you mean there's more to a work than PAIRINGS?!!1Putting it up because I think it applies to a number of things.
In regards to this post: http://alexds1.tumblr.com/post/16330218225/there-is-but-one-step-from-the-grotesque-to-the
I think a number of things in regards to what the OP was saying were seriously taken out of context. I'm also going to say upfront that I don't really watch the Sherlock show, and, yes, I am fine with slash and femmeslash and all that on many occasions. That being said, I find their post, despite it being geared towards the SH fandom, to be incredibly applicable with a number of fandoms. While reading their post, I never once got the vibe the OP was saying anything remotely close to "slash is bad" or "asexuality is bad" or "you're not a real fan if you didn't read the original Holmes books." To be honest, I don't think they were even saying (or even implying), "you're a shitty fan if you like slashing these characters and you like porn of them."
Honestly, I think the main point of their post wasn't you're
Popular Fan ArtThis has been bothering me for some time now, and I've seen this sort of behavior even before I joined dA, but some folks honestly need to stop acting like artists who happen to draw fan art or fan comics for "popular" series automatically makes them "cheap" or that they're somehow shallow people because of it. People can actually, you know, like a series that's popular and end up wanting to draw fan works because they want to. Popular or well-known works or series are going to have lots of fans, so it's not exactly unnatural that more people might be inclined to draw fan art for certain series. It's one thing if you're not a fan of something popular, because it's completely normal for people to have preferences, but when you're just being dismissive of someone else entirely or looking down on them just because the subject matter they choose to draw is "popular" then it makes you look petty and/or jealous. Because, let's be honest, there are people who get really pissed and uptiPopular Fan Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Female VillainsAs you probably already know, I really like villain characters, but it sort of makes me sad how often female villains seem like they have this rule where it's like they're required to be ~*sexy*~ first and then villains second. Or they have to be voluptuous or seductive femme fatales first and foremost and then be evil and cunning second (the level of evil and cunning really depending on the character, but still). Having a "sexy" female villainess isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the fact it's so much more prevalent with females as opposed to males and feels more like this unwritten rule and obligatory mold for them still disappoints me. I notice a lot in superhero comics the villainesses will be far more likely (if not always) wearing something far sexier or revealing as opposed to the males, and even then they'll have the same cut-n-paste sexy body type (and sometimes even the same face shapes, eye, and lip shapes) while the males are usually more clothed and meant to have tFemale Villains2 years ago in Personal More Like This
special snowflake partyGetting pretty sick of the following:special snowflake party2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"other people/normal people: let's have sex and party and drink and do drugs lololol
me: gonna sit at home blogging and watching anime and doctor who and sherlock and snacking"
1) Despite masquerading behind a veil of this 'innocent' self-described "quirkiness" it's actually pretty haughty and pretentious when looked at from another angle.
2) It reeks of blatant and unabashed special snowflakism (almost in the same vein as those other posts with, "i would rather prefer to stay online and being a fanboy/fangirl than doin drugs or havin sex and party liek most kidz my age reblargh if u agree").
Actually, the entire mentality reeks of this really distorted idea that one can't be a partier or drinker/smoker and simultaneously be a frequent internet user or enjoy "nerdy" or "geeky" pursuits as well. Do you honestly think, given this day and age and how widespread and necessary computers have become, that you're the only one "addic
Good Story Advice and the Power of PatienceI recently picked up a copy of Stephen King's the Dark Tower I and while I've yet to read the actual story, the book opens with a thoughtful introduction that contains a number of insightful pieces of commentary. However, the particular part of this opening introduction that really stood out to me was the portion where King mentioned Tolkien's influence on him as a youth and as a writer. He talks about how wildly popular Tolkien's work was with kids growing up around that time, and how reading Tolkien's work eventually inspired his own. In King's own words:Good Story Advice and the Power of Patience2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"But although I read the books in 1966 and 1967, I held off writing. I responded (with a rather touching wholeheartedness) to the sweep of Tolkien's imagination-to the ambition of his story-but I wanted to write my own kind of story, and had I started then, I would have written his. That...would have been wrong. Thanks to Mr. Tolkien, the twentieth century had all the wizards and elves it needed."
