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Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« on: November 26, 2010, 08:58:30 PM »
So I'd like to get my artist something nice for XMas and I thought I would mine the community for ideas.

He draws and inks traditionally and that's where I think I should focus. Not too expensive.

Let me know if you have any thoughts.  ;)

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2010, 07:17:20 AM »
Nerf guns!

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2010, 01:06:47 PM »
You're not helping!  >:(

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2010, 05:38:39 PM »
I'd say just drop by your local art supply store and ask the employees for recommendations.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 06:55:31 PM »
Who are his influences? Are there any particular artists (comic or fine) that he's a fan of? The Modern Masters series of books are fairly inexpensive and cover a pretty wide range of comic artists, from Art Adams to Bruce Timm to George Perez, etc. Art books are a nice way to be exposed to new styles and techniques, and you don't necessarily have to drop a ton of cash. It's easy enough to just plug an artist's name into Amazon and see what kind of results you get. Or maybe there's a Half Price Books nearby?

http://twomorrows.com/index.php?cPath=70&main_page=index

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2010, 07:12:17 PM »
Just remember, get something that gives you room to top next year!

Get him a color by numbers book? :D... No, don't do that. That would be mean. ...Hilarious! But mean.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2010, 07:22:29 AM »
Does he use any specific type of paper? I remember Paul Southworth of Ugly Hill and Not Invented Here art fame once doing a donation drive because the high quality Bristol Board he drew on was a consistent burden on his finances. I imagine someone like that might appreciate a healthy helping of paper.
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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2010, 02:04:24 AM »
Yeah, paper or artboard is a good idea.

Actually, as an artist I can say that getting a gift of just about any kind of art supply that I use would always be welcome.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2010, 06:43:40 PM »
Seems kind of like giving a vacuum to a housewife to me though... :-\

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2010, 10:32:09 PM »
Well you did say something specifically for an artist.  I don't know what that would encompass besides art supplies.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2010, 08:43:45 AM »
Seems kind of like giving a vacuum to a housewife to me though... :-\

Which brings us back to the Nerf guns ;D

Maybe some of those super-articulated action figures? You know, the ones that have 60+ points of articulation? If it's a comic character he likes then double bonus, because they're also great for pose reference, much better than the wooden artist's mannequins.

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2010, 12:01:18 PM »
Or, if he likes certain comic characters or whatever, figurines and/or art books are usually a big hit for artists of any type.
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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2010, 09:03:49 PM »
I guess either I wasn't specific enough or I'm just simply not getting my point across. Art supplies are an obvious gift... so obvious I pretty much had that one covered from the get go.

What I meant by a gift for an artist is something more permanent... something an artist might want or covet but probably wouldn't buy for themselves.

Like a monogrammed, leather portfolio case to show off their work... or a drawing table accessory that is neat and makes arting easier.

That's where I was going. Stuff like that.

Art supplies; and to me that means anything an artist would use up and have to buy more of in a reasonable amount of time (like paper or ink or pens or what have you) just seems like I'm buying him stuff that doesn't involve much thought. I've always been a better present giver than... well anyone I know actually... so I consider that a cop out.

I don't mean to offend. I'm just one of those people who really enjoys giving more than receiving and I make my point with a great gift... that really speaks to the individual... and it is almost always something that they didn't ask for. I get many of my best gift ideas from casual conversations that I remember from months in the past.

It's how I roll. Santa style.  :-\

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2010, 09:16:36 PM »
I guess either I wasn't specific enough or I'm just simply not getting my point across. Art supplies are an obvious gift... so obvious I pretty much had that one covered from the get go.

What I meant by a gift for an artist is something more permanent... something an artist might want or covet but probably wouldn't buy for themselves.

Like a monogrammed, leather portfolio case to show off their work... or a drawing table accessory that is neat and makes arting easier.

That's where I was going. Stuff like that.

Art supplies; and to me that means anything an artist would use up and have to buy more of in a reasonable amount of time (like paper or ink or pens or what have you) just seems like I'm buying him stuff that doesn't involve much thought. I've always been a better present giver than... well anyone I know actually... so I consider that a cop out.

I don't mean to offend. I'm just one of those people who really enjoys giving more than receiving and I make my point with a great gift... that really speaks to the individual... and it is almost always something that they didn't ask for. I get many of my best gift ideas from casual conversations that I remember from months in the past.

It's how I roll. Santa style.  :-\

A week off of doing artwork and a "what if the writer drew this webcomic?" week?  :P

For me that would involve quite a few stick figures and crude dinosaurs... But I can do a mean, crude dinosaur!

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Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2010, 05:27:26 AM »
Like a monogrammed, leather portfolio case to show off their work... or a drawing table accessory that is neat and makes arting easier.

How about one of those things?

If his drawing table doesn't have a leather top there might be some sort of clip-on thing you can get in an art shop. A surface that's a little more pliable than wood (but not too soft) is great for using pens.