RIP - H.R. GigerKooky Swiss artist and master of f**ked-up imagery, H.R. Giger, has died: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27390345His work was brought to prominence, obviously, by the design of the titular Alien in Ridley Scott’s film, but he was also more or less the godfather of “biomechanical” science fiction/horror illustration.I can’t say I was ever a real fan of his work. Most of it made my flesh crawl. It was art, but it was utterly repulsive.Why mention his passing, then? Well, love or hate his style, its effect on the science fiction/horror genres is undeniable, and they wouldn’t be the same without him.
RIP Rik MayallOne of my fave comedians has died.Pretty much everything Rik Mayall starred was in was over-the-top, offensive and purile.....and it always had me in stitches.Farewell, Flashheart!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27770266Edit: Now this is how you do a tribute
Have you tried this?I've been fiddling around with Realtek HD Audio Manager on my computer (it's pretty standard on most Windows computers, I think. At least on Windows 7), and I found it quite fun to go to the "Karaoke" option, and set it to minus four ( -4 ) and then turn on a song with a female singer. It turns the female voice into a rather cool male voice! Songs like "Untouched" by The Veronicas, for instance, became quite cool with that male voice It works on pretty much any song with a female singer, so I recommend trying it out, just for fun
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Here's a sample of responses I've heard from some editors over the years when I've raised practical business concerns regarding comic book publishing:"No, we don't know exactly what books you'll be doing, but we're (insert name of big publisher) Comics, so sign exclusive with us and not (insert name of competing publisher who has titles ready for you)!""This is a (insert name of big writer) book! I know he's late, but just think of how many people would love to be in your shoes!""The page rate isn't good, but at least you'll be getting to work with (name of big superhero whom you're supposed to be a fan of)!""We won't fly you out or put you into a hotel, but you should come so you can sign at the booth for us! Who doesn't love signing autographs?"What do these statements have in common? They're emotional arguments made to sidestep yo
Do you hate drawing backgrounds? TAKE MY CLASS.Are you tired of deliberately writing easy comic stories that let you get away with not drawing backgrounds?Are you sick of your buildings looking like cardboard boxes?Does every book on drawing perspective look like greek and super-advanced calculus to you?Do you have amazing scenes in your head, but you feel like your hands just can't draw them? I've teamed up with Skillshare to put my years of professional comic art experience to good use...by teaching the background-phobic among us how to LOVE backgrounds, draw them right, draw them well, even draw them in your sleep!Read all about it here: http://www.bizenghast.com/classpage.htmlThen sign up for the class here!: http://skl.sh/12DwEqhNot a comic book artist? Not a problem! This class is for ALL kinds of illustrators and artists, both beginners and intermediates. If you can hold a ruler and locate a pencil, you CAN draw backgrounds!So stop wasting your time trying to plan your whole story o
Comic Composition GeekoutSPECIAL GUEST STAR (against his knowledge) IS :iconandrew-ross-maclean:You guys know when I get really excited about art geekery, I JUST CAN'T KEEP IT IN. I also feel like composition is a really hard thing to learn, and all you can really do is try to learn "what is good" in composition, and then try to find examples until you can recognize it. In addition, composition for comics is extra hard because you have to worry about the overall flow of the page as well as the composition of each individual panel.So I was doing my spring cleaning of my message center and came on some new comic pages he uploaded, all of which are awesome, but take a particular look at this one: This page is AMAZING. I started watching this guy for his slick style and stayed for his crazy composition skills, and this page makes a particularly good example because his work is so clean and straight-forward, there's not a lot of noodling to distract from the motion lines.1- We read left to ri
Why are we slower?About a month ago I finally got to meet an art hero of mine, Klaus Janson, a well known pro who's been in the industry for over 30 years. A mutual friend introduced us, and we hit it off right away. The group of us went through the Village hitting pub after pub, and soon I was drunk enough to ask Klaus something that had been bugging me.I asked him if modern comic artists are, on average, slower than we used to be. He said yes, and I agreed.From the Golden Age until the 80s, pencillers were generally expected to turn in at least two pages a day, while an inker was expected to turn in around 3-4. There were a handful of exceptions, I'm sure, but most of the artists could pump out pages like human printing presses. In the current comic industry, it's completely reversed: while a handful of artists can still hit this speed, the vast majority can't. Pencillers today struggle to produce a page-per-day, while inkers (those who still ink with ink) are hitting around 2.So what happened? I'v
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsI may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.http://www.vlaa.org/index.phpA lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.Here is a list of organizations by state. Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help. Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.
