YouTube and Instagram Resources : The Fundamentals

Great for Fundamentals!

If you’re like a lot of budding artists, you get excited about learning directly from well-known experts in the field. With so many amazing artists established artists offering their resources online, it can also be overwhelming to choose who to follow; there’s so much out there!

We’re happy to introduce you to a new series of articles to help you wade through the ever-growing resources available online.  We will present you with a curated selection of artists who are present on YouTube, Instagram, or both, and will provide a short synopsis of what you can expect from them.

This first in the series focuses on artists who provide good general instruction and inspiration for strengthening your skills in art fundamentals.


Aaron Blaise

469K subscribers
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477K subscribers

Aaron Blaise is an animation feature film director and wildlife artist. He has worked with Disney for 21 years, as an animator or supervising animator on “The Rescuers Down Under”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan” and more.

He is a great resource, with a wealth of knowledge and tons of experience in the animation industry. He provides a lot of tutorials on animal anatomy, photoshop tips, etc.

Ahmed Aldoori

282K subscribers
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Ahmed Aldoori is a concept artist and teacher.

His videos focus on many topics, with an emphasis on digital painting and fundamentals. He also organizes regular art challenges, and does art critiques/paintovers.

Alpay Efe 

391K subscribers
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Alpay Efe is a traditional artist from Germany, producing mostly portraits.

He is a good source for colour theory and choosing colours, and it’s really fun to watch him work!

James Gurney

388K subscribers

James Gurney is a prolific artist and author, who may be best known for his illustrated book series, Dinotopia, and his best-selling book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010). He is a popular lecturer at art schools, movie studios and game companies.

He is a really good resource for colour theory and offers inspiration for traditional and concept art.


346K subscribers
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James Douglas is a New York based artist and animator.

His channel focuses on fundamentals, digital art, artist interviews and livestreams. He is a great resource for analytical sketching and gesture drawing.


2.21M subscribers
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Stan Prokopenko is an artist and teacher.

Proko’s videos focus on the fundamentals of drawing, dynamic movement, anatomy, etc.


752K subscribers

Sycra Yasin is a Canadian artist who provides art tutorials that inspire, instruct, and entertain, with an accent on comics.


We hope that you enjoyed diving into the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that the artists above provide.  We are sure that your art will greatly benefit from these resources.

If you enjoy these tutorials but want to go deeper and get personalized feedback from a professional artist, consider enrolling in a live online class.

At Syn Studio Concept Art School, we believe that a strong foundation in art fundamentals is essential for artists to succeed in concept art and illustration. We offer a range of drawing, painting, and concept art classes, for students of all levels, especially designed to help you achieve artistic mastery.

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