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It's that time, to get a new digital illustration package.
I had a Wacom Tablet for a while but it died...
So I need a new one but now I have enough money
to buy an on screen stylus system.
I wonder if it's worth it?
OK I am taking a huge break from Facebook. At least for a while.
Just Got Photoshop cc. I am a bit half and half on this subscription
model for software. Frigging bastards are probably going to spy
on me while painting a bunch of butt naked vixens wielding
large glowing swords. Might be fun...
Is it me, or was 2016 a really shitty year?
Actually that title says it all :\
My dad passed away in early July and I found his laptop of which I installed Shaiya a MMO.
So now I've spent four months playing that damn game (which is also probably the most expensive MMO out there) and stopped living. And I when I stop facing life, I'm also not doing art, especially comics.
So now I finally (sorta) got sick of Playing Shiaya and now want to go back to my comic project.
OF course the little thing I realized is that it wasn't the game that stopped me from doing art. It was me.
Although I am not sure why, but I have had a super super super hard time getting into doing comic book art.
Am I missing something here? Have I been fooling myself in think I could draw a comic book on my own without supervision or a parent (and or a friend) looking over my shoulder? Is the little art angel sitting on my right sleeping while the little art devil is getting high on crack? Those two angels want me to do art, for good or bad, but I can't even give them something to argue about....
Finished the storyboards for the first issue of Moonwhale.
Now to start laying out the actual work.

Yay!

My project Moon Whale is underway.
I have been doing storyboards for about three months, plus design layouts for various props
that are going to be incorporated into the story. It's really hard sometimes, I just want to start drawing pages sometimes,
but the planning ahead is so important. If I don't plan ahead then the story will falter and I'll have wasted my time.
It's why the best stuff works, so much of it is discussed by all the parties involved and then the final product comes out pretty quickly.
I'm starting to feel a little like George Lucas when he made THX 1138.

The Blue Line Pencil

This is one of those ubiquitous artists tools; you usually see comic book artists and possibly architects using these babies. What's the deal with that "non-photo blue" weirdness? Is it even practical in this new digital world where your art supplies are a mouse/tablet, keyboard and a screen?

The purpose of non-photo blue is that it's not visible once through a photocopy machine (although some darks patches can show through, though they are quite faded). My scanner tends to pick it :P. The point being, non-photo pencils are a revision tool which is wonderful in how this can be applied in non photocopied work. This has to do with the fact that a blue line pencil is a different color than a graphite pencil.

What makes this really great for sketching in the traditional material world, is that you can add a new level of revision adding to the experimental nature of sketching. This empowers the artists to go further with their sketching than if you had just drawn in lead pencil and then inked over that. The non photo blue plays out as the under working of your work, which gives you good structure to build an image on top. All the risks are reduced so your inking is more simplified, rather than having to correct details with a permanent tool.

So: roughing out with the blue pencil, then rework with graphite (with varying lead if need be), and then ink or shade over.

The impermanence of the non photo blue pencil gives the artist more power to work over basic roughing work. The beauty of this is that same concept can be used while sketching on the computer. You won't really photo copy on a computer, but you can rough out your ideas with a brush or pencil tool set at a low blue, which then can be worked over on another layer (with different colors as you go!). Similar principle as with real life sketching.

It could be said that a blue line is going to become a bit of a crutch for an artist, they just have to have that blue line pencil or they are just going to go to pieces. Well...heck grab a pen and draw straight out and take a lot of crazy risks, it's a great way to learn patience, forsight, and precision. If you are a non photo blue kind of person, this exercise will really pull out all that potential of planning ahead and revision and you will be pleasantly surprised at easy you can now control that line of permanence.

So when you're at that art supply store, or sitting in front of the computer with your wacom (or some such similar) Tablet just remember that those blue line tools are a sweet deal. You'll see your work jump to new levels.

Happy Day :)
You know how I was promising to make a comic book for the last few months? (Of course you do...well...just humor me >.> )
Well dammit if some butthole didn't just go ahead and steal my bag with my project in it! Now I gotta write/draw all the pre-story structure again.
Rrrrgh!
The whole idea was I going to create Watership Down in Space (don't try to imitate this idea, you will fail, becuase I'm the only person who can do it right, mostly becuase I'm so self deluded as to not appreciate the failure factor involved in this.) Instead of Rabbits, it's going to be human women (who later rescue men and fight the totalitarian matriarch at the end (see, I told you, don't try this at home kids)).
Anyways, never fear my friends and nabors, I still have everything in my precious brain. Now as long as I don't kill too many brain cells with marijuana and alcohol, I should be doing quite well.
Man I hate starting stuff over again. Oh well, I suppose I was bound to rework the story anyways, but damn! Hate that shit!

...

gripe gripe gripe...
Oh swell! The Xeric Grant no longer supports self publishing comic artists as of 2011.
I would have to say that this is super sucky since there's a deep recession going on right now.
Thanks a lot Mr. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle :\
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
Thanks for all the birthday well-wishings.
I'll try to do better this year.
Last year was so last month >.>
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
Well there I am, at the cusp of my survival, trying to find a new place and job (so far a few prospects have popped up, which is nice) and wondering what the deal is with me, am I getting close to that point of becoming a total schizo...
When I found myself having to travel into the wilderness, there were two or three things that kept my head together, fixing my bike (almost to the point of becoming an expert mechanic) Drawing, and booze. Ok Ok that last piece of info is not being promoted, it's nothing but trouble, NOTHING BUT! But due to my family history, I am pretty tame (one beer a day so far, and an occasional bottle of wine, no hard stuff). I struggle with it pretty often, but I would rather not do AA as I'm not really hot on being proselytized. Anyway, beer keeps me calm (and raises the external body temperature, which really helps).

Anyhow, the whole point is to say that being out in the world, I found myself filling sketchbooks, two to three times faster than normal. I did at one one point draw every single day for a year, almost two years (but I faltered, bad boy Sol) so sketch work is the one way that I have strengthened my skills. It kept me motivated and I began to get a nugget in my head that the next thing for me to do is create a new comic book. I'm sure that some of you have already noticed THAT my last few journal entries, being the fabulous comic book artist that I am (he says smugly, har har). So....yeah I'm slowly but surely doing what comic book artists do best, World Building.

And frankly, it is not easy, but since I had no television, no computer, no dysfunctional family, no work, I found my blue line pencil dashing across the pages like a divine lightning.

The importance of sketching, for me, has several aspects, of which I will list here. One is to reinforce what you know; Unlearn what you know, explore new ideas, and create a more efficient hand.

For me, reinforcing what I know means drawing hands, over and over again. Hands are soooo important as an artist, it just can't be emphasized enough. The other reinforcement I do is drawing hundreds of facial expressions. I grab a quarter and draw little circles across the page and draw hundreds of facial expressions. The reasoning is that expressions become accessible to me when I'm drawing a comic, you don't want to catch yourself puzzling over how to emote your characters when the time is running low. After that, body language and emotional hand expression follow.  Do all these things until you throw up, and then do it some more.

Unlearning what you know. Well this is a bit hard to explain, it's really just little games and exercises. One is draw entirely with your left hand, from blue line, pencil rework, ink work, and pen-shading. It's quite uncomfortable, but I find that when I switch back to my normal hand, my work is more confident, more clear in my mind.
Another exercise (which I don't do much) is to draw things upside down. This is a pretty good idea, especially when you want to learn how shapes and composition work. Again, it's pretty uncomfortable, but the idea is that you're stretching your brain's understanding beyond perception and habit.  You're connecting your left and right brain coordination.

Exploring new ideas. Ok so I admit, I draw a lot of female characters. So of course I need to counter balance this redundancy with the occasional male character. After that, practicing backgrounds and environments are just so essential. Frankly I just don't do it enough, but when I do, I am always pleased with myself.

Creating a more efficient hand. Well this is summary of everything that is happening here. To practice the basics with repetition and exploring new ideas, stretching my ability to concept, to push the limits, to seek out my weaknesses and reinforce them.

When I begin posting again, people here are going to see a dramatic improvement. Especially the one most important person, myself.

