My Really Long Webcomic GuideMy Really Long Webcomic Guide5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Jenny's Really Long Webcomic Guide
I have been getting quite a few emails and questions about starting up your own webcomic, so I decided to compile all the articles I'd written before into this one comprehensive guide.
This massive wall of text has several sections:
- How to start
- Getting the story started
- Readership & research
- The Internets!
These are my own guidelines, based on my own experiences, and these are my solutions to the problems and issues I have encountered along the way. This is not necessarily the one true way. There are probably many different solutions to any problem. And a bajillion books on this very subject too. But regardless of what I have to say, do what works for you!
So take your bathroom breaks now, because you'll be here for a bit! Sit tight and enjoy my blathering!
Part One: "How do you start a webcomic?" A Short Question... with a big, long, friggin' answer.
Okay, a l
AskTheArtist InterviewInterview with *JonasDeRo 11/11/12AskTheArtist Interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
<thefluffyshrimp> Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *JonasDeRo, a very talented artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
<thefluffyshrimp> Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JonasDeRo.
<JonasDeRo> Hello all, the pleasure is all mine!
<thefluffyshrimp> ~Fisharto asks "Without sharing too much of your ways to making environments how do you come up with ideas for painting?"
<JonasDeRo> Hello Fisharto, good question!
<JonasDeRo> I would say my main source of inspiration is traveling. I love painting but I love to travel even more; seeing cities, towns, nature really inspires me in the first
Writing 302: Action in PanelsYou may think this is solely up to the illustrator of the book but in fact it's actually a shared responsibility between writers and pencillers.Writing 302: Action in Panels5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Camera Angles and Storytelling through Panels
As a writer it's your job to define the pacing and flow of the page and how your story will reach the readers. The artist's job is to take those directions, execute them as best as he can and apply his vision on top of the writer's. It is a collaborative effort and that's why writers and artists have to keep a constant communication.
Drawing a pin-up is one thing, telling a story through pictures is something else entirely. All your choices have weight and they should mean something, you should be very conscious of every single decision you take as an artist/writer when working on a comic book.
A close up has a very different desired effect than a wide shot for instance, and they each communicate something specific to your readers. So always keep in mind, "What do I want to communicate wi
Html codes and Visual Poetry A lot of great writers on dA don't know how to use html codes, which is a real shame, because these codes can really be used to bring out a writer's words. This tutorial will go through several basic codes, good places to use them in your writing, along with spacing and other aspects of visual poetry & writing.Html codes and Visual Poetry5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
If you haven't noticed, when you open an "Add text" devation, there's a list of HTML codes at the bottom. Most of them look like this . A lot of these match up with the names used for them in Microsoft Word documents, so they should be easy to use. So, let's start off with the basics!
1. Italics <i>
</i>is simply, italics. Got it? Put the i inside the s. See, it's easy! To end any Html code, one puts a slash before the letter i, </i>. Now, for the Visual impact of italics.
Emphasis and Motion
Which means that a good place to use i
ASKtheARTIST InterviewASKtheARTIST Interview3 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
ASKtheARTIST Interview with algenpfleger
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is *thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *algenpfleger, a very talented illustrator and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, algenpfleger.
*quietly sits down and sips on a mysterious beverage
WAIT ARE WE DOING THIS OR WHAT
*Vellez asks "What is your creative process? Do you just research and then begin drawing when you get an assignment, or do you mull it over a bit?"
Hmm it usually starts with me getting the assignment since I spend my freetime drawing other things mostly (these days at least). As soon as I know what the client wants, I leave it alone for a couple of days and wait for ideas to sprout in my head. The rest is just craftsmanship, you know, drawing the stuff and everything. The real work is done as soon as I put down the thumbnail sketch.
~smarff asks "How saturated do you think the illustra
5 Steps to Writing Your Second Turning Point5 Steps to Writing Your Second Turning Point5 Steps to Writing Your Second Turning Point5 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 8 “The Second Turning Point”
With Links to Supplementary Material
In the last article, on the Second Pinch Point, I compared the Disaster to having been put into a literal pit, and the Second Pinch Point as the protagonist's realization that the
Te cogiTe cogi5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Soy consciente de que puedo meterme en un barrizal, pero en fin...
Observo con una sonrisa la preocupación de muchs compañers por no incluir en sus escritos alguna palabreja que pueda suscitar equívocos o malinterpretaciones en tierras americanas. Entre estas palabras sin duda la reina es "coger", por las connotaciones erótico-festivas que el verbo en cuestión tiene por allí. Pero no en todos los países, en algunos están en nuestra misma disyuntiva. Están —estamos— acojonadicos de utilizarla y preocupados por si alguna otra palabra que usamos puede ser también motivo de risión.
Asomo mi cabeza por la ventana -por cierto, hace un frío que pela...- y veo a unos mocetes jugando entre la nieve:
—¡Ahí va, que te cojo! ¡Te cogí!
100 Species Challenge100 (non-extinct) Species Challenge100 Species Challenge4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
This extreme challenge was loving created by me to try and get other artists out of their comfort zone. You get to pick a species to draw that falls under the category (all living animals are covered, only once, in this challenge) rather than having a set species. Simply draw an animal for each number and please link back to this deviation (or give me credit) for the challenge as I spent a fair few hours sorting this out.
Please don't modify and then claim it as your own. I will be doing a bird, mammal and chordata versions. This version was created for my group, Animal-Anatomy.
Example: rats, mice, squirrels, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters
Example: flatworms, hairy backs
Example: characins, pencilfishes, hatchetfishes, piranhas, tetras
Ten Tips for Poetry1) Format is important. This is something a little difficult to say to a poet: there are amazing poems out there that butcher formatting conventions like a boss. Thing is, if you're going to neglect a convention, don't do it for the lulz: give it a reason. Don Marquis is a good, clean example: his "Archie" poems contain no capitals at all. At a glance, this makes Mr Marquis look like an imbecile. I know I myself instantly despise people who do not use proper capitalization. However, Archie is a cockroach. He can't actually reach the SHIFT key. So the fact that there are no capitals just makes the poem that much more entertaining.Ten Tips for Poetry5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
As another example, you can muck with formatting for real artistic reasons, but this is important: don't be lazy or "silly" with your formatting first, and then think of some sort of hipster excuse for doing it afterwards. It's poor form to use one's own work as an example, I know, but if you have a look at The Quiet Dog, it's all one giant paragraph
Flieg deutsche Fahne flieg english translationFlieg deutsche Fahne flieg english translation4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Fly german flag fly!
Soldier my friend, prepare your steps comrade!
Step under the guns!
So everybody has to go along, comrade
to honour our fatherland
To the peace serves the grey uniform
and not to the war of pain
We are bringing fourth a new era
in our young hearts
I: Hoist the flag high!, March!
Go ahead the leader leads!
With our flag the battle will be ours
Fly German flag, fly!:I
Soldier Friend, pack up Comrade
Take hoes and spades
We dont know any tranquillity, comrade
Therefore we are soldiers
Standing from frontier to frontier
Is an army of young farm lads
What we pluged away and sowed
(that) should overlast us
Hoist the flag! ......I: :I
Soldier my friend you know it Comrade
We have sworn an oath to this land
Together we carry its spirit, comrade
The one that left us so long ago
Our column is what braces
The Reich´s strength and defense
We are its spirit, we are its song
And its holy honor
Hoist the flag high ... I: :I
DW's Guide on Art CommissionsDwwrider’s Guide on Art Commissions on deviantART (last revised September 2014)DW's Guide on Art Commissions8 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
This guide is based off of my personal experiences of commissioning artists on deviantART. I hope future art commissioners or artists who take commissions find this information useful. I'll try to update this guide once a year. Please look at the title to see when this was last revised.
DISCLAIMER: ***READ ME PLEASE***
All the information in this guide is a recommendation and results will vary. I wish the very best for the commissioner and the commissioned.
Table of Contents:
Phase 1: Determine the Subject/Topic of the Commission
Phase 2: Search for an Artist on deviantART and Other Websites
Phase 3: Learn about the Artist’s Commission Availability, Rules, Rates, etc
Phase 4: Screen Your Candidates
Phase 5: Communication with the Artist
Phase 6: Developing a Commission Write Up/Description with References
The Hunt :SasuSaku Chap1:The Hunt :SasuSaku Chap1:6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Chapter One:: We're There
What was it about mornings that she hated so much? Oh, right. It was the unbearable sunlight. It blurred her vision occasionally; she was so used to the night by now, it was making daylight seem less pleasurable. Placing her hands on either side, she hefted herself up and off the bed. Ugh that cloudy, thick feeling was in her mouth again. Stumbling over to the dresser, she fumbled for her glass of water. Upon finding it, she instantly gulped the remains. Ick. It tasted stale. Swearing harshly under her breath, she walked into her bathroom, turning on the faucet. The minute she looked into the mirror, she wished she hadn't. There were violent bags under her eyes. Violent, because they were puffy and purplish is color. It didn't help that they made her emerald eyes pop out. Cupping water in her hands, she scrubbed her face and took a few long gulps. She looked back into the mirror. They looked clo
Poetic StructureFree verse sucks.Poetic Structure4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
OK, there are some exceptions; there are good pieces that are in free verse. However, I am of the firm opinion that a poem is only a poem if it has some sort of structure. Structure wasn't invented just to kill your creativity or make your life as a writer difficult: it has an impact on the human psyche, making what you're reading (or hearing poetry was originally sung, recall) far more memorable, and also more gripping both intellectually and emotionally.
And contrary to popular belief, it isn't stifling at all. The structure you use can be many things: most people think of rhyming, or syllable counting, but you can also have beat-wise meters (very common in many songs you may know, especially folk songs and rap), alliterative meters, rhythmic meters (like the stuff you see in Shakespeare) really, if it's organized in some way, it has structure.
The question is, how does one create a poem with structure? They
Art TipsI am writing this for a friend and for anyone else who may find it useful. The following treatise is by no means law or the only way to do things. It's only what I know or believe so far and it's probably not applicable to most styles except those similar to my own. Take from it what you will.Art Tips5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
1.) Gesture drawings: Yeah, I know, it's one of the most annoying criticisms you'll get "you need to do more gesture drawings!" Stifle your reflex to kick them into a volcano and do it. Your art will be better for it. Try to set aside at least 15 minutes a day for gesture drawing.
2.) Draw from life: If you've been drawing or painting for any significant amount of time, you've probably heard this one too. Second verse, same as the first. Do it, your art will be better for it. Observational skills are KEY to representational art and the more you hone them, the more skilled you will become. Try to imprint on things you see around you; think of life as like a big How To catalog.
3.) Variation: Varia
Cross-Section of a Vampire pt1The Cross-Section of the Vampire, Part 1:Cross-Section of a Vampire pt16 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
In recent years, there has been an influx of the word Vampire. Nowadays, it's everywhere. Pick up any teen romance novel and there is likely to be a vampire somewhere. Frankly, many people are beginning to think that it's all getting very old. The vampires seem uninteresting, in many cases unbelievable. They follow the exact same formula, and sometimes, they are simply an excuse for the impossible. Today, we will rediscover vampires and we will make them our own.
To understand where we are, we must know where we have been. Traditionally, a vampire is a creature of death and the undead, a living corpse. They are described as hideous, vile, sometimes rotting, and murderous. They have only one drive to drink the blood of mortals. In some legends, a vampire is born from the corpse of a mass murderer. In others, it's
Cross-Section of a Vampire pt3The Cross-Section of the Vampire, Part 3:Cross-Section of a Vampire pt36 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
This is mostly just a resource and a few questions to challenge you during your writing of your vampires.
THIS IS THE END: Yes, this is the last of this little article series, but there is something very IMPORTANT that must be understood:
Do NOT explain your answers to all of these questions directly in your writing. Why? You will successfully bore your readers with an info dump which is not neccessary. That's right. Don't give out the secrets of the universe. Keep them hidden, keep them safe, and horde them in the tiny part of your mind that keeps your vampire universes on track. Is it alright to only give a little information? Absolutely! Is it alright to not give anything away and leave it all up to speculation? Of course! You as the writer need to kn
Be a producer 101Be a producer 1015 years ago in Letters More Like This
A lot of writers approach me (for reasons I do not know) and told me about how hard it is for them to get someone to teamwork with them on a comic project.
Writers, project start ups, please understand that once you want to involve someone into your project, you are no longer just a writer. You have switched role to being a "producer" of your project.
As little as the project maybe, you are the producer.
Therefore, as a producer, you need to do what a producer do!
Job 1: provide, and find ways to provide the team financially (I do it by fund rising, other producers/writers do so by getting a part time job, or talk investors into giving some investments. Yes, if you want it badly enough, you WILL do it. If you love your project, you will sacrifice to make it come to life.
If you are not ready to be involved financially, you need to get yourself involved as a friend. As a real friend to that artist you want to work with....Or become that "writer" the art
I saw you dancingLoki jealously watched Thor dance with Sigyn. She laughed as the joyful song filled the hall. Thor was a constant flirt. Loki frowned as the song ended and Sigyn continued to laugh. Thor bowed and walked away. Loki stood and walked up to her as the next song began. A beautiful, slow song much more to his liking.I saw you dancing4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Sigyn turned to leave but turned bumped into a tall figure dressed in green. Surprised, she looked up at the softly glowing eyes of Prince Loki. He bowed slightly and held up his hand. She put hers softly against his and they began to dance, their movements perfectly matched.
"Where is my brother?" Thor asked, looking around as he found his friends. Sif smiled and gestured to a couple dancing. Thor's mouth fell open. Sif shut his jaw, chuckling to herself.
It was hard for Thor to look away from his brother. Loki had never expressed much interest in dancing but there he was. And he was good. Loki was always agile, but now, he was graceful.
As the song continued, Loki
what to do- Art VS Parentswhat to do- Art VS Parents6 years ago in Letters More Like This
Art career VS Parents is actually a very very common issue in many different countries.
