Caring about your own workDuring my second semester of foundation at Pratt institute I had a very interesting drawing teacher named Douglas Wirls. One my last day of class, where we had our final review he told me something that will stick with me forever. Professor Wirls said to me:
"It is your responsibility as an artist to care about your own work. It is a responsibility you have to your work, that you MUST care about it and seek to improve it, because no one else is ever going to care about it as much as you. No one else is as personally engaged in it as you are, so if you give up, that is entirely on you. No one is going to stop you one way or another, it is all on you. It is YOUR responsibility."
It made me think, and although it has only been less than a year since he said this to me I have often reminded myself and taken solace in it. Perhaps during the early years of learning, this reminder is most valuable.
It can be an incredibly frustrating path to improve your artistic skillset. Sometimes the penci
Women ArtistsThe other day, I attempted to put together a huge list of some professional and semi-pro women artists over on my tumblr, because it seems like too often women get overlooked when it comes to being honored and recognized. This year, I was incredibly honored to be nominated for a Hugo award in the Best Professional Artist category, but I was a little shocked to find out there hadn’t been another woman nominated in that category since Rowena Morrill in 1986. That’s more than a little ridiculous, considering there are so many women artists out there who are all amazing, who offer unique points of view and design solutions, and who need more visibility and recognition. While putting this list together, I was really excited to find tons of new artists I'd never heard of before.Women Artists1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Tip of the Day: ImpossibleTip of the Day: Much of what we say is 'impossible' is just opinion, not fact.Tip of the Day: Impossible2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Resin casting mold advice/help?I want to start making dolls with resin parts but have never used resin or molds before.Resin casting mold advice/help?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I don't know what kind would be best (recommendations would be awesome), though I am considering the pourable smooth-on.
But the pourable smooth-on says it should not be used with clay that contains sulfur which I believe sculpey has.
Does it cause the mold to not form properly? Or does it just make the resin cloudy? (which doesn't matter as I will be painting it).
Also if you use an armature do you attach it after the resin has set or do you stick in in as its curing?
What's the best way of doing fragile/thin parts?
How do you get a small seam/not noticeable line where the mold was cut?
Any help is appreciated.
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A little story...Wanted to share this story with you guys, and future creators:A little story...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
After getting out of a slump, I wanted to share this story of something I went through a few years back. Bit of a read, but thanks for sticking through it
As you know, Comic-Con is arriving and as I prepare for it, I grow more and more anticipated with anxiety/joy in regards to the re-release of Last Man Standing.
As long, challenging, and mind-opening the creation of LMS was, something really stuck with me.
Before I had created LMS, I wanted to work for WETA Workshop. To those that don't know them, they've created props, designs, sets, costumes, and more for The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, District-9, Elysium, The Hobbit and many more films.
I was obsessed and inspired with them. The creator, Richard Taylor was always a huge inspiration to me. After viewing supplements on the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings DVDS, I knew right there: I HAD TO WORK FOR THEM.
So I al
average pay rates for comic book artists:"Generally, the good graphic novels fetch $100 - $300 per page, although professionals who have been in the industry for a long time can command as much as three times that amount. In fact, one elite illustrator commanded as much as $1,000 a page (on a 22-page comic book)! Most of the popular titles that artists, like David Cassaday, work on are monthly issues, which end up providing him with a six-figure salary. The back-end royalties on merchandise, trade paperbacks and movie royalties are also generous."average pay rates for comic book artists:1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"In 2008, Sean Jordan, founder of Army Ant Publishing, claimed established freelance comic book artists were paid anywhere from $220 to $4,400 per book project, which breaks down to $10 to $200 per page. Pencil and inker artists can ask for $75 to $200 a page. Colorists often fall in the range of $35 to $125, and writers and letterers make $10 to $50 a page. A lucky few dozen famous artists working for to
20 things you can use your art forOn my last day of college I stood and looked unhappily at a wall filled with my drawings, I turned to my professor and I asked him: “What can I use this for other than gallery work?” He gave me a confused look and responded he didn’t understand what I meant.20 things you can use your art for1 year ago in Personal More Like This
It took me a few years after that to figure out the answer for myself and these options below are but a few. There are surely many more possibilities out there, but here are some ideas to what you can do with your artwork. Be warned all of these options take time to become proficient enough in that you can make a living, but having a focus is the best beginning.
