SEXY."IF YOU DON'T WANT PEOPLE SEXUALLY ASSAULTING YOU, MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T DRESS LIKE THAT!"SEXY.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
This is often the response I receive when I retaliate against sexual harassment. Welcome to the current trend in the cosplay scene.
Over the years, cosplay has grown in popularity and in power. Cosplayers famous enough can make a living off this hobby while travelling the world, and even the regular con-goers can be approached to be part of a major game launch. Major developers are finally listening to our input, creating complex and detailed characters that anyone can fall head over heels for. Some people hit their head hard when they fall, though. Too hard.
Sex sells in any industry, and the geek subculture has no exemption from this law. Female characters are regularly tossed in skimpy outfits to draw in their target audience, with their fleshbags defying gravity and cameltoes getting way more attention than needed. But seriously, what is wrong with this? What is wrong
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?4 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
Meaty MessageMeaty message-Meaty Message1 year ago in Personal More Like This
"Hey man, I thought perhaps you might be able to shed some light on something;
Where does one start with getting into your world? illustration? Animation? General fine art? I’m 28 and looking at rebooting my life by advancing my favourite lifelong hobby into (hopefully) a better job, but to risk 3 years of my life and upwards of £30k, I don’t want to go in the wrong direction right at the start.
I know you’re USA and I’m UK, but what course did you do? What’s your origin story, and your advice to someone who wants to follow a similar path?
Cheers bro, really appreciate the time you take to read this meaty message.”
First off, sorry for the late reply. I let messages build up and answer when I can. I wonder if you’ve already made some decisions about your direction toward comics and this response is way too late! But regardless, I’ll answer anyway! I’m up in the mid
Exposure, Getting Better, Having the ChopsEXPOSURE & GETTING BETTER AT WHAT YOU DOExposure, Getting Better, Having the Chops4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm only going off of my own personal experiences talking about these few things. (And I'm not specifically talking about ONLY dA here.) So take it with as many grains of salt as you can.
I've recently been asked questions like "How do I get people to see my work?", "Why am I not receiving commission inquiries?", "Why isn't anyone following my work?", "What can I do to get better?". Often, and I answered it before, the answer is as simple as this:
Create, as in, DRAW. PAINT. RENDER. SCULPT. You have to do develop a tolerance (or the obvious definition: LOVE) for creating if you want exposure and to get better. You have to LOVE the drawing or illustration that you HATE how it came out in the end. You have to ask yourself after every piece, what could I have done to do that differently. And you have to do this frequently.
Some folks come on the scene, post once or twice a week, and expect an audience to flock yo
The Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.4Part 1, The Next Three Years Of My Life: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/journal/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-1-354518946#commentsThe Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.43 years ago in Personal More Like This
Part 2, Sell That Damn Book, Danny: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-2-354730628
Part 3, I Was Not Ready For This: http://danluvisiart.deviantart.com/art/The-Road-To-Creating-Your-Own-IP-P-3-354860965
OBJECTIVE: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND STORY BUILDING
I began working pretty heavily on LMS during the first quarter of 2009. I had now a handful of characters, a rough idea of the story, and a general scope of what I wanted the book to be. To get started, I felt every book should have a theme. Movies do, right?
Spider-Man: Great powers, great responsibility.
Batman: Be more than just a man, a symbol, and be remembered a legend.
Star Wars: The myth of a heroes destiny, and the truth that allows him to be set free.
Who was Gabriel? What type of character or archetype was he? What were his rises and
PAY RATE OF THE COMIC ARTISTOver the past few weeks, Ive had a few queries for work as a comic book artist. Some from private individuals and some from professional companies and as always the sticky issue of costs comes up.PAY RATE OF THE COMIC ARTIST5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I personally like to be very frank and upfront about cost to people. My time is quite limited so I cant afford to dance around the subject on tip toes hoping to lure them in for a bite. The result so far has been I havent heard back. For me, thats okay cos like they say time is money and for me thats especially true. Plus, I dont want to put out for less than my time is worth. I may not be a big name (yet), but it doesnt mean Im going to sell myself short.
