My concerns with Manga creators today!As a creator of Manga my passion lays with the genre. The thing is each person wants something different. So I ask why do you draw or write manga? What reasons do you do this genre for? What inspires you to pursue the Manga world? I spoke about a Manga revolution earlier with my last journal post. Well,there is a lot of people who want the same as i do. Honestly, it's impossible what i want for you all. In fact i thought about it so much today that it made me depressed in a sense. Inkblazers.com for example is a very large website with Manga creators. They are doing the right thing but then again they are still missing an important element. I spoke to the people over the website about some issues and well they loved my ideas. Let's just say they were afraid to allow me to work for them. They own the website so they felt hey this new blood sure knows a lot. Let's just stay safe. Well, staying safe when you have a very large fan-base is not always the way to go. Don't get me wrong
The emotional shield that prevents hurt.Being an artist = Being sensitive.The emotional shield that prevents hurt.4 months ago in Personal More Like This
We all know it. Making something and then showing it out there makes you very vulnerable, emotionally.
What if people think it's shit? What if they think it's weird... what will they think? Will that reflect on how they think of me as a person?
I know what some of you are thinking right now... 'You should care less about what people think of you or you art.'
In a sense you are right.. than again, you SHOULD care what people think of you and your art! They are your market and potential clients.
It's easier when you're already doing your dream job and couldn't care less for other potential directions... but most of us will always stay interested in new opportunities.
They= Everyone who see your personality and/or artwork.
Being an artist = Being lonely.
Artists of a certain type tent to stick together. Industry veterans seems to ignore the public eye and the internet fully. Some artists in the making clut
Why it's so important to unite as artists.We are with many though yet we are with few. We're all divided over little subgroups such as, fantasy illustrators, concept artists, comic book pencilers, photomanipers, techartists, anime drawers, realism sketchers etc. You might even find your place at multiple sections.Why it's so important to unite as artists.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I found that the biggest united groups on Deviant Art are mostly evolved around fan art, such as Sonic, or My little pony.
Observations aside, I think the good thing about those groups is that they serve for companionship. Being an artist all by yourself with no one to share/talk about/discuss your work with can feel rather lonely. And that lonely feeling is not encouraging at all. Most of us keep a lot of things taboo as well, like techniques or rates. If we were more openly with these the changes of being underpaid or missing out on a job because someone else does it for hardly any money at all will grow slimmer. People should know what they are worth and not be afraid to ask for it.
When I joined Devia
The reason non Japanese Manga isn't doing well!I have been waiting to address this topic again for some time now. I don't think a lot of you realize what's really going on with Manga here in the states and for those who do manga that are not Japanese. So for everyone who aspires to try manga for any reason and want it to be a success or stick out from the garbage heap. You may want to listen to what i have to say. Take notes and open your mind, if you have a closed mind then i advise you to be open. This may not be the journal post for you if you are closed minded. Ok now that's out of the way let's begin.The reason non Japanese Manga isn't doing well!6 months ago in Personal More Like This
For those of you who don't know your history Ameri Manga was a thing. It started off in the what early 2000's. Well it failed miserably needless to say for whatever reason. Ok so Then Bleach comes out and there's this huge jump in fans and amateur artist wanting to make their own personalized manga. So credit Bleach for this huge leap and jump for others to try and produce their own manga.
Now we fast forward to today
Wanna become a professional artist?You better WORKHello everyone~Wanna become a professional artist?You better WORK1 month ago in Personal More Like This
I decided to start this discussion because it seems to be unknown yet a very wanted discussion among many artists. A long long time ago I made a poll asking my watchers if they wanted to become a professional artists someday (and this poll is on my profile again, please go there to give it your vote ^^) and 45% of my watchers said they wanted to become professionals someday and they would do their best to achieve that. I will tell you guys who are these professional guys, about notions of market and how to be noticed as well.
First off, I'll start telling you guys about something you've probably thought of in your artist life.
Our world has now 7 billion people. That's a lot, right? Now let's suppose that 1% of that population decides to dedicate their hobbies for painting and drawing (I cannot say "art" because art is pretty general, it involves music, cinema, etc) and 1% out of 7 billion is still a lot right? Now let's suppose that 10% (that is a very optimistic previ
Secret Santa rules and sign ups! (sign ups closed)Update: Sign ups are now closed and I am in the process of sending out notes. As a reminder, please put effort into the gift you are drawing!Secret Santa rules and sign ups! (sign ups closed)1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Hello everyone! :iconsayhiplz: The normal Secret Santa had the most votes, so that is what we will be doing.
