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tytonidaeus:

The inking bug hit again so I’m taking the current opportunity of free time to draw some pretty cool characters of other people’s that I’ve wanted to draw but haven’t done so before. Gonna draw some more over the weekend but this unintentionally ended up as the “dapper dressed men who smoke” group.

Soooo we have: becdecorbin's Mockingbird, risto-licious's Risto and tanglefootcomic's Izzy from left to right. Go follow them all if you don't already!

Aw man, what a wonderful thing to wake up to. I love the peacock plumes and the pigeon toes. And Izzy’s in excellent company, I gotta say.

By the way, Tyto creates marvelous art by the bucketload and y’all should check it out!

— 2 days ago with 56 notes
#tytonidaeus  #art by others 
Further investigations into the mysteries of color and perspective.
I feel like last week’s attempt was a little more successful overall, but this one definitely has a higher fat parrot count.

Further investigations into the mysteries of color and perspective.

I feel like last week’s attempt was a little more successful overall, but this one definitely has a higher fat parrot count.

— 3 days ago with 964 notes
#I lost track of the vanishing point for a while there  #can you tell  #art 
What is color. What is perspective. Why am I still awake.

What is color. What is perspective. Why am I still awake.

— 2 weeks ago with 1595 notes
#art 

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately, folks. Here’s a quick little comic which also kinda serves as a project status report, if you squint.

— 2 weeks ago with 407 notes
#I still can't stand brush pens  #I can't control my line weights worth a damn with this thing 
Hi tumblr. Thanks for being so dang nice to me. Here’s a slug with a garland of flowers. Honestly you deserve a whole army of garlanded slugs but one will have to do for now.
Thanks for putting up with me, folks. You’re angels, the lot of you.

Hi tumblr. Thanks for being so dang nice to me. Here’s a slug with a garland of flowers. Honestly you deserve a whole army of garlanded slugs but one will have to do for now.

Thanks for putting up with me, folks. You’re angels, the lot of you.

— 3 months ago with 951 notes
#Better stuff coming soon  #I promise 

dismalditties:

I was in a lousy mood so I drew something silly and self-indulgent and now I feel a tiny bit better. Small victories.

Sorry for up and vanishing again — I had a minor brain crash and needed to reboot. Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night. 

— 4 months ago with 5260 notes
#art 
I had a few idle moments and happened to hear that today is Tumblrnational Draw-a-Centaur Day, and thus did this majestic creature come into existence. Pictured here shortly before being taken to the knackery and turned into glue and inexpensive pet food.

I had a few idle moments and happened to hear that today is Tumblrnational Draw-a-Centaur Day, and thus did this majestic creature come into existence. Pictured here shortly before being taken to the knackery and turned into glue and inexpensive pet food.

— 5 months ago with 631 notes
#How do horses work  #Why did I do this 
http://queengwenevere.tumblr.com/post/82756642752/as-long-as-im-on-the-subject-of-freelancing →

queengwenevere:

As long as I’m on the subject of freelancing advice, let’s see if I can offer up any coherent tips on figuring out prices…

Ah yes, the age-old problem of what to charge. One way to make life easier is to figure out a general hourly rate that you can survive on. Then when considering a job, you…

A few more choice morsels of wisdom seasoned with sage advice from queengwenevere. Seems that a large number of you are in the same leaky little boat as I am, so I thought I should reblog this one too.

— 5 months ago with 160 notes
#Apologies to all of you who came here for slugs and dancing  #normal service will resume shortly  #yadda yadda yadda 

queengwenevere:

All right, so I’ve been asked for advice on pricing and the business of freelancing, and rather than try to somehow telepathically communicate links via Tumblr’s message system that doesn’t allow links, I thought I might as well put together a post of resources for figuring out the practical side of being an artist. Because this is stuff everyone needs to know anyway, right?

First off, a super-useful book for freelancers is “The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines”. The prices may be skewed to the USA, but they give a good ballpark idea of approximately what’s expected in the market. So it’s a good starting point for figuring out your own prices and not ending up with something completely whacked out. The book also has tons of sample forms and information on best practices, which can be even more useful than the prices.

HANDY WEBSITES

Here’s some sites that often have good articles on the business of art and the finer points of freelancing:

artpact.com
theartorder.com
muddycolors.blogspot.com

FORUMS
Potentially useful forums (mostly concept art oriented, but they sometimes cover more general things too.)

CGTalk (AKA the forums on cgsociety.org)
polycount.com
penciljack.com
ConceptArt.org

* Yes I know ConceptArt.org has had a lot of political and technical turmoil lately, but the archives have a wealth of useful material. What I usually do is use Google to search the CA archives: type the topic you want + “ConceptArt.org” + optionally the section you think the topic is in (the “Art Discussion” section used to have a lot of stuff on the practical side of art.)

CGHub used to be another one, but it’s officially dead, alas. There’s a new one called "DrawCrowd", but right now it looks like it’s mostly for art sharing/eye candy and not so much for discussion/info.

OTHER RESOURCES
If you’ve got the money to spend, this is supposed to be pretty good:
theartoffreelancing.com

And it looks like there will be a useful video or two posted here (coming soon, but I have my eye on it:)
artconnectionacademy.com

And a spot of all-around good advice, with cartoons!

I’m sure I’m missing a lot more resources, if I think of more I’ll add them!

