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6 days ago, 6:07 PM #1
Chernobog

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My thoughts on Black Friday are probably best summed up in the defining line from WarGames.

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"
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One week ago, 6:19 AM #2
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I was glad to be done with mine at the time. I was dealing with some serious burn out and thought I was possibly just done with webcomics. My hiatus between projects did last a while, but I got antsy!
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12 days ago, 10:55 AM #3
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Interesting stuff. Thank you. Today I learned!
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"What's the deal with art 'adoptables'?", 12 days ago, 5:51 AM #4
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I'm hoping someone here with experience or a better knowledge of the topic can explain this one to me. I'm surprised that there's such an active market for them.

So, apparently selling 'characters', often times at what seems like high prices, is a thing. From what I can tell, these are non-custom images of characters the artist churned out, frequently with no backgrounds, story, or other content. Many times, it's the a standard pose/design, but with several pattern/palette swaps so the same general design can be bought by different people. A bidding process is sometimes employed. Many artists attach peculiar rules of dubious actual enforcement to these to purchases, such as you can sell or trade the character, but not at a higher rate than you paid for it. Some don't even allow rights to the image. So the buyer winds up with a digital image of a character they can make up stories or whatever for that they can't draw themselves to the same degree and that may have stipulations on how it can be used. And somehow, I see several artists making $30-65 or more on auction buy outs. I've seen custom art with backgrounds go for less than some of these. And a lot of them, while not terrible, aren't anything special as far as I can tell.

It seems to me the buyer is getting very little from such an expensive offering, with rights to the image not necessarily even being included. Can someone explain the appeal or interest behind these? I'm as baffled as I am curious.
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13 days ago, 6:06 AM #5
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I would end it with the song that directly inspired the Aussie setting for AG2.

Icehouse- Great Southern land
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Two weeks ago, 5:49 AM #6
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26. Do you seek out critique or feedback? What do/did you hope to get out of it? Have you found it helpful or discouraging? Did any feedback you received make you angry?

No. People will offer those things if they feel like it. Good or bad, just because someone has an opinion about something, doesn't mean it's a well explored or reasonable. How many thoughts out there are simply immediate reactions or based on something arbitrary as taste or upbringing? I mean, it's nice to hear something good and it's helpful to hear the right kind of critique, but people are generally negative (imo) if they're not fanboying about what interests them. As far as the States go, we live in a culture of complaining about everything and getting bored in five minutes. Not a particularly useful perspective, to be frank. For my own sake, I'll also admit I'm not always certain how to take something positive beyond a polite response. I grew up with a certain understanding that people patronize widely or they want something else as a result of flattering. Perhaps that's not correct, but I can't think of too many examples where it genuinely wasn't the case if I heard something positive.

I've had two reviews done on the first Arachnid Goddess. One was pretty insightful and I appreciated it. The other... while it did wind up attracting a respectable amount of viewers after that, one of the guys running it was kind a of douche. When I tried to explain a few things he disliked, thinking maybe he didn't understand the reason why something was the way it was, I was basically mocked for doing so. He couldn't even be bothered to spell my name right in the review. Around this time, doing edgy reviews was super big and I grew disinterested in seeking reviews after that.

As for feedback making me angry, well, not much really. There was this one time in the first Arachnid Goddess, however, where after some several hundred pages with a well established legless military veteran character, someone wrote "why is that hippie sinking into the ground?" I just stared.
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"Disenchantment (the cartoon)", 30th Oct 2019, 6:07 AM #7
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For those who've watched it, what do you think of this series?
I've watched the full first season through so far and for the life of me, I'm still not sure.


On the positive side:

I enjoy the animation quite a bit. Characters are distinctive looking and bright.

Bean is an interesting flawed heroine, putting a welcome spin on the princess stereotype. A willful alcoholic buck toothed freckle faced princess, who does feel like someone who could be portrayed as 19 years of age.

There's some good story line development for side characters, such as Zog.

Excellent cast of veteran voice actors known for their work in Groening and Warner Bros productions.


On the less impressive side:

While the setting is new and fresh, I'm not sure how interesting it really is. It feels dynamic and detailed, yet I'm not that invested. It's not bad, just kind of meh?

Similarly, many of the characters aren't that appealing. They just sort of exist and respond to things, but I don't care much about them.