On Graduating-Hey guys, I know for a lot of you graduation is coming up super fast, and it seems completely absurd that it's been almost a year ago since I was in that boat. I well remember the two options presented to me:1) Get a studio job. Preferably close to home.2) Move back in with my parents. Possibly get a day job or something.I just wanted to remind ...whoever is reading this... that there are about a gazillion alternatives. In fact, any possible train of actions you can conceive of is an option. It's hard to think of options not presented to you as options, but you really can go anywhere and do anything. This is the only time in our lives when we don't have any greater obligations- we don't have a wife and kids to provide for, no company that would collapse without us, our bodies can handle sleeping on a springy old couch for a while. This is EXACTLY when you should take a gigantic risk because the only thing y
HOW TO SUMMARIZE: what's it REALLY about?(((I decided to just make a journal entry about this one, since there's really no drawing required here))))The way I see it, if you're reading this, either you have a story you're working on or you're desperately trying to come up with one. Maybe it isn't coming together quite like you pictured it? Maybe there's too much to work with, or you have too many options to choose from? Maybe you're like many people and can't seem to come up with a good satisfying story no matter how hard you try!Chances are, YOU ARE THINKING TOO HARD. Sure everyone wants to be the person who writes things like 'Inception' that are super complex and insightful and fun to watch/read/enjoy, but the point is that, when you boil a plotline down to it's basic elements, you should be able to summarize it in ten words or less.Inception: Man is hired to deceive someone. Think about it. Watch the movie again if you have to. The MAIN PLOTLINE of Inception is Leonardo DiCaprio's quest to make a guy think somet
Animation Shorts ListHaven't been posting much of what's happening with me (lazy I guess |D), I decided to make this list of all the animation shorts I've seen and enjoyed and want to share with you guys. I expand whenever I need to cover up a previous journal lol.Enjoy. Added today (SM |Stop Animation)(2D) (3D) ------------------IN ALPHABET ORDERThe Backwater Gospel (3D) As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die. Not safe for innocent kids.Big Bang Boom (SM) Evolution done through graffiti art and even the occasional object. The Cat Piano Stylistic slick anthromorphic cats in a city of music terrorized b
Getting a First Storyboarding GigThis question came in from Twitter today: "How would I go about getting a first storyboarding gig?" I thought I'd put my answer on the blog so others can read it too. Here it is:When I was starting out I had absolutely no idea how to look for work myself. It ends up being different for everybody. The big thing when I was starting out was to make sure LOTS of people saw my work. This was before the Internet got started, so I was working on my college newspaper, making comics and showing them off at conventions. It was meeting a Ren & Stimpy director at a convention that helped me get my start. He liked my comics, and he told me all about how storyboarding for TV works.The main thing that helped me get started was that I got my work OUT THERE where people could see it. That's a million times easier to do now than ever before; no publishing costs too get your work see by countless people through blogs and Facebook and Twitter, etc.Here's a crazy story: last year I came across a guy on
DA's Commissions ShopSo this is a thing! http://www.deviantart.com/commissions/ So. Your friendly neighborhood Auntie Toerning is going to step in for a second here. Firstly, I think it's very groovy and awesome that DA is establishing their own marketplace. It's a scary world out there of work for hire and it's totally awesome that DA artists now have this stepping stool to practice professional habits in the same way that we practice artistic skills!ABIGFATHOWEVERI would like to take a moment to discuss the rates here. I was just exploring quickly, and saw on the navigation on the left "price," and, like every other human on the planet, clicked on the most expensive first, thinking to myself "wow, good for DA to promote work that costs $1,000!" and wanting to see what that work would be.Well. Boy was I wrong. In fact the prices are organized by Points. Remember when you were a kid, and the dog peed on the Monopoly box, and so you drew dollar signs on
Movie Poster Contest - CLOSEDUPDATE No. 5: What an incredible line-up of entries! Great work from everyone who submitted images to the contest. Now the hard task of picking the winning entries. This will take about a week, since we need to get feedback from several members of the cast and the development team. We will have the results no later than this weekend (April 7th). In the mean time, check out the final roster of entries here: http://jademacalla.deviantart.com/journal/Movie-Poster-Contest-Entries-347502553 .Thanks again to everyone who entered! UPDATE No. 4: 3 more days for this contest! And coincidentally just 3 more artists until we reach the PRIZES X 4 level of the contest! Come on, there's plenty of time to enter and you'll be in excellent company - what an incredible list of entries we've received so far (check them all here: http://jademacalla.deviantart.com/journal/Movie-Poster-Contest-Entries-347502553 ) . See below for complete details.UPDATE No. 3A: Wit
Unused SenshiStock: PART 1Does SenshiStock expire? I'm not sure! But here are some old poses that don't have any use comments on them yet. Is there anything here that you can use before it goes stale?!Sailor Sitting 13 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 15 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 16 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 38 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 41 by SenshiStockSailor Defeat 17 by SenshiStockSailor Sitting 22 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 60 by SenshiStockSailor Animamate 4 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 14 by SenshiStockSailor Drama 18 by SenshiStockSailor Reading 4 by SenshiStockSailor Pose 86 by SenshiStockSailor Bride by SenshiStockSailor IMPALED4 O_O by SenshiStockSailor Fight 23 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 5 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 7 by SenshiStockSailor Singer 13 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 3 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 9 by SenshiStockSailor Gun 11 by SenshiStockSailor Fight 28 by SenshiStockLooking back at all that old stock has made me nostalgic! (Some of these are so grainy, ; A ; I should retake them!)I hope you find something in here that you can use still! Part 2 coming soon!Note: I'm not deleting anything (sorry to scare you xD) but I might pack some of these old images up into ZIP files.
Comic: JLGClick the banner to get to the comicFirst chapter is out, enjoy ( or not haha)I think the first chapter will speak for it self. The comic in whole is a spontaneous project about three little girls that gets their worlds turned upside down, literally.I warn you it starts off slow!Big thank you to mechacharibdys and PANDAMELLONS For helping out.