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It occurred to me that I should make a post about this real quick, so here -

I’ll be 100% offline for a week starting a little later tonight, so in the off chance that you need me/want to talk/actually like seeing my drawings, I’ll be unavailable. I should be back the next friday/saturday assuming I have energy, aha.

So yeah! I didn’t want to completely disappear without any warning so there’s a sudden warning, ha. Hope you all have a good week!

For the past day or so my notification for new posts has been appearing over my notes instead, and…

It’s really tripping me out.

art-of-kingdomblade:

Was feeling pretty stressed out so I decided to draw something more upbeat. Between this and Ernest & Celestine I felt a lot better for sure. I haven’t drawn this girl in a while either, and it was great to visit her again and rework her design. I like her top in particular, simple as it is.
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art-of-kingdomblade:

Was feeling pretty stressed out so I decided to draw something more upbeat. Between this and Ernest & Celestine I felt a lot better for sure. I haven’t drawn this girl in a while either, and it was great to visit her again and rework her design. I like her top in particular, simple as it is.

art-of-kingdomblade:

Got a little more use out of that sketch page while watching Attack on Titan. AoT doesn’t promote happiness so I mostly drew mildly unsettled expressions.
Am I getting closer or farther from the Raymond I have in my head design wise? I have no idea.

Not that it will make much difference, but think Im gonna post art directly to my art-only blog and then reblog here. Making things complicated for myself is cool.
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art-of-kingdomblade:

Got a little more use out of that sketch page while watching Attack on Titan. AoT doesn’t promote happiness so I mostly drew mildly unsettled expressions.

Am I getting closer or farther from the Raymond I have in my head design wise? I have no idea.

Not that it will make much difference, but think Im gonna post art directly to my art-only blog and then reblog here. Making things complicated for myself is cool.

I just finished watching Ernest & Celestine and everything was fantastic.

It had a beautiful picturebook-like art style, one of the best dubs I’ve heard in a while with a very talented child lead, and everything was super freakin cute. I couldn’t even draw and watch the movie at the same time like I usually do, by the time Ernest was singing about waffles I was hooked.

It was a little refreshing too, such a simple story. It didn’t feel like a story than American animation or Japanese animation would make, or at least they wouldn’t handle it the way they shown here. So simple and sweet and cute that I want to watch it again already ljkglds. If you get the chance I highly recommend watching it! Rent it, blind buy it, support it if you can!

So Matthew Mercer is going to be taking over Kanji in P4 if I remember correctly, and that’s all well and good.

But can he handle Shadow Kanji?

Anonymous whispered,

How did you motivate yourself to start your comic? I'm trying to start a comic right now, but I keep worrying about dumb things like art thieves and people who in general won't like it. How did you get past these things and begin?

lackadaisycats:

Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? 

Theft and haters should probably be the least of your worries at this stage, honestly. Focus your energy on telling a good story, developing an artistic approach that complements the story, communicating effectively with your dialogue and your page layouts, working out a production schedule, and just hunkering down and doing the work (which will probably amount to more blood, sweat and tears than you can prepare for, assuming you haven’t done this before). Those are the things that are really worth troubling yourself over because that’s ultimately how the undertaking becomes fulfilling…they’re the satisfying meaty bits of a creative diet…the marrow even…
…the colorful, delightsome dehydrated marshmallows in the soggy, beige compost of your breakfast cereal…not altogether unlike Life cereal, but not exactly Life, which is a shame because that would really drive this metaphor home…like the Kool Aid man through your living room wall…
(Help me)

There will be people who won’t like your comic. It’s not hard to distinguish thoughtful criticism from ridicule and resentment, though. Filter out the former and sift through it for useful information. As to the latter, well, electronic outrage from anonymous assholes is rather a fact of life in this day and age, isn’t it? No matter who you are, what you do, what your art looks like, how you write, or what you choose to write about, there are going to be people out there who’ll glean some perverse satisfaction from telling you how much they hate it. You can’t spend your life hiding away from inevitable nonsense like that, though, and trying to tiptoe around it by making everyone happy is limiting, sterilizing, and equally futile. Come to grips with the existence of the vitriol, know that along the way at least a little of it will pelt you in the face, and though it will quite probably sting, understand that it’s often more about the individual it’s coming from and their personal issues than it is about your work…then move along because other things are more important. Do the comic for your own gratification foremost. Do it how you want to do it. Do it genuinely for your love of the art, the process, the story, the characters. When you love it, it’ll sustain your interest and will demand to be done with integrity. The quality of your output will reflect that - work really shines when you’ve loved it so much it could kill you - and the quality of the feedback you get will tend to coincide.

Art thievery is a pain in the ass, to be sure, and while it can make you feel like crumpling into a heap, lashing out, setting the internet on fire, becoming a cave hermit on impulse, crying and rage-vomiting all at the same time, incidents are fairly uncommon. When they do happen, they’re usually minor and the internal melodrama is quickly replaced with resolve to continue along and address the problem as best you can. Someone reposting something you made and taking credit for it, slapping your art on a set of table coasters and putting it up for sale in an Etsy store, compiling it with a bunch of other things into a slipshod publication or app - these things happen, they’re vexing, but they aren’t career-ending catastrophes and they’re usually not particularly detrimental to anything but your pride. For rarer but more heinous situations involving revenues and corporations that should know better, the art community at large is usually quick to come to the outspoken defense and aid of artists who have clearly been wronged. You can take sensible precautions as well, like including your copyright information on everything and registering trademarks if you’re making a business of your art.

Yes, conceivably something terrible and personally devastating could happen, but you have to weigh for yourself whether all the good that can come of putting your work out there - the people you’ll share something with, the friends you’ll make, the connections you’ll establish with other artists, the things you stand to learn, the freelance and job opportunities you’ll create for yourself - is worth the risk. I’ve had my share of art theft headaches and heartaches, but if I had to make the choice again, I wouldn’t flinch in decision to share my work online. It has made all the difference in my life and career as an artist, as it has for many others.

Well, that was a lot of words.  Sorry. I hope it contains something useful. Good luck with your comic!

Last night I had a dream about ‘Free!’. I’m barely capable of having dreams about the fandoms and characters I like the most, but apparently Free is no problem. Fan-freakin-tastic.

sassketcase:

a follow up to this ask
if you wanna make monsters, all u need is a scribble! don’t forget to rotate or flip the scribble, you might get even more ideas; one scribble here resulted in 7 on the spot designs. some better than others, but you get the idea!

Of all the things I expected in the Big Hero 6 trailer, Fallout Boy was not one of them.