Resources for Creatives

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Last Updated: July 16, 2020 at 12:25 p.m. CST

Below is a link with tons of resources for the creative industry, particularly those who are freelancers/contractors. Will add to the list as more are found.

If you have kids at home, there are many resources via the links on this post:

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List of Resources for Creatives:

Spreadsheet of Opportunities and Candidates:

Anita (Santiago) Castellar created a job share spreadsheet for opportunities and candidates to list themselves (Post on LinkedIn):

I created a #jobshare database on Google drive! I don’t have much but I have my platform and a strong #network to help my friends and colleagues that are #OpenToWork. Many have been displaced due to #COVID. I’m asking you all to share, post, and participate no matter if you are a #jobseeker or if you are #hiring. Let’s get people connected with #opportunities!

Go to the Spreadsheet : Google Sheets Spreadsheet

Many Resource Links at:

Resource Link Categories:

  • General Preparedness
  • Quantifying Economic Impact of Cancelled Work
  • Advocacy, Legal & Financial Information
  • Emergency Funding
  • Community Care & Mutual Aid
  • Working, Gathering, & Teaching Online
  • Health & Mental Heath Resources
  • International Resources (Outside United States)
  • Other Lists & Miscellaneous Wisdom
  • Events (Online Learning & Webinars)
  • Interrupting Racism Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

This link was found via a post by Lance Curan:

Via a post by (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) : “Kidlit creators! We know you’re looking for resources to get through COVID-19 and we’ve got them coming. (Stay tuned. 🙂) Here’s a list of financial help for freelancers to get you started by #SCBWI member Nancy Castaldo”

Via a post by Laurie Schacht : “Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is offering complimentary 6-month memberships to those experiencing unemployment or loss of income due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The offer is presented in the spirit of WIT’s mission to “advance women through leadership, networking, and educational opportunities.””

Direct Link to Form:

Via a mention on NBC 5 DFW news : “Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.”

Via a shared post by Brilliant Ads : “The UN asks creatives to help fight #Covid19. Read the open brief and share. Let’s put our skills to a noble use!”

Via a post by the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency website : “How to Survive as an Illustrator during the COVID-19 mania”

Via a post by AOI (Association of Illustrators) and a post by Georgia Luckman : “Some excellent advice for Illustrators and other freelance creators working from home #StayInReachOut ⭐” | “What steps can we take next as Illustrators in these uncertain times? I’ve brought together tips and advice that we can use to improve our situation, and continue doing the work we all love”

Zoom Backgrounds

Via a post by WB Games : “Looking for a DC themed virtual background for your next ZOOM call?”

Via a post by Eric Calderon : “For everyone doing Zoom calls from your home, here’s a link that let’s you choose a background from a few of Fox’s animated series to use as your virtual background. Pretty fun and keeps your clients/colleagues from seeing your messy house!”

Via a comment by Billie Tucker Volpe : Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Via a post by Sonic : “Looking for a fun way to add flair to your Zoom meetings? Download our virtual backgrounds and give your coworkers the SONIC they crave!”

Via an article by Forbes : “DoorDash wants to help consumers feel like they are eating in a restaurant despite them not being able to go out during the coronavirus outbreak. The company is offering virtual backgrounds from popular eateries that can be uploaded to video platforms to remind you what going out used to feel like.” | “Hungry for lunch with friends? Same. From your favorite restaurants? Yep. With all your favorite tunes? Delivered! Share a complete (virtual) lunch when you order from the DoorDash Lunchroom. Download video-chat backdrops (at McDonald’s … or on the moon) and music to set the (food) mood. Share the experiences with (virtually) everyone—friends, family, and even some familiar faces you never thought you’d miss.”

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Backed Kickstarter of Lorenzo Etherington

Posted on Mar 11, 2018

Delighted to have backed the Kickstarter below!

A 200 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK of Lorenzo Etherington’s HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW tutorials + a NEW 600 PAGE sketchbook + STRANSKI reprint

I selected the Tutorials Book + Sketchbook 3:

The Tutorials Book
How to THINK when you DRAW will be a 200 page full colour hardback book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The book collects together MASSES of my drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. The series is EXTREMELY user-friendly, designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. The tutorials are better seen than described, so GO HERE for 100 FREE TUTORIALS.

