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Steve Huston is one of the best artists and teachers of our time. His advice has been helping me figure out how I should approach making art and why I create art in the first place. 

In this interview, Steve Huston talks about how to grow as an artist, how to develop a unique style, how to find what calls to you, and much more. It’s a mighty 106 minute conversation filled with golden nuggets. Don’t miss this one.

Steve recently published an instructional book on figure drawing. I think it’s a must have for every artist learning how to draw: Figure Drawing for Artists: Making Every Mark Count

Topics

01:44:44 - Where can we get your book?

00:00:33 - Steve’s new book

00:00:45 - Going to Art Center*

00:01:21 - Drawing Comics as a Kid

00:02:15 - Illustrating after art school

00:03:36 - Teaching at Art Center*

00:04:21 - Taking over the classes of famous teachers

00:06:28 - Learning paint and color

00:09:00 - How did you learn color?

00:13:28 - Finding your style

00:14:34 - Working after Art Center

00:15:44 - Becoming a better artist

00:19:49 - Growing as an artist through teaching

00:21:20 - Making a finished art piece

00:26:25 - Thinking critically about the art you’re making

00:27:58 - Good copying vs bad copying

00:28:59 - Art as philosophy

00:30:26 - Developing an art style

00:33:34 - Creating a truly unique style*

00:46:36 - Drawing and painting better by asking question*

00:53:27 - Steve Huston’s inspirations

00:58:39 - What does an artist do if they don’t have any good ideas?

01:01:23 - How do artists balance idea and craft?

01:02:55 - Being afraid of drawing something “wrong”*

01:09:58 - The tools for creativity

01:11:40 - What is the purpose of creating art?

01:16:28 - How do you find what calls to you?*

01:27:00 - What was your creative learning schedule like?

01:33:52 - What would you have done differently in your art education?

01:36:16 - Did you study more from life or more from masters?

01:37:48 - Consistency in your artwork

01:39:13 - What do you enjoy more: quick-sketch or longer drawings?

01:41:09 - What medium do you want to learn?

01:42:02 - Any new books coming up?

01:43:18 - Where do you see your art going in the next 10 years?

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SKETCHY BEHAVIORS | Heather Benjamin (RH)

Through her dense and detailed packed line drawings to her more focused ink brush pieces, Rhode Island based artist Heather Benjamin’s work is visceral, cathartic, and autobiographical. It offers a completely unapologetic and unflinching look into an artists’ own struggles with life, body image, self confidence, and sexuality.  We find her and her art to be inspirational, honest and badass.

We recently ran into Heather at her booth at the LA Art Book Fair and caught up with her a few months later to ask about her art, her experiences at RISD, her influences, and her thoughts about her work and her life. 

Photographs courtesy of the artist.

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Though Thunderbirds (1965) was way before my time, it was a popular, influential show, and I remember coming across its remnants often on flea markets when I was a kid: books, plastic figures, models, comics, and the like. 

Its colorful style (which I believe is making a comeback) is striking, as this art by Shigeru Komatsuzaki (1915-2001) abundantly shows. (These illustrations graced model kit boxes and picture books and the like.)

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FINALLY, I’ve finished this one. I’d been sat on a sketch of Ben from the excellent ‘Coda’ by @writegowrite for aaaages trying to figure out how I wanted to colour it.

I settled on experimenting with a comic book style with very heavy blacks… bit daunting, so hopefully I’ve made a good job of it! I think half the battle with that style is not overthinking it… easier said than done! Anyway, here’s a cute Ben in the NYC snow. And go read the fic!

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No one posted the Generation X character art so I’m doing it! I’m so excited!

