|Inspired by the art of Jim Fitzpatrick. |
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Watch me- I'll watch you back! |
I don't know why, but a lot of people don't think I will talk to them for some odd reason! They always act so surprised when I answer back. If you ever want tips for art or if you want to give me tips, please just go for it! I love helping other artists grow with what experience I already have. And I am fully aware I have yet to become a master, even as a professional! Honestly, I don't think masters exist! But that's just me!
You may have noticed that a lot of my art repeats characters that you have never seen before! That is because I am working hard to write a book series. If you're curious and want to learn more, just ask! If you want to talk about your characters too, I'm totally free for it! ;D Just remember, I am slow to reply sometimes!
My artwork mostly reflects my characters from the world I created under the title Wanderlust. I still have a lot of work to do, but you're free to get to know me and my characters. My favorite gift is fanart! lol
ON A SIDE NOTE: I have cubital tunnel syndrom in both hands. So come winter, I probably won't post as often, but idk. You just never know!
Here's some of my other locations for posting (writing and such)
Had a meeting today with a prof. He gave me some really good advice on my artwork, confirming a lot of the problems I had already recognized. He gave me advice on how to counter it that I plan to put into practice. I definitely do need to advance more in realism and drawing from life. And most certainly I need to get out of this stiff concept art so I can draw pieces with more interesting compositions. I've been doing what I can to progress toward that... unfortunately TIME is incredibly unforgiving and stingy. We'll see. I definitely appreciated his time to look over my portfolio and for giving me excellent advice.
My only complaint is the refusal to be educated on Manga. Like many professors I've encountered here, they refuse to see fantasy or Manga genres as art. It's pretty darn frustrating. If you want another perspective, about a decade ago the same discrimination targeted comic book art. Thanks to artists like Roy Lichtenstein, comic book art now is more appreciated. I dare you to look up the history of Manga! It's really cool! When the US occupied Japan (1945-1952) the Japanese were introduced to a ton of US culture, such as comic books, various authors, and Disney films, which inspired artists to create what we now call Manga. And they literally cover EVERY sort of genre one could imagine up. Not just Sci-fi and Fantasy, but Sports and Historical Drama. He told me Manga was unmarketable... but in the US and Canada the manga market was valued at 175 MILLION dollars! Not only that, it makes up 27% of the total books purchased in the US alone! Just go into Borders. Manga makes up more than half of the Graphic Novel section, whereas American Graphic Novels (Such as the Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead) and American Comic Books make up about one forth each of the section. So to say it isn't "marketable" was far from fact.
The art department here encourages us to be up to date on modern culture. It just doesn't make sense to say that we need to be updated on culture and fads today and then completely excuse two entirely genuine genres of art just because they have no interest in them. It's really unfortunate, because now I've been degraded and put into a box I don't even associate myself with. I understand my style has elements from Manga, but that doesn't make it Manga. I like that style, but for very good reasons. I'm writing a graphic novel that is in a fantasy world- like Tolkien's. It only makes sense to apply a formulated art style so I can more efficiently redraw characters recognizably to panels.
Am I crazy? Or does that not make perfect sense?