Tue Feb 17, 2015, 6:39 PM
Fri Feb 13, 2015, 1:17 PM
Creativity, where does it come from, where it goes? Most of the time people ask me how can i be more creative, how and i be more unique on my topics? Thats a hard question, imean daily life its were creation truly is, not online. Been talking with other friends ona tablet, talking about how their creative process works, acouple of beers, laughs, argues, intriguing, different point of views like all humans in all topics, but we all agreed that first, you need to think in the concept you want to do then search for reference tools, not the other way around.
This days 99% of people use internet as their main inspiration tool, i think thats a double edge sword.
Lets say you want to do a bird, google bird and paint the first bird you see, same colors same pose same composition, okay? Now picture 10000 artists wanting to draw a bird, and use same photo? The only creayive person in this story was the one that took the picture, the rest are just copy artist, zero creativity. And i mean Zero.
Using reference as a 99% (colors, composition, anatomy, pose,etc) i wont call it creative at all. But lest say you took the picture( frame it, composition, color palette, pose) even if you copy it 100% you are 100% creative, because photo is yours, you can see a thing like this online. Its almost unique.
GOOD WAY TO USE REFERENCE
First you are in your bed with eyes closed, you are picturing a knight fighting a dragon, you open your eyes with a clear idea of what you want, you rush to a paper or canvas, you draw it (anatomy its horrible broken bones) then you add colors in the sketch( terrible values). Now that you have your piece, you can start searching for references, references are made for support not the other way around. Same as for models, you put them in the position you want with lighting you want, you are the creative person there. References will help you to fix broken bones or weird anatomy you just cant see the mistakes. Painting online also helps you to get opinions from lots of people at same time, great eyes.
BAD WAY OF USING REFERENCE
Search for a photo you like, then start the concept from the photo, first photo aint yours, you arent the creative person that did that, you didnt choosen lighting, composition, anatomy, model, storytelling,etc You are just copying someone else idea. There is no inner voice of you here to speak up about yourself. I had seen tons of this type of art, where lets say a princes from disney, gets tattos, and punk haircut, but same pose, same colors, some people even use eyedroppers, because they have fear to even choose colors on their own. That type of work its cool, nice looking but i wouldnt call it creative, it could have much more potential.
BEST WAY TO USE REFERENCE
After you have a clear idea of what you want to do, or show to the world, first you need a topic, i had seen tons of arts in museums, where i ask the artist what its the title, or why she or he choosen that title? Their replies are like "i dont know, it came to me after i finish it, i choose it to make the picture sounds cooler". That dissapoints me alot, you get the idea that the artist didnt knew what his message was fromt he first place. Sometimes you can get good images with random things, but you get greater art when you have a goal. Some artist had replied to elike their goal was "female strong soul" that was their goal before even starting to paint, and you know what? Their esposition shows all that in every single paint of the show. Usually this artist that knows what they want to show are the ones with stronger images.
So anyway, once you have a title like, "i wanna draw a punk girl reading a book", dont rush and google punk girl reading a book, instead do a small thumbnail, choose the right position for your girl, choose where the light will come from, choose the colors and what are their meaning to you, that can help you to carry your message.
Once you have your sketch your idea then go to the web.
Instead of googling a punk girl reading a book, open several windows like dude reading a book, then other one like punk hairstyles, other one like different type of books, other one for cool glasses. Sometimes helps just to have all those images of the books all at once, so in a way you can create your own book she will be holding.
Let say that by the luckiest thign in the world you see an image of a girl, holding a book, and you want to literally copy it, resist or picture the pose but imaging the lighining in another way, dont copy it, reference means like using less than a 100% of the image.
Some artist highly recomend that if you have an image as a model, turn it into grayscale, so the colors dont affect your color choosing. Because we tend to copy colors, even by subconcious, so i highly recomend you grayscale only for value purposes. At least use your own colors.
NEVER EVER TRACE. Never trace an image, you literally are killing your inner voice, lately its sooo tempting to put a layer on top, some even use wird filters or do a couple of strokes on top. Dont do that, lazy artists kills their own stuff.
NEVER EVER EVER USE EYE DROPPER, if you are going to do an exercise where literally you are copying( exercises are good to improve, but you arent creative here) try to figure out wjhat colors you are looking by using your eyes, its a fun game because when you finish your exercise, you try to figure out if you nailed the same values or saturation.
