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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

Name the "Name The Fish" Source

Help me identify the source of this parody game show. [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Feb 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Inspiration, Strike me!

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 - 8 answers

Can't place an SNL sketch and it is driving me crazy!

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 - 3 answers

It's a sailboat!

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 - 8 answers

How do I start being skechy?

What are good resources for someone looking to start writing sketch comedy? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

How to sketch in the snow..?

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 - 9 answers

How do you track & use ideas from your previous sketch books, journals & diaries?

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 - 9 answers

Drawing small graphics in Windows

What do you use to make quick little drawings in Windows? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Oct 21, 2011 - 6 answers

Can anyone help me find this Kids in the Hall sketch?

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 - 4 answers

Explain the funny

How do comedy writers on sketch based shows like SNL get promoted? [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel on Oct 3, 2011 - 12 answers

What are these comedy videos?

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 - 2 answers

Can you help me find this sketch?

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 - 5 answers

Bra removal champion???

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 - 7 answers

Where's this face from?

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 - 1 answer

Help me identify this mystery etching

Help me find the artist who made this etching. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jan 31, 2011 - 4 answers

LIGHTS UP ON A WEBSITE

Best online sketch comedy resources? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Nov 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Nose hair sketch?

I cannot remember where I saw this comedy sketch. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Oct 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me identify this British comedy sketch about the middle classes

I need help identifying a British comedy sketch about the middle classes. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse on Jul 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Wanted: Illustrations of My Trees

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 - 9 answers

stick figures wanted

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 - 11 answers

I need to be a better illustrator!

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 - 10 answers

Flatbed scanners and dynamic range for sketching

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 - 23 answers

Looking for macabre comedy sketch

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 - 9 answers

Let's Put on a Show!

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 - 29 answers

Can anyone identify this possible latin-american supernatural history sketch?

[Image Identification Filter] Can anyone identify this small sketch? I was told it possibly relates to latin-american supernatural history. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Jan 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Soviet Cowboy Fonts?

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 - 6 answers

Recommended Graphics Tablet For Note Taking and Sketching

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 - 13 answers

"Die by trout stick" ?

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 - 5 answers

My stick figures have to wear bags over their heads

I want to learn how to draw. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Oct 19, 2007 - 18 answers

Help me find a sketch by Anais Nin.

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 - 6 answers

Comedyfilter: King of France swearing sketch?

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 - 8 answers

Are we thieving magpies?

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 - 17 answers

How to find playwrights and sketch writers in NYC?

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 - 5 answers

What Jerky Boys segment am I thinking of?

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 - 5 answers

London Workpace Art

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 - 2 answers

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