5 Unanswered QuestionsA few times a week I'll get questions in the form of “notes” on dA, emails, and private messages on Twitter, but I'm sorry to say that I don't normally find the time to answer them. But I've saved the most interesting ones in hopes I'd answer them during a slow work day. That day is today.5 Unanswered Questions8 months ago in Personal More Like This
(Most of these questions are paraphrased, or a mix of two different questions.)
1. You charge way too much for commissions (between $1000-$3000 for 11x17). How do you justify that?
I agree it's a lot of money. When I first started pricing commissions so high, it was for 2 reasons: I only had time for a handful a year, and having a commission list stressed me out. I priced them high so less people would ask. Commissions are nice, but I see it as a short term money game, whereas working on creator-owned properties is more lucrative over time when you think about prints, t shirts, licensing, etc.
The work I put into a 1k commission is the same I'd put into a Batman cover. And I sell B
Tip of the Day: 3 Things to get to our destinationPersistence is the engine, common sense is the steering wheel, belief is the key. We need all 3 to get to our destinations.Tip of the Day: 3 Things to get to our destination3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Now let's get painting!!
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Custom Chucks VideoWant to see how i paint on Chucks?Custom Chucks Video3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is my newest video of the minish Cap Chucks
Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of LifeI used to spend all my free time on games. Arcade games, card games, home entertainment systems... etc. Until I found the best game of all - LIFE. Not the board game but the real thing.Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of Life3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You only get one life and there are many levels that you can pass. Try to think of life as a game. Always trying to get to that "next level." Identify what you could achieve to get to the "next level" in your life and put your energy into it!
sending positive vibes to you all!
5 Career Killers“Whatever happened to that guy? The guy that drew that thing?5 Career Killers6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Comic careers are like any other career in entertainment: if you don't stay relevant and adapt to a trend, you'll eventually peak and then bottom out. But there are more things that can help end a career. Here's a list of 5 that I've been thinking about lately.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA TAKE-DOWN
The creator does something that somehow goes viral, turning his (or her) readers against him. Bad behavior at a convention, sexual harassment online, or a semi-racist Tweet made worse by bumbling attempts to correct it. Or maybe the creator gets blamed for something innocent: innocent comments taken out of context, or involvement in a controversial project that he had no say over. Whatever the case, “social media take-downs” can harm careers, leaving a permanent black mark on your career.
I imagine this one is the most common: no matter how hard you work—and no matter how much a
Tip of the DayMany times if we don't know how to do something or achieve something we feel it's not doable. Successful people will find a way even if they don't know the answer at first. Sometimes the best way to find the right way is to try as many ways as you can think of. The road to success is paved with failures. Stay positive!Tip of the Day3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to eveyone!
My workshop in Alhambra, CA Nov 21st http://schoolism.com/workshop.php?id=2
My workshop in Vancouver, BC Nov 26th http://schoolism.com/workshop.php?id=3
Project Porkchop Vol. 376Project Porkchop Vol. 3762 months ago in Art Features More Like This
About Project Porkchop
The DeviantArt Experience can sometimes quickly become the quintessential example of that most frustrating problem: too much of a good thing. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to peruse the thousands of submissions and postings of artistic innovation, creativity and sheer beauty that are generated everyday.
So thank you for ProjectPorkchop!
