Anonymous asked:
You're an extremely talented artist that could represent anything. Why do you choose to depict celebrities and iconic figures? I believe your artwork could have so much more merit and can contribute much more to society then just entertainment. You even have your symbol as the golden spiral, which I find rather smug for an artist who creates "fan art". I don't intend to offend, it just greatly bothers me to see such a talented artist create advertisement and I would like to know why.


Oh boy.

"Smug" is arbitrarily thinking that one entire genre of art is less than another. 

"Smug" is anonymous back-handed compliments that insult an entire group of artists while trying to police what I choose to make.

"Smug" is thinking that you bestow merit to art and decide its value or contribution to society — or that it needs to do that to begin with.

"Smug" is believing that advertisements are something that automatically lessens art when some of the best painters and works throughout art history, from Leonardo to Caravaggio to Rockwell and Leyendecker have worked in advertising for clients (churches included).

"Smug" is looking at my portfolio of hundreds of paintings over 3 years that cover dozens of genres, styles, subject matters, clients, and sits everywhere from the internet, to billboards, album covers, magazine covers, galleries, newspapers, movie posters, bus-sides, books, homes of friends, strangers, and celebrities, and still choosing to think that I am one thing — a thing that is just as valuable to me as everything I’m paid for professionally.

"Smug" is being a smug dicklet and throwing in “I don’t intend to offend” to cushion the smug dickletishness of it all.

"Smug" is not seeing a simplistic connection between realism in painting and the golden rule that is genre-irrelevant, but again insulting an entire group of artists while commenting on something you haven’t bothered to understand. 

But most of all, “Smug” is thinking that I, or any artist, owes you anything. We can make whatever we want, however we want to. I will keep making advertisements, I will keep making album covers, I will keep making posters for games and movies, I will keep making all that I’m hired to do and choose to take on, but I will also keep making fan art because despite the merit or value that you’ve decided it has — I want to — and that’s all the reason I need.

Take your soggy waffle compliments and fuck the fuck off. Viva la fan art.

Anonymous asked:
This is a bit of a random question but what would you say a beginner artist should learn at first ? Also there are so many things out there to learn in art. It's so overwhelming owo

(Sorry, I can’t answer quickly because weekdays are busy, and I wanted to think about this a little. I talked to some friends at art school so this is informed by what they said too)

I’m of two minds for this, and this is under the assumption that you wanna draw forever (because I’m simple-minded in that regard). On one hand, the masochistic forever-student that I think all artists are in me wants to say practical stuff, because if you want to draw well, you just HAVE to know stuff. So, here’s my ideas on that:

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im-just-honest asked:
I was searching through the Red X tag and then I found you and oh my god you're amazing. Instant follow. I guess my question would be how to you go bout drawing body types? Do you draw skeletons or just rough outlines and go from there?

Ahhh thank you! I sometimes worry about what I’ve done to the Red X tag, lol.

(First- sorry, I can’t do visuals and have to be brief because I just can’t fit in an extended answer. I have three really demanding studio classes and am operating on 16 hours of sleep per week; am constantly in some deep shit D: )

Generally with figures I’m thinking beyond just construction, I’m thinking intent, too. Really quick my prep is:

1. What’s the point/feeling of the pic (the pose will mirror this)?
2. Where do I want people to look, and why?
3. (After figuring out action/camera angle/composition) Main figure’s line of action. I do the pose myself a lot.
4. Big, general masses, (rib cage and spine/pelvis position, NO DETAILS, just big masses first. Basic shapes.); the rest of the body follows with those things. I play with the ratio of hip to shoulders to change body types, and basic geometric shapes to change the type. (Rectangle for lithe, triangle for super buff, etc.)
5. Make sure figure is grounded on a plane! (Not toppling over/lopsided. Sorry, I don’t have a scientific way of doing this, it’s instinctual for me)
6. Draw; if it looks weird look in a mirror and do the pose to know how it feels.

Thing is, all of this stuff is informed with my basic anatomy studies. If you’re practicing it wouldn’t hurt to try and draw a skeleton under your figures, or even under photos, etc. Do reference warm ups before working on a piece, of things that look like what you wanna draw for your main pic. It really really helps if you do it right before starting on a new pic.