People are soo afraid this days to try to imagine things, is like art its turning in a remake hd. If you made a drawing that has one arm bigger than the other one, big deal, next drawing you make you will make sure that doesnt happens again, failure and mistakes are what makes you stronger. If you limit to yourself just copying, your creativity wont grow inside you. If you do fan art, dont draw same clothing, lets say you want to draw a korra image, then draw a korra that has never seen before, not just one of the millions out there with same outfit. Im not saying is bad, im just saying you can add your own creaitivity to the mix.
Dont be afraid of your own creativity, as huma anatomy practices creativity needs also exercises or it can rust. Go outside, walk in other roads you dotn know, order food you never tasted close your eyes while tasting it, try to picture images, hear music you never hear before, go to a movie theater watch a movie. Watch cloud forms, have a sketchbook next to your bed, you wont believe how cool ideas you get when you get up, quickly written down before you forgot them. Even a shpe of dirt in a table you are seating on can give you an idea of form, or in a pet store you watch this fish with prettier colors, take a photo of your phone and use the color palette for an image.
"Art in internet is already a fabricated digested processed food for your brain, but outside, its a cornucopia of flavors.Go out and make your own menu".
"Creativity comes from your connection to the world and not to an addiction to a cable. Be brave show us your inner voice, because i love hearing art".
Wed Feb 11, 2015, 12:54 PM
Sat Feb 7, 2015, 10:20 AM
Wowwwwwww, i just saw this episode and blow my mind, the addition of this new characters are incredible, the pacing the storytelling, the writter is a genious. Started slow , but its moving to the top episode by episode, like pieces of a puzzle gathering together in a higher image. This has to be the coolest episode soo far, new intriguing characters that makes me wonder what will happen next?
What will the dollars do know?
If you havent seen Durarara i highly recomend you to watch first season first, this is has to be the more complex story even more complex than Baccano!
I really need t get this series on bluray when it gets out.
Thu Feb 5, 2015, 9:14 AM
Thu Jan 22, 2015, 5:52 PM
This season its all about second parts of great series, or third ones. This aint a review, its just what im going to watch this season, this are just my tastes.
Kurokos basketball Third season
Intriguing, with the new character, i wasnt going to watch this series again, but the first chapter hook me up once more, animation is still smooth, im not sure about the new intro song, but the ending kills me with kuroko as a baby, especially the eyes, i need to find a way to draw babies that way.
Durarara Second season
Mannnnnn been waiting ages for this one to happen, the story still well written, with messed up timeline just like Baccano, love this series, all characters are unique in their own twisted way. Hope to the the pair of inmortals as a cameo in this season once more.
Aldnoah Zero Second Season
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I wont spoil anything, but man the ending of first episode was epic, it made me smile once more.
Loved the short film they released called death billiards, you need to see that 24 minutes short film its awesome, the concept the way its written its perfect, annnnnddd oooh mannnn the intro its the coolest one of this season, i can start at it all day and find somethign new about it. Story its about judgement after you die.
I have dejavus of Flcl while watchign this movie, epic music, cool designs, but mannn, the acticon motion i just love when they deform anatomy to impact more, if you watch this anime in slowmo, you will see how good the animators are, its fresh air, because lately they do all action in 3d, and you cant get this type of motion int hat way. Solid art style. Not sure about the story yet, but its interesting so far.
Jojo stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc
Is Jojo, i dont need to say more.
And thats it, other series i had seen, its just more of the same, like too much fan service, dude fall on girl and grabs boobs, or girl falls on dudes face.
Tokyo ghoul second season, i wont watch it, just because i had read the manga, and that ruin it for me, so i recomend that series too.
Sadly this season wasnt that strong in new series that had caught my interest, but thank god old animes with solid new seasons came back to save the day.
Also going to finish the series that havent ended yet, man i wait week and week for the piano little dude, love that series. So what is your favorite new anime of this season?
Wed Jan 21, 2015, 4:50 PM
FINALLLYYYYYYYYYYY The succesor of FLCL, this anbime its heavily influenced by FLCL, the similarities are enormeous.
You know an anime its going to be increidble when you see a character riding a Vespa. Has tons of references to FLCL, like the puking, some moves, the music, oohhh god the music, they made incredible covers of bands like Blue Hearts(japanese ramones) their music its just tooo cool, fits anime perfectly.
They even have a big weird building just like FLCL big Iron, and colosal Mechas units.
The fighting choreography, there was moments i could see Cantis moves. Story aint as weird as Flcl, but its interesting. If they can give me great music like first two chapaters and great action scenes this will become one of my favorites.
