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Journal Entry: Tue Nov 3, 2009, 8:10 PM


My most recent assignment in school featured researching my career choice. I ran across a wealth of information pertaining to game art and design (which I am studying) but instead of being my usual long-winded self, I'm just going to come out and say it--I really, really need to put the whole comic thing aside for now.

Getting a job in the game design field isn't just something I want to do with my spare time--not with the amount of money I'm paying for schooling it isn't. This is a career I'm pursuing and I need to take it as seriously as I can.

This doesn't mean I am going to abandon comic drawing completely; I like to do it for fun, but I really need to focus on improving my traditional art skills, getting better at drawing and coloring overall, and comic book art is actually in contrast to that for me because it involves taking shortcuts for cinematic reasons. Drawing less detailed work to get a story across rather than working as hard as I can on every picture. So I'm going to focus less on drawing comics and more on drawing better figures, and I'm going to try for scenery too.

That means that characters that I've abandoned as far as comics go (like Jet Dancer) will have new life as art projects.

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In other news, just for the heck of it I'm going to feature two of my good friends on dA because my contributions to the site and to my friends has been lacking as of late.

First up is my pal Kenny Gordon, a.k.a. :iconkennygordon: a great artist who draws some excellent looking people with sharp pencil skills and equally tight coloring skills. His work is a great combination of realism with strong comic-book style. He's cool as a cucumber too.
Mako - sketch by KennyGordon She did it again by KennyGordon Yoshida Mariko - with colors by KennyGordon

Second is my man Gary Pope, a.k.a. :iconhulkdaddyg:/:icongarypope: In the year or so since I've been watching him (maybe longer, don't recall) I've seen his skills grow dramatically. This is one guy who inspires everyone he encounters with his endless drive to improve his work, and you can see the growth in his gallery. Awesome character designs too, and he's an all-around nice guy.
Gilead alternate costume by hulkdaddyg Charger by hulkdaddyg G'hlead Malcuct Dunomous by hulkdaddyg

I'll do more later. I'm tired, done with school for the evening and it's about time for my nightly yoga session on Wii Fit. Holler at you later.

JP



  • Reading: Cornerstone
  • Watching: Max Payne
  • Playing: Wii Fit Plus
  • Eating: Fish and broccolli
  • Drinking: Coffee
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hulkdaddyg Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hey! Thanks for the feature and kind words, brother. I say do your thing, whatever that is and be happy. If you want to keep coming back to comics, no one will think less of you. I think as artists we continually strive to do more and better things. I always look to the old masters, Michelangelo, DaVinci... who did not just paint or draw. They were artists in every sense of the word. My friend and I long ago discussed the idea of belonging to a guild so that one could perfect their chosen path. Since nothing like that exists anymore it's up to us to bring out our full potential. I tink as long as we work at it we never lose.
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NCWeber Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe you could do some mock game design and post that around here. :nod:
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You made me see about going down into my archives to look up all the old mock game designs I created when I was a kid--I had a lot too.

Emphasis on had... Couldn't find 'em. :( But I'll have to see about making some new work now.
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NCWeber Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool. :)
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sodacan Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the features on the artists. I'll have to check em out. I think we talked about it before but how about more of a graphic novel or novel with pictures approach? More text with full page images as opposed to a comic book approach?
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The thought had, and continuously does, cross my mind. In fact, today I spent a lot of time writing out a detailed approach as to how I would do that with an outlined list of goals to accomplish, flowing from general to specific steps. Hopefully between class work I'll have time to make a little forward progress every day. At this point, the concerns that stopped me from doing it in the past (wondering if it would be marketable, wondering if my art is good enough) are largely gone. It'll be a fun art project if nothing else.
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killaCaravagio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
cant go wrong in times of economic struggle in the entertainment field have
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I figure the game industry is the best balance between what I want to do and (hopefully) making good money. I'm looking forward to growing in the field. :nod:
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killaCaravagio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
good luck... you going to the xion thing i have been trying to make them but have been busy
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I've been wanting to stay on top of Xion's happenings but like you I've been too busy. I keep forgetting the events...and I gotta get Shawn my new email address so I can get back on the mailing list.
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killaCaravagio Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
or just sight up they have a meet up now and it comes over automatically
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KennyGordon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009   General Artist
Oh, thanks for the feature. :D Honestly, I can't stand that Mako piece. I feel like punching myself when people :+fav: it. lol

Anyhoo, game design is great. It's a growing industry and it's successful every year. The economy is sluggish, but people are still buying video games like crazy. It's secure. I think you'll be fine.

Once you get to where you want to be, especially with scenery and figures, you'll be more dangerous than ever. It's a win-win situation because you'll be working on the craft comic regardless. Figure drawing, whether it's game or fashion design, is considered the building blocks. So, when all the dust settles and you walk off the battlefield of your university, any comic book pursuits will be a piece cake. You can even take your skills from game design and comics and apply them to film.

This is an exciting time for you, Jonathan A. Price. I'm almost jealous, but the thought of a 3D Jet Dancer makes up for it. Yeah, you owe us a 3D character.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, you owe us a 3D character

A debt I intend to pay with interest! Thanks for the support, it means a lot. :)
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