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.

 Training

Videos, Tutorials and Online Education

YouTube FZD School of Design

FZD’s channel has loads of videos with painting demos and knowledge about the entertainment industry.

YouTube Scott Robertson

 There he shares some lectures and tutorials that highlight the thinking and techniques.

YouTube Sycra Art Videos

A great YouTube channel with your host Sycra that talks about all things art related.

YouTube Sinix Design

A great YouTube channel which will help you in your travels in the art world.

YouTube Milergo CG Artist

This is just a great channel if you want to see how to build just really great 3D Models.

YouTube Cubebrush

A great channel that covers digital art ideas and concepts.

Pluralsight (Previously known as Digital Tutors) icon_paid

Pluralsight’s is one of the biggest online tutorial and training websites that you will find on the internet.

Animation Mentor icon_paid

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.

Lester Banks icon_free

A great collection of online tutorials ranging from digital art to cg and visual effects.

 Recommended Reading

Books that I recommend you give a read

 The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

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.

Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation

 A great book explaining how to simple drawings to plan your animation before you even turn on the computer.

Drawing the Head and Figure (Perigee)

 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.

Dynamic Figure Drawing

 This powerful book offers a systematic approach to rendering action figures that seem to leap off the page.

The Animator’s Survival Kit

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.

Animation

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:

Thirsty Animator

Animator Island

 Pose Reference

The sites I use when I am doing 
my live drawing studies or if I 
am on the hunt for a good pose.

Figure & Gesture Drawing icon_free

 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 icon_free

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  icon_free

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.

Pose Tool from Pose Space icon_free

This page/tool has people in poses that you can use to practice your figure drawing and gesture drawing skills.

 Textures

Royalty Free Images and Textures

 Pixabay icon_free

You can freely use any Pixabay image without attribution in digital and printed form, even for commercial applications.

CG Textures icon_free/paid

The industry’s number one website for free high quality textures! Cheap memberships grant you even more downloads.

Matte Painting Resources 

Free, high resolution photos, ready to be used in your matte painting projects.

Texture Mate 

Free texture packs, stock images, brush packs and more.

3D.SK 

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) icon_free

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:

Link (http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/script/oarelaxverts)