Alternate RealityHello Fellow Deviants!Alternate Reality3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every couple of years I manage to crawl out of my dungeon and rejoin the public world for a few hours. This time around the outing was very special as I visited one of my favorite local Las Vegas comic shops. Alternate Reality Comics hosted a lovely reception for me as the feature artist of their October 2012 Artist Spotlight.
(Photographic evidence of my existence by Richard King http://richardkingdesigns.com/)
If Comic Oasis is my home away from home, then Alternate Reality is my home away from my home away from home.
Neither of which I visit often enough.
YOUNG JUSTICE: CANCELLATIONWith this online art community, we have a unique opportunity to connect with our kindred. We must avail ourselves of this experience, for it may never come again.YOUNG JUSTICE: CANCELLATION3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yes, YOUNG JUSTICE fans, the sad news is now official. This very popular show will -- Reach-- its abrupt and premature end with the conclusion of Season Two. It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the reports. Of course, none of us was able to say anything about it since last year. It was a very fun ride. As for the reasons behind the cancellation, I can only say that it was beyond the control of WB Animation, and that the decision was made by the powers at Cartoon Network (bless 'em). On behalf of the producers, and the rest of our dedicated crew at YOUNG JUSTICE, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the loyal fans who supported us, who shared the dream with us, and who will continue to love the YOUNG JUSTICE universe
A Shooting in AuroraLate last night, a lone gunman went on a killing spree in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.A Shooting in Aurora3 years ago in Personal More Like This
At least 12 people were murdered, and many more were wounded; some of them are in critical condition.
If you are a spiritual person, please say a prayer for the dead, the dying, and those living touched by this tragedy.
If you are not a spiritual person, any happy thoughts or kind gestures would surely be appreciated.
Please refrain from any speculation, politicization, rumor-mongering, conclusion-jumping, finger-pointing, and other similarly inappropriate behavior for just a little while, if possible. It hasn't even been 12 hours since the tragedy took place, and that sort of unproductive demagoguery is already being handled nicely by the 24-hour news venues.
Real tragedies like this happen, all over the world, and our responsibility to our fellow man is to render aid & support, be it large or small, in times of crisis.
Obsolete InkingLately I've been doing work for DC Direct--the wing of DC in charge of statues, toys, etc. It's been a nice break from PRJ. The money is good, and it hasn't been soulless like I imagined. Corporate gigs can go either way--sometimes they want you to do exactly what "they" want, other times they want you to do your thing unencumbered. Luckily this was the latter.Obsolete Inking4 years ago in Personal More Like This
The rates for toy designs are broken down into three parts: you get paid for the sketches, the final pencils and the inks. For this gig, the inking rate was higher than my normal inking rate. It felt good, but then I realized that 25% of my fee was for inks. And it raised an unsettled concern that's been on my mind.
How long will inkers be needed?
In the old days they needed inkers because computers weren't yet being used in print. I forget the name of the machine that preceded the scanner (process cameras?), but it was low-tech enough that i
Why The Hate?Just received an email tonight through my Heads Up Studios website which reads, "Wow, my kid can draw better than this! Is this the limit of your ability? As a real artist, I would be humiliated to have anyone look at my art if this was my art." The person left no name and no email. I'm not going to run to my room crying about it, but it's left me a bit steamed as to why the hate? I didn't force my website on this person. If it wasn't their cup of tea, then move on. To take the time to fill out a false name (What a joke artwork) and false email (email@example.com) and then to leave such a comment is irritating and confusing. I walk through artist alleys and see art I don't care for, but I'd never make it a point to go over and tell them personally. I respect the individual doing the art, even though I may not care for it.Why The Hate?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anonymity on the internet breeds this sort of action, and speaks to the true nature of the individual.
This Just In...Just received word this morning that "Out To Lunch," my second art book, due out in August 2012, will include a picture-filled tour of the world-class Heads Up Studios'...uh, studio. So if the half dozen or so of you who actually read this journal are at all interested in what my working conditions look like, then this is not to be missed!This Just In...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This book will also contain brand new artwork, as well as a couple of short stories. This one will also be limited to only 50 copies. Unless I change my mind. Details on pre-orders will be coming in April, with all pre-orders receiving a complete set of Heads Up trading cards (over 300 cards!).