First of all, you are not alone in this struggle, many many people are on the same boat sharing the same problem, including your parents.
A lot of parents tend to think doing art makes you starve, and you will be poor all your life if you want to become an artist. They are dead set on "a certain career means more money therefore means more steady life"
Truth is... whatever that popular career is... it may become less popular later because of so many people going into the field, thus lowering the demand. The supply and demand principle applies to all fields, jobs market changes.
OK. To start with the conversation... Lets make sure we know what they think that an "art career" is~~~
Research and Communicate:
Usually they don't know ANYTHING about that career you want to go into, usually the best way to go about it is research how much "salary" you will get paid with doing a certain job
Design a country work sheetDesign a country work sheet5 years ago in Settings More Like This
For those people who needs to design their own world.
This is a form I will use from now on to help me design it faster and more complete.
original from: droemar's journal
Edited by mayshing 2010
Colors: (An example would be red, white, and blue)
Symbol: (An example would be stars and stripes.)
calender measure (time table): (Does their calender go by the moon, or sun? Or other planets?)
Races: (The races that inhabit the area, whether or not they're native.
Physical: (The ethnic description of your race: skin color, hair color, builds, dress)
Preference to fashion and beauty:
Weather patterns: (Tropical? Stormy? Cold? Earthquakes? Climate in general?)
-how the weather influence inhabitants behavior, travel
Major river and lakes?
Any construction a
Loki : dance of deathAsgard, despite being a city of gods, wasn't used to witnessing any showy display of magic skills.Loki : dance of death4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Magic, after all, was something that just women practiced: instead of wielding swords they drew runes, and everyone agreed that it was something that had to be kept in secret, to be a better and more lethal weapon when the occasion occurred.
But Loki was no woman, even if he mastered every secret of seid, the ancient art of sorcery.
Yes, he wasn't really eager to show off his skills either, but sometimes the mead he drank was sufficient to make him lose any self imposed restrain.
He didn't care being called an argr, an unmanly one, he didn't care about being called a witch those were probably the nicest among the appellatives he was usually given.
The few times it happened for him to be drunk and in the right mood during a feast, those times he was finally able to enjoy it, from those who usually scorned him to enjoy their admiration and it tasted so sweet, even if he fancied
Writing Tips: Building a Better Bodyswap EpisodeI've wanted to do a review on a body swap episode for the longest time, an admirable for something that got everything right or an atrocity for one that just didn't understand the concept and completely wasted it. I couldn't find either, and that's sad since body swap stories have a lot of potential that most media doesn't know or doesn't want to tap. The two main draws a writer can use a body swap episode is to closen the relationship between two characters, or to have a lot of hilarity, as a boy and a girl are swapped or an adult and a child. A third reason also presents itself: to make one person's mundane be a very difficult obsticle. We'll be talking about all three of them, and though I am an animation critic, these ideas are largely for body swap stories in live action shows or movies. (I don't think I've ever seen a video-game specific or a music-specific example of this trope in play).Writing Tips: Building a Better Bodyswap Episode9 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
But speaking of animation, there is a problem unique to body swap stories in cartoons. That
Kai-Kai's writing tips 1Hello Duckies. Welcome one and all to Kai-Kais writing tips for beginners. Now we shall start this edition with the thing that most people seem to have the most issues with (and yet to me seem rather unimportant compared to the plot) and that is Characters. Now when I said unimportant I meant that if you have a good plot several different characters should be able to be used as the main and still provide for an interesting story. But well get into all that later on.Kai-Kai's writing tips 16 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Number One: The bane of existence, Mary-Sues and Gary-Stues.
Let me start by saying this Adding a scar does not stop your character from being a Mary-Sue. Please, stop being so superficial and thinking that a single physical defect changes a character into any less obnoxiously perfect than s/he is already.
Anyway, Lets start with the body. Double Ds do in fact exist in this world. However, that doesnt mean every character you make is going to have them. Not to say
Low Key User ManualLow Key User ManualLow Key User Manual4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Thank you for buying from Jotun Inc.!
Congratulations on choosing Low Key, a high-quality product by Jotun Inc. To enjoy your Low Key as long as possible, please read the instructions carefully.
To install your Low Key, you will need the free Loki 2.30 software, downloadable through our Bifrost Portal at www.bifrost.asg.
Attention: Before installing Loki 2.30, you will have to remove the programs Thor 1.28 and Odin 0.74. Keeping them will result in Loki 2.30 trying to disable them. The ensuing software conflict could cause abnormal program termination errors and even severe hardware damage.
You might also wish to disable the Heimdall-firewall as it might try to block your Loki-download. You can activate it again once the Loki-software is installed Loki 2.30 is capable of bypassing the Heimdall-firewall, should the need arise.
Low Key! Every computer needs one!