What program do you use for drawing? And do you have any tips for people getting used to drawing digitally?
I use Photoshop most of the time and Manga Studio 5 when I’m feeling especially adventurous. Each of those programs has their advantages and disadvantages that I won’t really get into because it really all comes down to preference.
It’s easy to think that there’s going to be a program or a tablet or a pen or some kind of art supply that will change everything, but the reality is that all of that stuff just acts as an extension of what you’re already capable of.
So I guess my advice would be this: Just get comfortable drawing before getting too concerned with whether or not it’s digital. The rest will come naturally.
Between me & Lindsey buying a house and having to scramble to finish a lot of freelance work before my start at Nickelodeon, Grownup Comic was put on the back burner. Once I get used to the workflow for Bad Seeds, I would really like to pick it up again.
Hi I just made this blog to post all of my art on and I was wondering if you could give me any advice on how to get my name out there? I've been a fan of your work for a really long time and you're one of my idols.
I looked at your blog and it looks like you’re already on the right track. Just draw every day and share your work regularly, as long as you think it’s funny or worth posting for any reason at all.
Hey! I am a young artist in training. I am looking at colleges in California, and I really want pursue a career in animation, comics, or concept art. I would really like some advice on getting my workout there and landing a job in my desired field. I am so terrified of wasting money on college just to end up with nothing but debt. Any friendly words of wisdom? Where did you go to school? How long have you been drawing? It would mean a great deal to hear from a professional. Please&Thankyou :)
Hi there! Thanks for thinking highly enough of me to ask me for advice about your future. That said, I’m kind of an anomaly in that I’ve been very very very very very lucky so you should take everything I say with a grain of salt.
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First of all, getting your stuff “out there” is the easiest thing I can tell you about. Just make things—preferably things people like.
For people who make any kind of creative content, I think Tumblr is great. If you consistently make things people like, people will start to follow you and share your stuff and your audience will grow. It may take a while to gain some traction; it’s kind of a bummer at first when hardly anybody cares about this thing you’re REALLY excited about, but your audience will eventually find you if you just keep. making. stuff.
Here’s a roughly paraphrased piece of advice I received a while ago from a comics industry friend who I won’t name:
Pander, pander, pander. Draw stuff from video games, draw stuff from anime, draw whatever bullshit fandoms are into. It’s cynical, though not entirely inaccurate.
I didn’t go to art school. Hell, I didn’t even graduate from the university I attended a million years ago. It’s not for everybody.
Chris Houghton (one of the people I’m currently working with on Bad Seeds) has a very thoughtful post on the subject of art school, which you should read. You can find it here.
My wife went to art school and so did most of our friends. Only one of them has a job in their desired field. As Chris said in his post, it’s a tough field and a degree in art is no guarantee of future employment.
Art school has a lot of advantages, but I couldn’t tell you half of them. I’m a dummy who only has half-remembered anecdotal accounts from people who graduated almost ten years ago. BUT there is one pretty amazing thing about art school that I wish I’d had access to at some point: in your classes, everything you make will be critiqued—brutally so. Being able to take criticism and address problematic areas of your work is an invaluable skill, especially if you want to make a career with your art.
I got my current job by sharing stories on the internet. You don’t need to go to school to learn how to tell a story or draw a picture. I’ve been obsessed with movies and TV and cartoons and comic books for my entire life, and I learned everything I know about visual storytelling that way.
I’ve been drawing for as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil, and this seems to be the case for most professional artists I know. But even if you just decided yesterday that you want to learn how to draw, I’m of the opinion that it’s never too late to start. Anybody can figure it out, just look at George W. Bush. That guy’s stuff is awesome.
If you’re super determined to go to an art school in California, CalArts seems to be the place to go. I work with SO MANY people at Nickelodeon who attended that school.
I hope some of this inane rambling can be of use to you and others in your position.
I might get in trouble for this, so please don’t tell Nickelodeon I’m sharing these insider animation secrets with all of you.
During the course of production, there are tweaks made to characters before the first episode is ever even animated; a character’s personality can change, or there may even be some minor design changes. For one of the protagonists of Bad Seeds, the latter occurred. The original Harvey design (fig. A) lacks appeal and is difficult to animate.
To combat these problems, the design team spent weeks working on Harvey’s design to make him “TV Perfect”. The current Harvey (fig. B) is the one that will be appearing on television.
Hey Brandon! Just wanted to say I found yer stuff here and am super excited to meet you! Great comics, really funny stuff. Welcome to LA! (my brother Shane and I are also from the midwest) Talk to you soon! Oh wait, this isn't a question yet. Do you... like... uh... food?
Hey Brandon, a random question from someone you don't know- did you go to school for art? And how did you go about getting your awesome storyboarding job?
I didn’t go to school for art; I was originally a chemistry major if you can believe it. After the show got greenlit, Carl contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in doing a storyboard test. I did one, and thankfully what I made was appropriate for the show.
And how did he find me in the first place? I have no idea!
super stoked for you dude. i remember when you were the dude who did the really amazing pokemon illustrations on deviantart. and now you're a storyboard artist. i can't wait to see what else your future holds.
Here, I happen to have one left. I’ve been sitting on this one for a couple weeks thinking I’d be able to get a little queue built up, but work and the holidays are killing me, so the hiatus continues.
I was asked by a few people to do a little write-up of the con. I’m new to the Cleveland scene and small press comics scene in general, but I still wanted to give my impression. I can’t speak for previous Genghis Cons, since this was my first one (I’m a Michigan native,) but it was the perfect…
Reblogging because Erika has nice things to say about us and also just follow her tumblr already, damn.
Hello there !! My name is Sean, but everyone calls me Beans. i really enjoy all your work, naughty and nice. the funny thing is, i never knew til recently that you are from the Cleveland area. So, just wanted to let ya know, you've got a local fan (which you probably have many). Thanks for the inspiration, and maybe one day we could collab on a comic or something !! I dont really know very many comic artist in real life :x. -Beans-
This is a nice message. I love messages like this. I actually live about an hour west of Cleveland so I don’t get into the city as often as I’d like, but I am going to be exhibiting at Genghis Con this year!! The Cleveland area comics community is great and friendly so you should come by and say hi.