Argh, sorry, not being able to go into detail is frustrating but hopefully you can google some terms to find good blogs on stuff (line of action, look for john k’s blog). Ugh, gotta go, sorry, sorry. DX

Anonymous asked:
$100 is a lot of money for a single page.






how much is a loaf of bread? hm? $3? $5? 

At my local grocery store, bread is about $4.50 for a decent size italian loaf. If I make $7.25 and hour, that means I’d have to work 37 and a half minutes for a Loaf of bread.

but hey, that’s not so bad right? Work two hours and you’ll have a sandwich, eh?

Oh hey, turns out I also need toilet paper, rice, chicken, some veggies, a can of soup, and some cereal. (to name a few basic groceries one might need on a budget) we’ll round those things down to $25 just to make the math easier.

at $7.25 an hour I’ll have to work about 3 and a half hours for basic groceries.

That doesn’t include bills or gas or all the other groceries I need, That’s ONE quick trip to the store and I already have to work half a day just for that.

You don’t understand Anon, my pages could take HOURS if not DAYS. Between the sketching, inking, colouring, lettering, and finishing it’s taken at least a full two day’s work if not longer for each page.

I have a job that pays me beans, I cannot afford to post more pages a week without compensation. I literally cannot afford to do that. Not to mention the idea that art is only worth minimum wage cheapens the amount of work and effort that goes into producing it. I should be making WELL ABOVE minimum wage for my art via page count and commissions but it’s this damn “deviant art” mindset that makes people feel like they’re being swindled for paying a livable wage to artists. It’s rude and childish and I ask that you please stop considering artists as less worthy of affording a normal life.

You can either pay me what I ask for what you want or stop complaining about what I already give you for free.

I honestly think $100 is a tiny bit much, but all the time being put into it probably makes it worth it. u n u
[ I’ve honestly never seen $100 for a page, but I’ve seen like.. $80? But if you can’t afford stuff that’s a pretty good deal]

Hey friend, I know$100 may seem like a lot but lemme break it down for you as it’s been explained to me by working professionals. Please don’t take this as calling you out, it’s just that this comment is popping up a bit and your’s happened to be phrased the nicest. ha ha

Pencils, inks, and colours are all three separate jobs which all take about a day to do. Each of those 3 jobs are paid between 45-80 bucks per page per job typically with a bonus upon a set page completion. (Each chapter, end of issue, end of book/series)

Going solely by $ per hour each page (pencils, inks, colours, lettering, and finishing) of my webcomic takes at least two full days of work to complete. Let’s estimate a solid 16hrs (usually more). Minimum wage is $7.25/hr so I would be paid a minimum of $116 for those completed pages.

But wait! I’ve spent 10 years learning how to draw and design and produce comics! Surely my experience is worth a few extra bucks! And hey, my computer and graphic tablet and Photoshop didn’t pay for themselves! So I’ll add another few bucks,

Charging $15/hr (which is generally agreed to be what minimum wage today should be) would net me $240 for the SAME amount of work. Over twice as much. Literally over twice as much for charging a standard set amount for the work I’m producing. 

Someone in the comments asked me if I’m a professional artist, and to that I have to say; the only difference between a “artist” and an “professional artist” is whether or not they value their work enough to price it ethically.

these are such good posts

In my Illustration class, we were talking about how magazines pay about $600 per page. People trying to delude themselves if they think artists can live off of chump change.

These are awesome points.  I just wanted to also highlight what was alluded to up there but not explicitly said:

It’s a good way to demonstrate to people who otherwise wouldn’t know, what it takes to make art (time and money), and that’s why it’s enlightening to break work into a hypothetical hourly rate.

However, breaking work down into an hourly rate is not the same as an artist actually charging an hourly rate.  In fact, it’s often a bad idea to charge an hourly rate,as an artist.  it causes clients to needlessly nickel and dime, and focus too much on how long it takes to do X and Y, when that’s not something clients need to decide or even worry about.  Clients don’t have the right to screw up/dictate artist process.  They should stay the hell away if they actually want quality work, in fact.

We are taught to have some standardized practices as working illustrators, (thumbnailing/sketching/revision for example), but a watercolor, digital, or oil piece can all be worth the same amount of money, but it takes different amount of time to complete work in these different mediums.  It doesn’t mean the artist’s skill is any less, just because one medium is faster than another, but skill is certainly one thing a client is paying for.

