Confessions - Learn from MeOkay, I'll be trying to make this simple. To explain the latest journal, and to share an experience that might help others that are in the same boat as me.Confessions - Learn from Me2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First things first: The original problem.
Ever since age 10-11 i've developed a very abstract way to see things. I've started thinking more and more how it would've been, If I could control the world. If I could be anything.
Create my worlds, live my worlds, die many times but keep the experiences before.
Rebirthing myself in another body with the experience I have now: I would be great. Phenomenal. I could fix my past mistakes.
And be so much more. Live so much more. Without fearing consequences. The world itself would be my playground.
It has fascinated me since, greatly. ( Monochrome is the artistic embodiment of this abstract emotion and thought.)
It has also been the fuel to my (soon to be developed) depression and suicidal thoughts.
I hate not having control. I hate having to feel bad, when I thought that by dying I would esca
Devious Journal EntryIn light of the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon, I have decided I will be offering a charity item in my shop in order to contribute something to those who have been affected by this tragedy.Devious Journal Entry1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Starting tomorrow, I will have the item in my shop and will have it there for a month. The item will be a miniature Boston cream pie charm, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross. At the end of the month I will make a lump sum donation to them.
I really hope this is not coming across as tacky or as a gimmick on my part to increase page views/sales/what have you. This is a very sad and horrible event that has happened and it has affected so many people. I would like to do my part in trying to help.
I will have the items up tomorrow morning-ish and will post when I do.
Thank a tree this weekend.Any tree.Thank a tree this weekend.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go up to it.
Acknowledge its existence.
And thank it.
Why are quality artists expensive?In short, because you are also paying for all of the un-paid hours those artists spent researching, studying, practicing and honing their skills. For your average professional, that's thousands of hours. That's a lot of non-paid preparation time that needs to be made up for. That, and of course freelancers have to compensate for their financial insecurity and lack of employment benefits (think of a pension, sick leave, health insurance and paid holidays). This is, in a nutshell, why professional freelance artists are so expensive.Why are quality artists expensive?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I'm just clearing this up for those people who ask for "pro-quality art" and are then surprised that they will need more than $20 to afford it.
It is also for those beginning freelancers who undersell themselves dramatically because they feel they should adapt to their clients' unwillingness to pay for their hard work. I know, I'm actually guilty of having done so myself and yes I lost the majority of the clients I had by doubling my prices, but I also
3000 Watcher GiveawaySo I've reached over 3000 watchers and I'll be doing the drawing for my giveaway tomorrow. If you watched me after 3000, you will not be eligible for this giveaway. Don't worry - there will be more in the future!3000 Watcher Giveaway2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. A random watcher will be drawn via random.org. Watchers at and under 3000 will be eligible only.
2. The winner will receive their choice of a custom food in 1:12 scale.
3. The watcher drawn has three days to contact me once their name has been announced. If you do not get back in touch with me, you will forfeit our prize and another person will be drawn.
4. If you win and are under 18, please double check with your parents if you can give me your shipping address, since I will send you your item via the post. If you cannot give your address, tell me ASAP so i can draw another name.
5. By accepting the prize,the winner agrees to not resell the received item.
6. The prize will take at least a week to complete, as it will be made from scratch.
Thanks to all my watcher
I Will Not Sell OutI will not draw pokemon just because I want to milk favorites.I Will Not Sell Out2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will not upload every fucking thing I do just because I want to milk pageviews.
I will not change my DeviantART name just to prove my worth to myself.
I will not leave DeviantART just to get watchers on another blog or site, and then come back claiming DA is forgiven.
If I ever leave, I will not do it because I'm ashamed of the DeviantART community, not including those who actually love art. I will do it because I want or need to leave.
I will not categorize my art into a separate category just to get on the front page.
I won't take trades just to make other people happy.
I will not open up commissions just so people can pay me way less than what my art is worth.
