Art Resources

This is a collection of free, handy art resources I've discovered over the years!

Feel free to spread this page far and wide! 

 VARIOUS + INSPIRATION

​Both of these are art prompts for when we need new ideas! They have filters.

More drawing themes for inspiration!

 

A blog full of awesome watercolor tips!

Gouache tips from the master James Gurney. His blog is very interesting to peruse!

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

"COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes
and patterns;" cool for finding color palettes.

 

Another website for color palettes.

Interiors inspiration.

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.

These sites contain 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!

 

This is my favorite Blender 2.8 beginner course. 

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

BodyKun doll poses.

My own blog where I curate drawing tutorials and tips I find on tumblr. 

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.

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!

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.

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