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Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto

Yamamoto Motoi (

born in Onomichi, Hiroshima in 1966 ) is an internationally renowned artist who calls his native Japan home. Motoi is known for working with salt, often in the form of temporary, intricate, large-scale installations. Salt, a traditional symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, is used in funeral rituals and by sumo wrestlers before matches.

Motoi forged a connection to the substance while mourning the death of his sister, at the age of twenty-four, from brain cancer, and began to create art out of salt in an effort to preserve his memories of her. His art radiates an intense beauty and tranquility, but also conveys something ineffable, painful, and endless.

“Drawing a labyrinth with salt is like following a trace of my memory. Memories seem to change and vanish as time goes by; however, what I seek is to capture a frozen moment that cannot be attained through pictures or writings,” Motoi has said.


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Attention ALL artists!

sheodraws:

You sure have seen this post. It has spread like wildfire over the past few days so I doubt there is any artist out there who hasn’t seen it. But even if you didn’t, you should read on because I’m about to tell you a handy little thing that can help you to protect your art from such assholes as the anon who submitted this bullcrap, as well as art thieves in general.

The magic word is Metadata.

Metadata is like an invisible signature that is embeded into a file. It can contain all kinds of information, like Title, date, keywords for online seach engines, and copyright information. And the best thing is, since this information is “hidden” in the code of your picture, it’s hard to remove it.

There is a nice basic tutorial on how to add Metadata, or “additional file information” to your images in photoshop. It’s really, really easy so check it out!

“Adding Your Contact And Copyright Info To Your Photos With Photoshop” on PhotoshopEssentials.com

I’m not sure if you can do the same with any other art program. If you know how to do this in other programs / can confirm that it works the same way there, please tell me so I can add the information to this post.

Adding the Metadata will not stop idiots from taking and reposting your art. It also won’t make them stop editing out your signature. It WILL however, help you prove that you are the original artist whenever you have to.
Always remember my friends. You, the artist, are protected by law. No one has the right to take your intellectual property and hard work and repost, use or edit it without your permission. Ever.

tenderule34:

lancerbuck:

chilotero:

assgod:

mockwa:

Девушки на каблуках

This was better watched muted

I like all my scenic fingerpainting videos with sick dubstep music

And they tell us finger-painting is just for little kids…

This is actually a pretty nice tutorial on how color can be good by itself!

culturenlifestyle:

Highly Conceptual Woodwork Textured Tattoos Feature Floral And Animal Subjects

Tattoo artist Pony Reinhardt etches powerful and elaborate tattoos of wildlife, floral and natural elements merged with stars and planetary configurations. The expansive body art is similar in texture to that of vintage woodcut etchings, lending an organic feel to the entire artwork. The awarded and accoladed Reinhardt graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her work has been featured in the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art. She currently heads the exclusive tattoo studio Tenderfoot Studio in Portland.

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30 Day Art Challenge: Draw all the things

pencilcat:

My first challenge, Improvement Hell, was a way to inspire people to draw different things different ways, drawing outside their comfort zone, and most of all to draw every day. I had a few people ask for a follow up. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the sequel: Draw All The Things

Each day has three prompts. Some are specifics, others are vague, but all are geared to spark your imagination and inspiration. Take from them whatever you want. Design a character, an illustration, a collage. Singular or plural. Literal or symbolic.

Casual Mode: Pick and draw one prompt each day

Normal Mode: Combine and draw two prompts each day

Hard Mode: Combine and draw all three prompts each day

Tag your artwork #Draw All The Things for others to follow and be inspired!

  1. Wild animal, Thief, Winter
  2. Jewel, Water, Contrast
  3. Garden, Teeth, Bright
  4. Old book, Pangolin, Clutter
  5. Deep, Earth, Curse
  6. Greed, Glass, Temple
  7. Three, Rain, Shadow
  8. Wire, Bottle, Pale
  9. Sunshine, Track, Abandon
  10. Cliff, Tattoo, Journey
  11. Bone, Laughing, Free
  12. Corner, Scripture, Dusk
  13. Stairs, Amber, Guard
  14. Vast, Alien, Glow,
  15. Jazz, Pen, Urban
  16. Sand, Royal, Red
  17. Child, Fur, Cookie
  18. Tree, Crime, Lizard
  19. Tech, Tank, Silver
  20. Scales, Vibrant, Smile
  21. Naga, Knowing, Tribe
  22. Witch, Jacket, Pattern
  23. Secret, Melanism, Wings
  24. Rogue, Bat, Dysfunctional
  25. Passage, Fox, Chime
  26. Star, Bridge, Mask
  27. Observer, Forest, Unique
  28. Degrade, End, Iron
  29. Vivarium, Gradient, Mix
  30. Imagination, Pencil, Borderless

Good Luck!

(alternately, this can be a writing challenge too, if that is your preference!)

littlelimpstiff14u2:


Andy Goldsworthy  

Natural Land Sculptures

“Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose
collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense
artworks. Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow,
ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates
outdoor sculpture that manifests, however fleeting, a sympathetic
contact with the natural world. Before they disappear, or as they
disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in superb colour photographs.”

The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy’s art often include brightly
coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs,
and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s incredibly brave
to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I
can’t edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as
a whole.” Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing.
For his ephemeral works, Goldsworthy often uses only his bare hands,
teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. Wikipedia

Okay reblog if you’re an artist who STRONGLY PREFERS reblogs with commentary

deadcatwithaflamethrower:

dogmatix:

thesnadger:

bogleech:

People are apparently under the impression that reblogging someone’s art and adding a comment is frowned upon and that can’t possibly be true, every artist I know of sees a reblog-comment as like the ultimate definitive reward for their hard work.

Obviously don’t feel bad for NOT adding a comment if you’re shy or just don’t know what to say, but if there’s something you would like to say about a drawing you’ve liked enough to reblog, I’m pretty sure most artists crave hearing it.

This applies to art, fic, dumb theories, whatever! I totally love reading tags and commentary!

Definitely re-emphasizing that ALL reblogs, likes, etc are awesome! So don’t feel bad/feel obligated to add something if you don’t want to, but don’t hold back if you DO wanna add something because you’re worried it’s rude.

Well, I can only speak for myself (and probably @norcumi and @deadcatwithaflamethrower), but if you have stuff to say on any of our art/theories/fics, either in tags or in comments, YES PLEASE. 😀

(and yeah, don’t feel pressured if you don’t have anything to add – reblogs/likes are awesome, and I’m happy to know that ppl like stuff.  But if you want to comment/tag, that is also awesome! )

Seconding (thirding?) all of this.  Liking, reblogging, discussing, messaging about, commenting via tags = ALL AWESOME.

The only thing not okay is taking someone else’s work and claiming it’s your own. That’s what we in the biz refer to as a dick move.

FWIW, I totally agree.  I don’t art, but I do fic, and when people reblog it, it’s amazing.  When they reblog it and add commentary, either via tag or post addition, that’s SUPER AMAZING.  Even if it’s just this tag: “#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  That tag always makes me smile and do happy kicky-feet because I assume I’ve reduced someone to squeaking incoherently and flailing and that makes me so happy.  ^_^  (Alternatively, that tag accompanied by these: “#D:”, “#TT^TT”, “#;_;”, “noooooooooooooooooo” conjures up a wholly different, yet equally welcome image of a different kind of flailing.  ;D)