Starting a Story From Fresh pt.1I promised, a while ago, that I would write a journal that addressed the writingStarting a Story From Fresh pt.15 months ago in Personal More Like This
and creative process as much as anything else - how I start, and even why.
What makes a memorable character?
What are the themes?
How much do you care about popularity - ie. is it a project you're doing for
yourself, or because you hope it will generate a huge, mainstream audience?
What age-range is it?
And as mentioned earlier - why is it important you do it?
But let's start with...
Where do you get you ideas?
Great ideas do not come fully-formed out of the ether. Even the ideas I've
had that were born of dreams, and dragged screaming from my subconscious
before I forgot them, were an accumulation of living experiences. In Metawhal
Alpha the setting is somewhere I lived as a boy. I know every inch of the
Clock Warehouse, the noises and smells of the place, as well as the referenced
folklore. The Pub in Death and the Myrmidon was indeed a local, and it does
have a well covered in glass that y
dA community on Madefire appDo me a favor:dA community on Madefire app3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Get out your Android, iPad, iPhone, or mobile platform of choice, and open the Madefire app. There's a bunch of new things I'd like you to check out.
The sections work like this:
This is 'classic' comic material. No bells, no whistles, just no bullshit, honest comics. (Indie creators and publishers should know we can put their material up within a couple of weeks of sending us a PDF. If your book isn't here you should ask yourself why not?)
This is where we continue to push the medium with a wide variety of cutting edge digital storytelling unique to each book. We also have books from top publishers - those that have had vision and were willing to push the envelope. You can get sucked in for hours.
We also have a deviantART section that features two categories:
The catch-all for pretty much everything anybody publishes on dA using the motion book tool. This ranges from single image parallax pa
Madefire - The future of storytellingMadefire - The future of storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I Got Angry Pt.5Something else to get a bit angry about...I Got Angry Pt.57 months ago in Personal More Like This
If you GET a distribution deal, you'll be in the long shadow cast by the big companies, buried in a dark corner of a vast monthly catalogue.
If you have no marketing budget, then your only option is to hit message boards, FaceBook, indie-driven comic sites, and by getting hold of a list of the internet comics news sites – they're easy enough to find, you just have to Google them.
If you have created your own book, and your dream is to see it printed, but you have literally no funds and nobody is willing to publish it, there are other great options, such as http://www.lulu.com/blog/tag/print-on-demand/. Here you can upload your entire book having placed it into one of the templates they provide, and you can then order a printed, bound copy direct from them for the price you set for it. Print on demand is an incredible innovation, and like Amazon, they will list your book for anybody to buy, they'll eve
I Got Angry! Pt.4 (Furious Interlude!)I was wondering to myself if I was STILL angry about things, even after all these years - and honestly? I really am!I Got Angry! Pt.4 (Furious Interlude!)7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Actually - I'm f**king pissed-off!!!
You'll be hard-pressed to find an artist that isn't!
We're over a barrel. We're art monkeys. We're work-for-hire engines that spit out the creations of others as best we can, striving to gain enough prominence to sustain an ongoing living, dreaming of a legacy.
We face hatred, the bitter barbs of trolls, the cruel dismissal of subjectivity, unfair comparisons with our peers.
We have to navigate taste, culture, the need for relevance.
We have to beat our way past the legions of others after the same job.
We have to remain immune to the jealous mutterings of those that fall along the way.
It SUCKS being a part of the machine, the self-serving circle of an industry consuming itself because it doesn't know any better. It's stuck in an ancient cycle, a rotating dance that is literally going nowhere!
So yes. I'm f**k
I Got Angry! Pt.3I'm not an angry guy. I'm very mild-mannered. But there's SO MUCH I wish I had known up front, before I got into comics. There are rudimentaries that I'm kind of angry nobody clearly pointed out before I got in too deep.I Got Angry! Pt.37 months ago in Personal More Like This
Nobody tells you that in the mainstream, as an artist, you'll almost certainly be drawing stuff you're NOT prepared for, and don't really have any desire to do or passion for.
