This is what I do on my days off.
ie- get silly ideas I have to make into comic pages
This doesn’t even fit into the actual official story anywhere, it just popped into my head. But I can totally imagine it happening at some point with these guys.
Anyway, more soon no doubt
How to stay Motivated.
I’m writing this article for the type of people who say that just can’t find motivation to:
Make a portfolio
Finish a painting
Work on their personal project
I got three tips I’m about to write, and it’s just advice and things that I found useful for myself. If you are capable to do any of these things you should definitely try them.
Fear. Get rid of it. If you are fearful of the outcome it will unmotivate you immediately. Just finish whatever it is and think about how you can improve after. If you can’t see what you need to improve ask someone else to tell you. There is always room to improve, and if you go into a critique with an open mind you will grow exponentially.
Think of it like this. If you were running one lap, and half way through you stopped because you were afraid you were going to throw up or pass out, you will never really know how fast you can run that lap. You didn’t push yourself enough to know your limits. If you finished the lap and did it in, lets say 3 minutes, you can now train and try again. If you run 10 seconds faster, you can see improvement. If you don’t you can see whatever you were doing may need more time or isn’t working. But at least you can now see where you are at, and make a move.
Which brings me to my next tip, which is clarity. The lack of it will keep you unmotivated. If you don’t know what you are going to TRY to do to be motivated, you will never start. I like to make a game plan of the things I’d like to learn or improve on. Let’s say Tuesday I’ll go and do some studies in lighting, the next day anatomy. I set a time limit and follow through. Even if all I did was draw/paint from reference, I put in a good effort to improve myself that day.
Here is another way of thinking about it. If you are playing a role playing video game where you can level up, the goal is clear. Kill 10 monsters, you level up. So what do you do, kill 10 monsters and sure enough you LEVEL UP! Then it says kill 20 monster, and so on and so forth. The thing is that the game is giving you an artificial sense of achievement that propels you to stay motivated in it and keep playing. All you need to do is the same thing with schedules, and planning. Just say to yourself, if I put in 10 hours a week, I should level up in art. And you would.
And the last thing you should do to stay motivated is have fun. It doesn’t always have to be work or studying. It can just be dicking around and see what you come up with. Many of my personal projects have evolved from this. At first it started out as a test or some practice, but then it turned out great, and I had a blast doing it. So I would do more and more, and then BAM bunch of new pieces and art to show others. And be proud, even if they aren’t all that great, you had a moment of glory and that rewards you with self confidence to go on.
Imagine if you had to sit down and play a game of tag all day. I mean playing tag is fun, but noone is forcing you to play and if you were forced to play for HOURS that would be a nightmare. Being artistic and creative is fun by nature, so don’t force it. Just find the time to do it, and make it interesting and exciting to go on new frontiers. Try not to be bogged down by external pressure, and be motivated by personal growth and prowess. The more you do that, the more others notice. Trust me on that, it worked for me.
Wow. Manga Studio 5 is $17 on Amazon.
I know a lot of you haven’t tried Manga Studio, but it’s on sale on Amazon for $17.
Manga Studio 5 is like a mix of Painter, SAI, and Photoshop. It’s my favorite app to make art in and, at that price, there’s no reason not to try it too.
The brushes I make for Manga Studio are leaps and bounds above what you can create in Photoshop. And it handles lineart AND realistic color mixing better than Photoshop. Seriously.
Most of my artistic frustrations are caused by the bad way Photoshop blends color. I learned to paint traditionally, so I hate when PS is not able to mix colors properly “on the fly” like you could do with Painter, SAI or actual oils. But I don’t like Painter cause it seems to be too painterly/realistic (duh…) and I use OSX so no SAI for apple kids.
But suffer no more, cause I just tried Manga Studio 5 (thanks to my friend Marina) and despite it sounds like a software for Otaku girls that cosplays gender bended Hetalia (and it is) it also has GREAT color blending features and the possibility to easily create your own brushes like SAI does. The main point is that brushes interact with the color underneath soooo smoothly, just like I always wanted in PS! This hand study is 100% done with Manga Studio, and here you have a comparison so you can see how it works.
If you have ever been frustrated with PS (cause let’s face it, we all love the almighty PS, but IT IS NOT a painting software) and you want to blend colors smoothly and painlessly, Manga Studio 5 is your software!
PS: This is not a sponsored post, trust me. I’m just so exited about including a new tool in my pipeline cause this makes everything so much fast, fun and easier!
PSS: I know you have the Mixer Brush Tool in PS, but it’s pretty inefficient and we all now it.
These are some characters from a children’s book I am illustrating. I’m planning to adapt it into an interactive ebook for iOS devices.
I went through lots of art style ideas before deciding on these vectors, I figured they would be easier to animate and the style suited the genre.
The book itself is called Jillchild and the Magic Christmas Tree, and it was written by my dad. It’s a funny story with entertaining elements for kids but some pretty deep philosophical conundrums for adults too, so a joy to read at any age. I’m really enjoying working on it in my spare time and I’ll be posting more progress shots here as I go.