? [more inside]
posted by ValveAnnex on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How to find a public domain image that's similar to a copyrighted piece?

Help me find a public domain drawing like this one [more inside]
posted by morninj on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Not that I don't love LaVar...

Everyone remembers Reading Rainbow, but what about other reading TV shows in the 1980s? [more inside]
posted by lodie6 on Jun 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I get screen printed posters made?

I've got some designs I want printed. Small run, around 25 pieces. I've been trying to get something set up with Holy Mountain, Shout Out Loud, etc. but it's been quite difficult getting a response. Any other suggestions I should check out? Both companies I listed use French paper, which is what I'd like to use.
posted by nessinonett on Jun 18, 2012 - 6 answers

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