Hey, I literally just registered on tumblr to ask you a question. Will davis ever appear in a comic hanging out/doing stuff/battling beartato and reginald? Props on everything, your sense of humor is amazing!
I don’t have anything planned but I suppose anything is possible. Maybe Davis can co-star in a Beartato comic which is really just a concealed spinoff for his own series, “Hotel Davis,” where Davis runs a hotel and every week he helps a celebrity guest solve a mystery. It will be critically acclaimed and win several awards for a few seasons, then it will settle into mediocrity for a while before eventually becoming just offensively bad. Meanwhile I, having become filthy rich off licensing deals (Davis bike handlebars, Davis-flavored toothpaste, etc.), will manage my money very poorly and end up with nothing but a closed Denny’s restaurant, which I will rename to Davis’s. I’ll invite my friends for a free meal, but all of them will be busy that day. It turns out, however, that they’re not busy; it’s just that hanging out with me makes them sad.
One time I saw you post a picture of a ninja turtle holding a gun. It was basically one of the cutest/best things but now I can't find it and I guess what I'm asking is can you post it again because for some reason at this moment in time that picture is something I absolutely have to see again or else I guess I'll just kind of be a little disappointed and then go to sleep.
Photoshop CS6 or CC users: here’s something I just learned that you may find as helpful as I do. There’s an Adobe Labs program called Configurator that lets you make customized panels for your frequently used tools, menu items, or actions. Why not spend Presidents’ Day optimizing your workflow?
Hello! Here is a little tip for Manga Studio 5 regarding one of my favorite features which isn’t immediately apparent. It has to do with vector layers and erasers.
First, create a vector layer by clicking the “New Vector Layer” at the bottom of the Layers palette:
Now, the secret of this technique lies in your eraser. Select the eraser tool and choose the pen you’d like to use, then check out the settings. Under “Erase,” select the option “Erase up to Intersection.”
Now, whenever you erase part of a line on the vector layer, it will erase the entire line up to the point where it intersects another line.
This makes it much easier to clean up stray lines, so you can be looser in your inking and still end up with a fairly tidy end drawing. Have fun!
One reason I’ve been so busy lately is that I recently starting coloring Atomic Robo. Scott’s artwork is a lot of fun to color (lots of great shapes in there). Check out the first panel in the last page in that preview! There’s so much action! Anyway, it’s fun, and there are robots and cowboys, so I hope you all check it out when it’s released.
My teenaged daughter has recently started a webcomic. Could you give her one piece of advice that has helped you and one piece of advice that absolutely has not? Please indicate which is which. Thanks!
Good advice: Make your comics and put them online, then make more then keep doing that without stopping for at least 2 or 3 years before you expect ANYTHING in terms of recognition or readership.
This accomplishes several things. 1) It keeps you from viewing your work as precious. Don’t obsess over one piece, draw and redraw, correct and perfect it all while never posting it. You get better by making MORE comics. Not by making the same comic over and over. 2) It gets you accustomed to the cycle of creativity. Have an idea, refine it, make it, put it up, repeat. 3) It gets you accustomed to taking and responding to feedback and criticism. The more work you post the more readers you’ll get and the more opinions you will start to receive directly or indirectly about your work.
More good advice: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be kind. Be kind online, be kind in person, be kind to your readers, be kind to your fellow artists, be kind to the world. This is important above all else because 1)Being an online persona means YOU are the product you are selling. If your product is a total dickbag, the only people who buy it will be total dickbag enthusiasts. 10 years down the road and you realize all of your readers are assholes and you’ve hand picked them because of how you acted. 2) Your peers talk about you when you aren’t around. They decide who to work with on collaborations, who to bring in on new opportunities and who share hotels/booths/wonderful experiences with at conventions. Word will get around SO VERY FAST if you are not a nice person and you will start to wonder why fun projects keep passing you by. 3) Can anyone honestly come up with a reason to NOT always be kind? When looking for a default behavior, you can’t do much better than this.
Even More good advice (lightning round): Don’t worry about merch. Worry about making good comics. Dont worry about getting more readers. Worry about making good comics. Don’t EVER compare your perceived success to that of your peers. You don’t know their situation, or how they came about what you think they have that you might want for yourself. Just worry about making good comics. Never envy your peers money, readers or success (sounds a lot like the last one right? That’s because it’s super important.) Instead, envy how hard they’ve worked and try to emulate that. Also, just worry about making good comics. Don’t try to find success by doing exactly what another artists has done. We all have different paths to success and you’ll do better finding your own rather than copying someone else (in art as well as in business). Also just worry about making good comics.
The worst piece of advice I ever got: Get an invitation to the cool kids table, i.e. Get in with this certain clique and you’ll be instantly welcomed into the secret world of webcomic success. This secret club, community, group, whatever you want to call it DOES NOT EXIST. I spent too many years waiting for artists I admired to take notice of me that I eventually started to obsess over making them like me. Spoilers, it never happened and I had nothing to show for all that worry and grief. I gave absolute strangers power over my mental well being that they didn’t even want and certainly didn’t deserve. Don’t worry about making “powerful” friends. You will make more friends in this industry by BEING a good friend first. Offer help, offer support, share your audience with artists whose work you admire. Be honest, be genuine and be kind. Repeat that 1000X in your head every day until it’s the only thing you even understand anymore.
By the way, the person who gave me that terrible advice was me.
Because I am madly in love with Manga Studio 5EX and want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy it, I feel I would be remiss not to point out that Smith Micro is currently having a sale and you can get it for a really great discount both on their site