19 Resources to Help You Get More Productive at Art (One is Truly Superb)

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“You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life.” – Austin Kleon.

That is precisely the reason why I love Austin Kleon’s books. That’s why his books are life changing for many artists.

You are a mashup of what you see, feel and use in your art.

Here are 19 super useful resources that will help you to become a MORE productive mashup… I mean artist.

You will find some of them to be pretty obvious (who said Zbrush?).

And you will find some gems as well. I guarantee.

Casey Neistat. Austin Kleon.

I’m so freakin’ inspired by them.

After reading this list you will be inspired too.

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HERE ARE MY 19 HAND-PICKED ART RESOURCES

Social Media Marketing

Casey Neistat – YouTuber that loves meritocracy, democracy and indie filmmaking. Lives in New York City and loves direct connection between creator and audience. 100% authentic and I can’t stop watching Casey broadcasting his life.

Austin Kleon a writer of Steal Like an Artist book and an artist with exceptional personality and a keen eye for typography.

Darren RowseDarren shares his advice for aspiring bloggers and social media enthusiasts. Must read for those who want to make living with her or his blog.

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After reading “Steal like an artist” you won’t be the same. It will literally change how you perceive the creative process.

Books

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – the life-changing book for many artists whose ideas and creations are inspired by ideas of other people. This book makes you accept the cultural influences and not be ashamed by it.

Passive Income and Monetization

Patreon basically, this is a service that lets you support the creators you love by donating money to them.

As much as I love everything crowdfunding, Patreon makes it right.

Free and Open Source Software for Artists

Sculptrisit’s like a younger sister of Zbrush. But free and easy peasy to learn. Features dynamic tesselation, or so called digital clay.

Alchemyunconventional project that explores the new ways of generating shapes in 2D. Think of it as a Rorschach inkblots generator. Super useful for creating concept art.

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Don’t know where to start in digital art? See what other artists do.

Artists

Classy Dog Films – James makes weird (but extraordinary) videos for internet. I’m a huge fan of his sense of humor, and I enjoy watching how his projects are developing. Subscribe to support his work!

Manu Jarvinen – top-notch artist, illustrator and modeller that loves open-source software. Look at his artworks! So damn stylish and also… efficient? Can’t find the appropriate word. Love it though.

Greg Zaal – visit Greg Zaal’s blog to learn some very intricate Blender tricks, and to download free goodies like panoramic interior HDRi. Greg, thank you so much!

Paid Software for Artists

ZbrushI guess that Zbrush doesn’t need introduction, hmm? The best (most responsive, innovative, optimized) digital sculpting tool for artists. Get it now.

Photoscanalmost magical way to create 3D models from photos.

Photogrammetry is becoming more and more popular, so jump into that boat.

Maybe your photography skills will take your 3D stuff to the new level. Recommend.

Free CG Assets

Archive 3D – huge archive with free architectural models. As simple as it sounds, no hidden shit. Though, most of the models are in 3DS and GSM formats, so you will need to convert them to OBJ (if you want to bring them into Blender).

Architectural Visualisation

Ronen Bekerman – if you are into architectural visualization, this website is just what you need to get ahead in archviz. Ronen is constantly posting top-notch making ofs, case studies and architectural renders.

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You can’t get wrong with learning the new tools. MORE!

Blender Assets

BlenderMarket – this is THE place to sell your products for Blender. Built by the Blender community, for community.

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Online Galleries

3DTotal – online gallery, tutorials for artists, downloadable magazine and much more. 

Deviant Artthe place where you can share your deviations. See? You are not alone, there are many artists that sublimate their fears/desires into art.

Drawcrowdperhaps, too involved in sexual objectification of women, but incredible gallery otherwise.

Podcast Software

Bandicamnice and very fast screen capture software that I use for recording my video tutorials.

Want to see more useful links? Check my personal ultimate list of useful resources for artists. Including – of course, my friend – Open Lighting Book.

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YOUR TURN

Leave your comment and share your favorite resources with me. Magazines? Galleries? Something else?

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