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Sunday, May 27th I did a reading of my Original Story, "The Tale of Steve Silverado". This was probably the most important presentation in my life so far. I have been planning this day for the past 6 months. I have a terrible time with public speaking and it was very difficult for me to do. I practiced very hard and created a powerpoint presentation of the whole story. This past Thursday, I did a dry run of reading the story and discovered that the entire presentation was a bit too short. I decided to add a few of the developmental sketches of the characters and also included many of the newer designs of the characters for my new series, Swashbuckling Steve Silverado. This was one of the happiest days of my life. I wish others were there to share that moment with.

I did my reading with two other talented artists and writers, David Corrado and Robert Anderson. David presented his book, "The Legend of Alastar", by creating huge posters of some of his illustrated pages and reading excerpts from his book. Robert's presentation of his book, "The Cat, The Prince, and The Golden Heron", consisted of him reading his story in different voices much like a play. Robert also had background music provided by live musicians.

I always really gets me when people are very critical of movies or books. If they hate something so much, I think they should really take the time to create a story of their own that they themselves would enjoy or even take the opportunity to rewrite a story that they hate. It is a very satisfying experiences and I would recommend anyone to take the time to involve themselves in a creative opportunity such as this.   
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This past weekend I broke my ankle skateboarding. I did it trying to land an Ollie impossible on flat ground. I landed the trick once, but when I tried it again, my back food that was spinning the board was slightly tilted inward. As I began to land my feet on the board, the back foot still tilted inward landed very hard first on the tail of the board followed by my other foot. There was a instant pop sound as my back foot landed on the ground first. It was scary. I had no idea what happened. Was it broken? Was it sprained? I was able to walk on it but barely with a lot of pain. So, for the remainder of Saturday I wrapped my foot with compression tape and iced it throughout the day. On Sunday, I did the same and actually stopped at the grocery store to get some basic items. When Monday came, I went in early to work and called a bone doctor about an appointment. I ended up going in the early afternoon to the doctor. After examination and getting an x-ray, the physician determined that it was indeed broken. The bone broken was the Lateral Maleolus on the Left Fibia. I was then prescribed to wear a boot for the next 6 weeks so it can heal. It doesn't hurt as much but moving around is a little awkward and will take me time to get things completed. I can't move as fast for the time being. It frustrates me because I felt that my skating was progressing in the past month that I started up doing it again. I started first simply pushing and riding around for a week. Then, another week I just practiced ollieing. The week after I practiced basic tricks at a small skatepark. And the previous weeks, I was able to drop in on a quarter pipe, grind a box and land a few kickflips. Before my ankle broke, I had no problem ollieing a skateboard and a few pieces of wood. This injury makes me think about how and why it happened. Should I completely quick skateboarding when my ankle gets better? Did I push myself too hard?
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There has been a lot going on for me the past two months. At the middle of October, I took a week trip out to Los Angeles to meet with a childhood friend who works in the toy car industry. My goals in going out to California were to get a feeling for the area, meet with my friend about a job opportunity, check out some schooling opportunities and take some time to enjoy myself. I really enjoyed my time out there and would love to pursue moving out there in the future. Moving out to Cali has been on my mind a lot lately.

At the same time, my day job has been very busy also because of the holidays coming up. Honestly, my job isn't really that bad. The people are really great and entertaining there. In fact most of the people I work with have become some of my main subjects in my art in the past weeks. Whether it's my quirky boss accidentally locking himself in the bathroom or getting involved in a funny discussion about "deep v" t-shirt, there is always something memorable to enjoy and reminisce about with my colleagues.

Also, from my trip to Los Angeles I rented a skateboard and rode on the Venice Beach boardwalk on one day of my travels. As the sun began to set at the end of the day, I was able to watch some skateboarders at the skatepark. This instantly brought back a lot of memories for me particularly in my Jr High School days of skateboarding in downtown Wilkes-Barre and also at the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome. I used to really enjoy learning all of the board flip tricks with my friends. It made me think of how fun it used to be and why I stopped skating. I think the main reason was that I lost touch with people who used to skate and they moved on with their lives. When I got home from LA, I pulled my old board out and started skating again. Wow! The first week I was really sore and out of breathe. But I've been starting up doing it again and have been really excited from watching some old videos that I used to watch when I was younger of skaters like Rodney Mullen, Eric Koston Josh Kalis and my favorite skater, Steve Olson. I also got back in to trying to design skateboard decks again, checking out some local skateparks, and trying to relearn my old catalog of flat land tricks that I used to be able to do. Hopefully by the end of the month, I will be able to drop in and ride the half pipe again.
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  • Reading: True Love Knows No Boundaries by Dennis Corrigan
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I have been so depressed lately. This past week hasn't been too good for me. My last grandmother on my father's side died last Saturday night on Halloween and our Chihuahua, Pepper, died this past Wednesday. On top of it, I got a terrible head cold the end of last week into the weekend. Luckily, I was able to see a doctor today and get some medicine. 

