Hey peeps! I got a few things to talk about today, most of which are pretty negative, but not necessarily right? :]
1. The absenteeism - Where have I been recently? Haven’t been posting on Twitter or on Facebook or making comics here, just been posting guest comics. Well, I’ve been a bit busy & stressed out — if you’ve ever tried to do creative stuff while your mind is on other things, you know it doesn’t come easily.
The good news - I’ll be more active now.
2. The guest comics - So all I’ve had time for recently is literally posting guest comics. I haven’t even been replying to emails & messages, and I’m feeling hella rude about that, but I intend to fix that today. There are actually many I haven’t posted yet, either because of a technical difficulty or just because I haven’t had time. Remember friends, I can only post here in a vertical 500px width format. :/
The good news - I’ll catch up on that stuff.
3. The Patreon - I’m not going to sugarcoat this, I intend to shut down the Patreon and either fulfill existing orders or issue refunds. There has only been one charge for $262, which was for March — April will never be charged. The reasons are:
I have no time on a day to day basis to print and ship stuff, or do an exclusive stream, or produce a lot of Patreon-specific content, and I don’t want to make promises I can’t fulfill.
Patreon isn’t the right model for what I want to accomplish. People don’t necessarily want avatars & prints on a monthly basis, they just want AN avatar or print, singular.
So, I thought my Patreon would be sustainable, and it wasn’t, big whoop wanna fight about it? This isn’t a comment on Patreon itself though — great website.
The good news - Everything that was offered on the Patreon will soon be on the an Owl Turd Comix online store! :]
4. Comics as a whole - I want to improve, especially in terms of making stuff more fluid and expressive. This is a challenge for me because I tend to lean on construction and balance, but good artists generally do a gesture drawing first and then construct shapes to conform to it. In realistic art those shapes are pretty well-defined, but in cartoons even they can be distorted and exaggerated. I’m going to start doing that.
My friends have always tried to get me to watch their stupid anime shows, but I said “no,” I said, “I won’t resort to watching your plebeian cartoons. Someday Seinfeld will return.” And now, ladies and gentlemen, I have finally got my hands on an ADVANCE COPY OF THE UPCOMING SEINFELD REBOOT! I won’t tell y’all too much, but I’m willing to dig into it a little bit for the sake of review.
Okay so you may notice that the name is a bit different, and that’s because this reboot is scheduled to release only in Japan. The series moves out of its traditional Manhattan setting as Jerry flies over to Nippon to find out what the deal is with airline food, but instead finds out what the deal is with friendship. There is also finds Kramer, Elaine, and George, who all there for their own wacky reasons.
I have to say, they took some risks with the character redesigns, but personally I like them.
Here’s Newman, for example. The changes are pretty subtle but you might notice that they made his hair a little bit lighter. With some people this is a huge issue but I think the average viewer won’t mind. While in the original show Newman was a mailman, in the reboot he is trying to fulfill the Earth’s destiny to serve to reproduction of life fibers.
On the conservative side, I was pleased to see that the new show contains all of the classic Seinfeld gags.
Overall I would say it does the original show justice, and is one of the best reboots to have come out recently. It even trumps Season 2 of the original show, and that was the best season.
Final Score: 10/10 - Would recommend classic fans and newcomers to the series alike.
For gaming, lately I can’t necessarily afford consoles & big titles (unless they’re on the Humble Bundle or a Steam sale), but I’ve gotten into the indie PC scene and I love it. I started playing The Last Door a few days ago — very cool, and free if you care to check it out.
If someone was interested in digital art/comics, where would you suggest they begin?
1. Just start. - You won’t see all of the variables and problems you may encounter until you actually begin. If you don’t have a tablet make pixel art or something, I dunno.
2. Have fun with it. - You’ll lose motivation otherwise, and that’s the whole point anyway, right? :]
3. Make deliberate efforts to improve. - Pick up books, study from life, make gesture drawings, practice rendering & texture, etc! This gets boring sometimes, but the more you do it the better you get at what you like.
Can we please see an actual photo of you? I bet you're so handsome!
When I show people this one they always ask "Shen, what’s with the sour expression?" Funny story, actually. The guy I was working with at the time was a smart guy, but by his jaunty attitude I got the impression that he didn’t fully grasp the situation at hand. We were very, very lost, and apparently he thought that made for a Kodak moment. So, this is my “are you kidding” face. Crazy year.
So you may have been thinking, "Shen you’re releasing putting out these comics and stuff, but what’s going on with you? What’s going on in your life?"
Oh. You weren’t thinking that?…Well surely a li — no?… Not even a little bit? Okay, whatever, I will tell you anyway. I’ve been getting a ton of really nice messages from y’all, and it warms my heart to know that I’m making some of your days better. Honestly, that’s why I do it, and will probably be doing it be doing it for the rest of my life, and then eventually from beyond the grave when my spirit appears and doodles a dick with a face on your bathroom wall at the stroke of midnight.
Drawing is actually a huge stress reliever for me as well. It’s one of those things that I can never get tired of, and if you have something like that in your life, whether it be an art form or a sport or a hobby, you know what a blessing it is. And if you don’t have something like that in your life, you should go out and find it, because c’mon.
The Patreon page is a thing. I’ve been totally silent on there, but that’s all going to change in the coming weeks — my means of production for prints there is that I work at a print shop, so there’s a good chance that I will also open up a store where you can buy prints of any comic! Maybe I’ll make cards and stickers and stuff too, we’ll see. I’d actually love to make some stickers and buttons but I don’t have a way to produce that stuff locally so I would probably not make much profit. Anyway, look out for this stuff soon:
An actual “about” page.
A store — does anyone know any good online store fronts?
Hey peeps! Just want to direct your attention to my newly formed Patreon page. It’s sort of like kickstarter, except the payment is monthly and so are the benefits — I think I’ve made them fairly appealing.
Check it out, before I have to check myself into an orphanage or something. That’s what you do when you have no money right?