Our own Luc Latulippe has created twenty-four Twitter bird illustrations that he’s offering up for free under a Creative Commons license for anyone who needs a Twitter illustration for their blog or website — including unflattened vector versions. Score!
Perhaps this will stop people from nicking Twitteriffic’s application icon under the assumption it’s Twitter’s official logo. The Icon Factory’s Gedeon Maheux explains how their app’s little blue bird gets around.
NFB.ca launches today. NFB.ca is the National Film Board of Canada’s new online film site that puts hundreds of animated films, documentaries, and experimental films back in front of the people that created and paid for them.
Here are a few of the most popular animated films (two Oscar-winners). Note that you can watch the films in various levels of quality; if you’re on high-speed, I definitely recommend the highest quality resolution. There are embed codes for all the films too if you want to post on your site.
The Logdriver’s Waltz by John Weldon
Explore all the animated films here.
I’ve been working this site for the last year with a small but passionate team of people at the film board trying to get the site ready for this year – which is the NFB’s 70th anniversary. The site has been in public Beta for the last six months while we were testing various features.
Ali Spagnola is giving away free commissioned paintings to anyone who wants one, seeing the exercise as a one-two punch towards better skills and eventual fame. I can’t say it’s a flawless plan, but if you like the style and want one of these simple 12-inch canvasses, head on over to Ali’s website.
While the title of this “book” suggests it is only for animators, the lessons within are valuable to anyone itching to be better at drawing expressive people. Walt Stanchfield was Disney animator who taught drawing at the studio. His handouts have been passed around and circulated for years, and Leo Brodie has organized them (based on the 60 handouts shared on animationmeat.com) into a book that Stanchfield might have written: Gesture Drawing for Animation.
Most creative professionals, when asked what piece of software they use most, will most likely say Adobe suite of applications. But for students and non-professionals, Adobe’s pricetags can be quite intimidating. Luckily, there are a few free/cheap alternatives.
Most prominent is the GIMP, a powerful and totally free, open source alternative to Photoshop that is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X:
If you find the GIMP intimidating, another open source image editing program, based on the GIMP is available called Seashore, which is available only for Mac OS X:
Finally, Wouldja Draw is a simple vector drawing application for Mac OS X. It’s not free, and looks rather limited in its functionality, but at $29.95 (there is a free demo) it sure beats the $500 sticker price of Adobe Illustrator if you only need to create the occasional simple vector images:
Readers in the comments section point out some other free/cheap alternatives:
Inkscape is a free vector graphic program that works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Xara is a competetively-priced alternative as well (for Windows).