Character design are top notch. This saved the anime for me this season, i mean not interested in new animes(i mean new, not second season ones).
just look at the magic they just did.
Here is the original song.Compare, music its going to be awesome.
the song its called 1000 violins.
Wed Jan 14, 2015, 6:06 PM
Sorry guys, im still alive, hope you had a great year.
After been bored of new games, pretty graphics every where but lack of content or interesting gameplay, decided to buy a rusty broken arcade machine. Man, it had spiders no cpu, wrong wiring, bad painted, broken parts everywhere. And in my free time, im using a polishing machine, Soldering cables, painting with a spray gun, finishing all details with my dad. That i havent drawn anything for myself. i will show you updates later on.
It started to look really good, its not a classic arcade that can be called history, its more like an hybrid thing, but im liking the way its turning.
Not sure if i will use a laptop as a cpu, will be hard to turn on from out side, what do you recomend?
Fri Dec 19, 2014, 1:28 PM
I was trying to get this game in a disc for cool art, sadly could find it but i got it by DLC, i was happy that i can put this on my ps3, ps4 and if i had a vita in a vita too. Also was really happy to notice they give you an extra dlc character totally FREE. I was blown away by her design.
Okay so i downloaded the game, start it on ps4, no intro i was like ummm, then enter arcade, and i couldnt control my jaw, i had a smile all across my face, my hands where shaking, i was sweating like a groppie girl. This game feels soooooooo good sooo retro. remind me of my days in arcade.
Didnt got this reaction from streetfighter 4, i mean street fighter 4 is good, but didnt felt like streetfighter 2. But Guilty Gear feel soooo cool like old Guilty gear. I just love that the moves are skipped like if it was drawn by hand when you are playing it. Game looks gorgeous at 1080p and a solid 60 frame per second.
The music changes on the powers you are doing, this is the best soundtrack for fighting games i had seen in years. Some moves are so hard to pull out on the controller, so i had to order a Hori controller for my ps4, found a good deal at 120 bucks for the real pro v4, and its compatible with my ps3.
This game made me remember why i wanted to become an illustrator character designer. Lately, you havent noticed this but designs this days are becoming sooo realistic that they ar eplain and boring, just look at new designs of DIGIMON for his new anime, or wolverine a regular guy with a shirt and pants instead of his cool yellow outfit.
Lately designs feels like mannequins with different hairstyle, super realistic rendered, but no uniqueness, its like eveything this days its black(batman effect).
Buttttt oooooooohhhhh nooooooooo!! Not on guilty Gear, i really love this designs, lately i had been focussing just on good edges and super smooth realistic designs that forgot to have fun and wacky exxagerated designs.
This game feels like fresh air, feels sooo good. It could be awesome if they made Samurai Showdown or Kof 2002 to look this way, i could only dream.
The cool thing its that the game only weights like 3 gigs, so it wont take much space from your drive in case you download it. Took me like an hour to play it. The combat system its soo smooth, cant wait to waste hours playing this way. Also while playing it, i can feel my style of drawing changing, its like my brain its a vacuum and im remembering what was soo cool about designs personalities, and not just a dude with pants and a shirt in black super well rendered.
Support this type of games, we need more games like this one.
Sat Dec 13, 2014, 3:12 PM
Super happy, yesterday i was able to put a pressure setting on my cintiq, and now feels exactly as my intuos 3, you wont believe how i was able to replicate it, readyyy? i used .....MATH. Yeah, created a chart with values them used them variables and hacked the dat file. Now feels exactly as my intuos 3.
I didnt liked the new tablets, 2048 levels of pressur eits just too much for my hand to handle, i mean the begging of the stroke felt too soft, then i make the brush harder, then feels super hard, then i cut leveles by moving treshold then i lose important levels at the beggining of the stroke i needed, was a terrible journey. Right now im soo excited that my tablet feels and paints exatly as my old intuos 3, if you ask me the 1024 levels of pressure are the best levels to use, because you get nice strokes, soft and hard combined.
Dont worry i will post what i did in my webpage tomorrow, but today imso excited and i just want to paint, finally the cintiq feels like my intuos 3, the joy of doing quick strokes and getting easy super light strokes and super heavy color strokes int he same brush just with the tinniest change of pressure. No more hurting hand, no more stress of not getting the lines i need.
You know the drill get on my link channel, see ya guys there.
Wed Dec 10, 2014, 6:16 PM
A friend of mine its having trouble with his cool deviant art group page, he has a nice selection of art, if you want to check it out his post and how to help you wanna go here, right below.
