Useful Links & References
Anatomy and posing
"Human Anatomy for Artist"
This gallery offers many high resolution reference photos of the human body. You have to register / buy a subscription to get access to the photos though (for prices see their website).
"Female Anatomy for Artist"
Same like "Human Anatomy for Artist", but only with pictures of the female body.Prices for each subscription vary.
Posemaniacs is a great (free) site for learning or improving your anatomy drawing skills. It provides a gallery of male and female figures - made of muscles - in various poses. The more, the website offers some nice tools. Also available as iPhone / iPad app.
If you rather would like to pose yourself, the poseable "Body-kun/Body-chan" figurines by S.H.Figuarts are very much recommended. There is a female and a male model with various accessories and replaceable hands in different poses. There is a huge variety of other figurines available from S.H.Figuarts.
There are also more special websites for:
Tutorials & Lessons
"Aaron Blaise - Creature art teacher"
Drawing and animation tutorials about animals, fantasy creatures and humans, "how to" lessons and resources (like brush and texture sets) by the Disney animation and wildlife artist Aaron Blaise, one of my role-models. You can either buy the lessons separately or get a full subscription to get access to everything.
One example for the lessons is the "How to draw Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes" course, including nearly 20 videos and 18 hours of content covering.
Art Lessons, Books, Tutorials, Techniques and Resources for Artists. The website offers a link collection about Painting, Drawing, Photo/Digital, Sculpture, etc.
"Aaron Blaise - Creature art teacher"
Besides tutorials and video lessons, you can also buy useful brush sets here, like clouds, textures, water, etc..
"Grut Brushes" - Smart Tools for Digital Artists
Large variety of affordable brushes, brush sets (for Photoshop and ProCreate), like clouds, pencil, oil, watercolor, etc. as well as paper textures / surfaces. Also offers some free items.
You can install the brushes using the free Grutbrushes Plugin in Photoshop.
"Graphixly" - Official Clip Studio Paint Partner
You can buy various Add-Ons for Clip Studio Paint and Photoshop here, like brush packages, poses packages, speechbubble sets or panel frames for comics.
There are often special offers in their newsletter.
Programs & Tools
Sculptris is an impressive yet easy to use 3D sculpting software (by Pixologic), which allows an artist to focus on creating 3D artwork (even without 3D knowledge). Nice for playing and getting a feeling for 3-dimensional characters.
Think in 3D, draw in 3D. SketchUp is 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and incredibly fun to use for creating all kind of models. I sometimes use it for constructing a room, scenery, booth or to get the right perspective.
I don’t really have much experience with 3D. I was always interested in learning more about it, but I don’t find the time. However, there is a nice artistic program (freeware) named “Sculptris”, by Pixologic. Sculptris offers you the possibility to model with virtual clay, coming with a fun, intuitive and user-friendly interface (it does not require 3D or animation knowledge). It’s a nice tool to play with, to get a feeling for a 3-dimensional character, to design a character, or to find a good perspective of a character/model. If you’re working properly, you can also use the files for printing on a 3D-printer.
Below you find some of my first attempts.
Google SketchUp is one of the programs that I find a useful help for constructing a picture. You can build all kind of things with it – rooms, a (exhibition) booth, furniture, products, even whole buildings. It is pretty easy to use, and there is also a free version of it (SketchUp Free and SketchUp Pro).
I have used SketchUp for creating concepts for a scene (like a room).
As you can freely move/rotate/zoom the viewing point, it’s great for
finding a nice perspective of your scene.