Learning Art

I am a self taught artist. As a child I used to draw cartoons and little objects with pencils. In my teens, I became more interested in comics, and fashion drawings. In college, I started to refine my sketching so toward a photo-realistic style. I have taught myself to use digital art software to experiment with sketches and have continued to study art through the internet, and books. This page highlights books, online media, and methods I have used in this ongoing process of learning.

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Lynda.com – Lynda has an incredible collection of tutorials for anyone interesting in learning to use graphic design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, Photography, Marketing, just to name a very short list. I like Lynda.com because it is not just a tutorial here an there, it is a full curriculum. If you choose to do the full subscriptions with exercise files, you will truly reap the full benefits of learning, you can follow along with the instructor and pause and start up based on your own pace. After completing all the videos for a course, you can download a certificate of completion.

VectorTuts – This is a free website filled with written tutorials to get help you learn how to use different art media and software. I have used this site for several projects including my Vector iPad (which I turned into a speed video tutorial). This is a great way to follow along with projects and learn new skills. It helps if you have dual monitors or a tablet so that you can follow the instructions on one screen and work on your computer at the same time.


ImaginePublishing –  When I first started using graphics software back in college, I saw a magazine called “Advanced PhotoShop” which was filled with incredible tutorials on how to create amazing graphics with PhotoShop. It also came with a CD which included the exercise files for the tutorials. Today the magazine is still available in print through mail over from the UK, but you can also receive it in digital format to a tablet, iPad or Mobile Device at half the cost of the paper subscriptions. Additionally, you can even purchase all previous years editions through the ImaginePublishing web store in DVD format which is a great way to preserve all that incredible knowledge. I currently own the following in my art reference collection. If you are looking for a gift for a budding artist, a subscription to ImaginePublishing is perfect! If you are planning a head, the DVD series is great so that your special artist can keep the video for all time. If you are in a bit of a rush, a digital subscription makes the perfect last minute gift!






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