5 LevelsI've spoken as guest speaker a number of times over the years (come visit me at SCAD Atlanta in January). While I'm not the best or most patient teacher, I think my strength is my pragmatic and blunt approach to the business side of comics. In order to help the students think of a "5 YEAR PLAN" (more on that in an upcoming post), I'll often break down the different page rate levels of comic book artists as a way to help analyze the playing field of our industry. If there's a ladder to success, what's wrong with defining each rung? I imagine such a breakdown helpful for moving up in most any industry, not just comics.5 Levels4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here are the 5 LEVELS of comic artists as I see them--NOT based on talent but on page rates, popularity, and the prestige of the titles the artist works on. You might define them differently or have more than just 5, but I find that less-is-more when it comes to people being able to retain information.
CS 5 Brushes downloadI get questions about what brushes I use every now and then, and since Mega is giving away so much free space I thought I might as well throw them online. I'm not sure if the texture file is embedded correctly, so if these brushes are missing texture, please let me know and I'll upload that as well. For comparison, this is what a sample stroke from the third to fifth brush ought to look like (the first two brushes don't have a texture, one is the default hard edge round, the other is similarly standard) : http://i.imgur.com/zE3oOqx.jpgCS 5 Brushes download2 years ago in Personal More Like This
ANWAY, YOU NEED PHOTOSHOP CS 5, or higher, in order to use these brushes. Any version below won't have the 3D brush feature and I have no idea what will happen if you load these brushes into CS 4 or lower, but I'm assuming they just won't work. Sorry.
If you DO have CS 5 or higher:
BRUSHES-19-02-13_b.abr (282.5 MB)
Color Tutorial - BASICSIn case you missed the tutorial, here it is again. There were a lot of questions that were awesome, I started by covering some basics in the video. The more complex questions will follow shortly, thanks!Color Tutorial - BASICS1 month ago in Personal More Like This
About style...I took a few minutes to answer a couple questions about developing a style on tumblr. I figure I'd share it here as well...About style...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm struggling to find my style and decided to ask about this to a few artists. I guess some artists chose to follow a path where they can show mostly their strengths, and this turn out to be their style. I just can't find mine, and even so, I still don't feel fine imagining doing always the same thing. Yes, I'm confused. How much of conscient decision did you put in your style (like, "I can draw this any way but I'll do this way")? Did you ever think about it?
What an important question, thanks for asking. It's also a question I think everyone asks him or herself. I'm sure it must be addressed openly like this but for whatever reason I don't see too many blogs about it... they must exist though... ok, here's mine:
A few years ago I was drawing much more casually but still stressing
Comic Composition GeekoutSPECIAL GUEST STAR (against his knowledge) IS :iconandrew-ross-maclean:Comic Composition Geekout2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You guys know when I get really excited about art geekery, I JUST CAN'T KEEP IT IN. I also feel like composition is a really hard thing to learn, and all you can really do is try to learn "what is good" in composition, and then try to find examples until you can recognize it. In addition, composition for comics is extra hard because you have to worry about the overall flow of the page as well as the composition of each individual panel.
So I was doing my spring cleaning of my message center and came on some new comic pages he uploaded, all of which are awesome, but take a particular look at this one:
This page is AMAZING. I started watching this guy for his slick style and stayed for his crazy composition skills, and this page makes a particularly good example because his work is so clean and straight-forward, there's not a lot of noodling to distract from the motion lines.
1- We read left to ri
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseTO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Good luck on your projects this year!
4 Kinds of StorytellingHere's an old journal from 2010 about storytelling. Because I have a lot more readers these days, I think I'm going to start reposting some of my earlier posts for my newer audience. So for you old timers, feel free to skip.4 Kinds of Storytelling2 years ago in Personal More Like This
In full disclosure, I slightly edited this journal to make it a little more balanced (while also fixing a ton of typos).
I feel like the word "storytelling" gets thrown around a lot in our industry. Yet when I look out there at some comics, I don't always see a lot of evidence for it.
