What is art?

In the comments, please suggest your answer to the eternal question "What is art?"

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Urban Art

Hey, this fourm is for peoplewho make urban art and want to show it off.What is urban art? Urban art is creatingand art work out of anything common to you.ie. making a portrate of jimi hendrix out ofa cassette tape (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iri5/3344465546/)So have fun about showing off and discussingthis art form!

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Hubcap Art

This chap - calls himself Ptolemy - makes his living recycling hubcaps into works of art (mainly fish).They're for sale through his website, but it's more fun to look at his work and figure out how you would do it...http://www.hubcapcreatures.com/

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Art Experiment

Klara.be (belgium art radio/channel) did an experiment with Belgian painter Luc Tuymans (who's paintings go for million usd). What if you take art out of its usual context and expose it in the street? Would people even notice it?

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Food as art

A few photos from the BBC -Photographer Carl Warner has painstakingly captured all kinds of food in a series of still lifes. He says his 'Foodscapes' were partly inspired by healthy eating campaigns. But they have not persuaded his own children to take up the five-a-day pledge.The photos must be shopped in some way, because they were apparently "taken in layers", so that part of the image didn't wilt whilst the rest was being prepared.Link to other images: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7186989.stm

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Revolution art

So, anyone have any new generation, revolution inspiring art? here's my stab at it.

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Selling Art

Does anyone here at Instructables sell their art at Redbubble? http://www.redbubble.com/people/josehflm

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egg art?

Where can I find patterns for painting ostrich eggs?

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art college Answered

Does anyone know what  kind of art  supplies you should  take with you to a art college?

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Art Question?

There are these posters/paintings/pictures of a city or mansion or whatever with a whole lot of things going on in them. Not one focal point. what are they called?

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Sharpie Art

What can I say?We've got some good Sharpie tutorials:Nintendo DS SkinEasy Cell Phone ArtBut Holy Cow: Man Decorates Basement with $10 Worth of SharpieEven a flip-top garbage can is transformed via marker art into Star Wars' plucky little beeper R2D2!

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Junk Art

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us. http://gabrieldishaw.com

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Sandwich Art

I just stumbled upon this fantastic post showing a huge selection of artistically crafted sandwiches! The artist(s) use different shades/shapes of bread and sandwich fillings to create delicious looking sculptures. Below are some of my favourites, there're plenty more here.

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Art Gallery

Hi  just went down to the Steve McCurry: Retrospective show in Birmingham i was blown away with his creativity and photography. Just wondered whether any one else had gone?  If not please check out this link to see his stufff! http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/photoblog/2010/07/steve_mccurry_retrospective.html Amazing

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The art of hornets

Dsicussion about the art and how to practice

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Your Art!

I desided I would provide a space for fellow artists in the Instructables community to display, comment on, and discuss their art freely. If you have a website or an art instructable that you want to share, you can post a link to it here. Feel free to post images of your work or discuss about supplies, techniques, etc. This forum is completely open to your art. I had an idea from SacTownSue. You can post your art here, or join this group, creat a topic, and post your art as that topic. This will be much more organised.my website

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art welding

I want to get into art welding and don't have any welding experience. Where can I go to get welding instruction and guidance for small projects. I don't know the difference between a TIG, MIG, or Arc welders. Which one is the best to learn on?Not intrested in jewelry. Thanks

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sonic art

Please comment if u like it and tell me how i can improve sorry bout them bein sideways,in order we have sonic the hegehog,shadow the hegehog,and last but not least knuckles the echidna (edit i have now added neo metal sonic please leave a comment if u want me to draw anyone u want)

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Sword arts

We've all practiced in parks with sticks, against our freinds, or imaginary dragons, and we think outrselves to be quite good, but most all of us have never taken things further. SOME of the people reading this will have taked classes in swordsmanship, with any luck, and that's what this group is all about. That's why i'm asking anyone out there with experence to come forward and write an instructable for us, perhaps just the basics. As for myself, i'll be focussing on the metallurgical side of things, publishing instructables on the things i make and posting the relevant ones here. My entry to the laser cutter contest is a sword, with a fairly simple method that shouldn't be too hard to follow. I'll post it and start the others one i've cleared my exams up.

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Woodblock Art

After seeing this https://www.instructables.com/id/Solid-Wood-Digital-Clock/, would it be possible to replicate this but light up just a solid image? It would most likely require a CNC machine to pull off well, but if you took a piece 10cmx10cmx1cm of wood then milled out an image of something to 0.5m would it be possible to shine a LED through it to just bring up the outline while the rest of the wood is too dense/coated and you're just left with a image shining through wood. I think you would be able to pull off some pretty cool artwork with it, but there's a few things that need to be considered; such a strength, the chance of it getting bumped is pretty low but with a thin diameter so the light can shine through it's probably quite fragile. Are there transparent fiberglass weaves/epoxy coatings that would add some strength while not ruining the effect? The other big thing I see is colors, would there be any limit factors with the different species of woods you can buy or is the main problem just getting a solid image lit up instead of just LED dots.

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Creative Food Art

Here are some more creative ways to think about your food.  FOOD ART! Food art on a stick?