1. You must be a member of our group to participate.
2. You must let us know if you cannot complete your part or if you need an extension. This way one of us can draw something for your person if need be. If you fail to let us know and you do not complete your part, then you will be unable to participate in our next contest/event.
3. You must submit your part to the group so we can better keep track of everyone. So your part has to follow the group's rules. Which you can find on the group's main page.
4. Please put effort into your part. I'm making the minimum quality a colored and shaded/black and white and shaded halfbody. Or something of similar quality. It would be unfair for you to put a lot of effort into a
Popular post I made on a Business website!Fear of success in manga/animePopular post I made on a Business website!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Why the fear of success from artist drawing manga/anime?
As a writer of both genre's, i have come to work with artist both amateur and pro.
But there has been a fear of project gaining popularity.
Now of course to me this sounds very ignorant.
Especially since if a artist main focus is to gain more fan base or attract more profits financially.
Not one artist that i worked with could see through to the end something major.
Maybe they felt it was to big for them.
My question is why?
This makes no sense, also if a artist wants to gain more money then wouldn't having a popular series out do just that.
More fans equal more $$$$, More exposure equals more opportunity to pitch to bigger studio's.
I mean it will just look far better on your resume; if you have something that makes fans go crazy, rather than just working on a project for the sake of making a quick buck.
Can anyone look past
Nsio's Four Tools for a Successful DrawingNsio's Four Tools for a Successful DrawingNsio's Four Tools for a Successful Drawing2 months ago in Other More Like This
Let's face it, drawing is hard. Especially for a beginner, learning to draw seem dauntingly challenging. Even more experienced artists have it hard and I'm not anyway different from that. At the same time, weirdly enough, drawing is surprisingly simple and straightforward thing to do. But that's when you know what you are doing.
In fact, drawing is probably hard for you just because you don't know how it's done. And if you ask an artist how it's done, you will likely get rather vague answer. They know how to do it, but they don't know how to explain it for you. Drawing is full of concepts that simply don't translate well for an average Joe. Also, even if a great artists gives you a tip how to draw something, you probably still have troubles at executing it. You just don't see things the way the artist does., so you might even end up using the tip wrong, but believing in it so hard that you can't correct yourself. Not to mention the actu
Why writing and story is important for Manga!Let's face the facts here. We all love a nice cool or even awesome Anime or manga drawing right. So all the focus is on visuals. But when it comes to story there isn't much emphasis placed on how important it is to a good or even great manga. Let's consider some things here shall we.Why writing and story is important for Manga!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
First and foremost, not all main protagonist from Anime or manga are drawn awesome. The most popular Anime and Manga characters are black haired heroes. Shocking I know right. In fact there's only one main protagonist from a popular Manga and Anime series that doesn't have black hair. So let's go down the line and then after i name the popular series and the hair color of them their looks etc.. You will start to get the point of why I've posted my last two journals etc.. So let's begin.
Dragon Ball Z, Goku has Dark black spiked hair. Yes it's unique looking but it's something that the reader can get use to after awhile. One Piece, Luffy well he wears a cool little hat but underneath his hat is what? Yes, y
Art and not giving upDear, deviantart fellow artistsArt and not giving up3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
As artists we are constantly self-aware and seek for improvement and support. But there are times when it feels like everything falls apart, when things go wrong and doubts overwhelm us.
But we have to stay strong and continue.
Here are some of my thoughts about the topic and I hope that they might be helpful.
No one likes to fail. Yet, when it happens, we learn so much. For example – my first “inspiring” journal series where such a failure. But I kept going, as I have always had. As long as I can motivate, help and inspire others, through my journals or art, that’s what keeps me going. Also – things can go wrong all the time – the painting software could crash, ink can get accidentally spilled or It’s possible to unintentionally ruin the painting. It happens. Go through the struggle;
Does talent exist?I know many people have different opinions about this. And here's what i think of it and why. I'll just answer the journal question up front, I think talent does not exist. And here's why:Does talent exist?3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Let's start with he question, what is talent? It's this magical thing that makes some people learn faster and develop faster than others in different fields. Let's take art for example, there are 2 different artists, both start at the same time to learn a concept and one learns faster than the other. But few people have stopped to ask themselves why that is? Is it talent, or is it something else?
