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What is the shirt collar Ray Liotta wears here called?

I’m recreating all Goodfellas suits and wanted to know what this type of shirt was called and what the type of collar he wears is called as well?
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What does 'mil' mean when measuring thickness?

I asked a question about transparencies, and while doing research for it, I found a lot of websites mentioned their products were N mil thickness. What does mil mean when talking about the thickness ...
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What is distortion?

Linear perspective tutorials like drawabox often mention distortion, but never define it. Wikipedia defines distortion for photography and optics and they seem related, but I want a definition ...
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What do the terms "lineist" and "colorist" mean in reference to painting styles?

An art student said, "I didn't use to like Picasso because I thought he's just a lineist." The pronunciation was LIN-ee-ist, in contrast with "colorist." I do not find "...
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When drawing what is the name of these textures and patterns?

Is there a name for drawing/painting by texture and pattern naming? For example naming that goes along with these patterns and expands further? I would ask for a specific book but I believe that is ...
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Ceramic glaze too watery or too deflocculated: specific gravity or thixotropy error?

Hopefully there are some ceramic gurus on here. I have bought a premixed stoneware glaze powder. It has directions to add 1 L of water and 0.5 L of pehatine (so 1.5 L water) to 1 kg of glaze powder (...
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What is it called when we view a person from the back?

There are several ways to indicate the angle at which a person is depicted in the visual arts: en profil/in profile, en trois quarts, frontal. While these all generally relate to portraits, I wonder ...
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What is the name of this 3D rendering style/technique with solid colors and black outlines?

Is there a specific name for this style of 3d art where objects have a black outline/border? Some of them are colorful (like Lucha Fury) while some of them have a simple color and shading (like the ...
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Art genre of objects that look different from different angles

Is there a name for the genre of making objects that look different from different angles (a kind of illusion)> For example the following cases: Circle & Square Tensorflow logo I am not sure ...
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What do you call two identical shapes overlapping to form a perfect square or circle?

What do you call two identical shapes overlapping to form a perfect square or circle? These are simple examples; I want more complicated examples or the name of this type of art. I'm looking for a ...
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Is there a name for embroidery that is only an outline?

When I think of embroidery I think of something detailed like this: I am wondering if there is a particular name for embroidery that is only a bare outline of the shape of something (color is ...
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What is the name of my drawing style? Black and white?

I'm looking for a term for my art drawings. I'm going to post a gig on Fiverr and I don't know what to call it (black and white art/drawing?). There has to be a name for it. I have been drawing using ...
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What is the "fine art term" for office printer as medium?

I'm submitting artwork that uses prints from an office printer, and I want to describe that in the list of mediums used Pencil is referred to as "graphite" so, is there a term for using an office ...
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The term for someone pointing at an object to attract attention to the object

In paintings, you often see people pointing at things. This is sometimes the painter's way of attracting the audience's attention to whatever is being pointed at. Is there a name for this way of ...
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Name of collage or embroidery mixing pearls, sequins and beads

Does anyone know if this type of collage or embroidery mixing different objects like pearls, sequins, beads and bugle beads has a specific name? I found other examples on Google searching pearls, ...
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Using objects to depict other objects

I was wondering if there exists a term that describes the practice of using objects to depict other objects. To give an example: In the painting "The Librarian", Arcimboldo uses books to depict a ...
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Is there a name for a pattern which alternates circle and square tiles?

Google search doesn't give any results or it does but for a different pattern type :
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Name for a retractable spring

What is the name of the type of spring used for trinkets that are retractable? Like a measuring tape or those key rings that will retract.
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How many pages does a book leaf have?

A co-worker asked a riddle that got me wondering about the anatomy of books and book binding methods. The Riddle: A leaf is torn from a paperback novel. The sum of the remaining page numbers is 15,...
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Is what I am looking for a scrapbook?

I'm trying to make a scrapbook. I wanted to buy one from Michaels, or some art supply store but I wanted to know if what I'm looking for exists... the scrapbook I found online at Michaels basically ...
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Which of these pictures is more abstract?

Let's consider the two following illustrations from the NASA posters collection: N°1 N°2 Click images for larger version My questions are: Would it make sense to state that one of these picture is ...
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Is there a word for a thing that is drawn?

I am looking for a word that means "something that is drawn." For example, if I have a list of things to be drawn (let us say a rock, a person, a tree, etc), these are all items that I need to draw. ...
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What is the artstyle called where they have the protagonist large and all the other characters within the perimeter of the protagonist?

A great example of this is the box art for Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience (see image below). I've seen it used sometimes on movie and video game covers, but never knew the name of it. ...
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Are "oil colours" the same as "oil paints," or am I buying pigments by accident?

I was looking at these oil colours from Winsor & Newton and was just hoping someone more experienced could confirm that "Oil colours" = "Oil paints," and that I'm not inadvertently buying pigments ...
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How should I select elastic for a sewing project?

