Decided to start keeping logs. Pretty much, I'll be blogging about topics that matter to me, updating on project statuses, and featuring people I feel like featuring. Pretty straightforward, imo.
FEATURE FOR THE MONTH:
So this guy name
watched me recently, and I decided to check out his page. Even though he's only been here for a month, he's got some sick logo work you could check out and he's really good at-
Ah screw it.
is my little brother. I didn't actually realize at first, since he never told me he made a dA, but after posting a thank-you for watching me, my brother (to my annoyance) noted me saying it was him. Please support Shingu Jr. and give his page some love. He's a hardcore anime/manga nut like I am, and pretty much likes all the anime I do, so he's like my clone... but younger and more angsty (being a teenager automatically makes you angsty, right?
He actually is doing some pretty cool things with digital work too. Maybe if you're nice he could make a logo or something for you? Idk talk to him and find out! And please don't corrupt his innocence with your trolling and dark magic -_-
As many of you may (or may not; maybe you are just oblivious or you are living under a rock or something) have noticed, I haven't been posting actively here since last September. Well, if you read my last journal, that explains 2013. So why no noise from me in 2014? Simple really: I don't believe in showing off my practice.
... Okay, I lied. I actually post every day to my Twitter account. I restarted my Sketch-A-Day series with some artist friends on Twitter (Specifically ShinySpartan
, RazorStorm40 , glennymaster , and EricJonRussell )
. Today marks the 28th sketch; almost a month of sketching. I'm proud of my dedication so far. In my sketches I hashed out character designs for BirthRight, and practice all the major anatomical components of humans. I'm practically done learning general anatomy, and now simply aim to practice it... a lot. Before July hits, I want to be able to draw a human in a large variety of poses in order to make BirthRight successful. I still have to practice clothing, perspective, gesture and proportions, but that's part of the practice
I may spend another month after next month on anatomy still, as it's the most important skill, besides bg work, I need to improve to make comics.
As for here, I only post one sketch here per month. I also plan on entering one contest per month and doing one fanart per month to keep this account active (relatively), as it is harder and harder for me to respond quickly to comments (I will respond... eventually). But yeah, I'm still working hard... just not really showing it on dA.
I'll be trying to get into MM and... Facebook... maybe... as ways of showing my art in a particular way. Hopefully I can find ways to bring exclusive content on each page, because seeing the same thing everywhere is boring, imo.
THE PARABLE OF THE CAR:
So, my car broke down a couple of weeks ago. The power steering broke, and I was out of a car for a while. I had to rely on relatives and such to get to college and get around and stuff. It was pretty bad; I felt pretty useless and dependent. My dad helped me fix the car, but he told me I need to start investing in getting a new car.
That's when it hit me... Artistic Style is like the difference between a used and a new car. The car I had was a car that was given to me. I liked it, and I used it. It wasn't anything special, but I was able to get around with it. Isn't that what people who emulate the manga style do? They hop in the anime-mobile and plan to ride it to fame and riches. But see, sooner or later, that old car is gonna break down. What are you going to do then? Are you going to beg companies to get a loan on a car fit for work? Or will you settle for another used car? Or will you abandon the idea of driving altogether??
Or... will you decide to invest in a new car? Yes, the car may not be one of a kind. There are many versions of a Honda Accord: they are mass produced. But the one thing that is different from your Honda versus all the other Hondas out there, is that your Honda... is yours. And the same can be said of artistic style.
In art, the investment you make is time. Time to study the fundamentals: learn anatomy, practice rendering, make mock backgrounds, and apply your imagination to paper as much as you can each day. Never go a day without drawing, writing, or whatever you do. 15 minutes or 15 hours; as long as you pick up your pen/pencil/stylus and invest into producing better content, and do it with focus
, then you will eventually succeed. And then, you can go to your favorite car dealership and buy that special car that's just for you... both literally and metaphorically
Now, just to clarify (since parables are generally hard to understand), I don't mean to say its wrong to draw in the manga style. It's just wrong to think manga style is your style. You have a style that's yours. It can be influenced by manga, but it can never be manga. Because manga itself stands for a multitude of styles so numerous that no one person can lay claim to knowing every style that falls under the term.
Consider "Manga" to be your dealership of choice. Start investing in the skills you need to buy your very own style that will always identify with you and for you. And don't forget that upgrading and getting a new car again is always a possibility: life is long enough to make lots of decisions on how you want to art.
Later home slices,