It feels like people in comics pros--myself included--often use the word only because we feel like we're supposed to. Over the years enough professionals have been accused of being poor storytellers to the degree that everyone is now afraid of being a pinup artist as opposed to a bona fide storyteller. But it's not enough just to claim you're a storyteller.
Most people reading this probably h
Complete Pyramid Head Helmet TutorialIntroductionComplete Pyramid Head Helmet Tutorial8 years ago in Personal More Like This
Okay everyone, here is the long awaited Pyramid Head Helmet Tutorial! Unfortunately, I do not have step by step pictures, nor do I have measurements of the actual frame or the foam-board panels, just the finished product. Also, I did not sketch out blueprints when I made the helmet, but I used pictures as references. I'll describe later how I did that. As a matter of fact, that might be more helpful to you than the actual measurements themselves. But anyways, lets get started. Use the following links as reference throughout the tutorial:
Photo References: http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/41878460/?qo=1&q=by%3Adark-felix+in%3Ascraps&qh=sort%3Atime
What you will need
The first step is to go to the hardware and craft/art supply store and pick up your supplies. Remember when buying supplies to allow for mistakes, so bu
neobarokNEOBAROKneobarok1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here is the first video showing hard-surface sculpting in Neobarok. I will be uploading more videos on https://www.facebook.com/neobarok3d and http://neobarok.tumblr.com
GREAT NEWS !
In the last few months I got amazing results in Neobarok and let me tell you that it is way better than I had hoped at first. The real-time rendering and underlying structure are complete and it's all a lot more complex than my early prototype Freestyle:
There are still a few things to do before I can make a proper demo and mount a crowd-funding project - most probably on INDIEGOGO, unless kickstarter opens for France soon. In a couple of months I should have it demo-ready. This year was dedicated for this - I've been working full-time on BAROK, that's also why there were fewer drawings.
I know it's a slow proces
5 Year Plan*Because I'll be teaching in about a week at SCAD, I've been thinking a lot about what to tell the students. And I wrote it out so that I could solidify it in my head. This stuff is for younger artists mostly, so feel free to skip.5 Year Plan4 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I spend time with another comic artist, sometimes I'll ask, "What's your 5 year plan?" In other words, what steps is he taking in order to gain control over his career in order to move up the ladder? Usually I don't get much of an answer.
The reason I think many comic artists aren't forward-thinking has to do with the way our industry is set up. Whether by conscious design or through the neglect of its participants, younger freelancers get into a habit of complacency while hoping for a chance to suckle from the teet of a major publisher. Waiting around for a career doesn't promote the idea of freelancers taking active control of their OWN careers.
If I had to sum up the 5 Year Plan
SEOUL SESSIONS: Animation and Korea EP1 is Here.For your direct viewing interest, Seoul Sessions, episode 1.SEOUL SESSIONS: Animation and Korea EP1 is Here.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"From Creative ControlTV (http://www.creativecontrol.tv) is "Episode 1 of "Seoul Sessions," a peek into the life of South Bronx, NY native & TV Animation Producer/Director LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, The Legend of Korra, Black Dynamite: The ANimated Series) as we follow him through the animation studios of Seoul, South Korea while revealing the process of what he does there for a living."
"Creative Control TV is an online TV network which features coverage of talents in music, fashion and the arts. It has collaborated with artists like Curren$y, Ski Beatz, Mos Def, J. Ivy, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, the London Souls, Locksmith, Genesis the Greykid, Erykah Badu, and Terri Walker."
Good luck on your projects!
Up, Up, and Away: Superhero CosplayThey might not have powers, but these superheroes look ready to save us all. Here are some of the best superhero cosplays from around deviantART!Up, Up, and Away: Superhero Cosplay1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Black Widow by BlackMageAlodia
Tony Stark 01 by xxTonyStarkxx
The Huntress by Neferet-Cosplay
robin commission by ohjimmyboy
Barbara Gordon - Batgirl IV by Knightess-Rouge
TMNT Fallen - character sign-up - OPEN -It's finally happening! We're heading back towards the castle in the main story, so we're bound to see more mutants.TMNT Fallen - character sign-up - OPEN -8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Why a few had their little glory moment in the comic already, now's your chance to try and have your character featured in the story.