I cannot figure out the tone of this show. And while I get that it isn't a pure comedy by any means, the humor is a bit thin and flat at times.

While the show as a whole is watchable, the plot and flow doesn't take a lot of risks. It needs something, but I'm not sure exactly what.
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30th Oct 2019, 5:43 AM #8
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Sonic art. Something about hydrocephalic animals with tiny tube shaped limbs prevents me from taking it seriously.
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25th Oct 2019, 11:34 PM #9
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25. If your art style has improved over time, do you ever feel tempted to redraw or touch up early pages? Is it something you have the time or resources to do while continuing regular updates, or do you want to wait until the comic is finished? Is this something you’ve done already, and if so do you have thoughts or tips to share?

There's been times I've thought about it, but I don't consider it realistic to do. It's too much work for too little gain to be had, if any. I think if I was going professional with it, then maybe I'd touch up some pages or re-do them entirely. Otherwise, it's perfectionism and that implies it'll never be enough. I would recommend against it.
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25th Oct 2019, 4:53 AM #10
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(All good.)

24. Is style consistency more important to you than seeing improvement from page to page? If so, what do you do to ensure consistency?

Nah, but there should probably be a balance of sorts. I don't think I could really expect to see improvement every single page, or even every five pages, but I shouldn't want to see my characters looking like shapeless blobs either.
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23rd Oct 2019, 5:52 PM #11
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Tribalism and the culture of competing for literally nothing.
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23rd Oct 2019, 5:50 PM #12
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You're not wrong. Honestly, there are enough people out there that will dive bomb you with requests for free stuff simply because you're an artist, not even because they actively watch your work or are even a fan of yours. On DA, this type of person is rampant. I've done a few in the past, but I've found these people are nine times out of ten absolutely ungrateful, demanding, and just want to collect free stuff. I used to do a few until I got sick of being contacted by these mooches. I even had one send me multiple requests in a single year after being told no. And worse yet when they ask for art of a style or content you don't do ("Can you draw these seventeen lolicon waifus no one ever heard of, on the toilet, being attacked by chameleons?")

Even the last guy I did a request for, who actually did follow my stuff and asked for something I would draw, insisted it be a private request so I could never post it online. So, I do all the work and can't even get a few likes/attention for uploading it? I decided to go along with it, but I was not pleased.

They all get a terse 'no' at this point and I immediately block them. If someone isn't willing to offer something, not to be mean, but I don't have the time to cater to anonymous beggars. And doing requests is like donating to franchise charity. Others see you do it and they start hitting you up for their own.
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22nd Oct 2019, 7:09 AM #13
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23. Is personal improvement an important part of the comic hobby to you? Do you set aside time to learn about the hobby, be that reading instructional books, watching tutorials, or studying creators you admire? Do you engage in writing and drawing practice like following prompts, muscle memory exercises, or life studies? What creative growth methods have been helpful for you, and do you have tips to share?

I do occasionally watch some videos where people talk about the philosophy of writing (books) and it does give one some thought. Brian Sanderson has a great lil series out there pertaining to this. As webcomics go, I probably don't focus very much on improving them as a particular feature, but aside from writing practice and editing work, I do like to look up designs other people have made for inspirations sake. We're all great thieves in the long run, so in this case, a new shape or character design gives me something to pour over. Probably not quite what you're asking, but along those lines at least.

If I could give any advice to personal improvement regarding creative works, it's to get outside your box of focus occasionally, because we're all in one.
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22nd Oct 2019, 7:04 AM #14
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There were a few years in my life when I was borderline starving, eating... less than desirable things, if I could get my hands on them. I was living away from my family on twelve dollars a week with no credit and I was in my early 20's, so we're talking fairly desperate here. Anyway, I had some plain oatmeal and I needed a way to flavor it. Cinnamon was my usual go to, but I was out. I dug around my cupboard and found a decade old liquid bottle of vanilla extract. Why not, I thought? I like vanilla, so I poured it in generously.

Yeah. Do not do that. Age of the product aside, do not consume vanilla extract. I think I finished half that oatmeal out of need for raw calories before I couldn't take it anymore.
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20th Oct 2019, 3:05 AM #15
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22. What foreseeable events will take time away from your comic in the future (finals, travel, another short term project)? Are there foreseeable periods where you will have extra time? Are there steps you can take to minimize the impact of time lost and get the most out of your extra time?

