San Diego Comicon?Love too but can't... and sadly may not ever again. Partly because it is not the same convention it used to be.
It is an amazing convention and I had a great time both times I went. I do recommend it for anyone who lives close enough to it.
Heck! Even if you don't have a pass you can still hang out outside and take photos of the cosplayers, enjoy the outside promo booths and events, even accidentally run into some celebrities.
Not to mention a ton of off-site events http://comiccongeek.wordpress.com/sdcc-2012-off-site-events/ and of course the creator-owned show TR!CKSTER http://trickstertrickster.com/. (I do recommend Tr!ckster for those fans of independent artists like me)
Taking into account how much it cost to go to it, the ease of scoring a place to stay and let's not forget the new lottery to get tickets - it really is not worth it for a low-level freelance artist like me to go to - as a fan or professional.
Even professionals are saying how it is becoming t
The Nudist Beach recruits!The recruitment drive is over but you don't have to stop drawing new recruits if you still want to.The Nudist Beach recruits!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to everyone who participated in this month-long recruitment drive and I hope you all had fun!
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As some of you people know, I am a fan of Kill La Kill and have been riffing on the "uniforms" of the rebel group Nudist Beach with crossover characters.
As you can see from the recruiting poster, there is a basic uniform design but you can customize it - as I have - for the various characters I have drawn.
Even the 4 Devas have their very own version of a Nudist Beach uniform so there really aren't any limits except that you can't technically be wearing clothes - you can only wear accessories such as hats, belts, straps, s
So you wanna be a comic book artist?Great rant here from one of my fave artists Ben Caldwell on what skills you need to be a comic book artist.So you wanna be a comic book artist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Short... sweet.. and to the point.
You can't be a superstar drawing only pin-ups and covers like Adam Hughes unless you pay your dues first.
Why can't they be taken seriously?< RANT >Why can't they be taken seriously?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I have been a fan of comic books for years and two of my favorite characters, one Marvel and one DC, are always getting the short end of the stick.
Power Girl has had 2 series, She Hulk had at least 3, and both were cancelled because they weren't considered popular enough.
I seriously think that the editors had no idea how create the comics for their supposed target audience.
They wrote books for a mainly female audience - FAILED ATTEMPT
Or horny fanboys - FAILED ATTEMPT
Then even tried to make them full-blown dramatic superheroes like their male counterparts - DOUBLE FAIL BECAUSE THEY AREN"T THEM
(Power Girl/Superman, She-Hulk/Hulk if you don't know your comic book characters)
Know what audience really appreciated these ladies?
Comic book fans who were tired of formulaic, predictable, massive world-changing story lines and heroes who have to make gut-wrenching decisions and miraculous saves.
These are people who wanted a fun
I wish this was a real show!A six-minute Benz commercial by the Japanese anime studio Production I.G..I wish this was a real show!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Having to catch legendary food trucks to eat their wares?
That is a show I would watch!
The universe is pranking me!Looks like Deviantart found out about the free publicity on Comedy Central.The universe is pranking me!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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What is the best (and worst) April Fools day joke that can happen to an artist?
Seeing your art on tv being looked at by Chris Hardwick and Seth Green and it happening on April 1st so anyone you tell will think it is a joke!
It happened to me and even I didn't believe it until I saw it myself.
Last night one of my watchers started asking me about how it felt to have my art on Comedy Central.
Naturally I thought it was a joke... until a few more people started mentioning they saw it on tv too.
I still didn't believe it, but now I was curious what show it was on.
It was literally the March 31st show of At Midnight (airing after midnight so literally on April 1st) hosted by Chris Hardwick and one of the guests was Seth Green. Naturally the episode had a
Boycott BayNever tried to "start something" before, but if you hated the last 2 Transformers movies as much as I, and want Michael Bay's toxic touch terminated; kindly share the following with anyone who will listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbhL1uGQARwBoycott Bay3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Turrets AnthemA fun little CG music video I found... just for the hell of it.The Turrets Anthem2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This week's cool animation find.I am such a sucker for stories with unpredictable outcomes and dynamic animation.This week's cool animation find.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It doesn't even need exposition or dialogue!