The one thing that really has made me upset was my art show opening that I planned this past Saturday. I spent a considerable amount of time the past month getting work framed, making an inventory, printing and distributing postcards and just mentally preparing for it. It wasn't really intended to be a large show. Just a small show displaying my work in a small city around an hour away. My main concern wasn't really to have a ton of people there just some of my relatives and close friends that live near me. I also made a facebook invite and there were about 5 or 6 people that confirmed that they were definitely coming, one of which was one of my best friends. For the opening, of the 150 facebook invites and 20 postcards sent, 5 people came. None of the people who confirmed on facebook that they were definitely coming showed up. It kind of annoys me when people say on facebook that they are "DEFINITELY COMING" and don't show up or even bother to tell you why. They should have at least said "maybe they will come" upon the invite.

I'm just trying to find motivation to draw and create art again. I'm very happy about my Steve Silverado book that is available to purchase on Amazon. One of my friend's told me he bought one the other day on Amazon. That made me feel good. 
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I received 12 copies in the mail and it is now ready for purchase on www.createspace.com.

https://www.createspace.com/47…

It will be available for purchase on Amazon in 6 to 8 weeks. 
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My story is finally ready to be printed. I finished the illustrations and layout this past friday. I'm going to get a sample color copy printed at officemax in color then proceed to have someone edit it. From there, I will start searching for somewhere to get it printed. 
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This year at my new job, they decided that we are going to have a comic book theme for halloween at work. I was going to be Spiderman but someone already picked him. I had no idea what to be until I came across a program called Papekura. Basically it is a program that you can print out templates for 3d masks, cut them out, fold them and super glue them together. It seemed very intricate and difficult. I came across a Dr. Doom mask that looked pretty cool so I tried to do it. After a couple hours, I actually completed it and it looks pretty cool so I am going to be Dr. Doom. I did some research and have ordered some aqua resin to make the mask stronger. There is still a long way to go for the costume but it's early enough. 
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I just don't get it. How do people not use reference and draw constructed characters in perspective. Everytime I try to draw from my imagination my characters come out stiff and flat with no perspective. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how I can get better at drawing from imagination. I have been going to figure drawing for like 4 years straight now and I just can't seem to relate my life drawing with drawing from my imagination. 
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I've been doing alot of searching on the internet for animation character design gesture drawing and construction teaching.

I came across rad secrist's webpage and seems to be the closest thing i can find to learning how to draw like this.
The Figure Invention for animation class looks to answer these questions for me. Has anyone ever had any experience with an online class like this one?

radhowtoschool.com/class-sched…

radhowto.blogspot.com/search?u…
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I set up a site to sell my prints on.

There are three prints available in various sizes.

www.society6.com/gerrystankiewicz
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i love when a co worker suggests a person that they know has a childrens story they wrote and is looking for an illustrator.

I swear the same thing happens EVERY time. I give them my contact info they email me saying what a great story they have and proceed to ask me if i will READ AND ILLUSTRATE THE BOOK FOR THEM.

OH AND THE CLINCHER IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO PAY ME. but if the book is a big hit and becomes a movie then they can split the earnings with me 50/50.

I can't say how many times this has happened to me and completely makes me feel like shit after spending all my money and 4 year education on my major when clearly the person who wrote the story does not value my work whatso ever.
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The title to this journal is pretty self explanatory. If anyone is interested my blog site is www.gstnk13.blogspot.com.
I only have 5 watchers as of now and i've probably had it for like 4 years. If i don't get more people to watch it, i might as well just close the blog because what would be the point of updating it if only 5 people are viewing it and most of the posts are the same as my deviant art posts.
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Well i just got back from the SD Comicon this past monday. I had a good time. Saw alot of celebrities. Met alot of my favorite artists.

I went to 3 portfolio reviews. Nickelodean, Nickelodean Artist Mentorship program, and Pixar.

Nickelodean - basically said that they liked my graphic design in my portfolio, and my animal gesture drawings. They liked my characters but said that they all had to be in the style of all of the nickelodean shows to show that i could draw in different styles.

I also had some comic strip work that i wanted them to look at for storyboarding. However they wouldn't even look at it because it was not in a Storyboard format

They also said that they accept hand done traditional art portfolios but they do work all in digital on cintiq tablets. In other words it is probably better to do a future portfolio entirely digitally because if i was to get a job there then i would have to work entirely digitally anyways.

