Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at ArtI often get asked how to get better at drawing and painting. While the main answer is practice there are a lot of fantastic resources that will make the journey far easier; below is a list of the ones I have personally found most useful. Some are free and some are paid, if you want the paid ones please actually buy them and support the hard-working artists that spend their valuable time providing quality education.Epic Resources List - How to Get Awesome at Art6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Also this is enough material to last you for, literally, years, so get one at a time, study it in detail, then once you're thoroughly finished move on to the next one. Reading a book or watching a dvd doesn't make you better. What makes you better is ingesting the information slowly, pondering and truly understanding it, and then applying it with diligent practice over a long period of time.
So without further ado, here is my...
EPIC RESOURCES LIST!!!
Proko - This is probably the best education on the internet. Check out all his free youtube
Complete tutorial Series, ahhhh yeeahhHey guys! I've got something cool for you guys today, I think?Complete tutorial Series, ahhhh yeeahh2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Layerpaint.com has allowed me to post the tutorial I did for them up on my blog so I hope you guys check it out! Link below will take you there!
bluefley - blogspot tutorial
Part 3 now out! This complete the mini series, let me know what you guys think and if you like, make sure you share it with friends
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 1So this has been on my mind a bit lately and I was just struck with the sudden urge to write about it. It's a bit long so I've broken it in to three parts, but if you're a beginning artist I would recommend reading through it, it might just get you aimed in the right direction.Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
This started a couple days ago when I was trolling facebook and someone had posted some artwork, and one of the comments was something along the lines of "Nice! What tutorial did you use for this?" which prompted an immediate and violent facedesk on my part. I hear things like this all the time and would like to help dispel some myths about learning art; so after 9 years of drawing and 3 years of hardcore education and study, here's what I've learned about how to get better at art:
WISDOM NUMBER ONE! Getting better demands consistent, hard work. That's it. That's the magical secret that great artists never seem to get to in their tutorials; it's that one pivotal thing that makes the difference between
Tutorial - How to Paint EarsWhats up guys, first vid of the year is going to be...... AWWWWW YYYEEAAHHH how to draw ears!! lolTutorial - How to Paint Ears1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here it is, let me know if you have any question!
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 3And now for the dramatic conclusion to the epic trilogy. Heroes will rise, bad habits will fall, in this last chapter we'll discuss how to focus your efforts and learn the most and improve quickly with your studies. If you missed them, click these links for Part One and Part Two. And now for...Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 32 years ago in Personal More Like This
WISDOM NUMBER THREE!!! Work smart and leave your comfort zone. This part is my qualifier for art school, tutorials, and educational resources in general, because they can be good, but only if you make them good. Once you've gotten in to the habit of drawing consistently, it's important to start being mindful of what you're drawing, how you're drawing it, and why you're drawing it. A key ingredient of success is hard work, but if that work isn't purposeful it might not move you
Color Theory EP 03!!Here is episode 3 of the series, this time I'm coloring an environment :0Color Theory EP 03!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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10 Tips to Improve your Digital ArtA while ago I posted some tips on how to improve your art. While that article was rather general, this one is an addition to it, focusing on digital drawing and painting – so make sure to read both.10 Tips to Improve your Digital Art6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
It's made for beginners, so it's just really basic stuff. I hope it's helpful!
1. Get a tablet
Of course there are artists who create beautiful pictures with a mouse, but trust me, drawing with a graphics tablet is more natural and a lot easier once you're used to it.
Tablets have one big advantage over mouses: Pen pressure. Depending on how hard you press the line gets thicker and darker or thinner and lighter, similar to a real pen on real paper. I'd recommend getting a small, cheap Wacom tablet to start out.
Also make sure your tablet always has the newest drivers installed! You can download them on the Wacom website.
More information about tablets
New Youtube video!Hey guys! Thanks for all the feedback on the last video, hopefully this one is an improvement :0New Youtube video!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is the second in the series, covering how to draw the male head. Again, please let me know what you think so that I keep improving! Hope you like!
Tutorial - How to color a black and white paintingHey guys! First video of the week, as promisedpart 2 of the painting where I explain how I go about coloring it.Tutorial - How to color a black and white painting1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Posting this before zzZZZzzz and its done done processing as I type this, so give it a bit before you hit play or it wont work!
Color Theory 02 - Coloring a characterHey Guys! Here is another one this week, using the color palettes we created last time, lets color some characters yyyeeeaaahhhh!Color Theory 02 - Coloring a character2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Weekly tutorial EP04Hey guys! To celebrate the start of a new week, I have a new video tutorial for you!Weekly tutorial EP042 years ago in Personal More Like This
This week I am covering the female figure. It's a shorter video and obviously oriented more towards beginners, but hopefully this is still helpful! Let me know k?
Video Tutorial EP05!Hey guys! It's Monday and it's time to learn some shit! Maybe? Here is the link to this week's videoVideo Tutorial EP05!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let me know what you think or if you have any question!
Photoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 2Photoshop tutorialsPhotoshop tutorial- PS basics for newbies 22 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And here is next part of my journal Photoshop tutorials. Previous tutorial you can see here. I added even document settings, cuz I forgot to add this in previous tutorial I'll describe some Photoshop basics for all newbies who try to learn to use Photoshop. So in this article you'll find tutorials: Document settings, Changing view, Changing thumb size on layers, Using Smart Object and Blur, Using Pen Tool, Outer Glow and Transform. In this tutorial I used my painting VERSUS, just to show you few things (I just had to open something...again ).