Astralseed, an Icelandic deviant artist with a penchant for equines, including Quirlicorns (a breed of unicorns), has made our busy lives so much easier with ProjectPorkchop, a feature she started on her DeviantArt page. Project Porkchop’s fine eye for the best of the newly submitted artworks of virtually unknown artists, the incredible art tha
New article for Muddy ColorsI wrote a quick article about skin for Muddy Colors here : http://muddycolors.blogspot.fr/2012/08/digital-skin.htmlNew article for Muddy Colors3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
drawing/painting tutorialsAndrew Loomis: http://www.alexhays.com/loomis/drawing/painting tutorials1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Barbara Bradley: http://www.mightyartdemos.com/mightyartdemos-bradley.html
Stan Prokopenko: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProkoTV
a complement for Georgetown's website
Tip of the Day: the StruggleLearn to enjoy the struggle. Our most memorable goals we achieve in our lives are always extra special because of the many hardships we had to endure before succeeding. Those memories will be some of your fondest when you're successful. So take sometime to live in the moment and enjoy the struggle before achieving bigger and better things.Tip of the Day: the Struggle3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problemsTip of the day: What do you fill your mind with? Dreams or problems? Time to focus on our dreams! We must always be aware of the problems in our lives but if we are not finding time to focus on our dreams and goals then we will never achieve them.Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problems3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Contest 45 // CONTEST OVER! VOTE NOW!Contest 45: Passing on the Roles!Contest 45 // CONTEST OVER! VOTE NOW!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Deadline: September 5th
Well, sadly it's come to the time where a new mascot must come in and represent our wonderfully dorky club. Delibird must approve of the selection though. There are a few nominees we have in mind though we need the members help getting just the right one!
Whichever Pokemon receives the most pictures, will be our new mascot! The winning picture of the contest is not necessarily the decided mascot.
Requirements for entries:
Draw Delibird with the nominee of your choice.
ONLY draw from the list provided below.
Any sort of media is acceptable~
What NOT to do:
Pictures promoting Pokemon not listed below will be declined for this contest.
For more information, please read the C
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...The Detrimental Awe3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a sample of responses I've heard from some editors over the years when I've raised practical business concerns regarding comic book publishing:
"No, we don't know exactly what books you'll be doing, but we're (insert name of big publisher) Comics, so sign exclusive with us and not (insert name of competing publisher who has titles ready for you)!"
"This is a (insert name of big writer) book! I know he's late, but just think of how many people would love to be in your shoes!"
"The page rate isn't good, but at least you'll be getting to work with (name of big superhero whom you're supposed to be a fan of)!"
"We won't fly you out or put you into a hotel, but you should come so you can sign at the booth for us! Who doesn't love signing autographs?"
What do these statements have in common? They're emotional arguments made to sidestep yo
New lighting classI'm now teaching a second class at Schoolism. The first class is on painting accurate light and surface, where this one is about using those principles to paint more appealing and expressive lighting. Personally, I've had a lot more fun developing this class, and I honestly think it's going to be even better than the first.New lighting class8 months ago in Personal More Like This
The first class isn't technically a pre-requisite, but if you want to jump straight into this one without taking the other, you should have a solid understanding of these things:
-how different sizes of light fall over a variety of surfaces; eg. matte, shiny, translucent, etc.
-how light and surface color interact
-how different sizes and positions of light cast shadows
-how to control lighting exposure
-a good understanding of how light is scattered through atmospheric effects
Legends of Loros CONTEST!!!HELLO GUYS! Just wanted to announce our BADASSERY STUDIOS "LEGENDS OF LOROS" JAM!Legends of Loros CONTEST!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Legends of Loros was created, written and illustrated by Zach Bradley. :iconzachdb:
WHAT'S THE CHALLENGE?
The art jam is just that, a JAM! Draw any character from the Loros book to the best of your ability!
1st place will win $50 and a 3 month subscription.
2nd place will win $25 and a 3 month subscription.
3rd place will win a 3 month subscription.
deadline is August 15th Plenty of time to rock!
check out Zach's work for reference!
READ THE COMIC FREE! at badasserystudios.com http://badasserystudios.com/
BADASSERY STUDIOS IS:
:iconjktcomics: :iconricky-martinez: :iconxidis777: :iconzhourules: :icon2beansoup:
:iconrobertmakesstuff: :iconenmity88: :iconsketchheavy: :iconselkir
Slender ManWatch depthRADIUSSlender Man2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Slender Man
In this season of deceits deceptions & witcheries
I am wary of my following message not being received with the full gravity it deserves. It is not my intention to unduly alarm the deviantART community, but... LaurenKitsune is at this time unaccounted for. All attempts on our part to contact her have failed. It is my hope that she has simply taken a much deserved unscheduled pre-Halloween “vacation” and will be back in online communication soon.