Are you hearing this? It's REALLY a big one:
You'll almost certainly be drawing stuff you're NOT prepared for, and don't really have any desire to do or passion for.
What does that mean? What are you saying Sharpie? How can that be right?
Well - and this is from experience - you won't generally get to draw or write the book you're most suited to.
Classic example: I've been trying to get a Conan gig my whole career - a book I'm so clearly suited to it's unreal, and pretty much every artist I know has said as much! - and yet, even after all this time (27 years
I got angry! Pt.2As I said - I got angry. Frustrated. And I see it a lot. How DO you get your work out there? How do you get seen?I got angry! Pt.27 months ago in Personal More Like This
Getting into comics is something a lot of people want to know how to do, but there's a lot of questions you want to ask yourself first. There is such a vast array of genre and sub-genre, technique, approach, and so on, that it's important to be clear where you want to go with your work at the outset – and you have to be REALLY honest and tough on yourself.
Do you want to draw:
If you're into the capes and tights and you want to go mainstream you're going to have to want it incredibly badly, as the competition is the most extreme I've ever known it right now. There seems to be more titles than ever - and with the digital revolution more people are capable of producing sleek, mainstream quality art - but right across the
PARKER- a fan Motion book trailerNow that the Motion tool at Madefire is open to the public to create their own Motion Books I kidnapped two talented folks and forced them to take my Spiderman fan Art and create a trailer for a fictional Spiderman Cartoon show/comic story.PARKER- a fan Motion book trailer6 months ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks to Evan Limberger
and Joe Otis Costello for putting this together. Be prepared for a Rocketeer or a Superman fan Motion book at some point!
CLICK ON THE RED ARROW TO ENJOY!
A Guide to Effective TaggingA new method to promote and discover art has been released to the community in the form of Tags! When submitting art, adding relevant tags to your deviations will help viewers discover art of interest to them and give your work more exposure.A Guide to Effective Tagging4 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
You can add tags based on a variety of things, be it subject matter, themes, medium used, fandom, or anything else you feel is important.
Use these tips to make the most of tags and help your art to find its audience:
Keep it simple. The less complicated the tag, the easier your art is to discover.
Be specific. If you take a picture of a rose, tagging it as #flower, while correct, won’t get your art as much attention as tagging it #rose will. You can, of course, tag both.
Tag efficiently. If your art is based on Lord of the Rings, tag it #LordOfTheRings and/or #lotr. You don’t need to tag every combination — t
Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Evolution of ArtEvolution of Art3 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The Gift of Madefire
Foreword by techgnotic
depthRADIUS is pleased and proud to present Liam Sharp as a guest writer and welcome his editorial prowess as our newest contributing writer. Liam is legendary as the sci–fi comic book artist, writer and publisher enfant terrible of Britain, his career having begun with 2000 AD magazine. He went on as artist, scripter and short story writer for publications such Heavy Metal and Vampirella. He started his own publishing company, Mam Tor, to self–publish Sharpenings: the Art of Liam Sharp
I got angry!Anger.I got angry!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Anger and frustration.
That's what started it all!
I'm not somebody that feels entitled. I don't expect anything from the world, or anybody in it. That said, I did feel I had earned a fair hearing. I'd put in the years, drawn the BIG books, and the cool ones! I thought I should, by rights, be able to get at least one pitch for a creator-owned comic written and drawn by me off the ground. But though I must have pitched upwards of 30 titles across the board over a period of TEN YEARS, nothing landed.
So yes. I was angry and frustrated!
I was asked, by the very excellent Joseph Michael Linsner, what Madefire was all about a couple of weeks ago, following the Big Wow Comic Fest. It was a good question, as it pointed out a gap in our message, something people were perhaps not getting:
Why do it?
What was the need?
