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    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011
    Mr Duffield, I don't know if you spoke to their sales office, but according to their website, it looks as if Wrights do deliver to Oxford. This lot definitely do, though i don't know if they cut to size or anything, might be worth giving them a ring. Happy hunting!
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011
    #Car Troubles: Well, just heard back from the dealership, and I'm happy to report all it was was the muffler and exhaust rattling up against the the frame. Seems a holding pin came loose in the bump. It's a bit of a bitch, price-wise, to get it taken care of, but I was so nervous about it being something worse that even that's almost a relief.

    Thanks everyone for chipping in their diagnoses!
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    @Cory Waits #Mobile Internet I believe Vodafone have total EU coverage, but..... Vodafone aren't cheap.
  2.  (10170.104)
    New Question
    Anyone know of an framework that will allow delivery of video behind a paywall. I'm looking into setting up a design tutorial website. Ideally something using PHP.

  3.  (10170.105)
    I almost just posted to ask what is that word for distributing responsibility to subordinates. ("Delegate"!)


    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011 edited
    New Question:

    Anyone know of a cool place to stop and stay overnight along HWY 99 near Fresno, CA? Motels, Hotels, B&Bs? We're taking a road trip from Los Angeles to Grass Valley and looking to break up the drive because thinking about 8 hours straight with my toddler in the car makes me start to whimper.



    (edited to clarify)
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2011


    If you don't find a leather coat you like, maybe a really fine handbag or boots/shoes. Some modern interpretations put Crystal / Glass for the 3rd anniversary, so that could expand your options.
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    #Fresno road trip
    I should know of places considering I used to live in Fresno. I'm actually better with regions then actual hotels etc, so I can help narrow the search a little, hopefully.

    Kingsburg is south of Fresno and is a fun touristy town centered around the Swedish immigrants that moved there. Actually, I have some relatives who started out there before they moved to either LA or Oakland.

    In Fresno itself, places that are fairly close to 99 (South to North): downtown is ... hit and miss. They've been trying to rejuvinate it a bit but it's still bits and pieces. However, I think there are some good restaurants and cafes that are open during the day (and sometimes the evening). I know more gallery/art studio stuff, if for some reason you wanted to check that kind of stuff out.

    Tower District is a fun area. There's lots of good restaurants and cafes (and tea shops!), most of which are on Olive Ave. There's also the Tower theater and a fairly decent photography gallery (Spectrum).

    In the Van Ness Extension/Fig Garden area is Piccadilly Inn (on Shaw, near Van Ness) which is in the northwest part of town - so "nicer" and more expensive. There used to be a wonderful tea shop in that plaza but it moved to a new location.
    • CommentAuthorkxkrah
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011

    For ages, I've been toying with, pondering, chewing on, ruminating the hell out of the idea of doing art commissions. Ya know, someone pays an artist to draw this or that. The only problem is:
    1. I've never done stuff like this before
    2. I have no internet fame whatsoever (so expensive commissions and ppl filling my inbox with commission requests are out of the question -_-; ) So yeah ...

    ... how do I go about doing commissions (pricing, how much time it takes, should i allow / charge revisions, etc, etc, etc, aaarrrggh)???

    and possibly spreading the word about it (i have no twitter though, i suppose a blog, other art accounts and facebook will make do).

    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    Another art question from me. I'll call this one #startpainting I guess.

    I'm thinking that I'd like to at least try out painting. Primarily acrylic on canvas. Just want to explore other artistic outlets. The art store across the street is currently having a sale.


    Where the fuck do I start, fellow painters? What are the good kinds of brushes that a beginner should have and what good resources are there for painting?

    Any help is appreciated!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    '@ all. Fook! I'm one naive little idiot! I thought this thread was about coming clean about acts of intersteller perversion.... like wanking crying on a porn line with v
    ast amounts of illegal drugs inside of me and franticly trying to reach climax before my £20 top up ran out! "Talk to my you stupid cow..TALK TO ME!!!!"

    Guess yet once again I've fooked up...

    Arse eel attack paranoia setting in!! TOUCH THE FUCKER!!!
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    Dude, flecky... chill out, man. You're gonna strain something.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011

    thanks for all the help guys. Her friends have STRONGLY been suggesting a spa day for her yo get body straightened out. But i think i'll go for the leather coat or gloves.

    Oh and a top meal and hugz n' shit of course, cos we's in luv wuv!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    My hope is that there's more hugz and less "'n shit"
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011
    '@ Alan Tyson aye,mate. you is right!! Me taking the deep breath as i tap this in..Ta for keeping me in check. Respect!
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    Big question, Robin. I'll run through materials first, then techniques.

    1) Brushes.

    Don't bother with those dollar store brushes where you get a whole set in a plastic case for three bucks. They are a fucking waste of your time and money. (And this goes for all dollar store art supplies.) Synthetics are fine for acrylic painting, and they're only a few bucks apiece at Curry's. I use a cheap Japanese brand called Art Basics, or Windsor & Newton brushes if I can afford them.

    The one brush I find absolutely indispensable for acrylic painting is the fitch or narrow flatbrush. The flat end is perfect for pushing around the thicker bodied acrylic paint, and it's extremely versatile for edge work, texturing or just filling large spaces. Filberts are flatbrushes with rounded ends, and can be used for almost any painting application at a pinch. At minimum I'd suggest purchasing a range of both straight flatbrushes and filberts, starting at 1/4", then 1/2", 3/4" and 1". There's no need to rush and buy them all in one go.

