An ongoing library of resources for people who like to make things, gathered from my podcast guests and personal experience as an illustrator, designer and podcaster.

Tools

Drawing by hand

Digital drawing

Animation

3D

Business and productivity

  • Notion is a powerful note-taking app that I love and use to track contacts, write checklists and plan my week.

  • Freshbooks or AndCO (free with limitations) for accounting and invoicing

  • Magoz' spreadsheets for building a client database.

  • Hunter and Rocket Reach are good tools for finding email addresses for people you don’t know.

  • Be Focused productivity timer (free/ for Mac users only) for giving myself a boost and timing pomodoros (25 min deep work sessions).

Mock-ups

  • Mr. Mockup for high quality mockups in high resolution with tons of props and opportunities for customization.

  • Smart Mockups

  • The Mock Up Club for roundups of great quality free mockups from around the web.

Audio and recording

This is the exact setup I use for the Illustration Hour podcast.

Website and portfolios

More

  • Sip allows you to easily sample and save colors.

  • Make and print your own custom grid paper with Gridzzly.

Learning

The most useful source of quality resources and learning material I have found is by far Skillshare. If you use this link, you can get two free months of Premium Skillshare with no obligation to sign up after the trial period is over. It’s a great opportunity to get two months of awesome courses by Aaron Draplin, Tom Froese, Jessica Hische and Brad Woodard for free!

General

3D

Animation

Books

Recommended by podcast guests

My creative library

An ongoing list of books I have on my shelves that bring me inspiration and motivation.

Podcasts

More resources

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