A while ago on Twitter I mentioned using this blog as a means to post tutorials of my own (derived from what knowledge I've gained over the years) - this is still something I'm working on, so in the meantime I thought I'd throw together a post full of bits and pieces that have helped me; from motivational videos to Photoshop brushes.
Motivational / Inspirational YouTubers
- Stephen Silver
Stephen Silver is a professional character designer and teacher who runs a weekly Monday morning 'Art Talk', discussing everything from preparing your portfolio to overcoming the fear of failure.
- Draw with Jazza
Character designer/Animator who posts art tutorials and advice (anatomy, finding your own style, etc.) and reviews for both traditional and digital art supplies.
Illustrator who posts sketchbook shares, art advice and speedinks. I love watching her videos because she's so energetic and passionate about her work.
- Audra Auclair
Wonderful artist who posts sketchbook shares, speedpaints and advice.
Sometimes just typing in 'Sketchbook share' will bring up a range of artists with different styles who will show you their working process. It's good to see how other people approach keeping a sketchbook, and a nice reminder that not every drawing has to or will be perfect as long as you stick to it and persevere.
- Any 'Art Of' book you can find, especially if it's a subject or style that you're fond of.
- 'Conquering the Artists Struggle' by Stephen Silver (good for morale!).
- 'Drawing on the right side of the brain' - Betty Edwards. A method of teaching basic drawing skills.
Online Tutorials / Resources and handy websites
- 'Drawing a female face' by Loish: http://loish.deviantart.com/art/tutorial-drawing-a-female-face-517588691
- The Art of Aaron Blaise: https://creatureartteacher.com/ NOTE: Some tutorials arent free, but there are some brilliant bitesize animation videos and art tips.
- Tumblr: http://fyeah-artreferences.
tumblr.com/ - this account is especially good for references.
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ - handy for ideas and developing your own moodboards.
- ConceptArt.org: http://www.conceptart.org/
forums/ - discussions about art, approach to learning and sketchbook pages/WIPs are often uploaded by members.
Art Supplies and Programs
The following are based on personal preference, and tend to be the supplies I use most:
What I usually carry around with me:
- Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (refillable)
- Kuretake Brush Pen (non-refillable)
- Copic Markers (or Pro Markers if you're on a budget - they're good too)
- Col-Erase animators pencils
- A6 Moleskine sketchbook
- Uniball Signo Gel Pen
- Wacom Cintiq 13 HD.
- Wacom Intuos CTL-480S
- Photoshop CC
- Manga Studio (also known as Clip Studio Paint) really nice program which has a range of brushes/digital pens that mimic traditional media (such as watercolour and oils) - this is a good alternative to Photoshop for painting if you're on a budget and can be bought here: http://my.smithmicro.com/manga-studio-5.html
- Adobe Illustrator CS6
Again these are personal preference:
- Aaron Blaise: https://creatureartteacher.com/product-category/tutorials-lessons/brush-texture-sets/
- Loish brushset: http://loish.deviantart.com/art/the-loish-brushset-477640124 - FREE
- Dan LuVisi Brushpack 2.0: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/My-Brush-Pack-2-0-370697141 - FREE
- Zedig Brushes: http://zedig.deviantart.com/art/My-brushes-346476394 - FREE
And one final Quick Tip if you are painting digitally in Photoshop and want to mimic colours from a Photograph, helpful for skintones etc when painting portraits:
- Load the image you want to pick colours from (Edit - Open)
- Click on the photograph
- Go to Filter - Pixelate - Crystalize
- Choose a Cell Size (the higher you go, the less options you have)
- Click 'OK'
- You now have a colour palette. :)
Hope this helps!