The Inherent Degeneracy of GamergateIn a world where unarmed, innocent people are murdered freely by authority figures, slavery is at an all-time high, someone opens fire on an American school almost every month and people die from inadequate, needlessly overpriced health care, some people think the biggest and most upsetting issue in our society is about video game opinions.The Inherent Degeneracy of Gamergate6 months ago in Personal More Like This
And, unfortunately, these people create a serious issue. Despite the fact that they rally around a fundamentally trivial and pointless cause, their furious and aimless harassment of others has become something worth talking about.
If you ask a Gamergater, they'll tell you that their fight is over "dishonesty in journalism." That's a pretty big fight. Journalistic bias has convinced Americans that climate change might not even be happening, that minorities commit more crime than whites and that we actually have any reason to be dropping bombs on the Middle East. Mainstream media is a clusterfuck of biases and sensationali-wait, what's that? Ga
commissions (open)commissions (open)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
finished commission examples
please refer to my most recent art for more examples :^)
most examples of my art can be found on my art blog
head shot: $25
bust shot: $30
waist shot: $35
full body: $40
examples: x / x
$15 Coloured sketch
full body only, single characters only
examples: x / x /
Tutorial: Custom Raised-Relief GlobeIf you are a worldbuilder or mapmaker working at a global scale, it can be helpful to have an actual globe to guide you. If your world is an alternate Earth, then you are in luck. You can go to Amazon or troll the thrift stores and garage sales for a cheap globe of the Earth. All done.Tutorial: Custom Raised-Relief Globe2 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
For the rest of us, the globe we need cannot be found in any thrift store. So we make our own.
The above is an 8 inch desktop decorative globe I bought at a furniture store. Globes run for about $15-$30 at stores, or cheaper if you can find them used. What you want is a sturdily built globe with no raised relief.
Accuracy is not important. Any out-of-date borders and countries will be slathered over with a couple coats of gesso. Gesso is a type of acrylic paint that creates a toothed surface that can be painted on. You can buy it at any art store in bulk for pretty cheap. It's a good thing to have around.
Justice League War Premiere(s) UPDATEJust wanted to UPDATE this journal with another quick clip of some of our interviews from Tuesday night's premiere in NYC. This one was a bit strange because I didn't want to look right in the cell phone camera... it was so close to my face, lol! Enjoy the awkwardness.Justice League War Premiere(s) UPDATE1 year ago in Personal More Like This
YO! I just returned safely from our JL: War Premiere in beautiful and blizzardous NYC, and I just wanted to thank all the fans and comics and animation press that braved the insane weather to come see us! You guys and gals helped make it a really special night for us, and on behalf of the cast and crew I want you to know that it is deeply appreciated. We have another JL War screening coming up NEXT THURSDAY the 30th of January at the Paley center in LA. Not sure if tickets are still being sold, but I do believe it's still possible to get in for the resourceful and dedicated who either love what we do, or can't wait to tell us how much we suck to our faces!
Here is clip fea
What Freedom of Speech actually means.In America, "Freedom of Expression" and "Free Speech" refers to a constitutional right to express your opinions without being silenced or prosecuted by the government or police.What Freedom of Speech actually means.5 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is a legal protection in place so that the people can criticize the behavior of authority figures on equal grounds.
For some inexplicable reason, many people believe "Free Speech" extends further to civilian interactions. People claim their "freedom" is being violated when a website like Deviantart takes down their work, or when they experience harsh backlash for their opinions and beliefs.
In other words, call someone out on even the most vile, aggressive hate speech and they'll almost invariably fall back on some rant about their "freedom" to "express" themselves.
Unfortunately for the racists, misogynists, transphobes, homophobes and other anthropomorphic sewage, the right to free speech simultaneously means that others have the right to speak against you, and yes, police your words in their own spaces.
So I just broke the Red X/Jason Todd theory...Out of complete boredom I broke any relations of Jason Todd and Red X ever possibly being the same person.. Now time to explain~!So I just broke the Red X/Jason Todd theory...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In September of 2004, the Teen Titans character Red X (II/2) was introduced as an antihero of the series.. In February of 2005 Jason Todd was officially introduced as "Red Hood." How could Red X be based on a character who basically had not existed at that time?
Spirited Away Director Hayao Miyazaki Is RetiringSpirited Away Director Hayao Miyazaki Is Retiring2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Excellent Advice - A Quote From Neil Gaiman"When things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I'm serious. Husband runs off with a politician -- make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a mutated boa constrictor -- make good art. IRS on your trail -- make good art. Cat exploded -- make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you're doing is stupid or evil or it's all been done before -- make good art." Neil GaimanExcellent Advice - A Quote From Neil Gaiman2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Video Interview with SycraI did a video interview with Sycra (A great artist and a great contributor of the art community who runs a very resourceful youtube channel). We had a really fun time chatting about art. Enjoy!Video Interview with Sycra1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Exercise 17: Cast ShadowsTHIS WEEK's EXERCISE POST : THE FULL POST AND DETAILSExercise 17: Cast Shadows1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So what is a cast shadow? A cast shadow is caused from an obstruction that interferes with the direction of the light source, and that obstruction CASTS a SHADOW. The challenge is figuring out how to add values to the form of the subject matter in both lit areas and areas that fall under the cast shadow.