The need was to create a platform for the digital age on which creat
I Got Angry - recap!So, having gotten all riled up about publishing, I wanted to do a recap, and see what ground we covered:I Got Angry - recap!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
My first angry post was all about 'why' - why do it? What was the motivation? Why was I so bloody angry? And what was I doing about it?
Part 2 was about identity - who are you? What should you know about yourself and the industry if you really want to get serious about it?
http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/ wrote as part of his amazing response: 'But I think there comes a time when the whole system becomes so exhausted from mindless repetition that a certain cynicism becomes the only form of true enlightenment and what we loved about our artistic obsessions gets forgotten.'
http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/ also had some strong thoughts, including 'you have to bite your lip when f**ked up the arse and treated like you don't matter, better still sm
The Digital Revolution Continues Here!WOW!!!!The Digital Revolution Continues Here!7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously, what an incredible few days!!!
I wanted to capture a bit of the excitement and share my favorite digital comics and books, from pros and amateurs alike, because something really special is happening! I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks and months, but to kick you off and without further ado:
NEW USER GENERATED CONTENT
These books show a range of styles and approach, from classic static manga, to innovative use of sound and motion:
This parallax by Danesippi is deceptively simple, but works beautifully. So much depth!
The most basic use of the tool, but so amazingly designed and executed by Grozyll that it begs to be checked out.
East and west are fused in this book by
Tutorial and Process Video UP !Tutorial here =Tutorial and Process Video UP !7 months ago in Personal More Like This
World Manga Academy is a new site to share and request tutorials.
Check them out !
To those who are interested to see how I paint stuffs, good news !
I have uploaded some videos to youtube, check it out !
I Got Angry Pt.6Something else that get's me angry...I Got Angry Pt.67 months ago in Personal More Like This
Why can't artist's be EXPECTED to experiment? To try new things? To be innovative?
Why is it that drawing in the same style forever is viewed as THE BEST approach?
How do we unlearn this?
How do we encourage creators to be daring, and our readers to be more open and daring too?
I admit it.
I chop and I change, and if you're looking for a book that is consistent then you'd better not invest any time in me! As a result I've lost many fans over the years. People at cons sometimes say 'where did you go after The Hulk? I thought you must have left the industry...'
They never knew I was always here, but always changing.
Case in point - 'Captain Stone is Missing...' (FREE on dA here: www.deviantart.com/art/Captain…) may be, in my opinion, the best work of my career, but consistent it is not!!!
For me there are artists tha
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART7 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Motion Books push the boundaries of storytelling to the extreme, turning the act and art of reading into something that extends well beyond the printed page. Madefire's powerful and adaptable Motion Book Tool is now in your hands, allowing you to create expressive stories where audio and visual artistry collide.
The Motion Book is an adventurous, energy-packed medium that empowers creators to reach for worlds unseen. When you submit your Motion Books to deviantART and share them with the world, they'll be showcased alongside some of the comic industry's greatest creators and publishers, right alongside characters like Batman, Optimus Prime, Rainbow Dash, and Hellboy!
AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTERAmazing.AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTER7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I know, it's name-dropping, sure, but it's also a chance in a bazillion...
I spotted Guillermo Del Toro at Oakland airport yesterday.
For whatever reason I felt compelled just to say hello, or forever kick myself. So…
"Mr Del Toro?"
"I just wanted to say hello. I believe we have some mutual friends…" and so it went for about three minutes.
I didn't want to push my luck, and everybody deserves their privacy. He was gracious, charming, and interested in who I was - which I believe says a lot about anybody. (My wife once put it very clearly - "it's as important to be interested as it is to be interesting…")
I was thrilled.
Soon we parted ways.
I emailed some friends like the big kid I am, grinning ear to ear.
Then I queued up for boarding.
By chance I had A1 - the first in line - and when I boarded...
there he was!
I asked if he minded if I sat next to him and he very warmly said no, not at all!
Long story short, we chatted like old friends
This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!
