Contributions are always welcome
This is a ever growing section of this site and if you feel you would like to add something that you think others should know about please do drop me a mail and I will make a plan of adding it.
Videos, Tutorials and Online Education
FZD’s channel has loads of videos with painting demos and knowledge about the entertainment industry.
There he shares some lectures and tutorials that highlight the thinking and techniques.
A great YouTube channel with your host Sycra that talks about all things art related.
A great YouTube channel which will help you in your travels in the art world.
This is just a great channel if you want to see how to build just really great 3D Models.
A great channel that covers digital art ideas and concepts.
Pluralsight (Previously known as Digital Tutors)
Pluralsight’s is one of the biggest online tutorial and training websites that you will find on the internet.
Established in 2005, Animation Mentor is the original, online animation school. Our students learn directly from working industry professionals – more instructors from major studios than any other school – and get the one on one time they need to prepare for a successful career in the Animation Industry. Animation Mentor students learn using our proprietary online campus, exclusive feedback tools and real-world production pipeline. Animation Mentor has an alumni community of over 5,000 students in over 105 countries, now working in world-class studios like Pixar, DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Laika, WETA and many more.
A great collection of online tutorials ranging from digital art to cg and visual effects.
Books that I recommend you give a read
An out-of-print collector’s item since 1986, the definitive account of the development of Disney animation explains what made Disney’s style unique and features original sketches and drawings revealing the origins of Mickey and the rest.
A great book explaining how to simple drawings to plan your animation before you even turn on the computer.
A how-to handbook that makes drawing easy. Offers simplified techniques and scores of brand-new hints and helps. Step by step procedures. Hundreds of illustrations.
This powerful book offers a systematic approach to rendering action figures that seem to leap off the page.
The definitive book on animation, from the Academy Award-winning animator behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Animation is one of the hottest areas of filmmaking today–and the master animator who bridges the old generation and the new is Richard Williams. During his fifty years in the business, Williams has been one of the true innovators, winning three Academy Awards and serving as the link between Disney’s golden age of animation by hand and the new computer animation exemplified by Toy Story.
Some animation related things
If you want to become a better animator you need to practice! A mentor I had told me about the exercise list of animation that you can complete to better your skills as a animator. It is called the 51 Great Animation Exercises. I found it on a number of sites:
The sites I use when I am doing my live drawing studies or if I am on the hunt for a good pose.
This is a great online tool that supplies you with random poses which you can use to practice your figure and gesture drawing skill.
Pose Maniacs supports all artists, including art students and people who study illustrations and mangas on your own. This blog is for uploading variety of poses for nude sketching, and introduces other FLASH training tools for drawing.
Quickposes is a tool for art students, illustrators or anyone who wants to focus on improving their drawing skills. By practicing gesture drawing you will not only get better at recognising certain aspects of poses, but you will also build a visual library of characters and models.
This page/tool has people in poses that you can use to practice your figure drawing and gesture drawing skills.
Royalty Free Images and Textures
You can freely use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.
The industry’s number one website for free high quality textures! Cheap memberships grant you even more downloads.
Free, high resolution photos, ready to be used in your matte painting projects.
Free texture packs, stock images, brush packs and more.
An amazing and massive collection of human photo references and textures.
Maya Scripts and Some Extras
These are some of the scripts and plugins that I have come to love using in Maya
oaRelaxVerts 1.1.0 (Maya Script)
This is a great script for the modelers out there using Maya. I have only recently discovered it and now I am wondering how I have modeled before this script.
This script is like the Average Vertices function within in Maya but with actual use. It will relax the selected vertices and actually maintain the mesh’s shape! No more insane hours wasted massaging verts and edges.
You can find this script over at Creative Crash or just follow the link: