sometimes you have to bleed for your art

Liberal Arts College Gothic
  • You need another English credit. You already have thousands of English credits. They fill up your room and chase you down the street. You are drowning. You need another English credit.
  • You have an essay due tomorrow. You always have an essay due tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes. You must keep working on the essay. It’s due tomorrow.
  • Everyone is getting undercuts. Under what? You are never sure what lies Beneath. But sometimes, you see the Void.
  • You need classes in different areas for a full education. You go to these areas. Your feet are blistered and bleeding. You must find all the areas. 
  • There is a Party In The Woods. It is exactly like the last one. You fear you are stuck in a time loop, but by then it is too late. Someone sells you a plastic cup of PBR for five dollars. 
  • You know everyone on campus. Their faces, their tattoos, and their souls. You start walking with your eyes closed: you do not want to see. 
  • There are sports teams. They whisper restlessly around the edges of campus. If you look directly at them, they disappear. But once in a while, you can hear them scream. You do not know if it is celebratory or scared. 
  • Straight boys feel alone. There are so few of them. There are straight boys everywhere you look. They feel so alone. 
  • “This way is more environmentally sound,” they say. You can hear the environmental sound. It sounds like Nicki Minaj. 
  • School is not The Real World. Objects crumble under your touch. Your professors are translucent. Your books are in an ancient tongue. This Is Not The Real World. 
Sam’s Art School, College, and Project Tips:

With a new school year swinging into gear I’m hoping you’ll find these little tidbits and tips useful for your upcoming year.

  • SIMPLIFY, Manage your time, Keep projects small: It’s always easier said than done. Everyone has different circumstances, but when I was in school I never had to pull even one all-nighter. One reason of course was that I wasn’t a fan of going out on the town, and was content working in my apt. Also I simply couldn’t function without proper sleep and I would become less productive. So to make up for that I had to make sure I could always finish. If you have a lot going on one week, SIMPLIFY. This is an important life skill in general for any creative job to save sanity and time. 
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY!!! Keep your project small so you can FINISH IT: Turn your main approach for any project into: “How can I make something that fulfills the requirements given to me in the time I have.” It’s how I would approach literally every project. Especially for those assignments I wasn’t a big fan of. College isn’t very forgiving for students creativity, even in art school. And by that I mean you can’t bleed your heart and soul into every piece. Sometimes you have to cut corners even when you don’t want to. And that’s not cheating. Productivity is built on cutting corners but doing so eloquently. This way you can at least make something you’re somewhat happy with. Things may get monotonous. You may move through some units faster than you’d like, but you have to keep your reservoirs full. That means you prioritize:
      • Getting the project done: if you finish early, great you can add more. It helps you avoid burn out on other projects as well.
      • Getting enough sleep so you can keep working and stay healthy (to keep working)
      • Eating enough, so you don’t become stuck and lethargic. 
    • If you’re short on time consider a different concept approach: For example if you’re making an illustration, maybe do a B&W approach. Now you don’t have to add color. Need to have color in it? Try a “Flat” style where fills look acceptable and compliment the piece. Now you don’t have to shade.
    • So don’t let your time, sanity and grade suffer from incomplete.
  • Don’t be afraid of your teachers!!!: Seriously. You have no idea how many teachers (almost all of mine throughout my whole life) who are desperate for students to come to them with any issues or advice. College professors don’t get many perky benefits, they’re there because they want to be. 
    • You can even simply get on your teacher’s good side by just talking to them, asking for help, taking an interest, and so on. Of course you don’t want to fake it, and you don’t have to engage with every teacher. That’s not the point. The point is they will help you, if they don’t that’s not on you, it’s on them and is no reflection of you. 
    • You’re paying for this!: If you feel intimidated or have social anxieties one way to approach it can be ‘well I’m paying for them to teach me so dammit I’m going to get their help and advice.’ 
    • Take advantage of your resources as much as possible: Baby steps are okay! Always try to push yourself bit by bit, it’s how we all grow. There are things you will be bad at, there are things you’ll be afraid of. There may even be many times you feel like a guppy in the ocean, just take it one day at a time and focus on you and your needs.
    • Networking + they can be pretty cool!: Some of my college professors have become good friends of mine! Remember you’re all adults here, the only difference is that you’re more inexperienced and need some guidance. Professors can open great doors to new jobs and give you first hand advice in your field. Plus some of them are just really cool people. 
    • Seriously, networking: One of the main reasons college is a benefit at all for its cost is the networking potential you get. You have the possibility of building career relationships with teachers, administrators, fellow students & friends, and even clients. So print some business cards and make that LinkedIn account.


