What's Wrong With Praise?So this is another one of those artistic taboos we're never suppose to talk about, apparently. The idea of giving back positive feedback to an artist. It's seen as "coddling" as "babying" as "inflating the ego" and has such intense negative associations. It seems to be generally accepted that the only way to critique someone's work is to point out ONLY the negative parts. Any attempt to point out anything positive or something you liked about the work is seen as being unhelpful towards the artist's growth.What's Wrong With Praise?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
And frankly I think that's a bunch of hogwash.
Speaking from my own experience, I rarely ever get anything positive said about my work in a constructive way. I might get a lot of "good jobs" or people talking happily about my comics because they made them laugh, but I rarely if ever get any comments that go into detail explaining WHY I did something right. On the flip side, the amount of negative criticism and nitpicking is almost hilariously rampant, not just on my artwork but on th
25 Things I learned being a Comic Artist in 2011The following list contains intense amounts of SARCASM for the purpose of satire and humor.25 Things I learned being a Comic Artist in 20112 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Never offer artistic advice or hint at the possibility that the way young and inexperienced groups of artists work might in some way be flawed.
2. Every comic must be inherently drawn better and be funnier than the last.
3. Humor is NOT relative/subjective.
4. Nothing is funny. Ever.
5. Even the most trivial aspects of your comic must be taken 100% seriously.
6. Failure to incorporate conflicting suggestions for improvement = incapable of accepting criticism.
7. Trying to quelch flame wars also inexplicably = incapable of accepting criticism.
8. Trying to explain your artistic decisions = incapable of accepting criticism.
9. Having lots of watchers = having an inflated ego.
10. Reaching the frontpage = getting Daily Deviation.
11. Every character you draw (even ones you do for commission/jobs) = your personal opinions and beliefs which you must obviously follow rigidly IRL.
12. Never change y
Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous ExamplesJust for fun I thought I'd do a rundown of the most common forms of humor, their definitions, and examples. This is not a complete list by any means, but they are a list of many forms of humor and literature discourse which often get confused of mixed up.Parody vs Pastiche and other Humorous Examples6 months ago in Personal More Like This
An imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialize an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation.
Example: The movie "Airplane" is a parody of 1970's disaster movies. Many of Weird Al's music videos are parodies of other more famous music videos.
A work of visual art, literature, or music that imitates the style or character of the work of one or more other artists. Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.
Example: The movie "Super 8" is a pastiche of 1980's adventure films, specifically imitating the style of Stephen Spielberg's early career,
Educating OurselvesThis journal contains a lot of potentially buzz-work things that could result in arguments from people who don't take the time to read my message. For example I mention Anita Sarkeesian, but I don't want people to start arguing against her points of view because that's NOT what this journal is about. So please, read carefully before you respond to help avoid knee-jerk reactions since that's exactly what this journal is about trying to AVOID.Educating Ourselves2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Over the years I’ve had a pretty straightforward view on gun control. Guns are dangerous and need to be restricted and made more inaccessible to prevent future acts of gun violence. I’ve never genuinely believed in the idea of banning all guns because I do think people DO need to have ways to protect themselves.
However, I’ve recently been thinking more about a different aspect to the gun control debate and it’s broader implications to other troublesome politically charged areas of our (United States) cult
They aren't better than you.I don't soapbox often, but I feel the need to say something to all my fellow artists... because I've had to struggle with this, and I know many (if not all) of you do, too.They aren't better than you.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Being on a site like this, with so much collaboration and so many artists of different styles and skills, can be both great and terrible for artists. Like myself, you probably have artists that you follow because they inspire you, because you 'wish you could draw as well as them'. It's impossible to draw without inspiration from something, and it's very hard to improve if you don't have examples for you to learn new techniques and ways to approach art.
But as easy as it is to find inspiration here, it's even easier to find discouragement.