From the commentary, apparently Jubilee’s the fashionable team vampire mom, Morph is the resident Sad Boy, Hindsight’s the new half Korean character (like writer Christina Strain herself) who has psychometric powers and loves vintage clothing, Bling is struggling to find herself and fit in her diamond skin, and Naturegirls going to have a hard time connecting with the others because she understands nature better then people. There wasn’t info for Eyeboy and Quentin, but the art is from Christina Strain’s twitter. Strain chose artist Amilcar Pina to be the penciller bc of his alternative and modern style. Check both of them out on Twitter! Issue 1 of Generation X is coming out in May!

anonymous asked:

If you don't mind me asking, what canvas size do you use when making Ghost Lights? I've been super into it and I've been inspired to want to make a comic of my own and I really like the long page style. p.s. keep up the great work, it's my favourite webcomic I've found and your style is so beautiful <3

omg i’m so happy you like it so much, thank you!! and you want to make your own?? that’s so great 💕 it’s a lot of work but it’s really fulfilling

do you want to draw a webcomic / webtoon, or do you plan on printing it later, too? as far as i know webtoons are drawn with big panels, huge spaces between them, big speech bubbles, artists use the reader’s scrolling as pacing, and it’s read mostly on mobile apps

if you plan on printing your comic like i do: there’s a lot of freedom how to do it but the easiest is the “usual” comic/manga layout, more panels per page, normal sized speech bubbles etc. i chose to sacrifice a little of my already finished pages so that it’s more readable on mobile. i cut off the sides and the pages appear slimmer, which is probably what you mean with long page style!

the actual canvas size depends on what the printing company requires. they cut around the pages and they need a bit more space for where they bind the book in the middle. make sure not to draw any important things in that space. but that’s fine bc the sides get cut off anyway for the upload… you feel

so before you start you should decide what you’re going for and which size you want your physical comic to be in case you want it to get printed and then you can set your canvas size (i chose something not too big and not too small, similar to japanese doujinshi… maybe a bit like the US letter size, it’s called DIN B5 in Germany). your resolution should be at least 300 to 350 dpi when you want to print something. aaand yeah i think that sums it up 🌸

Tips for transitioning from 'realism' to 'cartoons'

( this is mostly for @stiles-and-the-sourwolf but you’re welcome to read it either way.)

Okay so the thing about drawing in a ‘looser’ style (or a more cartoonish style) is you must must must MUST learn to trust yourself, and be forgiving. It’s really about loosening up the 'rules’ of anatomy and letting things become more exaggerated and fluid.

It’s a huge problem that I’ve found amongst many of my artist friends who tend to draw in a more realistic and 'refined’ style. They’ve gotten into the habit of working into a piece for long periods of time, and striving for a certain level of anatomical perfection that is often—if not always—on par with photo realism. This means that their process usually involves working into small, key parts of the art until it fits together like a lovely puzzle. This is typically called the 'grid technique’, whether you use actual grids or not, and it’s perfect for creating a well rendered, full-feeling piece.

The problem is is that it tends to set you up for a few different problems when it comes to a more cartoonish style.

For one thing, cartoon anatomy is never as it should be, and things are generally never WHERE they should be, either. Buuut, that’s kind of the point, because the style leans heavily on the motion, the shape of the character, and the fluidity of their form.

What matters most in these types of styles is showing the character through their forms as much as possible, and often as SIMPLY as possible. Think about all the hundreds of Disney characters out there, and think about how each one has a very specific body shape to match their personality.

For example: Bell’s father. He’s the typical Disney short, round-bodied, mustaches father figure that you see throughout many Disney films. He has a sputtering voice, a general doofy personality, typically kind of useless, and tends to bounce around like a bouncy ball. His round form encompasses his character much better than, say, a long, tall, skinny body would.

Another (not Disney) example: Miyazaki’s strong female lead-characters. They all tend to be sort of squat, strong bodied, slightly rounder (more trustworthy) faces, with a stubborn pout. You automatically know that this girl/woman means business, and is going to kick butt and take names and, like, save someone/everyone/herself.

Now, a lot of this all comes down to animation, and the fact that simplicity is necessary for something you’re drawing a million times. The simpler the design, the easier it is to draw frame, by frame, by frame. But, even without animating, a key part of drawing in a cartoonish style is always going to be expressing as much information about the character/environment/story as possible with the smallest amount of effort.

A prime example of that would be the Tintin comics, or Charlie Brown. Each comic has it’s own level of simplicity that is, seriously, basically down to single lines and blobs of color. And if you look closely at a comic panel, you’ll probably feel like you’re falling into some abstract piece of art. But, the thing is… they work.

Tintin’s head is about 14 lines total, and yet somehow Hergé manages to bring forth a vast range of emotions and expressions with very little effort at all.