Watch until the end of the credits... ^_^
Off Book: The Art of IllustrationI love the mini-documentaries PBS produces called he Off Book series.Off Book: The Art of Illustration2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This one is about illustrators and the field of illustration.
Even has an interview with :iconseangordonmurphy:
If you want to be an illustrator or are a fan of illustration, this is well worth a looksee.
No! Not the KFC!!They've obviously run out of embassies: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/62902000/jpg/_62902538_62902537.jpgNo! Not the KFC!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the face of something small and insignificant sparking off mass hysteria, I (again) direct the world to the words of Steve Hughes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tn2EhGK5ok
Dirty minds see dirty images... *update at bottom*It has been said that the human mind can imagine things a lot more detailed when it has to fill in the blanks.Dirty minds see dirty images... *update at bottom*3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Being shown something in plain view, our brains just process it as "something".
But when we are looking at something that is either censored, out of view, or concealed, our brains are boggled with the possibilities of what is being hidden - the imagination takes over and it can be "anything"!
That is why naughty images which are censored seem naughtier.
The off-screen monster which we can't see seems scarier.
The Christmas present which is wrapped seems more special.
With that being said...
Does that means if an image is offensive to someone, even though nothing is being shown, they are thinking more dirtier thoughts than others?
I have to admit that an image of lightly concealed female nude - using clothing or body positioning - can seem a little more erotic to me than a flat out photo of a naked woman.
So... does that mean this image of a redhea
Farewell EddI was a fan of Edd Gould's work back in 2008 and made my first fan art of his animated short, Zanta Claws IIFarewell Edd3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We never met (well almost in Comic Con 2010... if I knew about it earlier), but he was a funny guy and that is deeply reflected in his animated shorts and comics.
My last artwork I did for him was a commissioned piece which my favourite Eddsworld fan art:
This was perhaps the hardest for me to paint as there were many characters involved but I guess it paid off and he was happy with it and I think it was
a good gift as any that I could give to him.
It was devastating for me just to learn of his passing on 25th March this year. My condolences goes to his family and close friends. His legacy will live on with us, the fans.
YOU WILL BE MISSED ALWAYS EDD! THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS!
Fear of discovery?This has been my mantra over the last couple years but didn't discover this quote till today:Fear of discovery?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy"- Tim O'Reilly, tech mogul
As artists/creators we are scared that people will steal our ideas/characters/IP, but we should fear never doing anything with them EVEN MORE!
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.3I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. This is part 2 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (http://www.taughtbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concenThe Three problems with how we learn art: pt.32 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.2 I've been thinking about how and why we learn to draw for a few years now. I started self-analazing my own drawing and character design thought process when I began writing my first art instruction book, "Creating Characters with Personality". It was harder than I thought to verbalize how I've learned and how I process drawing. This has led me to start looking back at my artistic life and how I learned art. What made me learn the most? What drove me to draw and stick with it? What led to others I knew as a child to stop drawing? I think I'm ready to present some of those thoughts here on DA and hear what you think. This is part 2 of three in a series. I'm not sure where this is leading, but step one is my establishing an online art instruction school called Taught ByA PRO (http://taughtbyapro.com) that will (in phase one) concentrate on drawing instruction for all forms of media. Here we go:The Three problems with how we learn art: pt.22 years ago in Personal More Like This
I believe there are T
Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-deadHere are some of the things that The Supreme Leader, the Dear Leader, the General, Lodestar of the 21st Century and Eternal President, Kim Jong-il has been (no joke) credited with:Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-dead4 years ago in Personal More Like This
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chasti
CatzillaSay hello to Cats + Cloverfield.Catzilla2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Kaiju battle of the feline kind.
I think the music and pseudo, hand-held camera shots make this animation pop!
Always someone that ruins it for the rest of us.3D printing is a fabulous technological advance, and anyone with a creative mind will be thrilled at the possibilities that could be just around the corner as a result of its development….Always someone that ruins it for the rest of us.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Or would be if some dick hadn't decided to use it to make a weapon: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22421185
Yes, we're back on the gun-debate-thing. And this time the pro-gun crowd are pissing me off because they've set in motion a chain of events that will stifle the potentially fabulous ability to transfer what you create on your computer into the real world.
