Things to Avoid When Making ComicsOr, Things That Really Annoy Crowbar
Edit April 16: Given recent comments, it's come to my attention that the tone I've used is too derogatory and using others' work as examples was a huge mistake. I've rewritten it to be what I hope is more constructive, and removed the examples (since half were missing anyway). My intention with the examples was only to provide example of that one element, not to completely defame the authors or insinuate their entire comic is shit. All the examples had good and bad to them, but the focus of this write-up is the bad. [/edit]
The majority of these issues are things I see in OCT entries and could be easily avoided and/or improved on. Please be aware that these are things I find issue in, and some points may be more subjective than others. For most points, I've explained why I think it's wrong, what can be done to fix it, and how it can be made to work well. Above all, think about how each element of your comic impacts the narrative and
What Makes a Good AuditionThis is a guide to writing for OCTs. Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.What Makes a Good Audition4 years ago in Writing More Like This
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling. If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick an
Definitions and AdviceFAQ||The Shortlist||The Wanted Ads||Latest Additions||Latest Updates||Upcoming OCTs:(A-M) (N-Z)||OC Leagues||OCTs in Progress:(A-M) (N-Z)||Completed OCTs:(#-H) (I-Q)Definitions and Advice4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Arts Links And ResourcesArts Links And Resources4 years ago in Devious Fun More Like This
As many have requested and asked me for, here are the links that i have posted everywhere that i think the modern artist should be looking at for inspiration, references and anything else related to art development. Most of these links are from/about professionals in various practices and have proven their worth in their field through various published, accomplished and honored works. There is nothing definitive here and I shouldn't be responsible for any lost hours or hair that will result due to the reading of the links below. Results also may vary but who cares right? Yeah. Be a good boy or girl and feed your artsy needs with these gourmet
FAQ- The Real can Answer your QuestionsChatroom - Intro - Rules - Prizes - Joining - FAQFAQ- The Real can Answer your Questions2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Powers, Characters, Limitations covered in detail
Creative Resources - Audition Comic Tips
Wait, so where do matches take place?
The Real is a dimension with no support of its own that feeds off the collective thoughts of others in an attempt to construct itself. That is to say, nothing is ever th
Some Thoughts.Tournament ObservationsSome Thoughts.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ive been in art tournaments of the DeviantART sort for a while, observing, competing and administrating ever since July 07. Doesnt sound like much, but I am assured by my friends that this makes me at the very least a Veteran in the Tournament scene. So! With that in mind, Id like to take this opportunity to bitch and whine about problems with tournaments Ive seen, and to praise to the high heavens innovation and whatnot in the various tournies that pop up from time to time. This is mainly to do with Tournament establishment and administration; have a gander if you like.
This was streamlined from *Deathdog3000s list. Credit to her! And to my plethora of helpers at RoninRubbish and PCBCChat. Contribute and comment, please!
Be as Fair as Possible.
This should be self-evident. Obviously, your judges in particular should be totally free from bias, and preferably people known in the tournament s
It's Showtime[_______Boy Do I Got A Story For You______]It's Showtime1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So last night I was coming home from hanging out at my oldest brother's apartment. Before I left he told me to take out the trash, so as I went for the dumpster, 3 black dudes passed by asked me the location of Food Star and if it'd be open. I pointed them in the general direction and doubted it was open. They went off in that direction.
After I dumped the trash, I continued on my way home, which happens to be the same direction as those guys were walkin. So I ran into em again, and they were just chillin on the sidewalk. I give em nods as I passed. Then the guy at the end asked me if I got a smoke. I'm not a smoker, so that's a no. Then he asked if I got any dollar bills. I didn't have ones but I did have money so I figured I just pull out my wallet. (Yes, I realize that was a stupid idea as many people here have been telling me. You'll see why in the next paragraph.)
The next thing I knew, the dude in front held a pocket knife at
Team Fortress 2 iconsDoo doo doo. Freaky modded icons omittedTeam Fortress 2 icons1 year ago in Personal More Like This
FEATURE TIME <3Alright, before I get started, I wanna take a moment to thank everyone who commented on my last journal. >wFEATURE TIME <32 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well, I feel very much chastenedI heard something I really needed to hear.Well, I feel very much chastened1 year ago in Journal Scraps More Like This
"I imagine that every person on earth has been affected in some way by the destructive spirit of contention, resentment, and revenge. Perhaps there are even times when we recognize this spirit in ourselves. When we feel hurt, angry, or envious, it is quite easy to judge other people, often assigning dark motives to their actions in order to justify our own feelings of resentment.
