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I’m determined to start sharing information and resources as much as possible so that it may be useful for anyone wanting to start and/or to practice art.
There are tons of great free resources available online so it’s never too late to start/leveling up XD

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Learning Material:


Ctrl+P - Quite possibly the biggest series of free lessons covering all the fundamentals that you’re likely to come across on the internet. The wonderful Matt Kohr also offers some really great tips and expert advice. A fantastic place for anyone wanting to start drawing and painting, just be sure to do the assignment homework:
www.ctrlpaint.com/

Draw A Box - Another great series of free lessons to get you started on the all important drawing foundations and expand into more advance subjects (their archives are still growing):
drawabox.com/

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Life Drawing:
(Please be advised that the following links are 18+ because of the artistic nude imagery)

The Croquis Cafe
-  A figure drawing class recorded in real time, featuring models in artistic poses. I love their Youtube channel, the videos feature timed, high quality images that are perfect for those without access to life drawing classes or if you just want to practice in your own time:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAZZ8…

Their main site has tons of high quality images of the models:
www.onairvideo.com/

Character Designs - A fantastic collection of high quality free images for artists:
www.characterdesigns.com/


Line of Action -
Courtesy of :iconsheruchan:
A great site where you can chose your own learning pace when it comes to the images provided. Be it timed, anything from 30 seconds to 10 minutes with the option to set your own custom time or to take the class mode which offers a session (e.g 30 min class mode would consist of 10 poses: 30 seconds, 5 poses: 1 minute, 2 poses: 5 minutes, 1 pose: 10 minutes):
line-of-action.com/


New Master Academy -
A non-nude version of daily life drawing series of timed reference videos. There aren't as many videos up yet but they are still expanding.
All images can also be found at their image library on their main site: www.NewMastersAcademy.org

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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Inspiration and Resources:


IAMAG - So many resources in one site. There is everything from links to art of collections, tutorials, interviews and articles:
www.iamag.co/features/

Level Up- Courtesy of :iconadaydreaming-artist:
Another fantastic site where professional artists offer paintover sessions, tips, advice and links to tons and tons of useful resources XD
www.fusroda.com/

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Resources On DA:


Courtesy of :iconiduna-haya: who has put together these amazing series of really useful journals:

