5 Ways to Avoid Being DiminishedThere's a discussion brewing in comics about artists being more diminished as of late--that readers, reviewers, and publishers are focusing too much on writers rather than the artists who draw the book. I agree it's happening, but I'm not sure it's worth sounding an alarm over. I never felt diminished, but maybe I'm part of the exception. Maybe it's because I'm an artist and a writer.5 Ways to Avoid Being Diminished10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Either way, I do have a few thoughts on what artists can do to pull themselves out from under the rug.
1. DON'T DRAW LIKE A COG.
If you conform to a "house style", then you're at higher risk of being treated like an interchangeable cog in the comics machine. Yes, you're more likely to get consistent work, but you won't stand out as much. Therefor you'll be sought after less by big name writers, you're less likely to make a lasting impression on reviewers and readers, and you'll have a harder time getting raises (12 others draw like you and for less money).
I also suggests inking yourself if it helps. Penc
Models That Are Not Redistributeable After EditI will be making a list of un-redistributeable models/modelers. This is the list of so-far offenders: http://hyri.deviantart.com/journal/Illegal-redistribution-Offenders-Journal-459317438Models That Are Not Redistributeable After Edit6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Please note me some!
ALL MODELS = No models by this creator can be redistributed or edited.
NO = clarification
Gamerips are a tricky situation. I will try and explain and list to the best of my abilities.
Sims - It's way to difficult to see if they're legal or not, because 70% of the sims community is community made. I encourage you to check and see if the distributer has asked the maker.
PL2 - PL2 is also very iffy, but I believe they are infact legal. If someone could update me on this I would appreciate it!
3DCG - 3DCG is also iffy. The majority of things converted are legal, but you get the rare ones that look exactly like they're from in game (PSO2), and that's because they are. Always
I'm Taking Requests, Art Trades, and Collabs!If it's not obvious yet I'm bored, so if you want a request or an art trade, just comment here. It can be anything about Minecraft, so yeah. Just make sure that if you want a picture then:I'm Taking Requests, Art Trades, and Collabs!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
-Be very descriptive or we can talk about it
-If you want a custom skin send me a link
-Don't be nasty
-Other than that it can be whatever you want
Here's a couple of requests I've done:
There's a lot more but these were the more popular ones
Here's an art trade I did:
And a random Collab if your up for that:
that I did with :icondomestic-hedgehog:
I'll try to get back into pixel art later when I have time to mess with it.
Foxy in FNAF 2Hello FNAF fandom, in case you haven't noticed, Scott released a new teaser showcasing Foxy. He has a female counterpart:Foxy in FNAF 22 months ago in Personal More Like This
Now, before any of you go off that Foxy is replaced, notice how Foxy still has his face unlike the Old Bonnie? That's because, Foxy isn't being replaced or being discarded. Scott mentioned that Foxy will be back in more ways than 1. This is what he meant. There are 2 Foxies now. A male and female. I'm very certain the Old Foxy we all know and love will still be here but he's not alone. I'm hyped even more now. Get ready folks. Scott-senpai is gonna find more ways to make us miserable now.
MMD Towards an understanding of the Japanese MMDCMMD Towards an understanding of the Japanese MMDC2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Recently there has been a controversy between YamiSweet and the administrators of Bowlroll.net. The gist of it is that Bowlroll had removed some of her files from their server due to "TOS violations". However, this discussion isn't about this controversy as it's well documented and as far as the two parties are concerned it seems to have been resolved amicably and I am not, in writing this article, attempting to re-ignite the discussion. If you want to read more, please visit these pages: http://fav.me/d5ucxlq and http://fav.me/d65bv6j
I have been an admirer of Ms.YamiSweet work for quite awhile and I am definitely impressed by her level of maturity. In addition, I really do feel she did all she could to handle the situation well. As unlike many DA MMDers, she has, to the best of my knowledge, always taken pains to do things correctly.