The man behind it harps on about liberty being his motivation for doing it.
Liberty has to be tempered with responsibility, otherwise you just have anarchy. Using new technology to build a gun doesn't make you a champion for freedom, it makes you an attention seeking moron who gives the powers-that-be REASON to restrict it. They will now do everything the can to prevent the proliferation of the technology. They
Turtles Production Shut DownVICTORY!Turtles Production Shut Down3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Paramount has shut down pre-production on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot over "script problems".
Translation; Paramount realised that if they continued down the path Bay was going, fans would probably burn their studios to the ground.
With luck (and a dollop of common sense) the project will be shelved altogether and the IP left fallow until competent directors/producers are brought on board.
I'm going to pretend my little campaign helped with this
'I want you to remember the one man who beat you'Batman will be in Man of Steel 2, and, going by the reveal they did in San Diego, they're taking cues from the "Dark Knight" graphic novel.'I want you to remember the one man who beat you'2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If so, I really hope they go the whole hog and make Batman old.
If it were my project, I'd write it so Batman had been at the crime fighting game for decades prior to the alien-in-tights showing up. With Superman around, what use is there for The Batman? The authorities have always been gunning for him, but the public had an uneasy tolerance. Now everyone see him as a dangerous liability.
Of course, Batman is the toughest, most cunning man on the planet. If you could just take him out, it would have been done by now. So Superman is asked to deal with him.
The whole story would be based around the conflict of ideals: both support the concept of justice, but while Superman has faith in the system, Batman sees it as totally impotent and has taken on the responsibility of supporting it on his own shoulders.
And Batman would win.
Batman ALWAYS wins.
Be Confident in Your ArtOn my Taught By A Pro blog a put up a new post about gaining conficence in your art. Lots of Disney stories in it too. It even has a GLEN KEANE drawing to go with it, so its worth the click!Be Confident in Your Art1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Did you know? (Authors and writers read this!!)Hi guys!Did you know? (Authors and writers read this!!)1 year ago in Literature Features More Like This
I recently discovered something very interesting. As I didn't know this, I thought some of you might also not know this, thus it could be helpful (even life changing) to share this info.
Did you know that the key to selling your book successfully, you need to start with the marketing process of your book months in advance. The ideal is to start with this before even start writing the book, but it will still be effective if you start a few months before your manuscript is done. You need to have a battle plan about how you're going to sell your book, before you are finished writing it. Here's a few articles on this marketing strategy that might help you make the difference between selling a thousand books and zero.
- Marketing Your Book
- Tips to Effectively Pre-sell your books
A Very Important UpdateI haven't posted here on DA in a while, so this might be new to a lot of you, but if you've been following some of the stuff happening over on tumblr it won't be unexpected. For the past several weeks I've been getting steadily worse both mentally and physically. I've been depressed before, but I've never been as bad as I've been recently. I've lashed out at people, been getting angrier and grumpier, been finding it harder and harder to listen to people giving me positive feedback, and have even started rapidly losing a lot of weight.A Very Important Update3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My enjoyment for drawing has been dropping, and many of you have probably noticed that I've been taking more and more time off lately. For every few comics I post, I tend to spend another week recuperating. But within the past 2 weeks it's spiked so bad that I seriously have to consider what's more important: my health or drawing.
So for the time being I am shutting down. I'll still be working on brentalfloss and updating those here, and the most current
Experiment Part 1: Training Your EyeSo my buddy karuvan is trying to learn how to draw properly. He's been on a roll as far as progressing. But he's stuck at a standstill. This is an experiment that I've done with him and that he's working on in order to train his eye. I decided to share the conversation and experiment with you guys for you all to apply to your study habits and advancement in drawing and art.Experiment Part 1: Training Your Eye3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Karuvan: I randomly drew over my old pic. Ain't gonna do it over, was just curious on how much I could have done better.
Robaato: Quick question... like... who's work at this point do you really want yours to be close to? I'm tryna gauge what level you're trying to achieve.
K: lol... Joel is becoming a huge influence.
R: Ok. I have a test for you.
R: I want you to replicate this picture exactly as it is to the best of your ability: