Bring a copy of the SLOTS trade paper back and I'll sign it and include a free head sketch of Stanley Dance! Cheers!
The Value of CriticismEvery artist, on some level, loves fanfare. Who doesn't? But most artists resist criticism. I've been guilty of it in the past myself. But for the most part, after I suck up my pride, I use it.
Any time you put your work out there [ in a comic book or on the web or in a gallery ], you're up for criticism. Sometimes the critiques aren't necessarily valid. They're coming from fans or, in a lot of cases, keyboard warriors that just want to be negative for the sake of being negative. But in almost all cases, there's something to be learned by criticism.
My wife is a perfect example. She's not an artist, which is my usual go to excuse when debating the merits of those that might offer critiques of my work that I disagree with. My wife, can't draw. But she knows when a nose is off. Or if the lighting looks "weird". Or if an arm doesn't look right. Or if a drawing is just sorta dead. She has a good eye.&
The Secret Drawing IngredientIf you're an artist of any kind it's extremely important to hone your craft and technical abilities. After all, the better you draw and the better you are at mastering the drawing tools you use - the easier it is to convey your unique message for public consumption.
But how important is technical ability, really? Obviously, it's very important. Understanding anatomy, light and shadow and perspective are key to solid drawing. It's important to always be improving in those departments. It's also very important to master the tools you use to draw with. Learning to render or color professionally can only increase your appeal to both fans and other professionals.
But what about developing artistic appeal on a much deeper level?
It's not just about finding a pleasing style. Anyone can do that with enough practice. You can always choose a popular artist and emulate his or her style. The blueprint is right there. But why d
Style.For me it's all about drumming up feelings. Those feelings I got when I first discovered comic books and comic book magazines like Savage Sword of Conan, Eerie and other Warren publications. It was a strange, mysterious black and white world. I didn't know what was next. It's hard to explain. I would turn the page and discover a new style, a new way of looking at drawing. As much as I loved the House Styles of Marvel and DC Comics - I also fell in love with the work of those famous late 60's, 70's and early 80's illustrators that weren't doing superhero comics.
So when I'm drawing, I'm trying to recreate that experience for myself. Most of that comes down to my inking. I study a lot of exceptional artists like Williamson, Frazetta, Klaus Janson, Jorge Zaffino, Alex Nino and Toppi. I love that old skool look. I love evidence of the inking tools like the brush and the pen nib. I don't want my work to look like "a computer drew i
Comics and Donut MakingI liken the comic book making business to the life of a donut.
Allow me to explain.
Unless you're a baker, I doubt you're going to make a good donut your first time out. I mean it sounds simple enough. A donut. But it's not. When was the last time your mother made you a donut? "I know, I'll bake some donuts and bring them to the party...!" Not a lot of people can make donuts, or good ones at least. So I assume it takes some practice. Some care. Just like making a decent comic book.
So you practice and train yourself and you get to a point in your donut making expertise that you decide to make one for public consumption. You gather the ingredients. You prep your kitchen. You set the oven temperature. You get your donut ducks in order. Once it's all nice and heated you want people to enjoy it -so you proudly display that tasty tire on a pretty shelf. Probably next to a bunch of other carefully crafted donuts. Finally someone buys that little fella and chews it up. Maybe they were just hu
MotivationMotivation to achieve your goals in life comes in many forms. I decided to take a look at some of mine throughout my life. Keep reading if you care to learn my deep dark secrets [ ultimately you can use them against me later in life when I'm weak and defenseless. ]
When I was a kid I wanted to be just like my father. He passed away when I was 28 but man he left a mark! By the time I was a teenager I was a lot to handle - so we hardly ever saw eye to eye. He was a tough and talented man. To me he was like a super hero. He had a very black and white philosophy about life. He defined right and wrong very distinctly - there was no grey in his world. As a kid, a philosophy like that makes complete sense even if it isn't very realistic. He was a former pro boxer turned commercial artist. Eventually he ran his own ad agency. He could play guitar and piano by ear and played baseball as often as he could. He also loved comi
Breaking into Comics Part FiveYour First Assignment
So let's pretend all your hard work has paid off and a publisher/editor has given you a script to draw or a page to ink. Maybe it's only a back up story. It doesn't matter. You have an assignment.
Naturally, you'll want to do your very best work to impress the heck out of the editor and the fans - but you may be a bit intimidated or feel some pressure to perform. Of course, that's very natural. It's a lot like your first time up to bat in a baseball game. Sure you've practiced and hit the ball before. In this case, your samples were batting practice. But now there's a few people in the stands and the pitcher isn't your coach or a friend of yours. It's different. Very much so.
Regardless, it's time to draw. My suggestion is to start immediately. If you're a penciler - this means reading the script and maybe doing some thumb
Breaking Into Comics: Part FourPART FOUR: Self Publishing and Working on Spec
One way to get noticed by bigger publishers is to self publish your own comic book. Obviously, this requires quite a bit of work. A story needs to be written, penciled, inked [ optional ], colored [ optional ] and lettered. You also need some capital to pay for printing costs and some type of game plan when approaching distribution. But the biggest factor is the time it takes to create enough of a story to publish. If you're out of school, most likely you're working at some kind of job to pay your bills. Managing your time properly to put a book out requires discipline and passion. It's obviously not impossible. People do it all the time with varied degrees of success. The amount of experience gained from such an endeavor is probably the equivalent to a year's worth of schooling.
But if you've decided to skip the Portfolio Review
Breaking Into Comics: Part ThreePART THREE: Submitting samples
Okay, we've already discussed that breaking into the comic book market [ or any art based market for that matter ] takes a self conscious - critical eye and, generally speaking, you can't just draw 3-6 sample comic book pages for the first time and nail a job with the top publishers. Even though that sounds reasonable enough, some artists simply don't understand that you need to baby step your way into a comic book career.
Let's put it this way: You may want to be a lawyer. Perhaps you have received high marks in school and consider yourself very intelligent. In fact, you might be very intelligent - but that doesn't mean you can pass the Law Exam for your state [ country, etc ]. It's true you don't need to go to law school to be a lawyer. But you have to pass the exam. So, technically, if by some miracle you taught yourself to pass the exam, yes - you could be a lawye
The DERE TypesExplained Tsuki Style.
These are all the dere's I know
If there are more, please tell me and I'll add on :3
Bakaderederived from baka, idiot and dere, lovey dovey
- A bakadere as the name implies is a stupid idiot in love, clumsy with the way they're in love, but super in love :3
Bodere: They lash out when embarrassed, and prefer fists over words.
Byoukidere: Usually very sweet and kind, but suffer from some disease (usually a fatal one.) They are often frail and weak in nature.
Dandere derived from silent, is simply a silent type
- Dandere is someone who doesn't talk, is shy and antisocial until the right person comes along, at that point they will talk and become more confidant.
- Daruderes are those who are nonchalant to those who they love, but they do express emotions, just usually show no interest in those who like them
Icon Contest [closed]
Hi. I'm running another contest.
I really need a new icon, an icon that I can probably use for a long time (for my YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMhcz39FjIPeHgOEyChvcg?disable_polymer=true)
so!! why not hold a contest
-USE HIS NORMAL FORM, ignore the monster and past
-No pixel icons, it will ruin the quality on YouTube.
-You CAN animate it, but make sure that the first frame is the main frame, because most people won't be able to see the animation unless they see a notification of me pop up.
-You can do anything with it! Background can be anything, any color, I don't really mind.
-You can shade it, leave it flat, etc.
-Any form of art is allowed! Cell shaded, realistic, paper, lineless, ANYTHING!
-I'd prefer head shots (shoulder to head), but if you want to squeeze in something else, feel free!
-He can wear anything!!
-I don't really have a preference of how it should look. I'm happy with anything :>
People who take commissions/requests and TranslateIcon:
The Voice of AnimalsFor so many defenseless creatures, Hell is just on Earth
"Violence against human animals and violence against non-human animals are the two sides of the same horrible coin"
The content of these videos might upset your sensibility
What a shame for human beings! (editor's note)
(Behind the mask of civilization and progress it often lurks an abomination made of violence again
Block and spreadOKAY FIRST OF ALL READ ALL OF THIS!
AND SECONDLY ACTUALLY BLOCK HER BECAUSE IF YOU TALK TO HER YOUR A VICTIM OF HER HATE AND THIRDLY SHE DOESNT CARE ABOUT YOU GUYS WHAT SO EVER SHES USING YOU GUYS TO MAKE HERSELF LOOK BETTER SERIOUSLY ACTUALLY READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LIBKS I SEND YOU AND BLOCK HER CAUSE IF YOU TALK TO HER SHELL ATTACK YOU TOO
(A link someone wanted me to share is in this comment)
Share on Tumblr pls?
Okay so we got a hypocritical girl who spreads rumors about people that she doesn't like...
She is now claiming that none of this is true
well if it isn't you'd be okay unhiding your comments right?
oh and people I recomme
Variation 21. Introduction
40. 4:29 PM
41. Citric Acid
44. Two Roads
45. Two Guns
50. Breaking the Rules
58. Kick in the Head
59. No Way Out
61. Fairy Tale
63. Do Not Disturb
73. I. Can't.
79. FUCK [if this theme offends you you may do the alternate theme "Balk"]
81. Pen and Pap
pixel commissions - open15/01/19 update: I remade this journal and added everything I offer for the moment and changed some prices to raise money to get my boyfriend out of his abusive house. My commissions will remain open but please be patient. Thank you.
Terms of Service
Outline color (if wanted):
code: baby icon
200 - $2,50 usd
can add: colored border (white or any color you want); solid background.
300 - $3,50 usd
Draw My OC's Win a Watercat! [Open]hey yall
its that time again lol
I'm here hosting another contest, this time with this beautiful watercat as the prize!
Rules + Characters to Draw
- Be kind to other participants! I don't want anyone being harassed or hurt, please be mindful of others' feelings!
- No premade drawings for this contest (things already drawn for other things)
- Can be digital or traditional, but digital is highly preferred!
- You can enter as many times as you'd like! <3
- Bases are not allowed! Your own artwork is good enough, please have fun with it!
- Nothing too inappropriate! Slighty gorey/sexually suggestive is alright but nothing too bad or something we wouldn't want a younger user to see c':
- Visual art only please! Not accepting literature.
- This will be judged on creativity! Have fun with your entries, make it interesting and fun to look at! Pixels, paintings, regular art, etc. all fine, but ha
Thank you so much for commenting!! Sadly, I won't be accepting any more trades now! All your art is amazing and so gorgeous, and I accepted as many trades, as I can complete in three months time.
I'm going to open art trades again probably after Art Fight!
Since I finished most of my black-ink art trades already, I'm uploading a new journal for designs and red ink illustration, as promised in the poll, bu