I get really nervous when I draw for serious, and my work suffers for it. Penciling details and inking are aren't so bad, but getting a decent composition at the start is damn near impossible, and just knowing this makes it even harder to start. Do you have any advice on how to get over this? Any good relaxation techniques or the recipe for a miraculous panacea that's been in your family for generations?
Yes! Draw it super tiny, like 1inch - 3 inches , so you can figure out what you like and what you don’t like right away and fix it before you draw it bigger. Easier to use fractions to compose as well! check out the rule of 3rds
Really love the Vomitron soundtrack you plugged awhile ago. I still listen to it regularly, it's great for a morning commute! Do you know of any other artists who've done covers of NES classics like Contra and Double Dragon, that wouldn't mind sharing? :D
Oh man I do! I have tons of videogame music, but the best way to share is via messenger, my AIM is [MaxVitalyLorenzo] and MSN is the same thing with [aol.com] at the end. Just hit me up and I’ll fling files at you!
WHY ARE YOU SO AWESOME, MAXIMO? D: Okay, so my other question is how did you meet the artists you know online? I feel like there are these awesome little circles of great comic artists who support each other... but they seem like they're just completely impenetrable to someone like me.
I’m awesome cause I DRINK AWESOME JUICE, FRESHLY SQUEEZED FROM ICE T-AWESOMREXES. Hmm most people are too shy, scared, or proud to talk to people they want to to talk to…So I try to take the initiative, I say hi to them online, I comment on their work, I meet them in person and talk with them. If I feel like they aren’t interested in me I shake it off and move on and spend my energy on people who I think will appreciate me ( with this in mind I really do my best to make people feel like they can approach me and talk to me, I can’t stand charisma lacking, snobby people on pedestals! ). Try to assess your skill level and find people who are passionate in your skill level range to start making friends with, work your way up from there.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in life, it’s not letting failure or people who don’t like me keep me down. In fact I use them to fuel my passion to keep trying and succeed. Knock me down and I’ll shoryuken your jaw on my way back up. +_+
(Ah yes if y`don't mind I'd like a bit of help as well. You may post this too.) Lately most of my friends have become rather distant, conversations die really easily and all of a sudden I'm left with probably a total of 3 friends who I consistently speak and are close with. I don't have a lot of friends in the first place and classmates don't count, but what do I do about this? Do I try to re-spark friendships or go find new friends somehow?
Yeah the same thing happens to me, people change, priorities shift, people move, or sometimes you just aren’t that compatible. I think the best thing to do is to learn to be sociable enough to make new friends. It’s a valuable skill and it can keep you from leaning on your best friends too much. As for re-sparking friendships, if you and your friends aren’t getting excited about the same kind of things and have something new you can be into together every so often, you just might not be that compatible.
I only talk to one friend on a consistent basis, but I feel lucky to have that person, I don’t need much more than that ( I mean more friends like that would be cool, but I won’t count on it). But I try to mix it up and talk to different / new friends or acquaintances because I like interacting with people.
(can post) Sometimes I really depress myself art wise. I have this insane drive to create, but instead I find myself doing nothing for hours and I can't seem to motivate myself. I have great friends who encourage me...but I want to be able to do it on my own without someone having to tell me to do it to get me started. It's incredibly frustrating, what can I do to keep myself drawing when I'm feeling like this? I just want to draw comics, but I feel like I'm failing when I cant pick up a pencil.
Motivation is sometimes the toughest part of doing art, but I think having a routine helps, if you start off the day warming up with some sketches or doodles listening to music its much easier to break into bigger tasks. I think personally my issue is drawing when i don’t want to work on that particular drawing I wasn’t to draw something else! So I pump my self up just doodling things I want to draw while listening to music I love, I’ll be more willing to get to work after that.
But yeah schedule and routine and FORCE yourself to do it.
(Not sure if you're still doing therapy sessions, but it's okay to post this) I'm an aspiring artist. I love drawing, but there are times when I get really depressed about it, like no one cares. My girlfriend (who is also an artist) tells me otherwise, but it doesn't feel that way. I'd like to do a comic series for Image, but I have doubts about that. I feel like I have good ideas, but not sure how they'd hold up. Have you ever felt that way?
It’s really hard to find someone who actually cares about your work, even family, friends and significant others may not fully understand. Just keep making friends around your skill level and try to encourage each other to work harder. But yes I know how this feels, for the most part you’re on your own until you get really really lucky.
As for good ideas? Never know until you try them. Making a webcomic is a decent way to find out what happens when you enact your ideas. You can make errors and learn, but the key thing is you don’t sit on your ideas, put them out there, start doing it!
Okay, my biggest fear is not getting picked up as a writer for anything. EVER. Regardless of my good ideas or what good things I do write, I'm scared of going unnoticed or just "not in the right place at the right time". I'm almost a year out of undergrad, got 2 rejection letters for grad school, & still writing and learning screenplays. I work a minimum wage job in a call center & I feel like I have no connections to make it happen. Worse yet, I have little cash.Tearfully frustrated. (can post)
Hmm, yeah having good ideas and even good writing/art can only get you so far. Artists like to say “oh just sit in a cave until good enough and suddenly everyone will give you jobs and money!” It doesn’t work like that. You have to convince people they want you, you have to sell yourself. This is something you have to work on and plan for, even if you have no connections or previous success don’t let it show! Work on being confident, greeting people, and selling yourself.
You’re still young and you’re going to have a lot more rejection. For every success I have I have like 30+ rejections, failed attempts, and ALMOST got the jobs.
And every time I don’t succeed, instead of getting sad, or depressed, I try to focus my emotions into righteous fury and let it fuel me to be productive! RAAUUGGHH!!! I mean I could get sad or depressed, and sometimes I do, but it won’t help me be productive. Sometimes it depression DOES help me to improve my work and try harder, but only people very close to me get to see that rare side of me.
As for the minimum wage job, try to find a job to support you that you can spend less hours in. Like if you can set your budget and living conditions to only work 3 days a week that’s 4/7 days you can be working on writing try not to waste it relaxing or having fun!
But yeah, creative life is not gonna be easy, it’s going to be frustrating, hungry, sleep deprived, and frighting. But you’re aiming for something more than most people will ever get, you’re playing life on hard mode, at least take pride in that. Keep yourself going by accomplishing small goals at a time, eventually those goals will pile up.
PS. personal tip, as a writer, work on humor. It’s the toughest skill, and it counts for a lot in impressing people.
(I don't mind if you post this ^^) So...I'm absolutely TERRIFIED that I'm not going to be able to sustain being a freelance comicker. It's the only thing I'm good at, it turns out, even if I'm not even really good at it at all. Stress from student loans (didn't even get to finish artschool) and hospital bills and having really poor health add to that fear. I can't NOT make comics, but it's hard to keep money incoming. Do you ever feel like this? (thank you!!!)
Oh man, I know this all too well. My answer to this problem has always been to avoid gaining responsibilities like debt, expensive rent, car i can’t afford, children, etc. But I’m also lucky I haven’t needed to see a doctor in about 10 years when my arm turned purple for some reason. Besides that I don’t buy a lot of anything, I cook at home a lot, and I avoid eating out like the plague.
That’s on my end, but obtaining steady work in comics is tough, really tough. And it doesn’t help the people with the most money to give to comic creators in America are obsessed with putting out only beefy superheros to the point where 90% of their comics are utter shit and they don’t even care. The rest of the paying jobs are easily swarmed by all the many many talented folks, or people with styles the publisher already know they want.
My solution for a long time was to work whatever job I got and just be happy I got work, but Image doesn’t exactly pay you, Tokyopop killed itself, and DC’s Zuda died. None of which I was surprised by, because in this business opportunities don’t last forever. Since then my solution has changed, now I’m just aiming to build a huge fanbase and be famous enough people will offer me work (well better deals than what I get now ), and I won’t have to bend over backwards trying to convince anyone to let me work for them.Failing that hopefully I can make a good enough work that I can sell it and merchandise via con circuit to help sustain myself.
But in the meantime, managing money somewhat carefully, being frugal, and taking on side work whether it be toning pages, baking bread, or being a chocolatier (my last 3 jobs ). Makes sure I’ll live to draw another page.
I ended up dating a long time friend that I secretly loved. He already had a girlfriend and didnt tell me..a year later i got pregnant and had his child. He's with me now, but he doesn't love me. He thinks I don't know but he's still in love with his ex.
posting it because following note said I could.
Wow, I don’t know if you want my advice on this one or not, but I’m going to guess you do. ” He already had a girlfriend and didnt tell me" This alone right here means you should dump him right now, because you will never ever be able to trust him again, he’ll probably just end up dumping you or cheating on you later, so if you dump him first at least you can salvage your dignity. Beyond that, it might be a long hard journey, but you can find someone who does love you.If you don’t choose to take this advice, then you should probably talk to someone who specializes in these issues like a women’s outreach.
PS. make sure you hit him with child support on his way out.
Okay biggest secret? I want to be like you dude, drawing art and meeting other artsy people that share your interests. Whenever I see my favorite artists posting stuff about webcomics or manga or animation, I feel happy for them. But I also die a little inside, because these people are living my dream life as a professional artist. you can post this if you want.
Hmm, but you can do webcomics and stuff! What’s stopping you? Even if it’s a hobby on the side you can do it! And you can go to cons to meet other artists can’t you? But being a Pro is totally different, If you want that prepare to starve and sufferrrr…
I used to have dreams where I'd kiss my brother and stuff. I'm an older sister and we grew up really close, but never that close, and I don't want to kiss him in real life or anything. I dunno, it's not that big a deal but it used to really stress me out.
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I wouldn’t take kissing in a dream at face value, maybe it’s just your subconscious saying you really care about that person, or you want them close. I know dreams manifest what’s in the back of your head in really weird ways, I’ve kissed a lot of odd things in life I wouldn’t kiss.
I have somewhat common blackouts, where in which I wake up spooning and fondling animals in the local zoo (mainly the ones with rough hides), the security threatening me with tazers. You may post this.
I’d like to suggest you try fondling animals in a zoo while your awake and see if that helps your dreams progress past that point.
Pretty awesome, I’m on page 60 something of ohko, it releases in about a month. So doing chapter 3, setting up the site then it’s go time. Otherwise I have been an assistant on souless for my buddy rem, and getting good practice. Been building up on my cooking skills trying new things and cooking healthier. For fun i’ve been playing streetfighter x tekken for fun. How about you??