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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s.
By Andrew J . Hawkins

Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgist’s dream come true.

ideas of exercises to help with your practical art skills, as well as things to keep in mind while making art and new ways to find inspiration:

  1. draw every day
  2. recreate a drawing you did before, but better
  3. draw something using only simple geometric shapes
  4. do studies of famous artworks
  5. listen to artists explain their work, it’s super interesting
  6. take life drawing classes (or use online photo resources)
  7. find an artwork you love, and work out why
  8. draw caricatures of friends
  9. set a 1 minute timer and draw an object as quickly as possible
  10. draw something you can’t see, eg. music, emotion
  11. research artists you admire and find out how they work
  12. think about composition: what stands out, what recedes etc.
  13. find a famous artwork you hate and work out why
  14. sit outside and draw the landscape
  15. copy a photo exactly
  16. draw a scene from a film
  17. draw the contours of an object not the outline
  18. visit an art exhibition near you
  19. draw your bedroom
  20. look up tutorials online - there’s so many useful ones!
  21. practise creating contrast between light and dark in pictures
  22. research colour theory
  23. do a self portrait
  24. learn about art history! Research different movements etc.
  25. try a new medium
  26. consider the feeling you want to portray with the artwork
  27. draw without looking at the page
  28. draw a character from a book you’ve read
  29. draw something you don’t usually draw
  30. look at your pictures in the mirror to help you see problems better
  31. follow artists and galleries on instagram for inspo
  32. draw an ugly object in a beautiful way
  33. try using only bold, bright colours
  34. plan your colour palette before starting an artwork, and stick to it!
  35. if you usually work in 2D, make something in 3D
  36. always remember to add shadows
  37. draw an object which is important to you
  38. use 5 lines to depict an object, make every line count
  39. draw using negative space
  40. always draw from life when possible!
  41. think carefully about which direction the light is coming from
  42. study proportions and anatomy!! 
  43. draw your pet
  44. research items symbolic meanings in art
  45. make an art blog to compile images that inspire you
  46. draw using only straight lines
  47. try accentuating any subtle colours in an image
  48. draw models from fashion websites
  49. sketch with friends! They always have great ideas
  50. keep drawing even if you find it hard, you improve with every mistake!

{my art masterpost might also be useful to you} 

Good luck! xx

pandammee  asked:

Hi! I went to your photoshop panel at AX last year and I've been getting more into editing recently but I was wondering how/where you found background images and such for your edits? Thanks! is your friend! And all the photos are copyright free!

Edit from @kylo-zen:
Even better: librestock is a search engine for sites like unsplash (all free pictures). I use them for EVERYTHING.

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I found them on Amazon here:

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This Revolutionary Magazine Is Flipping the Media's Script on Black Gay Men
Even though it's 2016 media representation of black queer people is still far and few between, and often times these depictions can be narrow or negative stereotypes. But three men have dedicated themselves to creating an ongoing conversation about what it means to be both black and gay.

I was browsing through photos I took exactly a year ago in the National History Museum (Sofia, Bulgaria) and decided to share a couple of them with costume enthusiasts on Tumblr. These are only a fraction of the folk outfits in the exhibit on the last floor and only women’s clothing (I have a couple of mens clothing photos too, but the quality of the pictures is worse).

The graduation photo of Henry Francis Callahan from the class of 1915.

Henry was born October 1895, the son of John Callahan. His father worked as a morocco shaver. After his death, his stepmother, Julia, remarried to William Fuinely and they raised William and his older and younger brothers.

After his graduation, Henry became a dentist in the city. His practice was located at 7 Central Street. He shared his home with his brothers at 29 Union Street.