TITANS MEGA FEATURE
Its been a long time i wrote a feature , i must be getting rusty with time but here i am again in the middle of November striving to bring to you the best of the best ARTS of summer, winter ,Autumn ,a bit of spring a lot of emotions entangled together this time as the MAN WITH A MISSION expresses:
Yeah we are ready for the punch line
There's no use with all your gimmicks
SO CHECK THIS OUT!"
TITAN ADMINS COMING THROUGH
A Dream Upon Waking by Oer-WoutOlive F1 by Claparo-SansNiece by Enigma-Fotoswitches road by FukariBliss and shower by Stephanie-van-RijnGhost In Her Shell by elsevillaLe soleil du soir by Muse1908Vi-Tech skin concept (League of Legends) by Gevurah-StudiosRings by Lunarieen UK by LUNARIEENZenescope San Diego 2014 pool party by Elias-ChatzoudisRooftop sun by SisterSinisterElizabeth Russo (commission) by Precia-TThe internet by DamaiMikazLife is a Dance in The Rain III by bordaFemale Gun Pack 1 - Pose Reference by SenshiStockimage-3 by shichigoro756Watch This by LilyasIgnibus Doloris by Shades-Of-LetheHound by akreonPaint yourself the colors YOU want by YuuzaLeap of Faith by UntamedUnwanted-SOLD-HAND MADE Poseable Wolf Pup! by Wood-Splitter-LeeAmaterasu by reiq:thumb49
Okay then, you know the drill click on live channel.
Tue Nov 25, 2014, 10:48 AM
Mon Nov 24, 2014, 12:48 PM
I was talking with somefriends the other day, they told me that i should quit deviantart and move to this new fresh pages were profesionals are, because deviantart was filled with kids,art wannabes and social dudes. They didnt said it as something disrespectful oe something, they were just giving me a nice advice to get more audience. But that got me thinking, this guy is really good this days his style its uniquegets top clients and stuff, but 5 years ago his art was really filled with flaws, he was one of those kids he was complaining deviant art was filled with.
That got me thinking he has a different point of view of how been a Pro means to me. For me Pro doesnt mean professional, its a short word for PROMISE. Pro artists are people that can keep a promsie, and thats really important. Its so sad when they relate Pro word to art skills, its like they draw this red line on the floor and they measure people who can get in and who gets out. When its the moment when an artist feels that he is better than some rest and starts to see other artists from a shoulder?
I must say that , its a hard thing to control, i must admit that when i get piss off by other artist i paint a temporaly line to draw him to the floor, then erase it my objective its to ground the artist back to the ground, floating in the air can be adangerous place to be.
Everyone can be a Pro:
- A kid 6 years old with a terminal disease drawing a painting to make his parents happy, thats a pro.
- Nieces drawing something on a sheet of paper to give it to his uncle as a birthday gift because they dont have any money, thats a pro to me.
- A dude painting flowers in her girlfriends nails, thats a pro to me.
- A young artists that can draw that good yet, but share tips to other people to help them be on his level, thats a pro to me.
- A not talented kid that probably wont have the skill levels matured but have courage enough to show a created character of his own to the world, thats a pro.
Some people say that been a pro its to work and get paid money, to live by your craft, but what if there is this talented artists that works by night in a super talented comics company but by day, he works at his dad restaurant, he is not living by the money of his craft, but thats a big Pro to my eyes.
Been a Pro its not about an status or a top of your art skills, doesnt matter if you are in highschool or in a career, if a client gives you work and you promise him you will get the job done in monday, you should keep that promise, that its been a pro, if you cant keep that promise you aint a pro. Always meet deadlines, thats the crucial thing of been a pro, meet the date you promised to the client. Im case you cant, dont hide from client explain what problems had happened in your life and he would understand and create a new promise for a new deadline.
Been a Pro, its to promise yourself each day that you will try the hardest you can, doing a job quickly or with not enough quality, that aint pro to me. Always promise yourself to do better each day, always learn, promise yourself to grab an art book study practice, do this everyday. Most of the time i feel im doing this not for me, but for the people that couldnt give art a big part of their life, but they support you, you are carriyng those people dreams.
Dont brag, Pro's never ever brag, i had meet people or seen people that their middle name its the company they did one job or two. For example that person its me lets say you just meet me and i say to you, "Hi im Hector i worked with Fushindoshi, i mean come on, they probably do this at conventions to impress chicks, ladies avoid those dudes seriously, reply to them, "Hi my name is Cassandra and i dont fucking care". Seriously that bad habit of some artist needs to get down to the floor. We know this is a lonely work, and its hard to meet chicks, but seriously , seriously, i mean seriiioooussssly. Thats the time i appear with my red marker and do a line in the floor. The dude totally deserved a red marker am i right? I funky hate Hector Fushindoshi.
