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meritha:

The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne.As always, I rushed. But that’s because I spent the day putting a lot of effort into my paper about Brave New World. And despite how rushed for time I am, I went over the character limit… because that book makes me feel, even in my second time of reading it..Of course, during the last minute, I realized how feminine his hands are because I used my own as reference. Nice.

Never seen this before.

meritha:

The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
As always, I rushed. But that’s because I spent the day putting a lot of effort into my paper about Brave New World. And despite how rushed for time I am, I went over the character limit… because that book makes me feel, even in my second time of reading it..

Of course, during the last minute, I realized how feminine his hands are because I used my own as reference. Nice.

Never seen this before.

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sprukits:

LBX Achilles is ready for Con…Who else is going will be joining him?

sprukits:

LBX Achilles is ready for Con…Who else is going will be joining him?

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lamonticus said: I can't remember when I found Miss West but soon after I've read all of the pages at the time( I think you were doing The Stink chapter), I just fell in love with the way you ink. How/where did you learn to ink like that?

dkirbyj:

I’m glad you’re enjoy the comic!  I very much appreciate these kinds of messages!

I ink using traditional dip pen and ink, which makes it easier for me to play around with line weights and the natural watery-ness of the medium.  I know that there are some programs and digital brushes out there that replicate pen and ink really well (I actually just found a set that I’m really loving right now), but there’s something about how the real thing feels that gets me going.

I’m not sure if I can properly say why I like doing things traditionally when it comes to drawing, other than saying that it’s definitely a “this feels really good” kind of thing.  I don’t know, I feel like you don’t have to have a reason for liking everything that you like.  Sometimes you just gotta like things for no reason because who cares?

I actually drew most of Chapter 02 and all of Chapter 03 of Miss West in Photoshop because it was faster to pump out the pages, but by the end of that third chapter I was feeling really drained with how artificial my work was starting to look.  I mean, it looks fine, but it doesn’t have that rough, genuine look that I wanted and that I see from artists like Sean Murphy or Faith Erin Hicks (I think she does mostly traditional?  I forget.  Looks good though!).

I ink all traditional now, with the exception of little details like when I need to add some details in spot black areas, like the lines in Jenny’s hat.  And if you’re interested, my weapons of choice are Manga G nibs and black Liquitex acrylic ink.  Brush pens and Copic markers are also within grabbing range.  Pen and ink is pretty difficult to use and also unforgiving with how messy it can get, but if you get the hang of it then it’s very rewarding.

Also, line weight variation is my favorite thing in the world!  That’s definitely a skill where you need to get used to doing long, continuous lines and controlling how much ink you’re putting into the stroke well.  I’m still pretty bad at that because I get shaky hands, but I can sorta-kinda pass it off decently.  Practice makes perfect and all that.

I don’t know if I answered your question that well.  Not sure if I helped.  I’m pretty bad at these responses.
But hey, Pen and Ink!  Try it!  They’re totally a thing.

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One thing that I had on my mind recently was to draw my friend’s OC for various reasons and it proved to be a fun exercise. I think I got a few things wrong but I hope you like it Anna because there is more to come.
Btw, lolsup your boxer OC is next.

One thing that I had on my mind recently was to draw my friend’s OC for various reasons and it proved to be a fun exercise. I think I got a few things wrong but I hope you like it Anna because there is more to come.

Btw, lolsup your boxer OC is next.

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naekolehasposts said: Dear Endling, I've been a huge fan since I saw your comics on Snafu. I'm struggling, and have been for awhile. Art is my passion, but I don't have the right education to pursue a career in it. I've been unable to find my style, and have been stuck for a year. Do you have any advice on where I can read/study to improve my skills to eventually, find my own style?

endling:

  This is a question I’ve been asked a lot, but to be honest it never really gets that much easier to answer. Every artist being an individual, it’s tough to find catch-alls that work for everyone, you know what I  mean? And hell, truth be told, I’m still trying to figure this stuff out for myself. :]

  Let me get this first bit out of the way, the bit nobody wants to hear: “Practice, practice, practice.” It’s the biggest, stinkiest old chestnut in the book, the one you’ve probably heard a million times before, but unfortunately, it is the most rock solid, time-tested advice any artist can swear by. Even when you feel down and out, even when things don’t look like they should. You keep on drawing, because art has a funny way of growing with you, even if you’re not aware of it. 

 But try different things. Some personal suggestions:

- Draw from life. Do figure studies. Your art will only go as far as the strong foundation you’ve built on. It can be arduous, but it is worth it. There is no way around this, much as many folks find this the token ‘boring’ advice.

- Look up light and color theory online. Nowadays there is a ridiculous amount of information on this subject on the internet. You could probably cobble together a near full education on the subject just from all the different people who have guides, examples, even youtube videos on the matter. It’s really amazing. There are tons of people out there trying to help young artists get on their feet, and they aren’t charging a thin dime. Take advantage of it. :]

- Warm up before you draw! Draw scribbles, cubes, shapes with some zing to them. Drawing can be a workout! So like any workout, warm up! Don’t dive right in and injure yourself. :] It’s a good way to stave off feeling discouraged because things  didn’t turn out looking brilliant right off the bat. 