This, again, is also due to repetition. Comic books have always had a tendency to lean towards the more simplistic styles do to the whole, you know, drawing the character over and over again thing. Not that there aren’t comic book artists who totally ignore that and go into some insane levels of detail for each frame, but as a general rule, you’re going to see the 'cartoon’ style in comics. It’s easier to draw, less time consuming, and is often contributed to easier/smoother reading.

Now, trust and forgiveness.

The thing about shooting out a quick sketch is that there’s a certain level of 'I don’t give a fuck’ that goes along with it.
You’ve drawn it, it’s done, it’s out there, who cares?

And to many artists, that’s a screech-worthy sentence right there.

But, it’s sort of an integral part of loosening up your style.

Sketching or drawing out a cartoonish character takes a lot of confidence, trust, and again, that forgiveness thing. You need to teach yourself to let those lines flow freely, to trust that you can complete this figure with or without mistakes, and to forgive yourself when it doesn’t come out looking 'perfect’. This can be hard, or even next to impossible for certain realism artists to accomplish. It can be infuriating for them, especially when they can render so masterfully, and yet this simple… doodle seems to be the bane of their existence.

The trick, for me, is to set yourself up with limitations.

Try drawing with only an ink pen. No erasing, no fixing mistakes, no sketch layer. It might smudge, it might leak, and the second eye might end up too high up. Take the risk, and draw.

Try doing very light blocking with the pen, try going completely free hand and see where some of your anatomy strengths and weakness are.

Try drawing the same face over and over again, until you can get the same amount of details/information down without a second thought. Try simplifying the first drawing. Try limiting the amount of lines or shading used. Challenge yourself to be quick, to finish a complete character in ten minutes or less.

Try using a medium you’ve never used before. Learn to love it or hate it.

Try drawing with your opposite hand. (Does it look terrible? Maybe, but I bet you automatically tried to simplify and expedite the drawing process.)

Try using only blocks of color or shadow to make a face. Do not add details. See how recognizable it looks just from shading.

Try focusing on character qualities and the shapes, poses/posture, and colors that they brings to mind.

Draw a loud, boisterous person. (What shape would they be? Are they muscular, tall, threatening? Do they stand with their chest out? Do they wear reds and warm colors?)

Draw a quiet, timid person. ( are they small, hunched, slim? Do they wrap their arms around themselves a lot? Do they wear blues and browns and colors that blend in with the background?)

Draw a hunter.
Draw a mother.

Draw types of people/animals/environments you’ve never drawn before. Push yourself to do create people with more exaggerated features or postures. People with bigger, longer, skinnier, wider, smaller elements of anatomy.

And, like I said, it will be a challenge. It will feel silly and frustrating and even demeaning. But trust me, learning to loosen up and trust yourself enough make mistakes and accept them can be extremely freeing no matter what style you use.

Jason Todd/ Red Hood X Reader- Stalker From Another Universe (Part 3)

I’m so sorry for not posting!! A lot of stuff has been going on, but I’m back!!

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“I wonder if I’m showing up in a comic book right now,” you said, staring out the apartment window.  “That would be pretty cool.”

Jason laughed and joined you by the window, “Yeah, but how would they draw you?  From what I’ve heard, you don’t like all of the styles they draw me in.”

You nodded, “It’s probably the dude that’s in charge of drawing Red Hood and The Outlaws.”

“He does get my good side,” he joked.

You snorted and nodded once again, your focus still on the beautiful horizon of Gotham.  It had been two months since you magically appeared in Jason’s apartment, freaking both him and you out.  After that fiasco, he called Roy to help you adjust to the weird universe you might be stuck in.  None of the members of the Justice League called Jason to tell him they figured out how to send you back home, and you were starting to lose hope.  It wasn’t that you didn’t enjoy spending time with Jason and Roy, but you worried for you family and friends.  You worried that they might think you were kidnapped, killed or even sold in human trafficking.  You shuddered at the thought.

