You're not slacking off on your art, are you?
I found some improvement yesterday. Now I need to finish my current commission so I can do some more work using what I learned.
I wanted to post Lindell Dollice Quilten and her bio so here it goes. She's a goth girl who obviously, loves dolls. Handmade to plastic, she just adores them. She also makes spare dolls of her friends and family too in her spare time (her friends think the dolls are extremely creepy, but take them anyway out of politeness and maybe fear). Lindel also has a secret passion for boy bands of the 90's, kept well-hidden among her love for the macabre and strange.
Just added this to the timeline doc, spoiler warning for the story, it's kind of a lot but I'd love you to death if you gave it a read. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zfNCTNKAP8EJ8-NeF6nKiNhOI3Ht8X1POldTfUdEjag/edit?usp=sharing
doin some proto-game devvin' concept art.
Part of a doc for a Rock Paper Scissors fishing minigame
This is Jaime, basically designed her after someone asked me what the kid of the two main characters/the established couple in my setting would look like.
Regardless its been fun tinkering with some ideas about her and her parents.
Did a JLI parody/homage to The Incredible Hulk #417. Guess what they're reacting to.
Here's some more stuff I drew.
save me batman i can't bring myself to practice and every time i attempt to i just draw lame garbage
Thanks. I think I still need to get better at shading though.
can't sleep. talking ocs is fun.
How do I make more interesting drawings, /co/? And how do I get started with backgrounds?
I just illustrated an african folk tale for fun. Take a look at the rest of the website if you wish.
colored it on my phone so it looks a bit cheap. Also drawing people's OC's keeps the old mans voices at ease in my head.
Doing quick character design exercises where I take props and turn them into girls. Specifically chose girls because I don't draw enough of them.
Here's an old sketch of an oc that I slapped some colors on earlier today.
His name is Diabolicus. He's a general for an intergalactic faction called the "Caliburian Empire". Though his body seems mechanical in nature, he's actually a member of a race of energy beings and his 'body' is basically just a conveyance used to contain and sustain his essence so that HC e may interact and move about when not on his homeworld. He can survive for a short time outside of the body, but will gradually dissipate over time.
love me some robotic general with red+blue+yellow color combo
Woah, I'm actually sorta surprised that got zeroed in on. I've been using this figure for anatomy practice, and part of it is fucking with various things to see how they work. One of the things with this particular "character" is how the foot is more like an elongated hand than anything. It's more just visual flair than anything.
An "Undead" (More like Homunculus) Monk still in the very early stages.
I'm thinking I might scrap the whole thing and start over, feel it's too generic looking.
The Caliburian Empire is a vast beuracracy that was formed by specific type of Terran biorioids as a vanguard for the expansion of human settlements into deep space. Basically, instead of sending human explorers into deep space to find worlds to settle, they would send bioroids out to promiding systems to explore and establish settlements. If the system is safe, they would send a message back to earth and begin constructing the settlements while they await human settlers from earth. They have a directive to continue buildinng, expanding and securing territory and resources until the settlers arrive. Since the human settlers never arrived, they kept building, expanding, establishing alliances and conquering until they wound up with a vast empire.
Anyhow, thrall species and allies have been allowed to participate in their empire as long as doing sondoesnt conflict with their directives.
They're called the Caliburian Empire because they were manufactured by a corporation named "Calibur".
Fussin' around with my ink demon girl. She can control all types of pigment so she can become all sorts of bright gaudy colors (though she prefers to be inky black.)
...some tumblrite blasted you for making a mammy doll character, so you had to change it, right?
Haha no (someone DID leave a discord group because they wouldn't be in a group that supported blackface).
I honestly have very little desire to change Her from being the same black inky color. The point of the character is to be somewhat controversial.
That said, I DO have that element in there in case OTHER people want to draw fanart and don't want people to shit down their throats. I'm fine with taking some heat but I'd rather my friends not get accused of bein' racist.
I've got a bit of a portfolio coming through, but only a couple are done. Basically what I'm working on is a universe where heroes have to reluctantly come together to face an older, more bitter generation of Golden Age-esque heroes who believe that these newer heroes are tarnishing the ideologies they worked so hard to protect in the "Good-old days."
Lineup so far are these characters.
>Circuit Breaker: Haven't come up with a story for him yet, but he's basically a living battery and can compress the ions in his body to either project or use as a shield.