Become a gallery artist (Fine art: Abstract, Landscape, Portrait and more)Illustrate Children’s Books (Board books/Picture books)Illustrate educational booksIllustrate Young Adult Books (interior illustrations/cover illustrations)Illustrate for magazines. Pick whichever genre that fits your artwork, look up magazines within the theme, submit
Loki - BaldurMy palace was carved into the glaciers in the far north, in approximately the location internet fanboys thought Superman would have hidden his Fortress of Solitude. It wasn't terribly impressive, just a vaguely organized collection of halls and rooms. Each hall went by the same formula columns and arched ceilings. Each room was a simple box with some window frames thrown in for variety. No windows. I was deep inside a glacier, after all.Loki - Baldur4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Architecture wasn't my strong point.
Some days I was tempted to bring a real architect in and tell them to design whatever they wished, that reality would bend to their will if I bid it. However, I couldn't bring myself to confess that I, a god, was incapable of anything more inspired than something that looked like it had been lifted straight out My First Generic Medieval Cathedral. Besides. It wasn't terribly creative, but I had fashioned it and there was a
Artisan Craft Themes VIn this edition of Awesome Artisan Crafts we will be looking at a select theme from the Artisan Crafts Gallery.Artisan Craft Themes V3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This issues theme is...
As the year of the dragon is upon us lets look at some of the dragony works that you've made.
Sofia's Enchanted World Toys - little white Dragon by SofiatjenSky Dragon by ShalladdrinYear of the Dragon Full Veiw by OftenSaidDragon by michaelangelo666Purple bead dragon by Crazyclur
Silver Dragon Girl by dracheneiJapanise Dragon Bracelet by AngellTearDragon Earrings by BronzeSmithAsheray, Dragon Healer by elvenelysium:thumb261783857:
Dragon Armor Helmet by AzmalOrange Glow Rainbow Dragon by SerenFeyDragon II by zuddytaggWater Dragon by celes887Dragon Baby by lovebiser
Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!Contest Closed!Barbary Whelp Contest is Closed!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These little guys are examples of our barbary whelp.
We will NOT be commenting on submissions: don't want to show any favoritism! Also, if you don't post your signal-boost link for your second, third, fourth etc. entry, it will NOT be counted.
The immature version of a barbary drake (adults coming soon), they're so named for their barbarous nature (mind your fingers). Barbaries are voracious eaters, and when full grown quite capable of tackling prey larger than itself (mind you there isn't too much larger than a full grown barbary). Hatchlings display a wide variety of colour patterns, often in outrageous combinations. These bright, distinctive pelts are thought to advertise the immature drake's venomous nature to any would-be predators. Although somewhat unpredictable in captivity, whelps imprinted at hatching can be domesticated with some measure of success.
Each whelp comes ful
A wastebin and a wallChinese culture is full of proverbs and stories that are supposed to teach you something. Recently I stumbled upon a story of two boys who wanted to become artists (or rather, their mothers wanted them to). And it made me think.A wastebin and a wall3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry if I fail to convey all the little meanings into English though >.
Great Women of History 1 - HypatiaI was reading through my brother's high school history textbook today, when a thought struck me: I've thumbed through 30 pages, and I haven't seen a SINGLE woman's name. Over 50 percent of the population is female...so why the paucity of historical figures?Great Women of History 1 - Hypatia3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And thus I decided to start this mini-journal series, because there were plenty of amazing, influential women in the past. We just don't talk about them much.
Let's begin our story with one of the great minds of antiquity:
Hypatia, The Last Librarian of Alexandria
Imagine a library - the greatest anywhere on the whole surface of the Earth, charged with collecting all of mankind's knowledge. Imagine halls filled floor-to-ceiling with countless texts, perfumed with the stories and discoveries of people from the farthest corners of the globe. Such a library was founded some 300 years before the birth of Christ; it was part of the Museum of Alexandria, a vast research institute in modern day Egypt, which also inclu
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.
