Will You Draw My Comic? Art Requests : A GuideHey guys, I really super didn't want to have to write a journal entry like this, but Jump USA or something must have a contest going because in the last two weeks I've had six requests to do a comic together with people I don't know. This year alone I've had twenty requests to do comics, and only about two of those requests have been legitimate commissions. The rest have been people asking if I would draw their comic for them, and I never hear back from them once I give them my commission rates. Considering I am pretty cheap, my guess is people are expecting me to do a full two months of work for next to nothing.
No ill will toward these folks, but I am a professional and I have to admit that I'm getting a little tired of getting asked to do freebies. My guess is people who have never worked with a professional artist before don't know how to go about contacting artists and don't realize what artists charge or expect when people go out of their way to contact them. So if you stum
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
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...The Detrimental Awe3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a sample of responses I've heard from some editors over the years when I've raised practical business concerns regarding comic book publishing:
"No, we don't know exactly what books you'll be doing, but we're (insert name of big publisher) Comics, so sign exclusive with us and not (insert name of competing publisher who has titles ready for you)!"
"This is a (insert name of big writer) book! I know he's late, but just think of how many people would love to be in your shoes!"
"The page rate isn't good, but at least you'll be getting to work with (name of big superhero whom you're supposed to be a fan of)!"
"We won't fly you out or put you into a hotel, but you should come so you can sign at the booth for us! Who doesn't love signing autographs?"
What do these statements have in common? They're emotional arguments made to sidestep yo
SHONEN JUMP Manga Competition:icondignitylaughplz: READY YOURSELVES!SHONEN JUMP Manga Competition2 years ago in Personal More Like This
SHONEN JUMP is opening a global scale manga competition!
From Original Site:
Open to anyone around the world in three different languages! Submissions will be accepted via the web. Prize winners are guaranteed to be selected! All four prizes add up to a total purse of 2 million yen!
Grand Prize - The most popular number-one manga of the competition will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in Japanese - the most popular manga in Japanese will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in English - the most popular manga in English will receive 500,000 yen!
Top Prize: Most Popular in Chinese - the most popular manga in Chinese will receive 500,000 yen!
Prize-winning entries will be promised publication in JUMP or one of its special edition issues and/or the North American edition of JUMP, a new magazine in China called OK!Comic in China, or FORMOSA YOUTH in Taiwan.
Application Deadline is Oc
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsI may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.
Here is a list of organizations by state.
Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help. Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.
Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.
New Contest!!!!!!*entries updated*okay as you guys know i have really gotten back into Yu-Gi-OhNew Contest!!!!!!*entries updated*2 years ago in Personal More Like This
so im throwing a yu-gi-oh contest XD
Media you can use
Yaoi is allowed
And as some of you know i love all 4 main characters out of the yu-gi-oh series
charcters you can draw
and if you would be soo kind as to add my Oc Valorie sonsaku *i would love you*
They can be single, couple or group pictures
you are allowed upto 6 entries ^^
2 full pictures from me
1 month membership
1 full picture from me
please have fun, take you time
Starting Date: 2nd April 2013
Finish Date: 1st august * i will extend if needed i know some of you can be busy or have school/college*
cant wait to see your entries
Do you hate drawing backgrounds? TAKE MY CLASS.Are you tired of deliberately writing easy comic stories that let you get away with not drawing backgrounds?Do you hate drawing backgrounds? TAKE MY CLASS.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Are you sick of your buildings looking like cardboard boxes?
Does every book on drawing perspective look like greek and super-advanced calculus to you?
Do you have amazing scenes in your head, but you feel like your hands just can't draw them?
I've teamed up with Skillshare to put my years of professional comic art experience to good use...by teaching the background-phobic among us how to LOVE backgrounds, draw them right, draw them well, even draw them in your sleep!
Read all about it here: http://www.bizenghast.com/classpage.html
Then sign up for the class here!: http://skl.sh/12DwEqh
Not a comic book artist? Not a problem! This class is for ALL kinds of illustrators and artists, both beginners and intermediates. If you can hold a ruler and locate a pencil, you CAN draw backgrounds!
So stop wasting your time trying to plan your whole story o
HOW TO SUMMARIZE: what's it REALLY about?(((I decided to just make a journal entry about this one, since there's really no drawing required here))))HOW TO SUMMARIZE: what's it REALLY about?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The way I see it, if you're reading this, either you have a story you're working on or you're desperately trying to come up with one. Maybe it isn't coming together quite like you pictured it? Maybe there's too much to work with, or you have too many options to choose from? Maybe you're like many people and can't seem to come up with a good satisfying story no matter how hard you try!