  • Avoid spoiled food: If you have a fridge in your dorm (or at home), keep a pack of cheap post it notes or a sharpie and write the date you opened something (or got leftovers) on the food. That way if it gets lost behind stuff you’ll know how long you’ve had it and don’t have to worry about eating bad food. ALSO IF SOMETHING HAS MOLD ON PART OF IT DON’T EAT IT, IT’S ALREADY SPREAD THROUGH THE FOOD BY THAT POINT THROW IT PLEASE. 
  • Cold? Buy an electric heating pad and put in on the floor under your feet: It’s amazing how much heat escapes from your feet, so even just doing this (especially if you have cold floors) can actually help immensely. It helps a lot more than piling on socks and slippers. Plus you can use the pad on your back if you’re sore. If you do have wood floors place a towel under the heating pad if you can.
  • GET SOME FKING SLEEP: Honestly my concern grows more and more as the years go on and I hear about artists young and middle-aged passing away from just lack of sleep and proper nutrition. Just today I found out a game creator blacked out while walking from only sleeping around 4 hours a night for weeks. Thankfully he just walked away with a concussion. NO deadline or project is worth your health and life. NONE. Take care of yourself so you can keep creating. Don’t push yourself to the limit everyday. DON’T chug red bulls and monster drinks. Just PLEASE take care of yourself and at the very least sleep enough. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up: College, life, and the stage of becoming an adult are hard enough on their own. If you feel less productive than you did the year before, or you feel like you’re never doing enough, or struggling to just stay afloat, don’t look down on yourself. When you think about it, being in college is like being sent off to Adult Boarding School. You live in a new building for at least 9 months out of the year away from home. You suddenly have to cook and clean everything on your own, and maybe even share your space with multiple people who all have their own idea how your space should be kept. Everything costs money so sometimes you have to work a job while you’re in classes. Being in college classes itself is a full time job. You go to class and work, you go home and work more for your class, you plan your meals, you plan your transport, etc. etc. etc. Suddenly everything is your sole responsibility while being worked to the brink. Teachers don’t care what your parents think, and you have stacks of engagements and responsibilities. On top of which you somehow have to find time to sleep, keep yourself together mentally, and have some form of a social life. So yeah. It’s a lot. It is a big deal, and you’re not weak or wrong for struggling or feeling inadequate at times. There’s nothing wrong with you.

Stay strong!

I want you to tell me about every person you’ve ever been in love with. Tell me why you loved them, then tell me why they loved you. Tell me about a day in your life you didn’t think you’d live through. Tell me what the word “home” means to you and tell me in a way that I’ll know your mothers name just by the way you describe your bed room when you were 8. See, I wanna know the first time you felt the weight of hate and if that day still trembles beneath your bones. Do you kiss your friends on the cheek? Do you think that anger is a sincere emotion or just the timid motion of a fragile heart trying to beat away its pain? See, I wanna know what you think of your first name. And if you often lie awake at night and imagine your mothers joy when she spoke it for the very first time. I want you tell me all the ways you’ve been unkind. Tell me all the ways you’ve been cruel.Do you believe that Mary was really a virgin? Do you believe that Moses really parted the sea? And if you don’t believe in miracles, tell me, how would you explain the miracle of my life to me? And for all the times you’ve knelt before the temple of yourself, have the prayers you’ve asked come true? And if they didn’t did you feel denied? And if you felt denied, denied by who[m]? I wanna know what you see when you look in the mirror on a day you’re feeling good. I wanna know what you see in the mirror on a day a day you’re feeling bad. I wanna know the first person who ever taught you your beauty could ever be reflected on a lousy piece of glass. If you ever reach enlightenment, will you remember how to laugh? Have you ever been a song? See, I wanna know more than what you do for a living. I wanna know how much of your life you spend just giving. And if you love yourself enough to also receive sometimes. I wanna know if you bleed sometimes through other people’s wounds. And if you dream sometimes that this life is just a balloon that if you wanted to you could pop—but you never would because you’d never want it to stop.

