happy sunstone day XDso the book came out today,happy sunstone day XD8 months ago in Personal More Like This
i am currently up to my eyeballs in finishing the next one, should be up in 2 days
and then the last one by years end
for those who asked for digital version comixology has it
don't ask me why it is the same price as printed one... i'm just as baffled by that practice
anyhoo, merry christmass, happy holidays, oh and here are some reviews
Video Interview with SycraI did a video interview with Sycra (A great artist and a great contributor of the art community who runs a very resourceful youtube channel). We had a really fun time chatting about art. Enjoy!Video Interview with Sycra2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Improving and The Magic NibFrom time to time I'll hear questions from other artists concerning artistic pathways.Improving and The Magic Nib3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It probably stems from seeing my work over the years. Early in my career I was given a tremendous opportunity to draw the first Prophet book for Image Comics. I had years of inking experience behind me but I had never drawn a full comic book prior to that experience. The first issue sold nearly a half million copies. My first foray into penciling/inking was quite a spectacle... Looking back, it's one of the most cringe-worthy books from the 90's. That was a little over 20 years ago. When I returned to the comic book field I was a different artist thankfully. Obviously 20 years is a long time for a growth curve.
Check out some of my Journals here on DA. I delve into getting into the business and what pushed me, etc. Mostly it's just focusing on weaknesses and addressing them. Fixing what's broke or doesn't perform as well as I feel it should. Whic
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 Questions1 year 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
13 Thoughts About (Comics) Art.I’ve finished working & I’m too wired to sleep so I’m breaking my rule & posting some of the thoughts about art I’ve jotted down lately. If you follow me you already know I’m ridiculous. If not then just know I believe all art advice is usually wrong/a bad idea. Or at least meant to be tested. So I’m in on the joke here…13 Thoughts About (Comics) Art.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1: Artists aren’t born or made. They’re cultivated. You ain’t special. Maybe you could be. But probably not. … I dunno maybe you are.
2. Never forget that in comics your serious, heart felt, absurd & torturous thoughts will be voiced by drawings w/squiggly lines for mouths.
3. The important part of the word “realistic” is “istic”. Whatever you do it’s not going to be reality. Only informed by it.
4. Ultimately all art is abstraction. Reality is the boundary you push toward, against or run along side. But even that’s subjective right?
5. At times it’
zhanx everyonewow, allmost 2 mil views ...this random pile of crap got big fast XD... so as a bit of a thankyou for the support, have fun i uploaded both chapters that are finished so far as pdfs. enjoy, im off to finish the new onezhanx everyone3 years ago in Personal More Like This
death vigildue to unforseen technological and health problems death vigil 7 has been late... as you may have noticed.death vigil4 months ago in Personal More Like This
issue will be finished tomorrow
but that will mean about 30 more days till it hits the stores... i can't have that.
so tomorrow... i will put the future of my comic in your hands
i will post it online.
sales have been steadily dropping so ... i guess it can't get much worse. and i don't want my readers and fans who supported the book to
have to wait any more. book will be printed and published. and if you want to buy and support it still, i will appreciate it of course.
but i refuse to let everyone wait for 30 more days.
small thoughti used to try and get cover work at zenescope. in fact the first time i got one, i did it all in photoshop and worked it to death....small thought3 years ago in Personal More Like This
well, about a week later i was asked to color the same cover by a different artist. ouch yeah? i was so totally bad ass and better than mine though, of that there was no doubt. so i did it, and it remained one of my favorite covers id painted digitally for a very long time.
now, for long while after that i would do something sketchy and fix it in photoshop. i never paid much attention to my lines, because i could just fix it up in photoshop, be it line quality or anatomy.
then i decided to start paying attention to my lines, so actually try to make something i could keep the lines on.
and you guys have all seen, just in this one year what has happened as a result.
my point here is yes, there can be some great convenient speed saving shortcuts in digital art, but if you find your progress slowing, consider putting photoshop down for awhile.
this is my favorite video i ever diddon't know why, it is just weird seeing myself making a page layout XD even i have to admit my methods are a bit oddthis is my favorite video i ever did1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Six Month Premium Membership Giveaway!UPDATESix Month Premium Membership Giveaway!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Time for my FOURTH giveaway, upping it to a six month premium membership this time!
the winners from the first giveaway were MiddysGraphics and TheHorseMentalist, and from the second giveaway, the winner was chicken-mami, the third was Ymile, fourth was jay-fruit
Will you be lucky this time?
What you have to do ;
1. comment on one of my deviations
2. fave one of my deviations
3. comment here with your favourite animal, favourite colour and a random number from 0 to 1000 (doesn't matter if it's the same as someone elses)
I'll then pop each name into a draw and on the end date, a name will randomly be selected
giveaway will end on the 10th May!
