What are the best resources for drawing inspiration?

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    Sketch brings a fun drawing and photo editing experience to everyone who wants to be creative, regardless of skill level. 



    Free- with in-app purchases

    Sean Arnold
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Sketch is a great tool for anyone who is doing online drawing or photo editing. However, it does not give any type of inspiration from a drawing perspective, or any other for that matter."
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    On Behance, designers can showcase and discover the latest work from top online portfolios by creative professionals across industries.

    Web, Android, iOS

    Judy Sandoval
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Behance really helped me to take my drawing to the next level. I felt like the app really helped to inspire me creatively. Some of my best work has been in thanks to Behance!"
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    DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. These works available to download and offer multiple resolution options depending on the artists.


    Li Song
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'm always trying to come up with some ideas to inspire my next pencil drawings, and sourcing from other artists' concepts and themes is a good way to get a bit of inspiration. In terms of the free communities out there, DeviantArt is one of the best. To be clear, the name is appropriate, so this isn't the most mainstream stuff, but if you skew that direction it's great. The site itself is a bit clunky, but the content is very good. "
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    Dribbble is a worlwide community where you can show, promote, discover, and explore design. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects.


    Janet Little
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a great way to get feedback on your drawings. It would be good to see what others are doing as well and then draw from that for your inspiration"
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    Pixiv is an artist social networking community based in Tokyo, Japan. Focusing on supporting creativity, Pixiv services started from the idea of a place where creating is fun.


    Aaron Diaz
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Pixiv has been great for inspiring my creativity. The community is really helpful at coming up with ideas and improving my work. I have met a lot of great people on here as well."
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    Pinterest is an online tool and a mobile application that features everything, ranging from recipes, home ideas, party themes, OOTDs, style inspirations, and many more. It is also an online community and social media channel where people interact.

    Web, Android, iOS


    Jonathan Walker
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "There's a bounty of inspiration to be found on Pinterest for any artist. I love stumbling across different how to pins that show me how to develop new techniques drawing interesting subject matter."
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    Feeling stuck? Need a boost of inspiration? Brainsparker will help you with an endless supply of creative ideas in one easy to use app. You can install it on your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.


    Web, iOS

    Sharon Martin
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Library type app to get new ideas. It has a variety of options and motivational features."
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    #8We Heart It

    We Heart It

    We Heart It is a social platform for sharing photos, gifs, and videos. The users' favorite posts can be stored in groups. It can be focused on different topics like food ideas, inspirations, fashion, lifestyle, and travel plans. 


    Web, Android


    Shreya Shah
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I love the variety of images. You can search and find whatever you want. It is awesome. There are too many ads though."
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    Tumblr is a platform for everyone that allows users to publish any type of content depending on what they want to share to the world. Blogging, image gallery, gif archives, and many more can be found in this content platform.


    Web, Android, iOS

    Jessica Romero
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "When I am looking for ideas, this is one of the first places I look. App is easy to use and I can post thing to it with little knowledge of technology(that's me in a nutshell!!)"
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    Artsy is a resource for art collecting and education. Arty's mission is to make all the world's art accesible to anyone with an Internet connection


    Randy Fowler
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Okay, this is mostly a solution in search of a problem. It proposes to make it easier and simpler to appreciate art. I already love art, so I guess I'm not the target market. And I know how to organize my collection, either on my walls or in my computer. This so-called system adds layers of complexity that even my mother can't figure out, and she's probably the kind of consumer they want to sell to in the first place. After the third time she called me asking why it wasn't showing her things she wanted to see, I made her return it."
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    #11The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition

    The Artist's Way: 25th Anniversary Edition
    Nice choice for artistic souls that want to learn how to find their creative self or just want to discover all that you can get from creating art: peace of mind, joy, insights...

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    Cecilia Sandoval
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "There is an artist in everyone; some people just need to find out to bring their creativity to the surface! This book and the coursework within help guide any soul to their burgeoning ability."
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    #12All the Weight of Our Dreams

    All the Weight of Our Dreams
    All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism is an anthology from the Autism Women's Network. It was first released in 2017. It has poems, essays, fiction, photos, paintings, and drawings from 61 writers.

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    Joseph Richardson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "All the Weight of Our Dreams is a great tool to help the autistic learn how to draw. It is an indispensable tool and works very well especially for kids. Look no further if you're looking for one."
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    #13Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Faces

    Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Faces
    Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Faces is a reference art handbook written by Dick Gautier that presents drawing techniques for the face, instructions, and delicate process of caricature, carving and cartooning.


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    Susan Gonzalez
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "My oldest daughter loves to draw cartoons, but could never get the faces right. She got this book - it's fabulous! So many good examples and lessons to learn. She's really improved her face-drawing ability."


Best What are the best resources for drawing inspiration
1SketchApps 13 Free
2BehanceApps 12 Free
3DeviantArtWebsites 11 Free
4DribbbleWebsites 11 Free
5PixivWebsites 9 Free
6PinterestApps 9 Free
7BrainsparkerApps 8 Free
8We Heart ItApps 6 Free
9TumblrApps 5 Free
10ArtsyWebsites 2 Free

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