Find your way around DA #1: Pose ReferencesComing up with interesting, accurate poses for your characters can be difficult. Either they all end up looking the same, or the poses just don't look right. Drawing from a reference is a great way to practice this. Luckily, there are lots of amazing resources available to help you out, both here on DeviantArt and one the big bad WWW. I've listed the ones I know here, so you don't have to do the digging.
- I've picked resources that focus on poses, not on anatomy. This means that the drawn pose references listed here are not necessarily anatomically correct. Though the two are definitely related, to me they're not necessarily the same thing. Your anatomy might be great, but a good pose can really bring your image to life. 
- This journal focuses on humans, not animals. Animal references will be listed in the next journal.
A little guide to the list
Real Life Poses: Stock photographs of real people in various poses, generally against a white backdrop.
Drawn pose stock:&
Find your way around DA #2: Animal StockDrawing animals can be a challenge, especially when you usually only draw humans. But that shouldn't keep you from trying! Luckily there is a large variety of animal stock available right here on DeviantArt. Here's another list to help you find just the right one for you ^^
- This list is by no means complete. There is a lot of animal stock on DA, of varying degrees of quality, so I've had to make some selections. The mentioned deviants have a large amount of stock specifically for that animal, the stock is of above-average quality, and/or stock of that type is difficult to find. I've focused on photographic references.
- Some deviants are mentioned more than once, if they have a substantial amount of stock of more than one kind of animal.
- That a deviant is mentioned is listed under an animal does not mean that they don't have other animal stock. Almost all do. 
- Sadly not all of the mentioned deviants/groups are still active. However their galleries are still re
Find your way around DA #3: Color TheoryPicking the right colors for your work can be a long process. It's about more than just personal preferences. Colors can behave strangely. Some things work better together than others, but sometimes tried and tested combinations suddenly don't work in a piece, or colors that usually don't go together are an unexpectedly great match. What madness is this?!
Rest assured: There is reason behind this madness: Color Theory. It's a term that I think many have heard before, and only few really understand. But it's a very important tool for visual artists. The basics are simple, but it can get pretty complex, and getting the hang of it takes a lot of practice. 
So in this journal I have collected resources that try to explain the concept of Color Theory, and/or give tips on how to pick your palettes. This is not a journal on coloring in general! The two things obviously do overlap, but I will try to focus exclusively on the theoretical aspect of it. 
I hope this list will be use
Find your way around DA#4: Composition+PerspectiveA good composition can turn an 'average' artwork into something memorable. It's more than just 'how to make things look nice'. A well thought-out composition can guide the eye of the viewer, telling a story in just one single image. Even artwork that's technically perfect can be boring if no real though was put into the composition.
It's not always the case, but composition often goes hand in hand with perspective. Many artists struggle with this (both beginners and more advanced), but a basic knowledge of perspective can really take your work to the next level. It's an essential tool for drawing credible backgrounds and landscapes. 
The basics for these two skills seem easy, but more advanced composition and perspective can be real brain-breakers. I've collected tutorials here to help you get started. Read, learn, practice, and be amazed by your own work!
DeviantArt
Tutorials and quick tips to get you started
Composition
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Find your way around DA #5: Coloring and ShadingIn a previous journal we had a look at color theory (Find your way around DA #3: Color Theory). But once you've figured out what colors to use you realize you've barely started. You have to figure out where to place your shadows and light, and what is the best way to add the colors to your canvas?
In this journal I've collected tutorials and references that cover these subjects. This list is not complete! There are so many tutorials on DA, especially for coloring, it would be almost impossible for me to list them all. When an artist has multiple coloring tutorials I've usually picked only one or two, so be sure to check out their galleries! You will notice that there are almost as many different techniques as there are artists. There is no 'one right way'. Try a few, find something that works for you, and then make it your own ^^
- As usual I've tried to seperate starter and more advanced tutorials, but I must admit the divisin is some



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I’ll probably add more to this post if I come across more things to share XD
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:iconsheruchan:
sheruchan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope you don't mind me sharing another one! Sometimes I watch Art of Wei on Youtube. (www.youtube.com/user/WeiWorks/…). He focuses on traditional drawing and I like the way he explains his process as he draws. I also like that his videos aren't too long or too short and he has a wide range of videos targeted toward beginners to intermediate artists.
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really glad you keep sharing things you are familiar with, super useful. I think I'm going to go through some of my own personal Youtube list too and add a section to this journal for it too ^^
Thank you very much, super useful :tighthug:
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LAS-T Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
Wonderful stuff!
I'll probably take a look at a couple of these places myself, thank you Negs!

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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
LOL you're very welcome T-chan XD
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graydama Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for sharing!!!! :hug:
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Ahhh Negshin you're so kind to share these resources! :heart: :heart:  The internet is just such a big place now that even when you look, resources are hard to find.
Being on the verge of going to art school (provided I can work my butt off to update my portfolio and get in), this couldn't come at a better time.  I hope you leave the journal up, I know some of these I need to come back to at a better time when I'll actually use them. (Tends to be also that if I just bookmark pages, I don't always remember later what they're for so they never get used. >_< )

The figure drawing is especially nice - in my entire province, I rarely see ANY sessions offered.. none regular, and certainly none in the smaller town I live in. I've searched multiple times in the last half a year, and the ones offered are always in bigger cities 2-4+ hours away. 'Course they always fall in the middle of work stretches too, mostly. ;-;

:iconglompage: You rock! Hope you're well <3
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I fully intend to keep it up hon and I would actually recommend just trying to learn as much you can through the free resources and you may find that you won't really need to go to an art school. If you're looking for more recorded mentor feedback that's affordable, I would also recommend Schoolism.

