peacyyy asked: Haha I've seen that you catch a lot of flack about how you draw women, which to me just doesn't make since. I mean for one its a character, and two art is an expression of ones self. If that what you like to do, how can another person have the audacity to say it's "unrealistic" or that is the only way you draw. Anyways you have some great art, But the ask that I have for you is do you do a lot of figure drawing cause all of your poses seem really accurate ?
Haha, it happens. Honestly, any artist can receive flack for anything someone doesn’t agree with. S’just how things go. :)
As for figure drawing, I don’t really do a lot of it. No time to these days, unlike my earlier ones. That’s baddd, if you’re looking at it from textbook-tinted glasses. But instead of figure drawing over and over, I taught (and I’m still teaching) myself to understand how the human body works, each part of it. Basically how it looks when it twists and turn certain ways, its limits, from different angles, etc. all by observation and then applying it in my work. That way, I’m able to come up with a pose (not always 100% accurate to how it actually works or even to how it looks in my head) that is believable.
That’s why I don’t use reference with my work, I just have this internal ‘encyclopedia’ I memorized (and still adding to), that way I can just go in there and grab the pieces I need and then put it on paper. For example, I know the basics of a realistic facial structure, so I’ll go in the “realistic facial structure section” in my ‘mind encyclopedia’ and remember that when I want a face stylization that bends more towards realism. But if I need an anime-ish or cartoon-ish face, I’ll walk over to that section in my mind and use that. That is pretty much the result of observation, and pretty much how almost every skilled artist work when they draw, especially without reference.
tansau asked: When practicing, do you work on a certain subject (like value) a day, or for much longer?
When you practice, the ultimate goal is to “peg” or “get down” what you’re having trouble with or want to improve on, right? So you should practice as long as you need to until you honestly feel comfortable with the subject.
For example, you mentioned studying value. If you study value for a day, and then never study it again after that day, well, you won’t really get much of a benefit out of it. But if you study value for a week, or let’s not even say a week— a month, then how much better or confident will you feel after that month? And there’s always something to learn even with a subject as simple-sounding as value. It’s simple in its meaning, but it has so many properties like light sources, contrast, casting, reflection, texture, and much more (which ultimately will take even longer than a month to become completely comfortable with)!
Of course, you can go at your own pace, but I find that being consistent with your practice sessions, like every day on a subject, will bear a greater result than a practice session one day out of a week on a subject.
Hope that helps. :)
"So! One time I explored that old sunken ship near the rapids, right…"
Getting back into breaksketching again. Warming up to some Rat Rage stuff since I’ll be getting back on it next week!
Here’s The Lowdown!
I already have a few people lined up and ready to go, it seems! Thanks so much! I’m sure with everyone’s help, I can finally make Rat Rage a reality! So now that we’re a few days into this, I’m going to get started on reposting the pages from the Prologue chapter I’ve already done for public viewing. I will keep the webcomic exclusively on Patreon for the time being, as the visual setup of Patreon is really nice and suitable for webcomic viewing I’m finding out!
The Prologue chapter itself is 40 pages long. I’ll post the first 8 pages that are complete, free. I will run the Prologue and the first half of Chapter 1 afterwards, and they will be available for public viewing. Which should be enough story (about 51 pages) to get some people hyped up for more. Hopefully by then, the audience will be much larger! I know things will start off a bit rocky, that’s expected. I have to build a rapport to show folks what Rat Rage is all about, and at the moment it’ll be hard to convey that if I kept the comic ‘Patron-only’ starting off.
Rat Rage will update every Wednesday evening. Expect it. If there is time in my schedule for a second page during a week, it will update again on the following Friday evening. We’ll call that the Bonus Day. I’m aiming to make this experience as interactive as I can, and I will comment and communicate with you all on each page to the best of my ability.
Let’s get this party started.
Rat Rage~ Still one of my favorite fan arts of Rai and Nini by Nemuri!
A 2-yr old illo, though this one was just a color collaboration with my homie Pedro! Still a fun illustration! Ronzo owns Squeek!
Quintessential Quad of Killers ~
Another 3-year-old oldie, but goodie. The Fanatical Four, Rai’s main archenemies… or “bosses”, in the story.
For the Tumblr Crowd!
Reblogging old Rat Rage art! From 3 years ago. One of the few “old pieces” that I still fancy quite a bit.
So far we’re at 13 people jumping on board for this! You guys are awesome! A few people have messaged me and are quite confused about how it works and the way I have this set up though, so I can explain a bit more:
I’ve always had a bit of anxiety with Rat Rage; considering that it’s anthro, I know it will not mesh well with a lot of people. But I will never cross that “weird side” because it’s anthro. I’m just not that kinda storyteller, lol. But this is my most complete project by far, and actually, its success rate will give me motivation for doing more of my stories in this format afterwards, like Erratic and a few other IPs I have in comic format. If this flops, well, I’ll just stay away from doing my creator-owned stuff in a comic format, lol.
But for all who have jumped in so far, you guys are really boosting my enthusiasm here! Your enthusiasm for RR is really contagious, and just really makes me want to create even more. Thanks so much.
That is all, I guess! Thanks again for your support!!
Another Development Update! -
Greetings to all you would-be cryatists out there! It is time for yet another progress report on how Cryamore is coming along.
DUNGEONS AND STUFF
It’s been tricky to find much to show lately as a lot of the work done recently has been put towards laying out more of the maps…
It continues …
Help Me Get Back On RAT RAGE with Patreon!
Hey all! By now, I’m sure you folks have heard of Patreon, a site where creators can continue to share their work and for fans to continue to support them!
Well, personally, I’ve been checking this site out for quite some time now and I’ve been doing some critical thinking involving my project Rat Rage. Since I’ve started working on Cryamore, I haven’t had much time for any other project. And a lot of people have been (as a result of the popularity of all my Rat Rage redesign fanart and further RR-related posts) asking me “when am I getting back on Rat Rage!?”, since I was originally working on a comic/graphic novel before then. At first, I thought we’d be near done on Cryamore at this point, but it’s really a huge game in the making. Much more larger than we thought. And I was going to have a Kickstarter for Rat Rage eventually after we’re done with the game.
So Patreon has become a thing amidst this, and it actually opened up things for me from a creator standpoint. I really want to do more with my own properties beyond Cryamore, but I’m subjugated by holding out on not showing stuff (which is mainly Cryamore stuff, a lot of it is still top-secret). And I do want to continue working on Rat Rage in my spare time, but I just can’t as that time has to go towards freelance work and commission work to keep the bread on the table.
So that’s where Patreon comes in! If I reach my first goal, I can actually get back to working on Rat Rage, but in webcomic form! I can do a page a week (or 2 pgs a week at times, depending on my schedule) all while working on my main project, Cryamore. With that said, I’m taking a different approach with Rat Rage. It’ll no longer be me slaving on pages for an ultimate release in an original graphic novel format like I originally planned, but as a webcomic, which can then be compiled into a volume or two. This also means that only the folks who support the webcomic will have exclusivity; only they will be able to read the comic in its entirety before anyone else does. And all I’m asking for in return is $1 to join in the fun. And if you want some more good stuff, $5 to see high-resolution versions of the sketchy layout, inks, and colors without the dialogue, and extra thingies like concept art and such. It’s sort of a no-brainer.
I can’t do this for free. It’s just not happening with today’s economy. But I really would like to get back to RR so bad, and I’ve felt my work/content has become stale since I don’t have much to show besides random fanart and commissions.
So you can check out my Patreon page to go pitch in and help me finally make this another thing!
Thanks so much! And Reblog and share around!
Late night reblog!