Free Paint, Drawing, and 3D applicationsHow about some very powerful applications that you don't have to spend anything on? They're free - mostly open-source software. Check out the following...More Like This
BLENDER http://www.blender.org/ - model - shade - animate - render - composite - interactive 3d - Blender is the free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Available for Windows (both 32 bit & 64 bit versions), Linux, and Macintosh.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) http://www.gimp.org/ - a powerful graphics program, similar in many respects to Photoshop in the things it can do. Mac and Windows versions. Have a look at GIMPSHOP http://www.gimpshop.com/ for a more Photoshop-like interface to GIMP. GIMP also has an animation package you can add - download at ftp://ftp.gimp.org/pub/gimp/plug-ins/v2.6/gap/
INKSCAPE http://inkscape.org/ - An Open Source vector graphics editor, wi
Improving your Art – what dA news can teach youWhat dA +news can teach you about:More Like This
Improving your Art
The dA +news platform is a great way to adress the community and teach them things about a wide range of topics, and of course to find information that you didn't even know you were looking for! Over time I've collected many great articles. This series will bring them together per topic so it's easy to find what you're looking for! Besides helping people find information they need, the aim of this series is also to promote quality on the news platform.
For this issue, I chose articles about Improving your Art. There may be more issues on this topic in the future
Articles may overlap on some areas, and may contain outdated info though I've tried to avoid this.
(For all you beta testers I included thumbs too! they're invisible to non-beta testers.)
Learning Experience #1: 10 Ways
How To Improve Your ArtI was going to call this 'how to become a better artist', but then I realized, there is no such thing as a 'better artist'. If you are an artist, you are the best artist you can be - your art can always ALWAYS improve, but you are already and always will be the best artist you can be. Remembering those two facts is the most important thing you can do.More Like This
But other than that, find someone to be excited about art with! They don't have to be an artist themselves, they just have to be able to get excited about art. Having someone who'll always be around to listen to your ideas, even if they don't contribute anything, is HUGELY helpful to keep you motivated. I've found that having someone for me to bounce ideas off of, or even just someone to explain my stories to, is my favourite thing in the world and almost always leads to me discovering new things about my stories and characters.
And now for the list of links you all were waiting for!
Freebies and Resources II...and discountsHey guys! I've found even more great free stuff for art making! Everytime I come across anything pertaining to us starving artists that's free, I'll be diligent to share it! It's important to always keep a bank of info to pull ideas from around you and these definitely shall help with that! Also, I realized that many of the things in the last edition were geared towards digital artists, so I've found some awesome discounts for you traditional artists as well! Hang on to your hats, here comes awesome!More Like This
Everything Listed Here Is Totally Free
Free 2D animation software @ Creatoon: http://www.creatoon.com/ This software was recently made available for free download! If you can't get into flash, this will do the trick!
Free hand-drawn animation software @ Pencil: http://www.pencil-animation.org/ All of us love the look of traditional animations right? Well with this software you can make them yourself!
Moar Free Art Instruction
Freebies and Resources!Hi everyone! Everytime I come across anything pertaining to us starving artists that's free, I'll be diligent to share it! It's important to always keep a bank of info to pull ideas from around you and these definitely shall help with that!More Like This
Everything listed here is totally free
Free Vectors @ Vecteezy: http://www.vecteezy.com/ If you do any kind of logotype work with vectors this site will really come in handy. It's a pretty large database, so there's something for everyone!
Free Fonts @ dafont: http://www.dafont.com/ I'm always looking for really cool fonts to use in my artwork, and if you are too, they've got a really cool selection at dafont! If you're into typography it should be a really helpful resource!
Free Art Software @ freeartsoftware:http://freeartsoftware.com/2d-application-software.htm OOOOH BABY! It's really tempting to download everything on that site! If you're having a hard time finding the right software to work
Are perceptions slowing you down?Without the wonderful phenomenon of perception, we human beings would be highly confused creatures, unable to understand the world around us. On a more abstract and less biological level, perception plays a large role in how we form opinions. A lot of the world around us is based in absolutes, for example: apples are, and will forever will be, either red or green however, there are less rigid "rules" so to speak for other categories of "things", art being one of them. Art is a forever evolving animal, changing, growing, warping, and expanding. It crosses over boundaries and breaks through barricades, it whispers and shouts at the same time. Art is very powerful, infectious and potent. All of these things explain why we feel almost violated when we see art we do not like (which is a discussion for a later blog ) What we will be discussing here today are our perceptions of art. One of the many wonderful things about the arts (all of them, not only the visual arts) arMore Like This
Hundreds of free art e-booksThis was originally written by David J.C. Briggs on the Conceptart.org forums. (The original post can be found here.) All credit goes to him for compiling this list, I'm just passing the word on.More Like This
The Internet Archive is a massive digital library that stores all sorts of material in the public domain, from music and movies to images, webpages and nearly three million books. All of this is open-source and available to the general public free of charge. The books documented below cover all sorts of subjects from different eras, from anatomy to portraiture, fashion to architecture, from the works of Leonardo Da Vinci to the letters of Vincent van Gogh.
And this is only scratching the surface! If you head over to the Archive and search for whatever subjects catches your interest most you can find much, much more. Just select "Texts" in the search box at the top of the page.