Working under Shiga

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For an entire year, once a week, I would go over to Jason’s place to help him print his comics for his Patreon for his comic ‘Demon’. The 720 page webcomic has been completed, the last of the Patreon orders mailed out, the limited print run chapters all done, and now my job has been retired. It was a great ride while it lasted.

Every day I worked there, we always had a nice chat during lunch break. And I always learned something new. For the entire year I was there, I always asked questions, and many times, I was surprised about the answers he gave me.  I feel it is because I’m in a different generation of artists in artist alley, while he is in a generation of artists who haven’t really relied on artist alley. Well…sorta?

Here are some highlights I learned from working there.

A comic artist’s life may not be for every person who dreams to be a comic artist-this one might be a bit hard to explain, and is in no way offensive. For some people, crouching over and making comics 8 hours a day is the best thing ever…..if you want to do that for years and years. For some, that might be too much work, and having a part time job to split the work (although that also means more working), is actually a better way to both get stuff done, have a breather, and still get paid for something else. I think the best decision for my future was to take a step back, study pharmacy tech, and get a job. I recently got a job, and although the sacrifice is energy and time, I now have an income and a way to fund my projects.
I don’t know if I’ll be a pharmacy technician for the rest of my life, but one day, if I get a constant stream on income for my artwork, I might become a full time comic artist. But for now, I’m quite contempt being a hard worker.

Artist alley should be a way to promote. Earning money at artist alley is a plus, but don’t think you can live solely off of this when selling comics–I know there is the 1% who can, but for most people, it’s more like a fairy tale. I really thought this was possible, but there was one week where Jason went all the way to Canada just to sell his comics. I asked him about how he’d ever profit from that, and his answer was that promoting it is more important than just selling it (that and I think he wanted to go on vacation). He doesn’t go to a lot of conventions because there’s not much profit in the work, but promoting it online and carefully choosing which conventions to go to display your work is more important. For me, cutting back on conventions was also one of the best choices I’ve done for myself. Instead of stressing over what kind of ‘fanart’ I should make, I was able to utilize that stress-free time to create my own comics–I was published in three anthologies, and working on two anthologies right now. And now that I think about it, the people I often see who really DO live off selling at conventions are often the people who have massive walls of fanart prints, not self published comics.
I don’t make as much money at artist alley now, but I definitely feel a lot prouder of the work that’s come out of having extra time to do the work. At the same time, my hard work has been paying off, as my internet shop has had a few more frequent sales through the months.

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Draw what you want to draw.–If you’ve ever read Jason Shiga’s Demon, then you know exactly where I learned this from.
It may have been one of my most ‘crude’ looking comics, but I definitely wanted to make a comic about proper convention behavior. I gave these out for free at Yumecon and Anime on Display, and got some great reactions.
previewMy fear of people judging me for my work was one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome when I made that comic. I’ve made comics where I spent months perfecting, while this comic was drawn in a span of two days (albeit it took several hours of interviews over a span of several weeks to get the right info). I look back at that piece of paper folded in half, and I think to myself ‘what the heck was I so scared of? I’m giving the comic out for free o_O’
What’s important is that you make a piece of work you’re proud of.

You don’t have all the time in the world-I’m not sure how to word this correctly, but I hope my explanation makes sense.
Sometimes you will get one chance to do something, and whether you take that opportunity or not, if you miss it, you may never get that exact same chance again. I could always drive down to San Jose for Fanime in fourty five minutes. But a plane ticket to Austin Texas? I’m not sure if I’ll ever make time next year. Or there might be a steak restaurant there that might go out of business. Or maybe that plane ticket will be more expensive the next year. I mean yea, going to RTX will cost at least three times as much as Fanime, but having the opportunity to do something may never come back in a long, long time.

I went on my first plane ride last year to Seattle to go to Emerald City Comic Con, met artists I’ve only dreamed of shaking hands with, discovered new amazing artists, made connections with companies I thought was impossible, had some amazing food, and somewhere in the far, far back, I saw a mountain with snow for the first time in my life! I may have spent a shit ton of money to do that, but I regret nothing from this experience.

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above: While most people were closing the shades in the airplane and trying to take a nap out of boredom on the plane to Seattle, I could not help but stare out the window for the entire time. It was the first time I’ve seen a sunset from an airplane, and it was so beautiful. I saw rivers, creeks, some mountains with snow, and while the sun was setting, I could see the building lights slowly turn on in the cities.

Everyone starts from nothing-Everyone who is a comic artist has all started from a single thing–making a comic. So if you want to be a comic artist, and improve your comics, and get recognized for comics, you need to make them to climb your way up a crazy mountain of other creators. And unlike other professions, there’s no end to this chain. You can keep climbing higher and higher–make more comics, create new works, branch into movies, games, and other things. But everyone starts from nothing.

You won’t know unless you try; don’t be scared to try things few have ventured out to do. This is my very first custom nendoroid. And also, my first time with my professional camera, shooting figurines. I started from nothing, and now this is my new hobby :3

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Kids are a lot of work–He’s got a kid. Sounds like a lot of hard work. Be prepared.

Well, I’ve changed a lot in the past year. Maybe these tips will help you, maybe they won’t. But for me, I think I’m finally walking on the right path to my future, thanks to Jason. I hope you look forward to my future blog articles ;)

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Photograph with Consent: How it all began/progress

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So now that you’ve read this article, I wanted to give you a little history lesson about how it all started.

How it all started: Long story short, a lot of people told me it couldn’t be done. So I decided to prove to all these people it could.

And so that’s when I had the idea of making the signs.

First Attempt: Fanime 2014
Fanime was coming up, so I made an online template, printed out a bunch of them, and handed them out while we all waited in line to get in the convention. Basically, everyone takes one, passes it down until they’re gone (and they disappeared halfway). I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do it, and people loved the sign. However, it was very obscure, and from what I heard, staff was trying to take the signs down. I don’t know if it is true, but I did notice a diminish of signs even though the entire stack that went down the line as we waited all disappeared. So I would call this attempt a fail, but with a very tiny positive reaction. People liked the sign, but it was ineffective, in my opinion.

Second Attempt: Sac Anime 2014 (summer)
I was allowed to create a custom made version of the original version to hand out at the convention, but unfortunately there were two problems. 1) The head of the department did not want to print out the signs, and so I just posted on facebook for people to print it out themselves (and not everyone reads the facebook), 2) The head of the department was incredibly difficult to contact, and 3) I wasn’t there to see it so I have no idea if anyone used the sign. Attempt was a complete fail.

Third Attempt: Kraken Con 2014
I emailed the head of the convention, and they agreed to let me make a custom template for them. They said they would print them out for me, and hand them out. Fortunately, I was tabling there so I could experience it. There was a nice lady who walked up to every table, showed the ‘do not photograph sign’, and then if the artist wanted the sign, they would help tape it on their table. The thing was, the signs were printed on bright yellow paper. And some people told me it was sort of working. This was the first time when I noticed improvement. At that point, I thought it was because multiple tables had the same sign (because based on what the other artists told me, customers were curious about what the signs meant, and begun conversation with the artists). I would say this was an improvement, but not a pass. 

Fourth Attempt: Sac Anime, 2015 (winter)
Okay, so this time I decided to table at this convention. In this attempt, I thought that the reason why the third attempt worked was because more than one person had the sign. Again, the head of the department did not want to print them and took a very long time to get a hold of, so I decided to print them on white paper and left a stack at artist alley registration. At least the artist alley staff was kind enough to allow me to put it at their front table. Sadly, ll the artist’s answers were too vague to consider it a positive or negative problem, and I could barely find any table with the signs. Fail again, I suppose.

Fanime 2015
 By this time, I had to think about why my third attempt work, but not the others. I joined the facebook group ‘artist alley international’, redesigned it, and I asked everyone’s opinions about the sign. Here, I heard a lot of comments about artists who have given up hope, and some pretty much accepted the idea that their work would be stolen so they don’t bother. I decided to post a revamped design, and one artist on there was a graphic designer and gave me some great tips to redesign my sign to what it looks now.  Unfortunately, many artists had disagreements on what the sign would actually say, so I decided to make multiple versions. I decided to think about why my past attempts were fails, and changed my process.

This is what I did based on my previous fails:

  • redesign to be as straightforward but polite as I can
  • bought a huge pack of yellow paper and printed on the signs on that
  • The design emulated a caution sign for easy recognition of the intent
  • I passed out the signs myself this time, to ensure everyone at least had a chance of getting one
  • I made multiple versions to accommodate different setups, such as printing a few on pink paper (for light colored setups), or making miniature versions for tables that have an enormous clutter of prints, or those who wanted one logo vs. two logos, and finally one with a red outline to distinguish that the artist
  • Due to several different opinions of the sign, I made three different versions to accommodate everyone’s needs. Because the signs all had the uniform ‘caution’ tape on the top and bottom, it still gave out the same message. One had only the camera logo, one included a logo that indicated instagram, and the last one did not have’without asking the artist first’ and had actual red on it to indicate that there would be zero tolerance for photographing.
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Did it work? To surprise, much better than expected!

Results and hypothesis:
I am going to be honest here, I really did not expect it to be as successful. I thought it would be the same as Krakencon, where most people inquired due to confusion or the like. Well it sort of did, but on a more positive scale. Of the two hundred and ninety eight tables in the artist alley alone, a hundred and fourty one tables asked for a sign. That’s almost half the tables! 0_0 This does not include Dealer’s hall (I recall giving some out to the artists there, but unfortunately did not have time at the convention to get back to them).

I made a second round the next day to check if these artists had the signs up, and unfortunately some have put them down either because ‘no one asked for photos’ or they ‘didn’t have time to put it up’. Well, even if they didn’t put it up at this convention, now they have a handy sign if they ever want to use it in the future. I am going to take a guess here, but it may possibly be the fact that so many other tables were making a statement that attendees pretty much picked up what was going on. Or so I wish to think that.

Making my second round, and I asked people if the sign worked. From what I heard, it has helped a lot, but of course, you get the usual photographer who ignores it. It wasn’t a 100% fix, but definitely the best improvement so far. I’d still call it a success if an artist can compare this time with a previous time and point their finger to this convention and say ‘yep there’s a difference’. I strategically made this sign for Fanime, because many artists (and attendees) are not from the Bay Area. It helps make a statement that other artists around the country agree as well. So hopefully this works elsewhere.

In the end, not all tables NEED a sign:
I pay careful attention to tables that encourage photos. They’re usually artists that are already known for a specific kind of art, craft, or authors of comics/books. I can see why authors of books would encourage it (I mean the title of their work is right on the art there’s no need to hide it), and that the very popular artists don’t care because they already have enough fame that it doesn’t matter. What DID surprise me was that some really high tier artists wanted the signs!  But that’s for you, the artist, to experience yourself–so if you use a sign or not, in the end it’s your own decision :)

One thing I do while i pass out signs is that I never explain why I give them unless they inquire. This sounds funky, but if you already have a great positive experience with people taking photos, there’s no reason to have one of these signs on your table. However, if you’ve experienced it or know someone who has experienced bad moments with the photos, that’s usually the crowd of artists who appreciate the signs more than anyone. 

Future concepts, ideas, etc:
This entire project at Fanime costed me a total of $119, which included travel and hotel, but that’s not even the food cost. This project took so long that I couldn’t even check out dealer’s hall to get anything. I was fortunate enough to be a table helper so I could get a badge that would allow me to talk to artists before the convention begins, but with the hours I needed to help him, it was taking up too much time. I highly doubt I will ‘travel’ to huge conventions to do this unless I found a way to get there with minimal cost. However, I’ll be contacting anime/comic/indie conventions to see who is interested, and mail it to them or direct them to my template page. So far after contacting a few conventions, I’ve had positive results ^_^

Do you want to help?
Since I’m not tabling at conventions for a while, I won’t be having a nice stream of revenue to fund this project. At the moment, please consider a commission or two to ease my wallet when I print and mail out a ton of signs to conventions. 

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Uzumaxim: the Junji Ito tribute

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I wanted to help a friend out with his anthology, as a tribute to Junji Ito.
I’m fascinated by how strange his stories are, especially the ones about odd obsessions and fetishes people have, and how they would go wrong….very wrong. His ideas often revolve around the term ‘curiosity killed the cat’, where the main character finds something peculiar about someone else, and dives into a rabbit hole of hell.

I decided to draw this comic based on how little babies like to lick things or eat things they’re not supposed to. The story was also inspired by some news about kids getting pinkeye when they were trying to lick each other’s eyeballs. Although apparently a false story, it was good enough inspiration to make this:

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It’s just a four pager, and only took a week, but I submitted in March last year. Apparently the process is taking quite a while, so they said it was okay for me to post this now :3
Anyways, I liked the story in this piece, so I thought I’d share! When they announce preorders, I hope you guys check out the rest of the chilling stories in that book!
Props to PowFlip for the project, I can’t wait till it’s finished! :D

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Current Project: Destiny Limit

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If you do not watch my tumblr or facebook, then you have no idea I’ve been ranting about this for quite a while. That’s okay, that’s why I’m posting here.

Let’s see…to sum up what happened:

I lost my job I just earned after a 4 month internship. Then an idea popped up. I got four other people to help me out, we’re creating a game called Destiny Limit.

 

WELL, now that I have material and stuff, it’s much easier to explain :D

And yes, I’m slowly getting better at Adobe Premiere. And I learned the pen tool. And I also am doing the coding with RenPy.

If you’re wondering what part I play in this project: I am the main coordinator, director, scripter, coder (yes you heard me right), I maintain the social networking (on top of all of this), the colorist, and lastly I ink the backgrounds.

And here is the site:
the facebook: www.facebook.com/destinylimitgame
the tumblr: www.destinylimitgame.tumblr.com
and a post on the forum about it: http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=23440&p=293397#p293397

 

So I am a busy little girl. However, I am STILL always open for commissions.

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Just another Manic Monday

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Quit my job over frustration, again.
I finished my three month long free internship and got the paying gig at an art gallery, just to find I was incredibly disappointed, stressed, and growing mentally aggravated. So I quit. Hopefully all is good for the company, but I know if someone was hired as my replacement, more things would likely get done compared to right now. I liked the place, but I must depart.

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What am I going to do now? Panic. Well, not really. My life seemed to have sorted out for the better right now.

Although I took a free internship and most of it was ‘self study’, I did indeed learn a few life lessons. One of them is to ‘keep your eye on the prize’ and the other is ‘it’s not impossible’. So I am taking a lot of chances on things I would never have had the courage to do three months ago. Very proud of that, but at the moment I’m back to having no job. So…what did I do?

Make ads:

I put out two craigslist ads online. Here they are ;)

Comic Art Teacher: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/crs/3965198408.html

Event Photographer: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/crs/3966086877.html

I doubt much will come from it, but like I learned–it is never impossible. There’s a 99.9% chance of it not happening, but that isn’t impossible. But this thinking pattern and my incredible anxiety issues pretty much drove me insane at work.

Mass promo mailing:

I bought 98 envelopes. And hey, guess what? All of them will have an address on it along with postage to publishers and editors I found on the internet that are located in the United States. Big woop. Again, it’s probably impossible for me to get hired with my skill, but you know what? I’m going for it. And I’ll keep getting better and do it until something happens. Also, anyone in the Bay Area looking to send out promotional artwork to editors, feel free to contact me. All you have to do is help with the postage.

Learn to drive:

If you’ve never heard me talk about this, I failed the written driving exam twice, and I failed the driving exam. Well, my goal this week is to read the booklet twice, take the written this week, and just f*ckin get this shit done like I was supposed to two years ago.

Conventions:

Now that I am LOOKING for a job, my main revenue will be back to conventions. Although last few times quite unsuccessful, I have confidence I’ve gotten better and hope to earn bak the usual amount I used to earn years ago before it was bombarded with other artists. But hoping I can learn to drive asap, I will be able to travel to farther conventions. Currently growing out my work into far more professional looking stuff, I hope it gets somewhere.

I’m making a comic:

After about a year hiatus, I am going back to my comic, and I have edited the story for the third time. After fixing up a loophole and showing it to my ‘editors’ I’ll be breaking it down into chapters and working on it. It sounded like I was bluffing for so long, but I’ve already created a number of character composition, drafts, etc while I waited for my chance to continue, which is now.

And I’m making a game:

After some frustration looking at forum threads regarding ‘making a non-anime visual novel’, I decided this is something I must show them. I hate hard headed people who don’t think too far out the box. It was like that time I was discriminated by close-minded artists in a livestream talking me down because Adobe Photoshop isn’t a ‘coloring program’ and Sai was obviously the ‘right choice’ for coloring. So this time, instead of ‘leaving the chat’, I’m going full out and creating a goddamn visual novel that doesn’t look like your anime dating sim. Also, anyone able to contribute something productively, feel free to contact me. It’s free, but I might have something I can trade with you.

And again, I’m always open for commissions. 

Anyways, it’s rare I post a ‘what’s going on’ thing, but I really think I walked past a brick wall into a new transition today.

 

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I saw a real LIVE DEAD person!

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I had the opportunity tonight to walk into a cadaver session in Merritt College tonight. I’m sure none of you care to know, but I went back to college to take courses that I did not have the opportunity to take in an art college. I am currently taking a class called Medical Terminology, and one of my classmates mentioned a class where they had two dead bodies being cut up. The teacher was nice enough to let her walk in, and I decided to take my chances to tag along and draw the dead body. Boy was I surprised. Not freaked out surprised, just….surprised.

 

First thing that blew my mind was how the textbooks and the real thing do not look alike at all. Well, I kind of know the body parts are all color coded in textbooks, but this dead body, soaked in formaldehyde (I think?), …..well, it smelled a bit. My nose stung a little so I breathed with my mouth and it was a lot better. But back to topic, I had NO IDEA what a real intestine looked like. Wow my textbooks are so different. So just to clarify, your intestine is not some giant tube shoved into your tummy. It actually looks more like a sea anenome, where the tubes are all connected with flaps of cartilage together, so they fit in place. super duper crazy.

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They let me uncover her face, and I was surprised how untouched it looked. But it was different. Something about it…it looks like she’s sleeping, but it looks like she’s dead. It was a strange feeling to see someone who would sleep for the rest of eternity. Then I saw the male cadaver, and he had very prominent muscles. The people cutting up the body picked out some veins/tendons, it was nuts. I had no idea that some veins are actually attached to arteries! Anyhow, the male cadaver had a broken arm, and it was an interesting draw:

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(top left: piece of rib and cartiledge that was cut open, top right: giant artery that split between the shoulder, bottom: there was a bone sticking out of the tendons in one arm)

And here’s one more of the intestine. The fact that you can barely recognize what it looks like is because in textbooks they usually show the anterior view of the body on the diagrams:

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But man….when I saw the teacher just pull out the thing I was so amazed…

And finally, the most intriguing session was when Professor Em took out a preserved esophagus to show me. Many, many things have cleared up in my head about how the throat works. Now that I’ve seen a real throat, it’s so much easier to understand how the epiglottis works (how food and air is separated in the throat). I also learned that taste buds really DO work deep in your throat, which is actually part of the ‘aftertaste’ of some foods. It’s not really that you just tasted it, it’s often that the receptors in your tongue that sense bitter flavors are towards the back, so when you have that nasty aftertaste, it’s actually your back receptors in your throat working!

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Anyways, I came home smelling like….I know I smelled like something. Since it was the last day of the class, I will have to wait many months to get the opportunity to do this again. When I do, I think I’ll pay for the six week class session. Even though I probably won’t cut anything, sitting there, poking and pulling the parts to understand the structure of a real thing…really intense experience. I just have to keep saying this, but this is nothing like the textbook. I don’t even think finding photos online will help you. When you cut up, touch, feel, and understand the real body parts, it’s far more intense and different, and truly a very unique learning experience.

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Angry Artist Alley: Why do people use markers?

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As some artists, we sit behind artist alley to get pocket cash, exposure, you know the stuff. From budgets, to transportation/living, horrible customers, and well…if you never sat behind artist alley, you have no idea. And if you have…ever feel frustrated?

You’ve got stories? Concerns? Questions? Ask away!

I know there have been people who have sat behind cons before me, but I’ve started around 2004, and I walked in with absolutely no guidance (aka. i screwed up a LOT). So I learned through my mistakes, acquired more than just a handful of stories, and I’ve seen my peers and table mates go through it all too. I don’t mean a convention a year, I mean an average about six a year.

 

You will see it everywhere at artist alley-those copic or prismacolor markers…yea you know what i mean.
But why? They’re not too pleasing to smell, and they’re expensive!

I will point out, people use watercolors. But you know…the dreaded SPILL of hell (trust me, I’ve seen it more than a few times). I’ll also note that some of these reasons are better not to be told to a noobie who decides to sit behind the table for the first time. A mistake investment in markers can be very sad. Nor should you force someone to buy it just for the following reasons. If you decide to explain it to them, make sure to give them the cons of having markers as well.  A better explanation of any material in general is better than immediately buying and trying it out. Please try any art tool out yourself at a store or ask questions at a demo first.

 

Here are some reasons:

1)Everyone else is doing it-Well, got to fit in, right?

2)I look so boss with it-If the pros got it, having them will make you seem a bit more professional too. You don’t have to know how to use them properly or draw very well with it, when people see you using it, they think you’re pro.

3)Quick to use, quick to dry-draw a line-DONE. By the time you just read that sentence it’s dried.

4)Refillable-Lots of people toss the markers when they’re dry, which is really…well…did you know they have refills? The marker refills are slightly more expensive than the marker (by a dollar or two), and each refill is about 5-10 refills worth of one marker. Ink is also mixable, so I actually mix my own colors in the markers….which also means they’re not the real colors I purchased unless it was the color of my refills….but that also means I have marker colors I’d actually want to use.

Here are cons about using them:

1)Depending on the number you have, they can get bulky-more than seventy-two markers is tricky to pack up.

2)Cost-Imagine them being about five dollars each. Imagine someone stole that 72 pack you had lying around.

3)The smell-alcohol based markers will have colors that will not fade for decades, but it also has the slight smell of rubbing alcohol. After a few years you get used to it though.

4)Mistaking your table mates’ markers for yours, or people stealing them-yea, there was this jackass once…….

5)Caps don’t snap-when using these, make sure you know where you put the cap of the marker. Other than the CIAO copics (and a select other few), the caps don’t snap to the other side of the marker, which means you have to lay it somewhere next to the table or something. When you lose it, you’re dead. And so will your marker. Until you find it, after a heart attack.

6)Mis-capping: Markers come in a LOT of colors. Color intensity/hue/etc can be SO SLIGHT in markers, you better know which cap/color code goes on top of which marker. If you accidentally miscap two markers with very similar colors, that’s well…I hate when that happens.

7)bleeds right through paper: Make sure to color over a piece of blank paper, or the paper will bleed right through whatever art underneath.

How many markers do I need My starter set was 24 sketch, which was a great number for MANY years. I would recommend buying a SET instead of individual just to save money, but don’t go overboard. Eventually, there were specific colors I only wanted, so I bought a separate copic marker wallet to stash the other markers. My collection is a little over seventy, accumulated for eight years. You can always use a limited color palate too, and that makes for a very unique commission ^_^
Don’t buy the 72 pack on your first attempt without ever trying the markers out.

But do I REALLY need to use markers?
Hey, I’ve seen some awesome watercolor artists out there, ain’t no shame in that. Some people work exclusively digitally and only do pen and ink sketches. It’s just a mental kind of thing to have, like if all the cool kids have it, then suddenly having it would give you the sense of being that cool too.

My pro tip? Do what you love. If you like colorpencils, bring that instead. Crayons? Pastels? Whatever makes you happy. Markers are expensive, and if you don’t want to ever touch them, then don’t.

 

 

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Webseries: Pilot

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I posted this on my facebook page about two weeks ago:

youtube version: http://youtu.be/TxjSVuV7Uzo

 

 

I am thinking of making a webseries that introduces materials and methods in making comics. Not how to draw better (that’s called talent and practice), but a better understanding of things you either avoided or didn’t know about materials. In a world that hits the digital media so bad, people have been looking away from traditional media without even knowing its capabilities. And also, I’ve met old artists who look down on digital media because it’s different from their age. And lastly, what I see most, are people who use digital media but are very ignorant about what the capabilities of the program can provide.

This webseries I am planning will provide for a basic understanding of materials, concepts, forms, and methods that solve issues that are commonly seen in creating comics. And I say ‘comics’ because most of what I’ll be showing will be around graphite, pen and ink, and markers (not paint, sorry). It will tackle simple questions like drawing comic frames without a beveled ruler, making a comic with just pencil lead without it looking like it was the first draft, shading with a pen, speed lines, different company products, etc.

 

After some advice about this video, I have created a standing overhead rig (so it wont be so shaky), I need a good title for this thing, an opening scene, and some simple music to accompany it, and a closing scene with my information.

 

So, for anyone who has an idea for the title, do tell.  I’m open to suggestions. Any ideas on topics? Questions about tools? Ever had a stupid problem when you were working on comics? Tricks to working faster?

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Five things I thought I would never do again after Graduation

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So, it’s pretty much an entire year since graduation, and kinda feels like falling off a cliff, metaphorically speaking. Mostly being unsuccessful in anything. I have had chances but somehow they get blown back into my face, and I’d start back at square one again. Well, a bit of boiling anger and anxiety really threw me a few times, but that surprisingly usually ends up in a happy ending. I had personally tried to avoid a lot of things as much as possible after graduating (although some of this involves the time during thesis).  And this was how my life ended up in a year:

1)Drawing monsters and animals: Yes I love scifi, but I really avoid drawing monsters or animals in general. I decided to go with my thesis idea because people liked my idea better than the other ideas. Somehow ended up okay. That’s cool. Drawing animals in general are really tough for me–I just stick with drawing my people. However, a while ago I decided to get a book on animal skeletons. Turned out to be some sort of medical anatomy book. Too fascinating. TOO AWESOME. So I bought another book. And I went to an art gallery show at the Legion of Honor, where there were many ‘monster’ creatures decorated on the vases. And then I saw pics of deep sea creatures in a book. And I decided to get a dvd of the deep sea and another book. WOW, one of the things i most resented drawing in art school ends up to be the most fascinating thing to look at right now.

 

2)Make a website: After website class, I decided to put it off my head. Somehow ended up making one for someone right now, but not going very well. Still, i thought I’d never be in this situation, and whaddaya know it creeps right up the ass crack again. And once more–Damn you Internet Explorer!

3) Ink digitally: This is an interesting topic. There was once a time i inked my comics digitally and colored them traditionally. After getting a sweet deal on Manga Studio EX 4 for $25, I tried making a comic with a similar technique and oh boy I will say…I’m gonna stick to this for a while. A month before I got that program I was in a comic group telling them how much better it is to use a real pen. I don’t regret saying that, but I have a different perspective on it now. My own inking is also far rougher than theirs, although I don’t really plan to make it much better than it is now.

 

4) Make and eat yogurt and sandwiches for lunch: aye, this is a weird one. I stopped eating yogurt years ago because I got sick of a cup a day. Same with sandwiches.  I worked at a cafe for two months, and during that time I picked up a few nitpicks about good sandwiches. First off–whatever they stick in it is VERY simple and cheap. Just combining it in a decent order is something else. So in my fridge, I have cheese, avocado  turkey, and onion. And that’s my yummy sandwich–i stick it in the microwave for about 45 seconds and the cheese is melted inside :3 But seriously, I had a sandwich almost every day in highschool and so much in college, I was so sick of it. Still, today in the middle of munching on it I was just feeling nostalgic about all those times I made one in the past.

5) Use a technical pen: Now this sounds so whack. I have packs of sample pens and stuff, I was really going to do something with it. Then one day, out of time restraint, I decided to use a technical pen to speed up the process in exchange for quality. The pen I used had its nib half dead from me slamming the tip on the paper so hard, that it actually worked EVEN BETTER! The pressure from the abuse actually lightened up the sensitivity and so I was able to create line width with it. So I’m planning to keep my stash for the future.

 

So what did I learn from all this? Don’t commit to something for the rest of your life. You may like one thing at one point, but sometimes it’s good to go back to old habits.

Also, if you’re curious, the pics were brush pen.

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Etsy: REVIVED!

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I tell ya, my art looks better if I sold it to you :]

 

Well, actually Christmas is coming up and all, but not many know that I have updated my Etsy. I’ve said and promised over and over, but now it’s begun. I actually have two stores, although Etsy is my ‘craft’ store, where practically everything sold will be a one-of-a-kind hand made craft.

CLICK TO CHECK OUT MY ETSY

If you’re too lazy to check, here’s some samples (click on image to check it out at the shop!)

 Origami Washi Paper Button set 1, $6.00

 Origami Washi Paper Button Set 2, $6.00

 Raku Fired Vase, $35

(check out more at my etsy)

THERE WILL BE MORE UPDATES COMING UP.

 

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