Nickelodean Artist Mentorship Program - This seemed like a good idea at first. (a 6 month paid artist internship at Nickelodean doing a variety of art related jobs for various cartoons such as character design, prop design, backgrounds, and some storyboarding).

First of all i included alot of characters in my portfolio so immediately the person doing the reviews said that i would need more prop design, backgrounds and storyboarding. At the same time, i spoke to alot of artists in the animation industry and they stressed that studios donot look for a jack of all trades guy but instead someone specialized in one things. So In other words studios would rather have a guy that only does character design or only does backgrounds. So this whole mentorship may be counterproductive to my final goal.

Pixar - Pretty reasonable review but a bit confusing. They did like my characters but said that i needed to include more sort of progress drawings that led up to the final characters. Also to include more turnaround drawings and elaborate on single characters.

What confused me the most was the fact they they liked the half done gestural horse drawings over the completed colored figure drawings that i did. They said that the gesture drawings had more life than the completed figure drawings. Again this seems counterproductive to me because generally when people buy my art, they want to see a final completely polished piece so in proceeding to do gestural quick drawings like this, people just don't like them or won't buy them.

From all my years of being on deviant art, i can't seem to figure out why my original characters and ideas don't seem to fly for me on here? Other people are successful with posting and having views on their original ideas and characters. The only things that i seem to get views on or even people looking at are fan art. Maybe that's all i will even bother doing anymore. Does anybody have the same problems with this?
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Hello.

I was just wondering if i can get everybody's opinion as to which is better for promoting your art.

1. The internet
2. Conventions
3. Gallery Showings
4. other

just curious to see everyone's experiences and what they find to be the best

Personally Conventions have been the best for me. I have gotten a few people from conventions to view my work on the internet.

Honestly I have not had any luck with the internet in the five years i have been on here. There is no consistancy on the internet.

Gallery Showings have been very good.
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Ultimate frustration.

For the past 4 years I have been going to Comicons and trying to find out what to put in a Character Design Portfolio.

Everytime I show it to someone i get shot down and have to keep on starting over at the beginning

The first time I asked for someones advice was when I first went to the comicon.
I did alot of gesture drawings and Realistic Anatomy Drawings in addition to some of my own character drawings that i made.

I was told to focus more on construction and line of action. Also, told by many to start exaggerating and pushing the figure. At this time, I was not attending Figure Drawing Classes.

I was getting mentored a bit from someone who would continually trace over the drawings that i sent him and show me how to do it correctly. I kept in touch with this person for about 3 months when he basically just told me to go to figure drawing regularly.

So, I started going to figure drawing and focusing on gesture, Line of Action, and construction. In addition to that, i started doing construction exercises from John K's Blog in which you take a still from a classic cartoon and try to correctly reproduce it using proper construction.

2 years gone by, and I still attended figure drawing with the same goal in mind. Construction, Exaggeration, Line of Action and Gesture.

In addition to this, i regularly check out character design portfolios on the internet and the character design blog. I try to make my work in the same way these designers put theirs together.

So recently i decided to contact someone who has worked at disney and was in charge of portfolio reviews.

They basically told me that i had to focus on making a realistic portfolio with realistic animals, figures, portraits.

I have no idea what to do at this point.

My final question remains.

What do i put in a Character Design Portfolio for an Animation Studio?
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Hi everyone.

I recently compiled a number of my poem that i wrote along with illustrations that i have done and formed a 24 page book that i created on Lulu.

If you are interested here is the link to buy the book.


www.lulu.com/product/paperback…
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Im new to journal posts so bear with me.

I can't believe that i have been on here for five years already.

Anyways here is the status of my life right now.

I recently quit the gallery that i have been involved in for 3 years already. It's really not going anywhere so why should i bother.

My goal in life right now is to get my work out there.

How I am doing it

1. In the past two years, i completely illustrated a childrens book for a guy that i met through my gallery.

2. Participating in more Art Shows.
     -Did Philly Comicon Last year and will also do it this year
     -Did two Local tattoo conventions

3. I just recently sent out small sample portfolios to 25 greeting card companies that i found in The Guide To The Artist Market
     -I got 5 responses so far (all said they were not interested)
                -Got 1 emailed response
                -3 written Letter responses
                -1 informative phone call


And there you have it. My 2nd Journal Entry.
This is a music video me and my friend Dom helped me make

I provided the Illustrations and Played the Theme on Guitar
Dom helped me edit the video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hTsOi…
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