I rarely block anyone, but, when I do, I like to stop thinking of them altogether. I'd really rather not see any further iterations of whatever it was about them which made me feel blocking them was necessary in the first place.
My post was meant to be helpful, so I hope it didn't come off as harsh. You are a damn good artist, ewolf. If you want to make a comic, and you actually DO IT, past the written prologue mark, past the 2-page-ish dabbler mark, people are going to notice, and they're going to want to help you promote it and GET NOTICED. I'll definitely read it. I'll definitely recommend it on social media. I'll definitely want to do a bitchin' art trade at some point, and I would definitely broadcast such a thing like it were a shock jock morning show.
Give us all something to crow about, and you'll be surprised at how big your murder (of crows) grows.
I think you'll be better off if you prove you're more than a comics fan who wants to be noticed -- you have the talent to prove you're a pro worthy of receiving fanarts of your own creations.
Steven-Vincent:Ugh, LL directed by Zack Snyder. Kill me now....
That could be your Stan Lee-esque cameo, dying in the Snyder LL movie. It works on so many levels.
I did a Champions character sheet on her just to make sure I was consistent with her power set. That's how nerdy I am. ;)
For the record, LL has 60 STR (which means she can lift 100 metric tons without strain, up to 400t if she "pushes" her STR), 25/20 fully resistant PD/ED, 20" Flight, -4" KB resistance, 7 pts Mental Defense, and Life Support (safe in vacuum, high pressure, extreme heat/cold, and toxic/radioactive environments). She takes 2x effect from Images, code vs. killing, protective of innocents, reputation, secret ID, hunted by Kludge, etc. She is a 306 pt character (300 base, +6 XP from her first set of adventures, which let her buy IR/UV vision and Flash Defense OAF goggles, LOL).
Oi, I don't know how to do the same with Artemis, but, again, it doesn't really matter: in straight hand-to-hand combat, Artemis stands literally no chance at all against a "foe" like Liberty Lass. There's a running joke in (as-yet-unpublished future stories of) SwordCat Knights wherein Kathryn's Knights, including herself on the roster, are referred to, fairly accurately, as the "ninth-best superteam in the New York City area".
Julia is the only member of Artemis' team who'd have any hope in a battle against LL. (Actually, James Barrington has a way to win the entire fight, but he'd likely be too drunk and/or too busy shamelessly hitting on Boobgirl.)
The Letter M:I haven't checked for a while but last time she was shooting energy like goku, boob beems and the like.
Ha. Artemis deflects the boob beams (wat) with her sword and armor -- the boob beams (SRSLY wat) strike, say, the Wyrecat Liberty Lass and/or Victory (the purpose being to slow them down a little). This all ends with Artemis' omega sword stuck through a superboob and into Boobgirl's heart (charged with healing energy, so she won't die from the wound -- Artemis may have superheroing bitch-face, but she's a fundamentally kinder person than she's currently broadcasting). As Boobgirl hits the ground, Artemis draws her katanas -- given the toughness of this particular fight, probably the laser katanas.
RazorD9:I wish I could squeeze in more puns in my daily life!
Granted! But you can now only speak in puns, except that you can still say "That's what SHE said!" to turn ordinary sentences into puns, and you can also repeat any word ending in an "er" sound, which you must compulsorily follow up with an insufferable "I barely even KNOW 'er!" You can't properly communicate with your friends, family, nor co-workers any longer as you endlessly vomit forth pointless verbal baubles of homonymically-addled twaddle. You seem a fool, a loon, almost a monster. Your inability to converse on track and in the moment makes you a social outcast, lost in a sea of conversations you can now never truly be a part of. Someone finally figures out what's happening, and they hold you tightly to soothe you from the sobbing you can't help but joke through, and they say to you, "It must be hell, having so much you can't say now..." ...and you nod through your tears. They hold you closer, continuing their sympathetic sentence with, "...it must hurt, having so much stuck inside of you..."
You cringe in twisted, aching horror as you can only reply with a mirthless, soul-rending: "That's what SHE said!"
I wish my car had been back from the shop Friday, instead of delayed 'til Monday.
Steven-Vincent:Liberty Lass would never consent to fight "to the death" with anyone. Instead she would probably battle against whoever was making them all fight.
Though I am flattered that Tibbitz thinks LL would win.
I know Liberty Lass is above this sort of thing, I was just discussing the power levels in a for-example scenario. In reality, Artemis doesn't want to kill any of these people either, and would, like Liberty Lass, most certainly find a way around it.
...unless the whole affair were directed by Zack Snyder.
E-hero Vulven:Yeah, next time something like this happens. We'll need a tier-list. My character is basically a dumber Slade Wilson so winning without prep and special gear is not gonna happen. At best, she'll outlast the others until a heavy-hitter does her in. Just like how my comic is always 2nd or 3rd page in searches. No one has actually put an ordered list by strength of these dudes yet.
I am just nerdy enough to like the idea of sorting out the power levels of the CF superheroes.
I don't bother with these anymore, but back in day (summer of 2000, I think), I made a bunch of them in prep for a 7-page story which was supposed to make it into an Image anthology (the book folded before the story was finished). I've only scanned two of them, apparently:
(Erica with her hair semi-up!)
(Julia with butterfly wings, not dragonfly-esque as they've become!)
callmerocket:What're your best/favorite resources for designing visually interesting, memorable characters? Any tips or tricks you wanna share, that changed the game once you picked 'em up? Hidden wisdom? Make me re-think everything >:-D
What do you personally, as either a comic creator/reader/both, care about the most in character design?
Show me what'cha got!
These days, the nigh-endless resources at one's fingertips in the form of HotBotAskJeevesBing Google searches is fairly unassailable as a primary go-to.
That said, I do keep a few picture books around for in-depth references on King Arthur, cowboyspersons, butterflies (for faerie wings), and 1930s drawings of faeries.
I've also saved dozens of random images from magazines over years and shoved them in a usually-dust-collecting "Developing Characters" file folder. I also have other files which are a bit more focused, like one marked "Londonettes", from which I'll develop the odd ladies who will make up the villainous female counterparts to the low-level bad guys in the first two issues of my comic, the Londoners.
Honestly, I like simultaneously rip off and reinvent others' strokes of design brilliance. Julia's dress is "borrowed" from Ardra in TNG's "Devil's Due", and Kathryn's boxy shoulder armor is lifted from the '90s comic Shi.
Developing Kathryn's armor was a hell of thing -- I actually went to the library (in the mid-late '90s, mind you) and checked out around 10 books on medieval armor. I did various pencil studies, I read about how the armor was developed, and I read about which colors and metals were used in which regions. I finally settled on something which looked vaguely Spanish/Italian... and then changed Kathryn's origin to medieval Ireland instead, so now her armor makes literally no sense at all! Woo!!!
The things I care about most in design are:
Does it look cool?
Is it distinctive?
Could a person actually wear this in real physical space?
Does it help identify the character in silhouette?
And (usually): is it at least a little sexy? (Sexy is fun, dammit.)
...and all that is just COSTUME design.
In regard to faces, hair, and bodies, I like to make at least a half-assed effort to differentiate the characters as much as time allows for. I don't have the firmest possible grip on it; for instance, Julia's body almost always comes out a bit thicker and more muscular than I intend for it to. I've more or less given up on trying to fix that at this point.
I usually rip off actors' and models' faces more or less wholesale, because I have never, EVER been good at generating non-existent faces from nothing.
E-Hero and Kelty, I could platonically handshake you for, respectively, keeping Artemis in the mix and remembering one of her powers even though it's been like a year and 9 months since an update (new pages coming soon, pwomise).
...that said, I don't see how Artemis beats Liberty Lass. Artemis is stronger than an average human, but not by enough of a margin. Immortal doesn't mean one can't be semi-permanently incapacitated by, say, being buried under the Colosseum floor by not-Supergirl, or having her head ripped off and thrown into into the Sun; and, yes, Artemis would technically survive all of this, but she'd do so awakening in airless horror deep underground or by regrowing in airless horror adrift in a solar wind pulling her into deeper and deeper space.
Artemis also wouldn't likely have enough time to speak a magic spell to defeat Victory before he body-slammed her into the ground at, apparently, 186,000 mph.
Assuming Liberty Lass and Victory started by fighting each other, Artemis would lop the heads off/skewer the hearts of everyone else, and then be driven into the ground and/or thrown into the sun by the two more Kryptonian-esque heroes. Then it's a fight to the death between Liberty Lass and Victory, and Liberty Lass wins. Because #feminism.
An important thing to remember is that, while popular media of all types push romantic fantasy at all of us all the time, the reality is that it can take weeks, months, or years longer to find a compatible someone to spend time with, to date, to be intimate with, and, ye lack of gods... to love. Don't let New Girl or Scrubs or whatever fool you -- the next good thing is not always just around the corner, one charmingly awkward meet-cute away. Sometimes we're lonely, and we have to learn to deal with that, live with that, and be our best selves within that, both because it's good for our day-to-day mental health, and because we want to be sharp and doing our best when we meet that next someone.
If you're a compromised version of yourself when you meet that next person, chances are that next person will be a compromise who will sidetrack you. At this point, I'm holding out for the Dax Shepard to my Kristen Bell... but I gotta get more on point, because right now, I ain't no Kristen Bell. Right now, I'm the miserable lovechild of Debbie Downer and fat Bruce Willis. Don't be that with me -- be BETTER.