News on Sonic Jackets Custom DesignsHello Everyone!!!!News on Sonic Jackets Custom Designs4 years ago in Personal More Like This
As you all know about my little project of making this Sonic the Hedgehog/ Sonic the Werehog Jacket- Dress, some of you ask to do other characters as well, so did! I just loved how it looked but , again, I am saving money to make them and maybe sell them as well.
I am also thinking of posting up my designs and make some jackets to sell on a website, and also sell some handmade dolls too, of rather sonic dolls,cat maid dolls and etc. (maybe I'll start making :iconTailsDollplz: Tails Doll :iconTailsDollplz: dolls first hehe )
FOR THE MOMMENT I AM NOT SELLING THESE JACKETS
I will also be taking commission of making your fan characters into a Jacket designs
If you see something wrong with the Jackets, something to improve the jackets more, or if I should even make them at all
Please comment and let me know
What I had already designed
Win 1500 Points #3Hello guys,Win 1500 Points #33 years ago in Personal More Like This
this is a new 1500 Points Giveaway for you. But before we start I want to announce - SURPRISE, SURPRISE - the winner of the last 1500 Points Giveaway from March (3 months ago, OMG!). I was away for quite some time so that's why I am belated big time! So here we go:
And the winner of 1500 DeviantPOINTS is
For runner ups read the previous journal.
In order to participate you have to do this:
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We're Sponsoring Artists' Alley at Comic-Con!Parisian deviants! We're headed for the beautiful City of Light, and we want to see you!We're Sponsoring Artists' Alley at Comic-Con!3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Posted on June 25, 2012 at 7:15:03 PM
We're sponsoring Artists' Alley 2012!
We're headed to Comic-Con International:
San Diego to sponsor Artists' Alley!
We Love Artists' Alley
We're back at Comic-Con!
Last year, our sponsorship of Artists' Alley was a huge success. We were able to provide a more comfortable environment for the artists, display their art on huge screens over the Alley, and let people attending the convention draw with deviantART muro on fantastic digital screens. We plan to do this and more in 2012 as we take on the great pleasure of sponsoring Artists' Alley at San Diego Comic-C
other stuff I doFINALLY! It's been a long time, but for those wondering what I've been doing all these months that I haven't been posting any new art, I have something to share.other stuff I do3 years ago in Personal More Like This
This is art (posted at BleedingCool.com) of Supergirl from my upcoming shorts "Super Best Friends Forever!!" scheduled to air for DC Nation on Cartoon Network.
I'll be sharing more very soon!
Comic-Con: Day 2Comic-Con Day 2 was all about cosplay, fandom, and art, art, art!Comic-Con: Day 23 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Before we get into the thick of things, we didn’t have a photo of our huge plasma screens hanging from the convention ceiling to share in our Day 1 recap, so we vowed to get that to you today! The 11 foot wide screens stream amazing works of art from Artists' Alley participants to the whole convention floor!
In Comic-Cons past, the foot traffic In Artists’ Alley got busier and busier as the week progressed, and this year is no exception. There’s something magical about speaking one-on-one with a deviant, learning their experiences, hearing how they started as an artist, and how far they’ve come. It’s an emotional connection to make with someone who was practically a stranger a few moments ago -- and then you realize you’re not really strangers when you
Doctor Light returns!Just found this today, and thought I'd share:Doctor Light returns!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
TEEN TITANS #18 Written by SCOTT LOBDELL Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA 1:25 B&W Variant cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA On sale MARCH 27 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information. • Unknown to the Teen Titans, Red Robin’s condition is worsening after the events of “DEATH OF THE FAMILY.” And now Red Robin must face an even greater tragedy! • The new Dr. Light is coming for Solstice! • Guest-starring the Suicide Squad!
I wonder what they mean by 'new' Dr. Light... will it be Arthur? Will we see Kimiyo?
Given the new trend at DC to alter just about everyone beyond recognition, I think we'll definitely be seeing a variant of Arthur in March. Definitely keeping an eye out for any new information and maybe we'll get to see some preview art before too long...
