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November 28

Have you ever seen art of a human figure made of arrows?

If you've seen drawings or sculptures of human figures made out of arrows would you please link me to it? [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 1:26 PM - 10 answers

November 27

Who was this male photographer featured in a documentary film?

His iconic photos included a woman in a motel room with a baby lying on a bed, a winter night at an intersection in a small town, and a woman in a room filled with water. Searching on photographer documentaries hasn't produced it yet.
posted by perhapses at 6:20 PM - 3 answers

Depression antidotes in small doses

I'm looking for brief positive things to share with friends who are having a tough time. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 4:56 PM - 13 answers

How should I frame this watercolor?

A friend who is an artist -- an actual, known, professional artist -- gifted me a watercolor. It's been pulled out of a spiral-bound sketchbook, so one side of the paper has the row of punched holes with the ripped edge. Adjacent to that is the line where the paper has been lightly scored so it could have been ripped out more neatly. Now I'm going to have the watercolor framed. Should I include the ripped edge? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:12 PM - 12 answers

November 26

Spooky TV shows with a team element

What are some serial TV shows/miniseries which are genuinely scary/in the horror genre, and which follow an established or official team of people investigating a series of scary supernatural occurrences? Not looking for sci fi (a la X-FILES, DARK) or a cop show devoted to investigating one supernatural-tinged crime (a la TWIN PEAKS.) And no anthologies, please - just serials. Thanks!
posted by egeanin at 12:12 PM - 17 answers

Frank Zappa’s cinematic legacy

Apart from 200 Motels, what were the most essential/important feature films Frank Zappa was involved in making? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 7:28 AM - 9 answers

What show should I watch next?

Little to no violence, please, but beyond that, I'm open. LOVED Succession, This is Us, Mad Men, Veep, Fleabag, Friday Night Lights, The Wire (back when I could handle more violence). Didn't love: Mrs. Maisel, West Wing, Sopranos. Ideas welcome!
posted by heavenknows at 3:21 AM - 39 answers

November 24

Name this movie!

I'm trying to recall the name of a highly acclaimed or at least critically well reviewed French (maybe German?) suspense/thriller from the 1980s (maybe '70s?) with a single letter for its title like M? W? T? [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 12:34 PM - 7 answers

November 23

Recommend me some shaggy dogs

Watching Tim Rogers's (!) latest epic video, it came to me that I really like things that are excessively elaborate. [more inside]
posted by rikschell at 6:11 PM - 11 answers

Where's Anthony Movin' To?

The protagonist of the Billy Joel song Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) declares his dissatisfaction with the New York city rat race. Mama Leone (seemingly his mother) tells him to move out to the country and he says he's moving out. Near the end of the song you can his car revving. But where is he moving to? Or where do you think someone in his position would have moved to?
posted by rouleur at 4:22 AM - 17 answers

Good book encouraging a 10-year-old artist?

For Christmas I’d like to find a book for a talented fifth grader who is worried about whether drawing is worth it after someone was mean to them. Is there a book that might be inspiring to get them? Something that’s maybe like the equivalent of one of those great Lynda Barry books, only more aimed at age 10?
posted by johngoren at 4:05 AM - 12 answers

November 22

Silver and Blue Effect on Older Photographs

This is an old photograph. (It is of the person that Harvey Keitel played in Irishman.) I am curious as to how this coloring happened naturally at the time, and how people might simulate it digitally today – in that the palette is overwhelmingly and rather uniformly grayscale for the people and Christmas tree close to the camera, but the darker shadowed background seems to have strong elements of blue/steely gray in it.
posted by metabaroque at 8:23 PM - 6 answers

Help me remember these titles and authors

In the late 90s, I took a women's studies course at the University of Cincinnati where we read several book by women sci-fi authors. One was Octavia Butler's "Imago." But I remember several other stories who's authors I can't remember. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 1:12 PM - 3 answers

November 19

Opera Ukulele Group

Was there a group in the recent past that involved opera and ukulele?
posted by pxe2000 at 6:50 PM - 3 answers

Ornately illustrated children’s books

I am looking for a collection of stories or a chapter book with ornate, gorgeous illustrations for every page. When I was a child I read fairy tales that seemed to be illustrated with beautifully detailed paintings that brought to mind golden thread woven into each page. I’d like to get something like that for my kid this year. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 5:53 PM - 31 answers

What is this rotating map thing officially called?

Doing a project in which I make a model that consists of 3 rotating cylinders all which are wrapped in one of three pieces of a map. The toy is part of a museum exhibit and you are meant to rotate the three pieces until the map lines up properly. What is this called? The person who originally came up with the idea to do it saw it first at a historical museum in Italy somewhere. I know, super specific. Link to image. Help!
posted by leafmealone at 2:27 PM - 4 answers

Is this background image from The Simpsons a real painting?

It has been suggested that this image on the wall behind Jasper Johns stealing light bulbs is "Hockneyesque" but as I haven't found an actual Hockney painting that matches or comes close, my question still stands. It is in the episode "Mom and Pop Art" from Season 10. As always, help is appreciated!
posted by 41swans at 6:40 AM - 2 answers

November 18

Need advice from a professional Procreate artist

I'm trying to sell art that I've made in Procreate on my iPad. I have several questions that I would like to ask of someone who specifically has experience with creating professional illustrations for paying clients in Procreate. Can I somehow consult with a professional Procreate artist to answer all of my questions? [more inside]
posted by ThreeSocksToTheWind at 6:51 PM - 15 answers

Music Remaker

I seem to remember a software program that would take a song (w/o vocals) and keep all of the major elements but rearrange them so that the song was recognizable to the song it originally was but different enough to not be considered plagiarized. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 2:33 PM - 10 answers

Why are there Creature Reports in only some versions of Octonauts?

My toddler loves to watch the Creature Report songs on the show "Octonauts." But we were watching it last night on BBC iPlayer and the story just ended without a song. I think the Netflix version has them but the BBC doesn't, although I feel like maybe it used to, or maybe it's only in certain seasons? What are the guidelines for identifying which Octonauts streams will and will not have Creature Reports?
posted by johngoren at 1:37 AM - 8 answers

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