Just wanted to throw that out there, since I’ve seen the hourly rate/materials cost argument a lot but nobody ever talks about this.  SOLIDARITY, guys, keep fighting the good fight. :D

Oh, and btw?  According to the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook (which cites industry standard prices and practices), a comic page, ON THE LOW END, costs $100 for a penciller.  Just a penciller.  That’s the lowest price for a colorist, too.  A fully painted page (as in the entire process, compared to those aforementioned singular tasks) is $200 minimum.  $100 isn’t asking too much.



Same exact forms; different treatment.

These are all so beautiful (they always are). Which is your favorite to draw? Define favorite however you wish—based on how much time it takes, whatever you have the motivation to do.

I think I’ve seen the left two the most often in your art; do you have any of the far right? That’s my favorite in comics and I don’t see it as much as I’d like.

Although I’d seriously read an entire TT book with the minimalist (?) style of the black, white and red—it look so cool the way you use that style with Starfire and Red X!

Oh crap, sorry, I meant to reply like ten million years ago! (Actually I’m not sure if I replied but don’t think so?  SORRY, UGH.)  Thank you~! Honestly my favorite (to work in) changes with moods, or I choose styles based on what’s realistic to finish reasonably/what I want to practice with what’s fitting with the image’s tone/message (yeeeah, the message on this blog, is mostly “UGH, SORRY NO TIME DX”).  That far right style is mostly for pinup style pictures since it requires higher attention to craft. D8  I wish I were a badass like Alex Ross who paints his comics but I get too stuck in details; it’s a bad choice for me.

(I worry sometimes, because when I have to start thesis work in a year (12-14 pieces over the course of a semester), what the actual hell am I gonna do when it has to be actually good??  Hahaha.  D8 )

What I love to see is really based on whatever the artist can do well, so that varies.  I just like stuff that’s well-made. :D

Oh yeah, I’m with you— I friggin love black and white comics (+ accent color) and think they’re totally beautiful.  For my TTX comic I do it because I want the color accent to highlight action, balance out the page composition, and keep the tone a little bit somber.  There’s definitely a nod to the fact that red and green are opposite each other on the color wheel, too.

Looked at the art tutorial tag for the first time.

Please, guys.  Promise you won’t endeavor to “hide” bad forms with shading. 8|  I can’t believe I just read that in a tut (which is why I think most are dumb).

Form is king.

I mean, it’s totally different if you do it on accident or are just done with this damn drawing and need to move on with your life, but don’t NOTICE IT, and be like, “hey man this drawing sucks let’s blast it with excessive modeling ‘cause that’ll totally work.”  It won’t work. D8

Anonymous asked:
Hi I found your blog b/c of that eye post, and was wondering if you could talk more about that back to front thing you mentioned? Thx!!!!

Whew, okay, finally finished this up.  Wow, I don’t know if there’ll be time to do this sort of stuff after break so it’s lucky you asked in this time period, haha!

Okay, Back to Front is a traditional practice that’s made for opaque mediums (like acrylic paint, oil paint, sometimes gouache).  It’s the technique/concept that I use even digitally (which is why I’m more comfortable using one layer).  I’m not as purist about it as I used to be, though, because I mix my techniques.

I used the technique in both of these images:

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Anonymous asked:
Could you please do a really quick step by step set of drawings on how you draw your eyes please? They're really good, and I can never get mine right, which is bad because they ruin the piece if they aren't good :/ I never know how to fill the eye in either, with the pupil and light detail.. Thank you :D

Sure. 8)  BTW, I’m gonna use “you” in the general sense— not you in particular.  Not targeting you or anything. :)

First of all, let’s get this out of the way, though: When somebody asks me for something art-based, “really quick,” it is the first indication that they don’t know enough and need help.  And that’s fine!  Just be aware of this.  There aren’t many things about learning art (or most things) that come “really quick,” which is why it’s not quick to talk about, unless we’re all in a hurry to suck at it.

