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    As suggested by Allana, this thread complements the cross-promotion thread. Anything you've found online, whether it's inspirational, instructional, whatever - anything that helps you make what you make, slap it up here. My own set:

    Free portfolio site - Carbonmade. For free, you get to upload a handful of images grouped by project/theme. Paid memberships get more, but as a strict just-your-best portfolio site it does everything I could ask for.

    Artist interviews - Art Heroes Radio. A bit more practical than most inspiration sites, features extended interviews with a pretty wide range of people.

    Open source image fiddling: I used GIMP for years, then downloaded the current version... and it doesn't let me save anything. So, I am slowly getting used to Krita's
    interface. It's aimed more at from-scratch digital painting, but it does the job for editing as well.

    Inspiration: Open Culture is a wide-ranging compilation of forgotten gems and buried treasure from across the depths of the internet. Errata from famous artists, behind-the-scenes looks at classic films, art projects that have caught their imagination, the one thing you can't do is predict what's turning up next.

    Good website building: For those of you crazy enough to want to do your CSS'ing from scratch, the best instruction I've found so far comes from these people. For a slightly faster process there's Kompozer, which is nice, free, straightforward and doesn't go overboard like Dreamweaver.

    So, what would you recommend?
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    THE TINY REPORT - a comics micro-press resource figure ref site for artists, NSFW The Periodic Table of Storytelling Thousands of years of visual culture made free through Wellcome Images Writing. Finishing. Editing. Publishing. Selling. IT TAKES THE TIME IT TAKES 63 lists of writing tips from the best writers How Do I Submit Writing Work to Comic Publishers? Tutorial on composition, perspective and how to use them as tools Arm Anatomy Reference study in panel borders Free custom Photoshop brushes Blogpost on managing a creative workload Andrew Loomis - Drawing the Head and Hands Perspective Drawing Isn't Scary kirbymuseum tumblr A Short Rant About Story/Set-Ups How to make and sell ebooks of your comics in like 12 1/2 seconds Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and InDesign printable keyboard shortcuts sheets The Science of Inspiration (and How to Make It Work for You) How to Create Motion in Still Photographs Using the Parallax Effect Dan Hill's Comic Writer Services 2.0 Some idiot-proof rules for comic writing How to Option a Book for Film Adaptation Advice about writing comic scripts Joss Whedon on getting things done Writing Advice: by Chuck Palahniuk resource for independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short How to Format an eBook for Kindle A blog featuring stills from films and their corresponding color palettes A place to list which publications pay writers, and how much
  2.  (11280.3) – successor to Panel & Pixel, which was spawned when Warren's The Engine was shut off – is a forum/community for aspiring and professional comics writers and artists.
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    I used GIMP for years, then downloaded the current version... and it doesn't let me save anything.
    I'm not sure if this is the problem you've run into, but to save in most file formats (i.e. not GIMP's native format), you need to select "Export" from the menu, rather than "Save".
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    ... sorry, I had it backwards - despite having the right plug-in loaded, it says that jpegs are an unknown file type. Which is handy.
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2014
    I do a lot of stuff...and none of it is visual. Voice over, dramaturgy, writing. So. Here goes.

    Rob Paulsen's Talkin Toons podcast. Rollickin good fun with exceptionally talented performers the wider world doesn't know.
    Crispin Freeman's Voice Acting Mastery podcast. More solid good info, less rollickin good fun, but so useful I revisit a lot of episodes. He includes in his tips insights on staying motivated and passionate.
    the blogs of various SITI company members. SITI are dedicated to creating evocative performances by destroying the dependence on narrative and invoking both eternal and ephemeral relationships between material, time and experience.
    Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog. Rant-y-ish demands that we all insist on better from ourselves. Also some really keen tips and insights.

    Hmm I don't have links...or maybe I have too many links... but I keep up with a lot of artists. Either we've met in classes or we've collaborated on plays, but I know a few people (mostly in the LA area) who do all kinds of awesome stuff. When they post whatever to facebook or Twitter I pay attention, read their blogs, check out their Tumblrs and pinterest pages, etc. It fans the flames in my soul, if you don't mind me getting slightly corny.
    Twitters of various people who do what I wanna do.
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    moali posted most of the creative resources I was gonna put down and then some. I think tumblr is great for inspiration if you follow the right people (i.e. people who don't post a bunch or kitty pictures and gifs).
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    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2014
    GIMP for me no longer exports PNG files, I just get an error message. Til they fix that, it's no use to me at all.
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    Holy shit
    Also, thanks
    • CommentTimeMar 20th 2014 edited
    @Kay y'welcome - Zen Productivity
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    I can't believe it's taken me this long to find these, but here's two sites for Scotland with exhibition opportunities, training and things like that. Not really creative resources, but a hand with what comes after can come in handy too, ay?

    Creative Scotland

    Society of Scottish Artists