I reblog wateva i want. Serious, funny, cool, etc. Things that I post are most probably not created or photographed by me.
Fuck! I’m in my twenties! Everyone has that moment—the realization that adulthood has arrived, like a runaway train, and there’s no getting out of its way. In attempt to express the contradictions and anxieties that come with being over-educated, minimally employed, mostly single, and on your own, Emma Koenig has composed this book full of journal entries about being in her 20’s. This book is hysterical and a source of comfort for when you’re feeling like the world is falling apart around you, (basically every time you can’t figure out what the hell you’re doing with your major). I recommend everyone get a copy of this book, it’s less than nine bucks.
Well, damn. Looks like I’ll have to pick this one up.
i shit you fucking not i got weepinzard first try and now i can’t stop laughing at his dumb face and his dumb name
Aggie: I don’t think I’ll ever understand any of Norman and Neil’s ‘internet’ escapades…
Let me think about the people I care about the most and how when they fail or disappoint me, I still love them, I still give them chances, and I still see the best in them. Let me extend that generosity to myself.
An Invocation for Beginnings - Ze Frank (via growlitheharpo)
I am a Pretty Good Artist. I have worked professionally since 2006. I have worked on properties like G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Transformers, and a host of others. You can see my work everywhere, from toy packages to comic books to DVD covers. I currently work for MinoMonsters, where I have designed everything from the monsters themselves to the environments they live in. I have done a lot of things, now that I look back on it.
And my artwork makes me CRAZY. Absolutely bonkers.
Oh, there are standout pieces that I like. They’re probably different from the ones you prefer (although we both align on ManSkitty). But it never feels like enough, at least to me. To me, my work is never good enough—not drafted well enough, not rendered enough, not colored right, not composed right, too stiff or too floppy or this or that or anything and everything. I can point out a hundred thousand flaws, and a hundred thousand artists who do what I do but who do it better.
I say this not to fish for compliments, but to give a shout out to my fellow frustrated artists—which I am coming to learn, slowly, is pretty much all of us at one time or another. We all drive ourselves nuts. Our need to keep improving is compulsive. It’s equal parts horrendous and wonderful. We—I—keep pushing and trying to reach something like satisfaction, even if we don’t know what, artistically, that is.
It was bad before the proliferation of the internet, but oh god! My Tumblr dash is like an inferiority complex, delivered right to my eyes. It pushes me to get better—and it pushes me to remember that sometimes, it’s best to unplug for a bit.
So here’s to every person who’s ever drawn something they hate, or compared themselves to others, or looked at their work and muttered ‘why do I even BOTHER.’ SHINE ON, YOU CRAZY DIAMONDS. I’ll be shining right with you. <3
Thanks, I’m glad you like it!
How do you start a webcomic? There are lots of ways, and a lot of it depends on the type of comic you want to make. Here’s a basic strategy:
- Read all of my comic theory posts. I made a lot of them. Some of them are useful.
- Make some comics, but don’t put them online.
- Forget about those comics, they stink.
- Make some new, better comics and put them online, on a social site like Tumblr, etc.
- These comics will also stink. You will soon forget them.
- Don’t attempt that idea of yours for a 500 page graphic novel right now, because all you’re doing is uploading more and more bad character designs on your Deviantart page.
- Make some new comics and put them on a real website where you actually pay for hosting (Comicpress is useful for this)
- Did you think these comics wouldn’t stink? You are wrong again.
- Don’t worry, keep making more comics on this site.
- Eventually you will get better and find your voice!
The trick is to work hard and never use “it’s my style” as an excuse not to push your own boundaries. No one starts good, and getting better is more than just repetition, it’s about critically thinking about how you can improve.
Also don’t worry about bugging cartoonists you don’t know to link to you. It’s borderline crass behavior for very little reward. The best way to get more readers it to put up more content that people want to see and share with their friends. Word of mouth is the Grand Champion of advertising strategies.
The final step is simple: give me 50 dollars.