Who knows, your character might even be shaped for a main character I'm looking for?
To have your character signed-up, you'll have to fill out the following form. HEADS UP! Anyone not posting the filled out form will not be considered!
This comic is a lot of work and by helping me with a correct character sign-up, you take away a lot of my limited time, to look through your gallery and find details.
SO PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
Here's what I want to know:
Mutant kind: (no offense, but sometimes it's hard to guess out of a drawing)
Former form: (here's where you say what he/she was before he/she was mutated)
Characteristics: (only a brief shor
Ink Pulp AudioI love doing podcasts, and I always try to be honest and open, but the one I did with Ink Pulp Audio (and my friend Shawn Crystal) is by far the best podcast I've ever done. We sat down in our hotel room at SDCC in 2012, poured a few bourbons and unleashed a raw, honest, and uncompromising conversation about religion, comics, and our history of trying to survive the industry. I wish all podcasts were like this, but few people are equipped to ask the right questions. Because Shawn's an old friend and really gifted SCAD teacher, I think he's easily becoming the Oprah of comics, and I mean that in a good way.Ink Pulp Audio3 years ago in Personal More Like This
We start chatting about 15 minutes in, but I think the whole thing is worth a listen:
5 Career Killers“Whatever happened to that guy? The guy that drew that thing?5 Career Killers9 months ago in Personal More Like This
Comic careers are like any other career in entertainment: if you don't stay relevant and adapt to a trend, you'll eventually peak and then bottom out. But there are more things that can help end a career. Here's a list of 5 that I've been thinking about lately.
1. SOCIAL MEDIA TAKE-DOWN
The creator does something that somehow goes viral, turning his (or her) readers against him. Bad behavior at a convention, sexual harassment online, or a semi-racist Tweet made worse by bumbling attempts to correct it. Or maybe the creator gets blamed for something innocent: innocent comments taken out of context, or involvement in a controversial project that he had no say over. Whatever the case, “social media take-downs” can harm careers, leaving a permanent black mark on your career.
I imagine this one is the most common: no matter how hard you work—and no matter how much a
MotivationMotivation to achieve your goals in life comes in many forms. I decided to take a look at some of mine throughout my life. Keep reading if you care to learn my deep dark secrets [ ultimately you can use them against me later in life when I'm weak and defenseless. ]Motivation2 years ago in Personal More Like This
When I was a kid I wanted to be just like my father. He passed away when I was 28 but man he left a mark! By the time I was a teenager I was a lot to handle - so we hardly ever saw eye to eye. He was a tough and talented man. To me he was like a super hero. He had a very black and white philosophy about life. He defined right and wrong very distinctly - there was no grey in his world. As a kid, a philosophy like that makes complete sense even if it isn't very realistic. He was a former pro boxer turned commercial artist. Eventually he ran his own ad agency. He could play guitar and piano by ear and played baseball as often as he could. He also loved comi
CLIPS OF THE NEW TMNT SHOW!omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgIsquee'd.CLIPS OF THE NEW TMNT SHOW!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
It's gonna be amazing and anyone who thinks otherwise is a poopoo head.
A POOPOO HEAD.
And I just know people are gonna ask : the show is coming out later this year, no date announced yet. Yes, they're in 3D. YES, it's different, but open up your goddamn mind.
ps:... okay so they barely last a second but still.