If you wish to see images in full resolution then simply click on the images below (they are big as my screen 1920 x 1080 px... OK I cropped bar below ). I used Photoshop
Where to get started before you can apply for workThere is no such thing as suddenly knowing when you are ready to turn yourWhere to get started before you can apply for work1 year ago in Personal More Like This
passion into your profession. But there is a way of measuring your chances on being
able to get work and eventually sustain a living from it.
Accepting commissions or freelance for low payment won't help you. You can think any penny counts, but it will lower the worth of your work and damage the market.
How to measure that you are ready?
You probably have high goals, but they are usually not your first step. You must search out the clients who can be that first step. Often found in the card game industry, book cover illustrations and smaller game company's.
Look at the artwork shown by a company such as the card game company: Fantasy Flight games. Compare your skills with the average of their artworks. If it matches yours, you will have a chance. However, keep in mind that those artworks had been done in a limited timeframe, usually within 12 hour
Video Tutorial 01!Hey guys, here is the first episode, let me know what you guys think so I can make the next ones better! Feel free to ask any questions too!Video Tutorial 01!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 2Here's the continuation of yesterday's journal discussing the importance of hard work. If you missed it, click here!Advice for Aspiring Artists Pt. 22 years ago in Personal More Like This
In part two I'm gonna talk about one of the biggest roadblocks I hear from artists who are having difficulty getting in to good study habits, so without further ado...
WISDOM NUMBER TWO!! Don't wait for perfect weather and stop making excuses. So often I hear things like "I don't want to waste paper" or "I don't know what to draw" or "I haven't found a good tutorial" or "I don't want to study perspective" or any number of things along those lines. I'll be blunt and just put the answer out there now: get over it. If you want to be an artist, you have to do the work, end of story. And with all the time you've spent thinking, wondering, being uncertain, and searching for that magical art secret of power, you could have filled 10 pages in your sketchbook today and inc
Adding Journals to your Featured GalleryCommunity WeekAdding Journals to your Featured Gallery7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Your featured gallery is the first page that your gallery visitors will see. Most of the time, we tend to display our very best pieces of work there. However, the featured gallery can also be used to showcase some journal entries that you want viewers to see immediately. These may be important announcements, advertisements, etc. It would be great to know this neat little trick of how to make journals show on your featured gallery.
To make sure that we're on the same page (excuse the pun!), this is what the Featured Gallery looks like:
Let's get started!
Step 1: Locate Your Journal
To locate your journal, type the title of the journal on the search bar and click on "Search Art." In this example, I will look for one of my projecteducate entries. Be reminded that you don't have to type the full title, some keywords would do.
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidanceWhat do do as an artist in training.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields.
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
Photoshop Tutorial- deleting colored sketch linesI'm no master at Photoshop, to be sure, but there are simple things I can do and I do them nearly everyday. My average process for a finished drawing is to sketch it traditionally (even though I have a Cintiq, I like drawing traditionally) and then either ink (traditionally, again) or scan the tight sketch into Photoshop and play with the levels to make it look good. If you are still scanning stuff and uploading/working from the raw scan, then you are missing out on really making your scans look nice by using Photoshop to clean them up. Over on my Patreon page, a few of my Patrons had requested to see my process of taking one of my original OUTNUMBERED comic strips and getting the raw scan to look ready to color. Its a simple process that I over explain in this new tutorial! Check it out here:Photoshop Tutorial- deleting colored sketch lines1 year ago in Personal More Like This
AND if you like it and the OUTNUMBERED comic itself, check out my Patreon page and consider supporting it/me: www.patreon.com/tombancroft
Color Theory resourcesHello all! I am very excited that the skin tutorial is finally going live. Hope you all find it useful. Thanks for being so patient.Color Theory resources5 years ago in Personal More Like This
As I mention, knowing your color theory and anatomy is vital to painting skin well. Someone has already asked for resources on color theory, so it seems logical to post this list in a journal so everyone see it:
Color theory tutorials on the web:
Phil Straub : Color Theory Simplified http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754332297800669/colour-theory-simplified.html
fredflickstone @ conceptart.org : Color Theory 1 & 2 http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=17837
Henning Ludvigsen : Color Theory http://www.henningludvigsen.com/index.php/main/tutorial_text/050_ifx_tutorial_colour
Socar Myles : A Practical Guide to Color http://tutorials.epilogue.net/principles/a-practical-guide-to-color-for-artists
Eugene Arenhaus : The Color Gray ht
How to paint glowing effectsHeerrrooo! First vid of the week, super simple stuff that most of you might already know, but I've had the question asked repeatedly so there is obviously a certain need for it! Hope you like D:How to paint glowing effects1 year ago in Personal More Like This
More to come later this week...
How to Draw Mouths!Only ears left after this and I should be done with the face tutorials Been super busy lately but still foudn time to make one of these this week, hope you like!How to Draw Mouths!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tutorial - How to draw handsHey guys, new week, new tutorials!Tutorial - How to draw hands11 months ago in Personal More Like This
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Anatomy booksI'm frequently asked how I learned to draw and the answer is very simple - a large part of my knowledge is self taught from books. That's why I thought it would be a good idea to share some titles I owned or came across and used them through the years. Hopefully someone will find this list useful :3Anatomy books2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Books that are awesome:
"Anatomy for the Artist" by Sarah Simblet
"The Artist's Guide to Animal Anatomy" by Bammes Gottfried
Books that are good:
" Drawing the Head and Hands" by Andrew Loomis
"Figure Drawing for all it's Worth" also by Andrew Loomis
Books that are ok but from the time perspective I do not recommend them:
"How to Draw Heads and Portraits" by Jose M. Parramon
"Human Figure" by Jose M. Parramon
Books that are pure unrefined shit and should be burned on sight:
Anything from Christopher Hart