I don't talk much, but I really appreciate all the love that Dear Princess Celestia and the Periodic Table of Storytelling has been getting. Your joy warms my heart. :)
For the last several months I've been attending Viking Code School, an intensive ...
Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Comics-The-Invisible-Art/dp/006097625X/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I've suffered through more Art History classes than I care to recall. They taught me a great deal about what's been done before, but the great questions of why does art exist was largely left to our speculation. Likewise, the practical question of why one would choose one art style over another was always attributed purely to the philosophies of the artists through time, reacting to their environment and the work of the artists before them. This did not imbue me with a great deal of respect for art.
The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield http://www.amazon.com/The-War-Art-Through-Creative/dp/1936891026/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359419401&sr=8-1&keywords=the+war+of+art
Imagine your favorite Determinator from fiction. This is the character who just won't stop slogging ahead--the tough-as-nails warrior who grits his teeth and walks into the firestorm knowing full well the price he will pay for his courage. Wouldn't you want the grit to get the job done, no matter what?
So often, our work gets bogged down or derailed by silly, insignificant stuff. If we truly mastered ourselves, we could get our work done and have time for the things we love. T
My avatar and the paper for "Dawnshield in a Box" were both made in Adobe Illustrator. That program has quite a learning curve, but once you figure it out it's unmatched at making vector art, in my experience.