Lackadaisy - PatreonI've recently left my job in the game industry so that I could focus more of my time and attention on Lackadaisy. Patreon is my weapon of choice in trying to see this to fruition.More Like This
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Notes on Character Design
I received the question pictured below at my tumblr blog. In case it's useful to anyone here, I decided to go ahead and use this otherwise dormant journal to share the article I put together in response.
Character design and drawing are tome-sized topics and even if I had all the answers (I don't - I have a lot to learn), I'm not sure I could communicate them effectively. Here are some thoughts an ideas that might help, though.
First, some general things...
Let some of that anxiety go. This isn't a hard science. There's no wrong way,
SHOWING SUPPORT TO AN ARTIST + COMMON COURTESYI’ve been seeing tons of good intention towards artists recently but I think there needs to be a bit of a clarification as to how you choose to show your support;;More Like This
Things to show support:
-Following them (Tumblr, Da, facebook)
-Commissioning them / buying their work
-Response (Comments, tags, messages)
-Original gift art
-Letting others know about them / exposure
-Respecting their wishes / what they say
Things that seem to show support but actually do the opposite:
-Reposting their work without their permission
-Tracing / replicating their work
-Permanently adopting / copying their style
-Pretending to be them
-Invasive control over their characters / making them your own
Often the things in the second list are not intentional and are meant well, but honestly I do think there is a necessity for people to understand that it is not alright/helpful/flattering and can be quite upsetting to the artist. I have personal experience of feeling a bit conf
Friends! Please sign this important petition!As a member of WWF and general environmentalist, I got informed that the WWF inside my country Switzerland is making a petition.More Like This
The main goals of this petition is:
- Reducing the CO2-emissions by complete energy provision from renewable energy sources by 2050!
(Which is enough time for science to make it possible, look at what it can do when it comes to medicine, media, and making living in space possible. Heck, look at how fast things like celphones and other devices changed within ten years. Switzerland already uses 20-40% renewable energy, most of it being hydroelectric power stations because we have much access to water. The thing is, the hydroelectric power stations are designed to not use their potential fully yet. There's much pressure coming from the big nuclear station rivals which want to keep their billions of dollars. Let's give them pressure back!)
- And that Switzerland will financially support developing countries to do the same
I love him nonethelessHe smoked in bed with his spine bent where it shouldn't, slumped across the pillows and with his eyelids half open and if it had been another life time I probably would have been in love with him.More Like This
As it was, I watched the cigarette as he brushed his nose with his palm, sniffed to try and retract his emotions and then shakily drew from it again.
He was utterly beautiful, even in wretchedness, and although every inhale was agony in his trachea I could see behind his dulled irises the desire to be better, and I was going to get him there.
I tucked my feet under his duvet and didn't care when our feet touched. He flinched but not at me but because his thoughts had been elsewhere. I took no offence and neither of us moved again.
He took nervous stabs at the ashtray as the loose tobacco fizzled and escaped the paper. It was an instinct. A reflex. If the bed had set alight with both of us in it the only reason either of us would have moved would have been to save the other.
The bed didn't set
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.More Like This
Drawing from life
Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time.
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
An Opinion Journal on Art AuctionsHello, my pretties. I spent the entirety of last night learning what sarcasm sounds like so my language may be a bit skewed today. I'm feeling quite well, thank you very much, since I may have found a way to deal with my artblock if not conquer it immediately and will be working on commissions again (seriously, commissions are what I love to do). I'm feeling so refreshed that despite my stupid workload from school, I actually might have the energy to be angry instead of annoyed. Just a little.More Like This
I might be more long winded than usual here.
My good friend Na0h recently held a lovely, lovely auction of a few watercolor pieces. Here's exhibit A:
Go look at that. You might notice that in the end, all the pieces but one were bought up by a single buyer. Na0h has received several angry notes about how unfair it is that one buyer sniped all the bids. HELLO??!?! The only unfair thing that seemed to have happened is that a bunch of people who m