How To Make Pattern Brush TextureLike photoshops bucket tool pattern or just want a pattern brush. Use this method to get that effect. I'm going to use a screentone texture that is inverted.How To Make Pattern Brush Texture3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Go to your paint tool sai Folder
Open Brushtex folder
Open a bmp image in photoshop or sai
decorate it in greyscale. You can see my texture above, it's was done in photoshop as render difference clouds. Rename the file to something you will remember. I called mine Lightening because when it's used it looks a bit like lightening or coffee stains.open the CONF file called Brushtex. Open it in Notepad. It will look something like this>>
write this: 1,brushtex\[the name of your bmp file].bmp Make sure on the end up the image file name. Exactly like in the image above. Mine was lightening so I wrong it: 1,brushtex\lightening.bmp and after you write this, close and save,
Welcome to TMNT Contests(updated 1.1.2015)Welcome to TMNT Contests2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Mission Statement & Purpose
TMNTContests is a group founded by EnsoDancer with the mission of promoting community and camaraderie among the TMNT fandom though friendly, fair and fun contest and community activities. This group will:
1. Host monthly theme-based challenges that spark creativity and the creation of new TMNT related art and literature. In the spirit of innovation and artistic freedom, limits on interpretations of various themes will be held to a minimum.
2. Feature the "People's choice" of TMNT fanart by allowing winners of the monthly competitive challenges to be chosen by popular vote.
3. Provide opportunites for everyone to participate with bi-monthly non-competitive challenges.
4. Provide a contest advertisement service by featuring upcoming TMNT related contests on the group homepage. (See below to submit your contest
Coach gains weightCoach Weighs InCoach gains weight2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Submitted By: on December 26, 2011
All day at school, Dustin eagerly waited for the final bell to ring so that he could make his all-important appearance in the coach's office that afternoon. While heading toward the gymnasium, he made a point of rolling up the sleeves on his shirt to show off the big new biceps his little brother had given him. Other students in the hallway cleared aside to let Big Dustin pass, and he cracked a happy grin knowing he was now one of the biggest guys at his high school.
When Dustin entered the office, Coach Fowler made a brief comment about Dustin's weight gain, but otherwise, he was very matter-of-fact. Struggling to overcome his nervousness, the hefty sixteen-year-old blurted out his desire to play football on the defensive line.
"Well, it's about time," the coach laughed, as he set down a stack of papers, and folded his hands on the top of his desk, "I guess your dad must have finally talked some sense into you."
"What?" responded Dust
Devious Journal EntryHello to all my friends and fans here on DeviantArt!Devious Journal Entry4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I just wanted to take a minute to tell you guys about something cool I'm doing right now at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles.
It's called "Lost Angeles: 35 Days with Kevin Eastman"
It's an Art Exhibition that showcases the last 35 years or so of my career. From the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Heavy Metal Magazine...It's all there for you guys to come check out and immerse yourselves in. I try to be there as often as I can so if you come by, there is a pretty good chance that you can catch me there. You never know who else might show up too! Just today, my friend Greg Cipes who is the voice of Mikey in the new Nickelodeon show came by to chat.
Now here is something special that I am doing just because I love you DeviantArt fans so much! Over the next few days, I am going to be scouring DA for great Turtles pieces. I'm going to load them all into a favorites folder, and then we are going to Project your art on the wall of the
Episode 21 PROMO!!Thank you TMNTTransformer1995Episode 21 PROMO!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Choice comments on the idea of a female Doctor...Choice comments on the idea of a female Doctor...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Though not quite going what I'd call "viral", it's interesting how far my 12th Doctor concept art (featuring Ruth Wilson as the Doctor) has gone beyond DeviantArt today (even retweeted by Paul Cornell!). The most Thunderdome-like exchange was undoubtedly on the Facebook group "Doctor Who and the TARDIS by Craig Hurle". Many of these amounted to "No GIRLZ! LOL. Bring BACK DAVID TENNANNNNNT." But a few people opposed to the idea of a female Doctor (which honestly, isn't the main agenda of the piece- I just think Ruth Wilson in particular would happen to make a really good Doctor) tried to stand up like bipeds and debate. One guy covered pretty much all the points I've heard against without sounding too hateful. Though he does lead off with one of those "I'm not sexist or bigoted, but..." beginnings. And we know how those comments usually end up...
"I am not saying this in any way to be bigoted, sexist, or in any other way suggesting that a woman would be less of