The NEW 600 Page Sketchbook
The Deluxe Collection Part 3 will be a 600 page softcover black and white book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The artwork will be divided into chapters themed around character design, pose and gesture sheets, monsters, robots, concept vehicles, environment design, world building and much more.

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Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Jake Parker

Posted on Oct 17, 2017

Tue, Oct 24, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Jake Parker

Jake Parker :

Inktober :

profile-4888 (Also has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on D&D’s profile is where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram |

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Drawn & Drafted Live Podcast with Stan Prokopenko

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

Tue, Oct 17, 2017 1:00 PM EST
ProjectCast with Stan Prokopenko

Stan Prokopenko:

profile-4888 (Also has been having live podcasts that have been wonderful. The podcasts are held on D&D’s profile is where upcoming podcasts can be registered for and previous ones can be replayed. I also posted about the first four here is led by Lauren Panepinto (Creative Director of Orbit Books and Yen Press: Twitter | Instagram | Orbit Books Profile) and Marc Scheff (Artist/Art Director : TwitterInstagram |

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Zebra Fude Brush Pen

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

Recently, I picked up the Zebra Fude Brush Pen that I’ve had sitting around unopened while using other tools…

I have fallen in love.

I particularly enjoy the delicate lines & bristle bounce-back as well as the ink flow. It is not waterproof, but I’m not using any watercolors or gouache on top, so no issues for me.

I still like my Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen and am looking forward to trying others, but the Zebra Fude Brush Pen has become the one to beat… and from it being spoken highly of by Jake Parker ( and Skottie Young ( (see their Instagram reviews below), I’m guessing it will stay the one to beat!


Zebra Japan :

Zebra USA :

Zebra Fude Brush Pen, Double Sided — Bristles / Hard – Fine (FD-502)

“Write beautiful brush lettering with the Zebra Brush Pen. It’s wonderful for writing letters and cards for special occasions as well as for making crafts. It contains a water-based dye-based ink.

This FD-502 model conveniently has two tips in one pen. One tip is made of hairs, giving you the experience of using a real brush. The hair is made of synthetic fibers. The other tip is a hard tip, which is great for those who prefer a tip that’s easy to use—it gives the feel of using a regular felt tip pen but still lets you write beautiful characters.” — From

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Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen, Includes 2 Black Ink Refills (GFKP3BPA)

“The Pentel Pocket Brush Pen is ideal for creating fine to broad lines with a single brushstroke. Portable and refillable with permanent pigment ink, it’s perfect for painting, cartooning, detailing, and much more.” — From

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Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens

FYI: I also really like Zebra’s F-301 Ballpoint Pens!

Jake Parker

Jake Parker :

Skottie Young

Trying out the Zebra Brush pen. Love it. #ink #ihatefairyland #wip #fcbd #imagecomics #makingcomics #brushpen

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Skottie Young : Intro to Pocket Brush Pens also has a video talking about pocket brush pens that you might want to watch. The content from their Youtube description is below too:

Published on Feb 23, 2015
Pocket brush pens are the modern version of traditional brushes, combining a brush tip with a marker pen body where ink cartridges can be installed. In this video, we will highlight six main characteristics you should consider when choosing a pocket brush pen.

To learn more about pocket brush pens for calligraphy or art, head over to JetPens Blog to check out our articles.

Here are the brush pens featured in the video.

1. Tip Types
Natural Hair:
Synthetic Hair:
Felt Tip:

2. Firmness

3. Fineness

4. Flexibility

5. Ink Flow

6. Pigmentations
Black (Light)
Black (Dark)

7. Links
Newsletter :
Blog :
Instagram :
Twitter :
Pinterest :
Tumblr :

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Illumination, The Art of Lee White

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

How exciting it was last week to receive the beautiful, Kickstarter-backed book, Illumination: The Art of Lee White, by Lee White of SVSLearn. It is a 128 page, hardcover book covering the past 6 years or so of Lee’s work, and it has all the stories and inspiration behind the images. With the book came a couple wonderful prints that look great framed and on our wall! Congrats and thank you, Lee! I look forward to spending time soaking it all in!

