/ic/ Support Page

Tutorials

Reference
Figure Drawing
Art Communities
Photoshop Brushes
Get Work
Collab Sites
Online Art Galleries
Image Compilations
Online Art Supply Stores
Tablet Discussion
Money Saving Tips

Content update in progress. Will relink Image Compilations.


There is more content on the horizon, including the fleshed out Suggested Learning Path and associated content.


Contact me if you have any questions, comments and additions.

Latest Updates:

Tutorials


Autodestruct.com
Design lectures

Anons pastebin tutorial mishmosh
Pastebin of notable tutorials focused on comics and animation.

CtrlPaint.com
Excellent resource for the beginner digital artist.
Loomis.
Loomis. Comprehensive drawing tutorials.
PSG Art Tutorial
A comprehensive set of high quality articles/tutorials regarding art technique.
Composition Tutorial by Phil Straub
Learn the basics of composition article by Phil Straub hosted on CG Society.
The Dimensions of Color
Comprehensive color guide by David Briggs.
Guneys Journey
Valuable resource from James Gurney. Light and color focus.
Flooby Noobies Tutorial Page
Basic to Advanced Color Theory and Illustration Techniques for Photoshop
Hundreds of Free Art Books Thread
ConceptArt.org Thread with links to free art books.
Art Books Public Domain
Artist Handbooks, Art Techniques and Painting - Free Art Books
FengZhu School of Design
FZD School of Design provides an education in entertainment design.
Traditional Inking Techniques
Traditional Inking Techniques by Tom Richmond, comic artist.
Dueys Drawing Tutorials
Tutorials by Brian Duey.
Art wiki
Art wiki, general tutorial compilation.
Drawspace Tutorials
Learn to Draw. Over 200 free tutorials.
Drawing Tutotials Online
DrawingTutorialsOnline.com
The Art Classes
TheArtClasses.com by idrawgirls.
Fellowbros Book Collection
Drawing books including Anatomy and the Baroque drawing course.
Character Designs
General resources.
Lessons in Calligraphy and Pennmanship
Here you will find a wealth of material for learning calligraphy and penmanship.

Reference

Free reference and imagery. 4chan's /s/, /hr/ and /p/ boards are good resources as well.
References and Infographics
References and Infographics collection. Over 300 Images. Infographics Image Compilation download available here.
Earth Porn
TONS of environmental reference. Earth Porn.
Hand Poses Galore 
Hand Reference and Tutorials. Main focus on cartoon/animation.
Tumblr Reference Accounts
Tumblr Accounts with reference organized by category.
3D.SK
Human photo references and textures.
Phillip Farauts Sculpture Photos
Impressive gallery of sculptures.
Mediafire folder of Human Ref Imagery
Account is currently suspended
11 archives of human reference.
Idol and Cosplay Reference
Japanese idol and cosplay photos.
Blu-ray Movie Screenshots
The Blu-ray Movie Screenshots page is a gallery of high-resolution direct screen captures taken from Blu-ray releases.
1000 Frames of Hitchcock
"1000 Frames of Hitchcock" is an attempt to reduce each of the 52 available major Hitchcock films down to just 1000 frames. The aim of the project is to create a library of images which can be used to illustrate blog posts, web articles and reviews, etc.
Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans
Variety of high resolution film imagery.
Leave me the White Movie Screencaps
Movie screencaps.
Firearm Schematics

Figure Drawing



Figure Drawing Directory
Figure Drawing directory (US/Canada).
ArtModelTips.com
Nude figure reference aggregator.

Quick Poses Figure Drawing
Timed figure drawing practice.
Pixelovely Figure Drawing
Timed figure drawing practice.
Pose Maniacs
This blog is for uploading variety of poses for nude sketching, and introduces other FLASH training tools for drawing.
Britalicus Figure Reference
Figure reference. Must be a member of Deviant Art.
r/SketchDaily References
Timed figure drawing practice.


Art Communities


Concept Art dot Org
Often stated to be the most serious online art community, CA has lots of users in the art industry and many more willing to help out new artists.
Deviant Art
The largest art community on the net. The community is probably less useful than CA's if you're looking to improve.
Sheezy Art
Deviantart lite.
Pixel Joint
An art community for pixel artists.
Pixiv
The largest Japanese art community. Go there to find your favourite anime artists or to embrace your dream of becoming the best mangaka of all Nihon.

Photoshop Brushes


Photoshop Brushes CGSociety Tower of Evil
Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Brushes on CGHub
Photoshop Brushes
Photoshop Brushes by Dominus
Photoshop Brushes by Dominus on Pandemoniumart.net
Photoshop Brushes at The Round Tablet
"/photoshop-brushes-of-the-pros-for-free-skills-still-required/"
Photoshop Brushes at Shaddy Concept Art
Photoshop Brushes

Get Work


Clint Cearleys Becoming a pro.
Clint Cearley discusses the topic of breaking into professional illustrating and concept art for games. Topics covered include the artist's art background, presenting yourself as a professional, versatility, timeliness, being proactive, art as a product and art education.

