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From July 2014 to April 2017 I drew pages for the comic "Concerning Rosamond Grey". Currently I'm writing the script and world-building for my second comic, and improving my art technique.
With my comics, I have two goals: one, to improve my comic art to a professional level; and two, to achieve this goal using only traditional methods. I get my inspiration from the works of Osamu Tezuka, Hagio Moto, Shigero Mizuki and Keiko Takemiya. I would also like to try having no physical or digital screen tone.
I’ve been largely absent, I know. Real life has been busy, I’m not going to lie. Working 40-hours a week tends to do that. I’m pleased to say that my life has been more stable than it has been in a long time. The job is going good: my coworkers treat me better than family. I’m renting a room with a sweet family (who, combined, speak Spanish, English and Japanese), and the bus route takes me directly to my work in 20 minutes or less. I can pay my bills and make payments on my loans, and some extra.
In these peaceful times, when the dust has settled, it seems to be the time for emotional and mental demons to expose themselves. I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I have struggled with depression in varying degrees for many years. I’ve come to realize just these last few months that my depression is not irreversible: maybe instead of it being a permanent, brain chemical disease, I am depressed because I have believed the toxic things I was raised with.
One such discovery: I’ve been told that I’m a failure because I can’t pour my heart and soul into one vocation. I have too many interests: Japanese, medicine, comics, linguistics, history, making computer fonts, to name a few. I happened to Google “jack-of-all-trades”, and I’m so very glad I did:
Watching this was like being locked in a dark room, and finally seeing daylight. I thought, and family members told me, that I was a dysfunctional duckling: after seeing this video, I see I’m not a duck at all, I’m a totally different bird.
For the first time in years, I can start liking myself.
So, how this relates to art:
1. I have a stable job—I don’t have to worry about commissions/Patreon. This really frees me really enjoy art for what it is, not as a source of income. Sure, extra money is nice—who doesn’t like it?—but if nobody pays me anything, then I have no obligation to anyone about how I make comics. I make comics for me first, and if readers want to join the ride, they are more than welcome.
2. Learning about being a multipotentialite/polymath/scanner, I realize that when I promise to do all of these things related to the sequel comic, I am probably only fooling…Myself. If we’re perfectly honest, I’m probably not going to start the sequel comic this year, or the next: I am, whether I like it not, following Tolkien’s track when readers demanded a sequel for the Hobbit: “a sequel? But I most make lineages, must polish my languages, must expand my maps…”
All I can promise you, truly, is that the Atannan comic will be quite expansive compared to Concerning Rosamond Grey. I hope it will have better art, quicker updates, more in-depth characterization—but I can only do so much, and hope for the best.
3. I did buy a website domain—atannan.com. Currently it has nothing to show. It would make sense, since I bought the domain, that I should do something with it.
4. I started drawing a stand-alone comic, more related to the sequel than to CRG. Currently playing with how to make interesting backgrounds with sepia inks:
The color is too pink, but I adjust the ink ratio. I need to review Sumi videos. Any other feedback is welcome.
Lastly, I have cut off contact with my toxic family members. Rather than being the support system for my dreams, they made me believe in nightmares. Now that I have both physical and emotional distance from them, I’m super excited to see where God will take me. I feel like I’m returning to being a teenager again: what good things does the future hold?