THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARSYou know that green ellipse tool that you bought in art school? Do you know how to use it for something other than oval shapes? Do you know what those "cross-hair" marks are for? And do you know how to use it for technically correct perspective drawings?THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
TOO many comics artists don't, and it's driving me crazy. So instead of starting a blog that starts showing examples and naming names, I figured it was better to make a quick tutorial. And this isn't just for cars but also for guns, fire hydrants, and millions of other machined objects found in comics.
If you go through this and you're still stuck, please don't write to me. I'm happy to show you at a convention to make it clearer, but within a blog this is the best I can do. Check out "Perspective for Comic Artists by David Chelsea" for more.
Cars are a whole lot easier to draw if you know how to properly use perspective and ellipses. The more familiar you are with the math, the more fun it is to draw cars. Once I figured out th
Stop the perfectionismOn my Tumblr site someone asked me for some general advice for an aspiring comic creator. This is what was on my mind. Thought I'd share it here on Deviantart as well.Stop the perfectionism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Right now all I can think of is something I've been thinking about lately. And that is the depression some of us artists get about our art. Like our expectations aren't just "My drawings need to be good!", they are "My art needs to be PERFECT."
So I would suggest always try to improve, gain confidence, but expect good/average output. Don't expect perfect art, ever. By doing this only causes you to be frustrated, which in turn causes mistakes, which pisses you off more, then you're stuck in a lame spiraling circle downward to the pathetic whiny artist. Which in turn kills your deadline. Giving yourself freedom from perfection makes drawing much easier and better art is produced and on time.
I'm currently working on this piece where it started out difficult, I had high expectations for it, I was in a bad mood, nothing was
One Myth I Wish I Could Dispel"Feminism means you can't like sexy things"One Myth I Wish I Could Dispel1 year ago in Personal More Like This
After doing a series of comics standing up for women's rights, there's a lot of really negative rumors going on around me right now. Most of which point to the hypocrisy that I use to draw fetish artwork and that recently I made pin-ups that were "sexy" in nature. Because, of course, if you're an artist who stands up for women's rights from that moment on you're not allowed to EVER draw women in a way that might be construed as potentially "sexy," lest you be labeled a hypocrite.
As I've mentioned before in previous journals, I really can't stand this mentality the internet has of polarizing extremes. You've always gotta be in one extreme or you're in the other. There's never the possibility that you could be in the middle like, you know, a normal person would be.
I understand why that is: it's easier to point out fallacies and bitch and whine about people when they fit into nice neat black and white spec
You Should Be Reading Kamala Khan (aka: Ms Marvel)If you haven’t heard yet, Marvel is branching out quite a bit lately and introducing a bunch of new characters to their roster. One of whom is a Muslim teenage girl who takes up the mantle of Ms Marvel.You Should Be Reading Kamala Khan (aka: Ms Marvel)6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Necessary Background Info
If you’re like me and don’t follow 100% what’s going on in DC or Marvel comics right now, some of the events in the story come across unexplained. So here’s a quick little explanation for the main reason of how Kamala gains her powers.
During the end of the “Infinity” storyline, a Terrigen Bomb was detonated in Earth's atmosphere during the Inhumans' fight with Thanos, releasing Terrigen Mist upon the planet. This caused anyone who was a descendant of an “Inhuman” to develop powers of their own.
In Ms Marvel #1 (part of the All-New Marvel NOW! Point One series), we follow the exploits of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American teenager born and raised in New Jersey
Controversial OpinionsYou know, sometimes having opinions can make you feel like no one else shares your views, especially if your views aren't being widely vocalized around you. Case in point: It's just been announced that J.J.Abrams will be directing Star Wars 7, and the internet is raging with butthurt about how shitty Abrams is, making over abundant lens flare jokes, and bemoaning the reboot of Star Trek in the process.Controversial Opinions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thing is... I like J.J.Abrams. I liked LOST (despite it's shitty/rushed ending). I liked Super 8. I liked Cloverfield. I even enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot and am looking forward to the sequel. I never had a problem with lens flares or noticed them being over used. And I think overall Abrams has made a fairly consistent batch of quality movies, which is a amazing considering how many directors flip flop between great and shitty.
But I can't often come right out and say that sort of thing because when I do I get attacked for having an opinion that runs counter to the vast majority o
Change for the sake of change.Well…..that was immature drivel.Change for the sake of change.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I don’t know a huge amount about the “New 52” take on the DC universe (I stopped paying attention to DC’s output when they changed their logo to look like a half-unwrapped Acme magnet) but if the Justice League: War animation is any kind of summary, I’m glad I’ve not wasted my time.
Batman now seems to think it’s impolite if he doesn’t tell everyone who he is, Wonder Woman has taken to talking like a really, really bad Shakespearean actor and Superman is a dick.
Ignoring the animation’s terrible narrative, what struck me like a rancid kipper in the face was how god-awful the character designs were. In this instance; particularly Darkseid’s. Yeah, he wore a bucket on his head in the past, but it worked! It added to his menace as a laser-firing brick of doom. You took one look at him and you knew who he was.
