How to start a webcomicMaking a Web Comic Part I: Finding a StoryHow to start a webcomic7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
The first and most important thing to start a web comic is to have a story. You could be the best artist on the West side of France, but it won't make a difference if your story sucks. People are grabbed first by good art and second by a good story. Art can only go so far; it is the story that will keep your readers reading. One fine example of this is Fox Tails by Fallon Willard. The art is lacking in quality, but the story is fantastic. This first part of "Making a Web Comic" covers the key elements of finding a story.
So, you know you want to do a web comic, but you're lacking in ideas for a story. You have a few different options:
1. Find a writer who already has a story. There are a lot of writers out there with fantastic ideas, but lack the skills to express them in art. The best place to look for these writers is usually in the
Rants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OCRants: Mary-sues and how to make a decent OC2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Well, I figured that since Spongebob- Proof Of Spandy was so popular that I would do something that's different but also the same. I've written a little mini rant/opinions on an issue that isn't nearly as annoying as it used to be but it's still suck around for a quite a while everywhere I've been (Ex. DevArt, Fanfiction Net, LiveJournal). So, hope you can all enjoy and leave whatever comments you feel necessary. I would love to hear your opinions.
First I shall address Mary-Sues. Here's the five bad points of a Mary-Sue:
The name is only a slight problem. As in, it's not really one to be too concerned about but it is something that could give a good character a bad image. A name such as 'Melony Butterfly Lily DeeDee Silver Jay Hannah Rose, Melony Rose for short' is not going to give anyone a pretty image of your character and people will get tired just by trying to sa
Making a Web Comic Part IIMaking a Web Comic Part II7 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Making a Web Comic Part II: Paneling
The second most important part of a webcomic (or any comic for that matter) is paneling. This sounds simple, but really, its not. When considering a Panel layout you should consider what is happening in that Scene.
Is this an introduction, a love scene, or an action scene? These seem to be the most common types of scenes (in my opinion). The introduction scene generally builds up the story. Not all introduction scenes are introducing someone, they are mostly just informative and help to further the plot. Here is an example link
Introduction Scenes have a tendancy to be boxy, and form fitting. Rarely do they have empty space or action lines. They follow a concise order. In the example above you can see that your eye easily follows the conversation because you read left to righ
Abandoning PreciousnessThe most important thing about creating art is to create. If you want to be at ease with creativity, you have to immerse yourself in it, and do a little bit every day. Even if that little bit is only to take five minutes while waiting for the bus to come and do a gesture drawing of a man reading his book across the street from you. Or to take the moment to scribble down a thumbnail rough sketch of a concept that occurs to you. Do a little bit each day. Train your brain to think visually.Abandoning Preciousness1 year ago in Editorial More Like This
It can be difficult at first, accustoming yourself to make this small bit of time, because you’ll think:
“I don’t have enough time for it.”
“Art is hard!”
“I’m not good enough yet for that piece I’ve always wanted to do.”
“I’m stuck. Artist’ block.”
These are all excuses. Yes art IS hard. Yes, you might not be good enough yet to do that masterwork that you’ve been dreaming of, but let me le
Harry Potter vs. TwilightHarry Potter vs. TwilightHarry Potter vs. Twilight5 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
(This Argument compares and contrasts the books, movies, and fans)
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE HARRY POTTER OR TWILIGHT SERIES AND PLAN TO! MAJOR SPOILERS FOR BOTH BOOKS!
1) The Main Guys
Edward Cullen- He is an over-protective stalker, he only likes Bella because he likes the way her blood smells, and he impregnates a human and has a half-vampire baby. He's mainly a hero who wins Bella over by being her superman.
Harry Potter- He uses the power of love to triumph over evil, which is evident in all the books. Love from his mother, from Dumbledore, from his friends, and the love in himself. He is emo-ish in the fifth book, and totally disrespects his friends as well as Dumbledore.
2) The Villains
The Volturi and other bad vampires - These vampires are violent They dont murder people out of their rage, but out of their will to feed happily. James and the other bad vampires
Paneling tips for mangaPaneling tips for manga10 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Paneling is a part of Graphic design. O_- It's an art in itself, think of how you would do a collage and put together a puzzle, that's how paneling works.