    Round brushes I tend to use only in the small sizes, for adding lines and other fine detail. You could do worse than picking up a few assorted rounds, to get the feel of them.

    Don't be shy about picking up new, interesting-looking brushes when you're browsing the art store. Most artists end up with a pretty big collection this way.

    2) Paint.

    I posted a guide to acrylic paints in this thread a couple of years back.

    3) Canvas.

    I generally buy the Paintwell prestretched primed canvases when I'm making something I'm planning on hanging at home or selling. They won't break the bank (between $20 and $100 depending on size, and you can sometimes score them much cheaper at a sale), but I wouldn't buy one to practice on - grab yourself some plywood at Home Depot, which they will cut for you for free, give it two coats of primer (white gesso is the standard, but you can use leftover house paint if you have it lying around) and you're good to go. Plywood is perfectly acceptable for professional pieces as well, but it's heavy.

    4) Easel and palette.

    You can either work flat on the tabletop if you throw a plastic sheet over the table and are careful about drips, or pick up a cheap folding easel for forty bucks. Those little plastic trays from the supermarket (the ones they sell cherry tomatoes in) are perfect for mixing paint, or just use a piece of plywood as a mixing surface.

    Technique later.
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011

    For canvases, I'm noticing some small ones at my local art store going for about $5. Would that work just as well?
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011

    So I just read Greasemonkey's post, and YES YES YES buy whatever brushes you think are interesting! And buy VERY different sizes! A few big chunky bristley brushes, a few smooth synthetic ones, big, little, round, flat but rounded (called a "filbert), long bristles, short stubby bristles, Just make sure you've got more than, say, 7 or 8. Some stores have some pretty solid cheap sets too.

    As for paints/colors, I'm going to give you a fairly traditionalist approach here:

    First thing you need to know is a really basic crash course in how to use color. Everything has a WARM and a COOL tone. Very few "true" reds, blues, or yellows exist. There will always be cool shades of red and warm shades of red, cool shades of blue, warm shades of blue, etc. I can't find a tremendously good explanation of this online, but here are some color wheels. Some of them will probably look familiar:

    And here's a pretty basic color theory tutorial. It's neat! And long, but broken up into little digestible bits. This one is a little more difficult to get through, but so far, great.

    Also, distribution on warm to cool:

    HOWEVER! When buying paints, it's rare that you'll come across a true red, a true, blue, a true green, or a true yellow. By that, I mean that colors lean cool or lean warm. Reds, while always warm, vary on the spectrum from cool to warm like any other color.

    What I mean by this:

    Alizarin crimson (cool!)
    Cadmium red medium (warm!)

    Ultramarine (warm!)
    Prussian blue (cool!)

    Chrome Oxide Green (warm!)
    Viridian (cool!)

    Cadmium yellow medium (warm!)
    Hansa yellow light (cool!)

    WHAT THIS MEANS: a yellow that leans cool, when mixed with a red that leans warm, will be duller than a warm yellow with a warm red. That's because a cool yellow has a little bit of green in it, and when you mix red and green (complements, opposites on the color wheel), you get brown.

    If I were you I'd get the following paints (acrylic, cheap as you please since you're just starting out):

    Cadmium Yellow medium
    Hansa Yellow light

    Earth tones:
    Yellow Ochre
    Burnt Umber
    Burnt Sienna

    Prussian Blue

    Alizarin Crimson
    Cadmium Red Medium

    Chrome Oxide Green
    Viridian Green

    A purple (if you want. These are tricky to mix, no matter what you do)
    Titanium White

    IN order to get your grasp on mixing colors, I'd recommend screwing around with just some paint on paper first, painting your own color wheels, mixing colors, etc.

    Hopefully that helps!
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011 edited
    @Robin - yeah, it's always good to pick up cheap canvases when you see them on sale.

    Just check that they're taut on the frame, not loose/uneven, and don't look flimsy.

    Give me a shout via email or FB if you have any specific questions.

    [edit - and one other thing to know about paints is that some colours are transparent and others are opaque, with a few degrees in between. Greens and yellows tend to be the most transparent unless they are made from inorganic pigments such as cadmium or chromium oxide. Titanium white is the most opaque because of the amount of titanium dioxide and calcium carbonate in the formula, and it's useful as a white-out agent when you want to add features in a transparent shade).]
    • CommentAuthorEmperor
    • CommentTimeAug 31st 2011

    Can't help you with price and such like (it'd depend on your style and level of ability I suppose) but on spreading the word... get a blog, then get an account on DeviantArt, start posting work and dangle a hook in the water about commissions. It is going to take a bit to get things moving and you'll have to price lower than you think you are worth initially but if you get permission to post the finished commissions in your DA gallery that will help build momentum as people can see what work you do and for how much. Make sure you add your work to relevant groups, so it is easier for people to find your work.

    Price? Difficult to say, because as well as style and ability it depends on size and complexity. So for example a couple of Tharg's droids have been offering A4, single character and they quote prices: Dylan Teague and PJ Holden. There is also a general discussion about getting commissions from droids which quotes some broad ball park figures for commissions, even if you'd need to negotiate a final price. Obviously, you'd not be able to charge as much as them, but it could be a start. For the kind of prices you might be looking at have a look at what other people are charging on DA and take it from there (they have forums on there where you can ask people if they think you are charging the right price).

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