While the Kickstarter campaign has ended, you can get one of these great books as well as many prints from Lee White’s website:


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Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal Received!

Posted on Aug 23, 2017

YAY! Just received the first issue of Character Design Quarterly Magazine by 3DTotal — Looks great and comes with some nice extras!

Original Kickstarter Campaign Content:

Character Design Quarterly: “A new magazine bringing expert insights and leading techniques to illustrators, artists and character enthusiasts worldwide”!

Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators and character art enthusiasts. Releasing four times a year, the magazine will offer inspirational and educational articles, tutorials and interviews from top industry professionals specifically geared to helping artists hone their character design skills. This unique, engaging magazine will provide a regular stream of insider knowledge and illuminating advice from experienced professionals and freelancers to help artists of all skill levels improve their workflow and designs.

The first issue is already in production so we can proudly announce that it will feature instructive tutorials by Max Grecke, Shaun Bryant, Simone Grünewald, and Brett Bean. We also have interviews with the creative people behind the multi-award-winning animation studio Blue Zoo, and up-and-coming character designer Amanda Jolly who talks about her exciting career working for companies including Warner Animation Group and Disney TVA. Get top tips from the likes of Loish, Randy Bishop and many more besides, plus learn about the creation of the first issue’s amazing cover image by CreatureBox!

The Original Kickstarter Campaign Link:


Character Design Quarterly Issue 01 Features:

Randy Bishop

Brett Bean

Loish (Lois Van Baarle)


Max Grecke

Shaun Bryant

Simone Grünewald

And more…

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25,000 Pins!

Posted on Jun 5, 2017

A New Milestone Reached! Over 25,000 Illustration, Design, and Other Art Pins into my Pinterest account. Pins Are Curated Into Boards Spanning: Different *Genre Types, Character Types, Environment Types, and Vehicle & Object Types, as well as Textures, Patterns, Branding & Packaging Design, Advertising, Character Bento, Wagashi, and Much More! (*Genre = Children’s Illustration, Earthy-Rustic-Folk, Manga/Anime, Fantasy/SciFi, Pop Culture, Etc.)

I have found Pinterest to be a great resource to learn & be inspired from. I’m so glad to have all these pins organized to share! Look forward to seeing what pins you share. Be sure to follow at and of course, on my other social media accounts too:

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Etchr Art Satchel

Posted on Jun 2, 2017


What a great looking and highly useful mobile studio! I already love all kinds of bags, but I’m looking forward to seeing this particular one launch!


How the Etchr Art Satchel Makes Urban Sketching a Breeze!

…As a professional Concept Artist, I loved taking a break and getting out and about with my drawing but often found the logistical process a pain. Fumbling around in my re-purposed bag for my art gear, setting up my work station and the arm fatigue and lack of mobility were all pain points that I sought to address with the Etchr Art Satchel…

…We think we’ve come up with the answer!…

…Join our community of artists on the Early Bird List to be first to know when it launches so you can have first dibs on our awesome early bird giveaways!…

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Founded by Darren Yeow :

Learned about the Etchr Art Satchel from a post on by


Listen to a great podcast interview with Darren Yeow about Etchr & more by Drawn + Drafted at

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Where to Start on SVSLearn

Posted on May 25, 2017

In the Forum (, the question is often asked of where to start and how to progress through all of the courses. Jake Parker responded recently to this question and gave the following list (his #1 is exactly where I’ve told everyone to go first) and said: “Future versions of SVS will have course paths for artists to take depending on if they want to get into illustration, children’s books, concept art, storyboarding, comics, etc. But for now this list below should get you going in the right direction:

PHASE 1: Fundamentals


PHASE 2: Learning Digital 


PHASE 3: Color 


PHASE 4: Characters 


PHASE 5: Illustration 


Also, in a previous post, I posted a list of where you can find SVSLearn, Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Lee White online at their sites & social media accounts where they share additional tips & advice (be sure to go to their YouTube accounts):

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