Question about world creating:NicaRox2006 asks:
Hello Mr. Omar, I've been reading your 5c comic and have been a huge fan. I've got a few questions:
How did you build the world? The names of the places, the maps, the social classes, technology etc. It's so very genius! I personally am trying to make my own story/comic, and seeing your comic just inspires me tremendously.
Well this is a tricky question in a way, but I will try to answer it briefly:
Every action should have purpose.
With this thought in mind I created the world for 5th Capsule. I intended it to be a very similar place to our world so that I could play off the familiar things the people already knew. I did this so that people would focus on the characters and not the events of two worlds colliding or anything bigger than that. There are special effects in movies and a similar type thing in illustrated novels.
If I make a world that is totally
Doomsday....sorry, you missed it.Since the concept of the Leap Year was first implemented back in 45BC, there have been about 514 of them.Doomsday....sorry, you missed it.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Without the extra day every 4 years, we would be in 2013.
As the Mayan Calendar doesn't take leap years into account; 2012 has been and gone.
(Edit - no: I'm not smart enough to work that out myself. I read it!)
2013 Notes / Happy New Year!2013 some things that I've noted about :2013 Notes / Happy New Year!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Real Pros:
I have met some of the best artists in my industry and by and large they were humble and well adjusted people. These folks are the types who are approachable and don't spend time basting in their own glory, and can be spoken to like humans and not pompous self inflated stars.
You pros who look down on people just because you think you have a talent that happens to be praiseworthy in this century, keep in mind you still meet death like all of us, you still walk the planet with waste within you like all of us, you can have your talent taken from you in one quick accident. Here but by God's Grace, your talent is not guaranteed for tomorrow, neither is your life nor health, so show some humility, it all can be taken from you in heartbeat. You're an entertainer, and everyone's equally important whether a baker or accountant since we all contribute to society. Having status is a test to show if you're going to be a
HOW TO GET PUBLISHEDThis is an old piece I wrote and posted a while ago, but just recently people have been asking what my experiences were with regard to publishing and getting published - so here it is again, with a few new notes added about dA and Madefire!HOW TO GET PUBLISHED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is a very honest view based on 27 years experience as a writer, artist and publisher. The point here is to try to HELP you go into the business enlightened and with open-eyes, knowing what to expect. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PUT YOU OFF! However, you should know that getting into comics is NOT easy - as too many people frequently imagine - and neither is it a glamorous 'rock-star' existence. It is hard work, as are all trades, and it should be treated as such. I see too many people despondent and badly hurt by their experience, and this can be avoided if you know what you are getting into right from the outset.
Getting into comics is something a lot of people want to know how to do, but there's a lot of questions you w
'Why Pony Fanart?'It was an innocent enough question.'Why Pony Fanart?'5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I'm lucky to work in an environment of people who are their own sort of nerd about something. We have an in-office D&D campaign going, a league of Pokemon collectors, a bastion of Trekkies (who really had a difficult week, bless their souls)...and of course we've got a few Bronies in the stable too. I'm among pretty good company. And while the question "why all the ponies?" wasn't asked in any manner of hostility, I've seen message boards ignite this inquiry not with curiosity but frustrated rage.
I've got my own reasons. The character designs are easy to draw. They're bright with bold colors allowing me to flex my palette more. They're just so darned expressive. There's a massive talent pool of artists whom I can collaborate with if I'm not doing a pony image of my own. But one of the biggest reasons, and this is important for somebody who makes a part of their living freelancing alongside other independent entities (that's you wonderful folks)
heyo! raffle time! WINNER CHOSEN!WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN! ♥heyo! raffle time! WINNER CHOSEN!10 months ago in Personal More Like This
for the record, i downloaded the random.org app! ♥
list of people who entered c:
the winners are: blknblupanther, mirz-alt & porcelian-doll! congrats you guys! ♥♥♥
your prizes are:
feel free to snatch the order form from HERE and note me your prizes! congrats everyone and i hope you had a marvelous halloween! 👻
EDIT: raffle ends tomorrow at midnight so enter if you haven't yet! ♡ ♡ ♡
i have never done this but i thought 'hey why not right' xD i have 300+ watchers now! thanks to everyone for making the decision to watch my artwork ♡ you have no idea how honored i am ;///u///; so in honor of my amazing beautiful watchers i am holding this raffle ♡
now this raffle is a bit different from the others, not only are the winners s
popularI hear it a lot here on deviantart "i want to be popular", "why does no one notice my work".popular1 year ago in Personal More Like This
On a website with millions and millions of artists, it's easy to get lost in the background. So what can you do to get your work seen?
