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
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.
Inkscape – Tool
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
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.
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