The result of all these queries though has been a closer look into what I should be charging. I dont want to charge for more than my name is worth (is stress the word name) and take advantage, but on what planet am I going to charge a measly $25 (£15.44) per
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...The Detrimental Awe4 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
The Wall of Pin Ups, February 2014CR will do a hiatus so I'm help him on this month, now it's time to show our best artists in the pretty wall of february enjoy it!:The Wall of Pin Ups, February 20142 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tiffany Pin Up by TheCosbinatorOola La~ by Digitally-DeviousTribute to Carlos Cartagena by stevie-wydder:thumb431464134:Sally by KiwiArtyFartyDruid 2 by Filipe-PagliusoAbbey Chase by FrancineDelgadoHold the Apple Steady by RGUSSearching for Perfection 46 by giolove1Rebecca by MarcoGuaglione...opssss... by MarcoGuaglioneJenny Red Latex by MarcoGuaglioneLady Mechanika copic by Elias-ChatzoudisAmalia by Elias-ChatzoudisSunbath by IsraLlonaVavavoom by ted1airSally by KiwiArtyFartyMarilyn Monroe with Leopards (digital drawing) by eyeqandyMarilyn Monroe with Panther (digital drawing) by eyeqandyNatalia in Gray by GraphicDreamCoffee break by GraphicDreamNights In White Satin by crcarlosrodriguezPseudo Silk Kimono by crcarlosrodriguezWonder Woman (trinquette weekly chalenge) by SawachInque by AlcoholicRattleSnakebaroness GI joe by tyrano666Power Girl by VirginieSivetonMary-jane3 by Eddy-Swan-ColorsSupergirl final small by ChristopherStevensApril by darkknightstrikesNikki - concept by Alek-MarmontelSlavey Candy by Pin-oopsKlingon pinup by DarthTerryNelia the Jedi by kate-n-bdLilyEdited3 by RickBas:thumb430604665:Strike a Pose by MistressMayIRetro Rachel by jaytablanteTa. I by Hely29Raven by SisterSinisterCold Red Light by MariannaInsomnia_black rose. by josefinejonssonphotoLili  by beethyRed Sonja in the snow by AlisaKiss:thu
Akiman approves Legendary Visions :DLegendary character designer and illustrator Akira Yasuda, AKIMAN (Capcom & Street Fighter) holding my art book, "Legendary visions" in his studio in Japan. His work as been a big influence since I was a kid back in 80´s and 90´s and until today, that´s why this image means a lot to meAkiman approves Legendary Visions :D4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Thanks a lot sensei!
Remember, you can get Legendary visions via Amazon or on a store near to you
Amazon USA: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1926778219?ie=UTF8&tag=udoent-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1926778219 // Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Legendary-Visions-Art-Genzoman-UDON/dp/1926778219/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296653524&sr=8-1 // Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legendary-Visions-Gonzalo-Ordonez-Arias/dp/1926778219/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1296653727&sr=8-2 //Amazon France: http://www.amazon.fr/Legendary-Visions-Art-Genzoman-UDON/dp/1926778219/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296653754&sr=8-1 //Amazon Germany: http://www.a
THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARSYou know that green ellipse tool that you bought in art school? Do you know how to use it for something other than oval shapes? Do you know what those "cross-hair" marks are for? And do you know how to use it for technically correct perspective drawings?THREE TIPS FOR DRAWING CARS3 years ago in Personal More Like This
TOO many comics artists don't, and it's driving me crazy. So instead of starting a blog that starts showing examples and naming names, I figured it was better to make a quick tutorial. And this isn't just for cars but also for guns, fire hydrants, and millions of other machined objects found in comics.
If you go through this and you're still stuck, please don't write to me. I'm happy to show you at a convention to make it clearer, but within a blog this is the best I can do. Check out "Perspective for Comic Artists by David Chelsea" for more.
Cars are a whole lot easier to draw if you know how to properly use perspective and ellipses. The more familiar you are with the math, the more fun it is to draw cars. Once I figured out th
So you want to be a concept artist?Hey guys, took a while to post these but here they are, the 2 videos for this week!So you want to be a concept artist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
First one is a talk about the job of a concept artist and what its all about, plus tips on how to improve your designs and better self critique your work.
Second one if a time-lapse of the whole process including coloring, have a good weekend!
BEFORE WATCHMEN and AH!Well, the word is out: DC Comics is returning to the world of WATCHMEN! And I am drawing all four issues of the DOCTOR MANHATTAN miniseries. First sign of the Apocalypse? You bet!BEFORE WATCHMEN and AH!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's great to finally be able to talk about this project. I signed on AGES ago, and have kept mum about it, until now!
WATCHMEN is arguably the greatest superhero comic ever produced, and without a doubt my absolute favorite. Being allowed to draw these amazing characters isn't actually a dream come true: I never thought something like this would happen. I'm pretty nervous, but having fun so far.
My history with WATCHMEN goes way back. In 1986 I was working at Thunder Road Comics in Burlington, New Jersey, and I sold every issue of WATCHMEN as they came out. It was a pretty amazing time: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS was also shipping, so superhero comics were enjoying a banner year. The mullets, parachute pants, and
5 Reasons to WriteI wrote a blog once that urged comic artists to try writing their own books. I held back a bit on what I said--Punk Rock Jesus hadn't come out yet, so I didn't feel like I had the proper authority to really speak up.5 Reasons to Write3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since then, there's been a lot more discussion about the etiquette of publishers toward their freelancers, the recent rise of creator owned books, and the effects of Hollywood moving into comics (or vice versa). And as friend of mine at Newsarama pointed out recently, I'm one of a few guys who's found a middle ground--not only because I'm writing and drawing my own book, but because my OGN is partially owned by DC Comics.
