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.11 year 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
FAQ 809: Line By Line. Stock and Res Golden RuleToday we are going to take an in-depth look at :faq809: This particular FAQ is one that our stock community should know by heart. If you are submitting to the Resources & Stock gallery, you need to be familiar with it. As Stock & Resources Community Volunteers, we personally will not feature a resource as a Daily Deviation if they do not follow this simple list. This also includes personal commentary based on our own personal opinions and experience within the community as a stock providers and a photomanipulators. The personal IMHO portions may be a bit ranty, and you've been warned.FAQ 809: Line By Line. Stock and Res Golden Rule7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Size must be a MINIMUM of 1000x1000pixels (excluding vintage portraits that are relatively small and of low quality)
IMHO: Really in this day and age of technology, how difficult is this? Seriously? The day is long past for the 640 x 778 px stock photo. There are cell phones out there that people take goofy "selfies" on for th
Sharks in the Swimming PoolPlease take a moment to check out this fantastic project, illustrated by my daughter, :iconmatyldamai96: with singer/songwriter/artist :iconclairitymusic:Sharks in the Swimming Pool3 months ago in Personal More Like This
Naturally I'm a very proud dad.
dA community on Madefire appDo me a favor:dA community on Madefire app11 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
Voyage to the Unknown: Motion BooksI have been tagged!Voyage to the Unknown: Motion Books4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
:iconmrs-durden: has been running a feature series known as "Voyage to the Unknown". Having been tagged, I've tried to find somewhere on the site that I haven't ventured much. I don't think I've ever really looked into "Motion Books", and it's a shame, I think, because DA did collaborate with MadefireStudios to set that up for our use.
So here you will find several pieces from the Motion Books section that I hope you will enjoy!
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!)1 year 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.5Something else to get a bit angry about...I Got Angry Pt.51 year 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
Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!Here is a little bit more of 'Parker'!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
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 trailer1 year 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!
The Digital Revolution Continues Here!WOW!!!!The Digital Revolution Continues Here!1 year 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
Captain Stone Is MissingCaptain Stone Is Missing7 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Captain Stone THE NEW BREED OF SUPERHERO? OR THE LAST ONE (POSSIBLY) STILL ALIVE?
CAPTAIN STONE IS MISSING
A Madefire motion book by Christina McCormack & Liam Sharp
Without going into all the wonderful enhancements (not only frame motion and dramatic juxtapositions, but also musical scoring and sound and flash effects) possible with the Madefire motion books process, it should be emphasized lest one get lost in all the bells and whistles that the actual
Madefire - The future of storytellingMadefire - The future of storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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.31 year 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
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 Tagging11 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
Project Porkchop Vol. 396Project Porkchop Vol. 3967 months ago in Art Features More Like This
About Project Porkchop
The DeviantArt Experience can sometimes quickly become the quintessential example of that most frustrating problem: too much of a good thing. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to peruse the thousands of submissions and postings of artistic innovation, creativity and sheer beauty that are generated everyday.
So thank you for ProjectPorkchop!
Astralseed, an Icelandic deviant artist with a penchant for equines, including Quirlicorns (a breed of unicorns), has made our busy lives so much easier with ProjectPorkchop, a feature she started on her DeviantArt page. Project Porkchop’s fine eye for the best of the newly submitted artworks of virtually unknown artists, the incredible art tha
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!1 year 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
I got angry!Anger.I got angry!1 year 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
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!1 year 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
Accepting Prize Donations for Astrolabe ContestHi there. Thank you for your interest in the proposed contest. This is a call for prizes for a hopefully soon to be run contest.Accepting Prize Donations for Astrolabe Contest2 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Children of Xaphan Project, is intended to build on the fantasy universe of the Firebook (Motion Book). A teaser for the series exists on the last page of the Ruins of Gold Firebook (Motion Book) which can be seen here. http://fav.me/d84shoc
The purpose of this project is to build awareness / participation in both the Children of Xaphan Franchise title as well as to promote the community of Motion Book Development. More on Motion Books Here:
Create Here: http://create.madefire.com
The contest involves the photomanipulation of the stock images reserved for the Children of Xaphan Digital Motion Book. Deviants are challenged to illustrate their interpretation of the characters. Stock images and character descriptions are to be provided. Note all entrants must carry the Children of Xaphan
Create and Sell Motion Books on deviantARTCreate and Sell Motion Books on deviantART1 year 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!
This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!This Just In From Outer Space: We Are Star Stuff!11 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
Ode On A Grecian RockOde On A Grecian Rock6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Ode on a
Grecian Rock The Miscellaneous Inscriptions of Ancient People Paint a Familiar Portrait of Humanity
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a
AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTERAmazing.AMAZING CHANCE ENCOUNTER1 year 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
Evolution of ArtEvolution of Art10 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