Why are we slower?About a month ago I finally got to meet an art hero of mine, Klaus Janson, a well known pro who's been in the industry for over 30 years. A mutual friend introduced us, and we hit it off right away. The group of us went through the Village hitting pub after pub, and soon I was drunk enough to ask Klaus something that had been bugging me.Why are we slower?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I asked him if modern comic artists are, on average, slower than we used to be. He said yes, and I agreed.
From the Golden Age until the 80s, pencillers were generally expected to turn in at least two pages a day, while an inker was expected to turn in around 3-4. There were a handful of exceptions, I'm sure, but most of the artists could pump out pages like human printing presses. In the current comic industry, it's completely reversed: while a handful of artists can still hit this speed, the vast majority can't. Pencillers today struggle to produce a page-per-day, while inkers (those who still ink with ink) are hitting around 2.
So what happened? I'v
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...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nothing works better than persistent hard work & common sense.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: PurposeTip of the Day: When you have a purpose, you stand by it. Something special happens when you show an undying drive to achieve a goal.Tip of the Day: Purpose2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
New Information from Republic City game & ZukoThree new locations have been added to the ‘Welcome to Republic City’ tour: Central City Station, Future Industries and Republic City Park! http://www.nick.com/games/legend-of-korra-welcome-to-republic-city.html?xid=5KOR_LOKTuNew Information from Republic City game & Zuko3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- Skoochy: http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2smbq43ZN1r0xsbbo1_1280.png 12, earthbender, Mako and Bolin met Skoochy a few years ago when living on the streets. He hangs around Central Station and is a pickpocket.
- Yuans are the currency of United Republic and have Aang on them.
- Future Industries: created by Hiroshi Sato: turns out over a hundred luxury Satomobiles every day.
- Hiroshi Sato: 50, nonbender. Has a big personality, lineage goes back to first Fire Nation colonists. Born to a poor family in Dragon Flats district. Started on Future Industries at 18; used gasoline instead of steam for automobiles. Made a million Yuans by 25.
- “With demand so high, Cabbage Corp created the Cabbage Car, a lower cost compact car.”
New art processes and tutorials sectionNew art processes and tutorials section5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I added a processes & tutorials section to my website! It's a little sparse at present, but I've included some of my existing process write-ups and will be adding to it as I complete new work (and yes, my process video for the Tam Lin oil painting will be posted soon!) Link below:
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 moments3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Dream Job|Fan Support|Society6|BandcampI honestly don't know where to begin BUT HERE GOES NOTHING--(I'll try to not burn your eyes with a lot of text but this is too important to keep it short short)Dream Job|Fan Support|Society6|Bandcamp2 years ago in Personal More Like This
:iconctplz::iconsaysplz:Hey guys, CT here.
Last year this time, I was sitting somewhere around 1k watchers and I definitely wasn't thinking I'd be where I am right now--more than 24k have clicked that +watch button (I owe a lot of Annie Mei images!) and I honestly cannot tell you how much your support means to me.
When the New Year's came around, I gave myself a bit of an ultimatum for my resolution. It was one of two things: "Follow my dreams or accept reality." Accepting reality would mean dropping the things that I love to do. Get a "real" job. And take care of business. I may be really realistic but I'm a stubborn ol' dream chaser. Reality?? Ain't nobody got time fo' that! All I want to see is my dream become a reality! Who wouldn't want their dream t
Premium Content and how I feel about making moneyHalloPremium Content and how I feel about making money3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There's a new feature called premium content that allows users to make file downloads available for a charge. This seems to be something with a vast range of different possibilities that range from quite nice to to quite lame. Of course we are all always against commercialization and sell-outs and everything and don't want things to change but there are some interesting options here.
Obviously everyone is going to know whether or not this is something he or she could use and how much sense it's going to make for what you do specifically but there's two points I want to adress.
I always thought it was lame when people sell stuff like brushes or psd files. This is probably just my personal opinion and many will certainly disagree for valid reasons, but I think, if you make some brushes, and you ask money for something as tiny as that, you are lame. Sorry. Actually, the point here is not that it will kill someone to pay like one buck for something tiny, it's just that it change
Pabu gets a bath!This is the best clip ever! http://fullmetalavatar.tumblr.com/post/22350194678/heart-chakra-i-m-gorgeousPabu gets a bath!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
so about ravine.so...time to talk ravineso about ravine.2 months ago in Personal More Like This
the book tanked...
and i mean the book tanked hard.
we are talking about 5000% losses on effort versus profit XD
on book 2 i received profits that would usually pay for me making 5 pages of a comic. ravine was a 160 page book
so... where do i take it from here
do i quit?
the book is good. i have no doubts about that. book 2 is far better than book 1 and book 3 will surpass them both
but the facts are simple. the book never found an audience.
so i have made a decision
i will apply to ravine the same approach i have done with sunstone
true, i never had any intention of publishing sunstone and it was the fans demand that made me make that decision. and you know what?
fans stepped up!
in fact the way things are going there is a good chance i will in late 2015 onward focus on sunstone very intensively. fans have more than earned it, and for that they have my most sincere gratitude
and now, i am going to do the same with ravine.
Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkersTip of the day: The creative thinker has more potential than competitive thinker. For every competitive thinking winner, there are many competitive losers. With creative thinkers there is room for many winners. Competitive thinking encourages secrets. Creative thinking encourages sharing.Tip of the Day: Creative vs Competitive thinkers3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So don't aim to be competitive unless it's with yourself. Instead aim to be creative!
Sending positive vibes to everyone!
Tip of the day: The miracle of lifeWe're on a tiny rock going around a cosmic fireball which is nothing compared to the size of the rest of the universe. It's a miracle to be aliveTip of the day: The miracle of life3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Take time to feel grateful experiencing life, no matter what slice you have had so far. Now think how are you going to spend the rest of it?