. . .
We can so clearly and easily see the harmful results that come when others judge and hold grudges. And we certainly don't like it when people judge us.
But when it comes to our own prejudices and grievances, we too often justify our anger as righteous and our judgment as reliable and only appropriate. Though we cannot look into another's heart, we assume that we know a bad motive or even a bad person when we see one. We make exceptions when it comes to our own bitterness because we feel that, in our case, we have all the information we need to hold someone el
End Run | Dog TagsAfter rigorous application writing, nail biting, trembling enthusiasm, and the tears of pansies, we bring you the list of passed recruitsEnd Run | Dog Tags1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you see your name on the list, congratulations! Your hard efforts have earned you a place to compete in the main competition of End Run. Your character will now be moved onto round 1.
"My character didn't make the cut. What now?"
Sadly your character didn't make it into the main event, but that doesn't mean they can be counted out. You are allowed to turn them into an NPC character. However you will need to fill out the appropriate NPC application.
"SO WHEN DOES ROUND 1 START?"
Round 1 shall be released February 5th. Exactly one week from now. CAN'T WAIT? Neither can I. So we'll be having a mini event coming up early this week to keep you tied over. Keep your eyes peeled.
Story and OC catalougeSaw a friend with one and thought I should make one too, considering how much I confuse others with all the OCs I have. Here we go;Story and OC catalouge1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I've got two series around now. Both are connected somewhat yes.
Elements of Earth(related gallery folders:http://samurai-sky.deviantart.com/gallery/5323350 http://samurai-sky.deviantart.com/gallery/26752302)
The biggest story I am working on. There are two worlds, one with humans (basically our world) the other with inhuman creatures aka creatures we consider that only exist in fantasy/fiction. A very long time ago, these two worlds were actually one, and humans back then had these magic/powers sort of thing called "Elements". But shit happens and there's a war with humans and creatures, resulting in having to split the world in two and place a seal between them, divide the two sides and lock away human's powers as well as their memories of anything powers/magic/creatures related.
But as time passed, the seals to both the barrier between the two wo
Musashi Talks Physics: Nuclear Reactions Part IThe purpose of these "Musashi Talks Physics" is to get people who aren't acclimated to the sciences a bit of a glimpse into Physics in such a way as to not scare them off with ridiculous math, and maybe at least show that science can be interesting.Musashi Talks Physics: Nuclear Reactions Part I1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Forgive me, as it has been much to long since I did one of these. BUT, since I'm reviving this, I might as well try to make something interesting. Since people like big explosions, I figured I can talk Nuclear things, as it's pretty hard to top nuclear explosions!
So, without further ado, let's talk some Physics!
As much as I'd love to get to talking about how to blow things up as soon as possible, we need to set up the fundamental ideas first before we can talk about the fun stuff. So I apologize in advance that we won't go straight to the fun stuff.
...and before we can talk about all the fun things pertaining to nuclear explosions and stuff, we need to take a step back and ask ourselves this question.
What do we ne
Animation Shorts ListHaven't been posting much of what's happening with me (lazy I guess |D), I decided to make this list of all the animation shorts I've seen and enjoyed and want to share with you guys. I expand whenever I need to cover up a previous journal lol.Animation Shorts List2 years ago in Personal More Like This
IN ALPHABET ORDER
The Backwater Gospel As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die. Not safe for innocent kids.
Big Bang Boom A stop motion animation about evolution done through graffiti art and even the occasional object.
The Cat Piano Stylistic slick anthromorphic cats in a city of music terrorized by a mad man, all set to a lovely beat poem narration
Egads, features!So I got a slightly overwhelming response to the feature journal I posted.Egads, features!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Because I'm really only going to do five slots, I had to pick- which is something I hate. Since this is my first feature journal in which I can use thumbnails, I want to make it special. I chose five people who have come to mean a lot to me, either art-wise, bro-wise or otherwise- as a sort of thank you. Please don't resent me forever if your name doesn't show up here- there will be features in the future, and who knows? I might do an 'over 9000' slots feature then, haha.
