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 Sycra1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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 Questions3 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
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.1 year 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’
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 thought2 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.
Devious Journal Entryso..um...yeah...Devious Journal Entry1 year 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
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 did6 months ago in Personal More Like This
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 everyone2 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 Nib2 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 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 Tips2 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
Style.For me it's all about drumming up feelings. Those feelings I got when I first discovered comic books and comic book magazines like Savage Sword of Conan, Eerie and other Warren publications. It was a strange, mysterious black and white world. I didn't know what was next. It's hard to explain. I would turn the page and discover a new style, a new way of looking at drawing. As much as I loved the House Styles of Marvel and DC Comics - I also fell in love with the work of those famous late 60's, 70's and early 80's illustrators that weren't doing superhero comics.Style.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
So when I'm drawing, I'm trying to recreate that experience for myself. Most of that comes down to my inking. I study a lot of exceptional artists like Williamson, Frazetta, Klaus Janson, Jorge Zaffino, Alex Nino and Toppi. I love that old skool look. I love evidence of the inking tools like the brush and the pen nib. I don't want my work to look like "a computer drew i
Complaint Challenge Contest - Extended!Update: Deadline ExtensionComplaint Challenge Contest - Extended!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
New deadline: February 10th at 11:59 PM EST!
I could use an extra week before judging, and my poll suggested people could use a little more time than that. I've decided to extend the deadline by 10 days.
Don't forget you must note me your entry to be eligible for prizes. I know I saw some floating around. I do need an official entry note! You may find these other reminders helpful: http://fav.me/d4mk8a6
If your entry is not in this folder, you are not confirmed and should contact me: http://thorns.deviantart.com/favourites/47897505
If you have questions, or needed help, and I haven't fully helped yet, NOTE ME ASAP. If I haven't responded I misplaced your messages. (I know there is definitely one I cannot find.) I apologize and would be appreciate a reminder.
We got our complaints out in 2011. Now, 2012 is about doing something productive with them. I am not going to sit and grumble a
New StoreI've finally got my new store up and running. You can check it out here: http://karlaltstaetter.storenvy.com/New Store2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have new versions of ECB up and I'll be adding more fun and cool stuff over the next week or so!
Background TipsHey all! I've gotten a few people asking me about advice for drawing backgrounds. So instead of being a true gentleman and writing each person back separately, I figure it's easier to tackle this with an nice, impersonal journal post! Maybe one day I'll shoot a tutorial or something to actually demonstrate what I'm talking about, but for now a quick list will have to do.Background Tips3 years ago in Personal More Like This
*Before I start, a quick disclaimerby no means do I have "it" figured out. My opinions on backgrounds and how to tackle them are always changing. And a lot of what I think is based on the artists on whose shoulders I stand upon. Feel free to disagree with any of this.
Remember those point-and-click adventure games from the 90s? I loved those games! Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Flashback, Full Throttle, Space Quest, Hero Questadventure games blew me away by how beautiful, imaginative and expansi
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!2 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.
Oblivion!Here's the teaser poster I did in collaboration with Universal and Joseph Kosinski for Oblivion! ( And here's the trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_embedded&v=dQ3Mt9yiz6k )Oblivion!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/oblivion
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!
so you want to be a professional XDokay, time for another journalso you want to be a professional XD2 years ago in Personal More Like This
so i keep getting the same questions over and over again. how did i learn to do this.
i was self taught. by this i mean, i took the initiative and seeked out the knowledge, as no one was offering it.
i draw on average 8 to 10 hours a day, every day. by average i mean that some days its 6 and some 12
so... the argument.
i keep hearing this one. well i want to be a professional artist, but life is hard, i need to work, i don't really have the time....
let me put things in perspective here.
i used to work as a night guard on the beach. every single night from 8 pm to s6 am. after that i would go meet up with my dad who gouarded another beach to get a cup of coffee. we had a bite to eat, and then both went to haul and sell fruits and vegetables.
every evening i was drawing. when the sun set i sat under a street lamp and drew through the night.
every night. this was on occasion interrupted by a fight with some exceedingly drunk people who wouldn't
New article for Muddy ColorsSketches ! Sketches ! Sketches !New article for Muddy Colors2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Point Giveaway by me!/OVER!Hi!Point Giveaway by me!/OVER!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I´ll give away 100 again!
What you have to do is
-comment with what you have done
That´s the only thing you must do!
If you want to increase your chances to win just do the following things:
-fav this journal (+1)
-fav one of my deviations (+3)
-click the "I´d wear this" button on my newest deviation (+10)
-give me a Llama (+2)
-write a journal or do a poll about this giveaway (+8)
The giveaway ends in one week, that´s the 9th May.
Good luck to everyone!
IMPORTANT: ou can´t vote on my design at the moment, because I deleted it. But I´ll do a new one where you can vote. That would be awesome!
THE LUCKY WINNER OF THE 100 POINTS IS Dragongirl124680 !!
Thank you all for participating and voting on my T-shirts!
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
STAMP RAFFLE! CLOSED!!!Ok, I do feel like doing one of these so:STAMP RAFFLE! CLOSED!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you win this raffle, you can win a stamp made by *le me* and I'll make a stamp of your choice, but please, if you win, please don't make it too complex, I'm using MS Paint to make them after all
To be entered in this contest you must:
1: Fave this journal
2: Comment with a link of a poll or journal promoting this AND your number of preference
3: Wait until all 25 slots are filled (though I might make a deadline)
So, enjoy and good luck :3
3 WINNERS WILL BE MADE, GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
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 Entry3 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
Two New Podcasts!!Hey all!Two New Podcasts!!2 weeks 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 MindWatch depthRADIUSMansions of The Mind10 months 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 lon