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26th Oct 2019, 6:54 AM #1
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I would be incredibly unlikely to do requests for free, especially for someone who isn't a close friend. Charging a reasonable amount for work done is important, for individuals and to help the whole artistic community.

Although saying that... I'm always a little bit hurt that I don't get these floods of requests that online artists apparently often get!!! Guess my art doesn't stand out enough for anyone to be interested in it in that way.
15th Oct 2019, 3:22 PM #2
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Leafa, the grizzled veteran, removes the cigar from her mouth and stares into the middle distance with a glazed, haunted stare.

"You don't remember what happened when the artistic rage was unleashed. I do."
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7th Oct 2019, 11:09 PM #3
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Super stereotypical again, but they could go to a pachinko parlour and win a prize! It's really easy to incorporate an object that way, too.
3rd Oct 2019, 4:59 PM #4
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I might just share my own experience of writing a character with a fictional disease, in the hope that it might help make this discussion less targeted on MK's work alone. In Earth in a Pocket the protagonist Halisi has a Fictional Medical Condition TM. I don't really name it or list the symptoms, and its up to the reader to decide how much of what is happening to her they put down to her illness, and how much is just the effects of her living on a strange alien world.

This means I've thought long and hard about portraying illness and disability in the comic. Which doesn't mean to say I'm doing it well, I often feel I'm not. I was very close to cutting that whole plot point for a long time, tbh!

I decided not to name or closely define the disease for a few reasons - although the comic is all dressed up like a sci-fi, in a lot of ways the setting is a fantasy one. Rockets make noise in space, messages can travel across solar systems simultaneously,there's a whole world where geology as we know it is nonsense. I made the world like that because I don't want people to get wrapped up imagining a "real" FUTURE world when so much of the comic is relating to the very real PAST of our world. Suddenly bringing a very real disease into play and having to create an invented future of medical science would be jarring, I think. Like Legolas in the Lord of the Rings suddenly letting everyone know he has bowel cancer.

Another reason for not naming it is that it's something that Halisi is obviously very private about. She is upset by people fussing over her, she doesn't want to go into details, she just wants to get on with her life and not have her every action be viewed through the lens of having something "wrong" with her. By not making the reader privy to all the details, they are put in a position of everyone else around Halisi, having to work out how to interpret what's going on with her, and deciding how much they are going to let this possibility of disease shape how they think of her.

(And then she's with all these aliens who don't even know what death is, or permanent disability. They don't see Halisi as a flawed human because of her health, she's just... THE human.)
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3rd Oct 2019, 4:14 PM #5
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MK_Wizard:

With that said though, I find it worse when you force fashion on kids.


It can also be a stupid use of money on the parent's part - designer clothes that are only going to fit a child for six months (or less) before they grow out of them really annoy me! Especially baby clothes. Such a waste.

You're making me really tempted to get into my rant about how I dislike young children having their ears pierced too, which is contentious and always upsets people who have pierced their child's ears.
I get that it's each parent's decision to make and I do probably make too big of a deal out of it, but it is modifying your very small child's body for your own amusement. The child doesn't get anything out of it other than pain, they can't look after it themselves, and you're potentially leaving them with scar tissue for the rest of their life if they decide they don't want pierced ears.

(It's safe to say that not abusing the bodily autonomy of children is very important to me and it's best to not get me started on genital mutilation of any kind...)
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19th Sep 2019, 11:06 PM #6
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Mine is @jabbageart !

It doesn't actually have as much art as I'd like, but there are lots of weird facts and occasional polls on things like the coolest looking mineral or which random portrait of a doctor I've found is the most dapper.
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10th Sep 2019, 9:29 PM #7
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Yeah, I think those horses ate each other :D

Isn't this a scene where they talk about a series of weird portents that have happened which suggest that something isn't right, that nature itself is angry at Duncan's death?
9th Sep 2019, 12:56 PM #8
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I think there's a blurred line between a dark past, and hardships/trials/conflict which have shaped that individual. I think that the second one might be required to make a character feel like a complete person.

So Bilbo might have had an idyllic life, buuuuut there's also that hint of conflict in him, that there is an adventurous nature in one side of his family and in a sense he's hiding from his destiny.

Just thinking about the main characters of my comics, it's about an even split between people who have had sad pasts and people who have had fairly nice pasts?

