When I was studying animation at university I was constantly told to not call my work “cartoons”. I was a filmmaker… an artist… NEVER a cartoonist.
I ended up with a collection of films which gave me a first because they told me how to get one and I obeyed. But now I can’t bring myself to show…
Clients sometimes ask me if the word “cartoonist” is acceptable or insulting. Honestly, it’s preferred. Cartooning is its own complicated, unique art form, and I’m proud to do it. Don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t be proud of the art you’re making!
There appears to have been some suspicious activity on my account last night, and I had an unpleasant time getting my password changed. Everything is fine now, but my blog’s theme was changed while I was away, and that’s really bizarre.
If any of you got any asks/fan mail from me that seemed odd or inappropriate, I’m terribly sorry. I don’t think anything like this happened, but I’d hate to think it would have.
Hope everyone’s tumblr security is peachy. I’d recommend changing your passwords after that Heartbleed hiccup.
I was hoping to close commissions on February 14th, but I was very busy this past weekend and never managed to post an official closing announcement. So I’m going to leave commissions open for today for anyone that wants to get in last-minute. You can find commission details here.
I will not be accepting new commissions for some time after today. I will work on finishing up current commissions and then working on “Lotus for Help” for a little bit relatively uninterrupted. I will open back up for commissions in time - sooner rather than later if this turns out to be less sustainable than I thought it would be.
So yeah. Get in on it today if you’re interested. Again, you can find the information on pricing and options right here.
Hey can you explain the tangent thing you touched on in your Nicki Noelle design post? I'd love to hear more about how you decide what's gonna work or not. Of course, you don't have to!
Sure, I’d be happy to!
I’m hardly the foremost authority on tangents, but I’ll do my best to explain. A tangent most commonly refers to when lines or edges in an image rub up against each other or come uncomfortably close, creating an unpleasant bit of visual tension that can break up an otherwise smooth design. If you want to bone up on tangents, I’d recommend reading this fantastic piece written by Chris Schweizer that helped me understand some of the most prevalent types of tangents.
So in the case of Nicki (as poorly illustrated below), the worst tangents are where her crazy big shoulder pads rub up against the lines of her hair (especially when the arm is bent in different ways), where her eyelashes meet the same chunk of hair, and then where her ponytail ends. With her body being so simple and streamlined, this makes her look like a tangent lollipop to me - less tangent issues on the body, but a tangent-crazy head! So obviously, her hair has to change because it causes the most problems and I like the shoulder pads so much as they create an interesting silhouette that I really don’t wanna get rid of them.
I hope this explains my thoughts behind my desire to edit her design! I’m not usually the tangent police - it’s a common mistake and I can overlook a lot of instances - but my main cast needs to be thoroughly considered before I start illustrating the finished comic, so it’s worth the extra time and effort.
…I am no longer open for Valentine’s Day commissions. I am completely full-up. However, if you want a commission post-Valentine’s Day, you can find my info here. (I may be closing up for a bit after Valentine’s Day to focus on non-commission stuff, so this might be your last chance for a bit to commission me!)