I will draw what I want, upload what I want, comment on what I want, and stay on DeviantART as long as I want. Because it is what I want to do, NOT what the community wants me to do.
Tip of the day: The darkest momentsThe moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.Tip of the day: The darkest moments2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
The Ten Percent RuleIf you are working on a completely shaded drawing, or a finished art work, you may wish to follow the the ten per cent rule, which runs as follows: Make roughly ten per cent of your shaded areas black or near-black, and roughly ten percent white or near-white, with the rest of the artwork composed of a range of middle tones. This rule follows my deeper art philosophy that "beauty is in the middle tone." All areas of tonality must also follow the rule of balanced composition. I'm just formulating this rule now, but it seems that many high quality masterpieces, such as finished oil paintings and the best drawings, follow it to some extent. (not always, but many, I think.) For example, here's a typical masterpiece, a piece of art by Degas: http://penonpointe.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/edgar-degas-the-rehearsal.jpg I think you can very clearly see the ten per cent rule in effect here.The Ten Percent Rule2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The challenge is to my self (isn't it always?) to follow the rule and apply it to my best fully shaded ar
Tip of the Day: Embrace your love of art.As artists, we do what we do because art runs through our veins & we would be making art even if it wasn't for a living.Tip of the Day: Embrace your love of art.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Embrace your love of art.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
1000 Watcher Give Away*I've hit 1000 watchers! Thank you so much all! <3 I will choose a name for the winner tonight. Make sure you check back here around 7:00pm eastern and see if you've won. :3 I'll send a note to the winner as well.*1000 Watcher Give Away2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So I'm almost at 1000 watchers (hooooooow), and I wanted to do another give away! Here are the details:
1. Anyone watching me before or at 1000 watchers is automatically entered into the contest. No watchers after 1000 will be counted.
2. A winner will be randomly drawn using the random number generator on random.org.
3 The winner will receive a prep board of a food of their choice.
1000 watchers is insane, so I wanted to offer an awesome prize for this one. \o/
You guys are all fantastic and I appreciate each and everyone of you, and I wanted to let you all know that it means a lot to me that you support me and my crazy little hobby.
Race to the bottom: probably not your best betCross-posted from Tumblr.Race to the bottom: probably not your best bet1 year ago in Personal More Like This
PSA: If you can't sell your art at minimum wage, you're probably gonna have a hard time selling it for any less, as well. :T Cheaper does not always mean more enticing. In fact, it can be a real turn off to potential buyers who either consciously or subconsciously equate monetary price to intrinsic value and quality. (If you want to price your art cheaply, frame it as a 'sale' off the 'original price'. The reception will generally be much better than simply pricing your work cheaply from the get-go. [See also: the infamous JC Penny fiasco])
If you're selling your art for peanuts and STILL have a hard time making sales, the harsh reality comes down to you possibly needing to do one or both of the following:
-Take some time to improve your craft/skillsets. You do not need post secondary school for this (in fact, there are plenty of BFA owners who appear to h
CSS CommissionHello everybody!CSS Commission11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Seeing that my Journal and css commission is getting quite popular, I decided to make a side journal specific for this matter as it does quite apply to the drawing side of my qualifications.
I hope you find what you are looking for in the list. If you are unsure, you can still comment below or note me to establish which category you would be included into.
I work with paypal and/or points. If I accept points for the said commissions, you can refer to my front page widget. Only those are available as point payment so far.
I will not give away my paypal details here. Once a discussion and an agreement has been formed, only then you will get a detail sheet about the price (in case it is a special commission or several elements) and my paypal address.
Payment will be only in USD.
I do not own Google Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer on my own computer, to make sure your skin works on every browser you will have to wait for me to
Just Something Useful for Digital ArtistsI've been struggling with my concept of lighting and color digitally recently, and I'm really wanting to develop it.Just Something Useful for Digital Artists2 months ago in Personal More Like This
So I was looking online for some reference for my next color experiment piece, which will be in shades of blue, and found an EXCELLENT website for any digital peeps who also want to try out digital coloring things.