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i lik the bred original poem by poem4your_sprog

I read the poem on twitter and really liked it, so I made a little kids book style comic to go along with it! I hope you enjoy :)

Twitter - @buckycarbon

Twitch - buckycarbon

DeviantArt - InAmberClad

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i finally felt motivated to hang all my haikyuu art up and here’s the result (no surprise most of it’s iwaoi)! i didn’t even realize how much i’d bought, but i feel beyond honored to be able to have pieces from so many unique and talented artists, and i thought i should share.

special thanks to the following people for continuing to be sources of inspiration and joy:

@yaboykeiji - mars… i will always be one of your biggest fans. your style and growth never cease to amaze me, and i really, REALLY wish you the best in anything you decide to do in the future. you’ve served as such an inspiration for me, and i’m just rooting for you in life in general. you’re wonderful and loved.

@kevinkevinson - you have by far one of my favorite blogs of all time. i share a lot of the same interests you do, so i enjoy pretty much everything you draw and talk about and reblog. your style just.. the freckles.. all the characters glow and having them surrounding me on my walls makes my day. also, i wish you the best with your run!!

@cousaten - your postcards are some of my favorite things i’ve ever purchased, and i definitely will be returning to buy more from you in the future. you’re so quick to produce such astounding art, and i love the more traditional route you take sometimes. all the iwaoi and daisuga makes my heart happy, so thank you!!!

@kittlekrattle - the iwaoi zine’s not pictured, but you should know that i ADORE it <3 you did a wonderful job organizing and getting them out in a timely manner, and the amount of effort you put into the project is evident and so so appreciated. your art is beautiful and smooth and makes the whole zine something really special!

@radio-silents - BECCA, you’re so brilliant and your style is that of actual comic books, it’s magnificent. i wish i could afford to buy every print in your store because those dissected bags and their headcanons are the best. i love that you’re into marvel and spideypool (bc.. me too, lol), and i will probably be following you and your art to my grave. you’re such a lovely person!

@eicinic - your art is some of the most distinct and breathtaking i’ve ever seen; in fact, i just ordered more from you a couple minutes ago, ahaha. it’s so atmospheric, and the style is just so recognizable, basically a brand. it’s going to be so neat to see what you’re able to produce next!

i can’t wait to continue following and supporting all of you in any way i can, and i hope you’re doing well!! thank you so much for sharing your abilities and allowing me to own and cherish your work.

One of the things I enjoy most about Legends of Tomorrow is the combination of fairly consistent and elegant character work with amazingly stupid storylines, plots and plotholes.  It’s very much like a superhero comic book in that respect.

My favorite in the last episode:

When Rip Hunter was captured from the battlefield, he was an armor.  But in the brig, he’s wearing this incredibly flattering black outfit.

And I have so many questions:

Did Gideon just go “well, my Captain is evil now, but there’s no reason he can’t be stylish.”  And fabricate him something?

Or did he already own it?  I mean, this is his ship after all.  Did they just raid his closet?  If so, why not choose something a bit closer to his normal style?

Did they just say, “well, he’s evil now, so find something black in his closet”?

I just keep wondering about this.

HI PEEPS

oKAY SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY I FINISHED READING GGAR BOOK 1 AND I JUST LOVED IT AND Y'ALL SHOULD READ IT TOO

WHY???

BECAUSE

×It’s hella gay, therefor fabulous*.☆*
×The art style is just 👌
×Even though lots of boobs, the characters do develop emotionally and that’s just great really
×99% of fangirls/fanboys can relate to Lillian honestly 😂 😂 😂
×It has a storyline :o -gasp- (most comics like this are, like, seperate comics, but this one has a storyline. And a good one!!)

Also I just wanted to give the author, @batlesbo, a shoutout and say KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK 🙋 ✨

So… Follow her :D

coffeeandcigarettekisses  asked:

Do you have any drawing tips for aspiring comic artists like myself?? I love to draw and would love to work on comics some day but I can never seem to get my drawings to look right (the hands look like meat hooks, can't do the second eye, etc etc) and struggle to draw in the comic book style! You're all brilliant artists and inspirations, thank you so much <3

There is *nothing* like drawing from life to make your drawing skills level up! All images, regardless of style , involve interpreting the world, and translating it into a 2D image. So sometimes we can end up learning ways of translating, say, a hand, without actually learning how a hand is really shaped like and how it moves!