In The Art of Monsters Hui has a dark past as she's a repentant monster who used to eat people. Wu Huan...


In Breaking the Lore, Estrith had a long and happy life doing a job she loved. The only "conflict" is that she might have liked to have children, but it's not something that really impacts her happiness... until she gets her wish, and that's what the story is about!

The Trapper Lad is one long dark backstory ;D

Aaaaand in Earth in a Pocket, Halisi has had a successful career and a family who love her, however she's got a tinge of a dark backstory going on:
8th Sep 2019, 6:56 PM #9
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I'm going to be totally honest here, I'm not 100% sure what a multiverse crossover even is and i have a feeling that if you need someone to share your taste in bands, cars and movies to do one then it wouldn't work because I'm not actually very into bands, cars and movies.

But I put together this list of surreal and obscure cars for funsies anyway:

1. The Renalt Twizy
2. The Reliant Regal
3. Morris Minor Van
4. The Messerschmitt KR175
5. Trevithick's Puffing Devil
6. Volkswagen Beetle (2011 version, because it has airbags)
7 1962 Trojan 200 Heinkel
8. The Lightyear 1
9. The Ford Ka
10. Lotus Seven S I
"I'm going to try to do a Q&A video?", 8th Sep 2019, 1:07 PM #10
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You know I have a sudden desire to do a Q&A video, partially so I have something to talk about while I draw. If you have any questions about me, my comics and stories, let me know!

Otherwise I'll have to be really sad and answer questions that I'm asking myself :P
Result in thread: Your Youtube Drawing Videos
8th Sep 2019, 12:07 PM #11
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HeSerpenty:Wow Leafa those are REALLY cool and it's great to see you doing things with your art talent <3

Haha sorry I just wanted to say that--- been a while since I talked to you but it seems like you're moving up in the world! <3

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Awww thanks! <3
This year has definitely been a non-stop cascade of Exciting Stuff Happening to the point where I literally haven't had enough hours in the day to deal with all of it, and all of it does trace back to a combination of people noticing and enjoying my webcomics, and me getting better at "networking" both in person and online.

Off topic, I guess I just wanted to say that you never know what seeds you're sowing and what is going to suddenly open a door years down the line. I hope the trend keeps going - I want to get Proper Published already!!!

YouTube videos are probably a good way of doing that, come to think of it.

I forgot to post this one! The camera is bobbing around all over the place on it, whoops -_-

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7th Sep 2019, 7:38 AM #12
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I did a few vlog type things as part of my current artist residency. They're pretty rough and ready, I'm afraid I didn't have the time to make them as polished as I wanted, but I hope they're interesting.



27th Aug 2019, 1:04 PM #13
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Some more, because I don't want to keep spamming twitter with them!
I have a feeling its getting sillier.

A scrapbooking consultant, Mason takes a hike in the mountains so they can win a beach handball competition. A fish boy who showed up at their house naked won't shut up about Roman Britain. Read now on SmackJeeves!

As a basketball mascot, Raymond must cut off their own hand because they signed a contract without reading it. Their talking ostrich who used to be human seems to have a crush on them. Perhaps it's fate!

A retired witch, Mackenzie arranges a party because their cousin is being a jerk. Their local librarian doesn't know whether to love or hate them. Won an Eisner.

After getting a job as a photographer, Nathan crafts a magical carpet to find a missing magical amulet. A time traveller from WW2 is just what they need to come out of their shell. Kickstarting now!

Despite being a fashion consultant for poltergeists, Collin must do the bidding of an unexpectedly attractive succubus to fulfill a prophecy. Their boyfriend might be more than they appear to be. Perhaps it's meant to be...

A retired time traveller from 1920s Chicago, Bianca has to take a class in Horticulture Science to get enough money for a mortgage. A sentient squirrel who is distantly related to them wants to help. Updates M/W/F


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26th Aug 2019, 6:07 PM #14
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CrosEL:As the title suggests, um... do people actually make money on blogs?
Like, I understand writing reveiws, vlogs, making novels ect. But blogs
are usually more so like journals, right? How do people make money
from writing something people want to read, after all: there's alot to read
literally everywhere...

IF it's possible to make money from them, then how are people getting paid from writing Blogs?


