Over the years of web surfing I’ve discovered a lot of good on-line resources to help artists improve their skills.
Below is a handly list of these sites, pulled together from my former blog platform. The drawing guides are downloadable and printable; print them and put them in a notebook for your own self-created drawing instruction book, courtesy of Magnum Arts!
- Drawing Guide From Days Gone By – This is a handy drawing guide commissioned by the Army during World War 2 for artists who worked for military newspapers and publications. The pages are easily printable on your home computer, and have some good tips in an easy-to-read format.
- Cartooning The Head And Figure – Another good drawing guide you can print out that shows you how to sketch and draw various heads, faces and figures. This is a good guide to get you started, or brush up on your skills.
- Facial Expressions and Image Databases – This post has some great links to databses of faces and expressions, of different ethnicities, to use for reference. There is also an image database of objects you might have to draw, everything fron nail clippers to store awnings. A very good resource for artists
- How To Draw Proper Perspective – I created this step-by-step guide to teach you how to draw proper perspective, to make your worlds, and the objects in them, more realistic. Perspective isn’t hard, once you get the hang of it
- Your Sketchbook, Your Inspiration – This post is about how to effectively use your sketchbook as your work space, to play with ideas and see what works and what doesn’t. Your sketchbook is the most powerful tool you have in your arsenal of art supplies.
- Raising A Reader – Graphic Novels As Educational Tools – The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has released a very cool resource for educators (like myself) and parents called Raising a Reader. It’s a free book about how graphic novels can inspire interest in reading and writing among students who have grown up with video game consoles, smart phones and endless cable TV.
- The Mistakes People Make When Starting A Web Comic – It’s easy to launch a web comic these days, much harder to keep one running, and harder still to earn money from it. This post has some good insight into mistakes that webcomic newbies make
- How To Self-Publish A Book – This post has good advice on creating and publishing your own book, and getting it in front of the eyes of your intended readers
- Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books To Read In A Lifetime – So you’re an adult. So what? These children’s books are classics, some of them bring back good memories. I think I’ll re-read some of them. So should you.