I was wondering, would you be okay if I drew a variation of your Mako Fanclub President/Founder comic (with different characters from another fandom, no tracing) if I linked mine back to you as the source? I wanted to ask first because I know the pain of having my art/ideas taken without permission.
Sure, knock yourself out! And thanks for asking first! The original idea was a post by whitachi, which is linked on my post, and I consulted her too. Have fun! :>
Do you mean specifics? I tend to keep most of my stuff vague as to now alienate readers. I may include some elements of style, dress, etc, but I tend to reserve the descriptions mostly for personality.
Being vague isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but being such a visual person, appearance is a really important part of character for me! Like, when I design a character there’s sort of a balance going on between personality informing appearance and appearance informing personality. A person’s appearance will affect how the people around them perceive them. Conversely, how someone chooses to present themself says a lot about their personality! That doesn’t mean necessarily describing every different colored fleck of their eyeballs or whatever, but you know, how they wear their hair, or if they have any hair at all, or their skin color. Their build. Something.
I’m also thinking of instances where someone wants me to draw the character, but literally the only clues I have to go on are “gender and the fact that they have a body which seems to still have all the expected limbs”. I can make something up, but it’s a little easier if I’ve got one or two descriptors to build off of.
I can see how getting way too specific and/or waxing purple about someone’s appearance might be tedious, but I don’t think making everyone in your universe a blank visual slate is the answer to that.
But again, character design is what I’m interested in and I’m not a writer. That’s just how I function.
This is where me and writer-types who don’t think visually go our separate ways. When a writer tells me they have no idea what their character looks like, it’s like they just told me they don’t know what hands are or something. BUT HOW
More Masked Empires. I was thinking about doing a Gaspard but it hit me that maybe at least one of the Chevaliers should have ridiculous facial hair and I became too overwhelmed to continue.
Ahhh OP! I have Felassan feels! These are some great head shots!
But also, did you find descriptors for Michel in the novel? Because I’ve read it twice now and cannot for the life of me figure out what he looked like. His armor, I got that… but nothing about HIM.
AND NO, I didn’t, very few of the characters are actually…. described, ever, hahahaha. I’d have to go all the way through again to be sure but the only descriptor I could find for Michel was “large”. :B Felassan didn’t really have anything either, besides the fact that he a.) wore a hood at some point and b.) has tattoos. Gaspard was just “tall” and “broad in shoulder”. If there were any other descriptors, I missed them.
I am taking $5 sketch commissions from Wednesday, April 16 until Tuesday, April 22 (and possibly longer, depending on how quickly I get through them). There is not a limit to what you ask of me, providing you can provide a description or reference if I am not familiar with the subject matter. Please send me an ask or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (note that this is not my Paypal account, I will provide you that address when you send me the request).
My sketches/artwork is collected here, if you want to peruse it, and here are some examples of what a sketch would look like:
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IM REALLY SORRY IF I MADE YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT IT IT REALLY WASNT MY INTENTION AAA…. i never meant to say it didn’t look good, just that it looked a bit different from the way you’ve drawn her before! /)__(
ohhhh man don’t feel bad! seriously, if something looks off to someone I’d rather know about it! Your pointing out that something looked different about her made me look at it more closely to figure out what was going on, so I appreciate it! Even if my solution wasn’t perfect, it’s something I’ve got to train my eye to catch, you know?
I've really wanted to try and submit to S2B2, but I'm really nervous. Any advice?
Don’t be scared! I promise we’re nice. We’ve had tons and tons and tons of people tell us that this is their first time writing anything, or first time writing something that they’re going to have other people see.
A thing about Shousetsu Bang*Bang is you have the option of publishing under a pseudonym. If you’re really nervous about it? Well, no one has to know it’s you. It’s a way of testing the waters instead of jumping in the deep end.
Our editorial process is very gentle. If you submit anything before the deadline, it’s even better, because then we (or really, mostly ladysisyphus, who does way more of the heavy lifting) have a good long while to give you feedback. And when it comes to feedback from editorial, it’s given with a general rule of ‘here is our feedback, and it’d be great if you made these changes, or want to talk to us about it more, but if you want us to run it as is, we will.’ With exceptions, of course, for things that just totally bust the guidelines, like, say, when we’ve gotten the few stories that don’t have any smut in them! I can’t think of a time we’ve ever outright rejected a story; at most we’ve had a few times when there were major red flags that we bounced the story back to the author for and then never heard anything back from them.
The main purpose of S2B2, I think, is to have a good time. I mean, this is all a volunteer-run, totally free endeavour. We’re just doing this because we like doing it. So you should write a story that YOU like writing! We’ve had things that are the silliest trashiest pulp to stuff that makes people cry. It doesn’t have to be perfect (though we’ll provide advice to give it polish!), it just has to be what you wanted to do.
Writing for Shousetsu Bang*Bang has been great for me personally, because having that deadline, that reason to crank out an original story at least once every two months, has meant I have gotten so much writing practice. And practice is everything! If you start submitting to S2B2 and keep it up, you will most likely become a better writer!
I hope this encourages you, and I hope we see you in our pages in the future. YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE READING THIS!
I’m at a tough place right now where I’ve worked hard to get where I am, but taking time off to work on my brain has made me feel that I’m not doing enough work in other areas. I’ve gained enough experience to have a relative amount of confidence in my work, but I’m old enough that I’m no longer willing to give myself credit for it because of some really stupid self-defeating warped logic where I compare myself to other artists around my age or younger and go, “I’m not as good as them, so why do I bother?” So then I don’t improve because I’m not working as hard as I could be and the cycle repeats.
Therapy, for me, has been a lot about dismantling this bullshit cycle and the thoughts that perpetuate it.
It’s hard for me to see the value in my work, but I am working on it, and all of you have helped me so much in this! In very tangible ways. So I want to thank all of you for supporting me while I deal with this stuff and for always being so encouraging. You’re all really genuinely awesome people and I am super lucky to have y’all on my side.
everything you draw is amazing. you are so talented. do you plan on pursuing a career in art??
Thank you, that is very kind of you to say! As for a career. Well… that’s very complicated!
A year ago I was actually in school to get a degree in Illustration, but mental health issues put that on hold indefinitely. I don’t know if school is going to be on the table for me in the future. That could be a good or a bad thing, depending on who you ask. Mostly I’ve just been trying to work myself back up to being able to get up in the morning without wanting to disappear.
After my move, it’s going to be the ol’ 9-5 with commissions on the side for me, and I’m fine with that. A career in art would be very cool, but I think I have a lot of personal crap to work on before I’d be prepared for it. Turning your ~passion~ into a career isn’t always magical like it is in stories, you know? It’s also work, and complicated feelings come along with that. One of my biggest weaknesses is my lack of discipline, and that’s a big setback when you need to be reliably creative.
I've never understood hating any of the companions, but Velanna and her grumpy, fueled by vengeance, no-nonsense sass gives me life. People get all weird when companions call out wardens on their limitations or bullshit and that translates into a lot of undeserved hate. Love your companions for who they are, not who you want them to be. Keep drawing and if there were some shirtless Nate/Velanna, well then.......
I can’t talk about hating cause I’m a bonafide #HATER when it comes to certain. Things. But I make an effort to keep that shit in my own corner of the internet.
And yeah, to a certain degree there is that, buuuut I’d be willing to bet real US dollars that Velanna would be an exponentially more popular character if she were a dude.
In any case, yeah, I need some more OTP action up in here.