The Best Online Tools, Tutorials & Resources For Artists – Part 2

In my last blog post, I started listing some of the most interesting and beneficial digital art tools and resources that all artists should know about. Let’s continue with that exploration:


PaintTool SAI – Tool

mark litzler paint tool sai

PaintTool SAI is a downloadable paint tool program. It isn’t as advanced of some of the other tools listed, but it is very user friendly, and great for those who don’t require a highly sophisticated program. The program offers countless paint options and does have the option to incorporate multiple layers and different canvases. It’s simple interface is both a pro and a con in my opinion. A plain UI means it’s simple to use and very user friendly, but for some the plainness may come across as outdated.

Protip: This is a free, downloadable program, but there will be prompts for you to upgrade to paid services. My suggestion is to try out the free version before committing to anything more serious.

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Artsy Shark – Resource

mark litzler artsy shark

Artsy Shark is completely different than the other tools and resources I’ve listed so far. Artsy Shark is a website that was created by art business extraordinaire, Carolyn Edlund. The website is dedicated to helping artists create a business out of their art. Carolyn has a unique perspective and unmatchable experience from her work as the Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute. Artsy Shark offers business consulting and website review services for artists, while simultaneously offering a platform to be discovered on their Featured Artists Gallery page.


Artists Inspire Artists – Resource

mark litzler artists inspire artists

Artists Inspire Artists is an online space for artists to come together to exchange inspiration and support. It’s a blog “founded on the idea that the greatest forms of creativity are often sparked by sharing in the creativity of others”. Artists Inspire Artists has grown and developed into a community of artists that blog about what inspires them, their art, and everything in between. The entire project is submission based, so this resource is almost like an art project in and of itself. It’s a space where artists are coming together to create something beautiful.

The Best Online Tools, Tutorials & Resources For Artists- Part 1

As an artist in the digital age, there are a plethora of options to use to create your art. If you feel as though you want to stretch beyond the standard physical mediums like pencil, ink, charcoal, etc, you have far more opportunities to do so than artists had in the past. With everything being digitized, we have an entire realm of art related tools available online. Here are some of the best tools that I’ve come across during my exploration of online tools:


DrawPj Art Education – Tutorial/Course

mark litzler DrawPj Art Education

DrawPj started out in the late 1990s, so it’s been around for a few decades. It’s a drawing and painting course that was developed on the notion that people with busy lives who still want to develop their art skills should have the resources to do so. DrawPj is an online course that provides a solid foundation of the “fundamentals”, and is really open to all skill levels. It can help beginners grow overall as well as help more experienced artists develop their weak spots.



mark litzler inkscape

This is one of the more comprehensive vector graphics based tools I’ve come across. It’s available for free download (but you should always throw a bit of a donation their way). If you’re not outwardly familiar with what can be done with vector graphic software, Inkscape houses high tech drawing tools, the ability to export a variety of file formats (pdf, ps, png, etc). It is used by artists to create logos, illustrations, graphics, and any number of other art projects. Think Photoshop….but free!


The Gnomon Workshop – Tutorial

mark litzler The Gnomon Workshop


The Gnomon Workshop is serious business. They’ve provide professional level instruction and training within the arts & entertainment industry. If you’re someone who is looking to seriously pursue a career in art (but maybe art school isn’t feasible right now), this would be a fantastic place to start building up your skillset.

Their library of tutorials is extensive, and definitely not for the faint of heart. The Gnomon Workshop’s vast array of tutorial topics covers everything from drawing to animation, so you can really flex your artistic muscles.


Check back soon for more great artistic resources!