Ok folks, stay cool and keep working those sketchbooks.
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
Well I threw it out there for you folks to judge how my next comic project will play out.

Apparently people, at least those who voted, seem to desire that a semi erotic sci-fi with small elements of horror will be awesome. Ok, ok I admit, the poll was a bit "directed" and the people who voted for the predictable favorites (sci-fi and porn) are fans of my work who are generally looking for sci-fi and sexiness.  But those ideas are popular with numero uno here (that would be me), so it's hardly a problem, as long as I keep it in the bedroom (or my dreams). Once I go public, I'm whipping out the goods and shoving it, huge and soft, in the faces of the people.

OK, ok, so I KNOW I'm throwing out the work "porn" like it's popcorn (oooh what a simile ;)) I'm not really doing porn anymore, because, like, one day I'm going to run for President for the United States and someone is going to jump out from the media pile and say: "Hey dude, you like wrote a comic book about girls with big tits squirting lactate all over the map; you're like, a freak, or something". As your future president, I would be troubled by the constant reminder that I'm a freaking pervert (even though most of the more popular presidents were womanizers, sorta, well not really...uhm wait?).

Anyways, as my bid for election will be announced in 2020 or some such, I will be busy living under bridges as a troll (collecting toll fees, if you will) and drawing comic books about science fiction with maybe a few busty gals (not more than the standard rate of boobage) and maybe a few makeout scenes (oh yuck, how can we keep going on with that XP).

So please stay tuned and watch out for my new project as it develops.

Have a Happy Day!
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
As I have been wandering about in the wilderness,
people have noticed that I draw a lot.
Well, in the open,
the one thing that can definitely happen,
the one aspect of yourself that is most powerful will come out.
So I Draw a lot.
Yep, with pencil in hand it's the one thing I can do to escape my general despair (because, as you know, us artists are a sensitive lot).
From Despair also, comes the story.
The story that hides in the deep folds of your brain, the
deepest turns of memory, the deepest essence of soul,
the Calabi-Yau manifold of the human mind.
So, now that I admit that my mind is a sub sub sub atomic particle......

WTF! does this have to do with hands????
Except that hand is the extension of the Calabi-Yau Manifold of the mind.....
Uhm Sorry...


Look at your own hand and draw each finger.

then draw the whole hand,

because

you

must see

the forest for the trees.
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
I love my fans :D

That is all

have a nice day.
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
As I was wondering around a local business district I stopped by a library in the area to see if any cool books were left on the book deposit box. It's ok, people are always dumping books there, either to donate or maybe someone might like what can't be sold back.

Well low and Behold, there they were, a HUGE pile of computer art tutorial books, most likely abandoned by some computer art's major. The best finds were Digital Character Design & Painting (for Photoshop CS) and Digital Texturing & Painting.

OMG! what a great find. That pretty much covers a lot of my trouble spots, and since I'm like so poor and junk, I don't have to dump a bunch of money into a class just to go up a notch in skills. Already I've substantially improved in my character design and painting skills.

Me happy :D
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
That's it!

I've invented a new holiday. It's going to be called: Happy Day!
Everyday will be Happy Day!
We'll all celebrate this Holiday by giving out lots of nice things to each other
and then we all say: Happy Day!

:D

Also,

here is a thumbnail from one of my Works in Progress

Enjoy :)

Mature Content

Kitty Kat 03 WIP by solomon-russell


and another one xD

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  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
Hi :wave:

ok slight change of plan. I won't using PayPal for a while.
I know you're all into that, but circumstances have left out of the digital paying game.
Checks and Money orders are still good.

Thanks for all your good deeds people.

:)
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
Just send a private note and talk to me about what you want.

:)
  • Listening to: to the voices in my little head
  • Reading: the power of myth
  • Watching: south park
  • Playing: video games, even thought it's kinda silly
  • Eating: processed food, yum
  • Drinking: water from a fountain
you're all so silent >.<
  • Listening to: Nuth'n
  • Reading: Nuth'n
  • Watching: Nuth'n
  • Playing: Nuth'n
  • Eating: Nuth'n
  • Drinking: Nuth'n