5 Inking TipsI get asked a lot about what people should use to do traditional inking. Traditionally inkers in comics use the Hunt 102. Some use the Gillott which works essentially like a tiny brush because the tip of the nib is so flexible. Here is a link to a good place to find almost any type of nib you are looking for. http://www.paperinkarts.com/calligraphy-pens-nibs.html5 Inking Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've also heard good things the Deleter brand nibs from the company out of Japan. I have not used them but I've heard they are becoming very popular.
Pro Tip: Take an Ex Acto Knife and scrape the tip of the nib. This takes off some of the top layer of varnish and helps the nib hold the ink better.
Pro Tip: As far as ink goes. I use a combo of Pelican and Higgins as well as BlackStar ink. Finding a combo that gets you the correct flow off the pen while remaining black and not bleeding will take some experimentation. A lot of it has to do with how you store the ink and the level of humidity you are inking in.
Pro Tip: Obviously
Devious Journal Entryso..um...yeah...Devious Journal Entry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
um... more coghhgfjgj........kay...had to pick up my jaw... as i said more cosplay. this time from
she doesnt post her cosplaying here but does on imgur....which was quite a challenge for interwebz dumb me to link XD
also you can find her gallery here
anyways... here is a crazy dedicated marion cosplay, both amazing from visual cues, to the attention to details of binding used in the comic....so yeah... i was floored....and of course beautiful framing, composition , and use of a camera..which i cant use to save my own life... i will be perfectly honest. nothing shows love fore the creation like a cosplay to me...it takes personal initiative, effort and courage...and i am very much grateful.
i'll have to figure out some sort of a gift for my fan community.. prolly s
I Got Angry - recap!So, having gotten all riled up about publishing, I wanted to do a recap, and see what ground we covered:I Got Angry - recap!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
My first angry post was all about 'why' - why do it? What was the motivation? Why was I so bloody angry? And what was I doing about it?
Part 2 was about identity - who are you? What should you know about yourself and the industry if you really want to get serious about it?
http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/ wrote as part of his amazing response: 'But I think there comes a time when the whole system becomes so exhausted from mindless repetition that a certain cynicism becomes the only form of true enlightenment and what we loved about our artistic obsessions gets forgotten.'
http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/ also had some strong thoughts, including 'you have to bite your lip when f**ked up the arse and treated like you don't matter, better still sm
The StretchLaziness. It's the kryptonite to any creativity. Heck, to any living and breathing person. Add to that…comfortability. To sort of settle in to something, get locked in, and bunker down. To get too comfortable.The Stretch2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been working in comics now going on 14 years. At my most ambitious would be those years just trying to break in. The hours spent chained to a table, working on your craft throughout the day into the middle of the night, and forgoing time spent with family, friends, other entertainment, food, and sleep. You're juggling school, a day job (in my case, a night shift), and still working on samples. Sending photocopies off through snail mail (ahhh…those were the days before the internet really took over). And attending as many conventions to talk to editors and get portfolios reviewed. It's a time of great ambition to get that foot in the door. That toe in the door.
And it doesn't stop there. After you're in, then comes the true test. The work. The deadlines. Juggling projects. Th
Bucket List TradeWant original art but can't afford it? Here are the things I'd be willing to trade artwork for.Bucket List Trade4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. One night assisting astronomers in a huge space telescope. Looking for new planets, finding aliens, whatever.
2. A ride in a 1970s De Tomaso Pantera. I'd take a Maserati Bora as well.
3. Original art from Sergio Toppi, Jorge Zaffino, or Bill Watterson.
4. Scuba diving in a cave. I don't have a license yet, so that should be included.
5. A ride in a WWII B-25.
6. An hour with Henry Rollins.
7. Dinner with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
8. A "behind the scenes" tour at the Museum of Nat History in NYC.
Some of these things I suppose I could find myself, but I know I'll never get around to it.
*Sean Murphy reserves the right to refuse any of the above offers that come to him. This blog post is in no way a contractual obligation to agree to any of the above trades. However, if you can make one of these happen and you're not a weirdo, we
Two New Podcasts!!Hey all!Two New Podcasts!!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
So lucky to have two podcasts hit the web today! The first is with 2 of my favorite ladies in comics at The Hangout (Jessica was MIA)! We chatted about one of my favorite subjects these days: women in comics! And also about erotica. Here's the listen:
And the other is with my old friend Shawn Crystal (and awesome Marvel/DC artist so check him out) at Inkpulp audio.
