I have gotten a few questions about how I create my art. I am a self-taught artist who has a lot of free time. I spent it scrolling through Pinterest looking for new ideas/tips, watching online videos on how to improve my process.
Today I will provide those resources and materials for you with three lists.
List one includes all the tech I use on a daily basis.
1) Lenovo Flex 5 – My Laptop is a 2 in 1 meaning I can use it as a tablet when I need the touch screen for creating art than I can use the keyboard when blogging and finding ideas on Pinterest. The model I have has a 14-inch screen, with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM meaning I can run all my programs that I need without getting the dreaded blue screen of death.
2) Microsoft Surface Go – I use this for creating on the go, it does have the capability to run everything I need with the convenience of having a lightweight portable computer.
3) Cannon T6i DSLR – I use this for all 90% of my photography using the 75mm – 300mm lens almost every time when photographing landscapes. I use the 18mm – 55m lens for photographing macro shots such as flowers.
4) Samsung S8 Cell Phone – I use this camera for about 10% of my photography when I am not caring my DSLR with me. This camera takes surprisingly amazing photos.
5) Stylus – I use this for creating my digital art
List two is where I find my images, brushes and fonts, etc,
1) DaFont – I use Dafont to get my fonts.
2) Myphotoshopbrushes – My Photoshop Brushes is a site where you can download a variety of photoshop brushes.
3) Brushezzy – Another site for downloading photoshop brushes.
4) Google Images – Google isn’t the most reliable source to find .PNG’s but I always start here then go from there. Once I find one, I click the image to take me to the site where the image is found. One of those site is https://pngtree.com. I use that site a lot! There are tons of sites where you can have unlimited .PNG and image files for a small monthly fee.
5) Placeit.net – I use this website to get my mockups to show brands how my designs would look on product without using the default mockups from the Print on Demand websites.
List three are the programs and apps that I use.
Programs and Apps
1) Corel Paintshop Pro – Corel Paintshop Pro is a photoshop alternative. I prefer it because you don’t have to have a subscription for it and you don’t have to pay monthly for it. I feel like its easier to use than Photoshop as well. Of course if you use to Photoshop then, there will be a learning curve. Lucky for you, their website has a ton of tutorial videos.
2) Corel Draw – Corel Draw is an Adobe Illustrator alternative. I prefer it because you don’t have to have a subscription for it and you don’t have to pay monthly for it. I use this for bringing Paintshop raster files to vectors.
Most of the apps I use are free downloads that can be downloaded through the Google Play Store as well as Apples’ App store.
3) Picsart – PicsArt is honestly my go to app when I’m on the go and don’t have my computer. There is so much that can be done with this app. This app offers tons of stickers, fonts, and filters that can be used to make your images better. I use this app to create collages for promo ads as well!
4) Pixlr – Pixlr is a photo editing app like pics art but has filters that Picsart doesn’t.
1) Headphones – I always have music on when I work. The music I listen to even inspired some of my work! See them here.
Note: You will have to contact the authors of the images/fonts/brushes for commercial use if you plan on using them in work you plan on selling. ALWAYS give the original author credit. Don’t steal.
Most of the time I try to find free .PNG through Google.
Thank you for reading, now you have the basic resources to be creative!