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Is writing an art form?

Is writing considered as an art form? I think it is. You create highly emotive pictures using pen and paper instead of paint or other mediums. Your opinions?

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Rice Paddy Art

Somewhere in between crop circles and intricate corn mazes is this rice paddy art, in which different colors of rice are planted in strategic locations to make patterns. The Japanese are masters of creating art in the least likely of places--see metro ticket art.Link

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Post Your art

Just post anything you've drawn of painted or made or whatever. Here is a guitar picture I've been working on. Sorry if you can't see it all. I couldn't get it to work right. I modeled it of of the G-400.

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Favorite Art Pieces

What's your favorite art piece?

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My Art In Illustrator

I made this in illustrator last night. Is it good? kinda grungey though...

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Rice Paddy Art

In a bid to reinvigorate their town, the Japanese town of Inakadate has started creating elaborate images in their rice paddies by growing different colored varieties of rice. The only thing more impressive than the fact that their scheme has thus far paid off are that images that they have created.Check out more pics on Tofugu

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Rate my art

Hey, I recently drew a portrait of Lady Gaga, and I have then added some colour to it using photoshop. I would love if you guys could give me any critques or positives about it, so that I can improve it! And then I can start working on other drawings I have done too. Thanks :)

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More Art Work

Well just post anything you have drwn or painted, burned, carved, sculpted or anything else. Well here is my feeble attempt at GIMP for the first time. Please if you comment on someone's art, don't be harsh. It's called constructive criticism. This is supposed to be Leonidas from 300. I'm still working on it so please comment. I would say that the most noticeable thing it the pixelation of the head dress. I will go over it with the airbrush to smoothen it up.

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Steampunk concept art.

Hello everyone.      I am involved in the development of a new MMORpg based around the Steampunk genre and we are looking for concept art to base our 3d model on. If anyone is interested in the Steampunk genre and working on an amatuer video game I would love to hear from you and see some of your work. Thanks!

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Understanding Art for Geeks

Paulthewineguy has a great set of images on flickr that apply some very modern twists to art classics. The one below of Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition is a great one.In a way some of these jokes really do help to understand the paintings. Mostly they're just sight gags, though. But whatever works, right? flickr set

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Art as an investment vehicle.

I find it hard to say anything nice about the The Artist's Pension Trust (via the BBC) and I'm finding it equally difficult to completely denounce it. I suppose many of my misgivings may have more to do with the general state of art within contemporary culture than with the trust itself. Anyway, decide for yourself at their official homepage. Or just take the New York Times' word that the Artist's Pension Trust is infused with "a healthy dose of socialism.""Such informal trading systems, where young artists swap their own work for art made by others, has always served this dual purpose of combining pleasure with diversified financial security. The idea is that at least one of the group will become a recognised and valued artist, and as such a broad arts portfolio is likely to contain at least one valuable work of art. Now, a multilingual globetrotting financier has formalised the system, making a quantum leap in the process, in the form of the Artist Pension Trust." -- BBCHowever, if you really want to make a good investment, let the BBC show you How to Spot a Banksy for fun and profit.

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TISSUE PAPER ART

Tissue paper art is quite difficult for those who are new in this field. I made this forum to help new beginners. I hope you will help me in this good work. Share your good work to help others..Thanks in advance.

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art: bowling balls

I began collecting a few bowling balls with the intention of making decorative art in my flower beds. I have a neighbor across the street who undoubtedly has so much disregard for me that he reported me to the city code enforcer who said bowling balls were against code. I had a supervisor come and look at my yard and the bowling balls and he said it is art. The other code enforcer has required that I "anchor" them down. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm sure no matter what I do the neighbor will not like it. He hates my trees. I have humongous oaks and lots of plants and shrubs. He has complained for 16 years now. He sits on his front porch and watches everything I do. He reported I had rats. They found the rats nest on his property. He claims the termites come from my home. Believe me, I have a small brick ranch that I do all the upkeep on. I think he just can't stand it that he can't tell me what to do like he does the rest of the neighbors. I'm a woman-maybe that's his problem. Anyway, how do I "anchor" my bowling balls without taking away from the art of them in my flowerbeds? Please help me. I want to abide by the city codes.

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Recycled Ticket Art

Japan takes reusing materials to the next level: a 10 x 7 mural, entirely out of old Metro tickets. Just goes to show that you can always find a use for things a second time around (or maybe a third, fourth, you name it).LinkIf you like this mural, it's not the first of its kind. In 2007, employees of a Japanese department store created their own art gallery out of Metro tickets. Check it out here

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Wall art illusion

Here is an awesome wall art illusion, it took me about 2 hours to do as there was alot of tweaking involved. Hope you like it and tell me what you think.