Watch Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. THAT version of Darkseid is an ic
Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 1Tropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 1 Damsels in DistressTropes Vs Women in Video Games: Part 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anita Sarkeesian's first video in the much ballyhooed Tropes Vs Women in Video Games has finally been released. The verdict? Acceptable. There's really nothing that offensive in the video at all, as it's mostly just a history of the "Damsels in Distress" trope and how it's used in video games. It's fact based and fairly interesting to watch.
The only two criticisms I have are as follows:
1. As someone who's done a LOT of research into the making of Donkey Kong (primarily for the short Flossed In Time storyline that I illustrated for Brent and Dan http://www.brentalflossthecomic.com/fit/?id=1 ), I can say without question that her info about how Popeye came to be turned into Donkey Kong is wrong.
Donkey Kong came about because Nintendo of America's president Minoru Arakawa placed a large order for Radar Scope, a popular Japanese game). By the time the game arrived in New York, months had passed and in
Titties? DENIED!I honestly can't remember the first pair of boobs I ever saw. They were probably in an Arnie film, or some other 80s action flick, as every such movie back then had at least one moment when a random, busty extra got them out for a second or two (track down the one from Commando. It's f**king hilarious).Titties? DENIED!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
First porn mag was one I found by accident.
First soft-core flick was stumbled upon by channel surfing late at night when no one else was around.
You really had to work for your porn in the days before the internet, so it's no surprise that people of 2013 get a little twitchy when the government announce plans to restrict access to it.
I agree that kids shouldn't see certain content, but I disagree that them doing so causes the "corruption/corrosion" some folk claim. That stems from kids not being told about what they're seeing, and has less to do with the media they're exposed to and more to do with sh*t parenting.
You don't want your kid se
1000 WATCHERS + A HUGE WATCHERS FEATURE!!!Hey guys and girls1000 WATCHERS + A HUGE WATCHERS FEATURE!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I reached 1000 watchers which is amazing!!! Thank you so much
thousand...what a huge number thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Thanks for every fave, comment and watch I ever got
Thanks for answering my questions/polls
Thanks for following me and my art
Thanks for helping me improve
Thanks for beeing there
And thanks for following me from the very first second here on dA!
I love you guys
Therefore I am going to do a biiiiiig feature of your amazing works! Please fave, comment and watch if you like what you see!
A Man and His Dog and Cat by KatRobertsonOh pits by KatRobertson
:thumb326592128:thing by Douwe-Dijkstra
Depthcore Echoes Chapter by tolagunestroWhite Zombie by tolagunestro
skt_4 by TFozzyskt_2 by TFozzy
Batfleck Forever.In keeping with the apparent theme of casting actors whose presence just don’t match the characters they’re meant to be portraying: the role of Lex Luthor in the next Superman flick has now been filled.Batfleck Forever.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Lex Luthor: A manipulative mastermind. A hugely successful industrialist. A brilliant businessman apparently born to be both the brains and figurehead of a multinational mega corporation. A man whose actions got him all the way to the White House. A man who is as charming and commanding as he is evil and power-hungry.
A man being played by Jesse Eisenberg, the weedy guy that played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network……and whose voice sounds like a duck being raped by a chipmunk.
WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE CONSIDERED ANIME?WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE CONSIDERED ANIME?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
features stage 1okay, a foreword first. as this thing is just starting up i realized going through the suggestions that this is too chaotic. by that i mean that there are many reasons why i should feature a majority of suggested artists herefeatures stage 14 months ago in Personal More Like This
so then it hit me. after this first promotion, next journal will be a different one. we are going to go by different categories, one week we'll have traditional artist week, other a comic artist, another a crafter, a sculptor, manga, animation and so on
so if you haven't gotten featureyd yet it is jsut because this first run has been far more chaotic and in need of a structure. a structure we will from now on have.
so this week i will have this journal on. next week we will do suggestions for...hm...oh let's go with my own teritory to start the categories. comics
next week we will start with sequential comic artists- not pin ups, i mean people posting actual pages
we'll do pin ups too. choices will be based on the storytelling skills for this one
Turtles Production Shut DownVICTORY!Turtles Production Shut Down2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Paramount has shut down pre-production on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot over "script problems".
Translation; Paramount realised that if they continued down the path Bay was going, fans would probably burn their studios to the ground.
With luck (and a dollop of common sense) the project will be shelved altogether and the IP left fallow until competent directors/producers are brought on board.
I'm going to pretend my little campaign helped with this
BIG Watchers FeatureBIG Watchers Feature5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
I just hit 2000 watchers!!!
An unbelievable number
Thank you so much!!!
I asked you to show me your best work so I can feature you in this journal. This is only a selection of mine - I hope you understand that I can not feature everyones work. Still I invite you to have a look at the great works my watchers created!
