Why this guide?
Although there are great resources out there and thousands of tutorials. A lot of them are out of date and not properly curated. I wanted to create the definitive A to Z art resource guide. To limit down choices to the absolute best. Keep you up to date with the best tools, teachers and save you time.
Who is it for?
This guide is both for the novice and the professional. Whether you want to find out what marble the statue of David is made of or how do I draw a panda? From money matters to drinking rinse water for losing weight*. Sometimes there are answers to questions you don't even know to ask. This guide is for those of us who seek a starting point and those who know learning never stops.
* This is a joke. Please do not drink rinse water.
How to use this guide?
You do not need to read these chapters in a row. They are independent. Choose the chapter you're interested in or are struggling with. You can also contribute to this guide by leaving a comment. Please constructive comments only. I don't care about your ego or mine.
Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
American computer engineer and inventor
More often than not you do not need to reinvent the wheel. Someone has created the perfect guide to human anatomy. Someone has captured motion and mastered perspective. All you need to do is read what the masters have already said on the subject. Artists aren't greedy and share their knowledge gladly. This chapter is about learning you'll find a few select books, articles, teachers and courses. Mostly free.
- Empty Easel - From Dan you can learn anything from selling art, to hosting a website for your portfolio or even understanding cubism.
- Vitruvian Studio - In-depth quality video tutorials that teach you how to draw almost anything.
- Scott Young - How Scott learned to draw realistic portraits in 30 days of intense drawing
Like it or not the people you surround yourself with shape who you are. So why not surround yourself with the hard working, the ambitious, the kind? In this chapter you'll find vibrant creative communities and amazing individuals around the world who share your passion for the arts.
Case studies, individual artist examples and richest living artists in the world. The global art market and what it means to you. In this chapter I'll cover all the various professions and self-employment methods modern artists use. The right way to use social media. Patrons, creative residencies and scholarships.
- The Abundant Artist - Why does it feel a little bit dirty to talk about money as an artist? Anyway if you're interested in understanding your options in the 21st century. Read Cory's blog.
Tools do not make the artist. Quality tools are worth getting but are not a requisite. From making forgeries of classical art to drawing manga. This chapter is about the tools and supplies artists use. Refer to this chapter to get a fast understanding of the best gear creatives use in an specific industry.
High-end art. If you are interested in getting into that world then in this chapter you'll find resources for companies, auction houses and individuals looking to make a purchase. In this chapter, I'll introduce you to the world of high-end art without the snobbery. If you don't know anything and would like to understand the inner workings of this decadent world this is the chapter for you.