Colors Of Space by Jessica-Art
Why so much excitement in the halls of deep space science?
The land between solar systems
Because the complex branched structure of the detected cyanide molecules confirms everything Carl Sagan has told us, that the building blocks of life are widesprea
Follow-Up on the Motion Book ToolIn February, we released Madefire's Motion Book Tool to an initial set of deviants, marking the beginning of the Tool's release on deviantART. We've since seen deviants create a variety of detailed and impressive Motion Books, and are pleased with the artistic diversity that deviants are bringing to the Motion Book Tool.Follow-Up on the Motion Book Tool9 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Check our the amazing examples below to see some of the great work deviants have produced with the tool:
As we continue to gradually release the Tool to the deviantART community, we want to ensure that the experience of creating and submitting Motion Books is streamlined and efficient from start to finish.
For deviants who already have access to the Motion Book Tool, we'd appreciate a few minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Your feedback will be used to aid development and testing. Aga
How To Use The Motion Book ToolA versatile powerhouse of a creation device, Madefire’s Motion Book Tool can be used to make an variety of digital creations, ranging from simple print-style books to complex, dynamic Motion Books that leap off the screen.How To Use The Motion Book Tool7 months ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Simple: The Page-by-Page Experience
Creating comics, graphic novels, or other works in a classic page-by-page format is a simple, three-step process with the Motion Book Tool.
Step 1: Open the Motion Book Tool
Step 2: Click "Upload Assets" and upload your created pages
Step 3: Create a new project, and put your pages in the project in order
Step 4: Upload to deviantART!
Professional: Storytelling in Motion
At its full capacity, the Motion Book Tool is designed with the professional in mind: powerful enough to handle whatever your imagination can create. Because it’s professional-grade software, the Tool can be advanc
What's your business here, stranger?Time runs quickly in these woods. If you are not here to learn the ways of the ranger , get out.What's your business here, stranger?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some call me The Beast Speaker. You will call me Ibb. Just Ibb.
I will teach you to think like the beasts of the earth, and I will teach you to see through the eyes of birds. The creatures of the rivers and trees will be your ears. You will know the wilds and wastes of this land as your home.
If you pass my test.
A ranger must be clever and resourceful. Your task: Live through a night in the forest. You are alllowed no weapons and no tools; only the clothes on your back and the pokemon by your side. Show me your skill, and by sunrise, you will have earned my attention.
Remember, your beasts are your allies; but the forest is a living creature in its own right. Speak softly. Have your wits about you.
And be wary of wild pokemon.
~The Ranger Guild~
Those of you intent on joining as a ranger, this is your fir
Happy AWESOME day!Today marks the end of a very long and exciting journey. We've actually achieved EVERYTHING we set out to do. I can barely believe it.Happy AWESOME day!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
MADEFIRE is now available on Android, iOS, Windows and the web!
The tool we built is open for ANYBODY to use - free! http://wreckling.deviantart.com/journal/Create-and-Sell-Motion-Books-on-deviantART-466382148?utm_source=article&utm_medium=tweetbutton&utm_campaign=070914_MKT_MotionBookTool
And you can publish your own books in whatever digital form you choose directly to the world's biggest creator community - namely, right here on dA. (create.madefire.com)
We have also launched our new interface today, which features a whole new library of classic print-type material, because we have ALWAYS loved comics, and always wanted to support them. All our material you can purchase in-app.
I'm also excited because my Vertigo series Testament, written by the great
Introducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantARTApr 2, 2013by spyedIntroducing Madefire Motion Books to deviantART2 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Visit #Madefire on deviantART
I am very excited to announce a strategic partnership between deviantART and Madefire, the leading Motion Book application in Apple’s App Store. (iPhone & iPad)
Together with Madefire, we are releasing the Madefire Web Reader on deviantART in a new category on our front-page called "Motion Books.” You will immediately find a dozen Madefire Motion Books there, with more books released each Wednesday.
Browse Motion BooksTM
Try it out!