>Original Sin: Demon banished to Earth by Satan after killing Cerberus
>Triple-Tap: Ex-Marine Corps sniper who must adapt to being part of a group unit after so many tours as a lone wolf. Traded her eyes in for cybernetic smart-link eyes.
>Rotorblade: Kind of like Falcon, only their arms have helicopter propellers rather than wings. Can only express with facial emotions displayed on a digital screen in their helmet.
That's all I got for characters so far. Pic related to Circuit Breaker. Only planning on just doing flats and no shades.
Original Sin design. I have Triple-Tap finished, but not on this computer. I'm sorry, /co/.
Silk and Spider-Man redesign. Admittedly, Spidey isn't changed much, (the only thing I really changed was the webbing a bit, and adding the blue shoulder pads) but I think I drastically altered Silk enough that the design is almost completely taken away.
i've been updating some of my characters i still have to get better with lines
i now have a tumblr but im in the process of making it look good and just learning about the site since i have never used it before
Australian snake themed melee merc villain for my capeshit comic. He's the first bad guy the protagonist rumbles with after coming out of retirement for fifteen years. The hero gets schooled pretty hard and asspulls a cheap win that leaves him OOA for weeks afterwards.
Some Death Adders have orange and brown/black stripes, so I went with those colours for his scheme. Going for 'Aussie-snake-themed-MCU-Batroc'.
Bit of a throwaway character designed to show the difference in the hero's ability after over a decade of no training. Years ago he would have one-shotted this guy, now he almost gets killed by him.
Kinda generic hero type, will try make it more "unique"
and lastly, this is not an oc just a thing i had to do draw on my job at a tv station
my boss wants me to turn a bunch of his jokes into comics so he can copile them and then print them as a book
the only problem is that my boss has his own donut steel and he told me i have to include his character in all the drawings i actually had to do a second version of this one with my boss's character on it
Thanks. I went ahead and touched up the skin a little
But well the tacobucks i get from this job paid my new tablet, and it will only be for a few months, after that i will enter college and i'll have way more time to draw my own stuff
it's not that bad considering that the guy who had the job before me had to draw print and sell an entire comic about the adventure's of my boss's character, and that comic didn't look good at all
Staring to do some clean draws and size comparisons for some of my characters.
21 this month!
You tell me.
And for the love of god please do I have no idea what I'm doing what the fuck.
A few sketches for an animation I want to try.
Didi this recently-ish. Trying to get more motion in my drawings.
phone sketch. i started "inking" it, but decided to paint it on gimp. i haven't painted anything in a while.
i'll get around to it someday i suppose
Is there a decent guide somewhere for writing or "storyboarding" I guess for comics?
I have some minor technical artistic skill but little talent, so I could sketch out concepts, but not much else.
Also, how do I meet artists (preferably irl)?
No prob. What's your handle (the name you go by as an artist) and the name of the character? I was going to post her on my da, fa and hf and I wanted to credit you as the owner/creator of the character.
Anyhow, here's an old drawing of my OC from waaaaaaay back. Her name is Czarettoh and she has the ability to summon or conjure things. Typically, she uses playing cards, figurines or books, but she can also use her own imagination with mixed results.
Here's some shitty sketches of my OCDoughtnutSteals. I can do fullbodies but I'm still learning to draw.
I have a story for them as well, but I'm only 20% done with it. I'm not confident in my writing.
You ever watch a cartoon and think "hey what if there was a character that did x or was x?"
I know that's donutsteel territory but that's where you get started. Just look at Fifty Shades of Grey.
My boss arrived a bit late today so i had time to start coloring this, i'll finish it when i get home
>Also, how do I meet artists (preferably irl)?
Here's some suggestions from Steve Lieber.
Ignore what Lieber suggested about starting with prose/essays. It's just as difficult to crack into the field of writing as it is comics, if not more so given the over-saturation of writers. He's not a writer. Ignore this.
If you want to write prose, go write prose, but don't even think about trying to break into comics at the same time. Further, any Tom, Dick, and Harry can get published these days -- the problem is getting published with a somewhat reputable company. Let me lay down a hypothetical situation:
I write a four hundred page novel. It can be about anything, the content doesn't particularly matter.
Now... Does it look better if I can achieve publication with Tor or Amazon?
You can figure out which of the two anyone is going to give credence.
He does give one piece of good advice that isn't self-evident, and that's getting in a comic book publishing company and then pivoting from there. That's hard, harder than it would be to be just get a job somewhere else. Either way you'd have to convince them to take a chance on your idea (doubtful), or use your savings and connections that you've created to generate a team.
Either way, you are going to be spending money. Honestly, your best bet is to just save money, do your research online, find out who is going to certain conventions (follow them on social media), and then go to said places. In an ideal situation you'll go to these things with five or six different people in mind, at a minimum.
Many of them are already working on their own projects that they haven't talked about, or are contractually obligated to produce work for someone else, etc. Harden yourself, and prepare for rejection is what I am saying. Although if you've decided you wanted to be a writer, you should have accepted this at the start. The only people who are never told, "No", are socialites with silver spoons up their asses.
I think you're looking at things too big.
Writing a book won't get Marvel or DC to knock on your door, but just completing a longform project says a lot about you, and a smaller comic publisher likely won't be as scared of you. It means you at least theoretically know what you're doing, and can see a project through.
If you write a dozen essays about comics, you can pull that out and show it to potential artists or publishers when they want to see what you've been doing for the last four years, and if you have worthwhile opinions/thoughts on things.
It's like getting an internship in college so that when you graduate you can at least have some sort of relevant work experience on your resume.
His advice seems to be more relevant to smaller publishers than to the big publishers, to break into the industry, not to be the next big breakout star.
You are also missing the point that I elucidated around the middle of my post.
Anyone can get published these days, anyone.
Who you get published with is what matters.
My dude, if I was wrong, really, if I was wrong, why do you think that you have to write manuscripts, pitch the slug line, and then move on with your life once you've been told no?
Publishers don't give a flying fuck what you've written, unless it gets published. This contradictory situation is what makes breaking into writing such a difficult task in the first place.
It doesn't strengthen my position if I've written several massive tomes. What does strengthen my position is if said tomes are published.
You are confusing the, again, merit of dedication people attribute to going to College and getting a degree. That can help you because you went to a place for several years, it was accredited, they gave you a piece of paper saying you completed their coursework.
Great, that's useful.
You'd know this, my dude, if you actually went to school for this.
No one hires a scriptwriter just because he's written a hundred scripts.
No one hires a writer on consignment just because he's written thirty books.
If nothing you've done has been given the rubber stamp of approval by way of publication? You may as well be writing Sonic Fan-Fiction and turning that in with your CV.
>You are confusing the, again, merit of dedication people attribute to going to College and getting a degree. That can help you because you went to a place for several years, it was accredited, they gave you a piece of paper saying you completed their coursework.
That's not what I was talking about. For so many companies, the degree is meaning less and less. They require that you have it, of course, but a couple of semesters of internship with relevant job experience is what will get you the job.
Also, start on the bottom and make your way up. You can't just jump over steps in the process. If a publisher thinks that every book that you've gotten published is trash, go to a lower rung. Make friends in the industry, and move up as your skill improves.
Kate still needs a proper turnaround.
After many redesigns and tweaks, these characters are finally coming together exactly how I'd like. The plot outline is all written out, as well as several episode synopses.
Several rough drafts and ideas were scrapped, but we're finally at the point where storyboards are plausible!
I love the style! And the designs look pretty great! Reminds me a lot of lates 90s/early 2000s cartoons. Looks very professional and sleek, too. I WANT TO KNOW MORE.
I like Kate. Kate's the tall one right? I like her. She looks huggable.
Concept work and other characters, some of whom are still being worked on.
Using my kid character to practice more crying. Want to try to get the texture and "feeling" just right.
It was too long ago since I made some donuts, so I drew this today.
And I noticed way too late that I gave what was supposed to be a "her" Questar-hair.
Been a while since I drew Czarettoh, so I whipped up a quick sketch of her and two of her summons Nija Nun and Bunny Bomb.
it was 2014 when i decided i was going to start
to this day, it's still pending.
i don't know if i should take heart that the huge black void was only actually 3 years, or if those 3 wasted years will haunt me for the next 30.
and soon it will be 4, 5, 6...
Go for it, it can't hurt to have those skills just don't join the cult. Also if you're that easily daunted by beginning exercises specifically one intended to make you its bitch you're gonna have a hard time.
Looking back at this again, I agree; the faces are pretty wide. I draw turning the paper diagonally and it's a bad habit that I am trying to control.
Also I need to get better at drawing faces period.
Not sure if I'll do anything with this girl but I drew her up earlier today.
