What is art?

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

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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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Revolution art

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

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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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Selling Art

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

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The art of hornets

Dsicussion about the art and how to practice

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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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egg art?

Where can I find patterns for painting ostrich eggs?

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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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Favorite Art Pieces

What's your favorite art piece?

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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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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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Some album art

. Something to look at

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Hi, Will sewing projects qualify as an instructable in the fiber arts contest? Best, Susan

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Rubik's cube art

Awesome pixel art made entirely from Rubik's cubes.Link

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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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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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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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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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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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Removable wall art? Answered

I want to do graffiti art on my bedroom walls, but I cant use my spraypaint directly on the wall, any way to do that?

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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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3D Halftone Art

Hello, I would like to share my new art form with you. Here are a couple of links that would help describe what I am doing.   Any questions, please ask! Thanks again, Jeff http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2125830716/3tone-3dimensional-halftone-art http://technabob.com/blog/2012/02/15/3tone-art-cnc-drilled-halftone-art/ http://3dhalftone.com/ http://jeffreysgroi.com/3D-Haltone

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Martial Arts Instructable

What do you guys think about a martial arts instructable? I was thinking of making one of my own personal style. Would I get a good turnout?

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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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Little Text Art

I need to know a few little text images like the bunny: (\_/) (o.o) (> <) or the sword: C===[}:::::::::::::::::::::::::::/ Nothing big like this:                     $$$$`_____________________________,,,_ _______´$$$$$$$`_________________________´$$$` ________`$$$$$$$`______,,________,,_______´$$$$´ _________`$$$$$$$`____´$$`_____´$$`____´$$$$$´ __________`$$$$$$$`_´$$$$$`_´$$$$$`__´$$$$$$$´ ___________`$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_´$$$$$$$´_ ____________`$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$`´$$$$$$´_ ___,,,,,,______`$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$´_ _´$$$$$`____`$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$´_ ´$$$$$$$$$`´$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$´_ ´$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$´_ ___`$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$_$$$$$$$_$$$$$$_$$$$$$´_ ______`$$$$$$$$$$$$$_$$$$$__$$_$$$$$$_$$´_ _______`$$$$$$$$$$$$,___,$$$$,_____,$$$$$´_ _________`$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$´_ __________`$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$´_ ____________`$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$´_ _______________`$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$´_ I only want the small pictures. Thank you.

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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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Your Art Group

Earlyer in the year I posted a topic in which fellow artists in the Instructables community could post and discuss art freely. I decided to make it more organised. Now, members can join, post topics, and post art. You can post your images on this group as a topic or on the old forum Your art can be photography, sculpture, sketches, drawings, paintings, filmmaking etc. Absolutly anything. Also, You can post topics about supplies, techniques, and the likes. The group

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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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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 

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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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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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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Rice Paddy Art

I found this post through another post, and it's truly magnificent.  Every year starting in 1993-1994, rice farmers create these aerial art displays using 2-3 different rice cultivars (purple, green, and white), and I'm pretty sure the same could be recreated using liriope and black mondo grass for those of us who don't live in areas hospitable for creating a rice paddy. You really have to check it out.

Topic by AngryRedhead 

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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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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