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Originally posted by fotokopicibierkek

working with digital art, SO hard omg

Sam  will always have a place in my heart <3

After accepting the thing, i have started to love Chaol BUT SARAH PLS. OMG MY HEART IS BROKEN PLS.

anonymous asked:

Hi Amy, I'm a high school student who wants to major in art history. I know that a large part of history in general is asking questions, however I'm unsure about how to ask better questions, would you give some suggestions and examples of higher level questions to ask about an art work? P.S. you blog is amazing and thank you for all the resources!

Wow, what a great question! Some of my college students don’t ask how they can ask better questions, so I was so excited when I saw that you are a high school student thinking ahead. Thank you! 

I assume you are taking art history at your high school. This is good - your class has already given you the framework you need to move from basic questioning to more in depth questioning. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? You would think that with art history, the Five Ws + How? would be simple enough to answer. This is not always the case, however, and sometimes the simple questions of Who? or How? or Where? can take an art historian years to answer. A good example of this is attribution: who made a work of art? It sounds like an easy question, but as someone who has shed blood, sweat, and tears on attribution, I can tell you it isn’t. The same is true of iconography (’what’?). On the surface, subject matter shouldn’t be hard to identify or propose, but it can be.  All this to say that if you are worried that asking some of these questions is too basic, you shouldn’t be - you will undoubtedly keep asking them as an art history major, and the answers will not always be easy (or even possible) to find.

Asking (sometimes deceptively) basic questions is all well and good, but how can you ask more in-depth questions about works that are already the subject of lengthy discourse, like the Mona Lisa or the Sistine Chapel? This is, essentially, the writer’s question. To arrive at a probing question, you may want to: 

Practice slow looking. Slow looking is exactly what it sounds like - sitting in front of a work of art and taking time to really look at it. This will be hard to do during a class session, but you can do this after class (or beforehand, if you know the period or artist being covered). As part of the slow looking exercise, write down your initial response to the work, and note throughout your time looking how your initial response has evolved and why.

Question a work of art’s formal elements. Think about color, line, texture, light, shadow, space, perspective, volume… Why do you think the artist made the decisions s/he did? Here is a list of formal analysis questions to get you started. If you email me,  amy [at] caravaggista [dot] com, I can send you the “Questions Sheet” I give to my students.

Ask yourself what ascribes meaning to a work. In a similar vein, you can consider why a work of art is being discussed in class (in other words, why it has been deemed important). Is it the subject matter? The composition? The work’s cultural or historical context? The fame of the artist? The expense of materials used? All of the above, and more? Why or why not?

Look at a work of art using a particular methodology. Art historians use lots of different methods to analyze works of art. If you haven’t yet learned about art theory or methods, consider picking up a copy of Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk’s Art History: A critical introduction to its methods (Manchester University Press, 2006). The authors examine the origins of art history as a discipline and explain each major method in practice, from formalism to semiotics (and more!). Examining a work of art using a particular framework can yield surprising and inspiring results!

Read about a work of art you are having a hard time formulating questions for. Specifically, read art historical articles about the work and consider the author’s argument. Do you agree with their analysis? Why or why not? Is there an aspect of the work or its context that you think should be more fully addressed (or considered, in the first place)? What evidence does the author use to support their analysis? 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of ways to ask better questions, but I hope it helps get you started!  There are no bad questions; all questions help deepen your understanding and analysis. 

I’m going to include a break here. After the break, you’ll find recommended reading and resources.


Recommended Reading

Many of these resources are geared toward how to write about art, but I recommend them because the first step in writing is asking questions, and these authors’ discussions could be informative!

Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. Boston; Toronto: Little, Brown, and Company, 1985.

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. New York: Viking Penguin, 1977. 

Hatt, Michael and Charlotte Klonk. Art History: A critical introduction to its methods. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006. 

Huntsman, Penny. Thinking About Art: A thematic guide to art history. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Pop, Andrei. How to Do Things with Pictures: A Guide to Writing in Art History. Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2008. 