What is more worrisome, however, are some of the comments on these pages and this is what this article wi
NOTE TO ALL PMD/PMX EDITORS!!!Now PMDEditor and PMXEditor are TWO DIFFERENT SOFTWARE:NOTE TO ALL PMD/PMX EDITORS!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You can get both in this webpage (not mine of course)
--------Newer things I noticed:
* PMDEditor 0.1.3.9 is just like 0.1.3.8
* PMXEditor has an OBJ importer (but there are some files that don't work)
* PMXEditor has something called SoftBody (Its something related with physics, bones and elements from the texture/painting/transparency tab)
* PMDEditor can save in PMX and load PMX
* PMXEditor can save PMX in its 2.1 version
* You can test physics without going to MMD/MMM. You just need to go to the Transform tab and click the Play button
* Something more I didn't discover
3D ecchi contest #1 (only MMD and 3DCG)(sorry for my bad English)3D ecchi contest #1 (only MMD and 3DCG)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
really this is just for fun but the special prize for first place
is better than a high amount of points or a few dollars (is a special surprise)
This contest is only for artists Specialized in 3DCG or MMD
in this contest can only be one winner
but all participants can request me
any model of my characters
or maybe if is possible
any of your original characters
and all you have to do
is to work in the following models of Amy
and use your own creativity
remember that your entry must be ecchi
and only using 3dcg or MMD
"the best entries will receive a extra gift"
the name of this sexy girl is Amy
sample for 3DCG
sample for MMD
she is a kind of succubus and my more perverted sexy girl
I can not tell you too much about her
you need improvise with the 3D models
Senmei Limited Release DateI was given the go ahead to do a limited release of the Senmei MMD model on the days the Anime Revolution convention was held and only on these days. The date will be Aug 22-24! After the 24th it will come down for the foreseeable future unless the Anime Revolution staff does another release later.Senmei Limited Release Date5 months ago in Personal More Like This
**How it will work is I'll make a Deviant submission like I always do for finished released models with a banner. You'll be able to download like any model I've done before. After the Aug24th the download will no longer be there! ><
So don't miss out, feel free to share this info! I don't want any sad faces because anyone missed the the release date! Thank you! :3
Contest~ [DELAYED indefinitely]OCTOBER CONTESTContest~ [DELAYED indefinitely]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
This one will be a little more difficult, but we also have better prizes and a longer time.
Due to issues (one of my best friends is in the hospital, another one is DEAD, still another is severely depressed and needs consoling) the deadline has been moved to~
I honestly don't know
"Halloween Around the World"
The images must be NEW, as in, published on or after October 1, 2013.
Entries, for the most part, must be made in MMD. You can use any models, effects, backgrounds, that you please.
You MAY edit and MMD render using photo-manipulation software such as GIMP, Photoshop, Pivix, MS Paint, or other program of your choice. The important part is the base image comes from MMD.
No judges this time, just me and my opinions~ If I need a second opinion I'll ask.
I left the theme vague for a reason. That is the challenge
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Good luck on your projects this year!
Nano Beta Soon!I've been working real hard to get her as far as I can. At the same time I know I'm going to hit a brick wall because of my other projects any day. So because of that and I know it will effect nano progress I decided to do something I've never done before and have a small public beta. This means some ppl get to have her early but not completed.Nano Beta Soon!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I decided randomly like many of my idea's on my way back home that I'd have a small guessing game and the winners get the beta. This was on FB so in the future if you want to participate in stuff like this check there because I just do info and journals here mostly and post models ONLY when they have been released. Button link for FB is above on my DA page.
Another thing I wanted to try that is more art related is import morphs instead of make in the editor. So basically I sorta figured out how to get faces I've modeled in maya to be a morph in the editor. Its sorta a strict process that requires a bit of planning. I may explain in detail later
THIS is how you use the FLASH/ ANIMATION program.By being an exceptional artist/animator FIRST. Flash is just a very limited vector-based, digital graphics program. It's just a TOOL, just like pencil and paper. It's the artists using them that bring out its quality.THIS is how you use the FLASH/ ANIMATION program.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's an example:
Good luck on your projects!!!
The Sean Murphy ApprenticeshipI'm thinking about taking on some students for a two week "boot camp" course in comics--based off the classic master/apprentice style of education. But before I move forward with the idea (and begin Kickstarting), I wanted to get your feedback and see if anyone is interested in enrolling this winter. Please pass this along (Twitter/facebook) to anyone you think might be interested.The Sean Murphy Apprenticeship1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I bought a house in Portland, Maine this past weekend. It's a 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom Victorian house that's been newly renovated. The top floor is finished and will become the drawing studio for 5 students. The idea is to furnish the building with tables, chairs, couches, beds, a TV, a library, a photo studio (for taking reference images) and all the other amenities that would create the school.