This website is super simple and called Color Hexa, and it gives you options of blending, making gradients, subtracting, and more as it simultaneously gives you the digital color information values of each color. You can even get random swatches by pressing a few buttons.
Personally, I'm going to use this site for some color palette challenges, as well as my color experiments. But you guys should go ahead and use it to your advantage, too!
Just a lil somethingI like how people ask you for a free drawing after finding out you draw for a living. Do you also ask people to come over and sweep the floor for free after finding out they clean for a living too?Just a lil something4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Creature Design Class-DISCOUNT EXPIRES TONIGHTStuff I SayCreature Design Class-DISCOUNT EXPIRES TONIGHT7 months ago in Personal More Like This
The discount code expires tonight at midnight EST. Hurry up for mega savings!
I will be teaching a class about how to create believable creature designs over at Skillshare for only $19! Topics will include concept sketching, how to research/utilize reference, refining, lighting, and final touches. The class will consist of five video lessons that you can watch whenever you have the time. You can also participate with other students in design your creature. I will be around to gove feedback on all of the designs submitted in the first few weeks.
Head on over to my CLASS PAGE to sign up. There is a 25% discount code that expires on Sunday night(1/19) at midnight EST. Discount code: AWESOME
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injury - tennis elbowi posted a poll last month about drawing injuries and the comments on that poll totally exploded! since i don't have the time to reply to each one individually, i just wanted to let you guys know that i read them and really appreciate the input. it was very comforting for me to know i'm not alone! i myself had tennis elbow last february and it has slowly improved, with what i would guess is a 95% recovery at the moment. my arm feels normal in my daily life and after short drawing sessions, but after a day of drawing, it flares up. i have to take on a new approach to drawing that requires lots of breaks, rest, stretching and a more relaxed approach, which is harder than it sounds! more about that here.injury - tennis elbow4 months ago in Personal More Like This
anyways, i just wanted to share those two links with you guys. they might be a comfort to anyone who is struggling with an injury,
If you are considering going into the industry....If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcB9u-9mVE&feature=youtu.beIf you are considering going into the industry....6 months ago in Personal More Like This
It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:
1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.
2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.
3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....
4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When
death vigil out in julydeath vigil out in july3 months ago in Personal More Like This
so, this july i am starting death vigil, published by image/top cow. it will be a monthly series limited to three 8-issue arcs, so there is a definitive ending. with this i have learned some of the things about publishing independent comics, and i am planning a video with some tips after i summarize my experiences. hopefully it will prove helpful for others to get their stuff published
but apparently rule 1 is promote preorders. preorders are crucial for independent books as they define the print runs, and are crucial to the sucess of the book.. so.. as my far more experienced friends told me to do....
death vigil is preorderable ...pretty much in any place or webstore that carries US comics.
you can find an extensive preview to issue 1 and much more here
now, for some frequently asked questions
what about ravine? ron marz assured me that he will be
Odd Ones Contest - OVERContest has concludedOdd Ones Contest - OVER2 years ago in Personal More Like This
well this is a first, didn't think I'd ever do a contest.
this contest will be design a trainer for the Odd Ones nuzlocke universe. Odd Ones is my nuzlocke comic which you can see here:
Reason for this contest (skippable, but can help in your entry knowing the reason this contest was whipped up)
In Odd Ones, Eric won't be the only one gunning for the Elite 4 and collecting badges, I plan on having other trainers going after the same goal, and they'll end up competing with Eric and each other or helping each other out at times depending on the circumstances. The best similarity to what I have in mind are the 11 supernovas in One piece, wide range of character never really met but after same goal and all went through a lot.
I plan on having 5 major trainers including Eric as the Super High Fives, a league of infamous trainers fennel is most worried about and places bountie
Gallery DirectoryPerhaps useful from the start, but better late than never.Gallery Directory2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a "map" of the group's gallery and it's folders, as well as a description of what goes in each folder. Will be updated as more folders are added to the group.