Ah, to start this thing off, have a gander at my Dutch bro. Spesiria is a very talented artist with an unhealthy love for men's facial hair. What I admire most in her art is her costuming- she makes the most delicious outfits, and does it in a way that makes sense. It's not all "hey let's slap this on that person because awesome"- there's actually a lot of thought behind it, a
FeaturessssuhWELL-- I tried to feature everyone who commented regardless of limit, but then I saw that journals now have a size limit? 8D ;;Featuressssuh1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So, I just chose certain extra individuals that exceeded the 10 limit 8'D
Sorry about those who didn't end up on the journal; I actually had already picked out features, but yeah. Journal limit kept me from being able to post without cutting :[
1. For each of the 10 first people answering this journal, I will put their avatar and the three deviations I like most from their gallery on the list!
2. If you answer, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the tagger (me) on the first place. The idea of this is not to get a free feature, it is to spread art around for everyone!
About the Username Change and the Imeji CheinjiI never believed that name change would exist due to many valid reasons, but yet, they made it. Honestly, I've been wanting to change my name since long time. I'm in no ties or any desire with "Pearl" in any way which I named it when I was quite young. Also that name makes me sick sometimes- so a new name change is going to be a great, refreshing start.About the Username Change and the Imeji Cheinji1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So, yes I do plan to change name yet my icon will remain not changed to keep people to recognize me. And here I want to write a journal about being really careful, be smart and think twice if we decide to change name: to not cause that kind of trend where "Oh I got bored with that name, lemme change onto another" and making a'la Japan's trend of changes known as imeji cheinji.
Firstly, try to imagine, if there is artist (or active watcher, popular artist, active friend or even troller which you dislike etc.) which you admire is known under Crystallox2* (and you probably will notice how many people also call that person as "Crys"
Artworks from when I was just a childWhat is up! I was tidying up a room the other day and came across a box of my old drawings, I really did draw a lot back then. So when looking through them I decided it might be a good idea to take photos of them and show the public. I am sure it may make you feel better about your art after seeing mine! Honestly speaking this is just around 2% of all the artworks I found and I ain't exaggerating... thats what happens when you are an only child. EnjoyArtworks from when I was just a child1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Samurai Pizza Cats was so good man!
Ninja turtles with a thousand teeth.
An anniversary gift for my parents, with irrelevant drawings.
Guess what movie this is.
I like the little sentence at the top "You said you will
tradegive a picture forto me.
My dad drew the Ultraman on the left, I drew the monster.
Mario fan art, im thinking prob Mario Land 3?
Robocop! I still dont get why my dad allowed me to watch Robocop, I watched it recently and thought it was quite violent...
Anpanman and gang bullying the e
Event 4 - Snowflake Gifts: I have a proposal for everyone. It is no secret that there is a lot of tension in the air here; many small and large events are all adding up, weighing down upon you all. I can see that, it is obvious. I did agree to come here to help quell these problems, but so far, not much has come of that. So, I have a thought, an idea. As it turns out, my... birthday is coming up, and I would like something from each of you.Event 4 - Snowflake Gifts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
: WHAT?! What have you even given me or any of US? That nasty cold? Yeah. This sounds like it’s gonna be a great trade.
: Woah what? You have a birthday? Aren't you like... well, I guess all dragons came from an egg.
: Of course I have a birthday. In any case, what I would like is rather simple. I would really enjoy if you each gave someone important to you a gift to show you
Liftoff! (CanadaXReader)You stood nervously in the control room, waiting impatiently to see your boyfriend’s blond head on the screen. Matthew Williams. That was his name and he was finally making his dream come true. He was an astronaut and this was the first time he was going to set foot on the pale surface of the moon.Liftoff! (CanadaXReader)5 months ago in Romance More Like This
He’d been gone for weeks now and this was one of the only opportunity’s you had to see him, see him properly and not just hear his voice. The ship’s hatch opened and out he came. No one said he would be able to do it, he wasn’t the strongest guy out there, but he was smart and quick-witted.
Not to mention that he had