Got a new tablet at work, thought I’d break it in by sketching one of my oc’s as a Capitolist. I’m on a deep Hunger Games kick lately :X
said: "ever since i've seen your cecil palmer comics (the one with his mother) - i knew right away that THIS, this is the person i can learn so much from! and i was right. thank you for inspiring me and making me stride out of my comfort zone... it's so hard to do when all you're used to drawing and designing is cutesy girly stuff haha, you absolutely rock my dear! stay rad! xoxo"
Okay, so I’ve mulled over this question all day- I saw the message when I woke up. Wow. I’m completely stunned- your art is GORGEOUS. And trust me- there is nothing wrong with girly stuff. It’s seriously magnificent. I am so, like…. floored…
I’m so happy! Thank you so much for saying that. Makes me want to produce more. (There is another Cecil comic coming.) -A
EDIT: I’m actually curious what you like about my work. It’s been changing a lot recently and hopefully improving… and you definitely have a good eye. Anything that’s really good? really bad?
Sorry for the late reply but I was legitimately a little (a lot) shaken (pleasantly!) by your reply. Your words mean so much to me - you’re like all the professors that took me under their wing, so words of praise from people I admire can really do magic! (sorry if it comes out creepy, but I am having THE hardest time with art and sometimes there is absolutely no light in the end of it all haha!)
The first thing I noticed was your lines! AH! THOSE LINES!!! So expressive, so filled with life! So personal… And I envy that so much since mine are too clean, too calculated - I want freedom as well! >0<9
The second thing are the expressions and while you’re not a Genndy Tartakoivsky nor Andre Medina (who are my greatest inspirations BUT YOU CANT SEE THAT IN MY STUFF BC I WANT TO LEARN TO DRAW REAL HANDSOME DUDES But soon my style will revert back to it’s original yuck, where was I? OH YES—) your expressions are…. It’s hard to find the word… Trying to translate it from both Russian and Hebrew gimme a moment…..
Let’s settle with… Gosh it’s really hard to settle on a word here haha - Soft, human, flowing, relate-able, intriguing, inviting. I can almost reach into the screen and smoosh your Cecil’s face in my tiny-ass hands and UGH I CAN ALMOST FEEL IT! it’s so rad.
And last but not least on the long list haha - your relationship of color and shade, it’s so simple, yet intricate. VIBRANT! yet modest, so coooooolll but also so waaaaaarm you always seem to know how to accent the correct points, it’s just so amazing!
Aaaaahhh this is so long and weird and I’m sorry if it’s creepy sounding but it’s also very exciting for me haha I’m shaking a little bit, I’m real excited haha!
So I took forever to answer this for several reasons, all of which combine to the fact that I am an utter moron.
Anyhow- first of all, don’t put your style down at ALL. It’s beautiful and you have serious mastery over shape and composition and positive/negative space. So, even if you feel like letting your style develop away from what you’re doing currently (which naturally happens with time, I find), don’t lose that!
I think my love for expression stems from my love for animation and film. I also just like looking at people. (my turn to be creepy! haha) But, seriously, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m honored that you hold me in such regard- and it’s eye opening for you to say that you enjoy my lines, because I’ve been fighting to tighten and clean them up for years- which is frustrating, because I naturally just draw in pencil.
Also, it’s funny that you like my color sense, because my attention to color is in it’s infancy, I’d say. I’ve been super inspired by a lot of artists on tumblr and beyond to pay more attention and the thing that I find works best for me—— LESS is more. Using color schemes with only two or three colors. I particularly love “Analogous with a discord”. My fave.
You’re an absolute darling.
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Over the past few months I’ve gained quite a few new followers! I’m incredibly grateful for all of the kind words and support that have been thrown my way, indeed, piled on top of me. And for the lovely response my work has gotten so far- a gigantic thank you! I hope that I can continue to make art that encourages questions and smiles and conversation- both from the fanart side (Here’s lookin’ at you, Nightvale) and original work as well.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
ALRIGHT, so excluding Cecil as my obvious favorite (I figure I draw him enough), my favorites in order are:
Freshly-shorn Carlos. Mmmmmmm, those grey patches.
Old Lady Jo-Si in her bowling league uniform. I always picture her as a Korean Ajumma.
Marcus Vansten, because if I were rich, I’d walk around naked in my private library too.
Hiram McDaniels, for obvious reasons. Mostly because I was laughing so hard while trying to draw this picture that I started crying. I should not be allowed to draw dragons.
Jeremy Godfried, who spent the entirety of his air time bitching about how the oncoming invasion was screwing up his 50th birthday party.
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said: "Not really much of a question, more of a compliment to your artwork. Your drawings of Cecil are excellent! I love the way you interpret him to look, it makes more sense to me than a glowing eyed angelic news host. Thank you for being different!"
*looks down at sketchbook* whoops.
Juuust kidding <3 Thanks for your compliments! I feel like my Cecil hc is definitely an amalgamation of some of the more popular ideas that were drawn before my stuff, but I think I might be alone in my feelings that he’s not exactly the most stylish or dapper of fellows. He just walks around wearing polo shirts and bermuda shorts in my head….