Chances are, YOU ARE THINKING TOO HARD. Sure everyone wants to be the person who writes things like 'Inception' that are super complex and insightful and fun to watch/read/enjoy, but the point is that, when you boil a plotline down to it's basic elements, you should be able to summarize it in ten words or less.
Inception: Man is hired to deceive someone.
Think about it. Watch the movie again if you have to. The MAIN PLOTLINE of Inception is Leonardo DiCaprio's quest to make a guy think somet
On Graduating-Hey guys, I know for a lot of you graduation is coming up super fast, and it seems completely absurd that it's been almost a year ago since I was in that boat. I well remember the two options presented to me:On Graduating-3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) Get a studio job. Preferably close to home.
2) Move back in with my parents. Possibly get a day job or something.
I just wanted to remind ...whoever is reading this... that there are about a gazillion alternatives. In fact, any possible train of actions you can conceive of is an option. It's hard to think of options not presented to you as options, but you really can go anywhere and do anything. This is the only time in our lives when we don't have any greater obligations- we don't have a wife and kids to provide for, no company that would collapse without us, our bodies can handle sleeping on a springy old couch for a while. This is EXACTLY when you should take a gigantic risk because the only thing y
Comic Composition GeekoutSPECIAL GUEST STAR (against his knowledge) IS :iconandrew-ross-maclean:Comic Composition Geekout2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You guys know when I get really excited about art geekery, I JUST CAN'T KEEP IT IN. I also feel like composition is a really hard thing to learn, and all you can really do is try to learn "what is good" in composition, and then try to find examples until you can recognize it. In addition, composition for comics is extra hard because you have to worry about the overall flow of the page as well as the composition of each individual panel.
So I was doing my spring cleaning of my message center and came on some new comic pages he uploaded, all of which are awesome, but take a particular look at this one:
This page is AMAZING. I started watching this guy for his slick style and stayed for his crazy composition skills, and this page makes a particularly good example because his work is so clean and straight-forward, there's not a lot of noodling to distract from the motion lines.
1- We read left to ri
A +B Spring Art Contest!The birds are singing, the snow is melting… it’s finally time for spring! A season of love, beauty, and new beginnings… so let’s kick it off with a fun art contest! The theme for this contest is "April Showers Bring May Flowers"; so you may either do a piece with a rainy theme, or a floral theme...or BOTH!A +B Spring Art Contest!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Choose to draw a single character, couple, or group. (You may also submit more than one entry if you wish, up to 4.)
All entries will be accepted between Tuesday, April 1 and Tuesday April 29 (UPDATE: the contest has been extended to May 9, in consideration of students), so there’s plenty of time to work on your art! Entries can be submitted through Deviantart, posted and tagged on tumblr with #aplusbcontest, or by email to email@example.com. Winners will be announced in May and all entries will be displayed in a contest gallery until judging—then winners will have their work displayed
10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)Hey guys!10 things I've learned thus far (making comics!)4 months ago in Personal More Like This
I updated my journal yesterday: CLICK!
This entry focuses on a few lessons I've learned so far in my artistic journey. I will also share them here; perhaps you'll find them helpful/relateable.
(Note: keep in mind that everyone's artistic journey is different! What I'm listing below is SOLELY a reflection of my own perspective.)
1. You're going to write your script again. and again and again. and again and again and again....Seriously though, a script is never really done until the pages are. There's always something more to change or tweak, which is okay.
2. Making a comic is ~90% writing/planning and ~10% drawing. This means that a good amount of energy should be put into solidifying the script.
3. Work on your comic every day, at least an hour a day! Its so easy to become rusty or inconsistent!
4. It's always a good idea to find new, more efficie
FaLLEN Art Contest 2014 Begins!!FaLLEN Art Contest 2014 Begins!!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED!! Thanks to everyone who participated!! I'll be announcing the winners on the 8th!!
1st Place Prizes
$30 USD paid through Paypal (OR you can have the equivalent in dA points or subscriptions... the only other exception is for anyone who also lives in Japan, in which I can send ¥3000 JPY)full color art of a character of your choosing by me (your OC, your favorite anime character, etc etc)a free copy of the graphic novel FaLLEN vol. 1 (in either English or Japanese)your art printed in a special extra gallery in FaLLEN vol. 1 (both English and Japanese)
2nd Place Prizes
$20 USD paid through Paypal (or points, or ¥2000 JPY)full color art of a character of your choosing by me (your OC, your favorite anime character, etc etc)your art printed in a special extra gallery in FaLLEN vol. 1 (both English and
Animation Shorts ListHaven't been posting much of what's happening with me (lazy I guess |D), I decided to make this list of all the animation shorts I've seen and enjoyed and want to share with you guys. I expand whenever I need to cover up a previous journal lol.Animation Shorts List4 years ago in Personal More Like This
(SM |Stop Animation)
IN ALPHABET ORDER
The Backwater Gospel (3D) As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die. Not safe for innocent kids.