Just incorporate a learning schedule in your daily life, 2-3 hours a day will do wonders XD
Best of luck to you Sab-chan :tighthug:
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Dark-Nayru Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017
Thank you very much! Nice journal you arranged there~:heart: Gotta love the effort put into the recommendations.
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome. These are sites I personally have used so I recommend only things which I know will hopefully be helpful XD
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DrazziElder Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome XD
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DivviviaOlexiusG Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so kind and wonderful of you to do! <3 <3
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I just hope they will be useful ^^;
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DivviviaOlexiusG Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure they will be! :heart: :heart:
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Tsukiiyo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing !! Thank you for the share !!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome Tsu-chan, now it's just a matter of practice -__^
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Tsukiiyo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, thank you !! ;)
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ClaimTheSkies Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing these, I'm sure these will help out a ton! You're an amazing person, most people just hoard this information to themselves xD Appreciated greatly!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, I hope they will help XD
LOL I've never been a hoarder, I believe in helping each other grow, especially as artists XD
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ClaimTheSkies Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2017  Student General Artist
They will! 
That is so great, I believe that if anything, sharing information will also benefit the ones who share it as well. Someone might have something to add in return and then maybe you'll learn something too. And who knows, maybe someday some cool artist will say you were their source of motivation and inspiration : D (which I'm sure has already happened in your case)
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Tektyx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Great resources! I haven't heard of some those sites, I'll have to check them out.

But I've found that the most important resource was going to classes that hired live models. They could be a little price heavy but simply essential for anyone who's truly interested in figure drawing. I learned more from one session with a live model than weeks with online stock photos.
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
oh I agree that there are no real substitute for going to life drawing classes. But some of us just can't cause there are none at the times that we can go, literally none around within a distance we can travel, LOL or in my case, a leg in a cast for long period of time and now not being able to walk on it much until it fully heals which can be months ^^;
The key would be to really study things, drawing regularly from sources like these can still be super helpful XD
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Sarakrista Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing! :)
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, I hope they'll be useful XD
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Ellouett Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
ahhh you're very welcome, I hope they will be useful ^^
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Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thank you! :hug:
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome *^*
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ninjazombiebrains Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Student Artist
Really helpful. Thanks so much ;3
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome :love:
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ninjazombiebrains Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student Artist
yaays ;3
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zeynebdraws Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW I've never heard of the Croquis Cafe before! Never though that something like that could exist! Thanks so much!!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I discovered it myself only recently. I had used Line of Action myself years ago but I had lost the site... The Croquis Cafe is my new favorite daily routine now, I highly recommend it *^*
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zeynebdraws Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ya about the link! If you scroll past the jumbled mess on top, you will get to the main site.
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zeynebdraws Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Ya I've also used Line of Action one time. I think it's this, no?: line-of-action.com ;
Ya but that site is just photos, which isn't very helpful. 
Ya The Croquis Cafe is seriously awesome!
Thanks again!
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Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, super glad it helped. I love Croquis Cafe, super useful cause it's filmed live and my goodness they are super challenging ^^;
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anatldae Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh this is so helpful! Thank you!
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I hope they'll be helpful :love:
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student General Artist
Ahh those are really cool! thanks for sharing <33

If I may add some of my sources as well in case anyone finds them interesting concerning anatomy:
anatoref.tumblr.com
reference.sketchdaily.net/en/ <---good if you can't go to life drawing sessions and you want to practice from home
lifedrawing.me -- this is for pose descriptions in case you want to try something out yourself without references
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ohh thank you so very much Kon-chan
I'll save all of these to my own bookmark *^*
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Student General Artist
Sure! :heart:
I hope you are doing well ^^
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I'm recovering from torn ligament but I'm doing fine, slowly getting back to life :tighthug:
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017  Student General Artist
Ahh ;; I hope you feel better soon and heal super super quickly!! 
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:iconnegshin:
Negshin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thankies, I'm resting as much as I can since I can't do anything anyway :love:
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Konveekou Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Student General Artist
I hope you get to feel awesome soon so you can do whatever you want :huggle:
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Janni-Honkanen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for these! Will be absolutely checking them out. 
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome, I hope they'll be helpful :tighthug:
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Ryzakier Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for sharing these, they look incredibly helpful :heart::dummy:
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Negshin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
YAY, really glad... now let's all practice our hearts out *^*
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