Keep GoingIf you're dealing with discouragement, disappointment, or frustration you should read my new blog post: http://www.noahbradley.com/blog/2012/keep-going/Keep Going3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hope it helps.
10 Inspiring Quotes about Art1. As an artist your first loyalty is to your art. Unless this is the case, you're going to be a second-rate artist. "10 Inspiring Quotes about Art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Margaret Atwood
2. You must master fundamentals, but you can never do so by watching another man paint."
- Andrew Loomis, Figure Drawing for All it's Worth
3. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely."
- Oscar Wilde
4. The practice of art is not to make a living, It is to make your soul grow."
- Kurt Vonnegut
5. Nothing is original. This is good because humans are forgetful. We need to be told things often and in different ways to remember."
- Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
6. Only you can give the world your unique viewpoint."
- Neil Gaiman
7. Allow yourself to feel good about your work. Otherwise there is no point to doing it. If you never feel good about it, then you are just torturing yourself and then it is not worth it."
8. Only by struggling courageously against what seem like overwhelming odds can
Commission Info (OPEN -- EMERGENCY)As of right now every type of commission is CLOSED until further notice. They will not reopen anytime soon. I honestly cannot tell you when, but likely over a year. In the future I may open ONE slot at a time but for now please do not ask. Trades are also out. I'm sorry for any inconvenience lol. As for why I am closing everything, well, you'll find out soon enough.Commission Info (OPEN -- EMERGENCY)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yes, I am posting my commission info here, and everything you need to know should be included in this journal entry here. If you have any questions, ask.
I prefer paypal. I currently have my own account to use for that. This info will be given out at payment.
If your commission order is a large one, you can make payments, and with tattoos, if you do not have the full sum up front, you can pay half and after I sketch it, you complete the payment and I complete the art.
What I do:
I want a reedfishSince I can't get an eel...I want a reedfish2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every time I go to the fish store I walk past their tank and stare at their cute little faces and wiggly butts AND THEY FOLLOW YOU AS YOU WALK PAST AND I JUST DIE INSIDE precious babus
"Since they have a peaceful nature, other fish may 'bully' a reedfish, despite its large size"
NOOO you poor sweeties *holds*
LOOK AT THAT FACE and the little fins omg precious
FREAKIN long and scaly and magical
You know you want me
Moths!My hairy chocolates have hatched!Moths!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I wasn't expecting them for another three weeks so it was a wonderful surprise when I peered at the cage just now. Two out of ten are out so I guess they just hatched. Now I've got to get some heather and paper bags, does anyone know anything about breeding moths?
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
ProjectPorkchop Vol80ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.ProjectPorkchop Vol803 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Silhouette by SilverDragon78 Dehorned by SilverDragon78
Dragon Rider by pootangodude :thumb201612931: :thumb189852261: angel of the forest by pootangodude
Posable Gryphon by LovelyTwistofNature Argyros the Minotaur by LovelyTwistofNature Angel Wing Pendant by LovelyTwistofNature The Faerie's Soul by LovelyTwistofNature
3 helpful links to be a better artist1) FZDSCHOOL - you've never had a chance to attend any design lessons? Well, there's something for you! I've been watching these videos for a week now and they're really awesome. They don't teach how to draw, or how to use Photoshop, they're all about the rules - and that's the rules I've got problems with. Composition, perspective, colors - erverything you tried to guess on your own, explained by a professional in a funny and competent way.3 helpful links to be a better artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
2) free textures for everyone!!!1! - free for personal and commercial use, no credit required! That's right, you can just download them and forget where they come from. That's a huge base of everything you've ever needed.
3) Anatomy, oh, anatomy... - most of you probably heard about this site, but did you know about this thirty-second challenge? You get a pose to draw in thirty seconds (or
Painting the dollsI'd like to show you the faces of two 'Taiga' dolls I'm working on at the moment. This is how they look like after applying two layers of paints. I already like the result, though to breathe life into the dolls, it requires a more detailed painting of eyes, eyebrows and lips, that's why I'll pay a special attention to them in the following layers.Painting the dolls2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
And now I'm back to work with brushes and paints!