Art Resources

This is a collection of hand-picked, mostly free, art resources I've discovered over the years!

Feel free to spread this page far and wide! 

 VARIOUS + INSPIRATION

​Art prompts for when we need new ideas! The first two have filters.

 

A blog full of awesome watercolor tips!

Gouache tips from the master James Gurney. His blog is very much worth following!

These websites are huge collections of animation and live action screencaps, respectively.

Color palettes.!​​​

The ultimate shoes reference pack: a true gem! The gumroad link has the same images in higher resolution.

An organized, high resolution collection of 896 old master paintings, on Gumroad (€5).

Finds photo references of faces in the angle you set up their 3d model! It has some additional filters as well

The Library of Artists Reference Photos: "a group of artists helping artists, by sharing their own photography for other members to use as artwork references! No credit is required in this group." This is a great community with a lot of nature and wild life pics!

"Living Lines Library:" an archive of animated drawings from famous works.

Good vibe reads.

Freelance hourly rate calculators. These are not perfect and you might not want to charge hourly at all, but it can be helpful to some.

General tips and great collections of specific bookbinding tutorials! The third link is a single, great tutorial.

This is a very complete guide to plain air painting which I found super encouraging!

These are two lovely introductions/tutorials on making your own zines!

This is my favorite Blender 2.8 beginner course. 

FIGURE DRAWING

Timed sessions! It also contains animals, scenes and environments.

Poses can be moved in various angles.

This site has many filters to find specific stuff.
 

Similar to the previous site.

Timed sessions.

 

Not fully free but really awesome, dynamic moving poses!

A directory of irl life drawing classes and open studios in the US and Canada!

A Legendary stock account full of dynamic action poses! They're on instagram as well.

DIGITAL LIBRARIES

These are huge archives where you can find tons of great art books, books about art, even anime stuff! 

"The Web Gallery of Art is a searchable database of European fine arts and architecture (3rd-19th centuries), currently containing over 51.400 reproductions.“

"Explore 908,484 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections. This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more."

 

"More than 300 of our books to read and download for free."
 

"MetPublications is an online portal to The Metropolitan Museum of Art's comprehensive art publishing program. It features over 1700 titles, including books, guides, Bulletins and Journals from the last six decades."

"Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more."

And another one!

TOOLS

Masculine and feminine (respectively) 3D head models you can pose and change light position! Incredible stuff!

Lazy Nezumi Pro is a Windows add-on to graphic programs. It adds stabilizers, rulers, and scripting to Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Krita and others. I can’t live without it!

“Coolorus is a color wheel plugin for Adobe® Photoshop®, inspired by Corel® Painter® color picker.”

“Colour Constructor is a study and workflow tool that is designed to help you design the colours and values for a painting or image you are making according to a light source and ambient term.”

These are free tools you can use to make floor plans and visualize them in 3d, they're really helpful as references to draw interiors in perspective! The first one is simpler and easier to use. Some people use The Sims for this purpose as well!

A cool little phone app that helps you create color palettes. You can get it for Apple devices as well.

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

  • “Color and Light” by James Gurney

  • “Framed Ink” and “Framed Perspective Vol. 1 and 2 ” by Marcos Mateo-Mestre.

  • “FORCE: Dynamic Life Drawing” by Michael D. Mattesi.

  • “Picture This: How Pictures Work” by Molly Bang.

If you know of something that would be a good addition to this page, please let me know at natevansart@gmail.com!