Thursday, 24 November 2016

Handy art help dump

Hi everyone,

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.

  • Gweakles
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:
  • The Art of Aaron Blaise: NOTE: Some tutorials arent free, but there are some brilliant bitesize animation videos and art tips.
  • Tumblr: - this account is especially good for references.
  • Pinterest: - handy for ideas and developing your own moodboards.
  • - 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:
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6

Photoshop Brushes

Again these are personal preference:
  • Aaron Blaise: 
  • Loish brushset: - FREE
  • Dan LuVisi Brushpack 2.0: - FREE
  • Zedig Brushes: - 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:

  1. Load the image you want to pick colours from (Edit - Open)
  2. Click on the photograph
  3. Go to Filter - Pixelate - Crystalize
  4. Choose a Cell Size (the higher you go, the less options you have)
  5. Click 'OK'
  6. You now have a colour palette. :)

Hope this helps!


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