I know other people can make step by steps on how they draw certain things, but I can’t.  I don’t always draw eyes the same way.  Not all lighting/angle/narrative situations are the same.  Because of that I have a problem with step by step art tutorials in general (ignoring exceptions).  They teach people to copy things as symbols, without really thinking about the fact that you’re drawing objects that interact with other objects.  If you copy a symbol from a step by step, your learning is limited, you’re usually at the mercy of whatever angles the tutorial gives you, and you don’t know how to change a pose or vary your art.  Booooooring! 

Look, all I’m saying is that it’s a crappy feeling when all of a sudden you want to draw your OTP kissing and you’re not sure how to draw in 3/4 view or profile, or if you’ve gotta turn someone’s head up at an angle, etc. (because IMO the hotter kissing is when they start turning their heads and really getting into it), so boooo~

Sorry if none of this is what anyone wants to hear, but hey— ask me how I do a thing, and I’m gonna tell you how I learned it, no bullshit.  Don’t worry, don’t be intimidated, and know you can always have drawing skills if you’re willing to put the work in.  I don’t care who you are, that’s how it always works. 8)  That being said, let’s talk about eyes:

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On fanart, taking criticism, and for aspiring art students (@ the end)

ben-dude replied to your photoset“Last assignment for one class is to make a zine about our obsessions…”
whoa, it looks amazing! :D extra points for “my boyfriend is a superhero in bed” omg
Ha ha ha, thank you!  Wish I could have cleaned the original up more for printing but no time.  I sorta think some people will judge me so hard for doing all the fanart in that book but fuckit, we’re gonna go through the illustration program together, the truth of what happens in my spare time has to come out at some point. 8);;;;;
pg-chan replied to your photoset“Last assignment for one class is to make a zine about our obsessions…”
It’s all stuff anyone who’s seen this blog has seen before (dude, there are even snippets of my L’Arc concert reviews 8D;; ) but TELL ME WHICH COLOR YOU’D LIKE.  (Yo but FYI my classmates don’t get purple, so that’s a limited edition color if you choose it?  Haha, TBH I just wanted to horde it all for another project even though there’s PLENTY of paper in all colors. 8) )
Okay, so this is sorta embarrassing— the dude at Kinko’s who was doing my printing was flipping through the PDF and just went, “… …Is that Raven?”  and then he noticed I was wearing a Nightwing shirt and went, “Yup, sure is.  Awesome shirt, BTW.”  Oh, oh, and then when I picked up my prints he talked about how much he loved the Starfire/Raven drawings and I felt sorta… outed? It’s weird facing people in public who know what that stuff is, and he was asking me what these prints were even for, and the I had to go into that explanation, oh dear. 
Oh, yeah—
To aspiring art students: turning in fanart at art school is risky as fuck.  If there is a question in your gut about submitting it, or a weakness in the work, even a little, even if it’s unrelated to the fact that the work is fanart, don’t do it.  Your normal work has to be good, so your fanart has to be twice as good to stand amongst the other work, because it is likely to be under double scrutiny. 
Just FYI I’ve never done this in school before this semester, in my entire life as an art student and that even counts high school.  I submitted this Starfire drawing along with my other work during my review this semester, and the only reason they didn’t rip me in half was because it was technically competent.  Even though I had other digital work in my portfolio, because learning digital work is part of our program and I’m in a Digital Tools class, despite all that the instructor playing “bad cop” during our reviews zeroed in on that and used it to criticize, because it was fanart first.  She wasn’t wrong about what she said (“It’s good, but if this had marks that looked like your ink wash work it would be so much more interesting”), either.  Also, when you get criticized harshly, don’t take it personally.  I love my program and it has great instructors, but that doesn’t protect me from certain things that are institutionally stigmatized, such as digital work, and fanart, to varying degrees, based on the instructor.  
Also, getting criticism, especially from someone with that amount of skill, is a gift.  Let me repeat: IT IS A GIFT.  Somebody thought about your work, which is sometimes a pain in the butt, and told you how it could be better.  Whatever tone they use, even if they sorta hate you, or even if they love you, doesn’t change how valuable that information is.
(The instructor for this zine project, other than being an adorable fucking human being is a D&D/sci-fi nerd, though, and the focus of our project isn’t the actual quality of the work itself but to demonstrate competence in using InDesign and being able to self-publish our own little books, and he mentioned a previous student’s zine about Batman before, so I judged it to be safe, but it’s also because I’ve spent a semester proving I can execute work with higher concepts.)