Big Bang Boom (SM) Evolution done through graffiti art and even the occasional object.
The Cat Piano Stylistic slick anthromorphic cats in a city of music terrorized b
DA's Commissions ShopSo this is a thing! http://www.deviantart.com/commissions/DA's Commissions Shop1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So. Your friendly neighborhood Auntie Toerning is going to step in for a second here. Firstly, I think it's very groovy and awesome that DA is establishing their own marketplace. It's a scary world out there of work for hire and it's totally awesome that DA artists now have this stepping stool to practice professional habits in the same way that we practice artistic skills!
I would like to take a moment to discuss the rates here. I was just exploring quickly, and saw on the navigation on the left "price," and, like every other human on the planet, clicked on the most expensive first, thinking to myself "wow, good for DA to promote work that costs $1,000!" and wanting to see what that work would be.
Well. Boy was I wrong. In fact the prices are organized by Points. Remember when you were a kid, and the dog peed on the Monopoly box, and so you drew dollar signs on
Halloween Contest!UPDATE: Whoa I just got six notes/comments within the last ten minutes telling me that they need more time or that they thought the contest ended the 30th! D:Halloween Contest!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I understand how you might think that (the 29th is a weird date) but I chose it because I knew I'd be away from the computer from the 30th to the 1st. I'll extend the date to OCTOBER 30TH AT 11:59 PM EASTERN TIME but I won't... really be around to respond to comments/notes after like noon tomorrow.
So yeah the results won't be announced until after Nov. 1st. If you've already entered, feel free to update your entry, fix it up if you want to, etc!
After the success of the last contest, I've decided that I'm going to hold them more often! I'll be holding them every month or so. : )
It's already October for most of the world, and that means Halloween is just around the corner! So the theme for this contest is to design and draw Halloween costumes
Cover Art Contest for a Manga Project!Hello artists! Have you been pining for a chance to have your artwork published and seen by thousands of people? Well, look no more, we have the perfect opportunity open for you today with the A Plus B Cover Art contest! The contest is free to enter, and the prizes couldn’t be hotter! What is A Plus B, and how can I enter, you say? Please, read on!Cover Art Contest for a Manga Project!1 year ago in Deviant Events More Like This
A Plus B is a great romance graphic novel slotted to be published this year! It’s a story of Arisa and Brandon, whose chance encounter on a school field trip may change their lives forever… if they can find the confidence to fall in love in the first place. Will a whirlwind of drama rip them apart, or is it true love?
Here’s where you come in, because we need some great art to grace the cover of such a romantic and devishly fun story! The contest is completely free to enter, and let’s get to it! How can you become a part of this great project and enter to win some awesome prizes?
Step one: To find out mor
Exclusive Rise Of The Guardians artA quick heads up that me and two of the Visual Development artists (WoonYung Jung and Perry Maple) on the Guardians movie have been working on some special, short stories that will appear exclusively online.Exclusive Rise Of The Guardians art2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Can't find them in the Art Of book!
We were happy that the studio let us play around a little bit longer within the world of Guardians. Each story will have a different visual style.
This is the first. I'll update the journal with links to the future ones as they are posted.
THE REALLY BIG ASS ART (SUPPLY SALE)スクリーントーン:iconpsychol-bob: :iconscreentones:THE REALLY BIG ASS ART (SUPPLY SALE)2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
THE BIGGER ASS ARTSTUFF SALE
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I am in need of getting my Cintiq repaired. And getting rid of these stuff.
- Copics, Prismacolor, Staedtler and micron/sakura pens
- Art Supplies
- Art Prints and prints
Please Comment in my Livejournal in the link, NOT HERE! I will not reply to any of your buying requests on here. If you don't have an account on LJ, do not worry; just post anonymously with your deviantArt username and I'll note you.