And that's a big reas
Reverse Nice Guy SyndromeI'm just going to dub it "Reverse Nice Guy Syndrome" for now because I don't know if there's a proper title for it, but I've noticed that there's a peculiar little bug that hits various people (although certainly not limited to "guys") that causes them to genuinely believe other people (or certain individuals) "owe" them attraction. In short, it's basically like "Nice Guy" syndrome in that it involves a feeling of self-entitlement, but in this case it can sometimes be a somewhat backwards attempt at empowerment in that the "syndrome" causes people to believe that if another person does not feel attracted to them, physically or otherwise, it is automatically the other person's fault entirely, and they are labelled as "shallow" (or an asshole, jerk, bitch, haughty, etc.) simply because they do not have an attraction to or possess a desire to sleep with the "deserving" individual. Like the "Nice Guy," the person always feels like they are the victim in the situation, and in many cases isReverse Nice Guy Syndrome1 year ago in Personal More Like This
A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRSTWhat we're really excited to see is the courageous Princess Merida in Pixar's Brave, who challenges her family and country's customs while wielding a bow and arrow on horseback - now that's a real Disney princess "first."A DISNEY PRINCESS FIRST2 years ago in Personal More Like This
At first I thought this was someone being sarcastic, then I realized it it was something someone actually said.
Don't get me wrong, at some point I'll most likely be seeing Brave myself, and the idea of an animated Pixar film taking place in ancient Scotland is all kinds of neat, but come on. Even when I saw the trailer the whole, "MERIDA THAT IS NOT LADY-LIKE" had me nearly rolling my eyes. I'm really, really hoping the film isn't going to prop itself up on, "there is a young and feisty girl BUT SHE ISN'T LIKE OTHER GIRLS BECAUSE SHE WANTS TO BE A WARRIOR AND DO THINGS ONLY BOYS DO AND EVERYONE THINKS IT'S WRONG BECAUSE IT'S NOT LADY-LIKE BUT BECAUSE SHE'D RATHER
Original Characters and FanartI've been seeing this topic appear more on my dash lately, so I'm pretty much just going to chip in my cents and say that I think it's nothing short of ridiculous when people complain about how their original work never gets attention and that people "only care" when they draw fanart.Original Characters and Fanart2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Newsflash: You're essentially complaining about the fact that people are getting more excited about an already established and widely recognized series with an already present fanbase instead of an "original" character that maybe appeared, what, only once or twice in your entire gallery.
A lot of artists try to pin the blame on other people for being attracted to fanart or make it seem as if others are just "too shallow to care about original OCs they just want to see fanart WAAAAHHHH" but if you've spent most of your time loading up your gallery with fanart of already existing series while only drawing your "origunul churruckter" once or twice with a small dash of "lol maybe i'll draw them again sometime
The Loathsome ListLet me show you it.The Loathsome List2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a short list of things that you can check yourself against to see if I actually loathe you! Let it be known that if you fill any single one of these criteria... I HATE YOU! And am not your friend whatsoever! You are scum of the Earth!
This is only a short list. I had a much longer one, but, I lost it.
 Last updated: Feb 21st 2014
- If you support infant/child and other involuntary circumcision aka forced genital cutting or forced sex (re)assignment, male or female or intersex.
- If you are anti-choice/anti-abortion/”pro-life”, especially if you pull that “not your body” bullshit. If you think crisis pregnancy centers are good things.
- If you are anti-feminism (if you are critical of White Feminism, that is different).
- If you promote abstinence, and if you think abstinence is bad because you have to “drive it before you buy it”.
