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 Diminished1 year 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
Tip of the Day: Spending todayTip of the Day: Spending todayTip of the Day: Spending today3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a healthy thought to maximize your life. Imagine the number of days of your life were dependent on how you used each day.
How would you spend today? This doesn't mean to just work all day but instead to live every moment to the fullest whether during work or play or spending quality time with loved ones.
Sending positive vibes to everyone.
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
Undiscovered II + points giveawaySo, as most of you probably know, I've started a weekly feature including the works that I find in the "Undiscovered" browse mode...Undiscovered II + points giveaway1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
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Daily Literature Deviations for Feb. 5th, 2012Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsDaily Literature Deviations for Feb. 5th, 20123 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Daily Lit Deviations for February 5th, 2012
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Just Fucking Do It!Here's another old post relevant to our current thread:Just Fucking Do It!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
When I was putting together my art book 'Dead Apes in the Snow', which is pretty much a retrospective and features a lot of my work that's up here on DA (and there's a free digital copy here: - www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/… ) I wanted to write something for aspiring artists that was honest, to the point, and not anodyne, with regard to how you get into the industry.
But the harder I tried the less true it seemed.
The reality is that there is no secret way in, you just - well - you just have to fucking do it!
This was the text that made it into the book. I know it sounds simple, and nothing is that easy (as the text says, it's a long, harsh and difficult road!) but there really is no easy answer, no fast-track into the trade. It's hard work, a bit of talent and a lot of luck.
Everything else anybody will
The Agents Art Competition!------UPDATE 2------The Agents Art Competition!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Just a reminder that there are only 2 days left before deadline, so email me or note me your entries so I can put them up on the Journal. Good luck!
I'm pleased to announce that The Agents card game is holding an art competition to coincide with the end of their most recent successful Kickstarter, 2 weeks from now, on May 22nd.
Due to the interest garnered from the previous job opportunity I posted about a few weeks back, we thought it would be a good idea to have a small competition for all those that showed enthusiasm for the project. This is your last chance to be involved with the project before it hits the shelves next year.
For those that don't know, The Agents is a deceptively simple card game; easy to learn, set up and start playing, but underpinned by intricate decision-making ga
STUDIO TRIGGER'S YOH YOSHINARI on DEVIANTART!STUDIO TRIGGER'S YOH YOSHINARI on DEVIANTART!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Yoh Yoshinari (Gurren Lagaan, Little Witch Academia), legendary animator and and director at red-hot animation house, STUDIO TRIGGER just joined Deviantart!
Stop by and say hello to him Here!! :-D
Welcome to Comic-Con! We want to sponsor you!Welcome to Comic-Con, your home for all news related to deviantART's involvement in Comic-Con International: San Diego. If you're a comic artist or an appreciator of the comic arts, we invite you to join our group to get the latest updates about this incredible event. But first, we'd like to start off with exciting news!Welcome to Comic-Con! We want to sponsor you!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
As part of deviantART’s sponsorship of Artists’ Alley at Comic-Con International: San Diego, we will be providing two scholarships to emerging artists — one web-based comic artist and one traditionally-based comic artist — who will be guests of deviantART at Comic-Con. The chosen artists will spend two days at Comic-Con, where they will be able to cruise the convention floor, attend panels, and be introduced by Comic-Con to prominent artists in the industry, with a chance to pick their brains and gain artistic inspiration right from the source.
The recipients will each receive:
Airfare for a two-day t
Cathedral Of NatureLouie Schwartzberg: Witness to Nature’s Winged Struggle for Our Survival. Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.” It was also an amazing documentary film utilizing slow-motion and time-lapse photography of cityscapes and landscapes across America to beautifully, although disturbingly, depict our modern society’s growing unbalance.Cathedral Of Nature3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fri Dec 30, 2011, 9:11 PM
Louie Schwartzberg: Witness to Nature’s Winged Struggle for Our Survival
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi word meaning “life out of balance.” It was also an amazing documentary
film utilizing slow-motion and time-lapse photography of cityscapes and landscapes across America to
beautifully, although disturbingly, depict our modern society’s growing unbalance.
View *louieschwartzberg second video, “Wings of Life” on YouTube
Cathedral Of Nature (cont.)
you wanna get good....then don't be a hater!okay so here is a tipyou wanna get good....then don't be a hater!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
i have seen in my life many artists who proclaimed they want to develop their skills, and kept bashing on everyone and everything on the way....and for some reason those guys never got anywhere...
here is why..
there is a value to different approaches, different styles. realism, manga , cartooney disney, my little pony, furries....don't waste your time tryint to bash any of the stuff you don't personally like
you are missing out, bigtime!
see there is a reason why that stuff is popular. and by that i mean on the visual side. so instead of flaming , trolling and bashing, try understanding the inner workings of it.
here are some specific examples
realism- it is a wonderfully complex base , reflects one's skill in capturing reality, but in it there are differences between photo referenced, real life work and no reference. ALL HAVE THEIR VALUE AND IMPORTANCE! from photos you can learn alot, gain analytic skills, develop an attention to
Excuse me, my baby come out wrongBut he's still my JohnnyExcuse me, my baby come out wrong3 years ago in Personal More Like This
30,000 Watchers! 3000 points Giveaway!I've reached 30,000 watchers!30,000 Watchers! 3000 points Giveaway!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
To celebrate I will be giving away a total of 3000 to random of my watchers!