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The Art of W.W.T.(a website)

(Sorry for any confusion ahead of time, but anyway...)My website Whales With Thumbs (whaleswiththumbs.webs.com) has alitle bit of art already:My avatar was the origonal image for it and now it is the first image below. besides that thats about it( i said alittle i meant barely anything) Both of the images were put together with Ms Paint i got the thumbs up one for free of the internet(they are cool with it)Now with the side story out of the way i was wondering if anyone out there would care to help me out, I need some art for my website:*I need a source of some, atleast decent, art about every Monday (Original please)*OR* Just for some people to post some art the don't mind me using and when it is used(if it is that is, is) I will give full credit and a link to the page of your choosing.Sorry can't really pay anyone so free-er the better(you can pay me i'll take it) My mediocre art skill art that fabulous anyway. Also if someone is willing to make a new logo for me i'll give them credit and link for that.

Topic by cd41 


Robot Ascii Art

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Little Text Art

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Magnetic nail art?

Http://www.nylonmag.com/?section=article&parid;=410 Lancome used to make a nail polish with a magnet on the bottle. You'd paint your nails and then put them near the magnet, which would create a starburst pattern by attracting and repelling charged pigments. Is it just me or could this be done with a pinch of iron oxide powder in any nail polish?

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Suitable Martial Art?

Hi. I've been considering taking up a martial art of some form or other. Only problem is that I really have no idea what it is I'm actually looking for. I've read lots of articles which all pretty much say the same thing: "What do you want to get out of it?" so, I made a list. I'm seventeen, I'm not particularly fit, flexible, agile or disciplined and the things I want to get out of it are (in order of highest to lowest priority): • to become faster, fitter, more agile and more flexible • to be able to think more clearly • to step out of my comfort zone and be more active • to be able to defend myself if attacked • a suitable form of unarmed combat to augment my weapons skills (I try to practice western sword fighting from time to time, I'm not too good though) • to improve my weapons skills Any ideas would be really helpful, but I would like a logical reason to consider it. Thanks.

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Robots Are Art Show

In the Bay Area and like robots? Check out the Robots Are Art show!The opening for this event has already passed, but you can still catch the show for another two weeks.The Float CenterPhone: 510.535.1702Hours:Tues-Sat 10-10Sun/Mon By Appt.Location:Float Center1091 Calcot Place #116Oakland, CAThe show runs through Jan 17th, 2008.

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Robot Art Winners!

We asked you to decorate a robot and send it in and the response was huge! We got a great big pile of robots decorated in so many different ways and Eric's wall is going to be the best one ever. It is boring no more!We were so excited about the number of responses that we decided to give away two books, not one. One winner was chosen by randomly selecting a winner from all of the robots and one was selected by randomly selecting one of the senders. We spun Eric around and he shot at the robots and envelopes with a Nerf gun. Here are the lucky targets:Robot winner: libraryCatEnvelope winner: domestic_engineer

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Awesome Fan Art!

We checked the mail today and found a few envelopes waiting for us. Since they were addressed to Eric's Boring Wall we gave them to Eric to open and enjoy.One envelope came from Budapest, another from Adrian Monk, and another envelope came from Butte, Montana with a whole pile of colored robots! We were pretty amazed by all the cool stuff.P.S. Adrian, thanks for the cookies. I kept them all to myself.

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Some album art

. Something to look at

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Perceptual ART in motion

This little Wizard, my Grandson now in third grade, built and soldered the circuit of this perceptual motion kit. . I only added the two V grooved screws to stabilize the totter edge and allow height adjustment. The screws were hand filed to provide a stable fulcrum for the rower.

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Technoplastique's Robot Art

Ed and I got to meet technoplastique at the Austin Maker Faire back in October, where she was showing off the painting robot she built for the iRobot Create Challenge.I was busy losing my voice at the Instructables booth so didn't get to see her robot in action, but technoplastique stopped by to give us a special robot painting of our very own to take home!Here it is on the wall of my office at Instructables HQ. This is technically the back of the painting, but the colors and swoopy robot patterns look even better from this side of the thin cotton cloth.

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Awesome art prints

I was doing some holiday shopping online, and I found Veramar Naval Products... They are offering free shipping for the holidays on orders over $40. I found that pretty easy to do since they now have the work of Nate Ostrow, who is just incredible. They also have another site entirely devoted to music and pop culture art prints in addition to the military and naval artwork. They have like Hendrix and Hepburn and all sorts of cool stuff that's worth checking out. I thought this was quite the find and figured I would pass it along - happy holidays!

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Pixel Art Help

Hi I was wanting some help with my pixel art. I'm trying to make a game based off on the League of Legend characters. However I was having trouble trying to create them. I feel that they don't look like the "champions" so I was wanting some advice, help or you guys try to show me how you would make it. The following pictures are pictures of the champions and what I have drawn so far. Below are the models of the Champions: Arcade Sona, Arcade Miss Fortune, Arcade Riven, Arcade Hecarim( havent made him yet). Pls respond asap i could use all the help i can get!

Topic by SteelShadow104 


Phasma - biomimetics as art

On the face of it, Phasma is just another hexapod robot. Get a bit closer, though, and see an interesting difference: it has cable-actuated legs.  Driven the same way as bicycle brakes, they have rubber "knees" to redirect the basic pushing action into useful motion. Speaking of the motion... The whole thing is mechanical in the extreme, but the bouncing cable-drives and scurrying action are very "live".  If this thing ran across my floor, I'd swat it in no short order. Takram Engineering via Notcot.

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