So I was going to make a post about moving back home and building a new shelf because I have entirely too much shit and talking about job hunting and how much easier it is to do here in the south of Ohio than it is in the north (I still don’t know why this is)…but I don’t feel like doing any of that.
Instead, I’m going to overburden you with the tyranny of links.
First, there’s ChrisOatley.com. If you are an aspiring concept artist or animator, you owe it to yourself to check this guy out, because that’s all he talks about. A lot of what he writes is encouragement for artists, but he does have some actually useful videos and digital painting tutorials. I think the more important part to his practice, though, is not so much the “How do you use these tools”, but the “why.” Very thoughtful.
There’s also The Paper Wings Podcast. If you want to make comics (LIKE I DO) or do some other kind of artistic storytelling, you NEED to subscribe to these guys. Chris Oatley is one of the co-hosts, but the other is Lora Innes, creator of the fabulously historical webcomic The Dreamer. The Paper Wings Podcast covers everything from how to actually make money (legitimately) from your webcomic, to gathering an inner circle of supporters and lots of other topics that are really freaking useful.
A fabulous webcomic you should read is It’s A Dead Man’s Party. Not only is the artistic style freaking gorgeous (especially as it goes on), but it’s one of the few webcomics I have found that actually has a kind of mythology incorporated into it, by which I mean it feels like what you’re reading are myths. Each chapter is a story of its own, and follows various characters’ lives that traverse through Purgatory. READ IT.
MangaMagazine.net is a new discovery (for me), and it has a lot of, at least artistically, good manga from independent creators. I’ve only read one story so far, Hell Kitchen, so I can’t attest to the quality of the rest of the comics. What made this stand out to me, though, was that the website touts a strong community and strong creator support, such as being featured on the main page and getting paid via advertising. I don’t know if this works, which is why I’m hesitant to join in this community, though it sounds promising.
And Fancy Owl’s store. Go there. Now. There is ALL THE BEAUTIFUL DIGITAL PAINTINGS. And they’re all ladies. Support them.
And last link to share, I opened a Storenvy store of my own, called We’re Magical Like That. I say “we” in the title because 1) everybody’s magical in some say, 2) my work and characters are mostly fantasy based, so there’s a lot of magic (dur), and 3) just in case any friends would like to share retail space with me, so it won’t be a one-woman operation anymore. So far I have only one thing listed for sale, and that is my “Ghost” mini-comic. For $1. I’ll be posting more things for sale soon, like the IF-X comic and some old prints I need to clear out of my inventory.
So there you go! Check those out, Don’t Forget to Be Awesome, and I will see you all tomorrow!