Since we are still figuring things out with the site, I thought I’d post some links. Here are a few of my favorites, and should be interesting to anyone who is interested in art.
These are specifically online drawing programs, great if you have a tablet (we use an Axiotron Modbook)
Queeky – A very versatile in-browser digital painting site. The programming can be spotty at times, but the results are well worth the effort. The best part is the animated playback, where once you publish your drawing on the site, you (and others) can watch the drawing rebuilt stroke-for-stroke at varying speeds (strokes/sec). The app allows layers, which throws off the replay a little; the playback starts with the bottom layer and works up, rather than specifically playing the replay in the exact order you created it. This is pretty trivial, as that aspect can be used to plan animated drawings or effects that would be difficult to pull off otherwise. The online community is extremely friendly and supportive. Several of the drawings posted on Tuna were taken from my account.
RateMyDrawings -Similar to Queeky, but more limited. There are different versions of the app you can use. A simple java-based version allows animated playback, but limits the amount of “ink” you have to paint with and they don’t allow layers. On the advanced version, it has layers and effects and no limits, but no animated playback. My personal preference is to use Queeky, although the programming on the simple version seems less buggy than Queeky (just don’t trust the quicksave option). Very easy to use.
Psykopaint -Only available on Google Chrome (for now), this is a strange one. Basically, while you can work off of blank space like usual, if you work off of a picture, the app will select your colors based on sampling from the image underneath it. The interface seems kind of wonky, due to the animated interface and can be hard on some computers. The brushes and options are very interesting and produce some odd effects. I haven’t used it much, but you can definitely do crazy things with it if you try.
Gimp – Do I really need to say much on this one? Like Photoshop, only free. Maybe not quite as polished as PS, but all the same potential is there. Definitely recommended if you use your computer for any kind of visual art.
Along with a program that came with the Modbook (Sketchbook Express), these are all the programs we’ve used to create the images for this site. When it comes to animation, we have a student copy of Toon Boom. If you think you’d like to give animation a shot, here’s a link to a very basic and straight-forward piece of 2d animation freeware: Pencil