Taylor, Joshua C. Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1957. 

Todobaku!!!!!!

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11174640
the art of seduction (6,134 words); “I really had my doubts about ‘I will insistently glare at you and verbally abuse your guts at every chance’ to work as a flirting technique but who knew…” please read this fic it is everything to me

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11148984
particular contempts (1,348 words); very sweet slice of life fic

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11167164
Four Kisses And A Confession (3,057 words); what the title says. This is very cute pls read it.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11162067/chapters/24912318
Red Light (Don’t Stop) (9,970 words); prostitute!au in which shouto is being whored out by his dad and katsuki is trying to save him

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11195748
Welcome to Town (1,221 words); Welcome to Night Vale based fic in which todoroki and bakugou are cecil and carlos but in their very own way

http://archiveofourown.org/works/7387750/chapters/16781077
Temperature Regulation (11,312 words); ABO fic featuring omega!todoroki, alpha!bakugou, and an impressive amount of consent for an ABO fic 10/10

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11265900
I Didn’t Sign Up For This Shit (3,795 words); seven minutes in heaven

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11305212
Jealousy (1,302 words); they’re both needlessly jealous and sweet with each other

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11296539
These Hands Will Lead Me Home (302 words); bakugou loves todoroki’s hands

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11296005
What I Can’t Deny (1,029 words); cuddling isn’t usually bakugou’s thing but he’ll do whatever todoroki wants

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11300688
When you’re close to me. (1,074 words); supper cute fic with super cute fan art

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11300073
The Feel of His Hand is like Home (2,549 words); todoroki is blinded during a mission and has to rely on bakugou

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11314677
we’ll leave it at that (932 words); they think their crushes are secret but the whole class totally knows

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11318433
nothing like us (1,130 words); bakugou is jealous but he really doesn’t need to be

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11312250
Revelations (2,305 words); bakugou helps an injured todoroki

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11320944
On Our Worst Behavior (6,022 words); they dirty dance at a club and also I love bakugou and uraraka being besties and wingmen

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11302752
Operation: TodoBaku? (3,045 words); Class 1-A had two secrets. Secret #1: Bakugou Katsuki and Todoroki Shouto were in a relationship (but decided not to tell anyone else). Secret #2: Everyone else knew about Secret #1.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11312112
The Secrets We Keep (5,091 words); they have nightmares and they stargaze together and then they don’t have nightmares but they still spend time looking at the stars

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11300976/chapters/25295343
TodoBaku Week Drabbles (1,902 words); in this chapter bakugou saves a kitten and todoroki wants to keep it

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11343939
Wish (526 words); they stare at the moon and at each other

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11324388
The Perils Of Pets And The Pros (1,341 words); they have a cat and this is so cute I’m dead

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11352744
The Art Of Losing (Isn’t Hard To Master) (1,682 words); told from the perspective of todoroki’s mother

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11334147
Worth My Forever (2,140 words); bakugou doesn’t always say what he means but todoroki understands anyway

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11360754
Tipping Point (2,169 words); they kiss in a hammock which is not the most stable place to make out

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11350638
Till It’s Over (8,187 words); there’s a storm and power outages and a cat and candlelight and kissing please read

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11333094
Laugh Track (7,020 words); todoroki regularly embarrasses himself in front of bakugou but it all works out anyway

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11302611/chapters/25290702
Another Way to Fly (31,085 words); this wing!fic is actually so perfect and sweet I highly recommend it

http://archiveofourown.org/works/11299152/chapters/25280724
I Love/You Suck (17,740 words); fake dating to piss off Endeavor this is the BEST please read this

candos  asked:

Your art makes me swoon, I hope I can achieve some sort of galant elegance as your own art portrays at some point! Reading through your posts and answers helped me quite a lot. I love art and I want to pursue it, though a lot of the time I have the urge to give up. So thank you for your kind, wise, and supportive words on like subjects! Have a wonderful day!

