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ANDROID JONES
The fantastic art work of Android Jones employs digital media to create some of the most imaginative, colourful and immensely detailed images around. Portraits, Dreamscapes, Album Covers and Event Posters are among the huge range of his work and this site has a wealth of examples of his always beautiful and sometimes disturbing pictures on display.

ANIMATION TREASURES
This is actually One1more2times3's Weblog, and the author is Hans Bachelor, a production designer in the animation film industry. He offers some very detailed and interesting insights into the world of film animation with an extensive series of lavishly illustrated pieces about a wide range of films and other forms of art. The illustrations can be clicked on to be viewed as high quality enlargements. There is also a huge blogroll with links to a variety of other blogs and websites connected with the worlds of art and films.

ARC ART RENEWAL CENTER
This claims to be "the largest on-line Museum - steadily expanding with thousands of high quality images of the greatest paintings and sculpture in history ... an encyclopedic collection of essays, biographies and articles by top scholars in the field." The many pictures are for online viewing only, and there is also a commercial side to the site selling a variety of art-related products.

ART HIT GALLERY
This online contemporary art gallery offers a selective collection of original paintings and drawings by international emerging and established contemporary artists. The paintings are all for sale, but can be viewed at a reasonable size. It covers a wide range of different styles, including Surrealism, Abstract, Modernism, Cubism and Impressionism.

ART PASSIONS
This is a wide-ranging and non-commercial collection of book illustrations by classic, out-of-copyright illustrators and artists like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Maxfield Parrish, Gustave Dore, Aubrey Beardsley, and Warwick Goble. There are also links to other relevant sites concerning the featured artists, including those from which art prints of their work can be obtained.

ART TRADER MAGAZINE
This is an excellent online magazine, past issues of which can be downloaded for free. It is a wide-ranging source of inspiration and practical advice, with lots of workshops, videos and ideas on different kinds of art suitable for creating Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), Altered Art, Art Journals and Chunky Books.

BEST HIDDEN THINGS
This eclectic and esoteric website is the work of one individual and contains a host of fascinating and sometimes weird images and files from the worlds of art, photography, films and music culled from all over the web.

CG SOCIETY
This is the website of the Society of Digital Artists, which claims to be "the most respected and accessible global organization for creative digital artists." It has large galleries of impressive artwork from a wide range of artists and in various 2D and 3D styles, including matte paintings from many major films.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION BLOG
This blog by Cizgili Masallar contains a large number of illustrations for children's books by a variety of different illustrators. They can be searched by artist, story title or author, and the illustrations themselves are of a good quality and reasonable size. Artists represented range from the most famous like Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Warwick Goble to the less well known, while the stories also cover the familiar like Aladdin, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid to the less familiar like Donkey Skin and The Story of Little Muck.

CTRL+PAINT
Matt Kohr presents this collection of free, bite-sized and easy to understand video tutorials on all aspects of digital painting in Photoshop from the very basic uses of the brush and eraser tools through the use of photo and other resources to more sophisticated techniques for creating all sorts of paintings. There is also a store where you can buy whole sets of tutorials on different aspects of digital art.

DAGGER BAY
Dagger Bay is a community of artists from many disciplines who socialize online and compete with each other regularly to hone their skills and share what they've learned with other members of the site. There are regular contests in photo manipulation, illustration (both digital and traditional), photography and writing, as well as a lively forum. The atmosphere is friendly and helpful, with the emphasis on learning and having fun. The site is suitable for all ages and skill levels and is dedicated to making the experience of creating art as enjoyable as possible.

DEVIANT ART
This is an ever-expanding gallery of digital and traditional art, photography, film and animation, design and many other visual arts. Members upload their work which inevitably varies greatly in quality, but there are some excellent images in all categories, and many of the photographs can be used for other purposes with or without attribution.

DISNEY SCREENCAPS
For anyone interested in the images and sequences of scenes in the animation films of the Disney and other animation studios this is a very valuable resource. It includes all the classic Disney animations from "Snow White" onwards and every one covers the entire film with hundreds of screencaps, each of which can be clicked on to see a high quality enlargement. They are free to browse and individual images can be downloaded, but you do need to sign up and pay if you want to download a zip file of the entire film.

FANTASTIC ART: JAMES C. CHRISTENSEN
Part of "a world history of art" website, this page is devoted to the works of James C. Christensen, a famous fantasy artist whose work I greatly admire and by which some of my own paintings have been influenced. His skill and range are amazing and are well represented in this collection of images.