- Try emulating a variety of other artists’ work. (With their consent if you’re posting it somewhere of course.) Sometimes when drawing in someone else’s style your own little mannerisms and stylistic influences tend to pop up in the result. This is more a fun exercise though, certainly not something to fall back on as a means to improve. You don’t want to end up relying on the same artistic ‘shortcuts’ your chosen artists employ in their own work without a firm understanding of the basics yourself.

- Draw quickly, loosely, even carelessly. Less thought, more winging it. Fly by the seat of them pants. Have fun letting go! At least, for a practice run at first. While ‘style’ is at best a nebulous concept, I’ve always found that if you draw speedily, you tend to put emphasis in certain areas, sort of feel your hand moving a particular way? If you don’t let too much thought get in the way, you can sometimes see the raw tendencies you have underneath the art. 

- Animation! Regarding stuff to read to improve your skills, there is no shortage of books available in places like Barnes & Noble. Entire sections on art. I recommend, personally, books on animation techniques. I was originally an animation major in college, and I think any artist can benefit greatly by studying it thoroughly. 

- Draw for yourself, not for the internet. This is a more fairly recent issue I’ve been seeing with some people, but there are folks out there who get a little too attached to the reception (or lack thereof) they receive for posting their work online, or worse still, seem to only draw with the specific intent of putting things online. While it’s all well and good to share your work with other people, please please please do not forget that you are drawing for yourself. You don’t have to post everything you make. Allow yourself plenty of time to make plenty of terrible drawings. Fall flat on your face. You can share the stuff you’d like, but you don’t have to feel compelled to share everything you do.

- Art blocks and burn out will happen. Don’t sweat ‘being stuck’ so much. Don’t rush getting OUT of it either. Art blocks are kind of a way of telling you you’re running on empty in one way or another. I’ve gotten asked quite often what I do to get over an art block. The answer is really simple: wait. Haha. But you find things to do that get you feeling charged up again. I like listening to music and playing games. Games are what got me into art in the first place, so it’s kind of a back-and-forth process for me. But what I’m trying to say here is, art and your life are pretty much connected in every way. If your art just doesn’t want to come out easily on the page, maybe you should find something else to do that you enjoy. Refill, recharge, re-energize, but NOT just to get over an art block. Your daily life might be more attached to your work than you realize. Which brings me to my next point..

- Don’t look so hard for ‘your style’. You need to grow as much as your artwork. As I said before, style is kind of a strange subject. To most people style is simply ‘how your art looks’, what sets it apart from other folks. But if you ask me, style is whatever ignites your passion to create in the first place. Style can be influenced by other art, sure, but it can also be influenced by music, games, sports, books, your background, the things you enjoy, just the person you are from the ground up. Style comes from pouring yourself into your work. And you know what? You need to grow just as much as your artwork. If you put a piece of yourself into your art, it will undoubtedly be unique, because you’re a unique person yourself. Find something you want to say and let it come out through your art.

And yes, that’s about the floweriest answer I’ve ever given on the subject of style. I guess when it comes to the subject of art I can be a sappy sap. But DAMMIT I BELIEVE IN YOU. And anyone else reading this that might have been feeling the same way! And I really appreciate the question! Hell, I’m honored, and hope in any way at all I can help, because art is a beautiful thing to have in your life, and I wish you the absolute best of luck with it. 

Now DRAW. DRAAAAAAAAAW, I SAY! 

endling:

More commissions! 

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lamonticus:

Haven’t uploaded any art for a while because I deemed it unnecessary for me to uploaded what essentially is a grind. That stuff is kind of boring to look at on a day to day basis. Maybe I’ll just condense what I’ve done in one huge mega post.

But ever since I’ve been talking to my friend Anna and following a drawing schedule, I’ve gotten back into the habit of drawing original characters without the emo self pity. Feels good man. Like really good.

The top two are on a character I drew in high school named Kenya (the most basic tier of black girl names) who has a a magic tattoo that makes giant constructs whenever she touchs a color. And the last one is on a character I made up two days ago. No name, just a vague description I quick came up with where she is part of a detective club that solves crimes in her magical school.

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Haven’t uploaded any art for a while because I deemed it unnecessary for me to uploaded what essentially is a grind. That stuff is kind of boring to look at on a day to day basis. Maybe I’ll just condense what I’ve done in one huge mega post.

But ever since I’ve been talking to my friend Anna and following a drawing schedule, I’ve gotten back into the habit of drawing original characters without the emo self pity. Feels good man. Like really good.

The top two are on a character I drew in high school named Kenya (the most basic tier of black girl names) who has a a magic tattoo that makes giant constructs whenever she touchs a color. And the last one is on a character I made up two days ago. No name, just a vague description I quick came up with where she is part of a detective club that solves crimes in her magical school.

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jenniferely:

I love you guys. These words are for you, and also for myself.

I thought that by the time I actually got a creative job in the animation industry I would surely feel… like less of an imposter. Nope. Often times when I get an assignment I experience a moment of pure terror. Afraid that my last…

pigeonbits:

Color palette tutorial time!

This is by no means the Only Way To Pick Colors—it’s just a relatively-simple method I use sometimes.  I’ve found it works pretty well, almost regardless of what colors you pick—as long as you can keep them organized by those light/dark warm/cool categories, and make sure one category takes up a significantly higher proportion of page space, it usually turns out pretty good!

(via artiststoolbox)