That is so nice : )  I love to see messages like this and I’m really glad my words were able to help someone.  It’s always hard to know when you write them out if you’ve said the right things hah.  Sorry it took my so long to respond to this, my message box is a mess.  

Everyone has good and bad days with art.  I have even had bad years.  When creating work and being excited about art is hard, it becomes a matter of making it a habit to do and knowing that someday it won’t be so hard anymore because deep down you love making art, even if that’s not so clear right now.  I’ve been talking about this very thing with a lot of my other artist friends recently, and for many of us, we just started drawing when we were young and loved it, but never really thought about it beyond that it was fun.  As we grew up and began seriously thinking about art as a career and about our futures and our place in this world, making art for us began to change.  And for some of us, that change was the end of our love affair with art.  For the rest of us, we had to struggle to try and understand what art means to us now, as adults, and to redefine what it is we get from making it.  For each person the answer is different.  I’ve met some who have solidified for themselves the innocence and fun that art used to bring to them.  For them art is about brightening their life and the lives of those around them.  I know others who use art as a medium to understand the world and to create discussion about what it all means and to challenge the way things are.  For me art is about being a student of the beauty and complexity of creation and humanity and sharing the things that excite me.  The idea that there are powerful rules to aesthetic which create harmony and appeal and that they can and should be broken in order to propel an idea is fascinating to me.  But for each artist, the answer to what art means to us is already within us.  It comes from the seed of the love of art which we discovered in ourselves and then planted at the beginning of our artistic journeys.  I know from experience the growing pains of that seed can hurt.  Shying away from it can be easy because sticking with it seems so hard.  Even answering the question of what art means to you won’t always completely quiet those urges to give up and do something else.  But I often have to ask myself if shying away would really be better.  If letting that part of me die would be what I really wanted at the end of the day.  For me, the answer is no.  My passion and apprehensions still vary from day to day.  But at least I know where I stand and I know that one day I want to see that seed I started with become a mighty tree.  I wish you luck on your own journey to be the best artist you can be!

Yandev reality
- rlly doesn’t want to finish the game
- spends 12+ hours playing video games and then whines about how he works so long and hard
- art theft
- cannot take criticism even if it was a life/death situation

Yandev’s picture of Yandev reality
- works 2058+ hours non stop doesn’t have any free time at all
- totally doesn’t play a lot of video games cuz h e h a s n o t i m e
- coloring over someone else’s art isn’t art theft uwu
- c r i t i q u e i s a p p r i c i a t e d

i feel like especially young artists put a lot of work into their art b/c they want to be as good as the older/more popular artists but the just aren’t there yet.

by not supporting people you discourage them and they just… stop what they’re doing. someone could be the next super huge popular artist in the future but you just ignored their hard work b/c it’s “not as good as _____’s”

same goes for older yet less experienced artists. some artists are, say, 22 years old and just working on something because they abandoned doodling years ago in lieu of working hard because they also got discouraged, but then decided to jump back in.

everyone who wants to make art works really hard at it. what might take some people 30 minutes could take another person 3 hours. i have a friend who is a perfectionist and it takes him months to complete an animation cycle that would take other people 3 days. it’s about dedication and hard work, no matter the time, no matter the age, no matter the level.

just support artists

don’t let them go by the wayside because you don’t think they’re good enough during whatever point in learning they are at

Okayyy!!! So i know this piece is floating around somewhere…the unfinished version…but here is the final (?) piece! I boosted the contrast and attempted doing the….water…so hard. Not sure what to call it but I drew it based off this Sailor Moon mermaid AU I have in my head (still waiting for the day a fanfic writer will write a badass one with Mamo/Usa) :). Overall, I am generally proud of this because I haven’t worked on fan art this hard in a long time. Please dont repost without giving credit. As long as credit is posted, I don’t mind. Also would love some thoughts!