Let me tell you a story about a guy who started an experiment to see if talent exists. He posted an add where he stated he's looking for a wife that will agree to marry him and let him test their children in this experiment. And they made 3 girls. The guy taught them all how to lay chess from a very early age, and lo and behold all of them became grandmasters in chess. This story is real, the guy is
What do do as an artist in training.There are many ways to Rome they say. But I find most aspiring artists lost and asking me for guidanceWhat do do as an artist in training.9 months ago in Personal More Like This
and this is what I tell them.
Find out for yourself what you really want to do with art, there are so many different professions.
Graphic designer, Concept artist (mobile and high end), Illustrator of bookcovers, or card games.
Once you can make your pick, or at least pick 1 or 2 you must find the best work on the market in those fields.
Find out what makes the best art of your favorite field the best art. What do they paint? How do they paint it? With knowing this you can find out about the things you need to study.
The most basic study aims are the following:
What forms of light art there? And how does it influence things?
The book Color and Light by James Gurney will give you a lot of insight.
How do you paint shapes? How do you light them the right way?
You will learn a l
You all just don't get it with this Manga thing!Look i'm going to be blunt here. From my understanding and i may be wrong. There are probably about hmmm.. I'd say any where in the high end 1,000 or 10 thousands who want to be Manga creators. Yes this is good but also a bad thing. Now, I have posted my last two journals about Manga related things and a lot of you still don't get the picture. Manga is very huge. In fact it's a lot bigger than you guys realize due to the influence and impact it has on people. It motivates them to want to produce their own Manga. But here's where things go a awry. SELFISHNESS! Yes, I said it. You see SELFISHNESS KILLS A LOT OF THINGS. So you have say 10,000 creators who want to make their own Manga out here. They have drawn in their fans from their art or what have you. So they turn these fans into their own personal manga fans. Ok great. But now what? See there's an empty spot there that you missed and didn't see. Real Manga doesn't work that way. DING,DING,DING. MYou all just don't get it with this Manga thing!5 months ago in Personal More Like This
Back to Square One (Minor Edit)EDIT: I added a few more little things, including a link for people who were asking questionsBack to Square One (Minor Edit)1 month ago in Personal More Like This
I’m sorry that the last journal seemed to upset so many people. It was meant as a cleansing of views and people around me that might introduce toxicity in my life. But I can totally understand how some people took it very personally, or felt that I worded it poorly. You are absolutely right, and for that transgression I am sorry.
With that in mind, I felt it might be a good idea to just give a refresher course on important personal rules, opinions, or views I have so that we’re ALL on the same playing field on where/what/who I stand for. So this is going to be a very BLUNT and DRY list of stuff about me and my opinions. I hope that it helps clear any confusions and I will be happy to elaborate on anything if you ask me in the comments section.
I am an atheist. While I am very tolerant of other religions providing they leave me alone, living in America has ma
How to deal with or get feedback.Getting feedback or critiques may be hard for people.How to deal with or get feedback.8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Some people want it really bad but can't seem to get it, at least not from the people he/she is hoping for.
And other get it all the time but feel a little attacked or bullied by it.
Pretty much anyone with eyes and some intelligence is able to spot mistakes or irregularities in someone's work. This person doesn't have to be more skilled than you.
However, this person... might be wrong....
How do you judge a critique?
You initially made your artwork according to the knowledge you currently have. Leaving room for mistakes in the elements you're not trained or knowledgeable in. Or perhaps you think you know something and you are not aware that it's wrong.
When someone gives you feedback, even though it might feel incorrect. Take a little time to do some extra research on the matter.
You can ask others if they agree with someone's feedback.