I'm not surprised artists are statistically some of the most depressed people, for several reasons. The first is that, especially for those who do art for money, we have the issue of having so much stress placed on us because everything we do is going to be scrutinized and evaluate
Sonic Generations RantThis is kinda gonna sound bitter because it's an issue with the video game industry that i've been frustrated with for the past decade now, and it's only become supercharged since the Wii came out. So I apologize but this journal is gonna be a bit of a rant.Sonic Generations Rant2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Importance of Optimization
I really think 3rd party developers are being lazy. When the Wii first came out a lot of 3rd party developers slapped some half-assed party games together and then proceeded to complain that they weren't selling (Gee, I wonder why?). 3 years later when they finally made "hardcore" Wii titles, they didn't advertise the games and then complained that they weren't selling. Frequently they even skip games for the Wii because they can't seem to figure out that HD only refers to screen resolution not graphical limitations.
Case in point, Sonic Generations. I was actually really looking forward to this game. From all reports, Sega finally took what we've been telling them to do for the past 15 years and did
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Zen"When you made the colts of the mane six and your OC did you make them or use a program and if you made them what did you use and if not how did you make them"Zen2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thinking PositivelySorry 'bout the last journal, that was a bit emo wasn't it? lolThinking Positively2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, "I've come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace. That TWO a lawfirm. And that three or more become a CONGRESS! And by god I have had this congress! For 10 years King George and his-" oh... wait... hang on...
I meant to say I've come to the obvious conclusion that there's far too much hate on the internet. And while I might speak my mind about issues I feel are important, I myself have a tendency to focus a bit too much on the negativity side of things and not appreciate all the wonderful wonderful people there are around me.
So for this next week or so, I wanna try something different. I'm gonna try to make comics about being positive and happy about who you are, both as an artist and a person. I'm gonna start reblogging onto tumblr stuff I like from my favs or from fans too. And I'm going to try to say thank you to my fans ore often.
I'm calling this lil' experiment "project po
Who Is Happy? (All Anime/Media Variants Go Here)~If it's not here, try the other Smiley's category. http://moar-plz-accounts.deviantart.com/blog/33446679/Who Is Happy? (All Anime/Media Variants Go Here)4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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FlatteredI should be flattered.Flattered1 year ago in Personal More Like This
There are people who literally spend hours of their life every day following me. People who obsessively save every work of art I post online. People who comment and hypothesize about everything I do, even when I am not doing anything. People who make their own comics, websites, and blogs because of me. People who meticulously sift through my stats, my comments, and near-decade old journals. People who obsessively screen-capture everything I say or do anywhere online. People who seemingly have no life other than to talk about every aspect of my own. People who, day in and day out, never tire of talking about me to their friends online.
These people are amazing and I am continually astounded by them and the things they come up with... over a worthless and unimportant cartoonist.
Not even a good cartoonist either. Just an average, slightly stubborn, mediocrely popular on a dubious website... cartoonist. Not a politician with real influence in the world. Not a famous
Big Ben ResponseA succinct summary of the recent complaints:Big Ben Response2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"You somehow magically gained the ability to draw near-photorealistic buildings overnight and you choose to use this amazing newfound skill to draw a building in the background? Get serious dude."
This is a redrawing of Big Ben (using a different reference photo BTW) to show that I am actually capable of drawing architecture just fine. I only used the computer for the poster version because I wanted more control over it.
I'm gonna be leaving Big Ben the way it is in the poster. There's nothing to "own up to" about it other than saying "sorry I used such a recognizable image source of a popular and well known landmark as reference." I did not trace.
Curious that so many of the people crying "copyright infringement" over me using reference are also the same people who take my comics and make "parodies" of them by cutting, rearranging, and re-uploading th
DeviantART Compliments #79chromeantennae - I've been forgetting to say it for the past few months but- you're amazing.DeviantART Compliments #793 months ago in Personal More Like This
rlkirkland is a talented writer and an awesome deviant! His writing and his general positivity that goes around deviantART is very infectious and I always have a smile on my face when I see him commenting on my work or just seeing his work pop up in my WATCH messages
neurotype is a pretty funny deviant! And their humor is only matched by their intelligence and talent! neurotype is one awesome literature CV!
Thank you to everyone over at DailyLitDeviations for supporting the writers of deviantART! They are definitely a staple here to all the writers!
