A few weeks ago I was in Paris and visited the Louvre. Over the course of four hours, a guy named Jeremy, who has a masters in art history from some fancy university, took a small group of us around to see some of the museum’s highlights. What I didn’t realise was that if we had moved our trip just a few weeks later, we would have been able to see JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s museum highlights instead.
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The Art Institute of Chicago recently revamped its website and released a searchable database of high-resolution art. Even better, a lot of the art is in the public domain, meaning you can legally use it however you want, even for commercial purposes.
(Check the copyright notice on each artwork’s page.) You’ll notice that while you can zoom in on most of the artworks, only the public-domain art will include a full-resolution download link.
Drawing is hard. Even after a lesson with a New Yorker cartoonist, I get spooked by the simplest drawing exercises.
Google has been adding the insides of buildings to its Google Maps Street View for years now, and Google Arts & Culture (the program that brought you “find your art doppelgänger”) has been collecting all kinds of art you can see on Street View: Museums, famous architecture, street art, and art exhibits that already closed in real life. Here’s the guide to Google’s virtual art collection.
There are three of us, cramped inside a dusty Toyota that's packed to the gills along with a triad of busted bicycles hanging precariously off the back. We are flanked on every side by travellers who, like us, have driven several hours to form what has turned out to be a particularly sluggish caravan into Black Rock City, Nevada for Burning Man 2018.
It is a decision I face daily. When my five-year-old daughter shows me her latest work of art, do I: A) talk to her about it and then stealthily slip it into the recycling bin, or B) talk to her about it, hang it on the wall or fridge, leave it there for a couple of years forgotten, and then stealthily slip it into the recycling bin? The mental load is real.
What can you make with your own body, using no tools? Designer Nikolas Bentel made a four-legged stool. He felled a tree without an axe or saw, whittled the wood with his teeth and let his woodworker father use Nikolas's bare fists like hammers. Bentel's video series All Purpose Nik explores the human body's potential through a few projects, starting with the one above.
Taking selfies in the buff is usually a bad idea. Whether it's intended for a sexual partner, an art portfolio or your own rampant ego, there's a lot that can go wrong -- just ask Jennifer Lawrence. But if you're determined to shoot photos of your own junk, you should at least make it look as presentable as possible. The following tips are guaranteed to make your naked bits shine.
New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein already taught you how to do "gesture drawing", one of the most basic artistic techniques. In the video above, he focuses on faces, showing how the principle of "draw what you see" helps you capture someone's identifying features.
We know we should heed Monica Geller's instructions for pen and marker care: "You want to push the caps until you hear them click." But kids forget, and when they come back to use them, they are sad. There, there. Dried-out markers need not be sent to the art supply junkyard just yet. You can revive them as vibrant liquid watercolors.
Hovhannes Avoyan started PicsArt, an app suite and social network for making and sharing art and pictures, after his daughter got bullied to tears for putting her art online. Now the network has over 100 million monthly active users. We talked to Hovhannes about his inspiration and his development process, and how he applies his positive approach to his own company.
The subreddit /r/trippinthroughtime is for memes about historical figures, where someone in art or an old photo looks confused or silly. Each picture has a caption, usually treating the weird art as some modern relatable situation. But in the comment threads, you'll often find someone explaining cool facts about the original artwork.
For the first time in twenty years, as the Atlantic points out, a whole year's worth of copyrighted works will enter the public domain in the U.S. on January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the Sonny Bono Copyright Act, works first published in 1923 will enter the public domain, meaning anyone can re-publish them, or chop them up and use them in other projects, without asking permission or paying the old rights holders. You can record new versions of the musical compositions; you can show the movies for a profit; you can even remake them. Amazon can sell you the ebook and keep all the money, and Project Gutenberg can give you the ebook for free. The Atlantic has a short list; we have a longer one below.
Making pixel art is like writing kids' books: Shockingly nuanced, and way harder than it looks. But pixel art site Lospec has collected a gobsmacking 566 tutorials on how to draw at micro-size. Each tutorial is tagged and categorised by medium (such as videos or slideshows). To get specific tips and lessons, search tags like sprites, dithering, texture, or trees.