FANTASY ART AT JARLING-ARTS
Uwe Jarling is a hugely talented artist in the field of fantasy painting, and this site is the showcase for his work, in a variety of categories from Fantasy and Science Fiction through Horror and Romance to Cartoon and Logos. He works almost exclusively in the digital medium, and achieves some stunning results. As well as a gallery of his work, the site also contains several turorials (under "Stuff") explaining how he achieves his effects.

FANTASY GALLERY
This site contains a range of very high quality fantasy paintings by many different artists, some of them famous names, like Frank Frazetta, Rodney Matthews and Larry Elmore. Their work is presented in galleries of thumbnails which can be enlarged for more detailed inspection. A link to the artists' website is provided with each fantasy artwork.

GALLERY OF FROUD
This site showcases the work of Brian Froud with a biography of the artist and a selection of his pictures. There is also information about his books, exhibitions and book signings, FAQ and links to other Froud-related sites. It is a simple and well-organised site which is easy to navigate, and presents an excellent cross-section of the artist's work. If you are looking for high quality examples of Froud's paintings, this is a good place to start.

ILLUSTRATORS
This site contains illustrated biographies of over one hundred book illustrators from E. A. Abbey to N. C. Wyeth. Each page contains a biography, illustrations, and references, giving a good idea of the life and work of the particular artist. Anyone interested in illustrated books from the past and the present will find something worthwhile on this site, which goes a long way to demonstrate that illustrators are as talented and accomplished as so-called "fine" artists.

INKSCAPE
Inkscape is free vector graphics software which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. It claims it is used by design professionals and hobbyists worldwide, for creating a wide variety of graphics such as illustrations, icons, logos, diagrams, maps and web graphics. It has sophisticated drawing tools with capabilities which compare with Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Xtreme. It can import and export various file formats, including SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, PS and PNG. There are also plenty of tutorials and learning materials available to help you use it.

LARGE SIZE PAINTINGS
This blog contains a wide range of classical, public domain paintings presented in high-quality reproductions. A large number of artists, some of them quite obscure, are listed in alphabetical order of first name, and many of them are represented by a single painting. Others, like Edward Burne-Jones, Hans Holbein, J.C. Leyendecker, John Everett Millais and Lawrence Alma-Tadema are represented by a much larger number. The site is worth a visit for the quality of the paintings and the wide range of artists it covers.

LEARN TO DRAW LESSONS
A collection of free online drawing lessons and videos covering a wide range of materials and techniques including composition, perspective, geometric shapes, portraits, figure drawing, charcoal, and pencil. It also has a list of links to other free online drawing resources and a gallery of art submitted by students.

LORD OF THE RINGS SCENERY SITE
This site contains a multitude of photographs of set models and construction designs for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy of films. There are many high quality images of models of all the major locations for the films and a collection of illustrated demonstrations of how many of them were constructed.

MICHAEL KUTSCHE
Michael Kutsche is a very talented artist who works in both traditional and digital media. As well as producing work for his own projects he has been a character designer for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland", "John Carter of Mars", and "Thor", and many of his character designs are on show on his website.

MICHAEL SPORN ANIMATION
Dedicated to the late Michael Sporn, this site features the art, animation, work and some of the thoughts of the artists working at Michael Sporn Animation. It has a huge range of illustrations by animation and concept artists (including many early Disney artists like Mary Blair and Gustaf Tenggrenn) and is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in animation.

RODNEY MATTHEWS.COM
Rodney Matthews produces imaginative and detailed fantasy and science-fiction pictures. His work has been published all over the world on record album covers, books, posters, calendars and video games. This site is a showcase for all aspects of his work and many of his pictures are presented as thumbnails, which can be seen as high-quality enlargements. The site well worth a visit for anyone interested in fantasy and science-fiction art, and especially for fans of Rodney Matthews.

SUR LA LUNE FAIRY TALE ILLUSTRATION GALLERY
On this site are over 1,200 illustrations of popular fairy tales by over 40 illustrators including Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham and W. Heath Robinson. In each case there is a page of thumbnails which can be clicked on to see enlarged versions of the illustrations, together with publication information about the books in which they appeared. There is also a link to the Sur La Lune Fairy Tale pages which contain a wealth of information about a huge range of fairy tales.

THE UNOFFICIAL FRANK FRAZETTA FANTASY ART GALLERY
This site comprises a huge collection of paintings and drawings by Frank Frazetta. For those who are fans of this artist's enormously vivid paintings of fantasy worlds populated by humans and monsters, this site is a must. It is very simple and well-organised, with thumbnails of all Frazetta's pictures, which lead to very good-quality enlargements of considerable size.