SO YOU WANNA BE A COMIC ARTIST RIGHT?Okay so I get a bunch of these question all the time about being an Artist. Questions like "How do you draw like that?" "Will you draw my comic for Free?" "What do I need to do to get better?" "What are the tools you use?" Ect...
I'm going to provide all these Answer and more here, so listen up.
1.The most commonly asked question is "How did you learn how to draw"
I get asked this question a ton and my answer is pretty much the same every time. "PRACTICE!!!" I cannot stress this enough, but you have to practice. You will only get out of it what you put into it. How good do You want to be?
Truthfully thats up to you.
I've put in a good 15 years of drawing almost everyday. I've wanted to be a comic artist more than anything. I WANTED IT! And now I'm doing it. But I had to work at it. I didn't just wake up one day an
Advice on becoming a better artistI get asked by a lot of younger artists (and moms and grandmothers) for advice on getting better and becoming a professional comic artist. Hopefully this will help. Ask me more questions if I'm not clear enough and I'll try to post more about what I think makes a good artist and how to become a professional in the comic industry.Advice on becoming a better artist1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If you're not already aware, I'm a self-taught artist with little to no schooling on the subject. I thought I knew how to draw when I was a kid and I thought that drawing from shapes and building your characters out of forms was stupid. I don't know what the proper term for this is so I'm going to refer to it as construction drawing or under drawing throughout this post. My parents had purchased me some how to draw books, I also went to art class, and both of these tried to get me to use construction drawing techniques. Unfortunately I didn't understand the value of it and thus rejected it. I didn't need to build a tiger out of blocks, circles,
Do I work for Marvel?Not yet....heheDo I work for Marvel?9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Some people have been asking me if I work for Marvel. Let me tell you I wish I did, but here's the other real truth. I am super thankful for the job God has blessed me with at QONQR.
It's not stressful. Am able to put my best foot forward and take my time on my pages to present quality work. Also it is a ton of fun to be working with such a fun creative team. Scott Davis Justin Peck Christie Judd
When I got my portfolio review from Marvel when I was at C2E2 last year, it went pretty well, but was kinda bummed that I never got contacted.
I know though that God's timing is always perfect, and I know the that He ultimately knows whats best for me.
If I had gotten a job at Marvel last year, I probably wouldn't have done a good job, or been able to keep up with the deadlines because of a lot of the stress and sad stuff that I had to go through last year.
God totally saved me from wha
100 Sketches a week Work out ChallengeREAD! ➡Hey everyone! Okay so I've been getting asked a lot how do you get better.100 Sketches a week Work out Challenge10 months ago in Personal More Like This
Well it's kinda like working out. You have to have a plan and you have to stick with it in order to get fit. In this case "Art Fit".
This is my challenge to you to help you get better. ➡100 or more sketches a week. With set subjects for each day.
This will help you so much if you stick with it. Be sure you are studying your anatomy on both your male and females.
Draw from life.
The sketches don't have to be super clean. Just so long as there are 100 of them by the end of the week.
On Saturdays, I want you guys to take what you've practiced during the week and do a full drawing.
Make sure you Hash tag your sketches #100sketchesaweekchallenge so I can
Some thoughts on commissions from a commissioner.I commission art a lot. I've commissioned from many different artists all over the world. And after several years here are a few on my own personal thoughts on commissionsSome thoughts on commissions from a commissioner.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. List you prices.
- Whether its flat rates or by the hour, artists that commissions should list their rates. Most the time the old saying "If you have to ask, it probably costs to much." really comes into play here. I'm so much more likely to commission someone where I can gauge my budget. I myself am a single income family of five. That means I have a budget. A budget means I shop around. So that means when I am comparing artists if I know what I can spend with one and not the other, I'm more likely to go with the one I know I can budget.
2. List your customers.
- It is so much easier for a person to know where they stand when you have them listed.
2½. Update your customers.
- Most artists have an idea how long something is going to take. Now it's understandable that the idea isn't always acc
Friends Should, Friends Shouldn'tFriends Should: Understand that life and other things get in the way sometimes.Friends Should, Friends Shouldn't7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Friends Shouldn't: Expect you to pay a certain amount of specific attention to them consistently despite what's going on in your life.
Friends Should: Always pick up right where they left off whether it's been days, weeks, months, or years.
Friends Shouldn't: Give you a hard time about not talking to them when they didn't even bother to tell you they were upset about it until they exploded from bottling it up.
Friends Should: Be honest and trust each other.
Friends Shouldn't: Withhold feelings and question you constantly.
Friends Should: Make efforts to fix their own problems and ask for your help if they need it.
Friends Shouldn't: Expect you to fix their problems without making any effort to change themselves.