If you see me in a convention and i suddenly grab a red chalk and draw a line in the floor, get away from me, im like a rised viper that it will start to get in venom mode, and for a tip, always carry a red crayon, you wont know what jerks you will found at the convention.
Talking about pros at conventions, sometimes they aint a jerk, you just catch them at a bad moment, like this dude that wanted to say hi to me, but i was almost running to a bath room, dammit, i dont like when food does wrong thing to your stomach in other cities, i could only reply with a sweating hi and scream to him like three rooms away i will be back i need to get out of here. did saw the dude again, but picture this sometimes they get a call of a family memeber they just died, and you ask them for a sktech and he says leave me alone, you say what a jerk, but you wont knoe the true story, but if the dude always like a dive, even online, its time to use a red marker.
By the way i will start seeling red markers at conventions, hhahahahahaahhaha joking, but hey that could be a nice idea. anywa lets continue.
My sketchbook aint a vip area, anyone can enter my sktechbook. This happen to me at a convention, a dude showed me his sketchbook and he told me he only ask sketches from people the likes and admires. But thats kind of sad, i mean thst means you only like a few people, i enjoy more a bad drawn sktech from someone that never drawn in her life, but says was nice meeting you keep going, than a totally super nice sktech drawn with perfect anatomy that only has his name. always carry an sketchbook and let people you meet to leave a record, when i feel bad about my art i just pull out one of them, then i get flash backs of that good time.
Remember a Pro doesnt have a VIP sketchbook. If i dont let you draw somethign on my book look at the floor you probably have a red line underneath.
Been a Pro aint easy, past convention, my feet were literally killing me, my feet were like clay, i went tot he convention not weraring good sneakers, and walking for 5 days were killing me, slept like 4 hours each day, eat like one food per day, you almost get flu, and you meet another artist and you have to smile. Its hard aint easy.
I had meet people thats are truly "Promises", someone with a talent well used its a promise, this dues and girls are from countries far far away from my own, but each year they see me they salute me like i was an old friend they havent seen in a longtime, that make me smile even if im crying of joy inside of me. Those people in their past life were flowers, a plant lowered in the floor with strong roots, that wind will never pull out. Those friends im talking about, if they are reading this you know are you, unless you see a red line on the floor.
So dont become one of those jerks that use the company name they worked as a middle name, avoid them ladies, run with the dudes that has beards, they are usually more fun, by the way i dont shave girls, wink wink (girls suddenly go back and paint a redline in front of me, hhahahahahahahahahahahhaah .....).
So remember been a pro its to keep this promises :
- Always meet dealines(extremely important)
- Find beauty in everything( sometimes i can spend hours watching a 6 year old drawing, trying to learn why i like it and why i should add his sill to my drawings) , inpiration comes fro anything, not just from art skills.
- Heard and advice, even if you dont like it swallow it, because maybe in a couple of years you will see what they meant. Each person has their own learning curve, they can be slow like me.
- Always give 110% of your best, even if the result its crap, clients like this promise when you give the best you could.
- Dont be lazy.
- If someone invite you to do a tutorial, a presentation before an audience, or to have a stand in a convention, they already paid room and trip fees, and you are terrified and you want to cancel, dont cancel you made a promise, man up, aint pro to cancel compromises(or should i say con-promises) at last hour.
- Dont brag, seriously, dont brag to get ladies. And dont mock other artists on his face to make it feel bad, unless he is a jerk, remember those markers.
- Be polite, i just can stop saying this promise enough.
- Be helpful, give other artist help, because we all had help from someone else in a crucial moment in our lifes, its called karma, always return the favor.
-Work hardaer for the people you promised you will succeed, doesnt matter if you fail at the end, it wont matter if you give your 110%
- Dont judge art by artskill, but by content, the coolest ideas sometimes comes from people that cant draw, artskills are just a plus to the eye, but not the mind.
I wish i could add more points, but this is a personal way of looking for me of been a Pro, for me aint a check pay or a top level of skill, been a Pro means to be a gentleman. I just wanted to share my point of view, some people say that they like this type of journals i do, its not an objective journal, it could mean other thign to you the word pro, i just wanted to show how i see the word pro.
Remember dont break the promises you had made for yourself, there is nothing worse than liying to yourself.