5 Year Plan*Because I'll be teaching in about a week at SCAD, I've been thinking a lot about what to tell the students. And I wrote it out so that I could solidify it in my head. This stuff is for younger artists mostly, so feel free to skip.5 Year Plan3 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I spend time with another comic artist, sometimes I'll ask, "What's your 5 year plan?" In other words, what steps is he taking in order to gain control over his career in order to move up the ladder? Usually I don't get much of an answer.
The reason I think many comic artists aren't forward-thinking has to do with the way our industry is set up. Whether by conscious design or through the neglect of its participants, younger freelancers get into a habit of complacency while hoping for a chance to suckle from the teet of a major publisher. Waiting around for a career doesn't promote the idea of freelancers taking active control of their OWN careers.
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan
YOUNG JUSTICE MIGHT BE COMING BACK UPDATED 7/20An amazing bit of news has just been posted online regarding the up coming san diego comic con. In DC scheduling for their events a last event is quoted as ''WAC announcement that will excite fans both Young and old'' .YOUNG JUSTICE MIGHT BE COMING BACK UPDATED 7/205 months ago in Personal More Like This
The intriguing bit is the Young in the written statement is capitalized, could it be true have our dreams come true is YOUNG JUSTICE COMING BACK?????
Full clip discussing this information can be found on youtube from the popular comic fan channel comicbook cast.
Or the full article can be found here
Jason Spisak (Kid Flash), Stephanie Lemelin (Artemis), Greg Weisman, and Brandon Vietti... in the SAME ROOM. Seems the the spitfires were recording something for "old times' sake", before snapping a reunion shot with the show creators of YJ.
Let hope burn bright
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5 Art Selling TipsWhile I used to see "art sales" simply as bonus money coming in on the side, over the past few years it's become enough of an asset that it justifies an art dealer, record keeping, insurance, and taxes at the end of each year. It's currently 25% of my total income, and that has a lot of impact over my work. And just like storytelling, design and page flow--abstract principles that keep my career afloat daily--art sales also deserve to be studied, theorized, and understood.5 Art Selling Tips2 years ago in Personal More Like This
These are guidelines, not rules. And while most of them usually work for me, they might not all work for you, so keep in mind that my market might be different than yours. Because not only do we not draw the same, we probably have different sorts of buyers.
1. Don't stay on a book for too long
I find that doing mini series of 4-12 issues is optimal for selling art. If you spend a year doing one-shots or 2-3 issue minis, you'll be hard for buyers to keep track of because it's too infrequent. And it's hard to make an i
GraysLast week when I said that I wouldn't be doing con sketches of copyrighted characters, I had no idea that the news would get the coverage that it did. But seeing as how I helped poke the hornet's nest--and having taken the time to read the opinions of readers and other artists--I feel like it would be helpful if I responded to help clarify what's been happening.Grays3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First off, I think that what happened regarding this issue highlighted the BEST of our industry. I'm thrilled with the results, although I don't find Marvel's statement reassuring (more on that later). When we learned that Marvel was pursuing the $17,000 from Friedrich, we came together as concerned professionals and fans and managed to affect the situation. Even though we disagreed, at least we weighed out the options. And we even came together to set up funding to help out Friedrich. With the use of Twitter, blogging, and proper action from the media outlets, w
5%If you're reading this now, it means you're roughly in the 5%. Most people who go online to read about comics will end up reading previews and "top 10" lists--subjects we all, or course, enjoy. But the articles/blogs that critically analyze our industry are usually only read by two types: people in the biz whom are affected by this stuff, and the few readers who are interested in reading more than word balloons when it comes to comics.5%3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I'm not knocking people who don't care to read these articles. All readers are contributing to the industry with their buying power, and I'm thankful for them, even if they're not in the 5%. I admit, if I had a normal 9-5 job and a boss that was kicking my ass 5 days a week, I might not have the tolerance for these sorts of articles either.
That being said, I think we need more of these articles/blogs written from different points of view--more from creators especially. The 2010s will likely be r
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 Artwork3 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
Stop the perfectionismOn my Tumblr site someone asked me for some general advice for an aspiring comic creator. This is what was on my mind. Thought I'd share it here on Deviantart as well.Stop the perfectionism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Right now all I can think of is something I've been thinking about lately. And that is the depression some of us artists get about our art. Like our expectations aren't just "My drawings need to be good!", they are "My art needs to be PERFECT."
So I would suggest always try to improve, gain confidence, but expect good/average output. Don't expect perfect art, ever. By doing this only causes you to be frustrated, which in turn causes mistakes, which pisses you off more, then you're stuck in a lame spiraling circle downward to the pathetic whiny artist. Which in turn kills your deadline. Giving yourself freedom from perfection makes drawing much easier and better art is produced and on time.