- If you do not believe that consensual sexual activity between adults is always okay, a
Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded "thoughI was talking with a friend about how some fandoms are super fun to be a part of. And some...not so much. I regret to say, as much as I love Korra, it's not a particularly fun fandom for me. Neither was Avatar. (They're FAR from the only fandoms that suffer from the problems I'm going to be "talking" (word-vomiting) about, but they're the ones I've had the most experience with.)Negativity in fandom, and the dreaded "though2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fandom has become a dirty word. I have literally been accused of participating in fandom. Wait, accused of what? For me, the whole idea of "fandom" can be summed up in one word: excitement. Man, I love getting excited about shit. And I LOVE talking to other people who are excited about shit! And then our excitement spirals around each other's and then we make awesome creations with that extreme excitement. EXCITEMENT-BENDING! This is what happens EVERY time I post a fanart, and I c
Of Wolves and TrollsFor an animal that's consistently idolized as powerful, majestic, and fierce, the wolf has virtually the pussiest fanbase of any animal I've seen. I still come home from work to see angry wolf comments on my page, on deviations, and in notes from time to time, but I will say that if you're going to insult me for not worshiping your "pwecious wolfie" on my page or anywhere, you could at least have the courtesy and the genital fortification to not block me because you're too much of a little bitch to withstand a reply because you thought you could dish it but not take it (not that your insults are very good or clever to begin with). Then again, it's not surprising since you've already demonstrated that you're too sensitive to deal with that not everyone worships the animal you like. How very "wolf" of you. I've had people drop by and call me names or simply tell me I sucked despite my never having spoken to them before, but I suppose that's to be expected from people who've consisOf Wolves and Trolls2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My Top Ten Gaming Villains List Part 1Every has a list of favorite baddies, right? Sure, why not.My Top Ten Gaming Villains List Part 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've seen a number of Top Ten gaming villains lists floating around the web for a while and I felt like sharing my own (keep in mind that I'm not saying this list is written law. It's simply based on personal preference and my reasons behind said preferences, so if you could refrain from "I think so-and-so should be on here" comments, that'd be awesome). Note: Most of these aren't ranked in a particular order and I'm going to have to split this into multiple parts due to sheer length.
1. SHODAN (System Shock)
While I've never had a chance to play System Shock or System Shock 2 (its spiritual successor, Bioshock, is probably the closest I'll ever get), that doesn't lessen the fact that SHODAN is probably one of the scariest and intimidating pieces of fictional artificial intelligence I've ever seen.
As the main antagonist of System Shock and System Shock 2, she serves as a dangerous all-powerful AI with removed et
FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobsThe world of freelance business is populated with all types of clients and artists. If you are a freelancer or a potential client, you will eventually start to recognize the early signs of good and bad job situations. There are some tips and notes below that may help you recognize these signs sooner and therefore improve your ability to connect successfully with good job partners. A client or artist will seldom display all of the attributes or warning signs described below. However, watching for the following list items may help you to assess a potential workmate as a good risk or a bad one BEFORE work begins. Similarly, if you strive to embody the positive characteristics listed below, they may help you to engage in more successful and fulfilling partnerships.FREELANCING TIPS: Good jobs and bad jobs2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
ATTRIBUTES ASSOCIATED WITH A GOOD CLIENT/ JOB AD:
Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
Client knows what she/he wants and describes the project clearly.
Client has checked the advertisement for spelling, g
Do not say the Holy name.Okay so some of you may have heard about the Embassy attacks. Though the worst part is that the reason these riots started was because they released a trailer for a B-Movie based on Islam's Mohammed. Now I'm not going to talk about the riots because it's obvious that they're terrible and I mean my usual, "Religion is bullshit" theme. But I wanted to talk about a strange thing about Islam and to an extent Christianity, ah hell definitely Christianity. It's the use of generic terms when referring to Yahweh. This thing bugs me because when I hear these following things,Do not say the Holy name.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"How can you not believe in God?"
"I believe in God."
And so many others. This bugs me more with Islam but not because of it's followers but it's outsiders. They always talk about Allah this and Allah that. My problem with this is that it encourages misinformation. Islam's God's actual name is Yahweh, yes that Yahweh. OF COURSE YOU PRICK!!! Now in all seriousness you have to understand that many people
Fiction.How redundant is it pointing out these following statements?Fiction.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
There's no such thing as a gigantic mechanical robot fighting off alien monsters. There has never been a report of a man being bitten by a radioactive spider and becoming a hero. You can't summon a mini-tornado at your own beck-n-call, don't matter how much into the occult you are. The odds of a young male teenager having a harem of sexy girls at his every turn is nil. There aren't bipeds of animals that are supposed to be quadrupeds flying spaceships in the galaxy above us. You can't legally hunt and catch thousands of different animals and use them to protect you from other animals and people in a sports-like venue. You can't eat a flower and ignite fire from your hands.