The more you draw from life, the more you look at the world - and the more you look at the world, the more you understand it, so that even when you don’t have it in front of you, or even when you don’t want to draw in a fully realist style, you know how things are formed, how they move, and that will let you figure out how you want to translate that.

Carry a sketchbook around with you, and crack it out to sketch what’s in front of you when you’re waiting for a train or having a coffee! Go to life drawing sessions or urban sketching groups, do an Inktober-style life drawing challenge. As you spend time drawing what’s in front of you, you’ll notice the results when you’re drawing what isn’t.

And don’t worry about ‘comic book style’ – start with the skills and your style will develop naturally over time, usually as a sort of melting pot of the things that you enjoy in other people’s work and the way you interpret the world. It’ll look after itself!

I have a group on facebook called Docta Foo’s lab https://www.facebook.com/groups/DoctaFoosLab/.

It’s an awesome little community if I do say so myself. We do google hangouts and share resources with aspiring creators, professionals and hobbyist alike.   I’ll often share what I learn as I go. I welcome you to join the lab! But carry a sketchbook around with you every day. Draw from life. Do gesture drawings and scenes. Study perspective and start creating comic pages in full. Know how much you can create in a particular amount of time. Use yourself and others as a model. You have hands right in front of you! Use one to draw and study the other! Also, be open to critique but don’t let it crush you. I’ve seen people get way too sensitive about people making suggestions on their work. Take the objective advice but trust your vision. The repetition will solidify your skill.

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Stormer from the #misfits is my hero. In this wonderful story about #bodyshaming she sticks up for herself with a great argument. It’s better if you read the whole issue but this panel shows the gist of it.

It’s a good fresh take on the subject. It’s great to see that Stormer refuses to play along with her management’s plans to make her lose weight. I hope she sticks with it. Go Stormer!

The art is lovely too. Jenn St-onge’s lively style conveys the emotions very well. I hope she stays with the book for a long time!

It’s only issue 2, but I’m really enjoying this series so far. The bickering Misfits are a lot of fun and it’s great to see the true friendship hiding underneath that bickering.

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Superhero boot tutorial by Scott Bayles.  Did you know Costumers for Christ was a thing?  I did not know this.

But I do know this is a very good boot method, for a lot of fantasy and sci-fi styles as well as comic books.  This is also a pretty good basic sewing tutorial, if you know how to make the sewing machine go and not a lot more than that.

Also interesting - he sprays the vinyl with WD-40 before topstitching it, because the shiny side of vinyl tends to stick to a normal sewing machine presser foot.  I never thought of actually lubricating the vinyl, instead of trying to make the presser foot itself less sticky by using a teflon foot or sticking masking tape to the bottom, but it seems to work really well.

The pattern for the boot cover is here.  Realize it’s made for a men’s size 10, and it’ll need to be scaled to fit a smaller or larger foot.  Also realize everyone’s calves are shaped differently, so you may need to slim or enlarge that a little too.

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Honestly, this has GOT to be one of the funnest jobs I’ve ever had. Here’s 2 pages from Gotham Academy # 7 out TODAY! Make sure to go out and buy tons of copiesssss!

These 2 pages I think were my favorite to do. Damian being awesome (with a slight nod to Dr. Who) and Maps’ dream wedding! I wanted to reference Disney a bit in the costume, since that’s the most common comment I get from comic book readers regarding style of the art in the comic. 

My favorite comment I’ve read so far is that I’m more straight to video Disney than Disney proper, which I will keep in my “irony folder”.

If you prefer Archie going with Veronica like I do, Archie #8 is perfect for you. In general the series as a whole so far has been great for this pair though. This issue focuses on Mr. Lodge’s efforts to keep the two apart, though low on slapstick style comedy, it’s a great read and shows the Andrews family in a relatable light. In classic stories, Veronica’s father has never been a real big fan of Archie dating his daughter, though I do enjoy that he has sort of more valid reason in this revival series. Either way, this issue promises to test the two lovers and the people around them.


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Home away from Home.

@runathecourier liked for a starter.

     It was late in the day, the sun setting over the hills as the pair of couriers were making their way back to the Strip, and the Lucky 38. Eliot had helped make them a camp fire, and now he sat silently across from Runa writing in a book. He seemed consistent with writing in it, as he did this the five days the two couriers were actually together.