I just wanted to throw out a quick post to let everyone know the site move is now complete. If you have noticed any oddity in the last few days it is because the name servers were trying to catch up to my domain pointing to the new webhost. I know the site has been down a lot recently. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. I have been really happy with the response my blog has gotten over the last few months. I am sorry I lost all of the wonderful comments on the old site, but I hope to continue to grow. I will try to contact everyone who made posts on the last site to inform of the move. I’ve already had a few registrations in the last few days since the move. I appreciate all of your interest and I hope you continue to visit. I have more content planned for the future- art prompts, art and writing articles and comics that I hope you will enjoy.
Sometimes the hardest part about finding a good image, reference or texture is finding one that is not copyright protected. Here is a list of my favorite free sites and you can even use the images for your commercial work.
- morguefile.com – Creative commons site where images are donated “for creatives by creatives”. They boast over 350,000 images in their library.
- pixabay.com – All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. They have a whopping 1M+ images in their library!
- unsplash.com – “Beautiful free photos gifted by the world’s most generous community of photographers.” Creative commons zero license.
- freeforcommercialuse.net – This site is new to me. License is for images in the public domain.
- pexels.com – Simply, all images on pexels are under the Creative Commons Zero License. You can use them for any legal purpose.
I have been on the (nearly) daily drawing path since last October. I moved a couple of months ago and took a few weeks off drawing to get packed/moved/unpacked. When I sat down to draw again I had a killer artist block. I really had to push hard to get past it. One of the things I was having the most trouble with was I couldn’t think of anything to draw. I finally got on Pinterest and started looking for writing and drawing prompts to inspire me. Thankfully there were one or two that I liked and it got me going. Sadly, I noticed there were a severe lack of what I call “good ones”. I mostly like ones Halloween or horror themed. Most of them repeatedly listed “draw your favorite animal”, “draw your favorite food”. Well ok that’s something, but when you have a lot of years ahead to draw something every day and every prompt is the same as the next, it’s going to get uninspiring fast. Long story short, I saw a need for art prompts in the world, so I decided to make some. I have made up a full year’s worth in advance of this post. So I have a bit of material to keep me going until I come up with some more. Without further ado, here is my first ever art prompt for the 31 days of July:
Cross Genre, Multimedia Grab Bag
1) Comic book character (already existing or one you’ve designed)
2) TV show villain
4) Noir film still
5) Movie character
6) Book villain
8) Video game character
9) Movie prop
10) Environment – Aquatic
11) Post apocalyptic
13) Old car/ truck
14) Comic book villain
15) TV show character
17) Silent film still
18) Environment- Subterranean
19) Video game prop
20) Hot air balloon
21) Diesel punk
22) Post apocalyptic weapon
23) Environment – Interior (any)
24) Book character
25) Movie villain
26) Futuristic car/ truck
27) Ray gun
28) Video game villain
29) Environment- Urban landscape
30) TV show prop
The rules: There are no rules! This list is meant to be an idea starter. If you don’t like one then substitute it with another, come up with your own idea. You don’t have to do them in order. Style listings (Victorian, Steampunk etc) can be anything- clothing, architecture, a prop, an environment. Props can be anything, an example would be a priest’s bible from The Exorcist or Doctor Who’s phonebox. Environments don’t need to be detailed- draw a hallway. The idea is to get you thinking about perspective/ spacial awareness. Use a reference. Draw from imagination. Have fun. Use any medium. Experiment. Draw as many days as you can, but strive for all 31. Good luck!