As a digital art creator, creative block is something I know all artists can relate to. It can be an everyday struggle trying to come up with fresh and exciting work.
But sometimes, all it takes is a twinkle of inspiration to bounce back to your most artistic self and bring your highest level of contribution to all your artworks.
If there is one thing artists are always on the hunt for, it is additional ways to fuel our creative fires. Whether it is a new platform for creating, sharing, learning, or viewing art.
I’ve curated this extensive list of digital art websites so you know exactly where to run to on your not-so-creative days.
ArtStation is fast becoming the all-you-can-eat buffet of digital art.
Although animation creators would find it most relevant, other forms of digital art are welcomed.
I recommend checking out their Learning section where they have free tutorials on—mostly advanced—digital art techniques.
They have both beginner and advanced-level tutorials on Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, Marmoset Toolbag, Substance Designer and Procreate.
The Marketplace is also a goldmine of inspiration. Study what other artists are putting up for sale and what people are willing to buy.
ArtStation has a lot going on, you might spiral into a rabbit hole by the sheer volume of content they have to offer. Take it easy with the scrolling.
Important Note: Some ArtStation sellers put some mature content up for sale. They give you a heads up in case you are an underage viewer.
- Very business-oriented. Professionals will love it here.
- Emphasis on movie animation
- Job listings
- In-depth training videos for free
Pinterest has over 478 million users.
While the visual search engine may not be built solely for digital art. It is one of the go-to sources of digital art inspiration for a huge chunk of its most imaginative user base.
Search “digital art” or any similar variation and you’d see tons of beautiful creations.
Glance through and learn a quick method or two through bite-sized tutorial videos (aka, video pins).
Create a Pinterest board and save all your favourite pins in one place. Allow collaborators to save their own pins. Get inspired all the time.
- Digital artwork from several websites in one place (including Artstation)
- Best suited for inspiration
- Easy site navigation
- Pinterest learns your interests and shows you related stuff
Do you love anime? If yes, Pixiv might just be your everyday art creation fuel.
Over 50 million independent illustrators of all genres come together at Pixiv to inspire each other and organize art-focused events. It is a great platform for fostering friendly and career-minded relationships with different artists.
In its former days, Pixiv used to be a laughing stock due to its chaotic User Interface design. Since then they’ve made adjustments and dumped the gallery-style approach in favour of a smoother design. It is no longer a hassle to find your way around the site.
Worthy of note: Most professional digital art creators in Japan choose Pixiv as their preferred portfolio website
- Prominent Otaku culture (anime, manga)
- Friendly and supportive vibe
- Praised for having better art in general, compared to most art-sharing platforms
Think of Skillshare as a fun, personalized online art school for creatives. New in the block yet with several raving fans, there are thousands of classes on Illustrated lettering, art journaling, and other art and entrepreneurial topics.
One of the most unique things about Skillshare is that the classes are taught, not just by professional teachers, but by people who practically use the knowledge they teach in everyday life.
For example, the faculty over at Skillshare consists of famous YouTubers, photographers, writers, designers, etc. Basically, working professionals who are amazing at what they do.
SkillShare premium costs $19 a month if you pay every month. The price reduces to $8.25 per month if you subscribe to an annual plan. I think this is a steal considering the quality of the program.
- Quality Youtube-style videos
- Elite instructors
- Not totally free. Affordable still
- Offers more than digital art
Nothing is too serious at Proko. They teach fun and informative lessons on how to draw. What’s more? They help artists with a passion for teaching monetize their knowledge.
The materials offered at Proko can be applied to both drawing with apps and pen on paper drawing.
There’s an active community in all of the lessons and you get to see other students work called “assignments”. You don’t even need to have an account with them to do this. Pretty awesome.
- Extremely practical and relatable courses
- A lively community of learners
- Personable founder and team
New Masters Academy (NMA)
With ultra clientele like Sony and Disney, New Masters Academy has earned its spot on the A-list of digital art websites. They are a premium online art school with a modern twist.
NMA’s forever night-themed interface tunes out distractions and lets you focus better on your lessons.
They have an outstanding and exotic collection of instructors. One of them is Johanna Swaiger. The German native has taught figurative sculpting and drawing around the globe and collaborated on the largest Mahatma Gandhi Memorial in Mumbai, India.
Another is Bill Perkins who worked on “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and Academy Award-winning “Aladdin”.
There’s a free trial period which lasts for 7 days. Subscription costs start from only $35 a month.
- 100+ interactive 3D models for artist references
- Give out subscriptions as gifts
- 50,000+ high-quality reference photos
- Live streams
- Watch anywhere (Computer, phone, tablet, or TV)
Concept Art World
As the name implies, Concept Art World is a digital art website that focuses on concept art. Their inspiration tab features a curation of digital art pieces that keeps you wondering. Is it a photo or an artwork?