There will be 10 randomly selected winners of 300 each!
How to Enter
It's a giveaway to my watchers, so you must be watching me to participate
It's never too late to watch me, feel free to do so if you like my art
Simply favorite this journal, it will automatically give you a number
After 48h from posting this journal, I will use http://www.random.org/ to generate random numbers.
If the random generated number is the same from the number next to your name in the f
Does deviantart needs a BAD PORN filter??I dont mind nudity, at all of girls, but anatomy taken not from a pro photographer it can freak you out, feeeearrrr. Man never wished so bad to be under 18, so i can have some restrictions on my deviant art browser.Does deviantart needs a BAD PORN filter??3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I typed "Lips" to get some references, for female characters, you can guess what type of images were mixed in the deviations.
Most of them extreme close ups of the female organs, but some of them are sooo angry, wish makes me laughing by remembering the movie Waiting, when Reynolds says its "ohhhh god, its sooo angryyyy".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJEsNjH3JT8 this was kind of my reaction , in second 50.
Some of them freak me out and i was afraid to click on next page, i mean comeeee onnnnn, give them make up, or a haircut style or something.
They are photos that look like scanned, so bad quality. Like they dont care about art, just wanted to show their nakedness to the world.
Like i said i dont mind nudity, just give us some advanced fi
Interview with Dark Mechanic, Again!I've been doing loads of interviews recently, so here is the latest one! Life, art and moaning, take a look!Interview with Dark Mechanic, Again!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why I still draw mangaYou know what's the funny thing about getting older and (apparently) more serious with art? People ask you why you don't 'move on' with it.Why I still draw manga5 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Over the last few years, as my interest in art in general grew and I attended more traditional art workshops, the question that was most asked to me was:
"Why don't you move on from that manga style of yours?"
Implying that manga was a childish thing to draw, and that when I wanted to go anywhere more serious with my art, I would better move on to a more mature and realistic style.
Now, as some as you know I have close to no intention to go professional. It would take the fun out of drawing, in my opinion. But it honestly bothers me people see manga in such a negative light nowadays, especially considering we live in an era in which manga artists like yuumei, sakimichan or GENZOMAN (and many others) have build solid careers on their manga drawing skills,
Wayne White: An Embarrassment Of TalentsWayne White: An Embarrassment Of Talents2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 29, 2012 by techgnotic
I am bringing your attention to a documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, that
deeply inspired me after a screening last week. The life wisdom and positive
philosophy unfolding over a lifetime of living as an artist was deeply motivating.
I invited Wayne White, the subject of this documentary, to join deviantART afterwards.
I thought this would be something you would enjoy no matter where you might be at
on your own personal journey as an artist. While watching this I was also reminded
of the heartfelt explanations by many artists of what it means to choose the life of an Artist.
"Do what you love, It's going to lead where you want to go."
Please stop and say hello and welcome seewaynewhite in his first week at deviantART.
A strange thing happened at a local café called Fred 62, a sudden sense
Fan Art Friday: It's Adventure Time!Fan Art Friday: It's Adventure Time!2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Fan Art Friday: It’s Adventure Time!
Adventure Time by Emortal982
Welcome to the enchanted Land of Ooo, where Finn and his magical dog, Jake, spend their days fighting evil and making things right in the world while having a blast. They prove that there are still good guys out there ready to help those in need and through their adventures take us to the many fantastical and far off corners of their world.
With its mix of funny, smart, fie
Morningstar issue one - full sizeIssue #1 of my new comic book Morningstar is finally available!Morningstar issue one - full size3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Order online or pick up a copy in person THIS WEEKEND at Wondercon in Anaheim. Artist Alley - table 146
Before he was the Devil, He was Lucifer Morningstar. Brightest of all the Archangels, Marshall of Heaven. This is the story of his Fall.
At the dawn of creation, existence was a raw, untamed frontier. Seven gunfighting Archangels defended the town folk of Heaven from Daemons, primordial beasts dwelling in the void beyond. They strove to carve out a civilization from the chaos of the naked universe, but the greatest danger they faced was not from the wilderness. It was from within.
24 pages, black & white, 6.625in x 10.25in
Tip of the Day: Traits of a good artist.A trait of a 'good artists' is that they keep drawing and painting long after others would have stopped. Press "Favorite" if you plan on painting or drawing today!Tip of the Day: Traits of a good artist.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
See you soon for my workshop in Sao Paulo! http://www.melies.com.br/mega-palestra/programacao.html
Sending positive vibes to you all!
OverhaulOhhh, shiny star thingie next to my name. I remember back in my day it was an asterik or something like that idunno.Overhaul11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Also I threw stuff around, or 'organized' most of the stuff in my gallery. And I figured I wouldn't upload my sketches in batches, but one at a time for more regular postings. Seems like a good plan. I can't see my Tweets on my page though, it just displays 'Loading Tweets by dodgyrommer' forever.
Alrighty I gotta go back to the store and buy more Nature Valley granola bars.