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Spiderman and Venom by ToshiroHoshi Spiderman and Venom :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 Dr. Petit maybe done by ToshiroHoshi Dr. Petit maybe done :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 Monster on Halloween watermark by ToshiroHoshi Monster on Halloween watermark :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 Giant squid monster KDP by ToshiroHoshi Giant squid monster KDP :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 COVER of book comic sans ms bold by ToshiroHoshi COVER of book comic sans ms bold :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 Canvas mural from a faux painting class in 2002 by ToshiroHoshi Canvas mural from a faux painting class in 2002 :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 1 0 Junonia1 by ToshiroHoshi Junonia1 :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 True Tulip by ToshiroHoshi True Tulip :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 2 0 Bittersweet clam new by ToshiroHoshi Bittersweet clam new :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 1 0 Tengu closeup with clear coat by ToshiroHoshi Tengu closeup with clear coat :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 3 2 Tengu sealed and framed by ToshiroHoshi Tengu sealed and framed :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 2 2 Yellowtail Snapper with frame by ToshiroHoshi Yellowtail Snapper with frame :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 1 0 Tengu (the $100,000 Belgain Malinois) Portrait by ToshiroHoshi Tengu (the $100,000 Belgain Malinois) Portrait :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 1 0 1 by ToshiroHoshi 1 :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 1 0 Impressionist Landscape (better picture) by ToshiroHoshi Impressionist Landscape (better picture) :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0 Me and Bonsai by ToshiroHoshi Me and Bonsai :icontoshirohoshi:ToshiroHoshi 0 0


SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 by navate SKIN: a tutorial - Part 2 :iconnavate:navate 18,280 772 Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) by timothylaskey Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) :icontimothylaskey:timothylaskey 54 5 Assassin's Creed - Another Tale, chapter 8 by ChaoyuanXu Assassin's Creed - Another Tale, chapter 8 :iconchaoyuanxu:ChaoyuanXu 2,836 118
What Have I Learned from Marc Silvestri? asked me this question, and as I started to respond, I realized that this would make a nice, long, painful Journal entry.  Being the sadist that I am, here is my answer:
Honestly, I'm probably the worst example of a TC guy, in a lot of ways.  A lot of the basics I've learned come from animation, painting and studying film.  
So far, the most useful thing that I've learned from Marc, by far, is how to approach a blank piece of Bristol paper.  Marc is helping me close the gap between a great sketchbook and a great comic book page.
I might post some examples, but this is basically how
--the Image/TC/Wildstorm layout method
No blue pencils, no lightboxes or anything, because that stuff stiffens up your work.  The clean up is all based around using a kneaded eraser to lighten up your lines, and then tightening the final.
--using light strokes to draw "outside-in"
Some people lay out big shapes that are
:iconnelsonblakeii:NelsonBlakeII 10 29
Girl portrait painting by Ed-3D Girl portrait painting :iconed-3d:Ed-3D 177 25 Otherworld - magic forest by firedudewraith Otherworld - magic forest :iconfiredudewraith:firedudewraith 583 14 Children's Book Cover by ozmos Children's Book Cover :iconozmos:ozmos 12 12 Magic Forest by camilkuo Magic Forest :iconcamilkuo:camilkuo 1,409 121 Young Rapunzel by Kanyn Young Rapunzel :iconkanyn:Kanyn 627 40 Imagination about King of Naga by Victorior Imagination about King of Naga :iconvictorior:Victorior 1,839 153 Underwater Sunken Ship Environment by ekokun Underwater Sunken Ship Environment :iconekokun:ekokun 103 24 sequoia dawn by David-McCamant sequoia dawn :icondavid-mccamant:David-McCamant 276 40 Trixie by chipset Trixie :iconchipset:chipset 82 12 Natalie - horse portrait by chipset Natalie - horse portrait :iconchipset:chipset 365 82 Wildlife poster by denismayerjr Wildlife poster :icondenismayerjr:denismayerjr 407 45 Twice the Love  - Close up by denismayerjr Twice the Love - Close up :icondenismayerjr:denismayerjr 123 13


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Hello, to whoever  may read this. I hope your day is going well and if it isn't, I hope your reactions to the bad are positive. We can't control a great many things in life but we can control our reactions to them...
 Well, I'm revamping my efforts to get my sequential story art skills up to a professional level. I want art to be my full time job. I have this crazy idea that I want to be a pencil artist for DC's Green Lantern. That goal is driving me to draw in all my spare time. I keep a small sketch book in my work van and I have a Galaxy Note phone so I can draw in it if I don't have a sketchbook handy. In my younger years, it was never impressed upon me that if you want to be a professional comic book artist or, pretty much a pro at most things, you have to draw for hours EVERY DAY. You must be focused.
I heard that a great illustrator of the 40's/50's was told to draw 100 things a day for a year and then apply again to see if he was good enough by then. He did it and got the job.
I may be older but I'm on the ketogenic diet with moderate intermittent fasting. This increases mental clarity and turns you into a type-A personality, in a sense. You have the energy and drive to tackle projects with gusto.
So, I'll get back to drawing now...
Spiderman and Venom
From around 1993. A comics magazine had a contest to see who could do the best job of drawing a four-panel comic page without using words, let the art tell the story. Not sure if I ever entered but I liked some things about what I did here and wanted to archive it so, here it is.
I misspelled "regardless" in the title above. Don't know how to change it.
3-2-14: God may choose to feed us (His adopted children by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ) just enough to get by to teach us that He is our provider; just like Elijah at the brook Cherith in 1 Kings 17 and also God provided for him through a widow but provided the widow her needs in abundance. Amazing lessons there.
  • Listening to: 80's songs on YouTube, Vangelis, Don Moen
  • Reading: Bible/Zion's Christian Soldiers?
  • Watching: Heroes, Naruto, Bleach Smallville, Dr. Who
  • Playing: Battle Tanx, Mario Cart (N-64), Chess- PS 2
  • Eating: dark chocolate, cheese & meat
  • Drinking: Vedge, green/black/white tea


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Michael J McCurdy
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Currently making a real effort to intentionally hone my art skills for the craft of comic book drawing. I want to get to a professional level in quality and speed. Maybe I can be a Green Lantern penciller!!! *gulp* That thought is both exhilarating and terrifying, lol
Personal Quote: "Always attempt to take the concerns of others seriously whether they seem unfounded or not". Also, "Tears should flow faster than anger should grow."


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razwit Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the WATCH!
ocsana Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
checked out your gallery.... nice works ;)
ToshiroHoshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for stopping by! You've help inspire me to work harder.
t001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007   Traditional Artist
Random Deviant Hello :wave:

nice gallery
neo-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hiya neighbor! It was a pleasure sharing a table with you! MegaCon rocks and so does your artwork! I'll be watching you!
ToshiroHoshi Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
offshore241 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch! :D
vnbenedicto Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wave: nice gallery. unlike you, I'm horribly inept at that realistic stuff. :D

oh and welcome to DA by the way...
ToshiroHoshi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Zahntelmo!
DA is a really cool community.
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