To start off, it's important to reflect on WHY you want to be popular. Is it for the attention? Because you want to share your work? Do you want to be able to sell your art to support yourself? Some people achieve this status through negative means; like causing drama or art theft. But I think it's important to always remember, you're an artist. And you're in it for the art over anything else.
Now the easiest way to get noticed as an artist is to.. well be a really good artist. Of course not all of us are at that level yet! We all have to start somewhere right? And even some amazing artists on deviantart get barely any attention for one reason or another.
Being a good artist takes a long time, and a lot of dedication and pra
Anime North 2013 Artist Alley Location Map★Anime North 2013 Artist Alley Location Map2 years ago in Personal More Like This
LIVESTREAM | F.A.Q. | TWITTER | TUMBLR | COMMISSIONS
:iconaka-shiro: + :iconxhiro:
May 24-26, Toronto
Artist Alley @ D14 !!
Assuming that people may find a labeled map useful, I'm doing this again~
Just drop me a comment here with your table location and I'll add you onto the map! Will try to update as fast as I can.
You can right click > open image to view larger version!
A03 :iconyolichan: & :iconslumberybunny:
A18 :icon32channel: & :iconphibonnachee:
B11 :iconsugar-thief: & :iconMyEternalNight:
C17 :iconcloverfirefly: & :iconmegomobile:
D01 :iconawys: & Kenji
D09 :iconperipyrus: & :iconmyku:
Something everybody should read:Something everybody should read:2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1000 Watchers Giveaway! - And the winners are...1000 Watchers Giveaway! - And the winners are...1 year ago in Personal More Like This
So :iconbageltastic: didn't reply within the specified 3 days so i've had to draw another number for the grand prize, and that person is....
note has been sent!
And the winners are....
notes have been sent, remember you have 3 days to get back to me, or i pick someone else!
thanks so much to everyone who participated in this little giveaway. i wish i had time to draw for you all! thanks for all the watches and i hope to continue giving you guys lovely art to look at in the future!
So I just hit 1k watchers ahhh so excited!!!! I'm going to do a little giveaway to thank you guys for being so wonderful and supportive <3
What are the prizes, you ask?
First prize: one full body of any single character in either my chibi or normal style
Runners up: two people will get 150x150 pixels of any single ch
1k+ Watcher Raffle WINNERS + DTA AdoptEDIT: LAUGHS AS I FORGOT ABOUT THIS I'M SORRY1k+ Watcher Raffle WINNERS + DTA Adopt2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I used random.org!
These are the winners! I know I said 3 but I shall draw sketches for #4 and #5 also!
I'll contact you guys shortly o vo
Yes ah I reached 1k watchers a while ago and it makes me super happy that you want to see my art * v*
So I will be holding a raffle for all you guys!! The prizes are as follows:
1st Prize: I'll mail a sketch(up to 2 characters) of mine to you! If international, I'll do my best to get it to you. Plus 6 month premium membership or 1000 points!
2nd Prize: Digital sketch of up to 2 characters! Plus 3 month Premium membership or 500 points
3rd Prize: Digital sketch of one character
HOW TO JOIN: (it is bold because it's super important yes. follow the bold)
1. Favorite this journal
2. Be a watcher!! This is for my watchers you know! o vo
3. Comment with your favorite color and animal to truly be entered!
Interesting Comic Convention fact #2Nothing fuels your creativity forge more than seeing someone doing the same thing you are, but better.Interesting Comic Convention fact #22 years ago in Personal More Like This
Seriously. find and meet people you admire for their art, and get angry that they have skills that you don't.