So the wonderful queengwenevere came to my rescue with a novella-length note full of supremely useful advice, and also threw this collection of helpful links in for good measure. Reblogging in case anyone else out there is in the process of trying to convince prospective employers that they really, truly are an honest-to-god Professional despite the fact that their shoes are held together with duct tape and their last major project consisted of designing a concert flyer for their housemates’ funk band in return for three bottles of Miller High Life and an understanding that aforementioned funk-band-having housemates will cease to filch the artist’s fancy organic tea.

Also, you folks should really check out queengwenevere’s fantastic webcomic when you get a chance. Stunning art, wonderfully eccentric characters, fabulous hairdos, giant robotic bats — it’s got the lot.

— 5 months ago with 503 notes
#yadda yadda yadda  #Sorry for all the text posts today  #more art soon 

prismplague:

tanglefootcomic:

This is just a shot in the dark, but I don’t suppose anybody following me has experience doing freelance character design work? Say for animated TV series, feature films or computer games? I need a bit of business advice from somebody in the know. I’ve done a little of this kind of thing in a semi-professional capacity in the past, but I’m still pretty ill-equipped to deal with the financial side of the enterprise. Thanks in advance!

I haven’t gotten the chance to actually work, but I have had people in the business (And I’m talking Nickelodeon and Cartoon network business) give me pointers for when I finally stop being a boob and send in my portfolio.

1. Your portfolio should have turn-arounds (Front back side, and emotions) of about 3-5 characters, and each character should have an illustration of them in their environment/world interacting in some way. Illustrations help show your ability to colour and world build, and can feature more than one character design. I would also suggest your portfolio have about 15 or less pieces, so if you find yourself with the space, make doodle sheets.

2. It helps a LOT to have one or more of those characters be characters that exist already (like from cartoons that are establish) I plan on doing some adventure time character sheets and illustrations of the old-world of Ooo (Simon and Marcy days ahhh)

3. Have a few pages of doodles of various monsters, creatures, or throw-away characters. You’re REALLY great at creating characters that vary drastically, I think that a page containing like 4-6 of your animal-women would be amazing!

4. Apply for companies that are up and coming: Frederator and Cartoon Hangover might be a really good place to start. They’re constantly growing and looking for new talents. I would say to apply some time after school gets in after summer. A lot of college students who will do unpaid internships will flood the market out— but then leave when school comes back!

5. After your initial portfolio sendout, check back in about 10-14 days. A lot of people will say “we’ll call you” but they’ll forget, it’s really hard to make an impact unless you open a direct line with someone.

Make it your job, after the first check up, to call back once a week. What I strongly suggest Is sending in your portfolio to gaming companies, cartoon companies, and the like but make it expressly clear you’re looking for critique on how to make a better portfolio. 7/10 I get a reply and open a line with someone on that alone, and it gives me a lot of advice on where to go next. It also leaves a good impression on people when you’re actively showing interest in furthering yourself along that career path.

Hope this helps!

Aw man, thanks so much! Reblogging because there’s some terrific advice here. This is definitely going to help me spruce up my tired old portfolio.

I’m still looking for a few pointers on negotiating pay rates, though, if anyone can point me to some helpful resources. My inbox seems to be eating more than its usual allotment of both incoming and outgoing messages lately, so apologies if it seems like I haven’t replied to any recent communications.

— 5 months ago with 795 notes
#yadda yadda yadda 
Honeybunch Lee and her Frolicking Chinchillas. Honeybunch is one of the many fine entertainers represented by the Perizene Big Time Talent Agency. Apparently I forgot to draw her left hand. Perhaps it was gnawed off by a disgruntled chinchilla.
Part of the reason I’m doing these character designs is in an attempt to pad out my sad, undernourished portfolio. Then I guess I’ll go pummel people over the head with it until they break down and offer me a job. 

Honeybunch Lee and her Frolicking Chinchillas. Honeybunch is one of the many fine entertainers represented by the Perizene Big Time Talent Agency. Apparently I forgot to draw her left hand. Perhaps it was gnawed off by a disgruntled chinchilla.

Part of the reason I’m doing these character designs is in an attempt to pad out my sad, undernourished portfolio. Then I guess I’ll go pummel people over the head with it until they break down and offer me a job. 

— 5 months ago with 376 notes
#I honestly have no idea how to find employment in my own industry  #What even is my industry  #Who am I  #Why am I doing any of this  #art 
Anonymous asked: Hello there, I'm not sure if you've been asked this before, but I was curious: do you listen to music whilst creating the fantastic fantasies we are eternally lucky enough to be exposed to; and if you do, what sort? I'm gasping for new toe-tapping tunes and I get the feeling yours would be an excellent taste. Please and thank you and good day x


Answer:

Firstly, thanks for being so dang nice (I get the sweetest anons, I swear. Or perhaps it’s just one extraordinarily prolific anon, I don’t know). Secondly, yes! I listen to all kinds of stuff. I recently tried to round up some of the tunes I used to have on vinyl back when I was living in Australia (I had a small but treasured record collection and a very temperamental old turntable). And since I had a playlist going, I just ended up throwing a whole mess of old favorites and recent discoveries on there. It’s here, if anyone’s curious.

There’s an awful lot of banjo, so consider yourselves warned. 

— 5 months ago with 61 notes