TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE... TEDxTEDxTalk in Sinchon, Seoul at the Seodaemun Art Center, South Korea, JULY 28thTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE... TEDx2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TED.com Event information: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/4471
New Second Tutorial Has ArrivedMay 10, 2013New Second Tutorial Has Arrived2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Went silent there for a little bit. Busy as always. More importantly, we've got a new illustration up in the gallery, along with a brand new tutorial. This one focuses on animation-inspired cell painted illustration. Click on the sample below to view the new illustration, and the download link. Hope you all enjoy, and wish you all a lovely weekend.
Apr 19, 2013
I wrote about this a million times already, so I'll keep it brief. The illustration painting tutorial is finally up for grabs. I've uploaded a new preview image; click on the sample to view the download info and other misc. notes.
If you enjoy it, please share it with y
Sketchbook Pro 6So most of you know that I'm a Sketchbook Pro user.Sketchbook Pro 62 years ago in Personal More Like This
A few days back, Autodesk released Sketchbook Pro 6, and I think this is the version that's going to make a lot of people who have YET to experience Sketchbook Pro in full, or haven't really given the past versions a chance, switch over to making it their digital drawing software of choice; heck, even their PAINTING software of choice.
We still have the cleverly-designed user interface, that makes it easy on the eyes and mind when we're brainstorming and sketching. With the handful of new tools introduced, we still have a clutter-free drawing environment, and man, there's some awesome tools this time around. I'll go down the list:
The Brush Library
The main brush toolbar itself has a click-and-drag function, allowing you to store all your often-used brushes in each of the "lanes". You then can click the button on the upper-right and then a fu
10 Ways You Can Transform Drawbacks Into Assets10 Ways You Can Transform Drawbacks Into Assets3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Everyone has Drawbacks or disadvantages due to different circumstances in our lives, but it´s on us to change our view about them, or better said: turning them into assets.
The image shows an explanatory example of this topic, it is told that Lady Gaga was a roadie for Iron Maiden, once upon a time. Things that would make everyone else look like a complete dork somehow complimenting her appearance.
This post should be a motivator to carry on with whatever you do. If you have two healthy hands, a rough vision, some kind of talent, this post should help you push the envelope by unleashing potential that might hold you back now.
Bullet post alert:
Attitude and perception: Be remarkable when it is least expected!
There are many times in our lives when we meet others and very often transactions go smooth, we know how people behave when everything is well, but this is not how people remember you. Peop
Why Copyright Law is a Matter of PerceptionWhy Copyright Law is a Matter of PerceptionWhy Copyright Law is a Matter of Perception2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Most people will argue that copyright is a law to protect artists and has nothing to do with perception, but this is just half the truth. This post will shed some light about common misconceptions*.
First off, this topic came up in a conversation about copyright, artwork licensing and a debate on how to solve issues with a client. Actually the essence of my thoughts are packed into the following post.
To begin with, I´d like to state that I´m an artist and have a sincere interest to protect my work as much as anyone else, but I don´t trust copyright or Creative Commons for that matter, the lines are too blurry and the jurisdiction is often very incomprehensible.
There is a German law that states:"The freedom of any person is untouchable", I´m sure every federation, regardless if Europe or r
Social Media For ArtistsSocial Media For Artists3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"You can create art in a vacuum, but you´ll never generate any great ideas from there."
The mind is a muscle and it has to be trained regularly as much as any other muscle in your body.
What does this have to do with social media, you might ask?
In times where many are forced to work alone or as freelancers, social media replaces the work space attitude you find in a usual work environment. Social media is the "global" opportunity to "show-up" and "dress up".
Working in a dull environment or in a work space that is full of people who are waiting for "Friday" to come, you know there is not a real chance to grow on your projects or in general, that is just a place to make a living, but possibly just not for long and if you´d be honest, it is not a worthwhile station in y
What To Do If Your Art Is StolenRecently, some of my artworks were stolen and used in t-shirt design competitions. Thanks to everyone helping out, the problem was quickly resolved. In case it happens to you, I've written a tutorial based on my own experience: What To Do If Your Art Is Stolen. I used a Creative Commons license for the blog entry so that anyone can use it for educational purposes. Here are some excerpts.What To Do If Your Art Is Stolen3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Regarding copyright law:
- Copyright literally means "the right to make copies (of a creative work)", but actually includes many other rights such as the right to be credited as the creator, the right to make money from the work, and the right to create derivative works.