Work towards the day that they get angry at your Art.
'Slendermaid': now a thing.Photos taken within the Fukushima exclusion zone.'Slendermaid': now a thing.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Witnesses describe it as an oily-black creature with either very stunted legs or an actual fish-tail. It strides around on abnormally long arms.
Image drawn by a child in Souma, over 30KM north of Fukushima.
Feel free to post any evidence you may have found yourself in the comments section.
(And by that I mean: doctor your own photos to perpetuate the myth)
Had the Urge...…to write this because I'm getting repeated questions that are pretty much along the same lines and rather than direct each one to my FAQ, I have a different way to answer the question, which is basically:Had the Urge...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Why am I not getting anywhere in my art? What can I do to get better? No one is liking my work, how can I get more people to like my work so they can pay me?"
The real question you should be asking yourselves is:
"Why am I drawing?"
I mean, I take a look all the time at people who may not be skilled or whatever, and I'm sure they don't feel the best about their work (or they may), but they always have something to say that made them feel good while drawing it. Saw a sunset beach picture earlier that someone drew/painted and of course, it's not professional-looking at all. What ringed to me was the fact that in their comments, they said they "enjoyed it and was a relaxing piece". Not complaining about how the sand looks too crappy or the colors in the s
Raffles COMING UP -close-CELEBRATE FOR 800+ watchers!!! AHHH ty very much ;w; i keeping my promise in every 100 watcher i do the free raffles!!Raffles COMING UP -close-2 years ago in Personal More Like This
pls read the rules
-fav this journal to participate-
-ur number will be in the fav stats-
-random number generator will be use-
-5 lucky winner will get the free art-
-one free art per person-
ENDS IN 12 November 2013
wut will u get from me?
anything u want bro
design or art or pixel stuffs
5%If you're reading this now, it means you're roughly in the 5%. Most people who go online to read about comics will end up reading previews and "top 10" lists--subjects we all, or course, enjoy. But the articles/blogs that critically analyze our industry are usually only read by two types: people in the biz whom are affected by this stuff, and the few readers who are interested in reading more than word balloons when it comes to comics.5%4 years ago in Personal More Like This
And I'm not knocking people who don't care to read these articles. All readers are contributing to the industry with their buying power, and I'm thankful for them, even if they're not in the 5%. I admit, if I had a normal 9-5 job and a boss that was kicking my ass 5 days a week, I might not have the tolerance for these sorts of articles either.
That being said, I think we need more of these articles/blogs written from different points of view--more from creators especially. The 2010s will likely be r
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Someone cosplayed my design!Amazingly talented BubenchicPak just sent me a note with her gorgeous cosplay of this adoptable!! TT_TTSomeone cosplayed my design!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
also this character currently belongs to SoukiAdopts I hope she sees this!!! her character in the FLESH *U* !!! eeeeeeee!!!! Also this is the type of wings i use on the faerins so i'm really even more excited to see it in the reals too!! omfg i'm going to cry and piss myself.
She's so talented, and the wings are so balanced and proportionate!! Plus the clothes look so good and accurate TT_TT!! I wish I had this kind of talent EEEE and not to mention that big squishy tail so SO CUTE TT_TT //lays down
i can rest in peas now ;;_;;
Good Story Advice and the Power of PatienceI recently picked up a copy of Stephen King's the Dark Tower I and while I've yet to read the actual story, the book opens with a thoughtful introduction that contains a number of insightful pieces of commentary. However, the particular part of this opening introduction that really stood out to me was the portion where King mentioned Tolkien's influence on him as a youth and as a writer. He talks about how wildly popular Tolkien's work was with kids growing up around that time, and how reading Tolkien's work eventually inspired his own. In King's own words:Good Story Advice and the Power of Patience3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"But although I read the books in 1966 and 1967, I held off writing. I responded (with a rather touching wholeheartedness) to the sweep of Tolkien's imagination-to the ambition of his story-but I wanted to write my own kind of story, and had I started then, I would have written his. That...would have been wrong. Thanks to Mr. Tolkien, the twentieth century had all the wizards and elves it needed."
