Hello! I wanted to ask something real quick about your process. How much of your work is done on PS and Sketchbook pro? Or rather, how is the work divided among those programs? Thanks! Love your work!!! ^^
Thank you! ^^
All my sketching/drawing is done completely in Sketchbook Pro.
Sometimes, I completely color or render my values in Sketchbook Pro directly as well, when I’m not pressed for time or anything like that. I like the more traditional approach to coloring when I do so.
But majority of the time, my color work takes place in Photoshop. :)
i hope this doesn't come off bad or even prejudice but i dont understand why you don't draw black main characters as a black artist. i know in some cases we shouldn't emphasize on race so much, but you are extremely talented and there are so few prominent black characters out there. I know you don't do it out of malice but wanted to know your thoughts. I know yes if I want a change I should start, but If I could draw half as good as you, then I would. Please tell me your thoughts on this.
No worries I’m understanding and slow to negative expression 99.9% of the time (don’t let my bluntness come across as snarky).
Firstly, I do draw black main characters. The projects that I’ve created or conceptualized (which everyone may not know of) that I can name off right now are
AWESOME SCHOOL GIRL ANNIE MEI
s t r a n g e r
Never Meet Your Heroes
Operation: Evacuate Earth
Out of those 7 ideas of mine, 3 include a lead character who is black and that number is bumped up to 4 if I include characters of secondary importance.
So what you’re probably wondering is why you don’t see any of my black main characters even though they’re there. The reasons vary. Mostly its because their stories are far to complex for someone of my skill level to comprehend even though I created them (this thought behavior has stunted me any time I wanted to go forward with a project). A lot of research and/or world building and story building needs to be done and I never make the time for it. And when I do, things begin to get extremely complicated to the point where I’d need experts or a team to help me out which I don’t have.
Another reason you may not see a certain spotlight on black main characters from me is because I’m not someone who should represents my roots. I’m all about honesty and if I have nothing I want to express in particular, then I won’t. I am a quiet person and I keep to myself most of the time. I must’ve subconsciously went against being defined by the color of my skin while growing up because I did not receive any direct influence from an immediate source. There isn’t a time I can recall where I referred to myself as a black artist, musician or man other than on documents that ask. When someone else refers to me as that, I’m taken aback because I’m ignorant and know nothing of what its like to be set apart because of my skin color. I now know the reasons are that I dislike differences and expectations that would separate a people from others. I appreciate individuality and equality so I try to include all without being painfully stereotypical. I’m glad for the mindset I have but I’m sorry to say that I’m not someone suited for representing a specific culture.
Those who do want a change definitely should seek it themselves and they should go for it wholeheartedly. Anytime you see a black character from me, it will be out of indifference as I treat all my characters with a different sense of profiling.
Short answer is I’m ignorant and I’d be a poor representative of black people.
I lack an attachment to any one thing because I try to be impartial and I grew up without being defined by the color of my skin. My interests that developed from my experiences include fairness and equality between genders. I grew up wondering why people expected things of me just because I’m a male and now I’m going off on a tangent and this reply is long enough already. I hope it made sense. Feel free to call me out on anything else because I lack so much understanding on so many matters and I’m open to correction and learning.
panrysownik said: Sooo… who’s the genius behind Bliss and her friends? Who came up with them and how they act? These girls show so much character just with your art, without any dialogue!
Bliss (along with Braxton) came pretty early in conception, when Alan and myself was working Esmy’s central foundation up; eventually leading to her living with the Barson family in her youth.
I then designed Bliss and her character, and over time she kinda evolved into this “fabulous” being of a little lady. Alan and I later noticed that she’d be alone since no one else shares her interests (she’d go crazy or have a superiority complex), so Sorbet and Deseret came much later, which I also designed.
Bliss still ended up having a superiority complex.
How involved are you in the writing of Cryamore? Do you have a co-writer, did you write it yourself, or do you just throw out plot points and world ideas?
I write Cryamore, and Alan is the co-writer. We piggyback plot points/world ideas/events off of each other. We then have a couple of others we communicate and work closely with who write extra dialogue/events and work as editors for the game to make sure everything meshes well together.
I got a question. I like to do a lot o NSFW art but ONLY for fun. I dont really want to establish my art career around those themes, which is why I will for example create separate profiles. So I'd like to ask, how freely can an artist express that side of his art?I have witnessed in a lot of mainstream/commercial artists (like yourself?) a strong reluctance to openly engage in sexually charged work. Are there actual consequences to doing this if you are a commercial artist? What are they? Why?
I personally find absolutely nothing wrong in drawing what you want/like to draw. If it’s your thing, it’s your thing. Even I like to do NSFW stuff from time to time (albeit, more on the “softer” side of it); it’s fun, I don’t have a reluctance to do it. I just don’t do it often because I simply don’t think of doing it most of the time (I draw whatever comes to mind in my free time and have bigger fish to fry; if I want to draw something sexy/naughty, I will). You’d be surprised at the number of animators/creators who work for even Disney/Pixar also do NSFW work.
The thing is that, you can make money doing anything these days. It really comes down to what you’re gunning for. That has a bearing on the kind of work you are open to. For instance, if you’re looking to find any job while drawing NSFW willy-nilly and the first job that comes along is a person who wants you to draw a children’s book, and they end up finding all of your NSFW work… well, you can kinda guess what will happen next. It’s likely they’ll get turned off by it and drop you. And since most of the world’s creative companies operate like that, SFW’ly, one who likes to walk the NSFW line will have trouble most likely finding consistent work in those specific fields.
But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get work if you like to draw that stuff. Heck, if you’re really good at your craft, (that’s right, drawing those “positions” and “anatomy” really well and having great techincal prowess) you’d get work more than others who do subpar work SFW’ly. What most artists do today is create 2 aliases/accounts and keep their SFW/NSFW work separate from each other. That would probably be the best way to solve your problem if you’re having trouble with that sorta thing.
Hope that helps.
And no, folks, I don’t have a separate NSFW account, in case you’re wondering. :P
Hey, fellow Cryatists! It’s time for a new update!
First off, we feel that you guys are really anxious about this game! We wanted to let you know that we are too! We’re working tirelessly at creating Cryamore, making sure it’s everything we (and hopefully you) want it to be. With that said,…
We’re reaching the final hours for this fantastic book!!!
Now with even MORE artists like Adam Hughes, J. Scott Campbell, Artgerm, Joe Mad, Dean Yeagle, and so many others, it’s hard to keep count! It makes me feel like I don’t even belong with such a mega-collection of awesome artists. So if I feel that way, you know for SURE that this book is one of a kind.
D00d! Another black artist from Chicago! Nice! :D Man, I've been following your stuff on Deviantart for a while now, and I'm glad I found you on here as well. Fanboying aside, I've a couple of questions for you as a budding artist myself: I've been looking into Sketchbook Pro for a while, but my hand is shaky as hell; is there any advice for settings to use for their version of the stabalizer, or should I stick to Sai? Also, any advice as far as taking my art to the next level?
Hahaha, well my skin color shouldn’t have anything to do with my work, but I rep my cityyyy 4 LYFE~ :D
If you have shaky hands (like medically), that sucks. I don’t have much input to give you if that’s the case. But if you’re referring to line control and whatnot, that’s not really “shaky hands”. There are methods to learning proper drawing control, and is an actual skill within itself. As for the program, play around with the stabilizer in it until you feel its good enough. If it’s not good enough, then find an alternative. You have to find the tool that works best for you.
Another thing is that it’s very difficult to draw if you have “shaky hands” and you’re drawing on a regular tablet. I don’t know how artists deal with regular tablets, but most do and it’s very possible to get used to it. Personally, I use a Cintiq since its like drawing directly on paper so my strokes feel more tangible in comparison to drawing unnaturally on a slate-style tablet.
As for that taking your art to the next level bit: that all depends on what you define “the next level” for yourself. Realistically look up others who are on that level you aspire to achieve, pick their work apart, and experiment and work until you feel you’ve reached that level. Then rinse and repeat. It’s not an instant thing, and few catch on/advance fast, so don’t become discouraged if you find yourself struggling with leveling up.
Hope that’s the kinda answer you’re looking for, man!
Here's a serious question: How do (or did in the past) you feel about people giving you serious critiques that you didn't see the same as they did, or felt a little to critical on. I don't mean a troll critique were all they wanted to do was criticize your works or a fault on the image, but a real constructive critique that you realize that they didn't mean to put you down but it just did for whatever reason or just don't agree on?
I don’t remember being hung up on a specific constructive critique and feeling put down on it, but I do remember on a few occasions where someone has said something and I kinda just didn’t agree with and then going back after a long amount of time and realizing that they at least kinda had the right idea.
Often, people give critiques and say things akin to “there’s something not right about this” and don’t offer any suggestions to fix it. That’s not really a critique. I can’t stand that, so I initially just say something like “it looks fine to me” and move on.
I also feel constructive critique is subjective. For instance, someone can come and say “you drew her proportions too stumpy”, but that’s not a critique as there is nothing wrong with drawing a character with abstract proportions. And then a lot of critiques can confuse stylistics with technics, saying things like “you should’ve darkened the outline on this character” when the artist’s intention was completely the other way around. That’s why if someone does come along and critique my work constructively, I check their credentials to see if they practice what they preach, and 99.99% of the time, they don’t. Doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be a hotshot artist to give correct critique, but at the same time, I can’t take it seriously if they can’t express proper reason or do it in their own work.
But I analyze my own old work a lot, it’s how I continue to improve. And when I find an error or something that I don’t like anymore, there is a chance that someone else maybe mentioned or even thought about that same error but just didn’t know how to fix it.
But in the end, I rarely receive constructive crits from others. Maybe because I’m very constructively critical of my work by default. I learn the best by evaluating my own work and seeking the answers myself. Because only you can know your intentions and what needs to be fixed. The stuff that comes from outside can be good critique, but there is no way it can be 100% with your views/intentions.
In other words, I can beat myself up the best, and boy do I beat myself up. :)
do you have any advice on being proud of the art you produce?
this is probably going to be an obvious/cliche/unhelpful answer, but: draw what you want, and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing! i actually struggle a lot with being proud of my work and career, and i find it almost always comes about because i’m comparing myself to other people, which is incredibly easy to do when there’s SO MUCH TALENT out there on the interwebs. but as long as you covet someone else’s style or work or whatever, you’re going to be playing an eternal game of catch-up and it’s going to make you feel sad and unfulfilled. this is also cheesy, but think of your art as more of a journey, not an end goal. don’t get sad that what you produce doesn’t look like (insert other artist here)’s finished pieces, just enjoy the process of drawing or painting in the moment, doing studies and thumbnails, creating for the sake of creating. if you don’t enjoy your current process, try new things until you find one you like better! instead of drawing whatever subject matter anyone else seems to find interesting or cute or sexy, draw what YOU find most interesting or cute or sexy. try not to rely too much on outside sources of inspiration or looking for tutorials or any of that, it wastes time you could be spending on self-improvement and figuring things out on your own, in your own unique way. (the exception to this is studying art history and seeing the changes art has gone through over the ages, i think it opens your eyes to how many possibilities there really are.) it’s going to be rough and awkward and completely imperfect at first, but if you’re really devoting yourself to it i think you’ll learn and improve quickly, and as long as you keep learning and improving with every piece then there will always be something in your work you can be proud of, even if the overall picture isn’t perfect. don’t forget to look back on your old art every now and then, to see how far you’ve come! compare yourself to yourself, not other artists!
there’s also no shortage of self-professed art critics on the internet who just haaaaave to say something snide about your stuff, which can be a harsh blow to an already fragile artist ego if you let it get to you. unless you’ve specifically asked for critiques (or if they are your art teacher or paying client, of course — in which case you are creating for them, not you, and these rules don’t apply; separating yourself from your work a bit is essential here) don’t listen to these guys, even if they claim they’re trying to “help” — they don’t know anything about your art goals and they may have totally different art standards that they are trying to make you feel bad for not adhering to, and honestly, most of the anonymous internet critics don’t care about any of that, they just want to make themselves feel better by putting your work down. yeah, it’s completely fucking trite to say “haters are just jealous!” but as long as you’re constantly analyzing your work and finding ways to improve on your own, what right does a random stranger have to show up uninvited and tell you what your art should be? most skilled, accomplished artists don’t bother going around leaving dick comments on other peoples’ work, either, so……there is that.
anyway, i hope some of that textwall was helpful, and i wish you the best with your work!!
One of the many things that is lame is when a truly good-natured person is vilified for having an opinion they don’t agree with. And it’s one of the huge problems with this world anyway. It always starts a lot of fights because someone just can’t agree to disagree.
From this point forward, I won’t express my personal opinions anywhere anymore, on here, my twitter, or my dA. Probably not gonna speak on positive ones either because that’s fuel for jealousy and hate out there too.
You’re here for art, so just have some art.
That is all.
(And don’t ask “what happened?” or what have you. Nothing major happened.)
for those time lapse videos ,are those done on ipad ,tablet,or is just kinda like a livestream?
Depending on the comment of the post, it’s either recorded from desktop or recorded from the iPad (but I don’t really use my iPad for drawing other than those two times, heh). That one I just posted was done on the comp, using a desktop screen recorder.