Art comes in many different forms and sizes. There are also many artistic styles that artists use when creating their art. Some popular artworks include Paintings, Digital Art, Prints, Drawings and Posters. These are typically 2 dimensional pieces draw on a single paper or board. Some examples of 3 dimensional artworks include Sculptures, Carvings, Textile Art and Folk Art and Primitives.
Paintings can be created using a variety of methods and media. Some of the most common media use various kinds of paints, like oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor and pastel for example. Each media produces a different style and texture. These are typically applied via a brush, sponge, airbrushes and sometimes knives. People are known to buy paintings for vast sums of money depending on who the artist is and the popularity of the painting. One of the most famous paintings of all is the Mona Lisa, which is a priceless piece and world treasure - not for sale. Leonardo da Vinci is an example of one of the greatest painters and sculptors who ever existed.
Prints or Printmaking are a type of handmade artwork that involves printing on paper. These are not necessarily copies of art, as some may assume. Instead, there are 4 main techniques of Prints, which include Relief, Intaglio, Planographic and Stencil. Typically, these involved first making a carving or engraving onto a medium such as wood or linoleum. Ink is then applied to the original surface and printed onto paper. Some of these involve etching, lithography, monotyping and screenprinting. All of these are quite popular desired by collectors in art marketplace.
Drawing and sketches are similar to paintings, except images and pictures are drawn using pencils, pen and ink, wax color pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels and more. Typically, these are drawn on a medium of paper, but can also be done on cardboard, canvas, plastic and even leather for example. Many people draw for making cartoons and comics in the newspapers, or for depicting themselves in self-portraits, or portraits of other people. The artist can complete these in both black and white, or continued with color.
A more modern form of work is digital art. These are pieces produced electronically on computers, sometimes known as computer art, multimedia art or new media art. Just about anything can be created in 2D or 3D design using programs and software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. A master of Photoshop can produce absolutely stunning works of art.
Posters and photographs are popular among those who collect and buy art. Posters are usually sold by resellers who take a copy of an original artwork and print them off on posters. Some of the original pieces and older posters can be worth quite a bit of cash to the right collector. Photographs, usually on digital cameras, can be turned into art as well. Anyone with a camera simply looks for the right photo to take and snaps the image. Photographic art can either be created directly off the image, or by altering it later on with special effects. An expert photographer who has mastered the art of photography and using a camera, can take an original image with the enhancement effects already "programmed" into a camera. Some of these images and photos can be quite amazing pieces of art.
Handmade sculptures are a three dimensional form of art involving the carving and modeling of an object. These can be carved out a media made from stone, marble, clay, wood, ceramics and even metal. Just about any solid material can be used. Sculptures and statues are some of the oldest forms of art known to man, and they can last almost forever. In ancient times, pottery was a practical piece of daily living. People would create pottery such as cups, bowls, plates, jars and vases. Nowadays, people buy and sell artistic pottery with sometimes elaborate designs and patterns carved or painted on them. Michelangelo is another example of one of the greatest sculptors of all time.
Textile arts (also known as fiber arts) are based on cloth materials and usually involved elaborate patterns and designs. These have also been created in early history by ancient cultures. These are usually made out of materials including silk, cotton, wool and other fabrics. In modern times, the loom was used to construct flat blankets, rugs and carpets. Other methods include knitting, quilting, sewing, crochet, along with dyeing materials to add colors.
Lastly, folk art and primitives are usually pieces handmade by self-taught artists and they don't follow a particular movement or school/academic of art like the fine arts. Still, these can sometimes be quite complex and beautiful. Usually, these are for decorative purposes - indoors and outdoors. They can also range from just about any kind of pieces, whether they are paintings, sculptures or textiles. A few other branches of art that would fall under this category are traditional arts, tribal art and pop/popular art. Many of these are contemporary in natures, but can follow just about any other kind of style as well.
Fine arts on the other hand are typically produced by professionals and are created primarily for aesthetics and concepts. This art form allows artists to create pieces based on specific styles and periods. The artists themselves are usually highly schooled or experienced in the academics of art as well. Again, just about any kind of object can be created, whether it's carving, drawing or sketching.
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Artists' and Art Resources: Google Art Project: Explore Art From Around the World - Museum of Modern Art - National Gallery of Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Wet Canvas: Artists' Community Forum - Deviant Art: Online Social Network for Artists