The highest percentage of people who remove my artist comments are people who reblog my non-Teen Titans pictures.

Seriously, man, literally every piece of fanart on this blog that’s not TT just has comments removed before some flood of reblogs. RUUUUUUUDE. It’s like you don’t know this concept; y’all bunch of basic-ass bitches.


A day at my art school.

Since I haven’t been around I thought I’d show you where I’ve been lately (here’s today).

1. Get to school early, nap in the lounge. I love that hanging ceiling sculpture.

2. Sometimes I see encouraging graffiti in the bathroom (right now: “I’m in so much pain, it takes everything I have inside to come to school.” “I been there. It will get better. I promise. Nothing lasts forever, not even the bad things… Remember you are loved.”)

3. Final project in my illustration class is a two-page comic, so we had to spend the day reading them, of course! So much cool stuff.

4. Had to hit the nearby art store for something. On the way: POOP. With googly eyes!

5. Art store was giving away chocolate cake with cherries today! (Their 30-year anniversary. Scoooore!)

The lifestyle really does make up for the extreme exhaustion on a regular basis, tight deadlines, and high standards. Speaking of which… Gotta go. 8);;;;

Bases Pt. 2

weird-sheep answered to your post“Curious about this”
Without permission = not okay. But the whole base thing is kinda weird imo…
kunou78 answered to your post“Curious about this”
All your base are be— *is knocked unconscious by a long-range ballistic television launched from Pinku* x_x (Sorry, couldn’t resist. XD )
overlordrae answered to your post“Curious about this”
I think it’s gross.
helloiambatty answered to your post“Curious about this”
That would just be wrong of them. Just ew.
atonalremix answered to your post“Curious about this”
If they have your permission, I guess it’s okay? Otherwise I side-eye it a LOT
cafechan answered to your post“Curious about this”
Nothing but extreeeeeeeeeeme discomfort.
shoutsoflions answered to your post“Curious about this”
without permission? I’d be very upset
Interesting how you guys (I’m assuming those of you whom I haven’t hung out online with before are artists EXCEPT FUCKING KUNOU ♥) are mostly not nuts about it (and I think I agree with when it’s done without permission— just… no).
Someone asked me once if they could have someone sprite my drawing, and while my gut reaction is sorta “:/” about the whole thing, eh… intellectually, it’s not someone profiting from work.  The person isn’t a student or aspiring artist so who cares if it hinders their artistic growth, so I said yes.  That person came back and asked to do another and… eh, I grudgingly said yes once more, but honestly asked myself: “Well, who is it hurting?”  That’s when I posted the question last night, and thanks, you guys helped me out.
On one hand, it’s just a kid who’s asking.  The likelihood of this person making profit is low; it’s for RPing or something.  That doesn’t really hurt anybody.  But.  Maybe it ignores me in that equation, and I made the original.  If whether or not one should alter other people’s artwork all came down to profitability, and if that was the only reason not to sprite someone’s artwork, it ignores the very human aspect of making a drawing, even if that drawing’s just my shitty fanart.  An artist still uses their sensibilities and feelings to make a work, so it’s reasonable to feel a little gross when someone else reappropriates that for something completely unrelated.  Postmodern reappropriation is also making new artwork based on previous artwork, but the difference is that the new work is contributing to a conversation that the original artwork started, even if it means criticizing the previous work.
I don’t think spriting’s primary purpose is this.  I think pixel art is cool, and those who make bases for others to use are very generous and talented, but I… am just not a willing participant of that (honestly, though, I don’t even think having my pic sprited to RP is even in that vein; I think it’s just someone who can’t draw trying to get their own custom images done. They’re just doing what they can.).  I draw to participate in fandom.  And while I wanted to be sure I was being fair in coming to this conclusion (honestly, I don’t even think I HAVE to be fair.  They’re not my characters but it’s still my work and I don’t have an obligation to give reasons), I feel a lot better about saying no next time.  Thanks guys.

It sorta irks me when people qualify “That art’s really good” with “I could swear it’s a photo.”  Yeah, I know it’s meant to be a compliment and a layman doesn’t have many ways to assess a drawing but it’s just not a way to gauge quality or validity of a drawing/painting and it’s a shitty metric.