5 useful tools for digital artists

I’ve come across a few great online tools that I have used time and time again in creating (and practising) my art and digital sketches. These range from interesting web-apps to fully-fledged art tools that are worth your time to check out.

# 1 – Tayasui Sketches

https://www.tayasui.com/sketches/

Tayasui Sketches is a simple to use and very versatile drawing tool. It's website states:

We made Sketches the most realistic digital drawing tool to allow you to create the most beautiful images.

And they're not lying. The drawing tools are hyper-realistic, without the clutter of Photoshop. It's drawing as it should be.

# 2 – JustSketchMe

https://justsketch.me/

JustSketchMe is a set of posable 3D characters. Models can be set to different poses for use in figure sketching reference. I use this both as reference for comic characters, as well as just to practice drawing the human anatomy. It's free and runs super well on web. No need for an account or download.

# 3 – SketchDaily

http://reference.sketchdaily.net/

I was a bit sceptical when a friend of mine mentioned Sketch Daily. It’s one of the better online tools that show a model in a certain pose for a limited time. The idea is to try and flesh out the basic shape as fast as you can, and it works. After the first few attempts to draw the entire person, you realise there just isn’t enough time and finally grasp the age old mantra “build the house before you hang the drapes”.

# 4 – Krita

https://krita.org

This is an incredibly cool painting application which is 100% free. Describing itself as:

Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

It used to be really slow and resource intensive when I started using it back in 2015, but has since become a powerful tool rivalling Photoshop in its utilities.

# 5 – Wysp

http://www.wysp.ws/practice/

Wysp is a great place to practice. There are time based exercises (similar to Sketch Daily) ranging from cartoon expressions to dragons. It’s a great place to spend time if you’re interested in improving drastically in a short period of time, but takes some serious dedication. There are a decent amount of free lessons, after which you need to pay to unlock.