- You automatically own all the copyrights to your work from the moment of creation. Even if you don't place a copyright notice on it. You own these copyrights until you sell, lease, or give them away to the public, person, or institution of your choo
4 Kinds of StorytellingHere's an old journal from 2010 about storytelling. Because I have a lot more readers these days, I think I'm going to start reposting some of my earlier posts for my newer audience. So for you old timers, feel free to skip.4 Kinds of Storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In full disclosure, I slightly edited this journal to make it a little more balanced (while also fixing a ton of typos).
I feel like the word "storytelling" gets thrown around a lot in our industry. Yet when I look out there at some comics, I don't always see a lot of evidence for it.
It feels like people in comics pros--myself included--often use the word only because we feel like we're supposed to. Over the years enough professionals have been accused of being poor storytellers to the degree that everyone is now afraid of being a pinup artist as opposed to a bona fide storyteller. But it's not enough just to claim you're a storyteller.
Most people reading this probably h
My interview for Limmie MagazineFor anyone interested, here's a sneak peek of my interview for Limmie Magazine.My interview for Limmie Magazine2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some words about it
At first, I had no idea what this magazine is about. I had no knowledge about it. But all I can say is that they're trying to make it a successful magazine through their hard work. They're still on their first editions, but the thing I liked about it is that they're trying to promote and share the work of a lot of creative people.
I've read about (and seen) photographers, designers, filmmakers, digital artists, illustrators, etc. each with their own point of view about art, and more specifically, about their way of creating and exposing their feelings into what they do.
Question about world creating:NicaRox2006 asks:Question about world creating:10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Hello Mr. Omar, I've been reading your 5c comic and have been a huge fan. I've got a few questions:
How did you build the world? The names of the places, the maps, the social classes, technology etc. It's so very genius! I personally am trying to make my own story/comic, and seeing your comic just inspires me tremendously.
Well this is a tricky question in a way, but I will try to answer it briefly:
Every action should have purpose.
With this thought in mind I created the world for 5th Capsule. I intended it to be a very similar place to our world so that I could play off the familiar things the people already knew. I did this so that people would focus on the characters and not the events of two worlds colliding or anything bigger than that. There are special effects in movies and a similar type thing in illustrated novels.
If I make a world that is totally
I HATE THIS GUY. Seriously. I quit, LOL.I discovered Kim Jung Gi during my years living in South Korea when I came across his first sketchbook in '09. It was a blue and red bible of non-stop art. it made me cry. SEEING him do what he does, however, makes me contemplating giving up art altogether, lol. T________T #SoGoodI HATE THIS GUY. Seriously. I quit, LOL.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
no more drama in art liiiffeehow bout this you guysno more drama in art liiiffee3 years ago in Personal More Like This
lets all just not worry about what happens on the internet, because it honestly isn't even that serious.
1000+ notes on tumblr? probably still a broke-ass artist
a bajillion pageviews on dA? probably still a broke-ass artist
SOCIETY 6 ACCEPTED YOUR PRINT!?! they do this with everyone's prints. probably still a broke-ass artist
holy shit you got featured in an online magazine? that doesn't sell any copies and only has two subscribers, you and the owner. probably still a broke-ass artist
people bitch about your art online? who cares? you are a broke-ass artist so you should know how to take shit by now.
people h8ing on you ON TEH INTRANETZ!? they're 12 years old...they don't even have facial hair yet, come on.
you are too broke to care about any of this.
if you are a successful-ass artist (or WHATEVER) why are you bothering with haters in virtual universe? you have paper to make and spend.
what I'm saying is:
spend more time doing what you lo
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE.....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
Six Ways to Earn More CommissionsIf youre serious about earning an income with your art, then you have to be serious about marketing yourself. If youre like me, you hate selling you dont like rejection, it makes you nervous and you think youre no good at it. Thats why were artists and not salesmen. Fortunately marketing yourself is kind of an art form. Although I dont have all the answers, Id like to share a little of what Ive learned about the art of marketing ourselves.Six Ways to Earn More Commissions4 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Be Seen: First, make it easy for people to find you. Create a deviation with a list of the different kinds of commissions you offer, with a sample and a price for each. Put this deviation near the top of your profile so that everyone knows youre open for commissions. Heres mine as an example:
Join commission groups where people looking for commissions can find you. Many commission groups will expect you to have a commission sheet that
Supercharge Your Profile Like the MastersSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
How toSupercharge Your Profile Like the Masters
Wed Sep 26, 2012 by techgnotic
ast week we published the video of Josh Wattles, makepictures Fan Art Law panel from Comic-Con. An educative, passionate and very enlightening conversation soon followed in the comments section. You can participate in that conversation here.
This week the superstars of deviantART panel will provide unique insight and advice for artists on the rise in the deviantART community.