If a folder claims to allow members to submit to it but you find that you can't, please let us know!
For general Sixfold related things and information. Not open for members. On occasion member's art will be featured there, if it is basic Sixfold related, such as a dA stamp. Round flashes will also be featured here.
Apps for the admin NPCs, such as leaders, assistants, and other plot-driving NPCs. Not open for members.
Artwork: art of the admin npcs drawn by the admins. Not open for members.
Additional clothing: clothing references and other outfits for the admin NPCs.
Other Information: any other information regardin
Costume with Claire Hummel PODCAST!Costume with Claire HummelCostume with Claire Hummel PODCAST!3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Synopsis: On this week’s podcast, we talk to Claire Hummel about costuming, cosplay, style, and more. Claire is an amazingly talented artist and currently a Production Designer at HBO. Claire has a passion for costuming, history, materials, and style, we chat with her about how she found her love of costuming, the importance of reference, her experiences both professionally and personally.
Lindsay from Light Grey Art Lab just posted the podcast we recorded last week about clothing and costume design! I ramble on about research, inspiration, making cosplay, all sort of good stuff- head on over and check it out if you’re curious.
Commissions InfoLAST UPDATED: 17 May 2012Commissions Info3 years ago in Personal More Like This
All my information on commissions in one convenient place!
For 25, I will make a stamp of your choosing.
What is a stamp?
A stamp is a small, usually animated, .gif image that premium members can use to display their interests, loyalties, or self-promote!
What options do I have for the stamp you make for me?
The sky's the limit! The stamp or icon I make for you can be about anything. I only ask that it not be too vulgar (asking for curse words is okay), no nudity, and nothing involving hate. But I think that's fairly reasonable, don't you?
Other than that, your stamp/icon can have images, text, or both! You can request transitioning effects, specific colors or fonts, whatever you'd like -- my goal is to give you the stamp of your dreams! Of course, I'll let you know that if what you're asking is beyond my skill level, but I've yet to encounter something like that (and I'm always up for learning).
Lazy Nezumi stroke smoothing for Photoshop.Hey everyone, just wanted to bring to your attention a plugin that might be useful for you. It's called Lazy Nezumi, and its main function is to help smooth your strokes out when you're drawing. So, if you want really tight, smooth lineart, or just clean lines in general it's pretty great. In a way, it lets you create a digital stroke closer to how you would on paper or a canvas, it just gives you more control. It's akin to the Lazy Mouse feature in Zbrush, or the Steady Stroke feature in Sketchbook Pro (which I'd highly recommend for anyone doing lineart, it has other great features as well).Lazy Nezumi stroke smoothing for Photoshop.10 months ago in Personal More Like This
There's a free demo for 30 days you can try out first and see if you like it. It has other features as well, but the one I find the most useful is the "pulled string" method under position processing, when you click details. It's something you might have to try to understand, but it can be super useful.
The main issue I see is that
Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)To many people in comics, I only arrived a few years ago with Joe the Barbarian. Then came Hellblazer (completed in 2008 before I began working on Joe), American Vampire: SOTF, and finally Punk Rock Jesus. Once in a while someone will mention Off Road (an OGN I did with Oni back in 2004), but for the most part it seems like I've been published only these last few years when in fact I've been published professionally for a decade now.Top 5 Mistakes (I've made over the years)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This isn't a plea to have everyone go back through my previous work--in fact, I'm glad that a lot of the books I've done over the years aren't on readers' radars. I'm proud of it all, but the books above are a nice, tight group of titles to be associated with. They're all in a similar brand, they're all recent, they all have good creators/publishers associated with them, and the artwork is mostly consistent. Go back further than that, and you'll see artwork that looks nothing like the stuff I'm doing these days. (Although Off Road still holds up to some de