I can go on and on... this journal is probably being expressed because of recent built-up distaste for people bullying others because of what they like when it comes to fiction.
Just to reestablish what it even means, here it is, straight
HOW TO GET PUBLISHEDThis is an old piece I wrote and posted a while ago, but just recently people have been asking what my experiences were with regard to publishing and getting published - so here it is again, with a few new notes added about dA and Madefire!HOW TO GET PUBLISHED7 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is a very honest view based on 27 years experience as a writer, artist and publisher. The point here is to try to HELP you go into the business enlightened and with open-eyes, knowing what to expect. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PUT YOU OFF! However, you should know that getting into comics is NOT easy - as too many people frequently imagine - and neither is it a glamorous 'rock-star' existence. It is hard work, as are all trades, and it should be treated as such. I see too many people despondent and badly hurt by their experience, and this can be avoided if you know what you are getting into right from the outset.
Getting into comics is something a lot of people want to know how to do, but there's a lot of questions you w
Doomsday....sorry; you missed it.Since the concept of the Leap Year was first implemented back in 45BC, there have been about 514 of them.Doomsday....sorry; you missed it.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Without the extra day every 4 years, we would be in 2013.
As the Mayan Calendar doesn't take leap years into account; 2012 has been and gone.
(Edit - no: I'm not smart enough to work that out myself. I read it!)
Why I Draw Women OftenI recently got a message, and I will slightly reword it so as not to cause profane friction, nor will I state who it came from, but it read like this: "Why is everything you post regarding a woman? I think it's very sexist when the only thing you can draw are breasts and buttocks like it's the only thing in the world."Why I Draw Women Often1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Okay, so by now, if you haven't been watching me for a good minute, you know that I really like to draw women, and I like portraying the female form, usually and often in a tasteful manner. I could hypothetically end that question there and just answer "I wasn't aware everything in my gallery was a woman or had breasts and a butt" and then post a picture or two of Rai Rivet... But I'm not going to do that. I'm going to explain my stance on drawing the female form and my adoration for it.
Disclaimer: None of these viewpoin
Why are we slower?About a month ago I finally got to meet an art hero of mine, Klaus Janson, a well known pro who's been in the industry for over 30 years. A mutual friend introduced us, and we hit it off right away. The group of us went through the Village hitting pub after pub, and soon I was drunk enough to ask Klaus something that had been bugging me.Why are we slower?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I asked him if modern comic artists are, on average, slower than we used to be. He said yes, and I agreed.
From the Golden Age until the 80s, pencillers were generally expected to turn in at least two pages a day, while an inker was expected to turn in around 3-4. There were a handful of exceptions, I'm sure, but most of the artists could pump out pages like human printing presses. In the current comic industry, it's completely reversed: while a handful of artists can still hit this speed, the vast majority can't. Pencillers today struggle to produce a page-per-day, while inkers (those who still ink with ink) are hitting around 2.
So what happened? I'v
No More Unauthorized ArtworkRegarding the debate of whether comic artists should continue selling unauthorized prints/sketches of characters they don't own, I think Bissette and his legal advisor are 100% correct. So from now on, I won't be doing any sketches or commissions at shows of any character that I don't own. Am I rolling over in fear of Marvel? Maybe, but as it states below, they're in their legal right to come after me if there's ever a dispute. I love to complain about the Big Two, but I can't (in good conscience) get upset at them if I'm breaking the rules myself. Being DC exclusive, maybe I can get a waiver that allows me to sketch DC characters, so I'll keep you updated.No More Unauthorized Artwork2 years ago in Personal More Like This
From Steve Bissette's FB page:
ALERT, ALL COMICS CREATORS: With permission, I'm quoting key points my dear friend and own legal advisor/contract consultant (since 1992) Jean-Marc Lofficier raised on his posts to a Yahoo forum discussing Ty Templeton's cartoon concerning the Gary
Had the Urge...…to write this because I'm getting repeated questions that are pretty much along the same lines and rather than direct each one to my FAQ, I have a different way to answer the question, which is basically:Had the Urge...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"Why am I not getting anywhere in my art? What can I do to get better? No one is liking my work, how can I get more people to like my work so they can pay me?"