Being a member of the deviantART community might be the most important support system a young artists could ever hope to have. That being said, there is also the problem of finding a way to stand out when surrounde
The Fear of Failure*The Fear of Failure2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
"Know or listen to those who know."
This quote is so important that we forget about the meaning from time to time, I´m glad someone mentioned on twitter the link to a Milton Glaser speech about the fear of failure.
In this Video below he describes the process of failure which seems to be contradictory to professionalism as an important asset for creative people.
He encourages to embrace failure and that by transgression an artist can develop a unique style that leads to a unique selling proposition.
In a world where everyone guesses that everything is already invented, the only way to find a niche is to allow, even embrace - failure.
Milton Glaser – on the fear of failure. from Berghs' Exhibition '11 on Vimeo.
In my opinion its important to be caref
How To Price Your ArtHow To Price Your Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There is a saying from Paul Scriven about pricing that targets freelancers & designers:
"Work either for full price or for free, but never for cheap."
I think there is much truth in it, because even a cheap price has itīs price. Sometimes cheap can be good to get you some reward as a beginner, but the hardest part is then to climb up the ladder.
The illustration below pretty much sums it up:
Thats specifically the way I work and what I suggest to students.
The question always is how to raise a price with a client, once you are good enough to actually charge more?
There is not one universal key answer to that question, but first off, it is important to know what keeps
Train Your Brain ContestTrain Your Brain Contest2 years ago in Official deviantART Contests More Like This
The Art Department with deviantART brings you about the best news any art student could ask for: free tuition!
Through the Train Your Brain Challenge, The Art Department (TAD) is offering a massive number of exclusive scholarship opportunities to members of deviantART. TAD is the best of the best in providing online art education, with a variety of programs taught by world-class faculty. Check out their group, TheArtDept, to watch video tutorials from their faculty!
Submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Make something new or use something you've made in the past!
You could win tuition and travel to one of TAD's programs, a trip to Pixar Studios near San
Want to make an Anime? Dai Sato tells you how.I know there are a lot of foreign art/animation fans here on DA, fans of works and artists from Europe and Japan. Dai Sato, the legendary writer for classic, foreign TV shows such as COWBOY BEBOP, GHOST IN THE SHELL and WOLF'S RAIN explains the process of creating an animated series in japan. Take notes for you students/fans out there and enjoy!Want to make an Anime? Dai Sato tells you how.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
45 Free Lessons in Graphic Design TheoryI've bookmarked this one, I need to brush up on the basics - there are some great tutorials/lessons in this collection!45 Free Lessons in Graphic Design Theory3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Click on the headline title to go to the page
Favorite Movies pre-1980What are some of your favorite movies before 1980? (you're welcome to list some recommendations, as well)Favorite Movies pre-19802 years ago in Personal More Like This
A list of films I -really- liked from pre-1980 (in chronological order)
The Kid (1921)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Animal Crackers (1930)
Monkey Business (1931)
Horse Feathers (1932)
When Did You (1932)
Duck Soup (1933)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
The Great Dictator (1940)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Realize That (1941)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
House of Wax (1953)
Seven Samurai (1954)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
12 Angry Men (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Great Escape (1963)
The Birds (1963)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The Good, the Bad and the
A $50 RolexSound fishy? That’s essentially what a very good majority of people expect, if you substitute a Rolex for a logo.A $50 Rolex3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You can’t get a Rolex of a logo for $50, or $100. I’m using a Rolex as an example because it’s made with care and quality and takes a while to make, and the price reflects that. So if you’re a designer and you work for a price that is low, the assumption is your product is cheaply made and won’t last and you didn’t take the time to research and craft an exceptional product. I’m not saying you have to charge $50,000 for a logo. Be aware of fair market standards. If you have no experience and need a starting point and thinking that doing low-budget work will help you get a foothold, the reality check is once you get there, that’s all you’ll get. Your word-of-mouth referral would be “hire this guy, he’s cheap”, so you’re never going to be able to raise your prices without losing t
Dante's Inferno, What's the Worst that Can Happen?Dante's Inferno, What's the Worst that Can Happen?2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Oct 17, 2012 by techgnotic
Sometimes in youth we play crazy mind games. One gruesome game was trying to think of the worst way to die. Or even better, the "which would you choose" version of the same conceit. Another was what would be the worst torture to endure. If there is one international touchstone that best captures youthful fears and wonders in speculation of what lies beyond the veil of death and awaits as possible punishment for our sins, it must be - to the few who have actually read it to the millions who "know" it – "Dante's Inferno." Who does not shiver at the thought of being lost somewhere in the "Nine Rings of Hell?"