You can search online (wit
My Thoughts On #GamerGateLast night I said something incredibly stupid on twitter about GamerGate. You see, someone had decided to send child pornography pictures to Anita Sarkeesian through twitter, and I made a comment equating the act to GamerGate sympathizers. That was incredibly wrong of me to do and it was quickly pointed out to me how wrong it really was. I rightly apologized and then something happened that I’ve never had happen to me in my 10 years of being on the internet... people didn’t dwell on my mistake and actually started to provide me with lots of helpful information about GamerGate! That really took me by surprise since I am so use to having every slip-up and mistake held against me forever. It was enough to make me realize that perhaps I have been wrong about the GamerGate movement being created to silence women in gaming.My Thoughts On #GamerGate3 months ago in Personal More Like This
And that’s why I’m going to apologize for the last couple of journals here on DA too. All last month it has been absolutely ter
More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONEOk I have talked and read some people's TOS and frankly they freak me out.... So I thought I needed a GENERAL talk about documents and how to set them up.More contract talk...HOW TO MAKE ONE4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Terms of Service:
This document is where you lay out YOUR rights and the PATRONS rights to the product you are delivering. This is Mine. Mine only applies to custom adoptions. If you are doing commissions you need a different one because you often don't own the characters. So here is what you ROUGHLY need to address in a TOS
1. At what point does the work become theirs?
Why? I have this so up till the moment I upload it. I own it.
2.What the patron do/not do with the design?
Why? so they don't do something with it you don't like
3.COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE USE
you have to do this. no exceptions. who owns what.
4. Anything else you want to talk about? Other section
Okay, Serious Money/Terms TalkIt is time we had a serious talk about money watchers. If you sell PLEASE take a moment to read this so you don't get colossally fucked over.Okay, Serious Money/Terms Talk4 months ago in Personal More Like This
YOU NEED A CONTRACT IF YOU SELL.
YOU NEED TERMS AND SERVICE AGREEMENTS.
YOU NEED TO KEEP EVERYTHING.
If you sell and you do not keep your notes organized, do not have contracts, do not have agreements. You are going to get fucked over (unless your incredibly experienced and can smell fraud from a mile away). I say this over and over and over and people tell me they don't want to be too "serious" or they don't know what to say. It is your responsibility as a business owner to keep track of everything. Not just because it is good business but so when someone tries to rip you off after work is delivered by asking for a refund from their financial institution you can go. "no I have paperwork,their real name, and their signature" and send them a nice
You're an amazing artist.You may not think you're the best. You may hate your art.You're an amazing artist.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
But why should you?
It's new. It's unique.
It makes you amazing.
You want to know why?
Because you try.
Because you do.
Because you pick up that pen, pencil, chalk, stylus, brush, pastel, chearcoal or whatever you use
and you draw.
You make your mark on the world.
And that makes you amazing.
How to stop procrastinating!Do you always seem to postpone your tasks? Or you know that you have to do a task but you're just too lazy/don't have time for it? Do you have the tendency to do things in the last minute? Or do you have problems with managing your time? Then, this journal might be for you. This journal is written and exclusively meant for the topic of "procrastination". Although it is an intended self-help journal, it will not work if you're not putting work or applying these tips in real life. The only one who can change your procrastinating habit is you, yourself.How to stop procrastinating!4 months ago in Personal More Like This
[A/N] Thank you for your support on my previous self-help journal ("How to be a better artist!") It has gotten many positive feedbacks, so I made another poll asking what type of self-help journal should I do next. "How to stop procrastinating!" got the most votes out of them all. Hopefully you can find an insight or motivation inside this journal. Oh right, english is not my native language so please excuse my poor g
Portrait drawing and learning materialsSome time ago I got question about how I approach portrait and face drawing. I posted about it on Tumblr, but I thought why now share my thoughts here on DA alsoPortrait drawing and learning materials2 months ago in Personal More Like This
The first thing if You want to do portraits is to know anatomy. Start with learning what is under the skin and understand how it affects the face. When You got that covered You must know how face is structured. That will give You the knowledge how to light head. Head is a cube-like object. (yea! NOT sphere!) On face we have other little cube-like object (nose).
A great exercise is to find photos of a face and draw structure lines over it.
You see clearly now? The structure of a nose, where cheeks are, forehead etc.
After doing this You will be able to create the face from a memory using these helping lines.
Like here. This is Michael Hampton exercise:
You see how everything fits thanks to the structure lines?
Drawing a face requires TONS of practice. Find thousand photo references and practice.