Leather wild things by mjdaluzWhen Nature Calls by NaBHaN
OCHRE AND RAIN by DANNY-DED3 by ZJNorthHizakari-sama by AsymptoticWay
Secrets On How ToAlright I guess I'm gonna make another rant, and this one's been bugging me for the longest time. And I'm going to be as BLUNT as I will be and not sugar coat anything I'm about to say.Secrets On How To2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Often do I hear things like:
"what custom brushes do you use"
"how do you achieve this blur/ focus effect"
"how did you get the colors to go this way and that"
"what technique or computer program did you use"
What I rarely get asked for is:
"What did you study to be more efficient at drawing."
"What is an efficient way to study how to render certain types of materials"
"How do you practice proper lighting when painting?"
Guys I'm just gonna say it now, there's no shortcut to art. I work primarily in digital mediums now but I do have a solid foundation in traditional mediums. I didn't simply go out and buy a $400 tablet and instantly got to where I am today. I use custom brushes and special effects in my pieces, but they only take up less than 3% of the overall work. There's sti
SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION!A collection of Genga Animatics from one of my absolute favorite animated shows this year, "Space Dandy." It makes me happy to see this kinda content is still all done on paper. No Command Z. Japanese 2D TV animators continue to inspire me beyond no end. featuring some of the work of key animators Tadashi Hiramatsu, Yutaka Nakamura, Norifumi Kugai, Gosei Oda , Bahi JD and others!SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Iron Throne is DEVIOUS!Update: I met George R.R. Martin at San Diego Comic-Con! - I got to share this Journal with him, and he confirmed how much he loves MarcSimonetti and the art works he makes, not just the throne but generally. I agree. -- Awesome! And Congrats Marc!! (I can't find the photo of he and I, I'll post it soon!)The Iron Throne is DEVIOUS!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Update 2: Turns out, MediaBistro had actually beaten me to the punch on this scoop. Legit!
I'm about to share with you some Game of Thrones awesomeness we discovered thanks to my friend Anand Kishore, but ... first: If you were gracious and responded with the kind of passion many of you did to my deviantART v999 Journal -- Then you should know that to be just as gracio
Voices in your head.Lots of people harp on about the influx of CCTV cameras across the world's cities being a sign that "1984" was slightly more prophetic than is comfortable.Voices in your head.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've already made my stand on that issue clear with a simple "Bollocks", but there is another aspect of the Orwellian nightmare that may be infiltrating public transport: that of being bombarded by information, whether you want it or not.
Now THAT is something to be legitimately concerned about.
Unsurprisingly, it's something birthed by Rupert "Evil F**k" Murdoch's empire, who I'm pretty sure goes into work each day and asks the question "How do we kill Superman?"
Video Tutorial 01!Hey guys, here is the first episode, let me know what you guys think so I can make the next ones better! Feel free to ask any questions too!Video Tutorial 01!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Never a Japanese whaler when you need one.How do you celebrate the centenary of a country's capital?Never a Japanese whaler when you need one.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Well, in Australia; by flying a mutant udder over it: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/67518000/jpg/_67518550_67518549.jpg
The "Skywhale" is the work of one Patricia Piccinini, the latest (and, I promise, not the last) in a long line of "artists" who have managed to convince politicians that the sh*t they're peddling is worth the price tag.
It's not a difficult con, admittedly, as career politicians are always eager to prove that they're a cultured, educated group, who are up to the intellectual challenge of leading a nation. Spending public funds on art is the fastest way to do this. £200,000 in this case. Which is quite a bit for an airborne mass of malformed boobs, I'm sure most sane people agree.
I really have to get in on this action. I could make a mint!
STUDIO WOLFSMOKE AND STUDIO MIR COLLABO!!!Top Chinese animation house, Studio Wolfsmoke ( Batman of Shanghai: Catwoman/ Kung Fu Cooking Girls), has teamed up with Top Korean animation studio, Studio Mir (The Legend of Korra, The Boondocks Season 4, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series Season 2) to produce the 2d portions of this orgasmic promo for the online game Asura. Jesus.STUDIO WOLFSMOKE AND STUDIO MIR COLLABO!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Step it up America!!! lol!!!!
I wish this was a real show!A six-minute Benz commercial by the Japanese anime studio Production I.G..I wish this was a real show!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Having to catch legendary food trucks to eat their wares?
That is a show I would watch!
Russian politics: the art of flimsy excuses.On the whole, believe there’s a difference between the people that run a country and the rest of the people who live within its borders. Politicians, regardless of where in the world they hail from, are generally bullies. You have to be a special kind of egomanic, self-serving prick to claw your way into a position where you have the power to put other people in harm’s way to benefit your own agenda. The only difference geography seems to bring is a level of subtlety. British politicians are slimy and insidious, American politicians rely on drama and theatre, and as we’ve seen over the last couple of days: Russian politicians are obsessed with proving they carry the biggest stick, at the expense of everything else.Russian politics: the art of flimsy excuses.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Of course, in order to prove you have a big stick, you have to actually use it. That’s quite difficult in this day and age. A couple of hundred years ago, a master of a people could just point to a spot on the map, say “Want!” and his army