So at Kumoricon a few weeks ago I was part of a skit team. We put together a little dance number called “Do Your Best”. Our masters comedic dance ended up earning us Best in Show! Anyways, here is a shot of the end of the skit and one of us after winning.
Both photos by the talened Jason DeSomer
Working on this skit made my year.
@sporkbot and I will be selling prints, commissions, and other fandom related goods!
As I am working on art for the con, I have a few questions:
- What series / characters are you interested in seeings art of? So far I have JJBA, DBZ, Berserk, MLP, Attack on Titan, Assassin’s Creed, Hetalia, and some Sailor Moon on my list. (Sorry, I can’t sell Homestuck merchandise. But I will be accepting commissions!)
- When it comes to the size of prints, what are your preferences? Do you like bookmarks, postcards, or 8x10 and larger?
- Is there interest in art that contains adult material? Not necessarily smut, but perhaps some erotica or pin ups?
This article was written by Phil Straub back in 2005, and it is as fresh and vital today as it was then. Phil’s tips and trick are timeless, and can help you make your images pop!
Composition is everything! No amount of detail in an illustration or Concept Painting will be successful…
Went to the Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule 2014 Tour show in Portland and had the honor of accepting Dr.Steve’s marriage proposal.
He also gave me a “health exam” and danced with me. It was pretty wild!
Finished another monster polaroid!!
I like the coloring on this one more, it looks softer. I wish I could retouch the coloring on Sharkie to keep things consistent, but I merged all the layers cuz I’m a dingus. ;w; OH WELL!
Tumblr is gonna kill these colors…
Some harsh but very very true words
When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.
"this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…"
"this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…"
"there is better stuff on later pages…"
It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.
But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”
You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.
This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time.
This is really important. Eliminate this urge. Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work. Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun. Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work. You lose the urge to do it. You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat. They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself. Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work. Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure. If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work. When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.
Dressed up as a big JJBA nerd for the first day of Kumoricon. I wore my DIO tights, Muppet Zeppeli shirt, Speedwagon wig and hat.
The absolute best cosplay at Kumoricon. These two looked so excited and happy to be dressed up. Their mother(I assume) was towing them around the park and didn’t seem to be getting very far because they were stopped for photos so often haha.
Experimenting with different styles and media. I used mostly highlighters, prismacolor pencils, and sharpies for these.
I’ve been on a traditional art kick lately!
Last night’s Jojo_60min prompt was R.E.O. Speedwagon! He’s my favorite character out of the entire series so this was right up my alley. I tried to emulate Araki’s style.
The line art is what I completed in the 60 minutes, I threw together the colors afterwards.
I apologize as this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.
I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.
When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.
And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.
But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, or passive racism that plagues our country.
And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.
Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.
But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?
That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.
So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.
And then let’s turn the damn page.