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Cat Bus: Furry Road (colored) by WithintheMechanism Cat Bus: Furry Road (colored) :iconwithinthemechanism:WithintheMechanism 10 2 How do I anatomy? by viria13 How do I anatomy? :iconviria13:viria13 18,102 615
ARTCAST weekly Monday thru Friday.
If you haven't been following JeffLafferty you might not know I've joined his mourning shows over on YouTube. We chat with fellow artists about making art, selling art and everything in-between, all while creating our own art.
On the very first episode Jeff quit his day job and worked at making a living creating his own work and paintings full time. (Though he's been an artist for some time, like most of us not always making a full income.) He did the first 100 or so Artcasts solo talking about all the different ways he promoted his work online, different sites he used and what has and hasn't worked for him.
Jeff first had a fellow artist/ sculpture join him as co-host by the name of Mike Fleming jr. Together they did 5 streams/ shows a week Live in much the same format. after awhile Jeff opened it up even more and included others. Guests like Jay Ferguson, Scott Serkland, Marshall Couture, Will
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Running on E - The Hours (sketch) by WithintheMechanism Running on E - The Hours (sketch) :iconwithinthemechanism:WithintheMechanism 4 2 ManThing by jeffwamester ManThing :iconjeffwamester:jeffwamester 439 20 Han Solo by jasonbaroody Han Solo :iconjasonbaroody:jasonbaroody 48 30 seems legit! by nebezial seems legit! :iconnebezial:nebezial 9,054 750 Tank Girl Sketch by jasonbaroody Tank Girl Sketch :iconjasonbaroody:jasonbaroody 123 15 Action Comics 28 detail by AaronKuder Action Comics 28 detail :iconaaronkuder:AaronKuder 22 1 Breaking Bad by jasonbaroody Breaking Bad :iconjasonbaroody:jasonbaroody 24 4 Cthulhu by Steevcomix Cthulhu :iconsteevcomix:Steevcomix 20 8
5 Comic Book Truths (that I don't think are true)
There are lots of tips, chestnuts, and other pieces of advice that I've heard over the years--tidbits of wisdom passed on from one generation to the next, from professional to professor to prospective student.  Some of them are drawing tips, some of them are tricks to dealing with publishers, and some are general guidelines on how to survive in comics. Most of them are useful and true and will stand the test of time, but a few of them  have become hackneyed platitudes and have gone unquestioned for too long. Here are 5 that I'm questioning...
I understand the intention of this bit of wisdom, and I mostly agree with it: drawing great interiors is important, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down with small details that most readers won't even notice.
But here's my concern with this: if you treat every panel like it's disposable, then you're less likely to make an impact with reader
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So... Watermarks?
First off, I seriously like the community feeling here at deviantArt. People have been super encouraging, positive, and quick to be as helpful as possible. Really, I have no complaints. It's just... the watermarks. I can't help it. They annoy me. I understand the need to protect what is rightfully the property of an artist. I can totally see why a professional, who makes a living selling their work, might try to prevent others from stealing it. Really, I need to start at least signing my pieces, and maybe even try tagging them with my name and website. But in my mind the place for that is in an unobtrusive corner, out of the way, so that the intent of the art isn't lost. I mean, do I want people to see my work, or my watermark? What am I, Getty Images? I mean, how likely is someone out there going to snag my sketch of a t-rex with a chainsaw and make a million dollars with it? The whole reason I post here is so that people can see my work, give me some feedback, and maybe get a little
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Saint Walter by SharpWriter Saint Walter :iconsharpwriter:SharpWriter 1,391 90 Quinnicide by jollyjack Quinnicide :iconjollyjack:jollyjack 2,885 625 Crouching Cthulhu update by shaungent Crouching Cthulhu update :iconshaungent:shaungent 233 37


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Van E Davis
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Ashevile, NC
Favourite genre of music: Prog & Stoner Metal
Operating System: Windows 10
MP3 player of choice: LG G5
Favourite cartoon character: Thundarr the Barbarian
Personal Quote: "Nothing is true, everything is permitted."
Hi, guys!  I re-formatted five sequential pages to the 3x4, Euro Album dimensions I want to work in (also cleaned up some lines and dialog balloons) and re-posted them, for your approval.

Also, I'm excited to announce that I've created a Picarto channel here, and plan to start casting a couple of times a week...basically just chatting with anyone who wants to watch while I work on my comic, and keeping up my motivation and energy in the process!

If Picarto isn't your thing, I'll also be posting videos of the artcasts (as well as live, native Google Hangouts) on my YouTube channel, here.
  • Listening to: Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
  • Reading: Spider-Gwen #1 and Multiversity
  • Drinking: "Big Easy Bold" K-cups


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Zackis23 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
Happy Birthday! :D
flipsidezw Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making valid points on the internet.  Your comments on Quinnicide make more sense than the people deserve.
wario7793 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome to :iconstarwars-collectors: :)

I can't wait to see your contributions!
Vedkarrtheunbroken Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I love what you said about that "make ugly" contest.
Nice gallery as well
Ashleykat Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
i was reading what u were saying on that BS "make ugly" contest. the world needs more thinkers like u!
mmmmmpig Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav, Van!
stuponitron Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the watch Van! I'm really digging your sketch cards, especially the Star Wars. Awesome!
mavinga Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
AzrielMordecai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for being a Watcher! It is very much appreciated! :)
DerekRodenbeck Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Hey whats up man! Been trying to get everyone from tenton on here and Fb.
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