So I got the ok to share a tease of this sketch but thats all that’ll be shown at the moment haha
Yeah this is a thing of some thing~
wakefree said: Did you get permission from Capcom to feature Chun-Li in your artbook? And if not, are you pulling in any profit from the artbook? If yes, well... then I have two words for you: "Copyright infringement."
It’s not that cut and dry.
There are millions of doujins, artbooks, and fanart prints out there featuring other’s characters that are sold for profit. Artists make money off of commissioned licensed characters. A lot of it falls under fair use (transformative work), since the purpose of my sketchbook is an exploration of my art and style for scholarly review, not to financially or legally threaten or harm Capcom (which it isn’t; note that I also do work directly for Capcom sometimes) or trace existing licensed art. Granted, most of the content in my book is full of original stuff. But I state in the book that all characters and likenesses belong to their rightful owners.
You should read this article which explains more.
Jealousy is a b*tch. Especially if you can easily tell your friends and acquaintances have it towards you. :T
Rat Rage webcomic is now updating right here on Tumblr! Go follow it!
I know that the readability on Patreon is pretty bad at the moment, so you’ll be able to follow along and interact with the first couple of chapters until they become Patreon-only right here on Tumblr. It will update consecutively with Patreon at the moment, on the weekends!
Spent my time wisely this morning with a composition warmup.
(Don’t forget, I’m also making a 200-pg Sketchbook! If you haven’t grabbed yourself a copy yet, please do!)
afrodeluxe said: Rob, do you think drawing is a talent?
The issue of talent vs. skill…
So, yeah… I personally don’t really believe in “talent” in its purest form. Every last one of us is “talented”. It’s what makes us human. For example, I’m pretty musically inclined (I’ve produced and created music for a good section of my teenage years, btw) and know how to pick up a guitar and can jam a few chords because my dad showed me the basics years ago but I completely suck at it. Would I say that I just don’t have the talent for it? I don’t think so. I’m sure anyone can pick up the guitar, learn, and understand the basics and jam with simple chords.
The reason why I suck at the guitar is because I haven’t put the time in to learning it like I have when it comes to art. I haven’t surrounded myself with it and swam in it for years and years so, of course, I suck at it. Speaking of swimming, if you throw someone in a pool who can’t swim but can learn with the proper instruction, they WILL learn how to swim. They have the arms, the legs, and the mental capacity to learn how. There’s nothing preventing them from learning how to do it (unless they’re handicapped). If they don’t like water and are scared of it, well, they won’t learn how to swim.
Same with skill vs. talent. If you have the mental capacity to add 2+2 and know when its time to eat because you’re hungry, you can learn to draw. I feel it’s all about application. Now if you’re mentally handicapped, then sure, you’re going to have a bit of a problem. But all of us privileged, normal folk can learn to do anything. The saying “you can do anything if you put your mind to it” is not a joke. You can do anything you want. You just have to take the steps to learn how to do it. If you don’t personally like to do something, you’re not gonna push yourself to learn how to do it~
Now I do believe in how well someone can adapt or take in knowledge and apply it, though. We all learn things at different paces. Some get it faster, some take years to learn a simple thing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean one is more talented than the other.
We talked about that often in the Cryamore dev team. I understand the basics of programming because I’m good with math and the principles are easy enough as I have dabbled many times into making games and game logic, but I just can’t completely wrap my ahead around it easily. It takes me a long time to really make sense of a block of code, but I will eventually get it. On the other hand, our programmers can pretty much take anything I give them an idea of and can just toss it in as easily as someone gives me a written character concept and I can flesh it out in one go. Does that make one of us more talented than the other? Not at all. Skilled? Well, yeah. That’s ‘cuz that’s what we sought out to primarily learn and over time & repetition, that skill becomes second-nature. I’m sure if I went on a 4-month-straight crash course with nothing but programming lessons with applying and playing around, I’d have no problem grasping things then.
So yeah, next time your mom, aunt or a friend tells you how “talented” you are, don’t believe it because it doesn’t really mean much. XD But when someone recognizes you for your skill, that’s different. :)
sagakari said: Hey brother love your work! I was curious if you had any tips on coloring characters and the influence of light source on shading. You have a great handle on all of these concepts. By the way I've preordered your sketchbook so thank you in advance.
Thanks, man! :D
I’m sure many have written about this in-depth and can be found around on the net but I can ring off a couple straight tips from the top of my head:
Click image to view explanation of this.
So these are the basics that I apply all the time with my work! I hope it helps. ^^
I have additional tips and resources on my dA here!
kaitokonno said: Hey rob I always wanted to ask you on your take about digital drawing vs traditional.I draw manga/anime characters' and I use pencils to draw them and I use Maru pens and G pens to ink and copics to color. I find it cool that I have the physical drawing in my hand when its done but I also have a drawing tablet and I'm just barely learning to use and I know I can do so much with all the different programs I have,so should I just give up traditional and go straight digital,what do you think,thanks
It’s up to you really.
I primarily draw everything digitally and I personally don’t really care much about having original pencils of my illustrations. I draw completely digital because it’s just easier to do instead of scanning the pencils, cleaning the scan, leveling the scan, etc.; it’s just a huge process involved that I just don’t wanna deal with.
On the other hand, I draw traditional when it comes to commissions for conventions. Probably the only time I do it and enjoy doing it.
So yeah, it’s your call. :)
keepcalmandaspenon said: So I got a wonderful surprise from my boyfriend. He preordered a copy of your book for me! I can't wait until it comes, I'm so stoked Rob!!<3
Wow! That’s really sweet of him!! I’ll make sure you enjoy it! :D
Mini-Update on These Rodents -
Hey everyone! Just giving a small update on everything Rat Rage here.
RR day uploads have moved to the weekends, starting on Saturdays and bonus day (if it happens) will be on the following Sunday! Weekends are easier on me as I do all other work and Cryamore throughout the week. I…
This project looks phenomenal!
Rob, if you have a link button for Rat Rage (176 px wide), I’d love to link to your Patreon from the P&C site.
Thanks so much for the kind words and plugging, Jonathan! Here’s a lil’ button for ya! ^^
nintala said: I just bought your artbook and I'm really looking forward to it! :D
Hey, thanks so much!!! I hope you enjoy it! ^ v ^
Hey everyone! Just giving a small update on everything Rat Rage here.
RR day uploads have moved to the weekends, starting on Saturdays and bonus day (if it happens) will be on the following Sunday! Weekends are easier on me as I do all other work and Cryamore throughout the week. I will aim to have each Saturday update by morning, reminding you of the good ol’ days of Saturday Morning cartoons. This also makes each dual-day update more easier to digest from a readability standpoint instead of having a day break between it. I’m in the mode of catching up a bit so for these next few weeks, there will be uploads on both days. Please adjust your pledge accordingly if you need to!
Also, another reminder that I will be catching up on the Swords Illustrated Back Issues for those in that tier as well (yes, if I’m slow on SI, you will have access to all back issues if you’ve pledged at that level and will come in time! You patrons in that tier don’t care about the month, anyway… ;).
For those in the $2.50 tier, you have not yet received any of the alternate versions (sketch, lines, full art) yet as those will be composed as part of a PDF when the chapter finishes. The Prologue is halfway thru (it’s the 2nd longest chapter of the whole story) so you still got a way to go.
Another note: I will be keeping page uploads public and exclusive to Patreon for some time but once we get well ahead (to Chapter 2 where it’s Patrons only) I will lock it only to be read first there. I then will have a dedicated webcomic site for Rat Rage for others to hop on and catch up in a more readable format so they can get into it if they haven’t via Patreon yet.
All in all, welcome all new patrons and readers; and I hope you all have been enjoying the comic so far! Thanks so much for the support! I know Rat Rage isn’t the “ideal comic” but your support thus far means so much to me!! I live and draw to entertain, and I definitely want to keep doing that, especially with my own IPs. You guys are making that dream gradually come true for me. Thanks! ^___^;
Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
This hits so home for me when it comes to Rat Rage. A must-read. It really sucks when I spend over 15 years crafting a solid story only for people to notice “they’re furry!” and IMMEDIATELY write it off. Give it a chance before you pre-judge for crying out loud. (And this is coming from someone who primarily draws humans more.)
So the artbook campaign has been 100% funded and we still have 11 days left! This book is definitely getting made! Thanks so much, everyone who hopped on and showed some support! I’m quite sure you will dig the contents! I’m just wrapping up the layout on it and then I will have it off to the printer by mid-August.
Once again, I’m not having a huge run of this beyond the numbers you see on the IGG campaign, so if you want to make sure you own a copy of this bad boy, be sure to preorder it! You have a week and a half left!
Thanks again! ^^