Online Drawing Tools
- Polykarbon Tutorial: Drawing Basics – If you have the patience to learn from the beginning and not futz around like I do, this is a good place to start.
- Bizarre Breasts – a tutorial/review/guide article on how to draw women so they’re not so scary looking. I certainly haven’t mastered this, so it’s good to go back to every once in a while.
- Manga Expressions tutorial by Sai – very helpful for trying to figure out a quick way to show laughter or similar.
- Make a realistic starfield using Photoshop. Nifty-cool results.
- Make a realistic planet using Photoshop. Also nifty-cool results.
- Set text on fire using Photoshop.
- Make snow using, once again, Photoshop. Are you noticing a trend?
- Questionable Content comic tutorial
- Preston Blair’s Animation First Edition – lots of pics to learn from!
- Torn Newspaper Effect tutorial using Photoshop.
- Lightning bolts – also makes great scary/cloudy background images.
- Handy techniques for cutting out hair in Photoshop, for when your art involves actual photos and stuff.
- Google Images – good for reference to real-world objects, but be careful! They’re copyrighted to their original owners.
- Morguefile – Site filled with free high resolution photos for corporate or private use. Very handy. These you can trace from if you need to.
- Truly Free Stock – Similar to Morguefile, these are actually free, no money exchanging at all.
- Punchstock – More photos. Be careful, rights vary!
- Matrix Hairstyles – lots of hairstyles to use as guides when trying to draw characters’ hair.
Textures & Backgrounds & Brushes (oh my):
- Textures and Backgrounds – Not sure of the rights on these, but there’s lots of ’em.
- Mac OS X Brushed Metal tutorial – a tutorial for doing that nice brushed metal look OS X is currently using. No, you might not use this very often for drawing a comic, but you might want it for the UI around the site.
- Jemima’s Chevron: Color Wheel – a great web-based color resource; it also provides information about color resolutions browsers can handle.
- How to make effective use of color in websites – how to design both comics and websites with a bit of an eye for color – desaturated stuff for backgrounds, for example, makes more saturated items in front of them stand out.
- Music Notes for Photoshop CS – from Spiritsighs – great brushes!
- Vector Art: Brushes
- DesignFruit brushes
- Wanted Fonts organizes by type of font – I picked up a great typewriter-style font from here.
- Misprinted Type has some very creepy looking fonts I want to explore at some point.
- dafont.com is a veritable treasure trove of fonts, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain.
Publishing Resources – online:
See: Tools for Web Code
Publishing Resources – dead tree:
- Lulu – Create your book in a PDF format, then send it over. They’ll not only publish it, but make it available so that you can sell it! Print-on-demand is their mantra.
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- CafePress. If you think of a cool idea that you want to put on a teeshirt, button, bumper sticker, or whatever, and you want to build it and buy it NOW, Cafepress is the place to start.
- Brunetto Teeshirts – if I ever get enough readers that selling teeshirts looks like something that would actually succeed, unlike my oft-neglected CafePress store, I’ll probably choose Brunetto. Most of the bigger comic sites I really like are using them already, and I am a copycat.
- MemeCo Buttons from Canada. Haven’t seen or tried them but I have their link in my bookmarks so I must’ve been planning to do something with it at some point.