Certain events of the last year have created new concerns within our industry. Do you still need to work for big publishers if you want to "make it"? Do they deliver a better product than creator owned books? Are the Big Two treating creators as fairly as they've always been? Between the rise of digital comics and comic-based movies, are creators getting
The Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.1Intellectual property (IP) is a legal concept which refers to creations of the mind for which exclusive rights are recognized. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and design.The Road To Creating Your Own IP - P.13 years ago in Personal More Like This
THE NEXT THREE YEARS OF MY LIFE
I had received a job offer at Microsoft. I guess this could have been one of my first 'big time' jobs, so I was a little ecstatic. It felt like a slow build to get to this point, after numerous indie games and under the table freelance jobs, but finally it had come.
I was working with my now best friend and business partner, Stephan, a suave German who I had met only a year or so prior. He had brought me into the fray, working with several other individuals who will, well, simply be known as individuals for privacy sake.
But yes, finally, I could put a professional company I
Cosplay Friday: Game of ThronesCosplay Friday: Game of Thrones1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Cosplay Friday: Where are my dragons?!
Game Of Thrones – Daenerys Targaryen by luchia-28
Game of Thrones
The dragons are back this spring with the return of one of the most popular shows currently running on cable television. HBO’s Game of Thrones has gone to painstaking lengths to bring the heroic fantasy book series A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin to life
Collection: Stellar CenturionsCollection: Stellar Centurions1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
“The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism—and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong—and lucky—he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of h
SurrealismSurrealism2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
orld War I (1914-1918) was a human catastrophe
that devastated Western civilization and mocked the hope inherent in “modernism”. The sheer volume of the war’s slaughter was beyond belief. The horror of it all destroyed the trust in science, medicine and technology as the golden gateway to a harmonious and peaceful future for humanity. All that was thought to be good had been twisted to the evil purpose of a global war. A global sense of hopefulness was replaced with a global sense of fear and loathing.
Salvador Dali autosodomized
Interview Madness!Here is a fun interview I wrapped up recently. I think it is well done even though the interviewer posted artwork from my very first comic book. So when you get to the Heaven's Devils image, please stab your eyes out for me.Interview Madness!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hope you enjoy it!
3,000 points giveaway -CLOSED-Okay, I've decided to give away all the points I have since I don't need them. The giveaway is for everyone, so feel free to enter. Please, read the info below:3,000 points giveaway -CLOSED-2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Making your own journal/poll about this giveaway is optional, but not compulsory.
There's no need to me. Please add me to your watch list only if you like my art.
1st prize - 700 won by DiamondDog777
2nd prize - 600 won by NoNoyuki
3rd prize - 500 won by Before-I-Sleep
4th prize - 400 won by Rainbowishes
5th prize - 300 won by IAMProductions
6th prize - 200 [Points] won by Yasuko-a
7th prize - 100 [Points] won by Estowers
8th prize - 50 [Points]
BA02 Color Battle -WINNERS!!BA02 Color Battle WINNERS!BA02 Color Battle -WINNERS!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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Fake FriendsThere are some people who are getting too fake here on DA. They only want posts, comments, or to see how many friends they can get. So let's see who will actually re-post this. This is a test to see who's paying attention. This is a test to see how many people in my friends list actually pay attention. Copy and re-post in your own bulletin. Lets see who the true friends are... Re-post this if you are a friend... Don't reply... Just copy and paste this in a new journal as "Fake Friends."Fake Friends2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I didn't make this but yeah...
Marceline pumpkinMy girlfriend carved a pumpkin for her workplace. *_*Marceline pumpkin3 years ago in Personal More Like This
HAI GUYZ! (No Seriously This is an Update :P)Just letting you know that I don't have much time for fun stuff this year. I have a lot of work to do concerning internships and portfolio building.HAI GUYZ! (No Seriously This is an Update :P)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I might resume the Bionicle project during the summer. As of now it will remain on hiatus.
I do think you'll see a 2011-2012 sketch dump though (as I'm always sketching) and you'll probably see a Toa-Mata Wallpaper soon. Unfortunately, you likely wont see any long term rendered and polished work for a while due to focus being placed on my professional site.
What I plan to do for bionicle is a portrayal of Makuta and Matanui as mythological iconography, such as
and a redesign of a Bohrok, TakaNuva and a Rahkshi.
This, however, is a reduction of what i originally planned to do.
I obviously bit off more thanI could chew.
For example I will not be doing the Toa Nuva. Knowing how much time it took to create the original six...I'm not doing them again, lol. Keep an eye open Just in case they ap
Time Traveling While You SleepTime Traveling While You Sleep1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Time Traveling While You Sleep
By istickboy & Truepicturesinc
Time Travel in a Time of Regret
An Experiment with Time is a long essay by the Irish aeronautical engineer J. W. Dunne (1875–1949) on the subjects of precognition and the human experience of time.
John William Dunne was an Irish aeronautical engineer and author. In the field of parapsychology, he achieved a preeminence through