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hello! let me just say, I really admire your work and think it's absolutely amazing! I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but what would you say helped you become a successful artist? and what kind of tips would you give to am aspiring artist who wishes to be successful too? thank you so much!!
I think it helps to understand what success means to you as an artist! everyone has a different definition, and I think once you find your own it’s a lot easier to feel satisfied. it’s really really REALLY hard not to be influenced by everyone else’s definition and think that theirs is better, but until you really feel like your feet are on your own path I don’t think you can ever be truly happy. in art or anything really.
success can be lots of things. to some it’s getting a studio job, but to others it’s reaching the point where they have the skills to accurately convey the stories in their head, or have an audience who likes what they do, or to simply be happy with the things they make for themselves and no-one else. there are definitions of success I didn’t even realise existed until I had experienced them, like someone telling me my comic helped them come out to themselves or made them feel better about their body. making people laugh (or cry) and feel good brings me a huge feeling of success that I was too naive to understand/desire until I had experienced it.
don’t worry if the definition of success is evasive!! setting and fulfilling my own goals is something I still struggle with and expect to for a long time. I’ve learned a lot about what I want and don’t want by just doing though, so don’t let yourself get held back by overthinking things haha. whatever your definition the best thing to do is just draw constantly!! your goals will probably change as you understand yourself better, but the skills you build up are with you for life! I hope this helped and wasn’t too vague or esoteric haha
ah! since I posted the photo of my workspace quite a number of people have been asking if I’d recommend the 13inch cintiq. the answer is, ABSOLUTELY!!! if it’s something you’ve been on the fence about, I totally recommend pushing yourself over and rolling around in that sweet sweet HD grass. they are a LOT of money and while I would not advocate buying one over say, feeding your family, it is definitely a serious investment that has changed how I feel about drawing digitally (in that I literally cannot stop doing it so that’s definitely one warning haha)
wowzers!! I got like a BUNCH of them so I thought I’d put them into one big post instead haha ;_____; thanks for askin’!! y’all are such cuties
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4: Lineart or coloring?
ahh man. I’m gonna have to go with lineart. even though I love colour, other Important things such as Shading and Rendering are totally expendable to me. whereas lines are just. ESSENTIAL to my entire concept of drawing, and even when I’m life drawing I’ll often just use crosshatching to shade. I cannot fathom the idea of working linelessly, and I’m totally in awe of those who can!
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8. I always listen to music when I draw!! I have an 8tracks with a lot of my playlists on it, but I also listen to a ton of adam lambert, VIXX, lana del rey, pharrell, patrick wolf, f(x), kanye, daft punk, janelle monae, b1a4, sufjan stevens, kelis and the frickin shingeki no kyojin ost. i think i either have no taste or every taste.
10. hmmm I’m really not a fan of mech and inorganic shapes. like even when it comes to something like cars, I prefer to draw older ones from the 50s-60s with smooth natural lines and curves and shapes I understand haha.
Artist ask #1 !
damn y’all are some nosy parkers!! haha that’s okay I am too!
here’s my space! as you can see I have the very elegant solution of putting my cintiq on my cintiq box (otherwise it strains my wrist). also CABLES. EVERYWHERE.
I was checking out your FAQ; has anyone sent you pics of tattoos of your art? :>
nope! I would love it if they did though!!
Is there more to the don't let go comic? I so please send me links. I would love to read them.
a few people have asked this, but I’m afraid there isn’t! I decided to let people’s own imaginations deal with the image of a human body decomposing alongside a slowly degrading but still presumably sentient robot as they hold hands haha
I went on to your portfolio after I saw one of your comics, I feel like I'm writing love letters to a rock star as I type this but sending any type of message similar to this makes me nervous in a way that I feel as if there's a belt tied firmly around my chest. What I'm trying to say is that I adore your work, and I think you are fantastic! Please never stop making it. I'm tempted to make 1000 paper stars now, Actually. Thank you.
oh my gosh that’s so kind of you, thank you! and I totally know that feeling when writing to someone I admire, it can be really nerve wracking to put oneself out there ;___; if it helps, I’m actually incredibly lame! my twitter timeline is mostly comprised of me babbling about sports anime characters, neopets and korean boybands.
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