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student. Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. READERS WILL ONLY LOOK AT A PANEL FOR 5 SECONDS, SO DON'T SWEAT IT TOO MUCH.
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
*birthdays seeking volunteersHello, folks!*birthdays seeking volunteers3 years ago in Personal More Like This
As a community, we seem to be having more and more notes and birthdays to cover! We're very happy about this! We love all the new members we receive! What this means, however, is we are once again looking to expand the team! The method has change slightly so be sure to read through carefully!
Things to consider before applying
How active are you on dA? Are you on the site nearly every day? We need someone that is around quite often. To begin with at least, you will only be responsible for one day of the week; however, you may be needed to cover other team members if they cannot do their day due to feeling unwell, going away, and so on.
Also, how involved are you within the dA community? We're ideally looking for someone that has a passion for the community and likes to get involved.
Personality matters. You will need to have a good attitude towards deviants you interact with. A friendly and helpful nature is a must. You also need
A Naked New YearFor the record I welcomed 2013 in a proper dress but I did want to address my new fascination with nudity. For years I have been doing shots that have craftily avoided the visual of the "nether regions". Lately I have abandoned that rule and for good reason. It is my opinion that the female body is the most beautiful and incredible thing ever created. I dont see any shame in it and I believe in smashing down the old stereotypes that sex and sexuality is a dirty thing. I have been researching alot on what it is that defines the border between porn and art and I think it is about time that we ladies reclaimed our naughty bits from the dirtbags and the pornogrpahers who have taken sole, visual possession of them. I believe that nudity, full female nudity can be portrayed with elegance and artistry. I also believe that sexuality can be portrayed with absolute and utmost dignity and elegance. I realize that many people think that photos and visuals depicting things such as masturbation andA Naked New Year3 years ago in Personal More Like This
RIP JOE KUBERTToday is a very sad day for me, and many other "Kubies."RIP JOE KUBERT3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I had just sat down for dinner when I received a phone call from my good friend John Trumbull, who let me know that he'd just read that comic book legend, Joe Kubert has passed away. At this time, I don't have any details, but as a former student of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, I can't say just how this news stunned me.
Joe was a mega-talent in the comic book industry. He did everything there was to do and wore every hat there was to wear in the business--editor, writer, penciller, inker--he did it all. He won Eisner and Harvey Awards, National Cartoonist Society Awards, and even the Alley Award for his work. He is best known for his work on characters like HAWKMAN, TARZAN, and my favorite, SGT. ROCK.
He started up the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art (now just called The Kubert School) with his wife Muriel in 1976. Many great artists honed their skills in the little town of Dover, NJ under Joe an
Contest Time!Wanna see some new Heads Up art? How about the cover to the new art book? Go "Like" the Heads Up Studios page on Facebook! Wanna request a character done in Heads Up fashion? Then read on!Contest Time!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm looking for 100 new "likes" on Heads Up Studios Facebook page. I thought this contest might be a fun way to get them.
Here are the rules. PLEASE READ THE RULES. PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES.
*The first ten people from deviantArt who "like" Heads Up Studios on Facebook that have NOT already done so AND leave me a message there, get to request a character from me! Please post your request HERE on this journal and NOT on Facebook.
*I've picked a number between 1 and 100. The person "liking" Heads Up Studios that corresponds to that number gets a free copy of my second book, "Pizza, Porn and Santa Claus". So just because you're not in the top 10 or you've already "liked" Heads Up Studios, you still have a chance to win!
Finally, one hundred new "likes" gets some brand new (exclusive) art posted here on de
Creators Rights at ConventionsConventions have become big business in the last few years. More shows keep popping up, attendance keeps rising, and there's more money than ever being passed around as comics continue to merge with pop culture/big media/corporate sponsorships into what I've been calling Supershows.Creators Rights at Conventions6 months ago in Personal More Like This
For the most part, I think this is a great thing for the creators and our industry. While a few might miff at the thought of comics being intruded upon by other industries, it means more chances for starving artists to make money, more money for commissions and prints, and chances to travel to exotic locations that were never previously on our agenda.