You must understand the basic 2D design element:
movement, center of interest, value contrast, volume, size, perspective.... so on and on....
As for paneling.... there is no set way to do it, whether drawing the picture first, or draw the panel's first, or draw the panels and the pictures back and forth.... it's all upto the artist, as long as the result is satisfying to the artist. Just experiement and find the best way that suits you.
1. Panels must support your content: That's the most important thing.... if one line is going over an important character's head shot, omit that line and let the character stand out~ If one frame is more important than the other, you wish to make it a focus on the page, make that frame larger than the others, sometimes it can even overlap other panels alittle. However, being overly complicated
Twilight vs. Harry PotterI'm tired of people trying to justify the 'Twilight is better than Harry Potter' thing.Twilight vs. Harry Potter5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"OMG EDWARD & BELLA 4EVER!" "I WISH MY BF WAS HOT LIKE EDWARD!!!!1!!11"
People, Twilight isn't a book, its firewood. The Harry Potter series out-awesomes it by A LOT.
1. The Harry Potter Characters are believable. The Twilight ones make no sense.
Just a few examples,
Harry is hotheaded, skinny, small for his age, has bad vision, and has the occasional 'idiot moment'. He is willing to give up his girlfriend because he might die, not because he's "dangerous." He grows incredibly well as a character, starting out as an unsure little kid, and ending as a brave, skilled adult wizard who eventually saves the world from being taken over. Sure, he goes through an annoying-whiny stage, but he had a reason (the ministry lying about him and making him a total laughingstock) and when a certain doggie died *sob* he managed to calm down and go on with his life. *coughBellacough*
Harry Potter vs. TwilightPeople are all in the whole Twilight vs. Harry Potter war and for some reason, I decide I must put my two cents in all of this.... Warning: There WILL be spoilers for all books.Harry Potter vs. Twilight4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Some people are all into "Twilight" all because it has romance. Yes, the whole series is pretty much fluff with action stuck in to some little points but is drowned out by the fluffiness of it all. The books focus on an extrodanarily obsessive girl who feels her life revolves around her boyfriend. And when he dumps her, she becomes a hermit with no life that wants to die. This teaches young girls great lessons I assume?
Now for "Harry Potter":
In this series we don't start out with any real romances, just friendships that build. The two biggest relationships that happen are Harry and Ginny as well as Ron and Hermione. These two couples didn't happen like Edward and Bella where one second they don't know each other and then the next one they're in love. It took six books for Harry to
Tips: Big Creative ProjectsWhen working on a big project, whether it be a comic, novel, video, complex painting etc, it's very common to find yourself stuck at any given point. It happens to everyone; maybe you're unsure of where to go next, or working on it has become more of a chore and less fun But there are some simple things you can do to make sure that you get through your project in the most easy and enjoyable way.Tips: Big Creative Projects2 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Before you get started
Before you even begin working on your project, there are a few things you should do to make it a little easier on yourself and to help keep things going smoothly.
~ Write down your ideas
This one is a bit of a no-brainer really. Make a mind map or some bullet points of all of the things you want to include in your project. Events, themes, character profiles; no idea is too insignificant. You won't remember every idea you come up with, so writing it all down will make sure you never forget the best ones.
~ Plan ahead
Remember when you were a kid and y
Why Twilight Is Bad NewsAll That Glitters Is Not Gold: Twilight and Its Negative Impact on SocietyWhy Twilight Is Bad News4 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Books are powerful. The thoughts and ideas that mankind has chosen to craft into words and preserve upon paper have shaped the human race into what it is today, be they as widely influential as The Bible or The Origin of Species or as seemingly unimportant as Fahrenheit 451 or The Great Gatsby. However, while literature has a remarkable capacity for good, certain works can also prove to be very detrimental to the society that we live in, especially those that target and corrupt our children and our future. One such work of sin is Stephenie Meyer's fantasy novel Twilight, which details the love story of a sparkling vampire and a rather incompetent teenage girl. It has become a bestseller in the United States and is making ground worldwide, presiding over an audience that canvases all ages and sexes. While the negativ
ASK THE ARTIST interview transcriptASK THE ARTIST interview transcript2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
Interview with *chirart
Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *chirart, a very talented comic artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART, including Sfeer Theory and The Fox Sister.
Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, Chirart.
My pleasure! Thank you for considering me!
~StrifeLaughter asks "About how much of your day is devoted to drawing?"
Quite a lot of it. I keep thinking the day is longer than 24 hours and sleep isn't THAT important, is it?
On average I'd say ten to fifteen hours is dedicated to drawing a day.
~Sentimentale asks "You mentioned Diana Wynne Jones as an inspiration. How has she affected
For your informationTUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2010For your information10 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
For your information....
I realised that some people don’t know enough about blood and bone marrowdonations, so I’m going to write everything I know to dispel any myths.
Firstly, blood donation. And I don’t care if you’re gay. Do you think you have some STI or STD just because you’re gay? Do you think there’s a massive difference between anal sex with a woman and anal sex with a man? People can lie. I would. They check all blood anyway, and if you’re clean you shouldn’t have a problem. You make a choice between helping someone and not helping someone. I’m sure they’d take your blood whether you’re gay or straight…. Or does a gay man have some kind of toxic, disease infested blood? Is it green? Is it yellow? No, it’s not, so stop being a massive a
YaoiI press up against youYaoi3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I nibble on your ear
I lift you of the bed
I make you hold me in your arms
You protect me like no other
You love me like nobody else can
You care when nobody else does
Who knew this could all happen between to boys
Cross-Genre Character Profile1.Physical Description / Basics Human:Cross-Genre Character Profile5 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Facial details / structure:
Hair color / length / style:
Typical / current clothing:
Accessories / makeup:
Unusual features: (freckles, scars, tattoos, birthmarks ect.)
Voice and speech:
Minutia: optional (anything you want to include to give a clearer picture of what your character looks like, i.e. physical mannerisms like paces when thinking, tendency to talk with their hands ect or physical details not covered in the other sections.):
1.Physical Description / Basics ? Non-Human:
- Body material:
1.Organic living tissue. Additional info: warm or cold blooded? Color of blood?
2.Organic nonliving tissue. Additional info: source of animating power?
3.Inorganic material. Additional info: power source? -
Structure: (general body organization, i.e. biped, quadruped, serpentine, amorphous ect. - if your chara
Writing Tips for DummiesWriting Tips for DummiesWriting Tips for Dummies5 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Listen, I know I'm a half-rated author in training. I'm sixteen, what can you expect? But I've read critiques like this, and I decided to make my own, because many tutorials instructed me to give my own advice in order to take it.
This is probably going to be a fairly short tutorial anyways.
Think about how your character speaks. A problem I've actually seen in some young authors' is that they try to sound smart ALL the time--including in their character dialogue. True, some characters such as professors and generally serious people will speak with a certain intelligent ring, but not everyone speaks that way. For example, do you think MOST four year olds use the word concurred? I don't think so. Think about your character, their intellect level, and even how much of it they show through speech, which is a part of characterization. For example, I know people who are very smart who try not to show it through speech because it makes them sound supe
AskTheArtist InterviewInterview with *JonasDeRo 11/11/12AskTheArtist Interview2 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
<thefluffyshrimp> Welcome to ASKtheARTIST. My name is ~thefluffyshrimp and today I have the great privilege to interview *JonasDeRo, a very talented artist and creator of many well-known works on deviantART.
<thefluffyshrimp> Thank you for presenting us with this opportunity to interview you, JonasDeRo.
<JonasDeRo> Hello all, the pleasure is all mine!
<thefluffyshrimp> ~Fisharto asks "Without sharing too much of your ways to making environments how do you come up with ideas for painting?"
<JonasDeRo> Hello Fisharto, good question!
