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Recourses for artists: Paint My Photo

This is a really good website for those of you who are into drawing or painting. Or if you are a photographer who would like to make your work available to others as reference material. Maybe even both of these things.

Paint My Photo is a site for sharing photos that can be used for reference and inspiration. It has the advantage that all the photos in the library are available for use under the same terms, which makes it easier and safer for artists. At the same time, it’s a more controlled environment then many other places and photographers don’t  have to worry about giving up the rights to their work. You should take care to read all the terms and conditions if you become a member on the site to make sure it sounds  fine to you personally though.

It does come with some restrictions. For example, the reference photos may only be used for traditional work, not digital. But it´s still a very useful resource. There is also a very friendly community to take part in.

I upload some photos for reference myself at times, but my gallery is still rather empty. I will try to remedy that at some point.

Recourses for artists: Figure and gesture drawing tools

My ability to create any kind of art is still pretty limited. But I figured I could at least help someone else out by sharing some of the great resources I have made use of over the years. So this will be like a series of sorts.

Let’s start with a great tool for figure drawing, which is also completely free. Because its great practice if you want to improve your drawing skills. But finding either classes or models can be quite difficult, as well as expensive. Or maybe you are already taking classes but want to practice some more. Either way, an online tool is very convenient.  I will drop the link right here so I don’t forget about it.

They include tools for faces, hands and animals in addition to normal figure drawing stuff. I have been using the option for faces the most myself. There are some options to help you narrow down what you want to practice, like only sad faces or only aquatic animals for example. I haven’t used those options very much however.

What’s your favorite artist tool?

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