Tutorials, Resources etc.

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Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby SuperBiasedMan » April 25th, 2010, 2:13 pm

We have a thread for programs, so me may as well have one that links to useful sites on the internet for artists.
If there are any I've missed post them here and I'll ammend the post or if I've made any misnomers in my descriptions either.

(for those confused, I went through some posts and picked out places that others had recommended in other topics in order to compile a better list)

Tutorials:
Here are 6 books by Andrew Loomis, well worth the read and exercises and I'm sure any artist who's read them will agree:
Read them O_O

On the subject of colour theory stripedwine seems to be some kind of obsessive genius, but she's got a few of the basics in these sites:
Absolute basics, explaining the terms to describe colour
An explanation of the colour wheel and choosing colours to work well together
A short outlinign of contrast and dominance in palettes
A much more in depth exploration of colour and it's effects (it's a site for web designers, but the principles still apply)

...and she comes back to offer us this ruthlessly in depth dA guide to all things colourful. (uses flash player)

And falconer added this handy tool for trying out colour schemes. Technically more for site design, but it could also be useful for you to work out the colours of your panels.

Helpful newbie grisnuage suggests using Colour Lovers as general inspiration for your palettes and templates.

They also offered this link to a deviantArt club called Artist's Hospital which is stuffed full of links to great dA tutorials.

General tutorials for digital art (also has some useful resources)

Also, an in depth explanation of how clothing folds actually work here, I highly recommend this and other similar tutorials that explain how things work because that's a better way of working than just trying to imitate based on the look of what you've seen.

If you want to learn about design (and you really should since that's one of the main strengths of comics as a medium) here's a couple good tutorials redandblack suggested:http://www.idrawdigital.com/2009/11/drawing-comics-composition-and-layout-of-pages/
http://www.elfwood.com/farp/manga/manga.html

Resources:
Posemaniacs is extremely useful as a means of referencing people in various poses with it's interactive models, but it also has exercises where you do quick 30 second (though you can adjust the time) gestural drawings which I highly recommend doing for a little every day.

Writing tutorials by the infamous Gibson Twist.

KirbyHead suggest using the links found here to use as stock images.

ninjies also produced this forum and this site as reference (you can just use the thumbnails instead of paying on the latter if necessary)

grisnuage added this site for many more clothed and unclothed photosets for references.

Blogs/Podcasts
Again from grisnuage we have a podcast about comics, some things need to be paid for but the main podcast is entirely free. These are especially recommended podcasts called "Your comic from the ground up", in case you don't feel like listening to every single podcast :P

This animator's blog is helpful for little drawing tips and we all know animators are cool people with insane drawing skills ;)

A blog featuring various artist contributors with helpful hints.


And of course the wisdom of age, you can see stuff from the old forums (they'll probably be individually added to this list at a later date).
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby Falconer » April 25th, 2010, 3:08 pm

On the subject of color, you could post a link to the Color Scheme Designer. Very useful - especially for web design - and gives you the codes for the colors. But it's a nice color wheel to look at in general since you can see it less saturated, more saturated, more contrasted or less, etc.

Also, Loomis' books FTW. 8D
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby SuperBiasedMan » April 25th, 2010, 3:33 pm

Cool tool, it's been added now ^^

Also, YES. Loomis rocks, and I've still only gotten through his first most basic book because I had college after doing that one, but I'm now on a four month holiday where I plan to get a LOT of stuff done.
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby grisnuage » April 25th, 2010, 6:43 pm

Hi, ya'll. New here.


A great place to find inspiration for color themes is http://www.colourlovers.com -- I love browsing the palettes.

Lots of tutorials can be found on DeviantArt, many of them collected and compiled into lists by the Artist's Hospital: http://artistshospital.deviantart.com/gallery/

Lots and lots of nude and costumed photosets can be found at http://characterdesign.com/, and there are some textures and stuff too.

edit: Oh, yeah. And here are some cool blogs to follow.

http://www.cvcomics.com/artandstory/ - Not a blog, but a podcast about comics. Several of the podcasts now are extras that are behind a paywall-- but the main podcasts are weekly and free. There are a lot of good things to be found here-- and there are 6 (or 7?) podcasts titled"Your Comic From The Ground Up" that are worth looking into... especially if you don't want to listen to all 90-ish podcasts.

http://radhowto.blogspot.com/ - Rad Sechrist, an animator, posts lots tips. Even though his style is kind of cartoony, a lot of the tips can apply to most styles if you think about it enough. The archives are really worth looking through.

http://www.idrawdigital.com/ - Digital Drawing tutorials, comics, stuff like that.

http://www.theartcenter.blogspot.com/ - Lots of various art tips.



