These resources by no means represent the entire spectrum of tools and software available online. While they are not presented in any particular order, we have tried to conveniently arrange them in a way that will make each section easier to find.


Here are a few useful starter photo and texture reference packs, as well as other useful resources from The Big Bad World of Concept Art’s Gumroad page. Enjoy!

  • Gates of Tian Tan
  • F-18 Super Hornet
  • Fishing Village Pack 1
  • Vintage Aircraft Pack 01
  • Industrial Piping Pack 01
  • Cactus Garden Complete Collection
  • Cliffs and Rock Formations of Ireland Complete Collection
  • Eroded Landscapes
  • Volcanic Rock Formations
  • Traditional Taiwanese Homes
  • Commercial Trucks
  • Hong Kong Temple
  • Arid Landscapes of the Grand Canyon
  • Cactus Garden
  • Cliffs and Rock Formations of Ireland
  • More Resources Coming Soon


Here are a few useful brushes to enhance your art and your workflow. A good artist is one who is curious and willing to explore new artistic tools and techniques. Try to assimilate a few of these resources into your own artwork.

  • Craig Mullins Brushes
  • Grzegorz Rutkowski's Brushes
  • Jaime Jones Brushes
  • Bastien Lecouffe Deharme Brushes
  • Houston Sharp Brushes
  • Darek Zabrocki Brushes
  • Shaddy Safadi Brushes
  • Dan Luvisi Brushes
  • Jonas De Ro Brushes
  • Wojtek Fus Brushes
  • Maciej Kuciara Brushes
  • Jama Jurabaev Brushes
  • Mega Brush Pack
    by Mark Molnar
  • Frank Hong Basic Brush Kit
  • Steambot Brushes
  • Reid Southen Brushes
  • Digital Brushes Site Collection
  • Custom Shape Tools
    by Kalen Chock
  • Real Smoke Brushes from Photoshop Tutorials
  • Particle Smoke Brushes from Photoshop Tutorials
  • Dried Blood Splatters from Photoshop Tutorials
  • Tech Brushes V5 from Zane Bien
  • Tech Brushes V6 from Zane Bien
  • Obsidian Dawn Brushes
  • Obsidian Dawn Brushes 2
  • Daphne Arcadius Brushes
  • More Brushes Coming Soon


Here are a few useful 3D brushes, kitbash kits, plugins, etc. to enhance your art and your workflow. A good artist is one who is willing to explore new artistic tools and techniques practiced in the industry. It’s almost essential for artist to know 3D workflows.

  • HDRI Free Bundle 2
    by Arnaud Lonys
  • Hard Surface Kitbash Library Sample Pack
    Mark Van Haitsma
  • Kitbash Set
    Pablo Castaño Norkus
  • 3D Assets
  • Seneca Scripts and Tools Launcher
  • GrabCAD
  • 3D Assets
  • 3D Assets
  • Max Plugins
  • Blueprints
  • Organic Alphas for Zbrush and Photoshop
    with Peter Konig
  • Skin Alpha Image Pack
    with Peter Konig
  • Vitaly Bulgarov 3D Kits
  • Basic Fusion 360
    with Kirill Chepizhko
  • Fusion 360 Quickstart
    by Pavlovich
  • 3D Coat Hard Surface Painting
    with Anthony Jones
  • 3D Coat Hard Surface Basics
    with Anthony Jones
  • Human Anatomy Sculpting
    with Peter Zoppi
  • Human Head Sculpting
    with Peter Zoppi
  • Substance Designer Quickstart
    by Pavlovich
  • Substance Painter Quickstart
    by Pavlovich
  • Introto Zbrush Part1
    by Pavlovich
  • How to Correctly Light a 3D Model
    by Blender Guru
  • Creating Realistic Eyes for Games
    with Peter Zoppi
  • Intro to Skin Shading
    with Peter Zoppi
  • Zbrush Tutorial
    by Pavlovich
  • Stylized Zbrush Modeling
    by Pavlovich
  • Custom Brushes
  • Intro to Keyshot
    with Matt Thorup
  • Texture Library
  • Textures and Normals
  • Materials
  • Plugins from
  • Sketchup Plugins
  • More Resources Coming Soon


Here are a few useful reference and texture websites to enhance your art and give you inspiration. A good artist is willing to use these reference pictures as a time-saving tool for their designs while using other images to begin their picture-making exploration.