Before going dark, LaurenKitsune was good enough to write and transmit a report on the Slender Man phenomenon sweeping the Internet. That report is published here fo
Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!Anatomy Lessons: How to improve faster in 6 steps!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
'Life Drawing 5' by algaegoblin
Do you know how to sketch human figures but do you want to refine your anatomy skills? Or do you not know anatomy at all and you are tired to trust your imagination? Did you notice you create disproportions in your drawings?
If you are aspiring artists and you already have your own style, you might as well believe you have no need of a guide, but you are wrong. Before exaggerating human proportions and begin to have your own style, you first have to know the basics.
This little guide is the result of an accurate research and 5 years of high school of art, and it's created for all those who want to learn something new or just make a useful review.
For those who have already studied art, my suggestion is to go to step 6 or trying to repeat all steps in Digital format.
First of all, if you want to learn faster you should draw using traditi
FEATURES: Skateboard Deck ARTSkate Decks are the new canvas, and you don\\\'t even have to be a skater.FEATURES: Skateboard Deck ART3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I recently was introduced to the art on Skate Decks from a friend (in real life) who purchased one from eBay. The art on his one is of a sexy cartoon style pinup. He intends to have it hanging on his lounge wall.
sk8ology - The Art of the Skateboard > http://ismcommunity.org/projects/sk8ology
Skateboard Express Australia > http://www.skateboardexpress.com.au/
Boardshop Australia > http://www.boardshop.com.au/servlet/StoreFront
Check out these dA groups:
JessIISexy Sk8 Deck by chronic0avenger angel of def by pierrell Eve of Eden deck sketch by Kittysdead Eve deck colored by Kittysdead Bill Murray Zombie Deck by Schorer Burlesque deck by Kittysdead
Deck Girls: Lady Diamonds by MyBeautifulMonsters Deck Doll 02 by sturstein :thumb
Dê vida ao seu personagem!Concurso Cultural | Regulamento | Participe!Dê vida ao seu personagem!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tip for Today: When to give up?Never give up just because you don't think you're good enough. We've all had our doubts in life. Successful people do not give up easily. We must prepare and prepare again, try your very hardest and then about 50% more that you didn't know you had consistently, then keep going twice as long as you ever thought you would or could. Look for more knowledge and try again.Tip for Today: When to give up?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Favorite this if you're with me! Have an awesome Friday.
Sending positive vibes to you all.
YourArt Second Contest Chibi Creator&Creation Hello Artists ! Ready for a second contest ?!YourArt Second Contest Chibi Creator&Creation 3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
What about a mix of self portrait,fanart and chibi style ? Owo
So here is the new theme : " Chibi Creator & Creation "
You have to create a piece of art drawing a chibi yourself with one or several chibi character(s) from Universe(s) that YOU like ! ( movie, manga, anime, cartoon, logo, videogame, etc) ! There should have a lot of connivance and creativity ! Your self chibi can be masked if you don't want to draw your face
The contest starts on May the 15th and ends on June 15th !
If you want to contribuate for prizes, please comment
Interview with Nathan Fowkes on Schoolism.comInterview with Nathan Fowkes on Schoolism.com2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Check out the free interview with Veteran Entertainment Industry Concept Designer, Nathan Fowkes on Schoolism.com. His credits include projects such as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, Spirit, Shrek Forever After, How to Train Your Dragon, The Legend of Puss in Boots and many more! He has worked for studios such as Blue Sky, Digital Domain, Disney and others.
Five Tips to Starting FreelancingSo, you're tired of being unemployed. You've been stuck at home for the umpteenth month in a row, a new season of The Legend of Korra is still a year off, and your government support checks (should you be lucky to still be getting them) won't even come close to affording you a bus ticket to Everfree Northwest. Your evaluation of life is the same dissertation of tedium and monotony as Helen Keller's review of Chinese Democracy.Five Tips to Starting Freelancing3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
You know, pretty much on par with every other review of Chinese Democracy.
But know what? If you can't find a job, you'll make a job! Screw finding work, and screw the employers who keep dismissing your applications for being "over qualified" like that Bachelors of Science in Graphic Design is as detrimental to your character as being a registered felon. Screw them and that stupid help wanted sign at Quiznos. Now you're freelancing, baby.
While I'm assuming you're alread