Exercise 18: Painterly StyleTHIS WEEK's EXERCISE POST : THE FULL POST AND DETAILSExercise 18: Painterly Style9 months ago in Personal More Like This
The “painterly style” has been a highly requested tutorial subject matter due to it’s increasing popularity to digital artists. Not sure what this style is referring to? Check out the Painterly Style Reference Board. The style has become even more popular from games that focus heavily on this art style such as Bastion or to digital artists like Purplekecleon, who we Interviewed last year. It has a bold and fresh look that relies on color and working with balancing the different hues to create value. The style is recognizable by 3 different factors: use of color shifting, visible brushstrokes, and fantastical ligh
A NEW art school- a few thoughtsHey everyone. I've been thinking a lot about art schools and how we learn as artists. So much so, that I'm at the point where I think I want to start an "online art school". Why the quotation marks? Because I'm still not sure if "School" is the right word for this new website I want to create. Without giving out much information because this is all a bit early, I want to talk about the motivations and goals we're trying to address with this future site. I said "we" on purpose. I have a business partner in this and his background is in creating online education (not artistic) schools from the I.T. side of things. Thank goodness also, because I know nothing about that side of things.A NEW art school- a few thoughts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I guess you could say things started when I wrote my first book, "Creating Characters with Personality". While there are many, many drawings I would love to redraw for that book, I still like that book and get great responses from it because of one thing: the viewpoint I chose on that book was to
*PAIRS POSTED* DevArt Holiday Art Swap 2011magp13 & JasonTormos*PAIRS POSTED* DevArt Holiday Art Swap 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Jadeit3 & xxzzozonexx
insane-ukulele & ParisAlleyne
darkdaysartist & chris-foreman
Cnids & SirGreendown
smifink & JWadeWebb
Optimistic-Coffee & Rysicup
1pen & shaotemp
LentiumHiesben & RVeldhuyzen
Robo-Bug & SeanRM
despojo & moehawk37
GrnDrgn & LauraInglis
JasonScholte & culdesackidz
DRMoore & OsH-Fishus
gwdill & SonofReorx
walcor & JosephLSilver
MarkStegbauer & Fastfood
deberzer & Stephen-Daymond
damzo & hdub7
RoCueto & AaronGPierce
AlonsoNunez & livewiredstudios
Classy-Vamp & JamesWhynotInks
JoJo-Seames & MsRieke
Nepah & FanBoy67
weaselton & TonyKordos
BetterThanToast & josh627
PSOWILL & Ace-Continuado
Arinise & EndlessDestiny
Haymaker-Studios & StefBani
TheInkedWolf & natashNAMAC
Live the dream, don't talk about it!Doug TenNapel, independent comics creator, is an inspiration to me in many ways. He has a fun, accessible art style that is dramatic and fresh. His story telling is always askew in the best of ways. I don't think I've read one of his graphic novels without having some smiles and a surprise or two along the way. On top of that, he is outspoken about almost everything in his life. (I think of him as the Rush Limbaugh of comics- oh man, that sounds really bad, but early Rush, not present day Rush, if that helps.) I agree with most things he states on Facebook. BUT- the thing I am most inspired about him is his drive (in the old days we would call that "work ethic"). The guy does NOT give up. Because of that, he single-handedly will put out a new graphic novel a year. While creating a webcomic. While pitching new TV show development ideas in Hollywood. While running a half marathon. While working freelance jobs.Live the dream, don't talk about it!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm Fine! + Commissions Open!Helloooo~I'm Fine! + Commissions Open!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry for this sudden absence, but this month was somewhat difficult: I had surgery on my right eye and couldn't do much for awhile.Luckily, it wasn't an acute disease, but it could have grown into something more serious if I didn't take care of it in a short time. The surgery went well, but man, I would have killed the nurse near me if I wasn't paralyzed by fear! She was just there, telling to another nurse how EASILY the scalpel could rip off my eye with a wrong move thanks ma'am, just what I needed to stop trembling. I swear, she F*CKING scared the shit out of me I still have to be cautious about it, but now I'm fine and, finally, commissions are open!
For now, I'll just take five commissions at a time, since I must keep an eye on my conditions (lame pun lmao), so if you're interested comment here and send me a note with all the details about what you want me to draw! To helping me keeping track easily of all the commissions, please refer to the r
LIVE character design workshop- BETAHey everyone. I'm on vacation this week, but I hope you are all having a good summer so far. I wanted to announce a new program I want to start of live internet workshops/lectures on character art/character posing. I've been thinking about this for awhile, but its very intimidating figuring out the best way to do it- SO, I'm just gonna start! I need your help though. I want to hear your comments and suggestions on what, how, when this is done. Please do two things for me: 1) Comment on my thoughts below on how this can work and what will be discussed- especially any thoughts on the tech side like Paypal and internet conferencing sites and 2) hit the LIKE button on this journal if you would seriously do this. It will give me a rough headcount of what I can expect. Super important.LIVE character design workshop- BETA2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's my initial thoughts:
About an hour and a half video conference on the subject of char
Concerning TrollsThe immediate response for most people, when faced with online acrimony & insensitivity, is to respond in kind. But when dealing with trolls, you must adopt an advantageous mindset -- one that allows you to see the futility in returning insults. Ignore trolls, hide their comments, & report them for the simplest solution.Concerning Trolls1 year ago in Personal More Like This
However, if you are irrepressibly inclined to reply, deprive your words of emotion (that is to say, "Don't feed the trolls."). Above all, don't let them get to you.