I've been an admirer of thetaoofchaos ever since I began deviantART! While I may not be open enough to reveal my identity I just want them to know that their work is spectacular, they are very friendly and smart, and most of all they are an appreciated member of the deviantART community. Thank you for all
Farewell DeviantartI've given this a lot of thought and I've decided to leave DA. Both of my biggest comics have gotten their own home now and there's really no reason for me to stick around here any longer. It's also clear that enough people here want me gone anyway, so now is a perfect time to pack my things and move on. I'll be leaving up my gallery for a few days and then slowly phasing it out over the coming weeks.Farewell Deviantart2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's been a good run, and I've made a lot of friends. I hope you all follow me to my new home here http://tinyurl.com/2v8tyyo
Thanks everyone for your kindness! It's been fun! Goodbye!
The BIOSHOCK SongYou can watch it here or over on YouTube at the following http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIwC9_VCZCY&featurelayer_embeddedThe BIOSHOCK Song2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The song is currently available for $0.89 cents at this http://brentalfloss.bandcamp.com/releases until a iTunes version becomes available.
Remember when I said there was a "surprise" coming on Thursday? Here it is! This is one of the projects I've been working on these past few weeks. My job was to make the "Joe" inserts used in this video.
DeviantART Compliments #80TheXGrayXLady Yet another artist I don't give enough love. Your writing talent is better than anyone I know, and no one can argue with that. [Let em' try, anyway.] You have a way with words that can put the clearest image in my head. I swear to god, if you wrote about a snow storm I know I'd actually be shivering. You're friggin awesome.DeviantART Compliments #803 months ago in Personal More Like This
sumerjoy11 We don't talk. We barely comment on each other's stuff, and if we do it's brief. But don't you dare think for one second that I don't love you. We've talked about things that, at the time, I wasn't able to share. I think it's because of you that I can do such a thing now and not have to worry about it. So thank you. On top of that, I really do adore your art, and your writing.
P0nyC4nd1skulz You're a fantastic artist and I always look forward to your posts, whether they're XS related or not. Like that 'Hand In Space' thing! Dude, that was so friggin epic. It looked like it could be the cov
Turtles Production Shut DownVICTORY!Turtles Production Shut Down2 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
Charles Snippy: DreamsEntry 382:Charles Snippy: Dreams2 years ago in Personal More Like This
My personal online psychiatrist is making me narrate this nonsense down on the chip embedded in my tooth in hopes that someday I may be cured of my "incompatibility" with ANNET, or at least possibly reduce the "mild psychosis caused by work-related stress" as she calls it.
I know that it's not going to happen. The problem is something genetic and while those goons in the genetics department would love to get their machines into my brain, I prefer the lack of sleep and headaches to lobotomy.
I seen the reports on their test subjects: "total neural shut-down", "subject resists integration with the net, increasing the signal strength lead to damage to the 85% of the frontal lobe."
Call me old fashioned, but I like my brain the way it is.
I've had that day-dream again. Day-mare is more likely.
A flash-mare? Not sure what to call these, really.
The transmitter towers dotting this bloody city are making my life difficult, but not as difficult as the fact that everyone expects me t
Mature themes in American AnimationWhen I first discovered Anime, my mind was blown. Here were Japanese animations being made which told adult stories with sex, violence, and all sorts of things I'd never seen before done in American films. As a teenager the constant pandering to children and the reluctance to accept more mature themes and ideas in American animated films pissed me off. Why can't american cartoons be taken more seriously and have stuff for adults too outside of South Park and The Simpsons?Mature themes in American Animation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In 1998 Stephen Spielberg tried to change that. After having a successful run of kids cartoons (Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Pink and the Brain, etc), he took it a step further by giving us a PRIME TIME cartoon series aimed at adults. It was called "Invasion America." It was a sci-fi epic, featured a slew of big name actors including Leonard Nimoy, and featured more adult oriented themes such as sex, violence, and swearing!
It sucked and was a resounding failure.
The epic plot they were trying to weave would never be compl
Biblical TrollingFor those Christians out there, we all know how when satan tries to tempt or discourage us, we get down on ourselves.Biblical Trolling9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I thought about it and while that may come across as trolling, we have our own way of trolling him.
I've been taught that he hates it when we focus on God and when we ask Him that in the name of Jesus, that satan be rebuked.
