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References: ArtStation

So its goodbye CGHub... Now what?

There are many websites that you can go and subscribe, show your portfolio and search for Artist and Artwork that inspires you. I will post as many of these sites under: Resources / References...

So let’s start: here’s a new site launched by the same people who run ArtStation Magazine, called ArtStation.

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They describe it as:

“…A new community and portfolio website service for professional artists…. ArtStation Beta 1 provides artists an easy and affordable way to create portfolio websites and be discovered. The best way to describe ArtStation Beta 1 is that it takes the best of all the artist community sites you love, Tumblr and SquareSpace, and puts it in one integrated package specifically for artists…”

Click on the image to read more about it!


References: Best Design Options


Fantastic site with tons of tutorials on photography, webdesign, - blogging tips, Packaging and Print Design and last, but not least, Photoshop...


Very easy to access and to find tutorials. Three of the Menus have submenus where you will find more great resources and tutorials!

Hope you find this site very useful!


References: Pinterest

What? You don’t have a Pinterest account? And you call yourself an Artist?! Please, but everything down and get yourself a free account know before your friends find out!...

So what is Pinterest? Well, they have a motto: “Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love!” And collecting and organizing is right. Check out my review and tutorial on Pinterest to see how it works, but for now, check out a small sliver of what I so on todays’ “image feed”:


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Crazy, right? And this is just a small screen-grab of what I got. Read the article and you will see why Pinterest is a must for every Artist out there.


References: The Cool Hunter

One of my favorite sites in the entire Internet: The Cool Hunter. A website with - no pun intended... “cool” images of places, architecture, food, interior design, vehicles, etc, etc etc...


According to founder Bill Tikos,: “...The Cool Hunter website celebrates creativity in all of its modern manifestations. Since its inception in 2004 The Cool Hunter website has become the world’s most-read culture and design digital space and a leading authority on all things creative.  Truly a global hub for what’s cool, thoughtful, innovative and original. The Cool Hunter values international relevance, not trends, channeling what they discover to a worldwide audience...”

The site has all the posts broken-down into the following sections - which I’ve added a sample image so you can see what kind of “cool” stuff they post. Check it out here!

• Architecture • Design • Travel Fashion LifestyleMusic

ArtAmazing PlacesAdsKidsStoresEvents


and lastly, Treelife: a project they cal: “…an interactive exhibition of modern eco tree houses designed by the world’s top artists, designers and architects…”

I hope this inspires someone! Make sure you check out the post here, but if you don’t have the time and what to see “cool stuff” more often, join their newsletter!


References: "Draw The Looney Toons"

Check out this post by Bob Guthrie from PixelToonsInk.com...

In his blog, Bob talks about the two versions of one of the few artists’ books Warner Bros. put out to the public (“Draw the Looney Toons” Chronicle Books, 2005) and how it compares to the version of the same book, which was given to the artist - like him, who worked at Warner Bros Consumer Products...


“…The credits list art by San Wei Chan... Mark Christiansen, Jerome Moore and Robert Guthrie. Text is by Frank Espinoza, co-written by Marie Taylor….”

Here’s an example of Bob’s artwork in the book:


The difference between the two book is sizable. The one the artist from WBCP got had 302 pages, whereas the one sold to the public had 208 pages... 94 pages! Bob also talks about other differences between the two books, like the titles. Very interesting article!


References: 6 Filmmaking Tips from Hayao Miyazaki

This came via FSR (FilmSchoolRejects.com,) and it's a great article by Landon Palmer about the 73-year-old Japanese Director, Hayao Miyazaki - Click on image to read article:


The article also showcases two video-segments from an interview by Jonathan Ross for the BBC, “Japanorama,” first aired in 2002...

Landon Palmer’s article covers the following topics:

• Work for a Richer Culture, Not a Distracted One

• Let the Images Guide the Pacing

• Let the Politics of Your Business Match the Politics of Your Films

• Know Your Limits and Embrace Teamwork

• Know How to Balance Old and New Media

• Don’t Underestimate Children; Don’t Overestimate Adults

And here’s my favorite quote of the article:

“...While Miyazaki makes films that are accessible to children, he refuses to make films that are by any stretch of the imagination childish. Instead, they push past the limitations and conventions of a present-tense rational adult world, exploring the array of possibilities that lie beyond the blinding assumptions of what animated movies can, or should, be. We should all be so lucky as to have a benchmark for cinema’s wondrous possibilities like Miyazaki...”

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere!
Albert Einstein


References: Muddy Colors

Great blog about Art, Muddy Colors: