Do you have any advice on getting your first book printed and for meeting a deadline?
Yes! your first books you do you should be printing yourself, either through a site like Ka Blam or Lulu, look around and check some reviews and match prices, or print them yourself! I plan to print and assemble OHKO myself in B/W and sell it at cons.
As for being published, printing yourself and running the con circuit helps publishers find you, or gives you enough time to grow and learn until you are ready to work with a company.
For meeting deadlines, have a calandar with all your stuff you need to do and look at it first thing in the morning, look at it as soon as you get up, and don’t do anything fun or play on the internet until you finished SOMETHING on that list,
I was thinking if anyone would understand the need for 'Viewtiful' to be officially added to the english dictionary, you would. But then I thought that the word was meant to describe beauty beyond words... and maybe it would be cheapened trying to describe it. Any thoughts on the matter?
I always thought it was something along the lines of beautiful action. SO INTENSE! SO VIEWTIFUL!
Although I think Dobson is a total butthole based on his flimsy logic, emotional outbursts, and general shitty public attitude…I think people throwing stones at him for tracing big ben is dumb. It’s part of a collage, he traced a photo, and it’s not a person/character. Tracing a photo for say a background for part of a piece of work just isn’t comparable to tracing another piece of art, it’s a difference between sampling [collage] (which is allowable in copyright due to “De Minimis” ), remixing [fanart] (derivative works ) and theft [fully traced artwork] (full infringement).
People are just eager to jump all over this because either they don’t like Dobson, or they want to stick their noses in the air and go “well i may be shitty but at least I’m no TRACER” but neither are doing us any favors in addressing the complexities of copyright.
I’m not really trying to defend Dobson so much as explain that “tracing” is a tool, not just a dirty word, the issue isn’t that simple.
since tumblr will let me reblog that question, i just want to say here that your answer on criticism is really accurate. there are a lot of insecure people who dish out criticism pretending they're trying to help someone out when they're really just ego-stroking, then acting like it's the artist's fault and they "can't take criticism". sure, you don't need to be a chef to know what tastes good. but should an actual chef really give a shit about indepth culinary critique from one random asshole?
Pretty much, that’s another reason good friends are so valuable to artists, and if you ask some to help crit you, it should be very much appreciated when they give you that critique.
Hi Maximo. There were a couple of things I disagreed with in your rant about Korra fanart, but the one I feel is important to challenge you on is that you said if you want to "correct" (which I'm going to say is equal to critique in this context) another artist's work, you have to "Learn to fucking draw better than them". Just because one artist isn't on the same skill level as another doesn't make their criticism automatically invalid.
Hey dude! Sure I can debate about the subject a bit with you. I actually agree that ” Just because one artist isn’t on the same skill level as another doesn’t make their criticism automatically invalid.” But the reason why I suggest being better than someone before you dole out advice in any instance where the person has not asked you, or you’re not the person’s friend is in my experience opinions are already subjectively devalued unless-
-You respect the person
-You think that person has your best interest at heart
-Many people share the same opinion
-Enough people in that specific social circle already agree on said opinion
In short, everyone’s got opinions but what do they really matter if the target audience is unwilling to listen? This often de-evolves into Person A giving opinion, Person B ignoring it or becomes defensive, Person A accuses Person B of being an egomaniac and thus begins to try to get revenge for their opinion being nullified, Person B either ignores the person, or says some dumb shit, and so on and so on…
Dramatic and delightful to some? Sure. Helpful to artists and growth? No. So my advice is to skip that total waste of time and just give your opinion to people who ask for it, or share it with friends you genuinely care about. Critiques are an invaluable tool for learning, however the mistake most people make is thinking their critiques are always valuable.
And if you don’t genuinely care about someone, or show a significant distinction in skill….What’s the logic behind you trying to help them? In most cases it would be because of trolling, or ego stroking. This is why I don’t just dish out crits unless asked, or it’s a friend of mine.
Aww dude that anon was being really polite, though? All things considered, this being tumblr? Plus whitewashing -has- been a big problem since Korra started airing and some folks just need to be a little more conscious of what they're doing.
No no! That anon was not being polite at all! They masked accusation, belittling, and nasty implications in some calmly mannered words! I have experience with such things and this is poorly hidden in carefully picked words. Whitewashing with Korra is not a problem, if some person doesn’t color Korra correctly, it’s not an issue. And if some shmuck wants to change the race/gender/whatever of a character in their fanart, it may be dumb but it’s their right to draw whoever, however they want.
I love that Korra is a strong cool dark skinned girl, and enough people clearly agree that we don’t have to defend that, there are much better battles to fight.