ROUTE 15 WEBCOMIC
Just some shameless promotion X3. I started on a new webcomic with a friend and you can find it her
Unused SenshiStock: PART 1Does SenshiStock expire? I'm not sure! But here are some old poses that don't have any use comments on them yet. Is there anything here that you can use before it goes stale?!Unused SenshiStock: PART 12 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sailor Sitting 13 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 15 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 16 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 38 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 41 by SenshiStockSailor Defeat 17 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 22 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 60 by SenshiStockSailor Animamate 4 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 14 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 18 by SenshiStockSailor Reading 4 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 86 by SenshiStockSailor Bride by SenshiStockSailor IMPALED4 O_O by SenshiStockSailor Fight 23 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 5 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 7 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 13 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 3 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 9 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 11 by SenshiStockSailor Fight 28 by SenshiStock
Looking back at all that old stock has made me nostalgic! (Some of these are so grainy, ; A ; I should retake them!)
I hope you find something in here that you can use still!
Part 2 coming soon!
Note: I'm not deleting anything (sorry to scare you xD) but I might pack some of these old images up into ZIP files.
Vampire OC contest!Vampire OC contest!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Just to inform all you lovely Artists that I am holding a Contest in :iconD-E-M-O-N-I-Q-U-E: for your vampire OC's!
WINNERS will receive:
+ A waist up picture from :iconghostn0va: of your vampire!
+ A 640 x 360 animation from :iconanimeangeljjinc: of your vampire.
+ A waist up picture from :iconralu11: of your vampire!
+ A waist up picture from :iconangelinblackink: of your vampire!
Extras: All winners get a llama if I haven't given one already, and a feature in the groups journal, and the Gallery's Feature folder.
All entries will be featured in the groups Journal! until the closing date.
I am also looking for Contributors for the group. Please see my personal journal for more info!
Please don't hesitate to join in! I'd love to s
Competiton time!! UPDATE: This competition is now OVER. i will be judging the entries over the next weekCompetiton time!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Firstly, sorry this group has been so quiet for so long, been really busy, but now it's time for a competition!
I know it's near the end of summer but this competition is still going to have a summer theme, anyway, on with the rules:
The theme is Ice Cream
The image must contain screentone if it has no screentone or no obvious use of screentone it will be declined, this is after all a screentone based group.
It can be any style! Not just limited to manga, it can be traditional or digital, which ever you prefer! Obviously no literature, as it doesn't contain screentone . . . .
It MUST be submitted to the contest folder called 'Ice Cream Contest'
Only one entry per person
The image must be made for the contest and must, obviously, follow the theme
Yen Press New Talent Search: 10 Tips to RememberHey guys, looks like the Second Annual Yen Press New Talent Search is ON!Yen Press New Talent Search: 10 Tips to Remember3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I was a finalist last year for Final Track and the experience taught me how to craft a compelling short story, work under deadlines and plan ahead. You can read about my process for creating Final Track here. I recommend aspiring comic/manga artists to submit their work and just learn from the very act of doing.
As a bonus, I'm copying one of my blog posts from my website below regarding tips for manga contests.
The first five tips involve thinking, research and planning: all of which are helpful in giving yourself good strong material with which to marry your artwork. The last five involve the actual production of the comic and make the work as dynamic as it can be.
1. Take the time to work on the story.
Think about how much t
I made a poll about tutorialsI only had ten slots, so I had to leave some out. Here are some links to good tutorials I have found on various subjects mentioned that I had to leave out:I made a poll about tutorials2 years ago in Personal More Like This
color: The Gnomon Workshop has some really amazingly good DVDs and stuff. http://www.thegnomonworkshop.com/
If you do a search you'll find a lot of good stuff and a lot of crap stuff. You'll just have to pick through
Dreamers Contest!! WINNERS!! -note-GUYS PLEASE DON'T REMOVE/HIDE YOUR ENTRIES YET! I'M PLANNING ON FEATURING AS MANY AS I CAN ON MY TUMBLR AND I'M TRYING TO POST ALL OF THEM WITH DIRECT LINKS TO YOUR DEVIANTART PAGES. I UNDERSTAND WANTING TO CLEAN UP YOUR GALLERY, BUT PLEASE WAIT A WEEK OR TWO! @_@Dreamers Contest!! WINNERS!! -note-2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First off, I'd like to reiterate how hard this was to choose. I wish I had more than one set of markers to give away because I really really really wanted to choose more than one winner for each place! But I don't have the funds for that @_@;; But! I'm so blown away by the response this contest got, that I'm going to keep all the entries on my profile page for a while! I love looking at them, and I get a decent amount of traffic, so I hope I can get you guys some traffic as well.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU, HERE ARE THE WINNERS!
First Place Anarchy Dreamers by SanoStar
I love how stylish and glitchy this piece is, and I'm REALLY impres