Holidays would probably be the big one. I sometimes take a week or two off around Christmas and sometimes the week of Thanksgiving. You get pulled around by responsibilities at some point. As for extra time? Ehh, not so much? I have a job where the white collar types get to sit at home for a while, but my duties never end.


23. Is personal improvement an important part of the comic hobby to you? Do you set aside time to learn about the hobby, be that reading instructional books, watching tutorials, or studying creators you admire? Do you engage in writing and drawing practice like following prompts, muscle memory exercises, or life studies? What creative growth methods have been helpful for you, and do you have tips to share?

Personal improvement... well, maybe not? I don't have the time or patience to draw a straighter line. I also find a lot of technical information on something as subjective as art to be well intentioned and while not necessarily wrong, it is often very boring. I create to be less bored. I know refinement can be important, but I've also seen too many artist obsess over it, particularly in the interests of achieving realism. And there by the wayside, sometimes goes their style that made their work good and the ability to not take six years drawing/painting a single piece. You NEVER achieve perfection. It will literally never be enough, until the point you don't care anymore. At a certain point, striving for subjective levels of improvement is a monkey on the back.

I will sometimes check out model poses if I'm really not getting a position in my mind's eye to make sense. Otherwise reagrding software, techniques and tutorials do not apply whatsoever to my dinosaur old version of Photoshop, so I can't make any use of those vids. I'd maybe get a newer one, but I don't know what I really need at this point. I also despise subscription models.
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18th Oct 2019, 2:05 AM #16
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21. Is efficiency important to you? Have you thought of methods to cut down on time, like learning the shortcuts in your drawing software or creating custom patterns or color palettes? Do you have time-saving tips to share?

I recently switched from half assed coloring to black and white, partially as a means to save time. I also have a simple set up process- just pen it, scan it, and edit out lines I don't like. No story boarding, drafting, or anything else. When one has a hobby, it's still important to make sure it doesn't consume you. Because without you, there's no webcomic at all.
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17th Oct 2019, 7:51 AM #17
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20. How much time do you spend on… comic management? Which aspects do you spend the most time on (promotion, budgeting, perks, etc) and which are the most important to you? Are you content with the way you’re investing your management time and the results you’re seeing from it?

There's not a lot of bells and whistles to what I do. It wouldn't be worth doing more for a niche work.
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14th Oct 2019, 4:00 AM #18
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19. How much time do you spend per week on your comic? Is this enough to maintain your update schedule? Is it an amount of time you’re comfortable devoting to your comic? How much time do you spend on other hobbies/fun activities? Do any of your hobbies take time away from important responsibilities? Are there steps you could be taking to manage your time to get what you want out of it? Are there any resources for time management that you have found helpful and would like to share?

Although it would take less time if I could focus better, as of late, I rightly don't. So, maybe about six or so hours a week, spread out over days. It does the job fine unless I've got some bloody writer's block or can't draw a straight line. I don't know quite how long other activities take, but if I can't bring myself to draw or write, I'll typically watch science, music, or game review vids and try again another night. Or maybe I'll play on Steam for a bit. That said, I try to stay adamant on my weekly update schedule at the bare minimum.

I suspect to get better time at getting things done, some real life issues need to settle. I'm kind of reaching the point of what I can realistically handle with every waking moment that I have focus for.

As for time management resources, well, sometimes CBD can help me focus a bit more and quiet other thoughts so I can concentrate. Otherwise, just music.
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13th Oct 2019, 2:39 AM #19
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I know the story well. That said, pleading the 5th here.
I've known it to happen once in a blue moon, where I get overly fascinated with a character I made. I think that regardless of whatever else it brings, one has to be careful not to turn the created character into a Mary/Gary Stu as a result. Last I read, I'm led to believe that's how we got stuck with Lightning as a repeated main character from the Final Fantasy series for years on end.
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12th Oct 2019, 11:01 PM #20
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18. If you’re interested in printing, have you thought about or researched options (crowdfunding, print-on-demand, front the money yourself)? If you have experience with crowdfunding or printing/shipping, do you have any tips to share?

From my time navigating Amazon's print process, I would say that I don't recommend using them necessarily for image based printing. While you could do it with them, it's not something they specialize in and the price shoots up, first for image printing and then again for any potential color.
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