If you think about it, focusing on God and things of The Lord is trolling satan!!
So whenever he tries to discourage me; I focus on God and know the truth so whatever he says to me doesn't bother me, I feel like I say,
:icontrollfaceplz: U Mad, satan?
a tale of butterOnce you start reading this, you cannot turn back.a tale of butter2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well you could, but would you reeeeeeeeally want to do it?
KEEP ON READING OR YOUR EYES WILL IMPLODE.
One day, humon was surfing the internet.
She was just looking at her favorite pages when all of a sudden a new tab opened up.
She was confused, since she didn't click on any link whatsoever. The tab didn't show anything, just a white screen. When she tried to close the tab, nothing happened. She kept pressing the X to close it, but instead the tab turned to full size. Suddenly, the white screen of the tab turned completely black.
It wasn't only the tab screen that turned black, all the button and everything else on her screen did the same.
Even her mouse disappeared off the screen.
After a little while, she decided to turn her computer off because she simply thought it was broken.
This was a fatal mistake.
Out of nowhere, a full screen picture of :iconcaptainfanclub: appeared on the black screen.
It was most unexpected.
As she loo
PILOT: THINGS I LIKETHE TINY TAG ON MY INSIDE FOLD OF MY JACKET SAYS "SG CHRISTOPHORUS HATCHENSON".PILOT: THINGS I LIKE2 years ago in Personal More Like This
THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE SOMEONE I LIKE.
MAYBE I KILLED THEM FOR THIS JACKET.
THIS JACKET IS SOFT AND FITTING.
I AM PILOT. CAPTAIN CALLS ME PILOT, SO I MUST BE PILOT.
I FLY THINGS. I FLEW THE CAPTAIN ONCE ON A MISSION OF GREAT IMPORTANCE. WE HAD A SKY-ACCIDENT.
CAPTAIN SAVED MY LIFE FROM THE BURNING CARCASS OF THE FLYING COW.
CAPTAIN IS MAGIC, LIKE HARRY POTTER BUT MORE MAGIC.
CAPTAIN CAN STOP CLOCKS, I KNOW BECAUSE I'VE SEEN IT. THE COW'S CLOCKS AND DIALS FROZE IN PLACE WHEN CAPTAIN GAVE THEM A STERN LOOK.
THE MIRACLES OF CAPTAIN ARE INFINITE AND GREAT.
CAPTAIN LIVES FOREVER. I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE.
THE CITY OF THE DEAD IS MY HOME.
THE DEAD LIKE TO PLAY GAMES AND TALK TO ME,
SNIPPY: ON THE ROAD TO...September something something.SNIPPY: ON THE ROAD TO...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sadly this chip is only good for recording and not for playback.
I've definitely long lost track of time, traveling with Captain from one part of the city to another.
It's probably not even September, but most likely October. Anyway it doesn't really matter, because it's always cold thanks to nuclear winter and it's always either snowing or "ashening" with rare instances of sunlight breaking through the thick, gloomy, black clouds overhead.
I've made many mistakes in my past, and I don't have much to look forward in the future, but yet I keep living for some reason, even if that reason is captain's continuous entertainment.
Everyday before I fall asleep I think of what horrible things the captain will do tomorrow. This week the bastard kept dressing me up in ridiculous outfits and giving me new "personalities to play". Where does one find the time to dig up costumes? Yesterday I woke up all dressed up like an old lady a
Sins of an ArtistI've been under fire recently for having the audacity to admit publicly that improving my art has never been, and never was, an ultimate goal of mine. Apparently that's like committing some sort of mortal sin in the art community. I've had trouble expressing myself about it too, because brushing off improvement for improvement sake makes me look like I'm uncaring, egocentric, and stubborn. But after a recent post I was given much more clarity in understanding the issue and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.Sins of an Artist2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the recent exchange I was basically told this: "If doing what you love isn't about dedicating your life to improving your art, you aren't an artist."
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but making art has never been solely about the technical expertise. Even in college, outside the handful of foundation courses you take in freshman year, perfection of the craft is often secondary to concepts and ideas and your ability to evoke feelings and emotions in your audience.