For the longest time, I thought that I would be less of an artist for relying on references. This slowed my progress and made creating comics even longer to produce. Eventually, and thankfully, I got over myself and began using references all the time and by jove did that speed things up. I now refer to other works for page layouts, colour palates and poses. So today, I’ll be sharing the top places on the internet that I find references to use.
DeviantArt is an online art community that caters to beginners to pros, from crafters to artists. You can find all manner of resources here as well as post your own artwork. Back in the day, I would read webcomics here as well as drawing/painting tutorials. There is a treasure trove of inspiring resources that get the creative juices overflowing.
The webcomic community on Instagram has been, so far, incredibly supportive. We have met and connected with many artists on various webcomic and art platforms, even some that post their comics directly through Instagram. There is an overabundance of great material from all walks of life. Be careful though, it's an easy rabbit hole to fall down into.
Pinterest Is my go to when I’m trawling for inspiration or a sweet reference. You have the ability to curate your own boards, helping you keep track of all the resources you could ever need for different comics and projects. From DIY, to tutorials,, to sketch sheets and artwork, there is no limit to what you can find on Pinterest. This website/app is, by far, my favorite. If you’re looking for a powerful tool to help speed up your comic work and creativity look no further than this.
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