@purple-apple578 It’s been ages but here’s a kiss of relief !

I’m getting professional at cheesy comics.

Cover I did for Steven Universe issue 5! You can get it in comic shops, order through the BOOM! Studios website, or get it digitally on Comixology. You can also see the WIP of this over on my Patreon (same username as Tumblr), though don’t worry - all the Steven cover work I post there will always be free to look at, just after a few days of early access for patrons.

Thanks so much to everyone who supports the comic by buying it - because of you I get to keep doing this cover gig and I really love it!! Please keep supporting the Steven comic!

PS: Spot the historical reference!


“Two Girls and a Caricature” by Ari Mulch

I finished up my entry for the @comicsworkbook Composition Competition for the year! I experimented with a different technique, and it was a blast. It was a great way to wrap up the summer.

The story is inspired by my experience working as a caricature artist this summer. Any resemblance to persons living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental 

I’ll be selling this as a mini soon, I’ll post about it once they’re for sale! In the meantime I have a patreon you can check out to see more extra stuff!

Books have arrived and are being shipped now, so we have permission at last to post our submissions to the Overwatch Celebrations Zine -  @oweventszine.  Ya’ll should check out the fantastic works from all the artists.  I chose the Winter event because it has basically my 3 favorite skins ever :D

And, if you’re interested, there appear to be a few copies of the physical zine left - all benefits go to Doctors Without Borders :)

My portfolio, comics, and commission info are in my tumblr description


Representation matters.

I work with a nonprofit in ATX and it focuses on teaching arts education to kiddos throughout the school year and summer, both after school and in the classroom. This summer I had to great fortune to be able to lead some summertime instruction with a bunch of young people doing all sorts of fun stuff together.

In this one instance, I was helping this group of young people build a cardboard city to paint when they came up to me unable to tear some tape. And while helping them, they revealed to me that they identify as non-binary when I suggested they use their “man muscles” to tear the tape. They’re going into first grade. I’m relieved that so many young people are discovering themselves outside our gender binary and can remind adults to cleanse our speech of unnecessary and limiting gender conforming language.

I applaud their confidence in letting me know about how they identify. It takes guts to correct an adult as a young person, and that kid has guts!


anonymous asked:

What sort of things should I study and practice on before going on to major in art/sequential art? I remember JG Quintel saying something along the lines of practicing figure drawings and making some for portfolios at a Regular Show panel. Is there anything else along those lines that one could practice and improve on?


Yes, drawing from life is the number one most important foundational skill, which is why some colleges will require a sketchbook. Go to life drawing sessions, go to your local cafe, go to the park, draw your friends! These drawings will tell them how confident you are, and how well you’re able to translate what you’re seeing onto the paper. Pay attention to proportions and stay loose. AVOID THE SCRATCHY EFFECT. Quick example:

This will take practice, it’s a hard habit to break. Learn to trust your hand, and make ONE line, even if it’s not perfect. Keep trying. This will show confidence in your art. 

The rest of your portfolio is going to depend on the area you want to study. If you want to study sequential art, include some of your own comic pages, storyboards, character designs, and comic covers! Tailor your portfolio to your desired major, but definitely include those life drawings. Good luck!! <3


Comic colorist portfolio on the way!!!! 💃

Hi!! I’m doing some sample color comic pages to made me a portfolio for comic colorist and I’m super excited!! I hope could send the portfolio to comic publishers soon!! Work as colorist is one of my dreams! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Pencils by Terry Dodson
Inks by Rachael Dodson

Colors by me of course xD

anonymous asked:

Hello, I am very interested in concept art and I want to take it professionally sometime in the future, when i am able to improve ofc. May I ask if you have some tips on how to actually get started on it, like lets say I want to work in a game dev company how do i approach this and what should be my initial step. Or even as a freelancers how do i put myself at there as a starting point to make people notice me?

Ahh… I think… you’re asking the wrong person because I did everything wrong… Im probably going to tell you things you already know but I guess I can share my experience and what I’ve learned?

A little background, I was an international student from Malaysia and i studied in California for 5 years. I didn’t go to art school but I went to a community college and then transferred to a university with an art program. That means I only did art for my final 2.5 years and spent the rest of my time completing the General Education requirements. This is cool and whatever except Im the type who’s obsessed with getting good grades so I put a 100% of my effort into every class I took, from marine biology, to calculus and astronomy etc etc. As a result, I didn’t spend as much time doing art as I should’ve been, especially when it was going to be my chosen career. 

My first 3 years I had a solid 4.0gpa. I was really proud of it! And then one of my art professors found out. He sat me down and asked me if I knew that in the art industry, grades and school doesn’t matter at all. I knew. He told me that while my grades were impressive, i shouldn’t tire myself out on subjects that wont matter and concentrate on building a portfolio instead. I did that for a semester (and my grades fell lol) but I couldn’t let go so in the end, I graduated summa cum laude with a 3.91 and a lousy portfolio. 

As an international student in the states, you have 90 days to look for a job or you’d have to leave. If you do get job, you have a year to work before you have to leave (unless your employer decides they want to keep you and your work visa gets approved). For me… I totally lost confidence in myself and my art. Writing a cover letter was so hard because i didn’t believe in what I was typing. My portfolio was a mess and my resume was… full of things that didn’t pertain to art. So I only applied to 2 places I think, didn’t get a reply, and left after my 90 days were up. 

When I got back, I applied to the first 2d illustrator job opening i saw and got the job. Worked there for 10 months, learned alot and then quit (because despite having a really good well known art director, he didnt know how to direct the artists under him, he just knew how to make his own work amazing and the studio was beginning to move away from concept art gigs anyway). I did a few freelance gigs after that but they were mostly referred to me from my ex-boss. Since then, I’ve been working on my own originals and as you can see, fanart stuff. I decided to give myself some time to do all the things I wanted to do while in school but did not do because i was too busy studying. I have until the end of this year before I gear up, revamp my portfolio, and join the industry fray again!  

I KNOW you didn’t ask for my life story but I feel that you needed to know that I havent been successful before deciding to listen to what I have to say! (Also I guess I still feel this regret and disappointment and needed to unload…) 

So basically, don’t do what I did! Here’s what I’ve learned though!

1) Network! 
If you are in school, join an art club. If its a good club, they’d bring in industry professionals to give seminars or portfolio reviews. Participate! I have friends who got their first job through their networking efforts. Go to events that industry professionals attend! Like CTN Expo etc etc. Attend the panels and if they’re doing a portfolio review, GO FOR IT  

2) School
Is not important! If you’re in school studying art, thats great! If not, it doesn’t matter. Nobody cares about which school you attended or if you even went to school at all. If you’re the right person for the job, you’ll get hired regardless.

3) Portfolio
Is everything. Put work in your portfolio that you wanna be hired for. For example, if you’re going for an environment artist job, don’t fill your portfolio with comic work. ADs don’t have time to sieve through your portfolio for what they’re looking for. That said, research the studio you wanna work for and create your portfolio to match. Your portfolio shouldn’t contain all your work, only the best ones. 

4) Social network
You should share your art online on every available site to increase the reach of your audience, but more importantly, share it on the sites that really matter! You probably already know but sites like artstation and drawcrowd, where concept artist congregate, are where you should be! Its also a good place to gauge the current industry standard and try to match up to those standards. ALSO, sign up for artstation’s job listings!! I get an email every 2-3 days from artstation listing job openings from around the world (but mostly in the states and europe).
Follow art directors on their social network! Occasionally they’ll post a job opening and a call for entry!

5) Just try…
Even if you don’t think you’re good enough, just apply for every job you can cause you’ll never know… 

6) Resources
If you haven’t already, please follow dearartdirector. In fact, i think if you asked them this same question, they’d have a better answer for you because… you’re asking actual art directors…

Subscribe to levelup on youtube! They do interviews with industry professionals and talk about how they got their jobs and how they develop their skills and stuff! Its really insightful! 

Thats all i have for now… I don’t think I helped… but I’ll be trying again next year so lets work hard together!!