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Two new videos! Photoshop's 'Blend if' feature!Hey everyone, I made a couple of new tutorials that are now up on YouTube! They explain Photoshop's "Blend If" sliders and why you should be using them if you aren't already. They're kind of a hidden feature, but they'll make your life a million times easier. Enjoy!Two new videos! Photoshop's 'Blend if' feature!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
death vigil out in julydeath vigil out in july9 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
Be My Valentine Art Exchange!Valentine's Day ExchangeBe My Valentine Art Exchange!2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Send Your Valentine
It's time to get out the glitter and glue, candy hearts and flowers, because Valentine's Day is here!
The Valentine Exchange is here! We asked you to create valentines and submit them to the Be My Valentine category. Now, it's time to send your love-filled deviations to your deviantART friends, family, and secret admirers! Starting today through February 16th, the "Send a Valentine" button has been activated on deviations in the
Be My Valentine category, so you can send your custom creations and valentines made by others. Love is in the air!
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2,400 free high-res NASA images for artistsI recently compiled a pack of around 2,400 free high-res Creative Commons NASA photos for artists to use in their work, you can check it out and download it below. I plan on putting more together as well, for free of course, so keep an eye out. Just make sure you read the usage info in the pack if you decide to use them. There's a torrent file available as well.2,400 free high-res NASA images for artists2 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm also offering up over 1,250 images of my own personal stock from Australia for super duper cheap at $6 as a way to help me offset the cost of my time in putting together the free resource packs. Check it out if that interests you at all. If not, no worries, but you can enjoy and use these free examples from the Australia pack
Hope you find the downloads useful and get some use out of them, take care!
Tip of the Day: Working on YOUTip of the Day: Work on how you are and not how you APPEAR. You can fool everyone for a while but it all catches up in the end.Tip of the Day: Working on YOU2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
PS. We will be coming to San Francisco for the Schoolism LIVE workshop on April 27-28 --> http://www.schoolism.com/workshop-san-francisco/
My photography course at HogwartsUuuugh you guys, my sleep has been so terrible. I woke up out of a pretty entertaining dream, though.My photography course at Hogwarts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was taking a photography class at Hogwarts and Snape was our teacher. I think Ron and Harry might also have been in our class but I never did see them. Our assignment at the time was to get ten outstanding photographs of animals in their natural habitat and he told us we had to roll up our pant-legs and go wading in a swamp full of alligators and poisonous snakes if we hoped to get any good ones. He meant this literally. This was our assignment. (Oh, Snape! )
So I actually did it; I took off my shoes and wandered into the bog, dodging snakes and snapping away. I took so long about it that I missed the start of critique and I sort of ran into Snape with some of my classmates on a bridge while I was headed back to the castle. He was reviewing their photos (and grading ruthlessly, as he does). He saw me and said, "What are you doing? You knew we had critique."
I answered, "Yeah, I kn
Have any of you seen...The old spice general Iroh Gif?Have any of you seen...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
It makes me smile so much my face hurts...
Of course if you don't know what the old spice advert is then you should probably watch that, it would probably make more sense that way
I know how hard it is for my fellow shippers atm so I bring you the gift of Gifs!
^^ Above is the General Iroh Old spice gif I warned you about :]
^^ I know that some of you guys won't be Makorra shippers, but I saw this and couldn't help myself, it's just so simply cute <3
Oh also I still need peoples votes for the tagline so hurry up and get creative, I would also love to thank
:iconfloraski: for making the group Icon it's amazing and she is very pretty ^^
That is all for today, I hope it cheers you up a little
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
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
Download my brushset and learn brush groupingHey everyone, I just put up a new video showing a simple, yet super handy way to categorize and group your brushes in Photoshop. It's especially useful if you have a really big set like me, it makes it really easy to find what you need so you don't have to hunt around constantly. I've also provided a download link to my current set of brushes with the video.Download my brushset and learn brush grouping1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Hope you find the video and brushes useful! I'll upload my set here to deviantART at a later date, so in the mean time, if you wanna grab them, hit the video
Being Inspired is Okay (Rant?)Today's rant is brought to you by the letter: IBeing Inspired is Okay (Rant?)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
As in, I am sick of your shit people.
It's been a long standing problem that the fine line between being 'inspired' and 'copyrighting' has become either invisible or at least vague, in every sense of the word.
Artists jumping to theft as a first conclusion, and inspired artists being afraid to post in case they are immediately blamed for copying. Here's the deal though, EVERYONE is inspired by someone or something, and wether you try to suppress this or not, it will always show through in your best works. The things that inspire you FORM YOU. They push you forward and mold your actions and style. Fighting it only suppresses your best abilities and any change, which is both needed and important to being an artist.
People assume that original ideas come out of people's butts and just spring forward like majestic erections. Sorry to say, ideas are like cause and effect. Ideas come from inspiration; from BEING inspired.
*cue angels singing*
Stars TutorialYup yup, new tutorial from me. Link to it on my website:Stars Tutorial3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll eventually make DA-compatible version of it, but that will have to wait. I can't exactly use the same kind of layout format as with my previous tutorials, as this one has waaaay too varying kinds of images to fit into a mold like that and still look good. And holy moly, that's a lot of text! Took me several hours to write! But at least I've explained things by depth, hrrmh. o_o
Indeed, I drew that image over a month ago, and I've had the all the necessary pieces of the tutorial lying around, ready to be tutorialized, ever since. But with everything else going on it had to wait. But now the tutorial is done and I'm going to have some icecream! And then it's time to draw yet another comic page...
Which leads me to this: Eeee! I can't believe the cover page for the prologue chapter got a DD! I'm so happy! I've been smiling so bad that my whole face hurts. When I lo