And that's a big reas
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
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So I've been thinking about writing this for awhile, and recently I noticed a lot of people are commenting in ways that can make the artist feel uncomfortable.
This journal is about commenting etiquette.
If you comment like this I'm not mad. Please don't feel like im targeting anyone or anything- it's just something I've noticed a ton of people do.
to start out, I'd like to show you some of the types of comments I see A LOT
the self-pity comment
"This is really pretty. I'll never be able to draw like this I'm awful at drawing"
this is the most awkward way to get attention- the artist feels pressured to give you attention and compliment you. This can be super hard on the artist.
INSTEAD, make it positive!
"This is really pretty.
Fiction.How redundant is it pointing out these following statements?Fiction.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There's no such thing as a gigantic mechanical robot fighting off alien monsters. There has never been a report of a man being bitten by a radioactive spider and becoming a hero. You can't summon a mini-tornado at your own beck-n-call, don't matter how much into the occult you are. The odds of a young male teenager having a harem of sexy girls at his every turn is nil. There aren't bipeds of animals that are supposed to be quadrupeds flying spaceships in the galaxy above us. You can't legally hunt and catch thousands of different animals and use them to protect you from other animals and people in a sports-like venue. You can't eat a flower and ignite fire from your hands.
I can go on and on... this journal is probably being expressed because of recent built-up distaste for people bullying others because of what they like when it comes to fiction.
Just to reestablish what it even means, here it is, straight
On copying and tracingThe art pages on the internet have a very clear list of cardinal sins. I guess the two Sins that reach the level of "Do not kill", are "Do not copy" and "Do not trace". For me, this hate is not understandable.On copying and tracing1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But before I will now get buried under the pure hate for such "thieves", let me explain:
We humans learn by copying. This is a fact. While we grow up, we learn how our parents behave and we try to copy this behavior to be like them. (And normally we try to get rid of all that again as soon as we're hitting puberty, but that's a different topic.) We learn how to be human by watching how other humans behave, we learn how to write by watching our teachers write and we learn how to speak by listening to others.
Everything we do, which is not just a reflex movement, we learn by copying from others. Including our fears, btw. If your parents are afraid of mice, chances are good that you will be too (trivial knowledge +1).
And we learn drawing in the very same way. Having an idol in draw
EBF4 post-mortemSo I've decided to write this lengthy blog about how much went wrong with Epic Battle Fantasy 4.EBF4 post-mortem2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'll also be doing a talk on the topic at Mochi London in September http://mochilondon2013.eventbrite.com/#.
Before I start, I'll quickly go over what went right:
• The game was very well received by players. After 3 months it's still the top rated game on Kongregate and Newgrounds, and has a pretty high rating on Armor Games too. It didn't have a lot of bugs on release, it improves on the previous games, there's plenty of content in it... it's just a good game overall, and players like it.
• Premium content sales on Kongregate went quite well, and I suppose that shouldn't be too surprising since the series is very popular there. I think it's worth noting that the premium pack doesn't really add very much content: just a few new skills and equips, and a Newgame+ feature. EBF4 is already a complete experience without it. Many fans just bought it to support t
ENVY...I get comments similar to this quite often:ENVY...4 years ago in Personal More Like This
"I envy your ability to do ________" or "I really envy your style and the way you're able to capture ________ so well".
Though I do readily accept those comments as compliments, it's kind of a catch-22 because I believe that envying another's skill isn't helpful in the least.
Yeah, envy can fuel desires that help push ones to try harder and to advance at astronomical levels, but the negative aspects of envy outweighs these desires, in my honest opinion
What envy, in its purest form, is: "a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck".
So in essence, it all comes from having low self-esteem or a low-tolerance for what you're capable of at the current moment. Having no will or determination in your own work can really push this resentful emotion. This isn't a good quality (in my opinion) to have because it can very easily lead to unhappiness and discontent with your work.