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Title: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob 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.  ;)
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar on November 27, 2010, 07:17:20 AM
Nerf guns!
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob on November 27, 2010, 01:06:47 PM
You're not helping!  >:(
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Alectric 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: standard al 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 (http://twomorrows.com/index.php?cPath=70&main_page=index)

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Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: CC 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Funderbunk 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: HarringtonAW 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.

-S
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob on December 14, 2010, 06:43:40 PM
Seems kind of like giving a vacuum to a housewife to me though... :-\
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Alectric 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Funderbunk 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob 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.  :-\
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Richard 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!
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar 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.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: scruffy on December 16, 2010, 09:40:46 PM
Warm/cool gray copic "wide" markers in a variety of opacity, like 10%, 30%, and 50%. I wouldn't call them cheap, they'll run you five dollars or more per marker (which starts to get expensive when you start to talk about buying entire sets), but you can get some beautiful tones out of them. They're good for both sketching, and finishing illustration (look at Doug Chiang's Mechanica). http://www.dickblick.com/products/copic-wide-markers/

Actually, that's another good gift. Doug Chiang's Mechanica is a small, $20 dollar book where he details his process for creating concept art. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Mechanika/Doug-Chiang/e/9781600610233/?itm=1&USRI=doug+chiang

It's a really cool book, and your artist may enjoy it since the majority of the processes described in this book are done with traditional mediums.

Best of luck!
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar on December 17, 2010, 05:04:10 AM
My inner grammar nazi just stood to attention: The plural of 'medium' is 'media'
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: scruffy on December 17, 2010, 01:22:56 PM
 :P
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar on December 20, 2010, 08:01:33 AM
That face! Why, I'll P your colon!

Wait, that came out wrong...
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Dragon Powered on December 20, 2010, 05:00:31 PM
Gar hit the nail on the head with the very first suggestion.

I know you have probably already bought something for your artist, and likely shipped it... but yeah, a Nerf (tm) gun along with a target to shoot at would be ideal.  Something to provide a bit of fun distraction, but not so distracting as to stop him or her from working.  Great idea.

Artists, like any creative types, already have their preferred supplies and media.  Buying tools or supplies for an artist is like buying clothes for a friend, they'll smile and say thanks and then toss it in a corner because it's just not their style.  Simple fun is always good.

That is, unless this person has a wish-list of items you could shop from.  But if they did, you wouldn't be asking, right?
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Funderbunk on December 22, 2010, 05:39:05 AM
Artists, like any creative types, already have their preferred supplies and media.  Buying tools or supplies for an artist is like buying clothes for a friend, they'll smile and say thanks and then toss it in a corner because it's just not their style.

Considering I hang out with only artists I feel like there might be some projecting going on here, because my friends love to try out new things.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Dragon Powered on December 22, 2010, 01:44:36 PM
Yeah ok, I could be wrong. It's been known to happen... like, usually more often than being right.  I've only known a few artists, and they had their own style and ways of doing things.  Would I, as someone who does crappy art, like a gift of art tools from them?  Oh yes, most definitely.  Would they like a gift of art tools from me?  No.  They'd like a nerf gun.  Because I don't know art.

But heck, it's Christmas!  I'm sure any gift will be appreciated, even if it's just a smile and a handshake.  Merry Christmas everyone.
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob on December 22, 2010, 04:55:27 PM
Well I ended up getting him something that I know he likes and is in to... but it has nothing to do with art. I'd tell you what I got him but he stops by here from time to time and I don't want him to see until he gets the package... which because I took so long he won't get until well after XMas. Bummer but ah well.

I did end up getting him a small amount of supplies for some things I know he needed and I'm sending him something that I used that I replaced with something better but he can use the old ones as they are perfect for... some of the things he makes.

Cryptic enough?

LOL.

Anyway, he's getting some good stuff for sure. Thanks for the help everyone. And have a great holiday... whatever you celebrate... even if it's nothing and all you get are a few days on the couch and some bad TV. Enjoy it.  ;)
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Gar on December 30, 2010, 07:06:41 AM
It's after christmas now: Reveal to us your mystery!

(By which I mean what the present was, in case everyone's mind is as dirty as mine.)
Title: Re: Xmas Gifts for Artists?
Post by: Rob on December 30, 2010, 05:27:53 PM
I just got it... haven't sent it on to him yet... so you'll have to wait a few more days.  ;D