Mansions of The MindMansions of The Mind1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
“Some use Ink, I confide in Silver”
— Lauren E. Simonutti
Quote by Lauren E. Simonutti
“ The misfirings of my beloved/despised mind that conspire to convince me to destroy all have rendered me housebound and led to a solitary life. A creature of past, proof, memory and imaginary friends, I am aware enough to know the things I see and hear are not real, but that does not mean I do not still see and hear them.”
For a very long time Lauren Simonutti's haunting photographs were a spectral presence amongst
about photoshop and hard work...damn it!WARINING- EITHER READ THIS COMPLETELY OR DON'T BOTHER, AS THAT IS ONE OF THE CHARACTER TRAITS THIS JOURNAL IS ABOUT!about photoshop and hard work...damn it!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
okay, so after a swarm of questions many of which left me with my jaw on the floor... i realized something...
people are afraid of pushing a button to see what it does
okay, to backtrack first. i am self taught in photoshop, had no books had no tutorials, had a borrowed i think 7... dunno which was before cs2 when i started, i learned it by ....pressing a button and seeing what it does
i explored, i tried stuff out.
i had no teachers no schools no education on this stuff
i saw a button i pressed it.
that is how about 9 years ago when i first decided to try and apply digital coloring to early pages of ravine, i was dabbing paint on a page. i came to the point where i had to paint a waterfall. so , just for fun i tried putting scattering on the foam brush i made, a simple thing. and i was gonna see if smudge could be scattered. it had a weird side effect.
Signing at The Comic BugWho is coming down to my signing at the world famous Comic Bug. http://thecomicbug.com/2012/02/01/warriors-of-mars-emerald-city-blues-double-feature-signing-feb-1st-11am-5pm/ tomorrow from 11am to 5pm I'll be there signing issues of ECB and selling my new set of prints. If you mention DA I'll draw you a fancy lil' sketch.Signing at The Comic Bug4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Devious Journal EntryUndoubtedly one of the most prolific, innovative, and exciting artists exhibiting their work on deviantART has to be the amazing `BenHeine.Devious Journal Entry4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Artist on Fire:
The Creative Juggernaut that is BenHeine
Wed Jan 18, 2011, 7:00 PM
Undoubtedly one of the most prolific, innovative, and exciting artists
exhibiting their work on deviantART has to be the amazing BenHeine.
In terms of sheer creativity and the true spirit of art as human expression that knows no bounds,
he is currently with few peers. His unique visual creations have been featured in newspapers, magazines
and other publications worldwide and over the last few years his works have begun to populate art galleries
and museums from Brussels and London to Turkey, Romani
Koffee and Komics JuneFor all the info on Koffee and Komics June.. click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/398959210140500/Koffee and Komics June3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Free ART -Art raffle -closed-Free ART -Art raffle -closed-3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So point commissions ain't working. Sooooo~gonna try something a bit different. An art raffle!!
This is my first try at one so it's gonna be sketches something i can easily and quickly do. I'll use a random number generator to pink the number ^^ The number of people i pick count on the number of people that enter ^^
=All you gotta do is=
Comment with a reff picture of your character
+Fav the journal to spread word~
I'll give you a number, remember it~ or save comment.
(Not that it counts it'd be nice if you check my gallery out too )
...thats it ;o
Deadline is Monday May 14
Comment with a reff image of your character, no description only reffs please.
One comment per a person
One character per a person
Please don't leave any other comments like "I would but----" just comment with reff please ^^
Almost all character
Department O with Head Lopper sampleNow available for order in my internet store is my newly reprinted book DEPARTMENT O written by Jamie Gambell and colored by Heather Breckel. AND as a bonus I ran a five page sample of my newest book HEAD LOPPER, written and drawn by myself and colored by Mike Spicer.Department O with Head Lopper sample2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You can get it all right here:
And be sure to check out some my other goodies over there too!
Many thanks and much love!
updates and a thank youso... sunstone book 1 was the fifth place on the top seller graphic novels listsupdates and a thank you7 months ago in Personal More Like This
this was your doing and you have my sincere thanks.
i did not expect this. sunstone was never supposed to be a moneymaker project and will continue to be a free webcomic to it's very end. but your support meant a lot
last year was tough...
you noticed that my output was significantly lower...well... in the number of strips, but taking into consideration the much longer strips of chapter 4, difference is not that drastic.
there was a reason for this. i kept alluding to a family health crisis. i prefer to keep these things to myself
but now that this is behind us, i can say what made a mess of the year
my mom was diagnosed with a severe heart condition. day before book 1 came out she was admitted to hospital to have stents implanted and the procedure was a success.
last year i was operating under a constant prepare for the worst case scenario kind of pressure.
to ensure i