After selecting the 5 students (I'll take submissions that will be juried later on), we'll all meet in Portland this winter for the two week apprenticeship. The students will live i
The Making of REBUILD OF EVANGELION 3.33Making of Hideaki Anno’s magnum Opus, Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO. A compilation progression rough-to-final-process video showcasing the beginning stages and final compositing of one of the greatest displays of production planning/animation to date (2D/CGI animation usage).The Making of REBUILD OF EVANGELION 3.339 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anno’s Studio Khara is part of why I will always want to do 2D animation.
NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!NICKELODEON ANIMATION launched an Animated Comedy Shorts Program. They are looking for writers/animators/artists to contribute.NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
APPLY TO NICKELODEON HERE:
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LOOKING TO TRAIN STORY ARTISTS:
"The Story Initiative Program at DreamWorks Animation is a comprehensive immersion program for recent college graduates who wish to pursue artistic careers as story artists.
The objective of the program is to identify and train entry-level storytellers in the techniques and practices of storyboarding for feature-length animated films. Over the course of an initial three month curriculum, trainees are instructed by a DWA senior story artist in a training environment that replicates the production environment on actual projects. Trainees learn how to: evaluate and plan their storyboard sequences,
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE...." I haven't reached the point where I think I'm good at this. that's the drive. i know that its in me to be really good at it. and i think i've come close a few times, but i don't usually look at things i've completed and feel content. Which that means the next thing you start, you go in with that attitude that 'this time, I'm gonna get it right.' it doesnt mean you hate everything you do, but i'm never content. And maybe i never will be but i secretly know that that's what makes you grow." - Jamie HewlettTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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 Storytelling1 year 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
Amending Rules for ModelsNot that the rules weren't fair before but I feel its time for change. The rules are becoming a little less strict again not that they were before but I've had some unwritten feelings towards things I feel should be set in stone.Amending Rules for Models1 year ago in Personal More Like This
*Replacing heads - After speaking with mascot owners, I have decided using other characters heads on bodies I have created is ok. I am assuming people like to do this to see their favorite characters cosplay. I still expect to see some kinda note the body was from here. This does not mean its ok to redistribute. If your dead set on trying to redistribute talk to me first please.
*Redistribution - I need you to contact me for consent however my expectations for a 70% change is now a 50% change. I expect some kind of note the model was from here as Digitrevx. I'll judge if its met the 50% qualification. I feel I can fairly asses what meets the expectation.
再分配 - 私は、モデルへのわず
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
This is the creature you've been watching here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvQa_zi0R0EThis is the creature you've been watching here.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
The speech was improvised and I'm still not all that confident in front of cameras, so you can enjoy my awkwardness in all it's glory.
It's also painful to me watching it how much I used the word "like".
Still, I hope you enjoy : P
If you can follow Novus Aeterno on youtube or facebook that would also be cool.
The Four Touhou OCs: A look at Original CharactersUpdated November 2, 2012: Added excuses 11-13, changed some of the language.The Four Touhou OCs: A look at Original Characters2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been getting a boat-load of messages lately about stories "inspired" by Diamond In The Rough, and by "inspired," I mean 20% drawing ideas from (like ChibiChen's rather nice "Mind The Gap" fic) and 80% blatantly ripping off (these fics are mostly unpublished to my knowledge because they never make it past my criticisms). Also in the wake of DitR and the riff I co-opped with Stevothehuman about Lost In Gensokyo is militant anti-Gappy tendencies. I write this to put to rest some concerns about Touhou OCs, address some issues that many people have overlooked, and perhaps inspire others in the ways DitR or Lost In Gensokyo did or did not.
There are four kinds of Touhou OCs:
3. Outsider Sues/Stus
4. Native Sues/Stus
The first two are good. The second two are bad if unintentional and good if taken apart like in DitR or Mind The Gap.
1. Outsiders: Characters who hav
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE....TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
5 Art Selling TipsWhile I used to see "art sales" simply as bonus money coming in on the side, over the past few years it's become enough of an asset that it justifies an art dealer, record keeping, insurance, and taxes at the end of each year. It's currently 25% of my total income, and that has a lot of impact over my work. And just like storytelling, design and page flow--abstract principles that keep my career afloat daily--art sales also deserve to be studied, theorized, and understood.5 Art Selling Tips2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are guidelines, not rules. And while most of them usually work for me, they might not all work for you, so keep in mind that my market might be different than yours. Because not only do we not draw the same, we probably have different sorts of buyers.
1. Don't stay on a book for too long
I find that doing mini series of 4-12 issues is optimal for selling art. If you spend a year doing one-shots or 2-3 issue minis, you'll be hard for buyers to keep track of because it's too infrequent. And it's hard to make an i