<JonasDeRo> I would say my main source of inspiration is traveling. I love painting but I love to travel even more; seeing cities, towns, nature really inspires me in the first
Quick Guide: Story OrganizingA Quick Guide to Organizing Your Fantasy/Sci-Fi NovelQuick Guide: Story Organizing3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
I'm going to try and briefly cover World Building specifically for Fantasy and Science Fiction (though it will apply in general to any setting), both major and minor Characters, and some basics of Timeline here. I am not going to walk you step by step through how to write your own story, but you should (hopefully) get some useful tips out of this.
I never used to organize my novels before I started writing. I have so many stories in my head, I would just pick one and start writing. I didn't have trouble keeping to the same details of a given character because I knew them so well. But after taking such a long break from writing Missing Puzzle Pieces, I really needed to do some serious work. I don't remember all the details I had in my head back when I started... in fact, I've completely forgotten the original ending. For those of you who don't know my story, which starts
Tutorial: How to CritiqueChapter 1 - Who?Tutorial: How to Critique4 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
#UnCritic is a deviantART Group that stands for "Unofficial Critics." We offer a service for unsubscribed members of dA to give and receive critique, just like premium members already can.
Anyone can join the UnCritic community.
#UnCritic started as a community idea when the Groups Beta platform was publicly released. Originally known as #UnCritique (which has since been deleted as a group), the group had a rocky start, barely gaining ground at all. VBAadmin, the original and current Founder, decided to design a commentary template which still resides on our homepage today. With that done, he did the next logical thing: began critiquing. With our group's name plastered on every critique we posted, we soon began to become better known. Not too long af
The Problem with Self Inserts The Problem with Self InsertsThe Problem with Self Inserts 1 year ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
There is nothing wrong with inserting yourself into a story. Like anything, it can be well done or... not so well done. The fact is, the majority of people who tend to write about self inserts happen to be beginners. Naturally, that causes there to be a pattern of certain, specific mistakes that are frequently found whilst reading anything on the internet. The purpose of this deviation isn't to say that self inserts are bad. I'm simply going to point out the most common mistakes that we usually encounter.
1. Making ourselves better than we really are.
Don't be fooled by the word "better." This can be replaced with mysterious, deep, dark, tragic, romantic, lovable... anything we want. Maybe a mix of a few of those things. The point is, the version of ourselves will be biased.
2. Not making anything bad happen to yourself
Let's talk about the word "bad." Does this mean something, perhaps, like... getting a disease? No. It means anything that interferes with
The laws of AnimeThe laws of Anime6 years ago in Humor More Like This
The Laws of Anime
1. Law of Metaphysical Irregularity
The normal laws of physics do not apply.
2. Law of Differentiated Gravitation
Whenever someone or something jumps, is thrown, or otherwise is rendered airborn, gravity is reduced by a factor of 4.
3. Law of Sonic Amplification, First Law of Anime Acoustics
In space, loud sounds, like explosions, are even louder because there is no air to get in the way.
4. Law of Constant Thrust, First Law of Anime Motion
In space, constant thrust equals constant velocity.
5. Law of Mechanical Mobility, Second Law of Anime Motion
The larger a mechanical device is, the faster it moves. Armored Mecha are the fastest objects known to human science.
6. Law of Temporal Variability
Time is not a constant. Time stops for
Attack on Mario Kart: Double Dash! (Levi x Reader)“EVERYBODY!” Hanji comes bursting into the common room, waving her arms excitedly in the air. “Look what we got!”Attack on Mario Kart: Double Dash! (Levi x Reader)8 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Poor Moblit follows after her, huffing and puffing under the weight of two giant boxes. You jump up, grabbing one of the boxes from him.
“Thanks ____.” Moblit gasps, wheezing and panting.
“What is this?” Armin asks, examining the box.
“It’s a TV and a Game Cube!” Hanji says joyfully, opening them up. “The upper brass gave them to me. They think that we could try channeling Eren’s inner…..rage into these games, which might help him control his titan form better!” She beams ecstatically.
“Interesting.” Jean says, pulling out the TV and Game Cube. “What game did they recommend?”
Mikasa walks over, pulling out a thin box. “Mario Kart: Double Dash?” She asks, her brows furrowed.
“Oh, I remember that game!” Eren laughs. “Remember Mikasa,