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Oh… digital art..

I have mentioned several times in the last month that I will be publishing a webcomic. Originally it was supposed to go on webtoons.com but I have since changed my mind on that because the layout wasn’t something I cared for. Of course, maybe one day I’ll change my mind but for now I will publish right here on my own site.

I have worked on this web story for about 2 months now and it’s going great. I’m feeling confident in story line, character development,  setting, etc. and the only thing left to do is the artwork. Well, that’s lucky considering I’m an artist. But, I’m also an over thinker and thanks to my brain and unnecessary anxiety, I sent myself down a path of self destruction and almost gave up on this project.

Almost.

Looking at all the successful comics out there I noticed one thing, they were almost all done digitally. From sketching to coloring, start to finish, it’s all done digitally. No big deal, I’ll study and watch tutorials everyday and improve on my digital art knowledge. And I did just that. I improved my knowledge of digital art, just not my skill.

Oh, the wasted hours. And i do mean wasted. Because everytime i sat down to practice another new digital art technique, I dreaded it. I wasn’t excited even though I tried to be. It’s like trying a food you know you don’t like but maybe after a few years of not eating it, you’ve changed your mind about it. But then you’re disappointed again and are left with that horrible taste in your mouth and a pang of frustration.

 

That’s digital art for me.

I want to so badly like digital art and I really think in time, I will.  But because I’ve put so much pressure on myself now to finish projects, I can’t spend the necessary time and enjoyment to learning the medium.  And I hate just sitting in front of a screen with a drawing tablet feeling lost and defeated.

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So I have decided to stick with what I know and ink and color my comics traditionally.  The artwork is still good and I will enjoy the process.  Especially since I won’t be comparing my digital comic to someone else with a total different style.  But that doesn’t mean i’m giving up on digital art all together.

Even though I can’t really stand it,  i’m still going to practice digital art, just on a much smaller scale. Like my phone.  I am using the sketch app and a stylus to practice small doodles like the one I posted in this blog entry today.  I’m not allowing myself to compare it to others (although I want to) and instead just going for it and seeing the outcome.

I will also add that I have a new found respect for digital artists. Not that I didn’t before, but now I can have an idea of what you guys actually have to do to get your art done.

My webcomic will be posted Tuesday and I’ll be updating my Instagram stories all weekend to show progress of the pages!

Do you put unrealistic expectations on yourself?  (I can’t be the only one!) What did you do to get past it?

 

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Hiatus over!

So first off, I’d like to apologize for not being active on my blog. I’ve been trying to sort a lot of my goals out for my art journey and finishing up comic book commissions. I believe I’ve come up with a new plan for my art journey and where I want to go with it.

I’m still sticking with comics and illustrations. I still have a great passion for that still. I will be publishing a webcomic that will eventually turn into a graphic novel and I will post it here, so no need to search for it on other sites. The goal with that is one a week (unless I have freelance comic deadlines) and it will look like a comic page instead of a scroll down format.

I’m still working on The Seekers graphic novel and should have vol.1 ready for preorder by December. I will have the first three chapters or group of pages free to read on my blog as well.

My YouTube channel is steadily growing and I’m so grateful for that! I recently posted a video of my customizing my art table and it was so much fun. I’ll leave that down below for you guys to watch.

I’m still attending conventions and fairs and usually post about that on my Instagram, but I will be adding in a calendar widget on my blog so you can also see upcoming events. Most of the conventions will be in the midwest because that’s where I live and traveling can get really pricey.

My Etsy shop is doing really well and I just added in a new product. They are hand drawn inked bookmarks on primed canvas. They’re also pretty large (about 3×7 inches) and have a tassle on them. They are one of my favorite things I’ve made and I can’t wait to see what others have to say about it as well! They are 10$ (shipping included) and totally unique. Here is my shop so you can get one also!

I also still have my patreon and currently the only reward other than behind the scenes look, is a monthly print.

Thanks for sticking around with me guys! I really appreciate it! Cheers to more art!

My new art table!

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Disney princesses as comic book characters

So in my latest video I explain how I wanted to approach drawing out this concept. But I didnt really go into how I came up with this idea.

When I first thought of it I was watching my daughter play with her Wonder Woman doll she got for her birthday. I thought to myself that this was the same little girl that loved Frozen and now equally loves Moana. Here she sits, playing with a super hero doll pretending to battle some pretend villain and completely oblivious to the fact that I have just been sitting and watching her.

After a while I asked what she was doing, so she went into detail about what her mind had conjured up about Wonder Woman and all her little adventures. I then asked her if she still liked Disney movies and she said “Oh yes.” She paused for a moment and turned to me, “What if Wonder Women was a Disney princess?!” The thought took her away to some unknown land and I went with her.

I started thinking about super heroes as Disney princesses and how cool that would look. I imagined Storm from X-men right along side of Elsa creating storms of lightning and ice and the imagery in my head was nothing short of amazing. I went further down into the rabbit whole and started imaging Disney girls as super heroes and thus another YouTube video was created. So take a look and let me know what you think, who is your favorite and who you would like to see next.