I'm currently working on this piece where it started out difficult, I had high expectations for it, I was in a bad mood, nothing was
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
5 Ways to Avoid Being DiminishedThere's a discussion brewing in comics about artists being more diminished as of late--that readers, reviewers, and publishers are focusing too much on writers rather than the artists who draw the book. I agree it's happening, but I'm not sure it's worth sounding an alarm over. I never felt diminished, but maybe I'm part of the exception. Maybe it's because I'm an artist and a writer.5 Ways to Avoid Being Diminished10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Either way, I do have a few thoughts on what artists can do to pull themselves out from under the rug.
1. DON'T DRAW LIKE A COG.
If you conform to a "house style", then you're at higher risk of being treated like an interchangeable cog in the comics machine. Yes, you're more likely to get consistent work, but you won't stand out as much. Therefor you'll be sought after less by big name writers, you're less likely to make a lasting impression on reviewers and readers, and you'll have a harder time getting raises (12 others draw like you and for less money).
I also suggests inking yourself if it helps. Penc
How to skin foobar2000How to skin foobar20001 year ago in Software Reviews More Like This
I've been asked to write a tutorial on skinning foobar2000, because many f2k users encounter difficulties modifying skins or simply using them. I'm not an expert on the subject, I've started by installing a few skins and trying to understand how that worked ; I still think it's the best way to get a good handle on it, though a long and sometimes frustrating way. I invite you to try and see by yourself, to keep in mind that errors come all along and to share any advice, question, difficulty or anything you want to say, may you be new or expert. I also recommend to read this good tutorial (though it's partly based on outdated PanelsUI), maybe this less developed one, some of the very useful Hydr
WARNING! Logan Props/Snikt Shop/I am your heroes!WARNING: Do NOT buy any props from this guy.WARNING! Logan Props/Snikt Shop/I am your heroes!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alright, so let me tell you all something here.
David Winant, AKA Jim Logan/Iam Logan/I am your heroes/Outlaw Produx Snikt shop [he keeps changing his name so people will think this is not associated with him, his most current shop is labeled "Logan Props"] is one of the most unprofessional persons I know. He is using your money you send to him for personal expenses and not meeting deadlines/keeping your money without giving you the prop you paid for, and refusing to communicate. He is also ripping you all off and making shitty props that look great when he takes pictures on his low quality webcam, then look like crap when you get them in the mail. Let me tell you what he did for me.
Last year in June 2011, John Castillo paid him $150 to make my weapons for Lady Ezio. Wizard World was in August, and I did not get them in time. Logan told me he would make them for me for C2E2 2012. When John asked him in October why I didn't ha
How to concept a Mech - Video tutorialHere's part 2 of the workshop! Should be up and running on Youtube by now. In this part I talk about design mostly, but I also have a bit of speedpaint at the end to finish this painting.How to concept a Mech - Video tutorial9 months ago in Personal More Like This
And if you missed it:
Renderosity.com were kind enough to feature me on their website and this is the link to the interview, feel free to check it out
Booth 5534Comic Con is almost here. It's like Christmas, only warmer and with almost no trees but lots of girls dressed like elves if elves carried swords and dragons and stuff. Which I guess they do, but not at Christmas, usually. Except in Middle Earth which I still can't figure out where THAT is. In the middle of what, exactly? Is it in the center of something? Like, if it were inside the Earth, and the human world was on the outside? Then Middle Earth be on the inside of Regular Earth like those cherries inside the chocolates? But this Middle Earth has a sky and a sun and all, so I don't think it's a smaller Earth inside the regular one.Booth 55342 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, Middle Earth elves have swords, and arrows. And I'm gonna see some in San Diego where they gather with the rest of us on one magical week of the year.
Anyway, click on this and you can see the stuff I'll have at my booth. I'll be
Leaving Nickelodeon...In 2004 Job-Fair at CalArts, I was called in by Nickelodeon to take a test for its brand new show named 'Avatar: The Last Airbender.' I delightfully took the test but did not make it in. 10 years has passed and as of today, 2014, my duty and service at New Avatar: The Legend of Korra Book 3 & 4 has came to an end. I'm so glad that I was part of Korra team and so thankful for having a chance to work with many amazing talented artists. I wish TLOK continues its success and encourage all of you to keep supporting the show.Leaving Nickelodeon...10 months ago in Personal More Like This
RUFF STUFF Sketchbooks Vol 1 & 2 NOW AvailableJ. Scott Campbell's RUFF STUFF Sketchbooks Vol. 1 & 2 NOW Available for purchase at http://www.jscottcampbellstore.com/RUFF STUFF Sketchbooks Vol 1 & 2 NOW Available2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Volumes 1 and 2 of J. Scott Campbell's The Ruff Stuff sketchbooks! These uniquely created sketchbooks give you the look and feel of real pencil sketches in a spiral bound, 48 page sketchbook! These sketchbooks give you an inside look into the process of conception to reality of the J. Scott Campbell artwork you know and love!