This is actually my very first OC created. Made him about 4 years ago, and I'm pretty proud. He's named Lando the Lantern. He likes cooking and volunteering at the community. He used to be a pyromaniac, but eventually came to relax, mellowed out, and became a productive member of the community. Yes his head is removable, but don't eat pumpkin products in front of him. It makes him uncomfortable.
And also, this is fanart a wonderful artist did. Mydrawing skills suck.
Test page for a comic I'm working on, thoughts?
>They require that you have it, of course, but a couple of semesters of internship with relevant job experience is what will get you the job.
You clearly have no insight into the topic being discussed, please, I beg of you to stop before someone takes your suggestions as gospel.
I can't speak for illustrators, so no, sorry. I can only speak of what I know, which is from the perspective of a writer. That's why I was dismissive of Lieber's advice. He's an illustrator, not a writer.
If you want to illustrate comics? You better find a group of people willing to work with you. One man shows are few and far between. Not because the talent isn't there, but because there's very little wiggle room to let people dawdle with the timetables that comics work with.
If you don't want any pressure, want to work alone, and want to be 100% in control? Make a webcomic, that's about your only option. Otherwise, team up with a writer who has money and an idea.
Of course, you have to have talent as well. Writers won't tell you this, but because of the nature of the methods laid out by Lieber (one he actually agrees works), you as the artist are not the commodity. The colorist, and the writer are the two people that the publishing company will end up being interested in. This has to do with the dynamic of how Western print companies are organized.
The writers are viewed as directors. In these small operations, it falls on them to do pretty much all of the organizing, campaigning, and funding. You are merely their tool.
Unless you can prove that you were the guy who did the lion's share of the work, and funded the project that's just the way it is.
>Making gif to be one of the openings of my webcomic
>About 2/3 done
>Realize it will ultimately be upwards of 7 MBs, >12 seconds long
>Thinking of adding sound and montage and making it into a teaser video for the comic to be released about a month before it really starts
More pizazz for me I guess
Testing out some keyframes.
gifv is basically a webm alternative. One of the primary advantages is that it embeds the same way a gif does, while webm's embed like a video.
Show me what your webcomic looks like.
Here you go, sorry if it took 10 years, I thought I was free all day. I made her really girly and wanted a slight 90's vibe. I think I'll keep playing around with her color pallet.
trying to design a suit for some taxi themed gangsters.
I've sadly been too busy with planning things and practicing video editing to improve when it comes to digital art stuff at the moment, but I'm still happy how this image came out forever ago
It's the three big important characters in my dumb comic
No problem man (especially knowing you were busy with important/personal stuff), this looks wonderful!
The colors, linework, it all comes together really well. The mixture of different tones of blue alongside the pink and yellow does give a nice 90s cool girl vibe.
Thank you man!
funny this thread popped up, i was thinking about grabbing some doughnuts
i really like your characters! they remind me of flipnote hatena, mostly with the eyes
amateur here. i've always been able to draw but am just now trying to learn how to tell stories with it, ie how to do paneling, WHICH thing to show in which frame, that sort of thing. which is all very complicated, like the difference between taking a photo and being a director/editor. Understanding Comics was very helpful for putting these concepts into concrete descriptions.
now that I'm getting started, can any of us get by by simply using oldfashioned pencil and paper, or is computer drawing and editing software necessitated in this day and age?
you could get by with the old pencil-and-paper, but you'd need at least a decent scanner to go along.
digital drawing and editing software make things a whole lot easier, and there are some very good free options out there like medibang, firealpaca or krita (it has animation and some comics-oriented tools), though generally paint tool sai and clip studio paint are generally regarded as the best ones, though both are paid (and worth the price as far as i know).
You'll need to use a computer at some point if you want to put your art up on the internet. Whether that's at the start of the drawing process, or just at the scanning in stage is up to you.
There are plenty of people posting photos of traditional media drawings to Instagram (with artfully arranged pens and brushes).
Finally got my hands on my Triple-Tap design. Working on Rotorblade as we speak and developing new characters as I type this.
OH! thanks for the feedback m8.
bump with some more art shit, I was thinking this character could be a satanic cannibal..or just some badass cringe. I forsure want him to have a bear trap as a weapon.
My favorite author just posted an article about herself from the New York Times praising her for her amazing fantasy YA novels. Went on to say how she's not 30 yet and has 12 books under belt (5 of them on the NYT best sellers list) and that she was getting two master degrees in history while also writing one of those said best sellers. I'm super proud of her, almost like she's a close friend, even though I've only met her once, for ten seconds at a book signing. I don't even think I feel jelouse. I just feel...nothing. Maybe I'm a void of emotion as I look at my 50+ saved word documents of 50 different ideas and plot layouts and characters sheets. I'll never be able to actually finish anything. I'm just too distracted/too much ADD/no will power/always saying I'll start for real this weekend. *sigh*
You need to find someone to read your stuff, to bounce ideas off, someone to help you reach new heights, someone who has the enthusiasm for your work to make you want to persevere, and get shit done.
I had such a person
but he died. I miss you bro.
Hello, I'm hoping you could help me sort this out this shit for one of my OC.
I need to make a neet/shut-in kinda character,
she's supposed to be some sorta celebrity that hates her job, so, outside the camera, she's a pissed off shut-in, and I'm not sure how should I dress her.
I was thinking of the usual jerseys, but that's probably overdone to hell.
Do you think Jerseys are ok, or should I try something different? What else could I try?
I don't have a pic on me now, but she has a bobcut hair with bangs and it's kinda round, but not too much, so whatever she wears, it has to be comfy, and proper to walk around in front of men and other women.
I worked on this dumb stuff today,
Trying to make short little animations for a large group of characters I use with friends for a Youtube channel of ours. Here is 5 of the ones I finished today
>they remind me of flipnote hatena
I don't know if I should take this as a compliment or an insult. I'm happy that you like them though.
I like your character too, she looks like something that would be in an old Nickelodeon show
Dropped in the drawthread.
Anyone have some critique?
ahh I absolutely agree. I became enamoured with them last fall and developed this character short after. Usually I get bored of drawing certain things but I actually look forward to drawing silly doodles of her.
i mighta overdid the the folds on her trouser at her hip...
Wanna get this digitally colored but I need to get my tablet fixed
The way his left hand is holding that handguard triggers me.
bunch of goobers i doodled for i comic i might not do
Only TRUE nineties kids remember.
>I don't know if I should take this as a compliment or an insult.
No worries, it's a compliment! Flipnote was one of the reasons I ended up wanting to be in an art-related career.
I like them all, but i like the cross-eyed bud the best. I'd totally read this.
and i love you too anon
that's good to hear since i was planning on lil' cross eyes being the MC, though i cant promise it'll ever actually get made, my ability to commit to a project is depressingly lacking
>have a perfect idea for an OC
>cannot draw for shit
Getting rid of the vigilante concept, but keeping her basic design
>my ability to commit to a project is depressingly lacking
Christ, I know how you feel. I have so many ideas in my head all at once, and I have no idea which one to pick out first.
oh wow, it almost bring tears to my eyes.
thank you so much anon, i mean it
they're all very fitting names, acorn especially, im glad everyone seems to like him
you hit the nail on the head , every night its a new idea for a story i want to create, and i cant even manage to get started on the ones ive had sitting around for years.
its a mixture of laziness built up from a year and a half of being a NEET, and a lifes worth of perfectionism. you would think these little guys should only take me about two minutes to draw up, but i end up spending way more than that obsessing over every stray pixel. add in the fact that im using a mouse, and a burning desire to imitate every artist i admire, it becomes a chore to finish one drawing, how will i manage a whole comic?
I finally got to work on this, kidney stones sure are fun...
It's a tribute to the band Goldfish, they make a lot of fun music videos. Can I get some opinions and or critiques
one more criitter doodle before bed, and i'll sleep on the idea of if im capable of making and finishing a comic with them
character placement and all that looks nice, all it needs is a background to seal the deal
Lot's of people have their opinions about the character they see. But thanks for another advice anyways.
Lindell is a fan of creepy dolls, she's your typical goth girl standards who like reading books and makes her own dolls some of her friends find her dolls creepy but she doesn't care what they said.
Just finished another drawing of Lindell.
um drawing stuff for my site so i drew this little pic to use as a temporal profile pic
oh nice is this an excerpt or your own making?
anyways i think hes a bit too mad instead of worried right before the second line. either that or have more of a gradation
what program btw?
Just me talking into my webcam.
I'm unsure of some of the acting, so I'll probably be tweaking that.
It's adobe animate, but I did some of the keyframes on paper.
She's a dumb blonde by the nickname, DorkGirl
(Real name is Stacy Dawkins) Kinda like, Looney Tunes meets Braceface, minus the braces