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...they snuck this into the TOS today, so I can no longer post my SwordCat Knights/Babes of Dongaria crossover pinup on Ello (as it features Kathryn simulating the possession of male genitalia by keeping a tight and very handless grip on her katana handle).
This wave of censorship is getting monstrously annoying. I'd sure like to find somewhere where I can post EVERYTHING I draw, no matter how stupidly explicit it might be. What's left? Sharing art on PornHub? I don't see that taking off. I joined FurAffinity to post my MLWF fanarts, but Kathryn and the Dongaria babe are both too human to share over there. What's a ribald-at-times artist to do?
ewolf20:i more or less ran out of ideas or my art looked too bad justify being posted publicly.
I've seen your art, it's actually rather good.
It seems likely that you have self-esteem issues (something I struggle with). The real question to ask yourself is whether you're doing art as an amiable hobby, or whether you're serious about going pro with your own work. Even with native talent, art is HARD WORK.
It's all right if you don't want to do it enough to actually make progress on a webcomic.
It's all right if you just want to do it for kicks and a little attention.
It's all right if you decide to make it your life.
Self-assessment -- brutally honest, real, deep-diving self-assessment -- is absolutely critical to improve oneself and get away from feeling trapped in a rudderless void-like homeostatic existence.
If you want to be a recognized webcomic artist, then MAKE A WEBCOMIC. Make a page, and then make another, and when it seems too hard, make more pages anyway. I've inked pages while at a day job. I've lettered pages 'til 3am to make a deadline, mainlining Pepsi and coffee to keep going. Are you hungry? Do you REALLY want to feel Harvey Birdman the forging fires of creativity and storytelling on anything resembling a schedule? Then bloody well DO IT, and someone will notice. Maybe not as many someones as you'd hoped, or maybe you'll go viral and be a money-raking sensation. I've made fanarts for things I've genuinely loved (like MLWF), and I've gone into some of it with expectations of exposure, adulation, retweets/reblogs, the whole three meters... so far, it hasn't gone as far my way as I'd hoped. But I keep trying. I do my best to not get hung up on reactions to my latest work petering out earlier than I'd have liked. I get on about the business of making a new work, and then another, and then 12 more, and so on.
You have to be willing to ignore being ignored if you ever want to stop being ignored.
I used to be more or less where you are when I was your age, defo18, but look at me now: I have an ex-wife! :D
Dude, SRSLY THO: Put yourself out there -- work, dance class, cycling club, whatever -- and, without even trying that hard, you'll be divorced in your mid-30's, just like me, and looking for your next heartbreak on OkCupid! :D
Super-Salamander-Double-Extra SRSLY THO: Nothing will chase the ladies away faster than a desperation funk. I understand where you're coming from, and I definitely 'thize (both empa- and sympa-)... but you can't let this be your main focus. You must make money, produce art if you're so inclined, enjoy your hobbies, and, again, put yourself out there in structured social settings. I spent 6 months taking dance classes before I made any friends, and then I made 6 friends all at once. If I hadn't met my future ex-wife elsewhere at the time, there are one or two of the dance ladies I'd have asked out. My advice: don't marry my ex-wife. Ask out one of your new future group activity partners, when the vibe seems right. But don't go there with that expectation, dude, man dude -- just go there and more or less let the nature of humanity's animalistic tribal bonding instincts run their beautiful and perplexing course.
Get an outside beta-reader and art critical who is honest and not close to the project /before/ you start making pages. Once it's down, it's a pain to change it.
This is good advice, but get more than just one beta reader so you can average out the results.
As a "for instance", I roped my then-art teacher into being one of my beta readers -- but he's obsessed with the verbal brevity in old spaghetti westerns (why?), and has no love at all for my biggest writing influence, Joss Whedon. Thus, he liked my art, but HATED my script, specifically on a dialogue level. Like, he wasn't kind or reasonable at ALL about it. He flat-out told me it was bad after reading the beta draft, and then told me it was bad AGAIN after I edited the thing down and launched the comic. I had most of issue #1 up, and he's trying to get me in contact with some editor he's worked with in the past to more or less save my comic from how utterly shitty a writer he thinks I am because he dislikes the flowery self-indulgence of the Whedon-y style, even though that style is what I'd intended for a long-ass time, and his criticisms shouldn't have been so bloody overbearing to the point of trying to push me to erase my taste preferences and my entire bloody voice as a writer.
...if I'd had only him as an audience, just this one rogue Clint Eastwood maniac, I might have thought the whole enterprise was a worthless trainwreck.