EXERCISE: Create 3 examples of cast shadows on different subject matters.
For this exercise, there are three examples you are to test your skill set on. You can download the practice sheet on the main page but below is an example setup.
1. The first is an animated character with 2 obstructions. You know the scene set up: When a garage door is lowering or a door is slowly being close
An Aereoscopic Adventure!An Aereoscopic Adventure!2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
i have always been a huge fan of art books. in fact i would say that 99 percent of my bookshelves are filled with art books ranging from animation to fashion design and everything visual in between. it was partly why i am so excited to have produced my own book, Walking Your Octopus. one of my goals with this project was to create an art book that was also an art object and this vision guided every aspect of the book's production. as we all know ebooks are becoming more and more popular and i struggled with how my book which was a celebration of all things analog might fit into the digital space. fortunately my very creative friend eric, had the solution...Aereoscope.
my friend Eric Daniels works with
The Stock Market - No. 7The Stock Market - No. 71 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Issue No. 7|
The inspirational magic of one image awakening the creative muse of hundreds of artists.
This issue's stock image
Alien Punk by sweet-sour-mango
Blue Girl. by FlyingGinger
well...damn XDtoday i woke up with my wife giddily urging me to check this bit of awesome XD...well...damn XD2 years ago in Personal More Like This
and my mind being a compilation of stupid puns with a few coherent thoughts floating around here and there....
of course my first thought was...
hang in there anne XD
paint a city scene tutorial with model availableDownload the model here https://www.dropbox.com/s/6o0vo5v46wf4p9o/The%20great%20city%20render.pngpaint a city scene tutorial with model available1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Feel free to join and post your work over at the Brush Sauce Community page https://plus.google.com/communities/111049617457219221679/stream/195b2f38-51e1-4552-ac6a-d2db21f157aa
Yo neckbeardsBefore you spout off that science fiction is a "man's" genre, as someone literally just did to me an hour ago, you might want to educate yourself on the genre's actual history.Yo neckbeards1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and The Last Man all the way back in the 1800's, effectively inventing our modern concept of "mad science" and the "post apocalypse" subgenre, respectively. It was her success that sparked an explosion of fantastical literature with scientific and technological themes, later dubbed "science fiction."
Later, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's wildly successful "The Yellow Wallpaper," hailed as a groundbreaking work of feminism, sparked its own wave of "weird horror" and is cited by H.P. Lovecraft as one of his biggest inspirations, his very writing style practically lifted from Gilman's.
The trends kicked off by Mary Shelley and her imitators eventually grew directly into the pulp science fiction boom of the 1930's, and a great deal of those authors were also women. Nobody kn
Ashcan Copy Comics?At conventions, Ashcan comics is, essentially, a "cheap print" comic. Traditionally, these are smaller, black and white copies of the comics you produce, to allow readers a free (or VERY cheap) comic to read, with the idea that they will become engaged in the story enough to purchase the colored version or future comics. These were often 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch pages, just printed on standard printing paper, and often done in short runs. Sometimes they had several pages per page, other times they were simply low quality.Ashcan Copy Comics?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's changed, to some extent, as many people now produce very high quality Ashcans, but with only 5 pages or so, which has been criticized. While it is true that higher quality, shorter comics can be great to show off the quality of your work, your art, and coloring, it does not usually allow readers to get engaged in the story.
What is your opinion on Ashcan comics?
Are they useful? We live in an age now where people not only expect instant gratification, they expect it
Disney vs Lucas ArtsIf ever you bring up Disney in a conversation, people immediately recite tired old issues with the company that haven't been true for a long time. For example, complaining about the excess of half-assed sequels. That was part of Michael Eisner's regime. When he left the studio the quality Disney was producing suddenly skyrocketed considerably. Likewise the excessive merchandising and branding of Disney related products has also ceased to be as all-consuming now that Eisner is gone. In fact, a lot of the main issues people had with Disney during the 90's and early 2000's was a result of Eisner.Disney vs Lucas Arts2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since Eisner left, the Disney studio has done a REMARKABLE job in clearing their name of many of the atrocities they had committed during his regime. They promptly turned the animation department around and have even begun doing 2-D animated films again after Eisner said "no." Granted, at the moment 2-D is still in hiatus, but the situation isn't as dire as it use to be and there's still promise
Save 2D animation with Steampunk?A Disney animation pal, James Lopez, has brought together a group of killer Disney veterans to create a 2D short called 'Hullabaloo'. It's currently set up as a short but with your support & donations, they can make more shorts, expand it into a web-series, a TV show or even a full-length movie. Hullabaloo is set in a Steampunk universe, stars female protagonists and action galore. The good news is that they are about to reach their financial goal on Indiegogo, but if they EXCEED it, it means they can make a second (and third) short! Once you see the trailer his has up, I promise, you will be blown away! Its just like a good Disney film because its the same people making it- but this one is for them, not the mouse! Go support, even the smallest donation helps show your support! (And I want them to stay busy, I might have a secret project coming up where I can use them when they are finished- gotta keep the band together!)Save 2D animation with Steampunk?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
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The NEW Batman.A rant... so strap in...The NEW Batman.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yesterday's events... Joss' opinion on the ending of ESB, Bradley Cooper's probable casting as the voice of Rocket Raccoon and the biggie, Ben Affleck being named the next Batman has made me realize just how absolutely insane some of you people are.
