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 -
I love to stop and draw when I take walks in New York. I'm inspired by architectural details and monumental perspective, contrasts of space and light. Usually I wander aimlessly until I find an interesting spot to sit with my sketchbook, but that's a bit tougher when it's 20 degrees outside. I'm in the process of setting up weekly sketching adventures with a novice artist friend, and I feel there should be some planning involved. Help me compile a list of potentially inspiring places we can sit and sketch in the city without our fingers freezing off. [more inside]
posted by alight
on Jan 27, 2013 -
My husband and I are driving ourselves insane and I've come back to AskMeFi after a hiatus because only the hive mind can help. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1
on Jan 7, 2013 -
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]
posted by carsonb
on Oct 9, 2012 -
I'm going to be sketching all day in Toronto tomorrow-- and it looks like it's going to be snowing the whole time. How can I keep my papers and notebooks in relatively good condition? [more inside]
posted by onehundredand80
on Jan 18, 2012 -
For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah
on Jan 16, 2012 -
Can anyone tell me the name of the sketch from Kids in the Hall in which they do a musical act in the style of old stage shows climbing up stairs and such? The song consisted of people just singing the partsof the song to show how formulaic it was, such as "chorus" and "bridge." If you can find me a video of it, that would be even better.
posted by vash
on Oct 4, 2011 -
There was a series of viral videos of a somewhat rotund boy playing spin the bottle and possibly doing other activities with his toys and possibly some other objects. The kid was actually an adult comedian. I can't for the life of me remember what these were called and can't find them anywhere. I think they were before Youtube. What was the name of the series and where could I find them again?
posted by Authorized User
on Jun 11, 2011 -
Can you help me find this sketch that is actually about 20 smaller sketches, each corresponding to a random time of day with moment/feeling like "3:20 - Caffeine Withdrawal", "4:30 - Paranoid Feelings". I thought it was Matt Groening but I don't think it is now. Every so often I try to look for this image online but can never find it.
posted by theNeutral
on Jun 6, 2011 -
What is this half-remembered VHS tape of very-low-production-values, very short sketches, that my friend and I rented in the mid-to-late 80s? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Feb 5, 2011 -
I've had this image of a face
stuck in my head for a few weeks now, and I'm sure that it's from a TV show I saw as a child. I believe the image may have come from a skit about a sketch artist trying to identify someone, and that -- within the skit -- pieces of that face were erased and re-drawn. Maybe at some point, a hat is drawn onto the top of his head? I want to say this skit may have been on Sesame Street. Can you tell me what skit I'm thinking of?
posted by Greg Nog
on Feb 3, 2011 -
I recently acquired 1.6 acres in Vermont and want to decorate my house with botanical illustrations of the trees on the property. I've found historic drawings by Michaux, Jaume Saint-Hilaire, and Bessa, but it seems as though I can only by prints from one website
, and they are around $140 each. There must be a less extravagant option. They need not be historic, but they should be legible and help identify what can be seen through a nearby window. [more inside]
posted by billtron
on May 20, 2010 -
I'm trying to make a web-based app that involves, among other things, letting the user draw a simple sketch. These do *not* need to be high quality sketches - I'm talking a paintbrush function at minimum, and a sort of pared down microsoft paint (draw circles! straight lines! spray paint!) at most. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh
on May 12, 2010 -
Help me become a better (comic book style) artist so I can illustrate my own scripts. I need to become better at sketching, primarily. The human figure mainly, but also backgrounds and layouts. I don't have $$ for an extensive course, so I'm looking primarily for books and online tutorials. (I also need to find artists to illustrate scripts I don't have time to do myself, if anyone's interested.) Thanks.
posted by Shane
on Mar 5, 2010 -
Why do flatbed scanners seem to have so little dynamic range for sketches? I draw for fun, usually with a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. I do not put a lot of pressure onto the pen because it allows for more details/subtle shading.
When I scan the images, the "light" details are always blown out and no amount of fiddling xsane's settings (gamma, brightness, contrast) seems to reveal them.
Is there a trick I'm missing, or paper+scanner just really sucks and I should just use my tablet? Example scanned drawing
lacking much of the visual information that the eye can see on paper.
Scanners I have used over the years: HP ScanJet 3300C, Canon lide (briefly), and now a Brother MFC-5840CN.
posted by a007r
on Jan 28, 2010 -
Trying to find & identify a comedy sketch involving a hardware store customer with nefarious intent. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Jan 25, 2010 -
What are some movies, shows, sketches, etc. where amateurs put on a show? Especially comedies, but any genre will help. [more inside]
posted by hellbient
on Dec 1, 2009 -
I'm looking for the website of an Eastern-European, I think, designer & typographer who designed some cool-looking Western (cowboy-style) fonts with a former-Soviet-satellite flair. The site had scans of some of his sketchbooks. Anyone?
posted by ITheCosmos
on Jan 5, 2009 -
I'd like to try a graphics tablet for the work I do. I know Wacom is the big dog in the field, but am unclear on what the real differences between the models are (too much marketing spiel). [more inside]
posted by defben
on Jul 15, 2008 -
Fifteen years ago, I saw a sketch on Comedy Central about depression-era fish farmers, in which one farmer stabbed the other with a fish stick, while screaming "Die by trout-stick!" What show was this? [more inside]
posted by mumkin
on Dec 12, 2007 -
I'm looking for an online copy of a sketch that was in the first volume of Anais Nin's diary. It is a B&W sketch of an anchor with birds in it. Thanks for any help.
posted by HSWilson
on Oct 5, 2007 -
Am I insane? I remember seeing a funny sketch comedy clip and the subject was a dad at the breakfast table verbally wailing on his family members using swear words that were all The-King-of-France related -- but I can't find any reference to it. I distinctly remember Kids in the Hall
members, too. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on Aug 24, 2007 -
Monty Python fans, I need your help. Please tell me if my sketch group has inadvertently duplicated one of their jokes. [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens
on Jun 13, 2007 -
A friend and I are producing and directing a biweekly variety-type theater show. We've run our own weekly show much like this with our own creative crew for a number of months, so the production angle is quite familiar, but we need fresh writing blood from outside our social circle. We'd like to open our submissions to playwrights, sketch writers, monologists, and the like, but it's an awfully big city. What are the best ways to find such people willing to submit writing, especially in NYC? Craigslist leaps out as the obvious choice, as does flyering up colleges, but there must be other options as well. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast
on May 16, 2005 -
There was a segment of the Jerky Boys I heard on a tape from a friend way back in the mid to late 80's that had a caller trying to arrange for a job interview while his wife was harassing him about needing to use the phone. At a certain point he has enough and you can hear what sounds like a lamp smashing into her head and then he calls back asking for the person to cover for him because she's laying on the floor not moving. What's the name of that bit and where can I find it?
posted by shifter
on Apr 6, 2005 -
There's a new art exhibition in London showing works of art taken from people's workplaces, for example, sketches by particle physicists. Unfortunately I can't remember what it's called or anything else about it. Can anyone shed light on this, and if so, have you been to it?
posted by adrianhon
on Jul 3, 2004 -