The real question you should be asking yourselves is:
"Why am I drawing?"
I mean, I take a look all the time at people who may not be skilled or whatever, and I'm sure they don't feel the best about their work (or they may), but they always have something to say that made them feel good while drawing it. Saw a sunset beach picture earlier that someone drew/painted and of course, it's not professional-looking at all. What ringed to me was the fact that in their comments, they said they "enjoyed it and was a relaxing piece". Not complaining about how the sand looks too crappy or the colors in the s
Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...Never be ashamed of what you love. If it harms no one and gives you joy, if it lifts your spirits and provides a modicum of comfort when you're feeling at your lowest, and if it especially helps when you go out and seek people to identify with over the mutual commonality of what makes you happy... never be ashamed.Inspirational Speech in 3... 2... 1...5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Are you a furry? Do you have such bizarre fetishes as "slime girls" or inflation (and may even fancy some furry porn)? Do you feel like you're under scrutiny for liking the Star Wars prequels and any associated media (i.e. The Clone Wars) without any irony whatsoever?
People who judge you as a human being based on something harmless and trivial you happen to take some joy in? Pardon my French, but they're douchebags, the sort of douchebags who want to feel any measure of superiority over their fellow man and so go for some real cheap shots. Do not take a single word of what they say with
Some more tips to FreelancingJust over a year ago, I compiled a small list of things you need to get started as a Freelance artist.Some more tips to Freelancing2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Let's accelerate a little bit, and assume that now you're in the business and have a pretty good groove going. While the core principles are still paramount to anything else, here are some quick one-shot tidbits of information that will assuredly save your bacon.
Back up everything, including the backups.
When working digitally, it's so easy to accidentally delete something off your hard drive and be unable to get it back. I've done this a few times myself. Even had entire hard drives fail on me. But it has been a very, very long time since the last time I had to redo an image from the start. Sure, I've had crashes that put me back an hour, I've merged layers together in a manner that ruins my work flow and makes the file unusable. But fixing these issues isn't nearly as painful
Exposure, Getting Better, & Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, & Having the Chops2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm only going off of my own personal experiences talking about these few things. (And I'm not specifically talking about ONLY dA here.) So take it with as many grains of salt as you can.
I've recently been asked questions like "How do I get people to see my work?", "Why am I not receiving commission inquiries?", "Why isn't anyone following my work?", "What can I do to get better?". Often, and I answered it before, the answer is as simple as this:
Create, as in, DRAW. PAINT. RENDER. SCULPT. You have to do develop a tolerance (or the obvious definition: LOVE) for creating if you want exposure and to get better. You have to LOVE the drawing or illustration that you HATE how it came out in the end. You have to ask yourself after every piece, what could I have done to do that differently. And you have to do this frequently.
Some folks come on the scene, post once or twice a week, and expect an audience to flock yo
RANDOMVEUS CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST + extra infoRANDOMVEUS CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST + extra info2 years ago in Personal More Like This
RandomVeus Character Design Contest!
Wanna see a character of your design in RandomVeus Vol.2?If so then this can be your chance.
The contest is simple.
You create a character that YOU could see as an employee of the '1 Dimensional Couriers' in the Veuniverse.
- Your character will join the 1 Dimensional Couriers crew. (They will appear in several scenes with speaking dialogue)
- Design credit for character.
- Your character will be featured at the receiving end of a delivery. (They ordered package, and 1DC is delivering it)
- Design credit for character.
1. One character per person (so make it count)
2. The character has to be created specifically for this contest (so no existing OC's will be accepted)
3. Full Colour if possible, any medium. Full body preferable.
4. Your submission doesn't have to look 'professional'. So long as the concept is clear and understandabl