I mean they definitely used to back in the day from ad revenue and merch. Perhaps these days they're more likely to go the route of having a Patreon or getting sponsorship.
26th Aug 2019, 3:24 PM #15
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Darksh1ne:There was a time when I cared but after several attempts I grew to deeply hate them. Any kind of them. Doesn't matter if they are created by another artist, a youtuber, a site - they all end the same way.
They would always tell you that the quality of art is not the most important, but the theme is. Then after you put tremendous amount of time and effort into nailing the theme, you will still lose because first spots will go to famous professional artists who don't need any exposure or prizes anyway. The rest of you can eat dust and enjoy the realisation that you've wasted time and were doomed to fail from the start.

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Nah, I get you. There is a lot of discourse around competition I'm thinking of entering with regards to who tends to win. It's varied, but I think it's fair to say that "slightly funny and whimsical but also poignant" is the genre they go for. Doing something completely serious or completely funny wouldn't work. I think they tend to get a good mixture of people early in their careers and working professionals, but it's fair to say they all give off strong white middle class vibes.

One thing that has intrigued me in the literal decade I've been following this competition is that every year they do a photoshoot with the winner in their home or studio, and EVERY YEAR the winner seems to live in a gorgeously artsy environment - the kinds of rooms that I think all artists wish they lived in but seldom do because they're poor and renting.

The first year I entered I actually had an anxiety dream that I won, the photographers came over to my grotty rented bedsit in Crawley and said "Sorry we just don't want to show this in our newspaper" and left ;D

I will probably rustle something up if I have a spare moment between now and the deadline (I'm juggling actual paid comic work, my webcomic and a day job right now soooooo)
26th Aug 2019, 9:37 AM #16
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I had a page missing on Earth in a Pocket for ages. A really important early scene-setting page.
It was still missing when I applied to SpiderForest, heaven knows how I got in.
"What do you think about art competitions?", 26th Aug 2019, 9:36 AM #17
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Art competitions can be pretty contentious, with some people seeing them as a way of possibly gaining new exposure and others seeing them as a waste of time that is effectively asking you to work for free.

I'm currently trying to decide what to do about the clunkily named (the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize ), the most infamous comics competition in the UK which tends to see its winners going on to getting book deals and incredible opportunities.

As a smol comic artist I used to dream of entering it when I felt my skills were good enoughβ„’ and for the past two years I've given it a shot, trying very hard to tell myself this won't be my "big break" (but y'know, on some deep level definitely thinking that it might be.) Both times I've physically sent my comics off into the void (you have to post them) and not heard back at all, come away feeling like I've "wasted" time and energy and good story ideas that I could have done on my own without squeezing them into the four page format required by the competition. It has forced me to create comics I wouldn't have otherwise, though.

Do you enter art competitions?
Do you think they are ever worth it?
25th Aug 2019, 5:53 PM #18
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Mel Cormac:
Me too! There were lots of things in children's programmes that terrified me, but the one that I remember very well, and has become something of a meme in my family, is:

EARLY IN THE MORNING, JUST WHEN DAY IS DAWNING.


I wasn't scared of Postman Pat generally, but one time i came across someone in a Postman Pat fullbody mascot/costume and I found that terrifying. His head is just such a long unnatural shape.

I know the groke is often labelled the scariest thing in the moomins, but it was the hattifatteners that really scared me, in the way that small children quite like being scared.
This scene particularly (without the music, thanks random YouTuber!)



Other than that I can think of intense moments from shows that frightened me, but not so much the characters themselves?
22nd Aug 2019, 1:55 PM #19
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Thanks, this is useful stuff!

I guess I'll just manually to through and check every font while GLARING at wix ;D

I think that comics/projects/portfolio will be useful and distinct when I've put more information into them, right now they're just empty. Write-ups of projects I've done with organisations including running workshops and doing research is useful to show to a different kind of (potential client)? to the ones that are just wanting to see cherry-picked artwork, and that's hopefully very different from the people who are reading my comics for fun.

(I tried going without a specific are labelled 'portfolio' for a while and it didn't work out very well)
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It wouldn't be too hard to make, if you are interested!
I basically used the tool on this website.

Creating something that just selects a synopsis from a random bank and posts a couple of times a day would be very easy, I think the time consuming part would be gathering and adding all of the synopses.
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