Question, though. Who is Gibson Twist and why is he 'infamous'? If he didn't kill someone, I'm disappointed :c
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby granmastern » April 26th, 2010, 7:12 am

There's a good dose of useful information from the old forums too.
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby SuperBiasedMan » June 18th, 2010, 1:02 pm

Holy crap there's a lot of stuff here, I was planning on going through it all over the next little while but now that would be a mindfrack of knowledge thrown at me.

Also, Gibson is a cool dude from the site making an awesome comic who was spreading his awesome on the forums before deciding to leave in a most dramatic fashion.
He has not killed anyone.

...that we know of.


EDIT: Found a kickass tutorial explaining the mechanics of clothing folds:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/31462832/Famous-Artists-Cartoon-Course-Lesson-9-Clothes-and-folds
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby granmastern » August 31st, 2010, 7:28 am

Aside from DeviantArt tutorials, here's some tutorials on skin tones

http://www.idigitalemotion.com/tutorial ... ntone.html

http://tutorials.epilogue.net/digital-a ... nd-painter

www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/TUTORIALS/i ... ureID=1751

If anyone has more tutorials on skin tones, with different techniques I'd appreciate it a lot (maybe even make your own tutorial? 8D ...*coughi'mlookingatyoueishiyacough*)
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Postby eishiya » August 31st, 2010, 8:03 am

granmastern: I want to, but I never know what to include in them ): Come to my next LS, it will be good for skin tones ;D And remind me to take screenies to use for a tut.


Why is the PSG Art Tutorial not linked yet? It covers the basics in a very easy-to-understand way and covers a lot of things that are important. It's geared at digital artists but the concepts it covers are relevant to all media. I think anyone who wants to colour, in particular, should start here and then go for more in-depth articles.
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby granmastern » August 31st, 2010, 9:52 am

eishiya wrote:granmastern: I want to, but I never know what to include in them ): Come to my next LS, it will be good for skin tones ;D And remind me to take screenies to use for a tut.


Why is the PSG Art Tutorial not linked yet? It covers the basics in a very easy-to-understand way and covers a lot of things that are important. It's geared at digital artists but the concepts it covers are relevant to all media. I think anyone who wants to colour, in particular, should start here and then go for more in-depth articles.



Sadly I won't be able until I get back to college, so I can use the computers there (in about 5 weeks and a few), my own pc is way too laggy.

Wow, that site is brilliant ... *splode*
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby grisnuage » September 17th, 2010, 10:11 pm

Here's a website/blog that an animation blog (Spline Doctors, if anyone wants to know) recently posted about. I'm just gonna quote the blog post here.

I stumbled across this site when I was looking for examples of gestures. We use gestures everytime we animate a shot. What is great about this site is that he is really looking for different types of things that people do everyday and telling you why they are doing it. Its a gold mine for animators. Another resource that has been talked about on this site, but is a bit dated is the book Manwatching. Desmond Morris is the king of human behavior study. As animators, we really do need to be aware of everything going on around us. This site is a good resource for that such thing.


As you can probably guess-- this is a cool resource for comic illustrators too!
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby stripedwine » November 5th, 2010, 1:24 pm

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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby stripedwine » November 15th, 2010, 9:52 am

And here's some good shit on hands: http://teyoliia.deviantart.com/art/06-090508-85932156
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Postby pwii » December 11th, 2010, 12:40 am

Yeah, don't know if this counts, but
Spoiler! :
http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff53/iizduhdude/rulerpaper.jpg

This is a border I print out on cardstock. I crop it out when I scan, and it helps me get the panels straight(er).
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Re: Tutorials, Resources etc.

Postby Jadiekins » January 25th, 2011, 12:39 pm

Http://www.blambot.com - Blambot is a really great depository of comic book fonts, and most of them are free to use.

http://comictool.blogspot.com/ - a blog dedicated to talking about the tools used to create comics, and also has a bunch of articles on other aspects of creating comics.
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