Helpful websites for artists!

I want to share a few websites that should be kept high on your bookmarks list.

The Figure and Gesture Drawing Tool.
This Website is equivalent to attending a drawing class.  You can select a time period for your drawings, choose between male, female, clothed, nude, or action models. You even have a "Take a Class" section which is structured like an actual drawing studio environment with built in break times and various session lengths.

The Drawing Script.
This website is similar to the page above, but it's more useful for quick warm up drawings and studies. It gives you a more varied selection of categories, such as hands, heads,action scenes and even animals.

This website has some stunning photographs of people in costumes and uniforms. The photographs are incredibly well lit and they can come in handy if you need reference material for fantasy or sci-fi illustrations.

This little article nicely summarizes the importance of color in websites. It is extremely important, regardless of your profession. Most young artists believe it is enough to have a super minimalist page with a few pieces, and that the work will speak for itself. Unfortunately, that is not enough. The design, the color, "in addition" to your work is what represents you as a professional artist. Show that you have put some effort, some thought behind your portfolio. Do not, I repeat, do not use Tumblr as your main portfolio site. It's an awful new trend that more and more illustrators are doing these days. Your website is your main tool for reaching clients! Design it! Code it! Personalize it! :)

This is one of my personal favorites. This website displays various color palettes that are representative of certain foods, seasons and even animals. Super useful!

and lastly,

This website is great for both amateurs and professionals. It contains hundreds of 3-d models in various poses with visible muscle tissues. Great for studying anatomy!

I will be posting more resources in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out!


Steven said...

Nice resources, Tin. Thanks for sharing.

Yaya Moon said...

Thanks a lot!! New tips i didn't know

Daniel Purvis said...

Thanks a lot! I've been struggling to find good life-drawing classes in my area (that I can afford regularly) and my figure drawing really needs some training. I'm so glad for these new tools. Obviously they're no replacement for the real thing but using the Figure & Gesture Drawing class has really helped me free up a lot. Thanks again!