anonymous asked:

Have more faith in your art work! Your art truly is my art goals, it's got a certain style you can immediately identify and it's not the eye bleeding colors, it's a nice shade of the color that's easy on the eyes to look at! I honestly love your art 💙

Aww, goodness! Thank you! I’m not sure what to say, besides that I’m happy that you enjoy my silly drawings!

It’s just that I’m not that happy with my drawing sometimes because there is so much wonderful art in this website, and a lot of different styles and techinques, and when I look at them I also think “I wish I could draw/paint like that”, but they feel impossible for me. Even if it’s just a lineart picture with some basic colors.

That’s why I think that there are things that I still need to improve a lot.

But I guess, a lot of people feel like that sometimes! And I’ll just keep drawing to see if I get to improve.

Still, I’m happy to know that people are enjoying the things I draw!

The Signs as People in my Class (art school quotes)

Aquarius: “Are you filling that canvas with gay?”

Pisces: “Sometimes I’m bothered by really random things, like my tongue  

              feeling uncomfortable in my mouth.”

Aries: “Maybe your tongue would feel more comfortable in my mouth.”

Taurus: “I am deeply bothered by the fact that we have to log into the WIFI 

              network EVERY FUCKING DAY.”

Gemini: “Art History is upstairs. Fuck that shit, ain’t nobody going up all those 


Cancer: “I went to the toilet and now I can’t breathe.”

Leo: “I wonder what would happen if we’d like not show up for class.”

Libra: “PUPPY!!!” - trips - “Puppy… over there…” - bleeds - 

Virgo: “Does anyone know if the stop motion studio that needs to be opened 

            with a key really needs to be opened with a key?”

Scorpio: - bleeding to death - “must… finish… hanging… pictures… on…  

                these… walls… only… way… to… pass… this… class.

Sagittarius: Can I use charcoal as eyeliner?

Capricorn: “Don’t kill me, but [insert bad joke here]”

anonymous asked:

hey Roby,I recently decided to start using markers for my drawings,but I wasn't sure how to start using markers? I don't really know what brand/type is best for beginners and I don't really want to end up buying a bunch of markers that I have no idea if they are reliable for drawing. I was wondering if you had any advice on how to start using markers/what type a beginner should get? (p.s. I really love all of your art and I'm excited that I finally got to buy some of your art from your shop!!).

heyo, when i first started using markers i used bic mark-its which are cheap but not the best (they bleed a bit + the colors are sometimes darker than you’d expect). 

if you want another cheap alternative thats actually pretty good, check out artnfly’s markers! they have both brush tips and regular. they’ve sent me some sets before to try out and review and they’re really good for the price. you mightve noticed me using them in my videos sometimes, they’re the thicker white ones. only thing is that sometimes, again, the actual color is a bit darker than you see on the cap but i can’t complain because they’re obviously not copics. 

1. what your nickname?
Nuo, Sweets, and Kai
2. what bothers you the most?
When people get in my face. It usually ends with me hurting them.
3. do you prefer light colors or dark colors?
4. what color you hate?

I really hate those bright ass eye bleeding colors.

5. do you hate your life?
Yes sometimes.
6. what your favorite animal?
.Tigers and Ferrets.

8. what ur favorite language? (ur main language don´t count)  
Mmmm I’m sorry, but German is, even though that’s my main language.
9. Have you ever hurt anyone?
Yes, many many times.
10. What is your weaker side?
My shy, can’t eat around other people side.
11. did you ever get upset with something stupid?
12. do you like ur arts?
I hate them.
13. how time u take to do a drawing?
Anywhere from 30 minutes to 6 hours.

Tagging: @jojothesplatoonhentaiweeb666 @creepygirlofdeath and @thephannict

ggfgffml-deactivated20150803  asked:

Do you have any advice for those who really want to start their own webcomic or comic in general?