Tip of the Day: Dealing with StressStress is the root for many health problems. It's not necessary. Just do what you need to do. Stop stressing.Tip of the Day: Dealing with Stress3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In high pressure situations if I start stressing I will think what is the worst that could happen and how could I bounce back from that. Once I see that I would still be ok and be able to come back from that difficulty... then the stress disappears. Then I start imagining what would it feel like to be successful and that gets me excited to continue towards my goals.
Stress is something that everyone deals with in their own ways but if you don't have an effective way to deal with it, feel free to try my method.
Hard times, and how to survive themMy wife said to me "you've got to be kinder about England when you're around the kids. They loved Derby!"Hard times, and how to survive them9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I had no idea I was being so bitter - but when I thought about it I had to concede the point. And that made me start wondering why - Why did I feel so angry about the UK? What was my problem?
But here's the thing - Some 14 years ago I couldn't get any work. We had just had baby no.2, and I had done a run on 'Spawn: the Dark Ages', and had been suddenly replaced, along with the rest of the team on the book, because McFarlane wanted 'a change of direction'. And then there was literally no work. I went to NY to see DC and Marvel, but they had nothing. I pitched company after company, to no avail. I tried to get on illustration agency books, but was refused by all of them. I tried children's book publishers, Core Design, and other computer game companies. Nobody wanted me. Even Frank Frazetta criticized my art in his book 'Icon' - just to add insult to injury!
We ended up having to sel
Irrational Confidence and how it Helps the ArtistFolks,Irrational Confidence and how it Helps the Artist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I was doing some studying of construction this morning and it got me to thinking on some stuff that might be helpful to you crazy kids that wanna break into comics as artists.
When I was coming up, I had an irrational confidence. I didn't know it was irrational at the time, but I can now see it upon reflection. I just KNEW that I was gonna be able to do this one day.
But when I go back and look at old drawings I did, I think, "What the hell was I thinking?" I mean, I was BAD. I definitely could draw, but I was a complete amateur in every way. A hobbyist. I was a guy that had a better jump shot than his friends and somehow I knew that meant I could play in the NBA.
This confidence could have been a hindrance, though, if it was the wrong type of confidence. My confidence wasn't that I was already good enough to draw professionally. My confidence was in that I would look at art and think, "I can figure out how to do that".
I've seen plenty of guys along the way that had the w
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
Tip of the Day: EnthusiasmAct enthusiastic and we'll soon become enthusiastic. Enthusiasm brings passion and passion develops skills!Tip of the Day: Enthusiasm3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
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EDIT: Thanks for the info on reindeer gender-antler technicalities. I did learn this in my teens, but I just kind of enjoy drawing the deer as white-tails like I did as a kid. I know it's incorrect, but the nostalgia factor is more fun for me. Merry Christmas fellow biology nerds!
When I was would little, my obsessive love for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer would inspire me to draw Santa's eight reindeer to string together for Christmas decorations around the house. Even as a kid, I wanted some of the reindeer to be girls (it only seemed fair) and Dancer, Vixen and Cupid where always featured without antlers to show Santa didn't discriminate against the does!
So here's sweet-natured Cupid to wish you Happy Holidays! Have a wonderful day, everyone!
Tip of the Day: Nothing works better...Tip of the Day: Everyone knows of some brilliant individuals that don't amount to as much of their potential. We also know some people that might not have been the best but have drastically improved and are now doing amazing.Tip of the Day: Nothing works better...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nothing works better than persistent hard work & common sense.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Ben 10: Omniverse - Upcoming Events - UPDATE 2Hey Ben 10 fans!Ben 10: Omniverse - Upcoming Events - UPDATE 21 year ago in Personal More Like This
Omniverse is coming back on October!
WARNING: Don't read this if you don't want spoilers!
UPDATE 1: Some more episode descriptions and screenshots.
UPDATE 2: Some more episode descriptions, titles, images, and a preview/trailer.
The Secret Saturdays come to Bellwood to investigate a rash of chupacabra attacks.
Food Around the Corner
Ben as Gravattack attempts to moderate a fragile peace treaty, but must endure the attacks of tiny alien fleas, which have inhabited his body.
The Ultimate Heist
Albedo seeks a device that will finally change him back into his Galvan form; meanwhile, Ben is locked in Plumber HQ prison.
Oh Mother, Where Art Thou?
Ma Vreedle threatens to blow up the sun if Ben and the Plumbers don't find her missing son!