  • Shutterstock
  • Adobe Stock
  • iStock Photos
  • Flickr
  • Brusheezy Textures
  • Tower of London
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • Iceland Reference Pack
    by Tom Lopez
  • Volcanoes: Nicaragua and Guatemala
    by Jonathan Guzi
  • War Machinery
  • Bullets and Firearms
  • Free Textures
    by Lance Wilkinson
  • Tunnels in Salt Mine
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • Aircraft Tech Photo Pack
    by Peter Konig
  • Burgundy Medieval Architecture
    by Stephane Wootha Richard
  • Tessellated Pavement Reference Pack
    by Tom Lopez
  • Overcast Beach (PacificNW) Photo Pack
    by Peter Konig
  • Naval Ship Reference Pack
    by Dylan Pierpont
  • Flight Museum Reference Pack
    by Lorin Wood
  • Australia Part 2 Reference Pack
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Photo Reference Pack
    by Paul Pepera
  • Aerial Skies Photo Pack Vol 2
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • Panoramic Clouds
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • Mountains and Forests References
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • USS Blueback Reference Pack
    by Paul Pepera
  • Texture Ninja
  • Trees References
    by Jacek Pilarski
  • Burnt Forest Reference Pack
  • Scotland Reference Pack
    by Noah Bradley
  • Noah Bradley Megapack
  • Ben Mauro Environment Bundle
  • Ben Mauro Tech Bundle
  • Jonathan Guzi California Coast and Woods
  • The Anatomy Reference Pack
    by Jazza Studios
  • The Faces Reference Pack
    by Jazza Studios
  • Wild Textures
  • More Resources Coming Soon


Here are a few apps, plugins, and tutorials to improve your art efficiency. A good artist is willing to explore new artistic tools and techniques from a variety of sources. Try to assimilate and learn from them.

  • The Search Process + Brushes
    Devin Korwin
  • Perspective Tools v2
  • PixelSquid
  • Flood 2
    by Flaming Pear Software
  • Creating a Successful Portfolio
    with Frank Hong
  • Sebastian Gromann Tutorial
  • A Basic Introduction to Illustration in Photoshop
    with Aaron Blaise
  • Painting Rusty Armor
    with Anthony Jones
  • How to Paint Water in Photoshop
    by Cubebrush
  • Perspective Template
    by Kalen Chock
  • Thumbnail Templates
    by Frank Hong
  • How to Paint Glowing Effects in Photoshop
    by Cubebrush
  • Realtime Episode 2
    with Frank Hong
  • Realtime Episode 1
    with Frank Hong
  • Creative Bloq
  • 10 Things You Must Know About Photoshop Brushes
    by Tuts + Design
  • Movie Color Palettes
  • ImagineFX YouTube Tutorials
  • Neil Blevins CG Education
  • Digital Painting Tutorials
  • IceflowStudios Tutorials and Assets
  • The 4 Zones of Awesomeness by Shaddy Safadi
  • Perspective Tool from Pixelstains
  • Skin Tone Swatches from Reid Southen
  • The Grain Tutorial by Dan Luvisi
  • Venom Tutorials by Dan Luvisi
  • More Resources Coming Soon


These are some of the common tools used by artists in order to speed up their workflow. A good artist is willing to search for the best tools for the job without compromising too much time.

  • Free Photoshop CS2
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Made with Mischief
  • Daz Studio
  • The Foundry Modo
  • Google Sketchup
  • Pixologic Zbrush
  • Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite
  • Marmoset Toolbag
  • Luxion Keyshot
  • Blender
  • E-on Software Vue
  • Marvelous Designer
  • Corona Renderer
  • FStormRender
  • Poser
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • MotionArtist
  • Autodesk Sketchbook
  • More Resources Coming Soon


Display your BEST artwork on sites like these. Doing so is a great way to get feedback, interact with the artistic community, network with other artists and just stay motivated. Get out there and get noticed!

  • CGTrader
  • CGSociety
  • 3DTotal
  • Behance
  • Digital Artlords
  • Artstation
  • DrawCrowd
  • DeviantArt
  • Polycount
  • LayerPaint
  • ConceptArtWorld
  • More Resources Coming Soon


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