Collaborative Drawing Sites (Paintchats)


Skycow
Skycows /f/lockdraw. Has brush modes, opacity, blur, moderation system(muting room, kick/ban user)
iScribble
Layer capability.
Artgrounds
Collaborative Drawing.

Online Art Galleries


Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from 11th to 19th centuries.
All Paintings
All Paintings is an art portal with more than 50,000 images of the paintings & artwork of the best masters of art history.
Google Art Project
Very high resolution art archive by Google.
Wiki Paintings
Visual Art Encyclopedia

Image Compilations


High resolution image packs / Reference and Inspirational Imagery.
Arms and Armor Temporarily Offline
501 Images. Thanks hungarian LARPfag

Infographics
257 Images. Online infographics here.
Academic Work
A plethora of academic sketches in various categories including nudes, drapery, portraiture, hands/feet and more...
Over 4000 Images (varied resolution)
Athletic Gestures
Over 5000 Athletic/Action/Dance images including both male and female reference. Inspiration folder included with a number of classical paintings and drawings. Includes anatomical dictionary.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
130 Images
Alphonse Mucha
149 Images
WW II Images
151 Images
Electron Microscope Imagery
54 Images

Online Art Supply Stores


Utrecht
Utrecht Art Supply.
Dick Blick
Dick Blick Art Supply.
Art Supplies (UK)
Art Supplies (UK).
Artist Supply Source
Artist Supply Source.
Jet Pens
Pens, mechanical pencils, lead holders etc.
Jerrys Artarama
Jerrys Artarama.

Tablet Discussion


The /r/stylus wiki is about recent pressure-sensitive pen devices.


Things to consider when comparing Tablets

Levels of sensitivity: This determines how many levels are between the hardest and softest press of the stylus. It measures how accurately the tablet responds to pressure. The higher the number the better. 2048/1024/512 are current standards. 1024 or more is recommended.
Tilt Sensitivity: This feature allows the tablet to track the 'tilt' of the stylus, allowing for more natural strokes. This is a desired although not deal-breaking feature for the digital artist.
Resolution: Read this regarding resolution.
Stylus: Stylus ergonomics are a personal choice. Some stylus need batteries making them both heavier and more problematic than their battery-less counterparts.

Tablet Manufacturers

Wacom 
The market leader in tablet technology. Due to their small size, Wacoms Bamboo line are not recommended as they promote drawing from the wrist and carpal tunnel.
Purchase a larger lower priced alternative below as opposed to a Bamboo if you are constrained by budget.

Monoprice 
Least expensive of the Wacom alternatives. The Monoprice stylus needs a battery making it heavier than Wacoms offering.

Huion
Another Wacom competitor utilizing a battery in their stylus. Budget-friendly and appealing designs.

Yinova 
Another major Wacom alternative specializing in LCD Tablets.

Tablet Reviews

Uberzillas Budget Art Tablet Reviews.
Uberzilla reviews both a Monoprice and Huoin tablet.

Yiynova MSP19U Cintiq Alternative
The Yiynova MSP19U Cintiq Alternative

Tablet Utilities

Tablet Pressure Curve Tool 
This application is designed to improve experience with Wacom tablets. (PC)

PenPressurizer 
This application is designed to improve experience with Wacom tablets. (MAC)


Artist, Save thy Monies

Art creation can be an expensive endeavor. This section will hopefully ease the burden on your wallet.



Glass Palette
 Personally, I use glass as my palette when painting. You can get a inexpensive piece of glass at a flea market or used goods store and purchase a picture frame and harvest the glass from it. Spray the back of the pane with grey primer so as to maintain a visually neutral mixing platform.
 You may want to add some thick tape around the edges to prevent slitting yourself open.
 Cleanup is easy; wipe off the excess paint with a paper towel. You may wait until the residual paint dries then scrape it off with a razor. I have also found that cheap knockoffs of the Clorox White Sponges wipe oil paint away quite well.



Wacom Nib Replacements
 Digitally, Wacom has pens with nibs that conveniently wear out over time. One does not want the added concern of the expense as well as the availability of the nibs. Create your own inexpensive alternative by using .065" Universal Nylon Trimmer wire.
 The wire will not flex nor damage your tablet surface. You may round the edge with sandpaper using a grit that leaves you with a tactile tip you desire.
 One roll of this wire will cost you (sometimes much) less than $10, and give you over 3000 nibs. Wacom sells them at 6 for $12. You do the math.