Recently, I came across a journal entry in which a particular troll, PipweedtheDon, was mentioned. His modus operandi it seems is to add the artwork of others to folders that have disparaging names, such as "Dirty Losers". This observable troll, like other trolls, wants to offend & elicit emotional responses from others. The negative feedback he's received causes him to feel relevant.
If left wholly ignored, that is, if nary a deviant acknowledged hi
* A Guide to Reporting Art Theft *I copied this from :iconthe-Nutkase:'s journal entry because I thought this was a really good guide on how to deal with art theft. I hope that it helps you guys too* A Guide to Reporting Art Theft *9 months ago in Personal More Like This
"I've seen quite a few cases of art theft recently (involving both my work and other's), and I think it's about time I help out somehow.
So I made this small guide to dealing with art theft. If your art/your friend's art has been stolen, follow this guide and you'll settle matters quickly and easily.
Important point to consider
NEVER comment on the stolen artwork or the userpage of the art thief. More often than not, people comment saying things that are as harsh as possible and are completely inappropriate. Yes, 9 times out of 10 the "artist" is just a troll messing with people, but if you don't watch what you comment, you CAN be warned/reported for harassment. Keep that in mind.
The exception to this rule is if the stolen art is being sold somehow, of which a comment will discourage people from buy
Great wing reference.Reposting :iconsagegoat:'s original journal. The reference photo is nice! I think it's might be relevant to a few of my watchers.Great wing reference.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For all of my avian-inclined friends. I found this photo on Flickr and it is AMAZING reference for bone structure, and how feathers attach and sit on a bird wing, especially in flight: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.flickr.com/photos/texaseagle/5392231136/sizes/o/in/photostream/
Another drawing lesson and another resourceDan Norton :icondingo107: continues his series of Muro based drawing lessons.Another drawing lesson and another resource2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This one is on drawing in perspective and drawing props/environments within a box. It's pretty slick.
Also :iconradsechrist: has a blog that is all about teaching the fundamentals of figure drawing and composition for telling a story.
that blog can be found here. http://radhowto.blogspot.com/
Drumfish Productions Art Contest - 6 Days LeftCommissions | Drumfish Productions | My Blog| My TwitterDrumfish Productions Art Contest - 6 Days Left2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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) UPDATE9 months 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
ART Q an A Answers!Okay so I've gotten some questions that needed answering. Alright here we go!ART Q an A Answers!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Creating Clean line art
What I do to help have clean line art is, after I finish doing a ruff sketch of the character or whatever I'm drawing, I lightly erase the sketch to the point where it's not very visible, but I can still make out the imformation.
Then after that, it's just building value over and over on some of your lines to help make the line art bold. Here's an exable of what the results look like I hope that helps answer that question.
How to get out of a "Creative Slump"
Ah the Art Block question. How to get out of your creative slump. Well, what I like to do whenever I can't draw, is I like looking for things that will inspire me, looking at some of my favorite comic artist work, sketch books, video game art books, drawing vi
Big Hollywood interviewBig Hollywood.com interviewed my brother and I about our faith and working on MULAN together. Read it here http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/03/15/bh-interview-mulan-director-faithBig Hollywood interview2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Avoiding Compromise Bringing Others to JesusAvoiding Compromise2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Although the temptation to compromise threatens every believer, we don't have to give in. If we're aware of the danger and understand the downward progression and ultimate consequences, we can determine to be vigilant in obedience to the Lord.
The first step in learning how to avoid compromise is understanding why it is so tempting. When others pressure us to take part in in what we know God has forbidden, it's easy to give in because we don't want to feel rejected. But anyone who's committed to living a godly life must be willing to stand alone and face ridicule or even persecution (2 Tim. 3:12).
A Godly Response to CriticismInfluences from ChildhoodA Godly Response to Criticism5 months ago in Personal More Like This
A Godly Response to Criticism
No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although you might be tempted to become defensive or angry, remain calm and listen. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.
If we refuse to accept reproof, we'll limit our potential for Christlike character development and spiritual growth. Some of life's best lessons come through difficult experiences. If God allowed the situation, you can be sure that He wants to use it in transforming you into His Son's