I want to adapt a pair of pants to add elastic to the waistband. I have a particular "stretchiness" in mind for this project, but don't know how that relates to a given thickness, width, material, or ...
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Complex plaster molds for ceramics

I've got a shape that I want to have cast but I don't know how to achieve this: I know the basics of regular casting but this shape has an open interior. The picture is the master shape. How can I ...
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What is the name of the rigid plastic cord in this hem?

I deconstructed a bag/pack in an attempt to sew one from scratch and the hem had a rigid plastic cord that helped it keep its circular shape: The best I could find after some time googling is that it ...
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What clasps are used for closing lockets?

I'm making a wooden locket, and I've got everything together, two halves hinges and everything, but I can't for the life of me find anything about what sort of clasp I should use to close the halves. ...
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Name for the turning opening

I'm translating a set of sewing instructions from German to English. I don't know a lot of sewing vocabulary, and I'm having trouble finding some of it in dictionaries, Wikipedia and so on. The term I'...
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What style of art is this?

This art style is very reminiscent of old cartoons. Could you tell me if it has a name? I've become very interested in it.
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What exactly are carbon pencils?

A recent question on What are the types of charcoal pencils and how do they differ from each other? had an answer that discussed the relationship of charcoal pencils and carbon. It got me doing a ...
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Are GSM and teeth related to each other when the paper is cold-pressed?

If the paper is cold pressed, should I assume that 300 GSM paper will have more teeth than 200 GSM paper? Does higher GSM mean more teeth for cold pressed paper?
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What do 'woolen spun' and 'worsted spun' mean?

Sometimes I see yarn described as 'woolen spun' or 'worsted spun', and it is clearly not about its composition or weight, but I would guess about spinning technique. What are they? What do they mean ...
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What does a pigment's richness refer to?

This is for a research paper and I used the term richness to refer to saturation and value. Is this a valid term to use for the combination of the two?
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What is the difference between a mural and street-art?

I have been trying to figure out what is a mural or what is street art and the difference between the two (if there is one). What is the difference between the two? What would be such kind of art be ...
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Name of internally lit translucent carved art

What is the name of the art form where a translucent material (could be cylindrical) is carved on the inside and lit from within so the image is rendered in brightness determined by how thick the ...
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What is the term for drawing wireframes which are drawn before drawing the actual object?

Image of pitcher plant from drawbox.com I wish to learn how to visualize and draw wireframes like that for any object. I searched Google with term "drawing wireframes" but didn't get what I was ...
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Skin tone color names

Where can I find a list of skin color names? There's gotta be something more detailed than just night, porcelain, cadaver, and peach, kickin' around. I think, Brazil, (?), at some point had a partial ...
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How can I define the three axes and their purpose in an isometric projection?

I want to give definition to the x, y and z axes in terms of projection. Everywhere around the web, I see complicated definitions. Some use world coordinate space and some say they represent the three ...
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What's the difference between a pigment and a dye?

When it comes to art, I see both terms quite frequently, but nobody ever really stops to explain the difference. What, then, is the difference between a pigment and a dye? Is it source? Usage? Or ...
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What Do You Call Textured Envelope Seals?

I went to a spa the other day and purchased a gift card. The gift card came in an small envelope that had a seal on the back. The seal felt like it was made out of plastic and had a Chinese ...
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is there a term for graphics which can replace each other's sections or parts and result in two new graphics?

Imagine you take the left side from graphic 1 and right side from the graphic 2, place them that the left and right side are connected horizontally, then you take the sides left from graphic 1 and 2 ...
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What is the term for an art show featuring two artists?

An art show with one artist is a solo show. One featuring many artists is called a group show. What in the generally-accepted industry term for an art show that only has two artists? A dual show? A ...
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What does "for finished artwork" mean?

I have a pack of Bristol board with me today at work (I'm using it as a carrier for something), and I happened to read the description. Bristol vellum surface Acid free. Heavy weight. For ...
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Is there a name for an orange, gray and white -style pattern?

I've heard somewhere that an orange, gray and white "style" has a specific name. I believe that it has "minimalism" in it, but I cannot recall. Here is an example of the color scheme, but in my case ...
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Is there a name for sand-clay mixture?

Is there a name for the mixture you get upon mixing sand and clay together? As from what I believe, you use something like it in sand casting.
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What does it mean to "push your values"?

When I used to frequent art-critique forums, I would often hear senior artists advise people to "push values", generally with little to no explanation beyond that. I gathered that in many cases it ...
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What is yarn weight?

Fiber craft patterns always give a yarn weight. I've seen things like medium and light, but also "worsted yarn" or "DK yarn". What does this mean?
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What are the equivalents between US crochet stitch terms and UK terms?

I have heard that the names of stitches are different between the US and UK. If I have a pattern from the UK, how do I convert it to the US terms or vice versa?
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What are the different methods of knitting with two needles?

In an answer to a question about knitting faster, there is a reference to knitting methods: I have a couple suggestions. If you knit in the French Method, try the German Method. If you knit in the ...
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