I think it depends on your personality. A little background, I had been putting off making Infinite Spiral since high school (that’s over 10 years). I would start then stop, because I had it in my head it wasn’t good enough-like it had to be this epic, perfect narrative. That’s not how learning to tell stories works … and the longer I waited, the closer it got to “you’ll never tell this story.”  I was introduced to comics through a class in grad school, where I was studying serious game design. And it hit me there, if I don’t start telling this story, I will never, ever get it out there. I have to stop worrying about being “good enough.”  And I’ve been writing and drawing now, and my work has slowly and steadily improved bit by bit in a world I have adored since I was a child.

So here are some things you can do (in no particular order):

1) Don’t be afraid to just get started. If you have a story and you think comics is the way to tell it, start writing it, start drawing it-find a way to get it out there. I’ve made 66 pages so far with 2 more almost done.  I average something like 8 panels a page. That’s over 500 drawings in the course of 2 years with increasing complexity in characters and environments. Tons of practice! If you are afraid to start, you can only get better.

2) Choose a length and format that you can commit to and succeed (think game design, early success).  For me, a deadline and readers are a great way to keep disciplined (barring my most recent hiatus due to some major life events) so I started a webcomic early. But, I took a class where I had to create a 28 page mini-book of shorter comics (2-8 pages).  Short comics can build confidence, let you figure out a technique, and let you explore things you might not have a chance to once you commit to that long term theme, story, or topic for a webcomic or longer work. Not only that, but short works add up, and when formatted for print (I can share more on that if you like), suddenly you have something that you can sell too. And let’s face it, I love to make art, but it is validating to make money from your art (and it is hard work that costs time and resources).

3) Find someone you trust and respect to help you with techniques that will increase your comic’s professional touches early on—things like typography, composition, panel construction, bleeds and gutters. The little things that no matter what the drawing or story is like, can be well designed with the tools we have. And if you can trust them to critique the drawing and storytelling too, even better. We all need mentoring and feedback (and if you are too self-critical, sometimes that is positive feedback so you don’t blow up things that are actually fabulous!). If you can, take a class, join a local meet up group for creators, find a safe online community where you can share, learn, and ask for resources.

4) Don’t be too hard on yourself. I think art always attracts a perfectionist. But comics are a medium that is very deadline driven. This goes with 1.

5) On that note, don’t be afraid to do everything yourself (meaning, writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering)! It is hard to find a partner without compensation (as we know, good art and writing is hard work!) and you’ll, again, get better the more you do it anyway.

6) If you are doing a webcomic, build a buffer of 10 + pages. I did not do this (well, my buffer wasn’t big enough) and then life happens … When people subscribe to RSS feeds and the like to read your comic, if you aren’t updating then you lose them. (Sorry readers, I know I’ve been bad lately.)

7) Read Scott McCloud’s Making Comics. Not only is it a comic, but it is full of rich suggestions about technique, writing, and special ways to tell a story that exist because of the very nature of comics. If you haven’t had enough, many recommend Eisner’s books.

8) Go hang out with people who like comics. Most are awesome and will keep you excited about what you are doing. Conventions, comic book stories, meet ups … lots of ways to find some people that keep you wanting to tell stories in boxes.

9) Know your tools. Whether using digital or traditional mediums (and with traditional, there’s digitizing steps anymore), know how to work with them for the comics medium. Scott McCloud’s book can get you started there again, but really, get to know whatever tool you choose. The internet leaves us no excuses ^_^.

10) Read comics. This seems like a gimme. I’ve been slow to add to my reading list, but it is worth it. You’ll soak up things about visual storytelling you’d never get otherwise. Dissect comics after you’ve read and enjoyed them. As you get a more critical eye, you can deconstruct how they are put together in a way so you don’t go crazy thinking about how you are out of your league (no, really, the brain glosses over other people’s little … for lack of a better word flaws because you did not put them on the page! You can turn that into a total morale boost, as well as learning tool).

11) Don’t treat these as rules. Everyone is different! 

I’m sure I could get into more, but this seems like a solid list to get started.