Seriously. I'm not joking. Some of you people have absolutely ZERO CLUE as to what you're talking about. But I thank you in advance for making weeding you out easier.
Let's start with Whedon and move from there.
So Joss apparently was quoted as saying that he was "appalled by the the ending of Empire because it didn't have an ending."
It didn't folks. And he was referring to being appalled as a kid. Trust me, all of you whining about this right now were too, just that "appalling" is too strong a word for some of you. At least those of you who were old enough to see these films in the theaters in their original run, which most of you weren't. You had the instant grat
INTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHETINTRO TO CROCHET2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Materials you need, techniques to hold and use the crochet hook and main stitches you must know, all in one article for you to start crocheting right now!
Why crochet is that easy?
Unlike knitting, crochet uses just one tool (a single hook) rather than two (a pair of needles) and you work one yarn loop at a time; these two factors are enough to make it less complicated.
Do you want another reason to choose crochet?
Well, another advantage is that it’s easier to drop your project and pick it up again without losing your work; The stitches won’t slide off just like with the needles, therefore there’s no chance of a line of stitches unraveling before your eyes!
Crochet projects develop more quickly (this is ideal for beginners and impatient people)
What do you need to start?
You won't need many materials to get started. The basics you'll need consist of a croch
I fail at artI was going trough old binders and found some of my ancient "art". Some of it was hilariously bad so of course, being shameless as I am, now it's time to share.I fail at art3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is how I was drawing when I was a teenager, something around 15-17.
Behold my weaboo phase! Yes, I was drawing animu. I never got a good grip on that style so it's all hideous.
kawaii desu ne?
That hand. That space between eyes. That fabric, hair, expression, composition ...well everything.
The next few images I would call "look at me, imma ahrtis for realz" series.
Deep. Deep as a puddle.
Remember kids. If you fail at anatomy just add random lines. Random ass lines make everything better. Yep.
Just look at this person's face. Don't you want to punch it? I do, so very very much.
Dear, sixteen years old akreon, you fucking suck. Don't ever come back.
Why 'reality is liberal'A lot of crazier people in America are thoroughly convinced that there's a "liberal bias" in the media. Because our news and entertainment is filled with cultural diversity, secularism, environmentalism, a growing acceptance of diverse sexual orientations and other things certain people just don't like, the only conclusion that makes sense in their mind is that there's a "bias" going on. That a small number of "liberals" happen to control the media industry and deliberately insert these attitudes to brainwash the public towards their agenda.Why 'reality is liberal'2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If anything, however, the media falls quite a bit behind the progress of the American public as a whole. Sexism, homophobia, racism and xenophobia are less evident now in our media than they were decades ago, but still a constant underlying presence, especially the way corporate sponsors still control a great deal of content and choose to appeal to the lowest, safest common denominator.
To pull out one minor example from last year, th
pixel raffle (closed) and 2000 watchers :DI still can't belive i got 2000 watchers Thank you so much for the support :iconrainbowtearplz: i just wanna hug all of you :iconblushplz:pixel raffle (closed) and 2000 watchers :D2 years ago in Personal More Like This
because of this i desided to hold a pixel raffle
HOW TO JOIN - just fave this journal
there will be 2 winners and winners get a pixel avatar of there choice
raffle will end in 24 hours good luck n___n<3
Hard times, and how to survive themMy wife said to me "you've got to be kinder about England when you're around the kids. They loved Derby!"Hard times, and how to survive them1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I had no idea I was being so bitter - but when I thought about it I had to concede the point. And that made me start wondering why - Why did I feel so angry about the UK? What was my problem?
But here's the thing - Some 14 years ago I couldn't get any work. We had just had baby no.2, and I had done a run on 'Spawn: the Dark Ages', and had been suddenly replaced, along with the rest of the team on the book, because McFarlane wanted 'a change of direction'. And then there was literally no work. I went to NY to see DC and Marvel, but they had nothing. I pitched company after company, to no avail. I tried to get on illustration agency books, but was refused by all of them. I tried children's book publishers, Core Design, and other computer game companies. Nobody wanted me. Even Frank Frazetta criticized my art in his book 'Icon' - just to add insult to injury!
We ended up having to sel