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What if I told y'all... by Dualmask What if I told y'all... by Dualmask
That I don't have any interest in drawing comics at all, and all I really want to do is draw (and improve at) pinup art and the occasional action scene, write stories every now and then, and make 2D indie games on the side?

Because I think that's pretty much the truth.

Of course, when writing that out, and then looking at my gallery for the last few years, the general response that comes to me is "Thank you, captain obvious."
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:iconcyberyanmar:
cyberyanmar Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
keep doing yopur thing!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely!
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Randommode Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's still nice though XD Don't be too hard on yourself
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What do you mean? I'm not being hard on myself at all.
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Randommode Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Alright XD
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah but doing pin-ups as the primary thing isn't the end of the world. =p
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Especially since I enjoy it. :nod:
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:lol:
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in the same boat with you, except that I want to develop my stories/writing as my primary medium. As long as you keep making hot stuff like this, I'm quite happy with the choice you've made! :D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Marcus! It's all about paying attention to how you feel when you do certain things. There will always be hard work involved in anything worth doing, but if it ALL feels like hard work, if it ALL feels like a drag, then it can't be the right choice. Might as well try to build a career out of your day job if that's the case...and that's not the case with me. ;)

It should be the kind of hard work you look forward to doing. For me, that's writing, drawing high-quality pinups and animating character sprites.
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amen brother...love what you do, and do what you love! :nod: I'm all about the hard labor of love! :D
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lamontrobinsonart Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's understandable. Comics seem like the way to go, the pinnacle of expression, a way to tell that epic story you've had brewing for maybe years. Then you start... And backgrounds are boring to draw... And anything that isn't a fight gets boring... And the characters you don't like are a hassle to draw... You feel like you're dragging through the whole thing just to get that glorious two-page spread. Pinups and actions are just much more fun, and that's what art is about in the long run I think.

Having said all that, I was kind of hyped for an eventual Jet Dancer comic though. I'll def settle for pinups though!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I tried to make a Jet comic. Wrote a story that I think is quite riveting; I let a friend read it and he agreed too. But when it comes to drawing comics, I feel like they go on forever and they don't involve my best artwork. For me, perhaps because of my lack of skill, comics involve too many shortcuts and too many compromises for too little reward. It may mean that I adore drawing Jet and writing stories but building a visual world around her just doesn't feel like the best use of my time and skills.

Could just be Jet (most of my watchers prefer her but she's not MY favorite creation), or it could be the comics medium in general, but it never feels fun when it came to making a comic. That may change after I get some other things out of my system.

Either way, thanks for the support. :) I just hope my future creations aren't a disappointment.
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lamontrobinsonart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now, I'm curious. What is the favorite of your creations? I always find it interesting when the artist's favorite subject isn't their most popular with their audience.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
If I'm completely honest, overall it's WEAPON Combat League (WCL), more because of the story I built than anything else. Though it does tend to fluctuate between that and Nia Black since the latter represents the one thing I managed to finish and put out there over the years.

But with Jet Dancer, while the character is fun to draw, I find her to be more a diversion than anything else. There was even a time I felt contempt toward that creation because I put so little effort into her design and yet she became so popular, while the stuff that mattered to me so much more was basically ignored. I'm over that now--I really love all my creations--but I don't put Jet first.
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe you're ahead of the curb. ;) Everyone says video games are on the way to becoming the great storytelling format in our time, surpassing movies, TV, and certainly something as old as comics.

You can make it big and simply hire people to do your comic tie-in, if it's so desired. ;D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've always considered video games the 'art form of the future'. Video games have inspired just about everything I ever created in one form or another, either written or visual. I have great respect for the comic medium and its storytelling potential, as well as for those who do stellar work within it--like yourself--but my creative interests lie elsewhere.

And I would LOVE it if that were to happen...in fact I sometimes feel like my desire was never to make comics but to simply see comics with my characters in them...not entirely the same thing.
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47ness Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
At the very least a game will engage its audience in ways any comic cannot. ;P
I guess I know the limitations of my format, but it's still my surest way to harness an idea and not get (too) bogged down. :phew:

The success of many characters is being able to appear in multiple titles like as a crossover (that's why comic lawyers say to copyright the character not the individual books themselves) :nod:
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psychoheat Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
if that what you want go for it,
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Full speed ahead. :)
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DynamoDiva Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my response to this is "how is this a Bad Thing?"
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well you know, some people figure if you're going to create original characters like the ones I have, they might as well not exist if they're not being expressed in comic form. I'm hoping to get outside the box a bit.
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Joybuzzer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Heh...then continue doing it :)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:salute: Will do! :D
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BaronKastigrOBeefdip Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Makes sense to me!
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Madmangamer364 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Personally speaking, I'm not going to complain. =P From your point of view, I think it all just depends on the reason(s) why you've wanted to do comics for so long. I know that it's an appealing medium that can bring its share of revenue, but if you have ways you feel you can portray your characters better, I don't think it's that much of a loss. I can also understand if you just wanted to take on that challenge, however. I guess it all just depends on the kind of desire.

Regardless, be you. Do what you do best and enjoy most, and let the chips fall where they may. I'm in no position to give advice on how to live, but it's usually hard to go wrong with such an approach, and I think you have what it takes to make the most of your circumstances. :nod:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
See, that's the thing. What drove me to try to make comics was "I know I'm capable of doing it and there are ways to make money doing it, so I should do it." But just because you can do something and just because you can probably make money doing it doesn't necessarily mean you should spend your life doing it. It's got to bring some sort of joy first, and I realized that for me, there had to be a reason why I could write hundreds of thousands of words for my stories but I couldn't get past 12 pages for a comic. One might say it's laziness, or one might say it's constantly trying to be something I'm not.

Do what you love, try to do it in such a way that it entertains society, and success could follow. That's what I believe, but the love must come first.
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adamalonzo22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's an awesome piece.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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SlimmmGoodie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love to do pinups. But as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to make my own comic book/graphic novel. I can't really draw a book for someone else (i tried. i sucked). If that same passion for you is "pinup art and the occasional action scene, write stories every now and then, and make 2D indie games on the side" the by all means,... do the damn thang bruh!

Good luck to ya!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Artistically, nothing means more to me than my characters and the worlds and stories I've built around them. But the comic medium is something I have been fighting with literally all my life. There are other ways to express one's characters and ideas, visually and otherwise (something I know from the novels I've written and the board games I've constructed in the past), and it's high time I start doing what feels right. My creativity will still revolve around my characters and stories, that will NEVER change, but I just know that I don't have the patience or fortitude for comics. I envy those who do, but when I try them, I just lose that drive.
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SlimmmGoodie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how about this: write your novels but have some pinups and whatnot sprinkled here and there in your book. kinda like how some of the older bibles are. this way you get to tell your stories about your characters and these worlds you've created but at the same time get to showcase your art without having to do panels. best of both worlds (in my opinion)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That's definitely one kind of project I want to put out there. It might be the strongest choice for my huge WCL concept. Thanks for the suggestion. :nod:
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SlimmmGoodie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem bruh
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J-Styles75 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
i myself have always wanted to draw comics but i realised a long time ago that i was more suited to pinups and design.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I feel the same. I only really stress about art when I try to make comics. Otherwise I enjoy what I do.
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J-Styles75 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
that and if i'm drawing a request that i'm not really into.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I know that feeling...all too well.
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J-Styles75 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
i'm struggling with it now, lol.
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BlueVengeance Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Fair enough.

Great piece, btw.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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adekii Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmmmm I like this piece!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig! :D
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