Their midnight black site design shifts all your attention to the images and pops colours in graphics. On Concept Art World you find works from expert digital art creators. We’re talking about using Photoshop for post-production and touch-ups!
Coolvibe is a digital art and inspiration blog. They highlight fantasy art, anime/manga, illustrations, and other notable art created by artists all over the web.
The Coolvibe team also makes sure to link back to the original creators it features. It is listed among one of the top platforms a digital art creator should be on in several authority sites.
On every page, there’s a Facebook comments plugin which you can use to share your thoughts about some of the art or read others’ thoughts.
Redbubble is primarily an e-commerce site. A very distinctive feature of Redbubble is, they don’t just sell art, they sell tangible products spruced up by wonderful art.
You have no obligation to buy anything, you can always window shop. However, if you do purchase something, you get the chance to support a growing community of over 700,000 creatives. Win, win.
On Redbubble, there is a name and a face to every product. View some featured artist stores, leaf through their products, and get a novel idea for your next piece of art.
See how the art looks in a variety of media with their “Artwork Medium” filter.
What stands out with Redbubble is that they very openly advocate for socially responsible production throughout their site. Plus, they make every digital art creator on the platform feel empowered.
- E-commerce platform
- Sells custom physical products decorated with art
- Filter through different art media
- Socially responsible production processes
Yes, Etsy. The 16-year old e-commerce company is synonymous with handmade, vintage, craft supplies. Essentially, all things special and artsy. Whether it’s a Procreate swash font, colouring pages, glitter digital papers, or watercolour clipart, there’s always something to pique your artistic interests.
I had to fight myself hard to not drown in their 1.5 million-plus collection of digital art goodness. There are so many treasure-worthy pieces on Etsy. You just have to check them out. Literally a goldmine of inspiration!
Above is one out of the many interesting products I’ve found on Etsy. 1600+ procreate brushes and textures for just $12. If you want to up your Procreate or Clip Art games, then you need to check out their “digital” collection. So many goodies to choose from.
- Products that help you create better art
GIPHY’s website literally moves. You know all those funny, meme gifs you see on the internet? GIPHY lets you create them. To get the ball rolling, you get to see trending gifs.
The artists behind GIPHY and their superb talent. There’s this completely iconic clip from the wrestler McGregor that I came across, and it was all good vibes.
Something you don’t know: UFC has a GIPHY account! Little wonder all the wrestling memes.
Comb through their sticker collection. You could find a gem on there that would trigger your next prize-winning work. Or more likely, have a good laugh. But for real though, they do stock stickers for iOS and Android. Send them to your family, friends, and frenemies. They won’t believe their eyes at your never-before-seen collection.
A bonus is, GIPHY provides robust community guidelines to maintain a friendly, respectful environment free of sexual or violent content.
- Serves as a digital art generator, easily create short videos or gifs
- Artist profiles for creators
- Mobile stickers
The BeFunky photo editor creates digital art online in clicks. Your job is to choose a picture, pick an editing style, and make the click. They have tools such as overlays, graphic icons, textures, frames, and blemish fixes for the skin.
I was impressed by the number of advanced features they had as well. For example, the Pastel DLX option. You can also download your creations for free without a watermarked logo on them.
However, if you want to go all-in with BeFunky Plus, it’s $4.99 a month billed annually and $8.99 on monthly billing.
Flaming text is a plug n play digital art logo maker. Although their branding resonates better with younger creators, anyone can still have fun with their easy-to-use software.
On Flaming Text, you can create transparent background logos from over a thousand fonts. Add custom colours, shadows and save in several formats and sizes. Here’s what I could do in seconds with the free option:
This is all free for personal and educational uses. For commercial use, you have the option to make a purchase. If you pay for a plan, you get access to more advanced features.
Flaming Text is perfect for testing out new colour combinations and having fun with text. A cool pastime to get those creative juices flowing.
Heads up: Sadly, you may not get the best user experience from their site.
- Save graphics with a transparent background
- Text-based logo design. Over a thousand free fonts
- Pay for commercial use
- A very low learning curve
Make Beliefs Comix
Make Beliefs Comix by Bill Zimmerman empowers kids to express their ideas and stories in Comics.
MBC is a comic-centred digital art maker. To help create a story, users can add objects, background colours, “emotions, and dialogue. Size and positioning can also be customized, alongside body language and facial expressions.
Comics are an effective art channel. Developed for teachers and parents of school-aged children, just about anyone can dive in nonetheless.
There are hundreds of digital art templates available for free and immediate download. All pieces can be printed or emailed.
I mean, do you know how to create a comic strip? Just asking:-)
- Used to create cartoon comics
- Created for younger audiences
Click On To Your Next Best Art
There’s a fair dose of mental heavy lifting to being an artist. You aren’t always inspired and that’s it. Good thing there are many spaces on the internet where you can appreciate gorgeous art and hit the ground running from there. I’m confident one or more of these sites will provide you with just the kick-start you need. Enjoy.