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.
Drawing by hand
MOFT stand (to elevate your laptop to a more ergonomic height)
Astropad can mirror your iPad Pro on your computer.
A screen protector/paper-like cover for iPad Pro
Retro Supply Co. is a shop for brushes, textures, packs and more for Illustrator, Procreate, Photoshop and Affinity.
Procreate on the iPad Pro
Stencil Wiki, a riso resource for artists, designers and printers
Animator’s Toolbar Photoshop plug-in
Cinema 4D for 3D modeling and rendering
Marvelous Designer is a tool for making 3D virtual clothing
Poliigon for 3D renders, HDRs, and textures
Blender, an open-source and free 3D software option
Business and productivity
Notion is a powerful note-taking app that I love and use to track contacts, write checklists and plan my week.
Magoz' spreadsheets for building a client database.
Be Focused productivity timer (free/ for Mac users only) for giving myself a boost and timing pomodoros (25 min deep work sessions).
Mr. Mockup for high quality mockups in high resolution with tons of props and opportunities for customization.
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
Semplice (WordPress Plugin and what I use)
Bluehost (to host your WordPress site and create a custom domain; this is what I use for my website)
Adobe Portfolio (free with Creative Cloud)
Sip allows you to easily sample and save colors.
Make and print your own custom grid paper with Gridzzly.
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, Brad Woodard and lots more for free!
How to Come Up with Ideas, a video from The Futur about ideation and illustration
The Futur’s YouTube channel
Dansky’s tutorials on animation and illustration
How to Write Case Studies for Your Portfolio from Semplice
Aaron Draplin’s Design like Draplin Skillshare course is full of ways to simplify your workflow and make your client work professional.
Drawabox is a free exercise-based program to help you learn to draw better.
Blender Guru’s completely free and super well-made Blender 2.8 Beginner tutorial series
Tutorials on Blender from Grant Abbitt
Cinema 4D tutorials by EyeDesyn
Tutorials by Rad Sechrist available on Gumroad
Tutorials by Beatrice Blue
GreyScale Gorilla helps creatives learn Cinema 4D, After Effects, and other motion design tools.
Eye Design’s Cinema 4D tutorials
Recommended by podcast guests
Contact by Carl Sagan
The Art of Ooo by Chris McDonnell
The Islanders by Christopher Priest
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Sex Fantasy by Sophia Foster-Domino
Leaving Richard’s Valley by Michael DeForge
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
History of Sexuality Vol. 1 by Michel Foucault
Revolting Prostitute by Molly Smith and Juno Mac
Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton
Against Hate by Carolin Emcke
How We Desire by Carolin Emcke
Fabian by Erich Kastner
Eightball by Daniel Clowes
Moon Trax by Tiger Tateishi
Fragmentos Seleccionados by Andres Magan
The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin
American Surfaces by Stephen Shore
Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami
Nomad by Alan Partridge
Design, Form and Chaos by Paul Rand
Bob Gill, So Far by Bob Gill
Know Your Rodent by Ziggy Hanaor
The Maze: A Labyrinthine Compendium by Kendra Wilson
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Goodbye Vitamin by Rachel Khong
Marcel Duchamps: The Afternoon Interviews by Calvin Tomkins’
Life: A User’s Manual by Georges Perec
Sweet Days of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy
Creative Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho
How to Be an Illustrator by Darrel Rees
The Left Handed Designer by Seymour Chwast and Steven Heller
Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See by Françoise Mouly
The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Félix Vallotton by Philippe Büttner
Hopper by Rolf G. Renner
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave by Timothy Clark
Design as Art by Bruno Munari
The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto
Revolution Song by Russell Shorto
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
New Wave Clay by Tom Morris
Design for Children by Kimberlie Birks
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
My creative library
An ongoing list of books I have on my shelves that bring me inspiration and motivation.
Le Livre de la Peinture et des Peintres by Adrian Sington and Tony Ross
Thinking Visually by Mark Wigan
A Dictionary of Color Combinations by Sanzo Wada
White by Kenya Hara
Phaidon's The Art Book
Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Graphique de la Rue by Louise Fili
Pretty Pictures by Marian Bantjes
Posters by Milton Glaser
3-D Eye by Michael English
Phaidon’s The House Book
Overspray: Riding High with the Kings of California Airbrush Art by Norman Hathaway
Personality Hacker focuses on productivity and happiness in the context of personal mental processes.
Creative Pep Talk, hosted by Andy J. Pizza (Andy J. Miller), is a motivating podcast about making a living as a creative.
Don’t Keep Your Day Job is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs.
99% Invisible is a podcast about design hosted by Roman Mars.
Accidental Tech discusses tech, Apple and programming.
Still Processing, in which two culture writers for The New York Times dive into current issues.
Lexicon Valley is a podcast about language.
2 Dope Queens is a comedy podcast from Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams.
The Mash-Up Americans discusses culture, race and identity.
On Being is about big questions: spirituality, science, social healing, art and more.
Radiolab is an investigation into how the world works, often with a science focus.
One Thing Real Quick is about how people use creativity.
A Way With Words is about language and linguistics.
Late Night Whenever is a late-night talk show with celebrity guests.
Overshare goes beyond the Instagram feed to get honest with creatives.
Raw magazine, an indie comic magazine/anthology edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly from 1980 to 1991
A free archive of Dublin’s OFFSET festival talks
Readingdesign.org is an archive of critical reading on design.
Stanford University Design School’s digital collection of tools and resources
99U's Guide to Marketing Yourself is a round-up of resources for creatives looking to better promote themselves and tell their stories
Briefbox is a library of practice briefs and resources for designers.
A comprehensive guide from The Creative Independent about how to get press for your creative work
Typelab is a beautiful site for discovering and experimenting with new typefaces.
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