More and more frequently, creators are being lured to shows all over the world with travel costs (at least partially) comped. When they arrive, they'll be met by capable handlers, lines of cheering fans, and fancy parties while they're given the brief whiff of stardom that's usually reserved for Mick Jagger.
But not always.
While many of my pro friends are ete
An Important UpdateSome of you may be wondering why the newest strip is titled "JL8 #67."An Important Update3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The title "Little League" actually infringes on existing trademark, and I've been asked to re-title the strip, which I'm doing. It is now going to be titled "JL8." That being said, I have until Aug. 31st to also change the name of the Facebook and Tumblr pages. Fortunately, Tumblr allows a pretty easy switch, but I'll also have to change the URL. This is important because I know a lot of my readers have the current page bookmarked. On Sept. 1, that bookmark will no longer work, as the original page won't exist. If you'd all be so kind as to bookmark the URL:
That will be where the site is hosted beginning Sept. 1. I plan on reminding everyone with each update leading up to that date, but I recommend just bookmarking it now. There's nothing there yet, but next Thursday this page will pop up there.
As for the Facebook page, I've begun transitioning fans away from the current "Little League"
Dark Shadows: The Barnabas Portrait ProjectIn Tim Burton's newest film Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp is Barnabas, a vampire who awakes in 1972 after centuries of imprisonment to find his family in ruins. Much like the family business, Barnabas's image needs an update. Create a portrait worthy of Collinwood Manor, and be judged by the one and only Tim Burton!Dark Shadows: The Barnabas Portrait Project3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
how to participate
rules & judging
In Tim Burton's latest film, Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp plays the dashing, charismatic vampire Barnabas Collins, a relic of the Victorian age who is freed from two centuries of entombment to find his family, fortune and beloved Collinwood Manor in ruins. To save his family, Barnabas must learn to make sense of the modern world ‚Äì and there's nothing like a total image makeover to shake off the dust a
Holiday Card Project 2012Holiday Card Project 20123 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
It's back! With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the deviantART Holiday Card Project connects deviants from around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating uplifting holiday cards.
In past years, the Project has received more than 5,000 cards sent in by more than 1,000 deviants from 50 different countries/political regions. Cards were then divvied up and distributed in-person by deviantART members to local Los Angeles, CA hospitals, with additional cards given to various hospitals in the U.S. and abroad for hospital staff members to hand out to patients.
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is simple: do something nice for others. However, if you're looking for even more incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one-month Premium Membership to deviantA
'Cut it to time'In some Green Lantern: The Animated Series forums (okay, namely at the one over at Toonzone.net) some astute viewers have noticed missing scenes when comparing the episode that aired on 11-11-11 versus the version screened at NY comic con.'Cut it to time'4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's my side of the story:
The version we screened at NY comic con was meant to be the final version of the show. What we didn't realize was that in order to fit the DC nation format, we'd have to cut additional time from both episodes. So, back to the editing room we went to make some tough calls.
Yes, M'ten's hand used to writhe in pain before cutting away to his "death scene". And yes, Hal used to foreshadow his ring running out of energy by admitting to Carol he always forgets to charge his cell phone. I was bummed to lose these shots, but as I said before, something had to go. In fact, a lot of people didn't notice that we sped up some of the action scenes to make them mo
Reflections on Comic ConNow that I am a week back from Comic Con, it is time for some not so poignant reflections. This year marked my 26th straight Comic Con. It all started for me back in 1987 as a fan when the show was just a really big Comic Book Show. Now as well all know, it is a multi-media extravaganza with a 120,000 attendees. Is it too big? Yes. A friend of mine waited 7 hours to get into the Game of Thrones panel and did not get in!Reflections on Comic Con3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Back in the day (ahem) if I wanted to go to the costume contest, I would just go get in line on Saturday night and walk on in. Not anymore. On Friday night a very long train rolled on by the convention center just as we were getting out of the show and we waited 20 minutes to get across the street to go to our hotel. The train stopped the thousands or people who were already bottle-necked to begin with!
As with the past in recent years, I had to go in ear